Welcome to Stateline Kids 2021 Kids Birthday Party Guide for the Rockford area!
If you’re planning a kid’s birthday party in the Rockford, Roscoe, Machesney Park, Loves Park, Rockton, South Beloit or Beloit area, you need this guide! We’ve compiled a list of venues, entertainment, rentals, bakeries, and party supply stores in Winnebago, Boone, and Rock counties to make it easy for you to plan an amazing party for your amazing kid.
This guide is divided into categories so you can jump down to the area that interests you or scroll through for ideas.
COVID Update: Some of these venues may not be open, or may have gathering restrictions, depending on the current mitigations for Illinois and Wisconsin. Call to ask about current protocols before you book!
Indoor Venues | Room Rentals |Outdoor Venues | Party Rentals | Entertainment | Bakeries | Party Supplies
Indoor venues are a great option all year long. Your kids can run around and burn off energy from the sugary cake plus you don’t have to worry about how the weather will be on the day of the party! There are many indoor options in the Rockford area including arcades, play places, skating rinks, art studios, and more. Here are the places in the Rockford area where your child can have an indoor party.
Gymnastic Academy of Rockford
Children will have fun in the gym with an inflatable, obstacle course, competitive trampolines, and free time in the gym. In Rockford, birthday parties are a combination of Backyard Adventures with GAR’s Club XRKade and the gym. Parties are fun-filled excitement with the MASSIVE Backyard Adventures play set, foosball, air hockey, XRKade games and much, much more.
Gymnastic Academy of Rockford Trampoline Park
Celebrate a birthday at the trampoline park! Parties are hosted every day of the week. Parties are two hours and include 13 jumpers, 80 minutes of jump time, 40 minutes in the party room, invitations, a party host and one free jump pass for the birthday child. GAR South also offers private two hour rentals that include 25 jumpers.
“My granddaughter’s birthday party was held at Burpee, and it was totally amazing!!! Great staff, easy to park and totally handicap accessible. Very good experience.”Lynn G
Burpee has several options for your party from 10 – 200 guests. All parties include museum admission. Pricing starts at $130.
“We absolutely LOVE Sips and Sprinkles! it’s a favorite Family and Friends Spot! staff is always friendly and atmosphere is Great! thank you for serving our great community of Belvidere!”– A happy customer
Sips and Sprinkles is a cute ice cream and coffee shop located adjacent to beautiful Doty Park. Our back patio overlooks the Riverside Ice Arena and the Doty Park Sprayground. Sips and Sprinkles offers birthday party packages, custom ice cream cakes, locally sourced coffee, seasonal soups, hot food, and so much more! We look forward to serving you soon!
Beauty in Motion Dance Arts birthday parties are two-hour celebrations for our special birthday guest and 7 friends. Included in each party is themed decor (We have several suggestions but are open to your request!), 1 hour and 15 minutes for themed Dance Party, Games, and Craft, 45 minutes for Food and Gifts, and Cupcakes and Juice (other food may be brought in on your own)
|2 Froggy Jumps|
|Bath + Body Fusion|
|Board and Brush|
|Boone County Conservation District|
|Bristle & Timber|
|The Cherry Bowl|
|Chuck E. Cheese|
|Coral Cove Family Fun Center|
|Discovery Center Museum|
|Dolphin Swim Club|
|Erica’s Board Creations|
|Forest Hills Lanes|
|My Tiny Town|
|Rock River Valley YMCA|
|SmARTy Pants Rockford|
If you’re looking for an indoor space to rent for a first birthday party, there are several places around the Rockford area that can provide a space for your party. Many allow you to bring in outside food and drinks. Call to confirm when you book.
|Atwood Center Lodge|
|Loves Park City Hall|
|Porter Park Cabin|
|YMCA Log Lodge|
|Washington Park Community Center|
For spring and summer birthday parties, an outdoor venue can’t be beat! Enjoy the too-short Midwest summer by having a party outside. We have several fun water options and outdoor activity centers in town. Here are some great places you can host an outdoor birthday party in the Rockford area.
|Sand Park Pool|
|Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Rockford|
|William Grady Pool|
If you’d rather host your kid’s birthday party at your home or a local park then you may be interested in renting something to make the party even more fun! There are many rental options including inflatables, water slides, carnival games, cotton candy maker, popcorn poppers, yard cards and signs, and more. Here are the places where you can everything you need to throw a fun backyard party in the Rockford area.
