We had a birthday party here for our 7 year old son. We live in the suburbs, so I wasnt sure how many kids would make the trek to the city and EVERYONE RSVPd b/c they were so excited. I cant reccomend this place enough! they were SO responsive to all my questions and concerns beforehand, EXTREMELY accomodating when we had people rsvp at the last minute and very friendly and inviting. And they set up an awesome party that the kids really enjoyed. we had so many kids (and mostly boys) so our party was chaotic, and they never once showed signs of stress or uneasiness. They were so calm and friendly to the kids and the kids had a wonderful time learning! I definitely reccommend this place as an alternative to the bounce house party!
Honestly your camp is the ONLY ONE Sean still loves and can’t wait to return. Ed did a wonderful job.
My 9-year old son just completed a Hogwart’s themed camp at The Laboratory. Not only did he absolutely love it, but he learned a lot as well. Dr. Ed & Ms. Amy are phenomenal – they made science interesting and fun. Dueling with the wand they made in class is spectacular … what a blast! My soon-to-be 4th grader is asking when he can go back … asking to learn more science – nothing better from my perspective!
The Laboratory is fantastic – I tell other parents about it all the time. My kids are 8 and 10 years old, and have gone to The Laboratory quite a bit in the last year, both for Saturday evening workshops (date night for parents) and for summer camp. Ed and Amy are so creative, and so engaged. I’m jealous to hear about what the kids have been up to, including dissecting sheep eyeballs and brains in Zombie Apocalypse camp. The annual family membership is a great deal – it easily pays for itself and more in terms of discounts.
We have had two amazing experiences…day camp and private birthday party. The team is wonderful and the kids were engaged. Can’t wait for the next trip back!
Our girls had an amazing week (Percy Jackson week) at the Laboratory! It was last minute and Amy was wonderful at helping us register. They have been to other camps over the years and this week has been the best by far. They did so many activities and the staff was great. They made crystals, potions, race cars (chariots), even ice cream! We will definitely come back and highly recommend.
Two of my children have taken classes regularly at the Laboratory and have loved it each and every time. Amy and Ed are super people and easy to work with. They make every effort to direct my kids’ thinking and curiosity toward the scientific method approach while keeping it fun and engaging. My daughter just finished a Hogswart Camp and loved it! They used every opportunity to incorporate science into the imaginary fun. I especially like that it’s owned and run by local people and is not a chain, so you really get individual attention! Can’t say enough good things about this place and encourage anyone with a curious child to check it out!
That Laboratory is amazing! My 10 year old son took the Discovering Diagon Alley class and absolutely loved it. He was nervous because he didn’t know any of the other kids in the class and within 5 minutes he was telling me I could leave! Every day was more fun than the day before. We will definitely be taking more classes! We live in Arlington Heights but it’s worth the drive.
My son finished Zombie Apocalypse Camp at The Laboratory last week, and I cannot say enough good things about his experience! First, he came home every night impatient to return to camp the next day (How often does that happen with a 10-yr old!?!?). Secondly, they learned soooo much in very little time. From brain dissection (not human!), to water distillation, to survival strategies, decision-making and more, they packed a lot of content into very little time. Thirdly, he got to learn in an environment that was engaging, exciting, creative and fun! I wish he could learn like this all the time. He cannot wait to return for more amazing hands-on learning! Thanks so much, Dr. Ed, Amy and Jesse!
I was so impressed with the attention to detail at the Hogwarts camp! My camper loved it, and the science experiments were innovative and fun — and magical, of course. Definitely exceeded expectations and looking forward to more camps.
If I could give this place 10 stars it still wouldn’t be enough. We just hosted a birthday party here for my daughter’s 7th and chose to build robots. All I can say is–how unique! There is no other place like this in Chicago!!!! The owners are beyond wonderful being both patient and helpful with each kid. It is such a great space and the party was flawless! I HIGHLY recommend this for a private event and I can’t wait to send my daughter for camps and/or classes!!!!
My daughter absolutely loves The Laboratory. Wonderful instructors, engaging curriculum, great environment! They make learning fun. Highly recommend.
What a fun experience for kids and the adults! Science made fun and interesting. What a great concept! Would be great if schools would make Science this much fun !!
It was more than amazing” —M.
“Five out of five. It’s an awesome school you should go to it” —B.
“I loved everything!!!” —M.
“It’s amazing you should totally go!!! :)” —K.
“Go to Secundus Urbus” —R.
“It was great! You have to go!” —R.
“Awesome I wish I could do this everyday!” —M.
“The most amazing thing is that we got to ‘visit’ new places in Diagon Alley and make new experiments.” —M.
Great spot for a birthday party! My son recently celebrated his seventh birthday at the Laboratory, building robots with his friends and racing “the arena”. Amy and Ed are both teachers, enthusiastic and knowledgeable and very helpful with setup and cleanup of the party. They managed to keep 15 first graders completely engaged, and the birthday boy even got a special creation from the 3D printer! Great for any kid interested in science; my son is now very interested to sign up for science classes here.
