My son will be turning 4 in Oct. I don't know what to do this year. We have had a birthday party at McDonalds, Bounce Town, and here at home.
I want to have it somewhere this year because its on a saturday.
He loves trains, trucks, firetrucks, he is all boy!!
If anyone has any ideas or anything they can recommend I would appreciate it.
Thanks so much!!!
Thank you for ALL your help!!!!
We decided to have his birthday party at My Gym. I heard its good and close to home!!
Thanks so much!!!
For my older don's 4th b-day, we did bowling. It went over so well that we are doing it my younger son this year for his 3rd b-day. It was also the least expensive b-day party we've ever had - and we've done Chucky Cheese, Pump-it-up and the party at home and they were all much more expensive.
Most museums have birthday party options - we've had parties (or attended parties for other kids) at - Chicago Children's Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo.
We've also done a children's play (at Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park), Chuck E Cheese (ugh for us, yea for kids), gymnastics. There's so many great options out there. Good luck choosing and have fun planning the party!
I took my son for a free tour of the local fire dept. It was a smashing success! Take lots of pic's! The boys just loved it! I thought they would be sad to not go anywhere on the truck! But no, they were overexcited to just see it up close and personal! They took turns putting the boots and pants on too! Way to cute! Hope it helps!
There is a place in Schaumburg, that does fire truck birthday parties. It's called FireZone.
It's run by current or retired fire men. It's supposed to be hands on, and lets you see what it feels like to be a real fireman. I think that they just opened or will be opening soon.
I'm not sure where you live but a great idea is to have his party at a restaurant where the seating is around a counter with train tracks and the train goes around and delivers the food. In Frankfort, there is Choo Choo Johnnys, I'm sure there are others, we did it for my daughter at age 3 and she loved it.
There is a place that does firetruck birthday and I think they even ride in a truck , Iit might be in morton grove or glenview good it? That sounds cute. We just did buggy wip farms and did pony rides and petting zoo at our house for $150 that inclueds one pony and the small petting fame and that was enoguh for 20 4 year olds. I actually paid and extra $75 for antoher pony but i have twins so I wanted them each on a pony at the smae time for photos of cuorse etc and with 20 kids I figures more rides per childd etc. an my husband had a good job at the time :)
enjoy they are so cute at this ge!
I'm not sure where you live, but there are some towns that have party rooms at their fire stations. My son attended a couple of parties like this and they were great. A fireman shows the kids the station, and the fire trucks. The kids get to climb inside them and you can take pictures of them acting like they're driving the truck. They also give the kids some fire safety coloring books, fire hats, etc. The party rooms are nice, too.
hi E.! i don't know where you live, but i know by us there is a restaurant that is all trains. it is called Tyler's Tenders. it is located between Scherriville and Merrillville IN. i think that would be fun for a 4yr. old boy. both of my kids loved going there to eat. they have a game room i think and a whole little town that you can stop and start the train. and a train you can ride on. i hope it helps!
if you can't find the number on the net email me and i will look it up for you in our phone book! good luck!
E., Sci Tech is a great place for a birthday party. my son has been at a party there. He loved it. Everything there is hands on. Also we had a party for my sons birthday at kendall 10 movie theater a few years ago. They have a party room. We brought in from home hotdogs and chips and cake. the kids sang happy birthday and he opened gifts. then we saw madagascar. the theater does this kids pack thing where they get a kid sized cup of pop, popcorn and a candy thing and its like $3 each. movie ticket was kids price. The room is not huge I think we fit like 12 kids in it. maybe a few more. But the really cool thing about that is you can tell the parents "exactly" what time to be back. you will have a built in theme. happy birthday a little early to your son
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Hi E. I know a place where your son would love. It call Tyler Tender. It located in Northwest Indiana in Schererville. It has a train inside where the children get to ride in it. The food is provided by Tyler Tender except for the cake. Look it up on the internet. It location again is Schererville, Indiana. Web site is www.Tylertenders.com
I work at The Grove in Glenview and we have several very cool party themes. No fire trucks, but we have snakes and turtles the kids can touch in the Wildlife birthday, or a buggy birthday where kids can look for and identify insects or even a discovering dinosaur theme. It's a 2-hour time block, moderately priced at $100 for 10 kids and 4 adults, $5 per person after that.
Check out www.thegroveglenview.org for more information, or call ###-###-####.
My daughter went to a friend's birthday party at FireZone and loved it! She came home with a play fireman's hat and got to do lots of neat stuff. I believe they broke up into groups, and she told me that her group got to rescue a baby. I believe it's in Glenview; they have a website. The birthday boy was turning 4, and all the kids had a good time.
I don't know where you live, but in Schererville, Indiana there is a place called Tyler's Tenders. They have good food and a train ride and a big train track set up. They have a room to rent. The phone is ###-###-#### and the web address is www.tylerstender.com. You can bring your own cake, the kids get tokens for the small arcade. It's a neat place.
not sure where you live but a friend of mine and her sister opened up a really cute shop in villa park. splattersparties.com you invite 10-12 kids all boys or girls or both. pick the theme. decorate cupcakes, do two related crafts, open presents and its a wrap. check it out! My daughter had a mermaid party there and it was great.
There's a very neat place in Glenview that is a Fireman themed birthday party. The kids get to go into an actual fire truck, play firemen games such as putting out a "fire" and climbing ladders etc. It's actually firefighters who run the party and then after all that fun you go into another room for cake, pizza, presents... I have no idea the name of it... I bet if you googled it you might find it. The little boy was turning three that the party was for, but there were kids of all ages at the party and it was a blast! The birthday boy is the "captain" and gets to wear an outfit and everything. VERY COOL for little boys!
There is also a train restaurant in Downers Grove off of 75th street. It is probably closer to you. We LOVE it there and go about once a month cause the service is FANTASTIC and my daughter loves it! They do parties and have a party room. It's called All Aboard Diner. They have a website you can check out. Good luck and happy birthday to your little one!
I've heard that you can call your local fire station and ask if they will do a tour for a play group. I talked to a woman who did this, and she said the kids got to climb in the trucks, try on the hats, and learn all about the equipment and the fire station. They even made little gift bags with coloring books and badges. They didn't charge her, but she made a donation.
Contact your town fire department and see if they will give a tour of the firehouse and the firetruck. Kids of all ages would love this. Older kids from the family would love the pole and to learn. The younger ones would love to ring the firetruck bell and wear a firemans hat etc. Mayby a picnic lunch can be provided by you to eat at the firemans kitchen with them. They ALL love kids!!!
I had great birthday parties for my boys with a pirate or dinosaur theme, but those were at home. A lot of local park districts have birthday party facilities and plans -- check yours and maybe a few surrounding.
Also -- Why don't you check out the Actors Gym in Evanston? If they have a party plan, great; if not, maybe you can hire actors to do a skit and teach the kids a little about getting up and performing. It would be different!