Though it doesn’t have its own zip code, yet, Kidville is a sought-after destination for youngsters. The bustling children’s center pulsates with activities designed to cultivate youngsters’ social and developmental skills, such as classes in music, dance, and cooking. Art classes foster creativity and self-expression, and a play space helps children unleash pent-up energy more effectively than journaling on the living room wall in permanent marker. The fun zone also hosts birthday parties in various themes—including railroad, racecar, fairy princess, and superhero—in which the staff takes care of the details, set-up, and cleanup, allowing parents to join in on the fun.
Further accommodating parents, Kidville offers parenting seminars, nutritious snacks in the café, and kid-friendly garments in the boutique.
Cutie Patooties outfits newborns to 10-year-olds in stylish clothing from brands such as RuffleButts, Knuckleheads Clothing, Le Top, and We Squeak and fills their tiny hands with books, artwork, and toys. Toddler Posh hair bows bedeck babes dressing up for preschool presidential elections ($5), a pin-stripe fedora by Knuckleheads Clothing spiffs up future adult men ($30), and RuffleButts bottoms disguise diapers so babies can go out on the town without shame ($18+).
Jump Up N Bounce brings the fun of a playground indoors. Atop and inside inflated ladders, tunnels, and bounce houses, kids release pent-up energy while playing with friends and other children. Meanwhile, parents can rest easy and avoid the worries associated with outdoor parks, such as kids falling onto wood chips or answering a troll’s riddles to use the slide. Parties at the play center mirror their outdoor versions, except festivities take place in a private room with colorful tables.
Space Odyssey USA is dedicated to curing chronic boredom among children, teens, and adults with the use of its expansive event space. Rockstar children are given name tags and wristbands emblazoned with their group’s name and, just like actual rock stars, are supervised for the duration of the party by staff members. The perks of the party package begin with a personalized menu and a posh VIP room adorned with sleek white leather couches. Fun-finders can divide their time between Space’s myriad activities. A heavenly host of black lights and LED disco flickers flank lanes in the glow-in-the-dark bowling alley, turning white pins into a tapestry of about-to-supernova cosmos. An arcade features an array of fresh titles to tire out hyperactive thumbs, and obstacle-laden laser tag and paint-free paintball arenas offer unfettered exhilaration for kids 12 and up. Traditional sports are also offered to sweat-seeking partiers, in addition to a three-level indoor playground.
With 25 years in the photography industry shooting a roster of celebrity clients such as Brooke Shields and Elijah Wood, David Sahadi of Studio 6 Photography focuses his trained eye to capture ephemeral, candid moments for his subjects. Up to six clients strike myriad poses for the famed shutterbug in his well-appointed Englewood studio, taking the full hour to get just the right smile for senior pictures, headshots, or family portraits. Following the session, 24 favorite photos transform into high-resolution, shareable images burned onto a DVD, and erstwhile photographees take home an 8"x10" print to frame or tape onto novelty-size passports.