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.
First up, in honor of Art Week, check out these wonderful birthday parties celebrating art and creativity. Unleash your child’s inner Picasso!
Neil Estrick Gallery, Grayslake (847) 223-1807
Local artist and father of two, Neil Estrick opens his ceramics studio to the public for art classes for children and adults alike. Graduate from play-doh and host a birthday party in his studio. The 1 1/2 hour party provides instruction for the children to create their own clay project and includes all supplies and firings. Kids work with clay for an hour and have the remaining 30 minutes for food and presents. Projects will later be glazed and fired and can be picked up a week or two after the party. For detailed party info click here and for studio updates visit the Neil Estrick Gallery on Facebook.
Make-A-Messterpiece, Glenview (847) 730-5275 Make-A-Messterpiece is currently closed
Creativity explodes at this play studio in Glenview where they say yes to the mess! Parents can relax while children take part in hands-on art activities like the popular Bubble’ology, Drum Roll or the Splat-tacular Tables. Classes, memberships, and field trips are also available.
Several party packages and rooms are available for varying size parties and food offerings. All parties last 90 minutes and every guest will receive their own picture frame that they paint along with a group photo for lasting memories. The Bubble’ology activity is included with each package but you can swap out or add-on activities on an a la carte basis. Like Make-A-Messterpiece on Facebook for all the latest news.
The Painted Penguin, Vernon Hills (847) 680-0005 The Vernon Hills Location Closed
Located inside Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Center, The Painted Penguin is a paint and take ceramics and plaster studio. Take the kids for a rainy day excursion or to ward off a case of the mall crankies. Children select a piece, you pay, they paint.
For birthdays, several packages are available both on-site and in your own home. Children can paint, make beaded bracelets or even do a Dino Dig! The birthday child receives a certificate to come back for a free plaster penguin and painting lesson. Get social with The Painted Penguin on Facebook.
CRE8 Workshop, Deerfield (847) 272-2738
A creative arts workshop where people of all ages can get crafty. Sign up for a workshop, class, summer camp, or schedule your own private event.
Birthday parties are for children ages 7 and up. Select a craft project for your guests to create from a wide array of choices. Upcycle everyday materials like duct tape, magazine pages, or t-shirts and turn them into bags, picture frames, and necklaces. Or go a more traditional route with jewelry making or candle holder craft. Cre8 provides all materials and instruction. For more information visit their Kids Parties page. Like Cre8 on Facebook for all the latest happenings.
Artist @ Heart, Libertyville (847) 816-4865
Owned and operated by local artist and mom Vicki Tucker, Artist @ Heart offers a variety of art and crafts, classes, workshops, and party space for kids and adults.
A variety of themes and projects are available for birthday parties which include all supplies and instruction along with paper goods and utensils. Add-on face painting or a special character visit from Snow White or a fairy for an additional fee. For full details visit their Parties page and check out some great party pictures at Artist @ Heart on Facebook.
Clay Monet, Lake Zurich (847) 540-7772
This pottery studio in downtown Lake Zurich offers classes in sculpting and wheel throwing along with a selection of bisque pottery for painting.
Several packages are available for children’s parties on-site, but they do deliver paint-your-own-pottery for at-home parties. Each party lasts 90 minutes, includes all supplies and instruction, and a keepsake Handprint Party Plate for the guest of honor complete with guest thumb prints and signatures. What a great way to remember a special day! Make friends with Clay Monet on Facebook for news and deals.
To Bead or Knot 2 Bead, Grayslake (847) 548-7556
Doesn’t the name say it all? This full service bead store has everything you need to bead. Attend a special store event or class or shop for supplies.
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Host your child’s party here and each guest walks away with a one-of-a-kind, piece of jewelry that they fashion themselves with the help of instructors. All supplies are included, you bring the food and drink.
Michaels, Locations in Gurnee, Vernon Hills and Kildeer
Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, Locations in Round Lake Beach, Lake Zurich, and Vernon Hills
Both of these national craft store chains also offer birthday parties. Download Michael’s party brochure or Joann Fabrics party brochure for full details.
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!
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