That’s a Wrap! Birthday Express presented by Bright Horizons

2016 marked our sixth year as a resource for Lake County parents, and we thank you for helping us to celebrate!


With the help of our friends from Bright Horizons, we threw not one, but five birthday party playdates for FREE for our readers.

Birthday Express YuKids Island

Yu Kids Island in Vernon Hills was a kids’ oasis filled with spinning palms, revolving trees and dancing balloons! It’s always a party at Yu Kids Island.  Visit their party page for birthday info.

Bella's Bouncies Birthday Express

We found indoor family fun at Bella’s Bouncies Indoors in Lake Villa!  When the kids are bouncing off the walls, you know it’s time to head to Bella’s.  Find out about their party packages. Birthday Express Brainstorm Animal QuestWe teamed up with Brainstorm in Lindenhurst and our friends at Animal Quest for some wild times!  Find a wonderful assortment of educational games, toys, arts & crafts along with gifts for all ages at Brainstorm and gift wrap is always FREE.  Their classroom is the perfect location for your meeting, party or special event.

Leave it to Animal Quest to bring the party animals!  Whether you’re looking for a petting zoo or an educational presentation, their menagerie of friendly critters range from the familiar to the exotic.  And their animal experts always pay close attention to the health and safety of guests and animals alike.

Birthday Express Pinstripes

Pinstripes bowled us over! Even your toddler can enjoy bowling at Pinstripes, and mom and dad will appreciate the gourmet bistro selections and full-service bar.  Keep an eye out for Melissa’s upcoming review of the their brand new Kids Club membership coming soon…

Birthday Express Blue Sky Yoga

Finally, we came to unwind at our final playdate at Blue Sky Yoga in Libertyville.With her background in education as well as being a published children’s author ( Animals Do Yoga and So Do I ,) Owner Angie Miller knows how to charm and engage children making yoga fun and playful.  Birthday parties feature both yoga and kickboxing for kids or ask about their Ninja Warrior parties!  We can’t wait to see their new and larger space opening soon in Libertyville.

Check out all the fun we had:

Special thanks to Qwackers: Gluten Free Crackers  for providing yummy snacks at each and every one of our playdates.  Qwackers are processed in a dedicated gluten-free and peanut-free facility, so they’re safe for kids with peanut allergies, gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.  Your little ducks will be sure to be quacking for more!  Read Jennifer’s review and learn why her family loves them.


Our free winter playdate series would not have been possible without the support of Bright Horizons.  Bright Horizons offers a number of locations in Chicagoland with programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and Kindergartners. Children flourish in state-of-the-art facilities that stand apart from other early education programs.  Flexible scheduling options cater to full and part-time schedules, and their centers are open most days of the year to accommodate your child care needs.

Lake County Parents can find Bright Horizons Centers at the following locations:

Bright Horizons at NorthbrookBright Horizons at Northbrook **NOW OPEN**: Infant-Kindergarten Prep Programs

  • Bright Horizons at Lake Cook {Deerfield}: Infant-Kindergarten Prep Programs
  • Bright Horizons at Parkway North {Deerfield}: Infant-Private Kindergarten Programs
  • Bright Horizons at Kemper Lakes {Lake Zurich}: Infant-Private Kindergarten and School-Age Camps
  • CDW at Playfollow Child Care Center {Vernon Hills}: Infant-Private Kindergarten and School-Age Camps
  • Dearhaven Child Care and Learning Center {Lake Forest}: Infant-Private Kindergarten Programs
  • Bright Horizons at Deer Park: Infant-Private Kindergarten and School-Age Camps

Enrollment is ongoing, contact your nearest Bright Horizons Center at anytime to arrange a visit.  Learn more about Bright Horizons.

Disclosure: Bright Horizons is the paid sponsor of  The Little Lake County Birthday Express Winter Playdate Series.  Promotional consideration has been provided to other co-sponsors in exchange for their goods and services. 

About Loralie 133 Articles
When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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