My daughter Layla loved her first experience at camp this past week! She is definitely looking forward to other camps/classes thoughout the rest of the year. We loved that she had a ton of fun but also was very much engaged with fun experiments!
My tween is always buzzing with happiness the weeks he attends The Laboratory camp. Organized, professional, and fun. We hope to attend for years to come.
A truly impressive experience! My daughter is in regular CPD camp nearby for most of the summer, but we splurged for two weeks here for the Harry Potter camps. By Friday, my daughter asserted this was the “BEST CAMP EVER”! An immersive experience that matches our approach at home – we allow the “wizarding world” (and Star Wars planets) to be as “real” as possible to encourage the full scope of her imagination. Ed and Amy and the team’s leadership is great for that immersion, and it’s fun to spend a week with (at least some!) like-minded kids with my daughter’s level of passion for it. Highly recommend!
My daughter is 10 and loved taking the weeklong camp themed as Camp Half Blood. She enjoyed all of the experiments and it is now one of her favorite camps this summer. There is nothing else like it in the city and highly recommend. She can’t wait to attend more!
You have to physically drag the kids out of this place ! The Amy-Ed uber-geek combo is highly motivated, kind and enthusiastic to make the laboratory a highly conducive and fun learning environment for kids. Thank you for the effort.
K. had a fantastic time today! She has been talking about the whole day in detail non-stop since I picked her up! She loves school and her activities but I usually struggle to pull out any details of her day by the time she comes home. However, I’ve heard ALL about the day today!! From the color of the gloves and goggles, the rules, the science of the inside of a dragons’ stomach, the measurements of pouring ingredients, the park and gliders, the beaker mascot on the bag, the scavenger hunt, the movie, the game board, and her lab partner – based on her stories and elaborate details, (she just taught me how to write her name in Viking too!) I don’t know how you fit it all in one day! She is beyond thrilled to come back tomorrow!
Our little guys (6 and 8) celebrated their birthdays with 8 of their friends. They had a blast making robots and then racing them! The boys can’t wait to go back!
We had a great time on Saturday morning during my son’s birthday party at the Laboratory.
Our instructors (my son called them “the science teachers” :)) have been the most helpfull and nicest young people I’ve ever met!
My son attended the Hogwartz camp and loved it! The staff is great. Very patient, knowledgable, and enthusiastic. They definitely have a passion for what they do. Highly recommend to everyone that has a child even remotely interested in STEM.
Samar had a great time! It was his favorite summer camp and he tells all his friends about it! Thank you so much! We’ll see you again next year!
My child just completed a week of the Harry Potter Camp with her friends and absolutely loved it. This is what she said:
-the teachers are really nice
-I felt like the wizarding world of HP was real!
-I loved the creative crafts and the science was interesting and mixed in the theme of HP
She wants to attend again and can’t wait!
I sent my daughter here for a week of Wizards camp and was blown away by every last detail. From the lab coats with personalized name tags to the experiments, to the joy radiating off of my child each day I picked her up – this camp has far exceeded my expectations. We will be back.
We had so much fun … Exploring science with our 3 year old was something new and exciting and a nice change of pace from the usual singing and dancing classes.
If Dr. Kang can’t get your child interested in science, no one can! His knowledge of his subject matter is phenomenal, his passion for it infectious.
My 3 year old son loved The Laboratory class! It was so great as a parent too, because you feel you’re expanding their horizons because it’s not like the typical classes I take him to – at this one they did an actual science experiment! It was very hands on, which my toddler – heck any child – enjoys. And it had a theme through-out, which I was able to carry on back home post-class to continue the fun and learning.
The Laboratory is a special place. My 9 year old attended the Harry Potter camp last year and Camp Half Blood this year and loved them both. The teachers really committed to the theme and my kid loved feeling like he was part of the Camp Half Blood world. He came home full of stories and stuff to show us every night. In addition to the great teaching, communication is also fantastic. Amy is very responsive and helpful.
Thank you again for the fantastic party; we honestly believe that this may have been the best kids birthday party yet for us. Every child left with a big smile.
The Laboratory provides some of the most creative and exciting kids programming I’ve seen. My son has done several camps here and he has loved all of them. He did several Lego robotics camps at different locations this year, and he said that hands down, this was the best one.
Our daughter attended the Accio Wizards camp at The Laboratory. She loved the experience and came home each afternoon chatting up a storm about all she learned. She has attended several different camps in the City (photography, slime, etc) and this was by far her favorite. She loved the instructors and felt very welcome for her first time attending. I highly recommend The Laboratory. We will be repeating next year!
My son had such a fantastic time at the Harry Potter camp! I loved picking him up everyday just to see the sparkle in his eyes as he described in detail all the science activities he participated in that day. He still can’t stop talking about you guys!! Thank you!
