Kids can experience the sciences hands-on with unique themed birthday experiences at The Laboratory Chicago.
Kids can experience the sciences hands-on with unique themed birthday experiences at The Laboratory Chicago.

15 Best Indoor Birthday Party Spots for Chicago Kids

Chicago doesn’t lack for indoor fun zones for kids, and when it comes to indoor birthday party places, there are so many awesome options you’ll never have to celebrate in the same spot twice. From bounce houses to cooking classes to climbing walls and beyond, here are the best ways to celebrate a birthday indoors in Chicago.

Altitude Trampoline Park — West Town
Ages 2 and up
Weekdays and weekends
Packages for up to 10 and 20 kids
Don’t let the name fool you—this place is way more than just trampolines, although the trampolines are fun enough. Adventurous kiddos can also swing on a trapeze or play basketball, extreme dodgeball, and wipeout. Parties here include staff, 2 hours of jumping time, tableware, setup and cleanup, socks for guests, pizza, and drinks (you bring the cake).

Be Kids Café — Humboldt Park
Ages 4 and up
Weekdays and weekends
Packages for up to 10, 20, and 30 kids
This new café and playspace in Humboldt Park with a giant indoor climbing structure featuring a superfast slide will start booking birthday parties in April. Two hour party packages include a gift, drinks, invitations, staff, setup and cleanup, and tableware, with optional add-ons like decorations and a piñata. Socks required.


Climb to high heights for a birthday celebration at Brooklyn Boulders Chicago. Photo by Nikko Salgado for Brooklyn Boulders Chicago

Brooklyn Boulders Chicago — West Side
Ages 5 and up
Saturdays and Sundays
Packages for 5-20 kids
The cool climbing walls for all levels at this spot sure beat climbing the walls at home. Bring your own food and drinks, and they provide party staff, climbing instruction, and an exhilarating challenge active kids will love.


Digital Adventures is a cross between a party and a personal tutoring lesson—in a good way! 

Digital Adventures — Lincoln Park
Ages 4 and up
Saturdays and Sundays
Packages for up to 8 kids
With coding parties for young kids on up to tweens and teens in digital app development, robotics, Minecraft, virtual reality, and video game programming, plus special all-girl party themes, Digital Adventures is a cross between a party and a personal tutoring lesson—in a good way. You bring the cake and ice cream, they provide the tech and instruction.

EnerGEEwhiz — Lincoln Park
Ages 2.5 and up
Saturdays and Sundays
Packages for up to 12 kids
Kids will burn So. Much. Energy. at this innovative gym and play zone, with custom-built challenges and activities for all ages and levels. A birthday party here includes 45 minutes of open play plus one hour of guided activities in their creative exercise and play space, as well as grip socks for party guests.

Kids' Science Labs — Lincoln Park, South Loop, Wheaton, Northbrook
Ages 4 and up
Sundays
Packages for up to 15 or 30 kids
You provide the food, they do the rest at this science exploration headquarters for kids. 90-minute party packages come with an hour-long science activity (fun themes include a slime party, chemical reactions, and color and light exploration), plus entertainment, materials, tableware, and staff.

 
All party-goers get to measure and mix ingredients to make individual cakes at the Kids' Table.
 

The Kids’ Table — Wicker Park and Lakeview
Ages 2 and up
Weekdays and weekends
Packages for up to 12, 15, or 18 kids
For budding chefs—or really any kid who just likes tasty food—The Kids’ Table offers instructor-led kids’ cooking parties where cooks as young as 2 work together to create mouthwatering dishes like pizza, tacos, pasta, or mac n’ cheese. The party upgrades here are especially fun: premium themes include Kitchen Chemistry or Cupcake Wars, with optional add-ons like a photographer, musical guest, or goodie bags. They can accommodate most food allergies, too.

The Laboratory — Bucktown
Ages 5-14
Saturdays and Sundays
Packages for up to 20 kids
Hands-on science parties have come a long way since your mom taught your friends how to make oobleck back in preschool. At The Laboratory, party kids get to don lab coats and goggles, just like real scientists do, and participate in an hour-long instructor-led session. Themes include mini-bots, Harry Potter-inspired potion-making, and Elsa-inspired frozen science experiments. You bring the food, drinks, and tableware (the facility is nut-free).


Whether your little one is a superhero, ninja warrior or martial artist, POW! Kids will offer a birthday party they will never forget. 

