A little more on finding the right space for your kids party, be it a birthday party, play date or some other special occasion or holiday. Several factors enter in the decision making process when selecting a place. The type of function, how many kids, the age range, etc. will guide you in your decision on what kind of space to book. So a kids birthday party for 2 year olds might be a bit much for a large party space or a room where there are other, older age groups present. 

Now there are always banquet halls and hotels ready for large parties and they are usually all inclusive. A hotel, banquet hall or restaurant will probably not be keen on you bringing in food, which is natural. And there is that convenience. But there are plenty of spaces that won’t cost an arm and a leg, but you would be responsible for the food, decorations, entertainment and set up/ clean up. Now going local may sound like a no brainer but you would surprised by how many moms and dads travel for the perfect room. Knowing where to look locally can help.

Any number of local establishments are very willing to book their spaces or private rooms during the day for kids birthday parties. You would think on the upper west side for example that a chain like Chicago Uno (formerly Pizzeria Uno) would be too large or unaccommodating. Actually they have a lovely back room that is private and perfect for a mid to small sized kids party. And that is just one example. Very local spots such as veterans halls, Knights of Columbus councils (or any civic group), rehearsal rooms, park recreation rooms, community rooms and food places are all good places to start. Even the most unassuming spots would be happy to book a party as long as you manage everything and leave the place clean when you leave. 

Keep in mind, going for an all-inclusive package can get pricey, especially if you want to invite your child’s entire class. But these local spots all require do it yourself inventiveness and you’ll be rewarded with a special day that won’t (totally) break the budget. Don’t forget to inquire about the rules of each place you consider and the availability of tables and chairs, and whether you can serve food. So whether it is a room to rent or an all inclusive hall or restaurant, figure out what your priorities are and then plan way ahead!

Ken Whelan