15 of Chicago’s Best Birthday Parties for Kids
If you have kid’s born in Chicago’s cold weather months then you are always looking for great places to host their birthday party. Chicago offers so many great places for kid’s birthday parties. Although I enjoy the outdoor, park-based parties, it is hard to plan for them in October, November, April and May. Since I have young elementary school-aged children, I get to go to many birthday parties venues around the Windy City. Although it can consume your weekends, I enjoy seeing how so many great Chicago-land businesses create awesome experiences for kids. Here are my favorite places for kid’s birthday parties in Chicago.
1. Facets , $360-$400
Does your kid love the movies? Give them the red carpet treatment. Kid’s enjoy a private screening room in the historical cinematic Facets building. Kids choose the movie they want to play and the kids also get to enjoy cake and food. The coolest part is that the birthday child’s name will appear on the marquee. This is also a great venue for parties up to 55 kids.Chicago, Il.
THE POISED PRINCESS
2. Mrs. Newberry’s Tea Party, $450, 708-951-0351
If you have a large living room, basement or a party room where you live, this is a great way to create a sophisticated birthday party experience for your kids. This party does include some interactive games, story time, dress up and of course afternoon tea. My daughter loved this event and I suggest it for little girls 4-7 years old. My favorite of this party was the tips on etiquette that were given to the girls. Anywhere in Chicago area.
3. Emerald City Theatre, approximately $500
Do you know a group of theatrical kids? This is the perfect place for them. Trained theatre professionals will put the children through an acting workshop. Parents can choose from themes like Dance Party, Fame, Footloose and Rock Band Jam. Parties are up to 22 kids. Parents can bring in their own food. Chicago, Il.
4. Bulls Sox Academy, $20 a kid
If your kid loves baseball, basketball or dodgeball this is a great place for a party. The kids receive one hour of turf or court time. They get to participate in Homerun Derby Wiffle Ball and various scrimmages. This is standard two-hour party package that includes the action, as well as one slice of pizza and Gatorade per child. It is a very hands-off party for a parent which is nice if you are super busy. Lisle, Il.
5. Goldfish Swim School, $600
Although Burr Ridge is not Chicago city central, it is easy to get to from the city. Their hassle-free parties include 75 minutes of pool time that is set to 90 degree and 45 minutes of party time. They provide two lifeguards and parents are not expected to jump in the pool. These are great for even children turning 1 years old (which of course requires parent participation). But kids up to 12 years old can enjoy celebrating as well. Parties may not exceed 24 kids. The all-inclusive party even provides the balloons, decorations and 24 cupcakes. Burr Ridge, Il
THE IT KID
6. The Laboratory, $325-$540
Book a party full of experiments and robotics. This science-driven party offers hands-on instruction. Birthday child can choose from making mini-bots and magical potions. Food is not included and parents can bring anything. Although parties welcome younger children, I love the robotics for kids 8 years and above. These parties are great because they can truly accommodate the tweens and offer them a challenging project. Chicago, Il.
THE FUNNY KID
7. Story Town Improv, $75 & $8/kid 773-245-3443
Storytown birthdays are very affordable. Their parties are a bit different than the typical birthday celebration. Join Storytown for a Saturday morning shows at 9:45am. Their show runs 10:30am and runs until 11:30. You will then have time after the show until 12:00 for cupcakes. During the introduction, the birthday child is brought up on stage. If there is a theme to the party or anything that they are greatly interested in we try work that into the story as well. We try to work in personal elements as much as we can and make the birthday children feel like it is their magical day. Chicago, Il.
THE SUPERHERO/JEDI JUNKIE & NERF NATION KIDS
8. POW!, $250-$465
POW! Kids’ birthday parties are SUPER-active. Their parties focus on offering a highly-interactive, instructor-led curriculum centered on a theme. Their signature theme is Superhero Training. But if capes and crusaders are not your kid’s thing – they are offer a Ninja, Jedi and Secret Agent Training party theme that transforms the kids into character. Parties are 2 hour long and parents are allowed to order any food they desire. Their latest birthday party training themes Nerf Skills and Drills and Sports Combine are awesome for kids 8-14 years old. These utilize their 100+ foot indoor turf speed track. Chicago, Il.
THE NINJA WARRIOR & GYMNAST
9. The Flying High Gym, $290-$350
This place offers a mega-movement experience. Your kids will be accelerated to ninja status. During their 2-hour celebration they will receive 90minutes of supervised gym time in the bouncing pit, trampoline and obstacle course. You can add on the zip line and basketball court for an additional fee. Countryside & La Grange, Il
10. Hot Ground Gym, $300
When you child walks into a birthday party here monkey bars, tires, canvas nets, obstacle courses and more will greet them. After 90-minutes of serious training these kids will have 30 minutes for party time. This ultimate birthday party experience allows drop-offs and they provide the full set. Parties start at $300 for up to 10 kids and it is $10 per additional child. Northbrook, Il.
11. Junior Ninja Warrior, $395 starting price
Naturally inspired by the TV show American Ninja Warrior, this new facility to the northside of Chicago features amazing obstacle courses with swinging ropes, monkey bars and warped walls. For 2-hours up to 15 guests will receive 80 minutes of course time. After the ninja workout kids will hang out for 40 minutes in a party room. Kids will leave super inspired to catch the next episode of American Ninja Warrior. Chicago, Il.
THE FREE-SPIRITED CRAFTY KID
12. Wishcraft Workshop, $375-$435
For the crafty kid book at party here. You can expect way more than stickers and store bought kits. This guided arts, crafts and sewing party guides kids through a class on using their creativity to execute their projects. If an all-sewing party would capture your child’s attention you can book this event. Check out their party to go options as well. Chicago, Il.
THE ENGINEER & BUILDER
13. Robot City, $40 per kid
I am guessing if your kid loves legos, coding or erector sets, they will love building robots! Book a robot-themed birthday party. This is a great party for smaller groups under 15 kids. The type of robot party-goers build is chosen by the birthday party kid. I love the fact that the kids go home with their robots, so your party favor budget become $0. Chicago, Il.
THE TRAMPOLINE JUNKIE
14. Sky High Sports, $225 to $325
This is a great place for a small group of kids to soar. This two-hour birthday party venue includes 120 minutes of trampoline jump time. Although you are not allowed to bring in outside food except a birthday cake, this party includes the foam pit and dodge ball. Packages are set for groups up to 12 and you pay extra for more kids. Niles and Naperville, Il.
15. The Brain Surgeon Theatre, $450-$895
Although this is party location is one of the more expensive birthday party packages, I think it is awesome! This film maker’s collective gives your birthday kid an opportunity to film a music video, create a movie trailer, short film or just play theatre games. Each topic offered is a different length, for example the playwriting party is 3 hours long and the making of a music video is only 1.5 hours. Most of the party packages allow up to 20 kids and this party concept can also be booked at your home. I am sure many middle elementary aged kids have a desire to direct and write; I think this is amazing for tween-aged kids. Chicago, Il.