We’re lucky to have so many great options in Lake County that take the hassle out of birthday parties for mom and dad. With so many choices, where do you start? That’s why we’ve created the Ultimate Lake County Guide to Birthdays! Over the next several weeks we will share listings of tried-and-true birthday party locations, as well as several you may not have heard of. You are sure to find a spot to fit your child’s taste all while keeping your house clean and your sanity intact.
Previously you’ve read about Art Birthday , Animal Birthday and Culinary Birthday party locations. Today we get a little sneaky and offer up educational experiences disguised as birthday parties. Like a cupcake hiding kale in it, these parties offer plenty of fun; but if the kids just so happen to learn a thing or two – BONUS!
Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda
Currently located in the lovely Lakewood Forest Preserve (museum will relocate within the next 2-3 years,) The Lake County Discovery Museum is a true gem for families looking for a little education with their entertainment. Melissa literally gushes over the museum in this previous post.
An educator with the Lake County Forest Preserves facilitates hands-on educational activities that highlight the nature and history of Lake County. Children with curious minds ranging in age from 4-12 have a plethora of themes to choose from including Fossil Hunt, Pioneer Party, and Exploding Volcanoes. Guests can dig for fossils, play period games from the 1830’s, or create and explode their own volcano! Many more themes and information can be found online. For updates on what’s happening, like the Lake County Discovery Museum on Facebook.
C & A Robot Factory, Libertyville (847) 996-0123
Budding engineers and LEGO enthusiasts love playtime at C & A Robot Factory. They also offer after-school enrichment classes that stimulate creativity while teaching science, technology, engineering and math. Read Genevieve’s review here.
You can rent the entire space for exclusive use on Fridays and Saturdays or have a smaller semi-private event on Sundays. Available themes include Star Wars for your young Jedi and We-Do Robotics for your future engineer, among many others. One theme even allows children to build and design a solar-powered butterfly. Every 1 1/2 hour party includes 1-2 party hosts, drinks, paper goods and utensils. You can add on pizza, goodie bags, and other keepsake party favors. Visit their birthday party page for full details and check out lots of fun party pictures at C & A Robot Factory on Facebook.
Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview (847)832-6600
An area favorite offering 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for kids ages birth to 8. The idea is to help children become better learners through self-directed play. Their permanent exhibits include a Baby Nursery, Car Care, Water Works and the Hands on House to name a few.
Birthday parties include a full day admission for all guests, 90 minutes in the party room and no charge for adult guests. Upgrade to a deluxe party and include all paper products, cupcakes and a party coordinator. Visit their Birthday Party page for full details and like Kohl Children’s Museum on Facebook for updates.
Be on the lookout for the next installment in our Ultimate Lake County Guide to Birthdays series. From animal encounters and culinary experiences to bowling and bouncing, we’ve scouted it out for you!
Know of a place we haven’t mentioned? Share with us in the comments below.