Champaign-Urbana Area Birthday Party Guide Sponsored by the Urbana Park District

birthdaypartyguideChampaign-Urbana birthday parties made easy! Thanks to the Urbana Park District for sponsoring this Guide.

Who doesn’t love a good birthday party? Don’t know where to start? We can help. Here’s our guide to children’s birthday parties in the Champaign-Urbana area. If you’re thinking about having a birthday party in greater Champaign-Urbana, start here. With this roundup of local entertainers, venues and suppliers you’re sure to find something for your child’s party.

Please note that listings are sponsors of; listings are not endorsements. If you are a business that offers parties; an entertainer; or a party store — and want to be added to the list — please submit this form or email Jennifer Newell. Thank you so much to our featured listing sponsors for helping to make this guide possible!

updUrbana Park District

What Makes Your Business Unique for a Party: There are indoor and outdoor parties. Parties for a nature lover, swimmer or pirate wanna-be. Best of all, our leaders plan activities and we host the party at our facilities, so all you have to think about is enjoying the day.

Ages Best Suited for your Parties: Ages 4-12

Location: various Urbana Park District facilities

For more information:  website or call the Phillips Center at 217-367-1544

The Little Gym

logo_tlg The Little Gym birthday parties were rated “#1 Best Gym Birthday Party” in Parents magazine! We do all of the work for you! You just show up! Your child will have a blast doing age-appropriate, instructor-led games, activities and periods of exploration!

What Makes Your Business Unique for a Party:  Your party will be a private event — you will be the only ones in the facility! We do everything from invites to set up and clean up! It’s stress-free! Ask us about our themed parties!

Ages Best Suited for your Parties:  Ages 1-12

Location:  The Little Gym, 2860 S. Philo Road, Ste. K, Urbana

For more information:  website or call (217) 278-9560


Champaign School of Music

Everyone loves making music!

Champaign School of Music
Everyone will remember this year’s birthday party! Pick your child’s favorite theme. Frozen, Disney, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Mario Brothers have been some recent hits! We’ll combine it with some festive group music-making that will celebrate your child and engage not only his/her friends but yours as well!

What Makes Your Business Unique for a Party:  Everyone loves making music!

Ages Best Suited for your Parties:  Ages 2-12

Location:  Champaign School of Music, 1712 S. Duncan Ave., Champaign

For more information:  website or call (217) 359-0541



Alpha Dog Entertainment brings laser tag to you!

Alpha Dog Entertainment Mobile Laser Tag
Alpha Dog Entertainment Mobile Laser Tag is the Mobile Laser Tag business that you have been dreaming of. One call and our laser tag team will come to you, setup and run the most awesome tactical laser tag game that kids of all ages will be talking about for years to come.

What Makes Your Business Unique for a Party:  We bring the joys of Laser tag to your backyard.

Ages Best Suited for your Parties:  7-99 years young

Location:  Alpha Dog Entertainment comes to you!

For more information:  website or call (417) 763-3648


Dr.Gs_Dr. G’s BrainWorks
Dr. G’s BrainWorks is Champaign-Urbana’s favorite place for enriching games, puzzles, books, and more for children, parents, and grandparents alike. Our focus is on cognitive wellness for individuals and the whole community.

What Makes Your Business Unique for a Party:  Dr. G’s BrainWorks offers parties where party-goers can choose from an enormous selection of games with help from our expert Brain Guides.

Ages Best Suited for your Parties:  Ages 8 and up

Location:  Dr. G’s Brainworks, Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana

For more information:  website or call (217)604-2427

Champaign Park District

Basic Birthday Party

With the basic birthday party package you may rent a private room for guests to eat, open presents, and provide your own entertainment. You have access to the gym for free play. We’ll take care of set up and cleanup. $130

Staff-Led themed birthday packages
Chose from one of four fun-themes: LEGO, Superhero, Princess or fairy. Includes private party room and set up tables and chairs, Park District party leader, and decorations. Family is responsible for cake or any other food items and supplies. $150

Ages Best Suited for Your Parties: kindergarten-5th grade

Location: Douglass Community Center

For More Information: Katherine Hicks or call 217-819-3973

Art Party at the Springer Cultural Center
The Champaign Park District offers a number of unique birthday party options! Try an art theme that ranges from painting to 3-D projects and your child’s friends will leave with great memories and an appreciation for the arts!  With a variety of themes available and staff to help, your birthday party will be exactly that — a PARTY with the Champaign Park District!

Ages Best Suited for Your Parties:  Ages 4-12

Location:  Springer Cultural Center, 301 N. Randolph St., Champaign

For more information: or 217-819-3919, or

Leonhard Recreation Center Birthday Parties
Choose from one of four fun-themes: Let It Go, Superheros Unite, Sports Superstars, Dora and Diego’s Explorer Party, and Harry Potter’s Wizarding Bash. For $200, we will give you a private party room, tables and chairs, decorations, supplies and a Park District party leader to run activities. Family is responsible for cake and any other food items. Looking for a no-frills option? Try our Basic Birthday Party package! We’ll set you up in our party room and take care of cleanup for a $95 rental fee. All parties are in 2-hour blocks. Please see the Champaign Park District Program Guide or visit for more details.

Ages Best Suited for Your Parties:  Ages 5-12

Location: Leonhard Recreation Center, 2307 W. Sangamon Dr., Champaign IL 61821

For more information: or 217-819-3988


A Tennis Party is great for all ages!

