Have a kid that likes to get in on the action, rather than jockey the sidelines? Invite your star and their biggest cheerleaders to do everything from rock climbing to circus acrobatics to indoor skydiving. Flip through our album for all the places you can burn big energy — and then come home to a calm (and clean) house.

For Basketball & Baseball: Bulls/Sox Academy

For Chicago Bulls or Chicago White Sox fans, a birthday party at the Bulls/Sox Academy, the home of the official youth camps of Bulls and White Sox, can’t be beat. Staffed by former collegiate and professional players and coaches, Bulls/Sox Academy parties give little athletes a chance to play like the big guys. On the Bulls side, kids learn drills and play on a replicated United Center court while baseball fans hone their skills through a home run derby and batting cage time. Or, for kids who love both, the Bulls/Sox Academy offers combo packages, too.

6200 River Bend Dr., Lisle
630-324-8221
Online: bullssoxacademy.com

What’s your favorite place for a birthday party? Let us know in the Comments!

— Maria Chambers & Jen Peterson