You've made it! You have a decade or more of parenthood under your belt, and new and exciting challenges and learning experiences are on the horizon. Your little baby is a baby no more, but a tween! And that in-between age calls for something unique and fun that really celebrates the individual your child is and has become. Here are some of our top picks.
Bach to Rock - Wayne, PA
Give your kid the ultimate dance party at Bach to Rock, where kids work with a pro to become DJ Superstars. Kids get to create their own mashups and learn how to remix songs. And they get their own live-recorded CD. Call for special pricing and booking information.
Dave and Busters - Penns Landing, King of Prussia, and Northeast Philly
Give your kid the ultimate arcade experience with a Dave and Buster's party. Book an event space and pay per person, with prices depending on food options and what level power card the kids receive. Gamers will think this is a seriously awesome place to celebrate their big day.
Franklin Institute - Center City
The ultimate science experience, the Franklin Institute ensures guests will have a good time. Packages include all-day access to the museum, an IMAX or Planetarium viewing, private party room, plus a themed party with guided tour/scientist. Prices range widely, depending on guest count. Members receive a 10% discount, but do not include food.
La Cucina at the Market - Spruce Hill
If you've got a budding chef, and you either have a big budget or want to plan a small party, La Cucina might be a perfect option for a tween party. It hosts kids' cooking events for two hours, including a hands-on cooking experience and sit-down meal.
Linvilla Orchards - Media, PA
Cold weather actually makes Linvilla an excellent place to host a tweener birthday party. From December 26-April 3 only, rent a private room to use for its indoor mini golf space. With a pizza and a side of lemonade or apple cider, kids also get access to playland, which has some pretty advanced jungle gym activities. Prices vary by party size.
Penn Ice Rink of 1923 - West Philly/University City
Remember when we were kids and the roller skating rink was the place to be? This place totally reminds us of that, only on ice! Accommodating groups from 10-300, a young man or lady can invite as many friends as they like! Parties can be held during any public skating session. Non-skaters are free and not included in the fee.
Philly InMovement - Queen Village
For gymnasts, Philly InMovement offers a unique spot for kids to learn new tricks and test their skills. The staff can incorporate elements of slack lining, rock climbing, dance, or whatever acrobatic feat the party person desires.
Philly Karate - Center City
How cool is this mixed martial arts party? Get special instruction from a black belt, have a cake cut by a samurai, and get 30-day free passes for all guests to expand on their skills. Plus, there's no mess to clean up, and invites are sent from the studio. Prices vary, so call for a custom quote.
Sweet and Sassy - Exton and Collegeville, PA; Cherry Hill, NJ
For little girls who love dress up and makeup, this is the ultimate makeover party. With themes like Pop Star Princess, Spa-tacular, or a custom VIP party with pink limo ride, tweeners and their closest 7 girlfriends can get some major pampering and learn new makeup skills. All parties include a group photo, as well as gifts and paper products. Party costs may vary by location, but expect the total cost to be around $350, give or take. Or check out the mini parties for groups of four at a reduced cost, with specials varying by month.
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