Welcome to the Ultimate Kids Birthday Party Guide, filled with all the best kids birthday party options so you can book a party to remember. This year the guide is split into three sections: places to have a kids birthday party, parties and entertainers that come to you, and bakeries for the best birthday cakes and treats. Click on the buttons below to be taken to a specific section or scroll through to see all of the amazing local options we have to choose from! Photos, contact information, and descriptions are included below. This guide is sponsored by the featured businesses.
Kids Birthday Party Guide Sections
Places to Have a Kids Birthday Party
Plan a fun and easy kids birthday party at one of these venues! Get details about each birthday party location, including available packages and more. Be sure to scroll all the way through because there are so many options and all of them are tons of fun!
Birthday parties should be no stress and great fun! We make it simple.
And we know what you want!
- We set up the party dance room
- We provide and set up tables and chairs with table clothes
- We provide balloons (with your favorite color or colors)
- We provide the instructor and the party of your choice: Princess/Disney Theme, Dance Party, or HipHop Party
You provide the cake, the food (if you want), and the refreshments (we do the cleanup)
Got a special idea in mind for your special birthday party? Let’s talk!
Goldfish Swim School provides fun, hassle-free birthday parties that include the use of the pool area for 1 hour and 15 minutes, 45 minute use of the party area, two lifeguards and one party coordinator. They even provide party invitations and envelopes. Goldfish takes care of all the party decorations and paper goods including balloons, a yummy batch of cupcakes (24 are included with the cost of the party), a Goldfish t-shirt for the birthday child and drinks (juice boxes) for all the children attending. If you would like additional food for the party you are welcome to bring it in or order from your favorite restaurant. Last, but not least, all set-up/clean-up will be handled by the Goldfish team!
Looking to take the stress out of party planning?
FLIP, TUMBLE, and JUMP on over to Gemini Gymnastics!
We’ll take care of the decorations, table settings, invitations, drinks, and entertainment, so that you can enjoy your child’s special day! Your birthday gymnast will feel like a gold medal winner as our enthusiastic coaches lead your party guests through 60 minutes of obstacle courses, games, and trampoline time! New to gymnastics? No problem! Activities are tailored to the skill level of each child.
After the gym, enjoy 30 minutes in your private party room where our hosts will handle set up, clean up, and everything in between! Give your child the gift of play and treat yourself to a hassle-free celebration!
Kids love helping in the kitchen! Entrée Kitchen is the perfect place to host your child’s birthday party because we do all the prep and clean up, so you can sit back and enjoy the party. They will assemble their own personal pizzas or entrees, bake cupcakes and help make our delicious marshmallow buttercream frosting from scratch too! Then top off all the fun in the kitchen with cupcake decorating and singing happy birthday!
Choose from 3 party options. Water and lemonade, as well as tables and chairs for your guests are provided with each option. Plus, all children receive their very own apron to decorate and take home! Click here to see available packages.
Chasers is a family business in Naperville celebrating our 20th Anniversary!
We offer a pay per player format, where one ticket covers all games and activities! This includes a climbing area, an interactive dance floor, music videos, an Xbox room, a Free Arcade, our popular Robot Battlestations, and, of course, unlimited Laser Tag in one of the largest and most unique arenas in the country you need to see!
Only pay for players that show up, and we have an open food policy where you can order from us or bring in your own!
Stop by for a tour- 95% of people that come in to see what we offer book that day!
Be sure to mention Kidlist and the birthday child will be free.
Flying High provides a fun, friendly, and safe environment to host your child’s party! We proudly offer a variety of party packages for all ages perfect for your celebration!! Guests will have a blast playing in the foam pit, bouncing on the trampolines, and exploring our famous 60 foot inflatable obstacle course. Enjoy swinging on the rope, playing on the gymnastics equipment, and much more!! Add on the zip line or basketball challenge at our Countryside location or the zip line, sports package, ninja zone package, cheer routine package, or wrecking ball inflatable at our Hickory Hills location for even more fun!! Each guest will leave with a Flying High souvenir and the Birthday Child will receive a special birthday water bottle!! All parties can be booked online.