Pow! Gym — West Loop
Ages 4-11
Saturdays and Sundays
Packages for up to 15 kids
The flexible, relatively affordable party packages at this martial arts gym come with 90 minutes of programmed, instructor-led activities like relay races and obstacle courses; super-fun optional add-on themes include Jedi training, martial arts, ninja warrior skills, and secret agent training. You can bring in whatever food and cake you want (a nice alternative to the force-fed cheese pizzas at most birthday party venues) but you have to bring your own tableware. They do setup and cleanup.

Pump It Up — Near North Side
Ages 2.5 and up
Weekdays and weekends
Packages for up to 10 to 25 kids
Pull on your best party socks and step into inflatable bounce house heaven. Birthday party packages here include exclusive use of the activity rooms, invitations, plus a private party room and staff coordinator, with the option to add decorations, goodie bags, even glow sticks and bubbles. Outside food isn’t allowed except for birthday cake, but they can provide that too if you’d rather leave it all to them.

Razzmatazz Family Fun Center — McKinley Park
Ages 4-14
Weekdays and weekends
Packages for 10-26 kids
It’s all about options at this giant family fun warehouse: Choose from 2 or 3 hour party packages plus a wide menu of options for play, food, and activities. You get food (slightly-elevated versions of party fare like burgers, pizza, wings, and fries), drinks, and ice cream (you bring the cake), plus party staff, credits for games, and private time in a fun zone of your kiddo’s choice: bowling, inflatables, soccer, or the sport court.

Sod Room — South Loop
Ages 0-5
Weekdays and weekends
Packages for up to 15 kids
The adorable, light-filled eco-friendly indoor play space in the South Loop also features a private room for birthday parties for the younger set. If the thought of all the plastic plates and cups that get trashed after most kids’ birthday parties makes you cringe a bit, The Sod Room offers thoughtful, earth-conscious alternatives like biodegradable tableware, vintage milk jars for drinks, and green goodie bags.


Indoor obstacle courses, private party room, and personalized party package are all yours at Ultimate Ninjas.
 

Ultimate Ninjas — Ravenswood
Weekends
Ages 5 and up
Packages for up to 40 kids
Ninja warriors in training can tackle this indoor obstacle course and play area with guidance from friendly and encouraging staff. Entrees must be ordered through the venue, but other outside food is okay. Parties come with decorations, tableware, setup and cleanup, and drinks…plus that feeling of accomplishment that only comes from knowing you are, in fact, a ninja.

Windy City Fieldhouse — Logan Square
All ages
Packages for up to 25 kids
Weekdays and weekends
Let city kids run free at this 55,000 square foot indoor fun zone (honestly, this place is humongous), where party packages are unusually full-service. You get a dedicated party planner who helps coordinate and set up the party and will run activities from scooter races and capture the flag to kickball and dodgeball. Or choose from optional party themes like Nurf Wars, superheroes, sports academy, mad science, laser tag, or even a scavenger hunt.

Wishcraft Workshop — Roscoe Village
Ages 5-14
Packages for up to 25 kids
Friday nights and Saturdays
At Wishcraft Workshop, the super-talented staff of artists and makers will work with you to plan a drop-off party with expert-guided crafts and activities that encourage creativity and fun. As you might expect from a creativity-fueled art center for kids, the options are pretty close to endless, and staff will prepare a custom estimate for your party based on your needs. Your preschooler has her heart set on a robot shark cupcake party? They can work with that.

Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues

 


Altitude Trampoline Park
404 N. Armour Street
Chicago, IL 60642

Be Kids Cafe
2800 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Brooklyn Boulders Chicago
100 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Digital Adventures
701 W. Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

EnerGEEwhiz
1418 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

Kids' Science Labs Lincoln Park
1418 N Kingsbury Street
Chicago, IL 60642

Kids' Science Labs South Loop
1801 S. Indiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

Kids' Science Labs Wheaton
275 Rice Lake Square
Wheaton, IL 60189

Kids' Science Labs Northbrook
840 Willow Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062

The Kids' Table Wicker Park
2337 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

The Kids' Table Lakeview
2864 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

The Laboratory
2349 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Pow! Gym
310 South Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607

Pump It Up
821 W Eastman Street
Chicago, IL 60642

Razzmatazz Family Fun Center
3900 S. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

The Sod Room
1454 S. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor
Chicago , IL 60605

Ultimate Ninjas
2915 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Windy City Fieldhouse
2367 W. Logan Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647

Wishcraft Workshop
3907 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618