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.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

What it is: If your kid loves all creatures great and small, check out the Nature Museum Summer Camp. The museum gives kids ages four to eleven the chance to explore local habitats in a fab summer camp environment that guarantees plenty of time in the great (urban) outdoors. Hands-on science activities, music, movement, journaling, nature play, engineering activities and art projects using natural and recycled materials make this camp both fun and educational.

The details: Nature Museum Summer Camp runs from Jul. 3-Aug. 25, in bi-weekly sessions. Hours vary by age group, with camp sessions available for kids from 4-11 years old. Camp is held at Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Visit to register.


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

— Jo Aaron