Adoring Fans. Attention from the crowd. Lots of doting and
spoiling. For most kids, birthdays provide that once-a-year
opportunity to grab the spotlight, take the proverbial stage and
truly become the star of the party. Parents and lots of local
businesses realize that 'the star' is indeed what kids want to be
and they're catering plans and offerings to make sure children get
the experience they desire. If you're looking for ways to make sure
your child feels amply pampered with the star treatment, read
What could be better than celebrating a birthday with the King's
Court at Medieval Times in Schaumburg? The birthday celebrant is
surely the star of the party here, where celebrations include
admission to the thrilling two-hour show, a medieval four-course
feast, a slice of cake and a group photo. Take things to the next
level by planning a knighting ceremony for your child during the
party. Lord Chancellor performs the knighting in the Hall of Arms.
A wench or surf will sing and all in attendance will focus on the
birthday child and his or her new knighthood. For Sunday parties,
the first 100 kids in line are welcomed into the actual arena sand
to learn how to properly swing a sword and participate in a
community knighting ceremony. Celebrate the medieval way and your
youngster will definitely feel like a star.
Video games are all the rage with kids of any age these days.
Just imagine how it would feel to have all your favorites up and
running simultaneously so that your friends could play together.
That's where The Game Dudes come in, with their state-of-the-art
mobile gaming theater in tow. Equipped with the latest technology
from floor-to-roof inside and out, this unique gaming experience
offers packages ranging from two to three hours and can accommodate
16 to 20 kids. Don't worry much about the weather; The Game Dudes
will take care of your star with their climate-controlled vehicle
and outdoor awnings. The star of the party will feel truly in
charge when they select their favorite games to play, including
those just released and most anticipated. Laser tag can be added as
well. "We recently had a brother-sister party where the boys set up
their games inside and the girls did Wii Rock Band, Just Dance and
karaoke outside," says Kevin Brock, director of franchise
operations. "It worked out great and everyone had a blast." The
serious entertainment provided by The Game Dudes means parents save
on extra food or activity costs; kids will be so busy that they
won't need anything else. Sit back and watch your gamer run the
Your child will feel like a star while under the stars at the
Adler Planetarium. The newest birthday party package includes Deep
Space Adventure, an immersive space experience like no other. Kids
will board the observation deck of a starship where they'll be
surrounded by the larger-than-life phenomena of the dynamic
universe in which we live. Parents can personalize a planetarium
party to include specific shows, like Journey to the Stars and One
World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure, depending on ages and
interest. Decorations and cake may be brought in and catering and
goody bags are included at an additional cost. Kids aged 3 to 10
will love a planetarium party, but for those 6 and up, consider
another new offering: an Astro-overnight. Youngsters visit exhibits
late night, participate in exciting activities and telescope
viewing. The planetarium includes a late-night snack for this
adventure, and parents can select from an evening after-hours party
or a true planetarium sleepover.
There's nothing like being the center of attention at birthday
party given by The Bus of Fun. Kids ages 12 and under will love
planning the line-up of classic style party games, like Bozo
buckets, tug-of-war and balloon tosses, all which take place on the
fully birthday-decorated party bus. "Parents can sit back, take
photographs and just enjoy the party," says Jamie Molina, party
coordinator. "We're all about making sure the birthday child is the
star of the party." The biggest draw of all just might be the money
machine, a destination only the birthday child gets to experience.
They'll load up on cash and prizes meant just for them. Birthday
cake, piñata, treat bags, a prize for every child and lots of candy
are included for up to 25 kids that attend each The Bus of Fun
If an at-home gathering is on your mind this year, consider a
spa party for the girly birthday girl. There's no better way to
feel pampered than with facials and spa treatments for her and her
BFFs. Serve cucumber water and loads of healthy fruit to your
spa-goers, but don't forget to top it all off with cake! Girls will
love personalized dollar store bath towels as a party favor and
will go home raving about their day of relaxation.
If it's a young man's birthday that you're celebrating at home,
make him the star by having a Wii Rock Band extravaganza. Create
teams ahead of time so that the fun begins as soon as guests
arrive. Rent a black light and set the mood to "cool" for your
rockers. Consider sending them home with a burned CD of their
favorite party tunes. No matter how you choose to celebrate your
birthday star, they're sure to feel like they're truly in the
spotlight with parties like these.
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