Tomorrow is the first day of fall, even if it doesn't feel like it outside just yet. While we're happy about the extended summer weather, we all know it will soon come to an end. For those of us with children born in the fall and winter months, we're often charged with the task of finding cool ways to celebrate our little ones birthdays indoors. For the first few years, I had my party concepts mapped out far in advance. Now my Go-2-Girl's sixth birthday is nearly two months away, and I'm still trying to decide whether we're doing a party or just taking her out for family fun. In any case, I've come across a few places that are currently on the consideration list. I figured I'd share a few with those of you who may be looking as well. Since she's turning six, it's only right I provide six ideas.
Mad Science Chicago - With all of the popular YouTube videos of kids making slime and putty and other experiments, Mad Science Chicago creates an atmosphere for your birthday child and friends to do just that. If you're looking to create an experience that is just as entertaining as it is educational, this may be a good option. The coolest part is that they'll either come to you, or you can host your party at the Mad Science Lab. We haven't been just yet, but this place is currently on my radar.
Gizmo's Fun Factory - Gizmo's Fun Factory is a family fun and entertainment center with attractions for kids of all ages. We went there this summer for a family fun day, and spent hours doing everything from bumper cars and rides, to go-carts, the giant playhouse maze, games and rock climbing. There's also laser tag and a zip line like attraction.
Main Event Entertainment - Depending on how close you are to Warrenville or Hoffman Estates, you may want to take a trip to Main Event for your next party. Main Event is an amusement center that has games, rides, bowling, laser tag and so much more to offer for kids and adults alike. I've been to Main Event locations in two different states, and had a great time with and without little people.
Chicago Kids Island - An indoor playground and cafe, Chicago Kids Island is equipped with an indoor sandbox and enough space to host the party of your little ones dreams. This is a nice option for anyone who prefers a private setting for birthdays. This place offers a few different party options, complete with staff members to help bring your vision to life.
Bit Space - Given my line of work, I'm all for anything that inspires creativity in children. This place just got on my radar and seems to be a unique spot to host a birthday party. Whether you're working with a small or large group, Bit Space can engage you and your guests with a variety of experiences ranging from creative activities, to construction projects in its Design + Build Studio or even interactive ventures in the computer lab.
Flying High Sports and Rec Center - If you're looking for somewhere to host a party where all the kids can run, jump and play, Flying High Sports and Rec Center just might be the place for you. Your semi-private party can include activities like jumping in the foam pit, bouncing on the trampoline or taking on the 60 foot inflatable obstacle course. They even offer add on options like a basketball challenge or zip lining. We haven't been there just yet, but are attending a party next weekend and can't wait.
These are just a few of the places I've either been to, heard of or came across in my recent search for indoor party options. I'd love to know if any of you have hosted parties at any of the places on the list. Also, if you have more recommendations for kids birthdays in Chicago feel free to share. I have until November to decide what we'll do or where we'll go, and could use all the help I can get.