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Birthday Parties

The Lake Forest Recreation Department provides Lake Forest families with the location and staff for their children's birthday parties.

You invite the guests and let us help you throw a spectacular party! With a variety of different themes to choose from, you will be able to find the one that fits your child’s fancy! We have party packages available for children between the ages of 3 and 12 years of age and on either Saturday or Sunday, and we can accommodate up to 30 children depending on the theme chosen and the facility available. For further information, call the contact person listed below for each theme or look for the Birthday Party Brochure at the Recreation Center.

PARTY NOTES:

The party fee includes facility rental, appropriate leaders, set-up and clean up. Parents must provide their own cake, candles, paper products, utensils and party favors. These parties have become very popular, so make your arrangements in advance. Parties are limited by the availability of the facility and staff. To check if your intended date is open. For fee information, call the contact person listed under each party theme below. You will need to fill out a request form and leave a non-refundable deposit of $100 to reserve your date.

Theme Parties:

Entertaining and Interactive!

Get wild with a WILDLIFE BIRTHDAY PARTY
With the help of some of our resident animals, we can help you create a memorable birthday party at the Wildlife Discovery Center. Participants will enjoy an entertaining and interactive party led by the WDC’s knowledgeable staff. Children will learn about the natural history of wildlife and meet some beautiful and unique animals in a safe setting. Parties last 1 ½ hours. There will be coloring sheets and markers prior to party set-up for early arrivals. The party will begin with a 45-minute animal show in the SE classroom. Afterwards, children will wash up, followed by 30 minutes for your food and refreshments in the South Classroom next door (most children take presents home to open). Partygoers also get a personalized short tour of the WDC exhibits (indoors and outdoors). The Birthday Child will receive a special gift from the WDC, either a plush Bobcat, Box Turtle or Python. Other plush animals are available for purchase in the WDC Wildside Store. Party-goers must be at least 4-years old at the time of the party.

CLICK HERE to download a Birthday Party Request Form for more details and fees.

DANCE PARTIES!

Let your birthday child and friends experience the magic of dance! The party will be filled with music, theater, dance, movement games and stories all pertaining to the theme of your choice. Traditional ballets, Disney themes and musicals are possibilities. The simple favorite Dancing Fun and Games is always a hit. We also have a Hip Hop Happening party! We are always open to your ideas as well. You invite the guests and we will provide the fun!

Contact Valerie Gonzalez at 847-810-3948 for more information, availability and fees.

Stirling Hall Birthday Parties:

ARTY PARTY
Half of the day’s activities will be spent in the casting studio, learning about slip casting and decorating the ceramics piece chosen by the birthday child, allowing each party guest to create their own masterpiece. The second half of the party is spent celebrating in the beautiful gallery enjoying cake and ice cream and opening gifts. Our studio technicians will seal the projects while the birthday group is in the gallery and all projects will be ready to go home that day. These parties are held at Stirling Hall, 60 East Old Mill Road. Please contact Debbie Lerman at 847-810-4688 for more information.


Prior to the party, the birthday child selects from one of our four specialty birthday projects: Animals, Plates, Treasure Chests or Mugs. The first half of the party is spent in the hand-building room where all guests make the chosen project out of clay and paint it with underglazes. The second half of the party is spent celebrating in our beautiful gallery eating cake and ice cream and opening gifts. Artwork made at the CLAY CREATIONS party is not ready to pickup for two weeks. Projects need to be fired in the kiln once, clear glazed and fired again. These parties are held at Stirling Hall, 60 East Old Mill Road. Please contact Debbie Lerman at 847-810-4688 for availability and fees.

Birthday Parties at Everett

Lake Forest Recreation will take care of your child's special day in some very special ways!  Simply choose a theme below, or suggest one of your own and let us take care of the rest!

I am 3 - Enjoy games, crafts and a whole lot of fun designed with a 3 year old in mind!

Princess Party - Calling all Princes and Princesses to join us for a Royal Birthday celebration!

Sundae Surprise - Scoop up some fun and enjoy a delicious sundae after you have decorated a t-shirt or hat!

Bird House - Create a fantastic home for your fine-feathered friends!

All Sorts of Sports - Kick, Throw, dodge, and shoot!  Sports is what this special day is all about!

Games Galore - What could be more fun than a day of your favorite games?  Lots of energy required!

Magic Show with Gary Kantor - You will see vanishing acts, card tricks, mind-reading, and much more!  All shows are interactive - your child will come up on stage and become a Junior Magician right before your eyes. 

For more information, please contact Christine Faudel at 847-810-3660. 

THE CITY OF LAKE FOREST
220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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