Westmont Yard’s Over the Top Birthday Parties is the ideal place to host your child’s birthday party! They will have an active, fun, one of a kind birthday celebration built around different activity areas. Activities include inflatables, our 5-level play structure, field games, Nerf Wars and much more! All of our party packages include a party coordinator who will assist you with your party needs. Leave everything to us for 2 amazing hours of FUN!! We offer several different food options; pizza, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, fruit and veggie trays and more! Please call us or visit our website for more information about our different age appropriate party packages.
Let’s face it. Most first birthday parties are more for the grown-ups than the infants, right? But not here! We offer interactive musical parties specifically created just for infants and toddlers, so your birthday boy or girl will have a blast shaking shaker eggs, tapping rhythm sticks, and playing musical peek-a-boo. But the fun doesn’t end there! We have everything you need to celebrate your 1 – 5 year old’s special day in a playful, welcoming, and child-friendly space. Other entertainment options include arts and crafts, yoga adventures, a face painter, or a visit from a princess or superhero.
Our onsite events feature a party room with a built-in stereo system, adults and kidssized tables and chairs, and a kitchenette with a full refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and plenty of counter space for buffet-style serving. No food or beverage restrictions. Pictures available on our website.
Ball Factory offers private party rooms to provide a child everything he/she would want in a birthday – several hours of fun, private party rooms, food and beverage. Let us handle all the details! And, better yet, you relax with your adult guests over lattes and delicious food (and maybe check the football scores with the FREE WI-FI).
We do all the work so you don’t have to! From invitations, decorations, party favors, pizza, beverages, set-up and clean-up. Dedicated party assistants will keep the party on track so you can eat, socialize, and enjoy your children and guests.
Ball Factory desires playtime to be as rewarding for the parents as it is for the children, as they spend time together!
BIG Gymnastics provides a fun, safe and clean environment to host your child’s birthday! We provide a 75-minute structured format inside the gym with games fit for every ability. In addition to the games, the coaches will also allow for open gym time where the children can experience the fun of BIG! On top of your gym time, you will receive 45 minutes in our party room with a party assistant to take care of all of your needs and clean-up! Check below for a few more details!
- Parties Available on Saturdays and Sundays
- All Parties include 20 children
- Two Coaches and a Party Assistant
- Ninja Zone, Star Wars, and Princess Themes Available at an extra charge
- Every birthday child will receive a free gift
Imagine your party at DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM). Explore, create, build, wonder, discover, think, play, and more. DCM is serious fun – for the whole family! It’s serious because kids are learning, and fun because it’s play.
With over 17,000 square feet of exhibit space to explore, the possibilities are endless. Create a work of art in The Studio, build with real tools in the Construction House, make a splash in AWEsome Water, let your imagination run wild in Creativity Connections, and more.
Make it a day to remember where both kids and parents will have an amazing time celebrating and playing together! Party packages include UNLIMITED Museum playtime before and after reserved time in a private party room, with other options to customize your experience. Every party is an adventure!
Come introduce your children to to the world of spa days! Lilies & Spikes is a kid-friendly environment with an elegant atmosphere where skilled professionals pamper your children for the ultimate girls (or boys) day out!
Party packages can include party up-dos, manicures, pedicures, make-up application and facials. Spike party packages are also available for the boys, which include a faux barbershop shave, shampoo and spike style, check hair coloring, man manicure, faux tattoo and face paint.
Perfect for birthday parties or just a day to indulge! Additional party add-ons are also available, such as invitations, custom party favors and an autograph frame and picture.
Tee off your child’s birthday with a miniature golf party! Holes & Knolls features 36 holes of miniature golf in a beautiful setting with lots of water. Let us deal with the mess and the stress! Your party includes use of the Maryknoll Clubhouse party room and miniature golf admission. Food packages (pizza or hot dogs) are also available.