Tennis Party at Dodds Tennis Center
Celebrate at the Dodds Tennis Center! We’d love to host your next birthday party, family reunion, retirement party, or other special event. Party-goers will have a ball playing tennis games with our professional tennis instructor, and afterwards we’ll cool down with some great party treats!

Ages Best Suited for Your Parties: Ages 5 – Adult

Location: Dodds Tennis Center, 2802 Farber Dr., Champaign

For More Information: or 217-352-6044, or


Campus Recreation at the University of Illinois

Kitchen Birthday Party

Host your next party in the Kitchen! Baking together is a great way to celebrate or just spend time with friends. This party combines food, fun and wellness for all ages. During party_cookthis party, participants will utilize the ARC Instructional Kitchen to make their own personal pizzas, decorate their own cupcakes, try out a variety of healthy snack options, and learn how nutrition is fun and tasty! Parties are two hours and all food is included.

Ice Skating Party

Celebrate your party the COOL way with a skating party at the Ice Arena. Parties are available during all open skating times and a skating instructor is available for $20 per hour. The facility offers three separate party package options in order to offer a plan that fits your budget. Each package includes admission, skate rentals, and a private skating area and some also include refreshments.

CRCE Aquatic Center

Want to throw a pool party regardless of the weather outside? Then celebrate your special occasion with a party at CRCE’s Aquatic Center complete with a heated leisure pool, waterslide, bubble benches and a volcano fountain. Each two-hour party package includes access to the pool area as well as a private party room.

ARC Climbing Wall

Throw a party that’s anything but ordinary at the ARC’s state-of-the-art Climbing Wall. The brand new structure was designed to offer a fun challenge and the various routes offer excitement. Our packages include two hours of climbing with two licensed belayers and exclusive access to a private party area. Additionally, all equipment is provided and included in the price.

Ages Best Suited for Your Parites: Ages 3 and up

Location: Activities and Recreation Center, 201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign or University of Illinois Ice Arena, 406 E. Armory, Champaign

For more information: or (217)333-2263 or check out their website

orpheumOrpheum Children’s Science Museum
Join us for a birthday filled with creativity, fun, and even science! All of our parties grant you access to all of the museums and all its exhibits. But you could make your party more unique with our awesome animals, a dazzling science show, or even a creative themed party with a craft and game.

What Makes Your Business Unique for a Party:  Our private and themed parties grant you and your party-goers exclusive access our entire museum.

Ages Best Suited for your Parties:  Ages 3-10

Location:Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, 346 North Neil Street, Champaign

For more information:  website or call (217) 352-5895


William M. Staerkel Planetarium
Party packages are done on Saturdays by reservation only and dependent on availability of staff. Thirty minutes in lobby for the party and then 30 minutes in the dome for a special birthday star show, featuring your child’s image.

What Makes Your Business Unique for a Party:  The stars are “out” in our dome no matter the weather outside and the show can be customized depending on the child’s age.

Ages Best Suited for your Parties:  Ages 5-12

Location:  William M. Staerkel Planetarium, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign

For more information:  website or call (217) 351-2567

The IDEA Store

At The I.D.E.A. Store you can celebrate a birthday or any other event with us in our classroom area. Select from our standard offerings or customize an event for your needs.

What Makes Your Business Unique for a Party:  We incorporate education on reuse and re-purpose into the arts and crafts projects for your event or party. Pick from our samples or have us customize a craft for you!

Ages Best Suited for your Parties:  Ages 6 to 100

Location:  The I.D.E.A. Store, 28 E. Springfield, 8N, second floor, Champaign

For more information:  website or call (217) 352-7878


HMD Academy
HMD Academy of Tae Kwon Do is a cooperative method of martial arts that teaches children self-discipline, giving them the skills to set and accomplish goals in martial arts and in life. Tae kwon do is safe and fun, and practitioners will soon see changes in attention, attitude, and confidence.

What Makes Your Business Unique for a Party:  Our experienced instructor can teach any size group of children. For an authentic experience, you will have private access to our distinctive martial arts dojang at 1701 Woodfield Dr., Savoy. You can arrange personal touches for the party with our instructor.

Ages Best Suited for your Parties:  Ages 4-18

Location:  HMD Academy, 1701 Woodfield Dr., Savoy

For more information:  website or call (217) 352-3939

Marbled Palette

Marbled Palette offers entertainment that will make your event unforgettable. Services include face painting, glitter tattoos, temporary tattoos, craft projects and costume characters for all occasions.

What Makes Your Business Unique for a Party:  I have years of experience in working with children. I will make sure your guests have fun and will help them create memorable moments.

Ages Best Suited for your Parties:  Ages 2 and up

Location:  At the event location

For more information:  website or call (217) 278-9560

Illini Union Rec Room

Celebrate your child’s next birthday with a bowling party at the Illini Union Rec Room. Each basic party package (up to 5 people/lane) includes an hour of bowling (and shoe rental), a pitcher of lemonade or soda, and cool color-changing cups for you and your guests to take home.

What Makes Your Business Unique for a Party: The Rec Room is not just a great place to bowl, it also has 10 full-size billiard tables, several arcade games, and many video games and outdoor games for public use. Plus, stop by the snack counter for some sweet and salty favorites!

Ages Best Suited for your Parties: Ages 5 and up

Location: Illini Union, Lower Level, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

For more information: or (217) 333-2415 or check out their website

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