“Sign Greeters is wonderful! We had a sign placed in our yard for our son’s birthday, he loved it and so did everyone that drove by! It was a great way to celebrate! Highly recommend!”– Ciara Warner
Sign Greeters creates yard art to help you celebrate your special day in an unforgettable way. Whether it’s a birthday, graduation, baby shower, bar/bat mitzvah, anniversary, or any other celebration, Sign Greeters has big, fun yard signs that are sure to make everyone smile! Choose a special birthday yard sign or graduation yard sign to add some fun to your celebration!
|2 Froggy Jumps|
|About the Bounce|
|Brent’s Bouncin Inflatables|
|Jumping Beans Inflatables|
|Rafael’s Party Rentals|
|Stateline Bounce House Rentals|
|Stateline Yard Cards|
|Sign Gypsies 815|
|U Gotta Jump|
What’s a party without some entertainment? There are several clowns, balloon artists, princesses, superheroes, and other character performers available for parties in the Rockford area. Hiring one of these local artists is sure to make your party a hit with all the kids.
Forest City Fairytale Company
Forest City Fairytale Company Facebook page
From princesses to heroes, and everything in between, Forest City Fairytale Company proudly provides high end character entertainment to make all of your events magical. Our purpose is to bring magic and wonder to the children in your life through engaging activities and authentic character experiences. Attention to detail, enchanting performances, and interactive play will make your child feel like they just stepped into a storybook! All of our staff have extensive experience with children and put their hearts into performing and creating an imaginative and magical event. All of our costumes and wigs are handcrafted and selected to give you the most realistic and highest quality experience. Book today and find out why Forest City Fairytale Company is the top choice for character entertainment in the greater Rockford area!
Fred & Friends is an interactive, fun, kids’ music program with clever original children’s songs, puppets, dancing, and more. Virtual birthday shows are also available starting at $30.
|Cutie Faces and Friends|
|Dabadooya & Company|
|Ice Castle Dreams|
|Pickles the Clown|
|The Proper Penguin|
|Storybook Birthday Parties|
If you need cake, cupcakes, or other baked goods for your child’s birthday, we have some fantastic options in the Stateline. Here are the bakeries and talented bakers in the Rockford area who can whip up something delicious and fantastic for your kid’s birthday.
The Gluten Free Girlfriend
The Gluten Free Girlfriend Facebook page
At the Gluten Free Girlfriend, we understand what it’s like to have Celiac Disease and food allergies and sensitivities. We also understand how it feels to miss some of your favorite sweet treats, which is why it’s our passion to bring safe desserts to those with special dietary restrictions. From french macarons and cupcakes to cinnamon rolls and cookies, your gluten free sweet tooth will thank you when you choose The Gluten Free Girlfriend! We currently offer tree nut free, vegan, dairy free, soy free, oat free, and peanut free options, and as always, they’re all gluten free. Whether you’re avoiding gluten or not, our treats are always a hit!
|Banana Cherry Bakery|
|By The Dozen|
|HHH Sassy Sweetery|
|Man Bundt Cakes|
|Nothing Bundt Cakes|
Party Supplies and Decorations
Balloons, streamers, flowers, plates, cups, and other themed decorations are the little touches that make a party memorable! If you’re looking for amazing decorations and supplies for your kids birthday party, be sure to check out these local party supply stores in the Rockford area.
“Every aspect of designing, ordering and delivering the balloon towers and centerpiece balloons was absolutely amazing! They turned out even cuter than I imagined and created the party I wanted. Thank you so much!”Leslie Elmer
Helping others create unforgettable moments is what Glitz and Go lives to do! Our team loves to brainstorm and create fun party ideas to help your vision come to life. We are dedicated to making all of your celebrations, big and small, unforgettable!