When we asked our 6.5-year-old daughter if she wanted to sign up for another STEAM class at The Laboratory she said YES. Why? Dr. Ed and Amy are wonderful teachers. They make learning fun. Each week, she leaves class filled with confidence and pride as she explains what she learned. Not only does she love to build robots and make perfume but she’s interested in how the robots work and why difference scents work well together. She loves science and math and her classes at The Laboratory teach her how she can make them part of her life…and have a great time while doing it!
My kids, 9 and 11, just finished their first Hogwarts Camp and LOVED IT!! They are already looking forward to next summer and some weekend classes in the fall. Everyone was so wonderful and they learned so much. This is the best find ever. My daughter isn’t a science fan but now is ready to take on the science of cosmetics, DRAGONS and more Harry Potter next summer. They can’t get enough! So much fun with blending kid friendly themes and hands on science. I would recommend this to EVERYONE – whether your kid is a science fan or not. Amy, Dr. Ed, and everyone there were absolutely fantastic!
My Seamus attended last week’s Hogwarts camp and he had the time of his life! He talked non-stop about it each night! We even had nightly duels! He learned so much, had so much fun, and thoroughly enjoyed the nice break from the sports-centered stuff we generally do. A huge thank you to you and your team for making it such a great experience for him.
My son had his 9th birthday party here. It was an absolute blast. The kids were super engaged and had a great time. Can’t say enough about what a great experience we had. We will definitely return.
Just had a birthday party at The Laboratory for our 7 yr old son. Everything there exceeded our, and our guests’, expectations. The staff, Ed & Miss Rachael, were not only extremely knowledgeable and passionate about science, they were very patient hosts who instilled confidence in, and taught ingenuity to, the youngsters. And when all was done, the kids got to take home the mini-bots they created. We wholeheartedly recommend The Laboratory for families looking for fun and innovative birthday party ideas.
It was the best birthday party ever! Besides having hands on science project, staff was so kind and professional, that this will be our event place!
We had so much fun at The Laboratory! Exploring science with our 3 year old was something new and exciting and a nice change of pace from the usual singing and dancing classes. It’s was so fun to watch her use all the science equipment and she keeps asking when we’re going to go back!
My daughter had an amazing time at Percy Jackson week. On Thursday she told me she couldn’t believe how quickly the week was going. She loved the activities and being around other kids who were interested in the same things she is. Amy and Ed are creative, kind, wonderful teachers. My daughter is really looking forward to Harry Potter week later this summer!
Ezra is having an AMAZING time – I have never seen him this happy about a program.
This place is awesome! We were invited to a 5 y old birthday party there and our kids (and the parents) had a blast. There were bubbles that the kids could hold in their hands, drawing on the walls, slime, snow making and more. I also know they make a patties for adults as well. 5 Star!
Fabulous location for a 7 year old birthday party! My daughter and her friends had a BLAST!! Planning was a breeze, all done by emails. Fun, interesting, engaging experiments. Exceeded all expectations!
We had my daughter’s 5-year birthday at the Laboratory. We had a wonderful experience. Our group of 15 5-year-olds were completely engaged throughout the party (no small feat) and the were totally wowed by the creation of reindeer boogers, colored snow, and more. The space is open and well-lit and just really cool. Amy was incredibly responsive — she always responded to our emails within hours — and Ed was awesome on the party execution side of things. Both had lots of good suggestions to help us plan a great party for our daughter. We will definitely go back for more classes and camps. The Laboratory is a real gem in the neighborhood!
This place is fantastic!!!! We had our daughters fifth birthday party here with 17 kids. They were incredibly helpful, organized and kept the party on track. The science experiments were really engaging for kids and the parents who were watching. Everyone had a blast. I can not recommend this place more highly!
Absolutely fabulous spot for “fun” learning! My daughter has done day camps and week camps here and LOVES it!!! She recently did the Descendants camp and literally couldn’t stop talking about it for days!!! Super fun, caring instructors!! Small group atmosphere! Overall A++++++
Only two days into camp, and my son can’t wait to go back! The staff is enthusiastic, energetic, and endearing. I can’t wait to take advantage of Science Night Out and day off/holiday camps with them.
The Laboratory is nothing short of phenomenal! Ed is a PhD and loves to teach more than anyone I’ve ever met. He has so much patience and enthusiasm and my son cannot wait to go to class each and every week. It’s his favorite class/activity. If you have a kid curious in science of any kind, these guys have the programs your kids and you will love. I can’t recommend The Laboratory enough… I can’t fathom a day my son won’t love coming here!
Our group loved the experience The Laboratory provided! It was engaging and entreating with sprinkles of Harry Potter in the mix! Who knew science could be so fun! The adult private party is the way to go!
The Laboratory has been exceptional for our two kids. They’ve taken several robotics/programming and spa science classes and have really enjoyed each and every one of them. The kids get their hands into every single project, and it’s as much a makerspace as it is a laboratory. They come home with something that they’ve created just about every single week. Ed and Amy are great with kids — knowledgeable, patient, and fun. The Laboratory is where kids go to learn to love science!