Your little baby is turning into a big kid! Whether it's his first birthday or her fourth, you know you want to do something extra special to commemorate this milestone in both of your lives. Planning birthday parties can be tough. You have to consider who to invite, what should the "theme" be, how do you make a cake shaped like their favorite character, and more importantly...do you have enough time to pull it off?
With all the other things you're balancing as a momma, it's nice to know that birthday parties can be a cake walk if you leave it to the pros. Here is our list of the best places to celebrate your little one's special day!
Giggleberry Fair - Peddler's Village
First and foremost, a place named Giggleberry Fair was obviously dreamed up by someone who knew how to get kids laughing, so a party here is sure to delight. With a special Toddler Package, kids get unlimited carousel rides and entrance to the Giggles Discoveries zone, which is like a children's museum with amazing activities. For the party package rate, kids also get a table reserved for 90 minutes, as well as pizza or hot dogs.
NEST - Center City and Chestnut Hill
No matter what the little kiddo is into, this indoor play space has it covered. Party themes vary from a Sports Party (best for ages 4-8), Pajama Party (ages 3 and up), a Superhero Training Party, to a party specifically for the BIG ONE! Expect age-appropriate activities, custom party email invitations, two hours of space rental, a consultation and planning session to relieve your stress, and a free day pass for all attendees to come back and enjoy Nest on their own time. Packages range from $395-895 (big ticket items include a tiered fondant cake and goodies from Melissa and Doug). Extra add-ons include musicians, DJ, character visits, professional photography, face painting, and more.
Oasis Family Fun Center - Glen Mills
With soft mazes and a ball city arena, little tots can feel like big kids, and parents can relax. Oasis provides the paper plates, cakes, and even the invites. Parties are for two hours of reserved space, but guests can stay and play all day.
Play Café - Bryn Mawr
This indoor playspace isn't just perfect for a cold or rainy day in, but it's a great spot for birthday parties. It has the perfect theme for the big day, whether that special toddler is a future rockstar, superstar, princess, or pirate. The Play Café helps parents plan the perfect party for up to 15 guests. Add on special characters, entertainers, or even a piñata. Since the venue serves food, families can choose to use take advantage of it as part of a package or they can bring their own.
Please Touch Museum - Fairmount Park
This kid-centric museum, which is basically toddler heaven, pulls out all the stops for birthdays! Not only will the birthday child and all guests enjoy free admission, but the decorations are taken care of, the birthday child gets a special prize, and all the kids enjoy games and activities as part of the party. The fee also includes a one-hour exclusive party room. Party times are available Saturdays and Sundays only. Pricing depends on the size of your party, and there are also option for extras from its catering services. Bonus: Members of PTM receive 15% off of party prices.
Philadelphia InMovement - Queen Village
This bright, indoor gym offers two great birthday options: a gymnastics lesson with obstacle course or a moon bounce. For kids 5 and under, the moon bounce is probably the best bet. Party packages include staff to set up and clean the party room, and parents bring the paper products they want to use. The moon bounce is 12x12 feet, and staff will be on hand to perform tricks and delight the kids. Prices range from $350, depending on the extras, photographers, and musicians families choose.
Philly Art Center - Fairmount and Queen Village
With three area locations, the Philly Art Center is a creative hub, often hosting classes for kids and adults that provide enriching experiences and foster the creative mind. This place knows kids, and it offers amazing birthday party options, with themes by age segment. Kids turning 2 will dabble in paint and sculpture, while kids 3-5 may make a treasure box, take on an architectural challenge, or work on creating a story and book! A party at the Philly Art Center is a unique choice - all guests take home a handmade masterpiece, and the party package includes art projects and materials, take-home bags, balloons, and two party hosts to help the kids with their work.
Smith Memorial Playhouse and Playground - Fairmount Park
This amazing mansion for kids is also an awesome spot for a birthday party. Throughout the year on weekends, families can choose from three rental spaces for a party lasting up to 2 hours. Birthday kiddos get a special Smith shirt and birthday crown, and a dedicated staff member is there to make sure everything runs smoothly. The party room is ideal for children 5 and under, and can host up to 15 kids.