Great parties without all the effort

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Penny Murad

There's no question that most of us parents have too much to do and too little time. So, what about if we could actually enjoy our child's birthday party - without the preparation, planning the entertainment, serving the food, AND the dreaded clean up? These venues will actually throw the whole party for you - all you have to do is be a guest at your child's party. Win win all around!

Yu Kids Island Chicago is the only play place of its kind in the country. Recently opened and conveniently located in the Woodfield Mall, and open seven days a week, rain or shine, Yu Kids Island Chicago features activities and equipment with movement. That's right-all of the equipment gently move. From their Spinning Palms to Dancing Balloons (both big and small) and even a super special Revolving Tree, all of the equipment helps to teach children until 48" body coordination, strengthen muscles, and improve interaction with others. And now, Yu Kids Island Chicago is offering birthday parties for your child.

A party at Yu Kids Island Chicago includes a special party coordinator to help you throughout the entire party; free printable invitations; use of a private party room for 1 ½ hours; all party supplies - cups, plates, etc.; party set up and clean up; plus unlimited playtime for all guests the entire day. Food and drink are available for an additional charge. The only thing parents have to supply is the cake.

Aneta Mojsa of Yu Kids Island Chicago says, "Yu Kids Island is dedicated to making playtime as rewarding for the parents as it is for the children. This is truly that much-sought-after quality time that parents want to spend with their children."

Odyssey Fun World originally opened in Tinley Park as a 45,000 sq. ft. indoor facility. It now includes three indoor rides, Laser Trek, a gaming lounge, a two level redemption center, and exploration adventure. Their outdoor venue (weather permitting) includes two go kart tracks; 2 mini golf courses (one of which is wheelchair accessible); baseball/softball batting cages; speed boats and bumper boats, as well as an inflatable kids' park.

Ryan Jacobs of Odyssey Fun World describes this amazing place as "Chuckee Cheese on steroids." And their birthday parties are equally sensational! Odyssey Fun World offers a variety of customizable party packages. You can design a free party invitation through E-vite, or purchase postcard invitations for a nominal charge. For the basic birthday party, pizza and pop are included, as well as game tokens and your choice of unlimited exploration adventure, 1 laser tag mission, or indoor ride tickets. Options can be added to suit the tastes of the birthday guest, including goody bags. Their premier packages include an extreme everything wristband which allows unlimited exploration adventure time, and unlimited indoor rides. Parents supply cake and ice cream. Mascot Chipper can even be invited to join your birthday party for a photograph with the birthday child.

"Whether your Child is only 2 years old, or even 45, Odyssey Fun World has activities sure to entertain your guests."

Most parents of young children are familiar with My Gym, which is an extraordinary program and facility, designed to make fitness fun. My Gym is dedicated to nurturing children, not only physically, but mentally, socially and emotionally. And what better facility for a terrific children's birthday party than My Gym?

Lindley Gibbs of My Gym, Skokie, says, "Our complete facility is dedicated solely to your family and guests. Celebrate your child's birthday with exhilarating, age-appropriate games and original activities, relays, rides, songs, puppets and more! Our party specialists handle the set up, decorations, entertainment, refreshment service, and cleanup. You just sit back and enjoy the fun."

Parents can choose from three party packages, which allow party guests the exclusive use of the facility, a party room, decorations, a My Gym birthday gift for the birthday child, and party planning specialists. You can add on face painting, piñatas, goody bags, pizza and drinks. Parents also have the option of choosing free classes, both for the birthday child, as well as guests, for an additional charge. The party planning specialists are experts at guiding guests through a fun filled birthday even. They will personalize the party with a special song for the birthday child, and will work with the parents to ensure that the birthday child is the star of the day.

Jim Olson of GameWorks Schaumburg asserts that "GameWorks is the place for happy kids and stress-free grownups." Located in The Streets of Woodfield, this 38,000 square foot facility features over 200 games, including virtual bowling, amazing Monkey Ball, and much, much more. And check out their brand new redemption center. There's something for everyone. Olson says, "The kids love it….there's dancing, sports, music - everything. And it's truly no hassle for the parents."

All party packages include pizza, cake and soft drinks. From their weekday fun pack, which features 1 hour video game play for the birthday guests to their Super-Sonic Celebration, which also includes Sonic tableware, party hats, balloons and a special birthday gift for the birthday child - your child is guaranteed to have the best birthday. This huge facility can host multiple birthday parties at the same time, and their service is second to none.

Incorporated in Illinois in 1995, the Windy City Fieldhouse is now the Midwest's largest team building and entertainment company. Their 55,000 square foot facility (that's right - the size of a football field) is perfect as a multi purpose sports facility. Their customer service is noted from satisfied customers time and again.

"The best things about my son's birthday party were the convenience; there is no clean up; the awesome and friendly staff, and, of course, the kids leave exhausted." Betty L., Parent

For those of you who think the Windy City Fieldhouse is only about sports, check out their exciting Themed Party Packages! What about the Mad Science Themed Party, which includes an interactive science show, as well as the group sports play and dining time for food and cake? Or a Scavenger Hunt Birthday Party? And for your little princess, Windy City Fieldhouse offers a Princess Party.

Windy City Fieldhouse has two goals: 1) to make sure your child and his/her friends have a great time. 2) to provide a hassle-free planning experience allowing you to enjoy your child's special day. And their birthday parties are entirely customizable; their service staff will work closely with you to ensure exactly the kind of party your child desires.

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