Holes & Knolls Mini Golf Course is a Glen Ellyn Park District facility located within Maryknoll Park. The park is also host to a Splash Park with 11 interactive water features, an adventure playground (with a 70′ zip line), a youth playground, and a large open-play area.
Sue’s Cakery provides a delicious, unique birthday experience for your child. Our parties begin with one hour of decorating in a real bakery setting, followed by a half hour for pizza and cupcakes. You pick your theme and dessert to decorate (cookies or cupcakes; cakes available for additional cost) and we’ll take care of everything else:
- hands-on decorating instruction
- personalized, party favor apron for each guest
- pizza, juice or water and cupcakes for dessert
- paper goods
- setup and clean up
Calling all sports fans! Whether it’s soccer, basketball, or volleyball your child loves, we have the space for you! Parties can be tailored to include the sport your child wants to play on their special day. Ackerman SFC features a state-of-the-art indoor turf, a full-size gym, and a party room.
Birthday kids can also take their party to new heights with a rock climbing party. During this exciting two-hour session, your child and their friends will have exclusive use of the Ackerman Alps to climb, belay and just generally have a blast. Ackerman’s experienced staff will assist party goers to ensure that both more skilled climbers and first timers have fun!
Beautiful Cantigny Park takes the cake for birthday parties for ages 4 to 12. Choose from three themes (garden, bugs or military) and three venues. The Picnic Pavilion is an outside space located near the greenhouse. The Education Center features a 1400-square-foot main room and is located near the Rose Garden. With these venues, you may bring in your own food and beverage and choosing a birthday party package is optional. Both facilities are available to rent in four-hour increments and, if you wish, Cantigny will coordinate 90 minutes of themed party activities. The third venue is the Medill Room inside the Cantigny Visitors Center. For this space you must choose a birthday party package and no outside food or drink is permitted (except cake). For theme party packages, Cantigny provides invitations, decorations, tableware and a balloon bouquet. Packages also include some setup and cleanup by Cantigny.
The Naperville Park District offers four different locations and several different party themes including nature, gymnastics, pottery, cooking, a party featuring our indoor playground and more. We have everything you need to make your event special for your child and easy for you! Desserts are provided from DeEtta’s Bakery, activities are organized and paper products and clean up are included. Add-on options for pizza also are available.
Make a splash with your bash! Available only during the summer season, kids will play in eleven interactive water features before heading to the Clubhouse for presents. Food packages (pizza or hot dogs) are also available. The Glen Ellyn Park District’s Splash Park is located within Maryknoll Park which also features Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf Course, an adventure playground (with a 70′ zip line), a youth playground, and a large open-play area.
When you hold your child’s birthday party at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, your children will have a guaranteed fun time! And, as a parent, you’ll know that every one of our fun interactive exhibits inspire creativity, play and critical thinking skills. With your party package, you’ll get a full hour and a half in the party room plus your guests can come play before or after your party! Want the entire museum for just you and your guests? We can do that, too! Give us a call or send us an email with your questions! Join our museum as a member and get an additional 10% off your party!
Bounce Around offers different birthday party packages based on your needs. Each party package includes two hour room rental, pizzas, juice boxes, tokens and paper products.
- 10 Children ($275) includes 2 hours private room rental, 3 pizzas and 10 juice drinks
- 15 Children ($345) includes 2 hours private room rental, 4 pizzas and 15 juice drinks
- 20 Children ($425) includes 2 hours private room rental, 5 pizzas and 20 juice drinks
- 25 Children ($495) includes 2 hours private room rental, 6 pizzas and 25 juice drinks
- 30 Children ($545) includes 2 hours private room rental, 7 pizzas and 30 juice drinks
FunFlatables’ Party-n-Play centers are your #1 family entertainment center for indoor, all-occasion parties and FUN. Our soft inflatable playgrounds provide the whole family with continuous FUN Jumping, Bouncing, Climbing, Snaking through Obstacles and Soaring down Slides!
