There’s one place to be right now — outside! Make the most of the sun and throw an outdoor birthday party. We found great places to live it up, from the back deck of a play space to a playground with water sprinklers. Click through the slideshow for nine options.

For a Picnic & Tunes: Ravinia Festival

Get in the groove with a musical birthday party and picnic in one of the greatest music venues in the U.S. Just pack up a birthday smorgasbord, blankets and cake and candles, and invite your guests to join you for an outdoor b-day celebration with the likes of Ralph’s World and other kids' music favorites. Worried about the weather? Buy tickets under the pavilion because at Ravinia, the show goes on, rain or shine. Plan your own party or contact the group events office at 847-266-5087. Most lawn tickets are $5 per person.

200 Ravinia Park Rd.
Highland Park
847-266-5000
Online: ravinia.org

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What is your favorite place for an outdoor birthday party? Let us know in the Comments!

— Jo Aaron