There are so many things to do out here in Chicago’s western suburbs, but sometimes when you’re looking for something specific, like birthday party ideas for teens in the Fox Valley, it can be hard to narrow down your choices. Lucky for you, we took the guesswork out of the process! If you have a teen who wants to do something fun in Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles or surrounding areas in the Fox Valley, the list below is for you.

Unique Birthday Party Ideas for Teens in the Fox Valley


Make Candles at Scentcerely Yours

Scentcerely Yours: 211 West State Street, Geneva

Downtown Geneva is lucky to be the home of Scentcerely Yours, a unique shop where people can create their own signature scents that can then be made into candles, wax melts, reed diffusers, lotions, body scrubs, and more! Once scents are picked (and there are over 100 from which to choose!), it takes 60-90 minutes for the candles to set, the perfect amount of time to walk to lunch in Geneva!

Here’s a tip: You can go back to grab the candles once they’re ready or Scentcerely Yours will bring them to your restaurant!


Host a Private Cooking Class with The Party Kitchen

The Party Kitchen

If you’ve got a teen who loves to cook, a private cooking class with The Party Kitchen may be right up her alley! Lori, the owner of The Party Kitchen, hosts cooking classes for kids and teens throughout the year, but she’s also available to teach private classes. Maybe everyone can work together to create a truly amazing birthday cake?

For more information, email Lori at


Build Something at A Lady and Her Tools

A Lady and her Tools: 72 South Main Street, Oswego

While painting classes are extremely popular, and there are plenty of them around, did you know that the Fox Valley is home to A Lady and Her Tools, a venue that will teach attendees how to use power tools to create fun and useful items. Attendees can create anything from coffee tables to plant stands to birdhouses. Booking a private party where teens get to learn how to use power tools and take home something useful would definitely be a unique birthday party idea!


Relax at REFRESH Pedi Spa

REFRESH Pedi Spa: 15 North Fourth Street, Geneva

Birthday parties can get rowdy, but you can also go the other direction and have a completely relaxing birthday part at REFRESH Pedi Spa. This adorable business in downtown Geneva offers reflexology foot massages. Rent out the entire massage room to enjoy laying back in comfy chairs, foot massages, hot tea, and an awesome birthday gabfest!


Crown a Champion at Splinters Axe Throwing

Splinters Axe Throwing: 1519 East Main Street, St. Charles

For a truly unique birthday party idea that includes a healthy amount of competition, having an axe-throwing competition at Splinters in St. Charles might be the perfect activity! Each session at Splinters lasts an hour and a half, during which all players will receive a lesson in axe-throwing and an ultimate champion will be crowned at the end. Splinters has public lanes available, although, for a birthday party, your best bet is to book a private session.

Age requirements: Everyone must be 14+. A chaperone must attend with anyone under 18.


Shop Till You Drop

While you might not immediately think that going shopping would be a unique birthday party idea for teens, let’s put a spin on it. What if instead of spending money on a venue or activity, you gave each partygoer $20 (or asked them to come with some money of their own) and then visited local consignment shops. Each person would be tasked with putting together an awesome outfit that comes in under budget. Afterward, everyone gets to vote on who was the best shopper and who has the best new outfit. The Fox Valley is home to so many great consignment stores, but be sure to add Revive in St. Charles and Paula’s Couture Consignment in Batavia to your list!


Book a Scavenger Hunt!

Adventures in Scavenger Hunting: Available throughout the Fox Valley

Do you remember how much fun you had going on scavenger hunts as a child? I used to love them, which is why I created Adventures in Scavenger Hunting! I love creating birthday party scavenger hunts. It’s such a fun and unique way for people to spend time together, explore a neighborhood, take lots of group selfies, and engage in some friendly competition! All birthday scavenger hunts are tailored specifically for the group to ensure everyone has the maximum amount of fun!

Do you have more unique birthday party ideas for teens in the Fox Valley? Send us a message to let us know what we should add to the list!

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