As long as there's cake involved, your tot will likely love her party.

Toddlers' Birthday Parties in Chicago

by Amy Sutton

Planning a birthday party for your little cutie pie in the windy city? Chicago, Illinois covers a large area and offers a wide assortment of party locations throughout the city. When choosing a place for your toddler's party, there are some things you definitely need to consider, like safety and space. Some of the available party venues are likely more ideal for your busy little toddler than others.

1. Animals Parties

Do you have a wild little monkey on your hands? Plan him a wild bash at the zoo. The Brookfield Zoo (czs.org) offers an assortment of birthday party packages. A basic package includes zoo admission, parking, tickets to zoo attractions, a buffet lunch, party favors, decorations and a T-shirt for your birthday boy. You can add extras, like tickets to Stingray Bay or the Dolphin Show, stuffed animals or a face painter. You just bring the cake and little guests, ready to party. You could also host the party at your home and book Nature's Creatures Animal Show (naturescreatures.net) to come for a visit. You can customize this show with your choice of animals. For example, you could have a basic show with lizards, snakes, bunnies, a giant tortoise and a baby alligator -- or, add pony rides or larger animals.

2. Art Parties

Do you have a mini Picasso at home? Let her express herself with an art party. At Chicago Art and Design (chicagoartanddesigncenter.com), kids' birthday parties include art activities, decorations, setup and cleanup. You just bring the refreshments and cake. Choose from party themes like dinosaurs, pirates, princesses, or superheroes. Or, let Lillstreet Art Center (lillstreet.com) host your toddler's party. Packages include invitations, a private party room, goodie bags, teachers and helpers -- and all the necessary art supplies. All you need to bring is paper products, utensils, food and decorations. A toddler party lasts 90 minutes and could include projects like birds' nests, pretend food or cereal bowls.

3. Playtime Parties

Have a playtime party where your kiddo and his little buddies can run and play. Purple Monkey Playroom (purplemonkeyplayroom.com) offers party packages with two hours of private, open play time. Choose a basic package with invitations, a staff assistant and free cleanup. Other packages include things like food, drinks, additional entertainment and even the cake, making it easy-peasy for mom. You could also do a playtime party at My Corner Playroom (mycornerplayroom.com). All parties come with utensils, paper products, ice and a party assistant. There are an assortment of party packages from which you can choose that could include a private party room, invitations, private playtime, food and drinks.

4. Science or Museum Party

Hold your budding scientist's birthday party at Kids Science Labs (kslchicago.com). This 4,000-square foot facility offers an array of parties. The Big Birthday Blowout is ideal for your little toddler. It includes 2 hours of science fun with 30 minutes of hands-on projects, goodie bags, a party coordinator, tableware, an interactive science demo and a special gift for your little princess. Choose from themes, like bubbles, slime or explosions. At Kohl Children's Museum (kohlchildrensmuseum.org), your birthday girl and her guests can enjoy a full day of play throughout the museum, 1 1/2 hours of private party time and free museum admission for your kiddo. Add extras like cupcakes for the tots to decorate, a party coordinator and paper products.

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