Kids today do not have a lot of downtime. From the endless
string of playdates to afterschool activities that
often run late into the night, there are very few minutes in
many children's days when they can simply be a child. And the
time they do have? It's usually spent in front of a screen.
"Getting kids to look away from their screens is a tough task
these days," explains Eric Beck, owner of Xtreme
Trampolines. "If their eyes aren't affixed to
their cellphone screen, it's affixed on the latest video game."
One of the most essential things kids need is the chance to run
and jump and explore to their heart's content.
Birthday parties can offer the perfect time to let the kids have
this much needed freedom in a safe and secure environment.
"The fact that our birthday parties are fairly unstructured is
what we feel the kids really like," says Beck, whose Xtreme
Trampolines parties include a designated party coordinator to make
sure the event goes smoothly. "We like to call the atmosphere in
here as an organized, yet chaotic chaos.
From the trampoline park to the foam pit to the dodgeball park,
these kids do a good job of wearing themselves out, which every
"Kids love to jump and play and Pump It Up parties are loud and
lively affairs," adds Davora Sides of Pump It Up
Chicago, who in recent years has added new party themes
such as the pirate experience, super hero experience, and glow
experience. "We see an immediate wow the minute they walk in.
Physical activity on and off the inflatables is at the center
of the action."
Mixing up where all of this action will take place is often the
key in keeping children of all ages entertained. Pump it Up, for
example, offers three separate areas in which private two-hour
birthday parties take place, with children enjoying 40 minutes
playing in Arena A, 40 minutes playing in Arena B and 40 minutes in
the much loved party room.
"In the Arenas, there are kids running, playing and squealing
with glee while parents mingle or relax on sofas and benches around
the room," Sides says. The Pump It Up facility last year moved
things around, swapped out some inflatables and added a new
interactive projection game to their parties. "Overall our parties
are all about activity and socializing."
Windy City Fieldhouse also offers high-energy birthday parties
for the sports lovers in your life. With a variety of party
packages such as Mad Science and Scavenger Hunts, the birthday
child gets to call the shots when it comes to selecting their
"It's all about enjoying a day designed by them and for them,"
says Alexis Kniaz, special event sales manager at
Windy City Fieldhouse. "WCF parties have evolved
over the years to reflect more of a custom feel. Every child is
different, so every party feels different. Whether it means
changing the names of our activities to fit a superhero theme or
adding interactive food stations like nachos and cotton candy, we
love making our clients feel special."
Of course, safety must be the priority. "Our staff monitors the
play time, sets up the party room, serves the food and does
all the cleanup," Beck says. "In terms of safety for the younger
kids, we often tell parents that they have to recognize their
children's maturity level and see what they can handle."
Kniaz says kids love that the birthday child gets to select a
handful of activities to play. "Our large athletic complex is
an ideal venue for an energetic group. Our staff makes sure kids
are engaged and playing together for a nonstop, action-packed
event. Adult guests enjoy the safe environment of kids being all
together in one area so they can relax and watch their kids have a
great time! Our number one goal is to make sure the birthday
child has the time of their life."
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