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Share your experience throwing (or attending) a party at one of these Philadelphia kids birthday party venues, and help fellow parents who are looking to skip the at home party and leave the effort to the experts. They'll often handle everything, right down to the party favors!
Sue Krawitz Tandoc: All birthday packages include a ceremonial first pitch, autographed ball, drawstring bag and 1 VIP reserved lot parking pass.
Juan L.: Often described as feeling like a "giant playroom" at a friend's house, Lulu's Casita is an excellent birthday party option for a first birthday, for toddlers and for young kids. The feel of Lulu's is DIY and unique, and they are popular for storytime, music circles, drop-in open play, and events. The entire indoor play area is padded and features loads of play options for kids to explore: ball pit, chalkboard with magnets, very cool staircase to slide, plenty of well-maintained toys and blocks.
Icore Fitness Ninja Birthday
Age 6 & up
Sue Krawitz Tandoc: Give your little fitness junkie a thrilling birthday party to remember at Icore Fitness. Children can participate in an instructor-led ninja obstacle course, rock wall, trampolines, foam pit and more. The package also includes use of the party room, pizzas and more open gym time.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Juan L.: What kid doesn't love jumping around? You and your guests will have access to all the various attractions inside this trampoline park, including the warrior course, dodgeball courts and climbing walls.
Oasis Family Fun Center
Shila: Party packages at the Oasis Family Fun Center include unlimited admission to the Ballocity Arena, Soft Playground, Rock Wall and Laser Maze. Your guests will also receive an Oasis fun card that can be used for arcade game play and other activities.
Vanessa M.: A Treehouse World birthday party is a true outdoor adventure for kids who love thrills! A birthday party here includes adventure activities such as Zip Lining, Tree Climbing, Walk the Plank, Tomahawk Throwing, Bungy Trampoline, Toxic Meltdown and playing in real treehouses.
Grand Slam USA
Some attractions have age/weight/height restrictions
Tim Ponisciak: Party packages at Grand Slam USA include arcade credits, 2 rounds of laser tag, and a party room. Add-ons include gaga, dodge ball and mini golf.
Sue Krawitz Tandoc: The popular 422 SportsPlex offers active birthday parties for toddlers through teens! You can choose a sports party (basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, hockey, kickball, flag football, soccer, kickball, or wiffleball) or a Nerf party.
Makin' Music Rockin' Rhythms
Juan L.: Known for its award-winning family classes and singalong events throughout the Philadelphia area, Makin' Music Rockin' Rhythms creates fun birthday party experiences too. Best for younger babies and toddlers, music-lovers will have a blast dancing, coming up with songs, playing with instruments (maracas, drums, parachute and more), and engaging in other fun music-related activities.
Elmwood Park Zoo
Sue Krawitz Tandoc: An animal-themed adventurous birthday party is fun for all ages. The Elmwood Park Zoo offers different packages with carousel rides, Cub Climb Zip Line and Treetop Zoofari Zip Line access, plus zoo admission, pizza, cupcakes and drinks with dedicated pavilion space to celebrate your child's special day.
The Little Gym
$380 - $425
Tim Ponisciak: Birthday parties at The Little Gym of Narberth are the perfect mix of free-flowing fun and planned activities to celebrate your child’s big day.
Sandy Hill Farm
Tim Ponisciak: Animal lovers rejoice! Here is a great option for the kids who love their furry friends. If you schedule your child's next birthday party at Sandy Hill Farm, you can have a two hour party where kids can go to the petting farm, go for pony rides and hayrides!
University Family Fun Center
Shila: Known as "Philadelphia’s only traditional arcade," kids can head over to University Family Fun Center to play games ranging from skee-ball to air-hockey. Pick from over 900 different prizes! Consider an arcade-themed birthday party!
$22 - $55 (age-based pricing)
Age 4 & up
Erin P.: Your kid and guests can jump, climb and soar through the treetops as they explore over 60 obstacles and zip-lines in the trees! In addition to the zip lines, there are balance beams, tight ropes, swings, and more. The highest courses are 60 feet off the ground! Add-ons include using a Go Pro (a tween favorite!) and gift bags.
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
Shila: Known as one of Philly's best playgrounds, this 6 1/2-acre outdoor playground includes a giant wooden slide and more than 50 pieces of unique play equipment. A 2-hour birthday party can be booked in a variety party spaces in the Playground or Playhouse.