LOOKING FOR A FUN & INTERACTIVE CHILD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY?
FunFlatables is committed to ensuring your child’s birthday celebration will be a day to remember forever! FunFlatables offers boundless inflatable play structures that will keep all party guests, regardless of age, endlessly entertained.
FunFlatables also specializes in FIELD TRIPS, FUNDRAISERS, GROUP EVENTS and at our Mall locations–OPEN PLAY EVERY DAY!
At FunFlatables, kids are physically and mentally engaged with age-appropriate play. Keeping your kids active and fit has never been more FUN!
Children’s parties have never been better. If you are looking for a party your children will never forget, with activites their friends will love, and a stress free party for parents, our parties are for you.
Our parties are offered for children turning 4 yrs+, younger siblings are always welcome to attend. Every party includes a number of hands-on science activities for each child, while you spend time in our eco-designed centers. Activities range from making polymers to experimenting with pressure (safely). Parents are amazed that all the children are captivated for nearly an hour, but it makes sense when you think about it – understanding how the world around us works by experimenting is pretty cool.
Voted top 5 birthday parties for kids in Chicagoland.
At the Lombard Roller Rink, birthday parties are our specialty. Both packages we offer include skate rental, a drink and ice cream. You bring your dessert, we do the rest! Our DJ takes care of entertaining the kids and we play several games throughout the party.
- The cheese pizza package is $14.00 per guest (8 guest min.)
- The hot dog/chip package is $15.00 per guest (8 guest min.)
- A $40 non-refundable deposit goes toward your party.
Our infamous “skate ride” is also included in the party package for the birthday child. The kids love to be pushed by their friends in the big skate while the birthday song is played! Each guest also receives a free pass to come back to skate!
100% private, full service/ no-hassle parties. Gigantically-fun inflatables, awesome games, and a party room equipped with a huge throne. Food, drinks, party favors – you pick your own kids birthday party package, so you get exactly the party you want. The fun is endless- Balloon Drop, Go Glow, Bubbles, Unlimited Air Hockey, Candy, Piñatas and the list goes on! All you need to do is bring the kids, we’ve got all the fun covered. We’ll even clean up afterwards, so the party will never have to end. Please call or visit our website to book your party today!
Forest the Fox’s Playbox is an intergrated softplayground providing children with hours of physical and developmental activities. The Playbox is available for use on a daily fee basis ($3 per child) or available for private parties!
- The Playbox Party Package Includes:
- 2 hour party up to 20 children
- Exclusive use of the playbox during the party rental
- Special Forest the Fox’s T-Shirt for the birthday boy/girl
- Forest the Fox’s party invitations
- A balloon for each child
- Private room for gifts, refreshments including: use of refrigerator, freezer, paper plates, cups & napkins
- Party Supervisor
Celebrate your Birthday at Forest the Fox’s Playbox! For booking parties and more information, contact Karen at 708.562.6410 x311.
We offer various party packages for children’s birthday parties starting at $14.95 per child. Our standard party package includes one hour of bowling (shoe rental included), as well as an hour in your very own party room, complete with pizza and soda for each child. Each party will have its own party coordinator, who is there to ensure everyone is having a great time and that parents have the opportunity to sit back and relax. Lanes fill up fast, so make sure to book your party online as soon as possible! If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call!
Discount! Mention that you saw Tivoli Bowl on Kidlist and receive a 10% discount.
Looking for a birthday party that isn’t more of the same? Try the Place Where Awesome Lives! We’ll deliver fun in an engaging, safe and unique environment that your kids and guests will love.
Packages include 90 minutes in a private party room, free FULL-DAY admission to the Museum for your guests, and free parking.
The choice is yours: host activities in your private room and let your guests explore the Museum both before and after your party time, or use the room as a home base for food, cake and presents and have your guests play and learn during your party slot.
