Choosing canvases, signs, or wineglasses to brush and decorate, groups of visitors to The Painted Party gather around tables for BYOB painting classes. At the behest of an experienced art instructor, each painter daubs, blends, and Jackson Pollocks their canvases, following a series of easy-to-follow directives. They can take the resulting work of art home at the close of class.
Laugh Out Loud Theater sprays the suburban fringes of Chicago with a thick foam of world-class improv comedy. An extensive, experienced cast brings a highly interactive, audience-assisted experience to the intimate Schaumburg stage, drawing on hive-mind suggestions to kick off its inevitably LOL-worthy sketches. Shows rely heavily on audience participation, and LOL's indefatigable ad-libbers make it a point to invite willing audience members up on stage to help them achieve exponential levels of funny. Though eschewing egregiously blue humor, Improv for Grownups' cast refuses to turn down any suggestion, no matter how risqué, which leads to raunchy riffs that retain the group's trademark wit. On Thursdays, Prime Time performances mix the group's regular ensemble members with in-training improvisers, delighting audiences while giving tomorrow's rib-ticklers on-the-job training.
Laugh Out Loud Theater has a full kitchen and bar—and there is no drink minimum—so guests can fill guts until they bust with each new course during the night's improvised feast of tomfoolery. Well-suited for date nights, group outings, or a way-funnier-than-usual family-bonding experience, Laugh Out Loud's improv comedy will inspire even the most nonspontaneous audience members to put down their cue cards and bust out a few jokes of their own.
A stalwart in the video-recording and -transfer industry for more than 30 years, Universal Video Conversions updates recorded memories for an ever-changing digital age and preserves memories to come with recording services. The company specializes in turning ephemeral moments caught on analog film or chiseled into a stone flipbook onto lasting DVDs that play on standard DVD players and can be easily duplicated for friends and family. For free-range memories that have yet to be caught, Universal’s team of videographers sends crews to capture them at weddings, parties, and any occasion where people make merry. The team also rents out projectors so clients can host big-screen movie nights.
In the midst of wedding-day chaos or birthday-bash excitement, City2City Productions’ photographers and videographers capture memories that might otherwise be missed. Its DJs even spin the soundtrack for special occasions. They also commemorate entire seasons in life through family portraits, engagement photos, and senior-year photo shoots with friends.
Though smoke-breathing dragons and fearsome pirates may be the stuff of scary stories, it's all just child's play at Pirates' Cove. Designed by the Elk Grove Park District for kids aged 1–9, the pint-sized amusement park tempts budding minds to explore and stretch their imaginative powers. From the deck of a recreated 18th-century pirate ship, captains and first mates can survey the surrounding playground and carousel to plan the location of their next raid. The park’s pond hosts an armada of paddleboats, encouraging daydreams of naval exploration, and the child-sized Castle of Camelot is ripe for a pillage-themed playdate or Model UN pirate tribunal. An onsite concession stand fuels spirited romps, and a picnic area is available for feasts brought from home.