Sue's Art Class Parties
Tim Ponisciak: Come on out to Sue's to create an art project for your son or daughter's big day! A popular place for art classes and camps, you get access to Sue's private art studio for your party as your kid's group is led through a hands-on art project in a variety of different mediums: Clay, Wood, Sewing, Architectural Building, Edible Arts, Jewelry and more.
NEST Center City
Starting at $295-$995
Juan L.: All party packages at NEST include private use of gym space and staff to help out. They specialize in creative and customized celebrations.
Mister John's Music
Tim Ponisciak: This unique interactive, multi-sensory, cross-generational music and pretend-play experience is brought to your home or chosen venue (or consider renting Mister John’s Music space for the ultimate experience). Songs and activities are tailored to suit your party’s theme and the birthday girl or boy’s preferences.
Music Theatre Philly
Tim Ponisciak: For the blossoming, theatrical child, you will be hard-pressed to find something better than Music Theatre Philly for his or her next birthday party! Your party will have access to the different studios that are part of the facility. Themes and activities can be customized based on your child’s interests..
Butcher's Sew Shop
Vanessa M.: At a party at Butcher's Sew Shop, guests will create a hand-sewn craft of the birthday child's choosing. Talented party hosts will take care of everything during this two hour party.
Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
Age 6 & up
Vanessa M.: For a truly unique experience, plan a circus party at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts! Your birthday party starts with an hour-long circus class led by their seasoned faculty. This includes a range of circus activities, from aerials and acrobatics to juggling and balance! Kids and other guests then gather in our party room for snacks and cake.
Age 12 & under
Tim Ponisciak: When the weather is nice, take the party outside! Centered around its beautiful 100-year-old fountain, Franklin Square features the Parx Liberty Carousel, Philly Mini Golf, and a state-of-the-art playground.
The Little Pod
Erin P.: The Little Pod is an indoor playground and birthday party center where children can play, climb, explore and learn through interactive playing. Birthday parties feature play time and a private party room.
Tim Ponisciak: PlayArts offers Montessori-style play centers and open ended toys to encourage child-led, creative and imaginative play. A comfortable area with softer toys is sectioned off for infants. Parties include private access to Playspace and the cafe/mezzanine.
Shila: At Aloha Style, you can learn Hawaiian hula and Tahitian dance moves, play games and more. A basic Aloha Style Birthday Party includes rental of the entire studio, flower hair clips, leis, and fun entertainment.
Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
$350/30 people or $28/child
Shila: Party attendees are taken on a nature tour through the Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion before enjoying time in the party room. You are welcome to bring your own food, or the museum can supply the fare (they can make customized cakes shaped like insects). A balloon artist is even also available to create fun balloon insects or butterfly crowns for your child and friends!
Shila: Host your child's party at the only construction theme park in the U.S. offering amazing family-fun for a party you will never forget!
We Rock The Spectrum
Vanessa M.: Birthday parties are a blast at We Rock the Spectrum, an indoor gym where all kids can feel welcome to play, regardless of ability or developmental level. Their safe, inclusive environment is a place where ALL kids have a place to play, create, and use their imagination. Their expert staff will guide you through your party planning experience with every detail!
Ultrazone Laser Tag
Tim Ponisciak: With the Ultimate Birthday Package at this multi-level family-fun center, you can treat your kids to games of laser tag, a private party room, pizza and more! There are also a number of add-on options to make the day extra special.
Johnson's Corner Farm
Shila: Johnson's Corner Farm provides a tented picnic area, a private hayride with seasonal crop picking, a visit to their shaded animal farm and play time in the Discovery Barnyard Playground.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
Shila: Train loving kids will be quite pleased celebrating their birthday on a private vintage rail-car. The party accommodates up to 45 friends on board this round trip excursion. A la carte options include food, decorations, entertainment (face painter, balloon twister, musician), engineer hats and more.
Snipes Farm and Education Center
Juan L.: Snipes Farm's birthday packages are really well done. Their party package includes a private grove for 2 hours, time at the farm playground, a visit with the chickens and bunnies, wooden maze, giant hay pyramid, and straw bale maze.
Trenton Thunder Ballpark
Tim Ponisciak: If your child loves sports then consider hosting your son or daughter's next birthday party at the ballpark! Included with your outing are a hot dog meal, popcorn, bottle of water, and Thunder foam finger. A birthday celebration add on is also available!
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