Perfect for children up to age 8!
Let us host your next birthday celebration — we make it easy! Simply choose from Dance, Jungle Safari, Sports or Gymnastics parties.
ALL PARTY PACKAGES INCLUDE
- Invitations for your party guests
- Drinks & cheese pizza (plates, cups & napkins included)
- A goodie bag for each child
- A Party Coordinator
- A group picture for the birthday child
Parties are intended for children and the host parents/guardians only (no additional adults). Cake, cake plates, & cake forks are not supplied, but may be brought in.
Dance, Jungle, Sports: $150/R – $200/NR for 12 child minimum*
Gymnastics: $175/R – $225/NR for 12 child minimum*
*$10/additional child beyond 12 child minimum. $50 cash deposit required; call for details.
WHO DOESN’T LOVE TO BOWL!!
Fox Bowl, family-owned for 30+ years, is the perfect place for your child’s birthday party. We have several party packages available which include bowling, our delicious homemade pizza, soda, birthday-themed paper goods, free bowling passes for all guests and a special memento for the birthday child.
Our family-friendly lanes have automatic bumpers and dinosaur ramps for our youngest bowlers. We also offer glow-in-the-dark cosmic bowling at select times during the weekend. For additional fun, visit our newly opened game room, featuring a variety of classic games such as skee-ball and air hockey.
You bring your guests and we do the rest!
Plan an unforgettable party for your child at Topgolf Naperville. No work, no stress, and
no mess. In just a few clicks, your party will be set and ready for the kids to have a blast! When it comes to the game itself, kids and adults hit micro-chipped balls for points by hitting the balls into targets on the outfield. Whether you’re an aspiring pro or picking up the club for the first time, Topgolf is everyone’s game.
- Pre-reserved bays with no wait!
- Lifetime players cards and complimentary loaner youth and adult clubs
- Welcome Signs and birthday buttons, personalized with your child’s name
- Photo frame to take pictures with your child and guests
- Two (2) hours of unlimited Topgolf play on the first level
- Preselected kids’ meals & beverages
- Unlimited sodas, lemonade & water
Prices start at $25 Price Per Child++
Fun Zone is filled with attractions to make your child’s birthday special, including laser tag, bumper cars, virtual reality pods, arcade games, indoor play area, and more!
Choose from one of four birthday party packages. All packages include up to 15 children, party supplies, dedicated party host for the duration of your party, online invitations and online thank you cards, two slices of a one-topping pizza and ice cream for each child to enjoy in a birthday party groom, a t-shirt and two ice cream coupons for the birthday girl or boy to use for future visits. Children are welcome to stay and play all day after the party.
Book an Animal Encounter Party and treat your guests to an encounter with our Patagonian Cavy, Serama Chickens, Bunnies, Hedgehog, Sugar Gliders and MORE! This NO MESS, NO STRESS 2 hour party includes all the necessities for a good time! You supply the food and drinks, leave the entertaining to us!
- This Party Includes:
Half hour in the Party Room
- 1 hour of Animal Interaction
- Half hour baking BaaBaa Biscuits and feeding goats
- Birthday Boy/Girl gets a Farm T-Shirt
The animal interaction will include 9 animals of your choosing.
Your guests will get a chance to touch the animals and learn all about their amazing habits and adaptations!
Contact Nicole for bookings.
Parties and Entertainers That Come To You
Already have a birthday party venue in mind or want to have the party at home? The following entertainers, magicians, and all-in-one party experts will make your son or daughters party a success!
Sparkles Entertainment has been providing stilt walkers, creative balloonists, talented face painters, jugglers, unicyclists, amazing magicians, caricature artists, plus many more professional performers for over 20 years. Sparkles also can provide DJs, Photo Booths, Impersonators and comedians. Appearances are also available by Princesses, including Anna and Elsa, Monster High, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Superheroes and more!
