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September 2017

If you are looking to a birthday party for your child in the West Loop at POW!, please read the most common questions below.  We’re your local expert at facilitating and leading amazingly fun and active birthday parties for your children.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I pay for my party?

A $150 deposit will be due at booking to secure your date. We will keep your credit card on file and run the final payment 10 days before your event. If you need to change payment methods contact us before the final payment is due. Anytime overages will be charged to the credit card on file.

What if my guest count changes prior to the party?

We can make changes to your contract up to a 10-days before your party date. If your numbers go up or down, we will adjust your final payment accordingly. Any last minute changes we will try to accommodate, but can not guarantee.

What if I need to cancel my party?

Your party may be canceled up to 10 days prior to your event for a full refund. You will be refunded your $150 deposit 10+ days before your event of you cancel. If it is canceled 9 days or less, you will NOT receive a refund on your deposit.

Can my party be longer than 2 hours?

No. We have found that 2 hours is a perfect amount of time for the curriculum structure along with the children’s energy and attention span. Since we booked birthday parties back to back- we cannot extend your party time. A $75 fee will be added to your account if you remain in the space 30 minutes past your party.

Will I be able to speak with the instructors before my party?

Yes. You will be assigned a lead instructor who will contact you 2-4 days prior to your event. The goal is for your lead instructor to learn more about your awesome child. This is a great time to ask more specific questions. You will also be communicating with our administrative staff one week leading up to your event to discuss details and final headcount.

Where are the birthday parties held?

We are a martial arts school and a fitness gym. Our parties are held on our training floors. One area is covered in turf and our training studio has a matted floor. Children will not be running freely throughout the gym and none of the equipment may be used by any guests during the party. We keep the kids engaged in various physical games and drills in these two main training areas.

Can I have my party at an offsite location?

Yes. We do parties at residences, gymnasiums and park districts. We have specific guidelines we must follow when doing an off-site party.  Some themes work better off-site than others as we cannot transfer all our gear from POW! to an off-site location.  Off-site parties are also affected by the type of space and amount of space we are in.  Contact directly to inquire about this option.

Where do the children eat?

In the boxing area.  We set up tables and chairs for the kids.  We ask that the parents hand the children their food. Our instructors will not know details about kid’s eating lifestyle, allergies and dietary restrictions. Our staff will assist, but we ask that the host and parent guests choose the food that is placed on the kids’ plates.

Where should we park?

There is a lot of street parking on Racine. However, we can not control various parking restrictions that occur due to construction, or events.  We also offer free parking in the lot behind our building. This lot is shared with the Lifestorage Building. It is accessed off of Jackson Blvd.  If your guests park in the lot, they need to walk around the block from Jackson and turn north on Racine.

What type of utensils/paper products should I bring?

We have knives and servers for your cake. You will need plates, table clothes, napkins, cups and eating utensils. We have a small refrigerator in our lounge that you may use.

Can we take photos?

Of course! In fact, we insist! Our instructors are great at coordinating group photos between the last activity and cake. Otherwise, get pictures while the kids are in action throughout the party. Please just ask the instructors to assist with the shot so you are not interrupting a training drill, but rather capturing it at the perfect time.  We always appreciate any pictures we can use for our website and testimonials! If you want to set up some great shots, let the instructor know you want their assistance in staging great pictures.

Can I refrigerate food?

Yes, if it fits in our mini-frig in our lounge.

How many parties do you offer a weekend?

We have the ability to facilitate 4 parties a weekend.

Can we have the party catered or make our own food?

Yes, you are welcome to bring food from anywhere. We are also happy to offer suggestions, but we do not provide the food service.

Can I put up decorations?

We prefer that decorations are not hung. We do not allow anything to be taped to our walls. Balloons are great additions. If you love balloons, we suggest two arrangements: 1) for the front door; and 2) for the cake table or gift bag table. Our space has high ceilings so balloons and decoration get lost in our space. I do not suggest balloons on the table with the food and beverages as they often cause items to be knocked off the table.  We also have a relationship with  They have great options for our party themes.

Can I bring a piñata?

We do not facilitate pinatas.

When can we arrive for our birthday party?

We suggest arriving no more than 20-30 minutes before your event starts.