Sparkles takes great pride in working with our clients — from creating a private gathering at your home, or a large corporate event — to make each event a truly unique experience. We can work to enhance your theme, or help you create one. Let us do the work so you can enjoy your event with your guests. Sparkles Entertainment is fully insured. We look forward to putting the “Sparkle” in your event!
Bellossoms by Erika Swanson – storybooks for adventurers
FOLLOW THE FLOWERS FOR A GREAT BIRTHDAY ADVENTURE!
Float into the Bellossoms world as artist Erika Swanson takes your birthday child through an illustrated adventure! Starting with a brief introduction to the Bellossoms storybooks, guests will enjoy an interactive drawing demonstration as they choose what’s drawn and see it illustrated in front of their own eyes! Afterwards, guests can create their own artwork in a group drawing lesson!
The birthday child will receive a signed copy of Bellossoms, as well as a customized birthday caricature! Erika also does event caricatures and sketch cards – ask about extending your party!
Party Like A Princess is owned and operated by two sisters who believe in the importance of creating magical memories for every child we meet! Our unique blend of professional performers and early childhood specialists truly is what makes Party Like A Princess stand out from other entertainment. We don’t just create “entertainment”- we create an experience! From our meet & greets and personalized video messages, to our Mermaid Pool Parties and our full service party planning… We strive to create magical memories for each family that will last a lifetime! With a wide variety of characters and packages offered, we are sure to have someone that your child would love to meet. Visit our site to check it out!
Dayton is one of Chicagoland’s premier magicians for children’s birthday parties, schools, neighborhood events, private parties, and corporate events. He dazzles audiences all over the Chicago suburbs/City with his amazing, engaging, and age appropriate magic that will leave you spell-bound and laughing out loud during the entire performance. At age 13, and as a great role model for young people, he has performed shows for audiences of all ages ranging from 10 to 700 guests. With audience participation as a hallmark, each audience member feels as if they are a part of the show. Dayton will provide a custom experience for your event and audience including extraordinary magic, balloon creations, and even teaching magic to your guests. Book now.
Andrew, an award winning magician with 40 years experience specializes in children’s and family entertainment with over 500 shows yearly at various venues. Kidzmagic’s birthday party package is age appropriate with live rabbits produced during the show that kidz may pet afterwards and take pictures with. Most of the illusions require participation from helpers. After the show is over Balloon Animals are made for the kidz. You can also purchase just the Magic Show or just the Balloon Twisting alone. Andrew is a full time professional magician and is fully insured. Kidzmagic is easily tailored to suit children of all ages. And if you think it’s hard to impress older children? Don’t worry, Andrew will leave them seriously stunned and amazed.
Cool Science provides unique, science-themed birthday parties that kids love! We have lots of fun themes to choose from including an all-slime party where kids make traditional slime, slime you can bathe with, and slime you can eat; a wizard party full of portion-making chemistry experiments; a spa party where kids make beautiful handmade soaps and confetti cupcake bath bombs; an action-packed Star Wars party; a super fun Pokemon party; and more! We provide all of the supplies and themed goodies for your guests to take home. All you have to do is to provide the location and we’ll do the rest. Stress-free birthday parties for the win!
Best Birthday Cakes and Treats
Kidlist readers submitted their picks for the best bakeries for kids birthday cakes and treats and we have a great list of options, along with quotes!
29 S Prospect Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
There’s nothing more exciting for a child than their birthday…and a great cake can make the day magical. Whatever your child’s obsession is for that day…Minions, Frozen, Pac-Man, whatever…Sue can design it and bring it life.
Sue uses only the finest ingredients in her cakes and everything is made on-site to ensure it is absolutely incredible. Her buttercream frosting is made fresh every day and is so light and delicious. Her cakes look amazing and taste even better.
Sue can also supplement any cake design with decorated cookies and cupcakes…perfect for take home treats.
Call Sue and let her make your child’s dream a reality.