Kids' parties evoke images of indoor gyms, party games, and cake. But what to do when your kid is no longer little? Teens want to have fun, too, and these birthday party places near Philadelphia will help you celebrate in an age-appropriate way. For more birthday party ideas for teens, tweens, or the tiniest party-goers, check out our guide to 30+ Indoor Kids' Birthday Party Places Near Philly.
Alyce Wilson is a write-at-home mom who somehow also finds time to write poetry, edit an online literary magazine, do genealogical research, and teach aqua fitness classes. She lives in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
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Not all family activities need to lean into the "active" part. Sometimes, just taking the squad for a leisurely stroll to get some fresh air, browse a few shops, and grab a bite to eat can make the perfect weekend outing. One great way to enjoy the warmer temperatures outdoors is to find a walkable neighborhood with a cute downtown district or Main Street lined with family-friendly stores and restaurants to pass the time. We found 9 great walkable Philly neighborhoods to do just that on lazy Sundays, Saturdays, or any day.
Most people are aware of the world-class Philadelphia museums scattered along the Ben Franklin Parkway, but some of the most rewarding places to visit with kids are those lesser-known gems tucked away into the corners of the city that focus on specific artistic genres. One of those gems is the Neon Museum of Philadelphia, where families can investigate the colorful history of local businesses, and appreciate the unique creativity of neon signage.
Located in Kensington's NextFab building, the Neon Museum opened in 2021, inhabiting a large white-walled space right next to jewelry and textile studios, metalworkers, woodworkers, and a bicycle shop. There's nothing else like it in the city, making it a favorite entry on our list of 10 Unique and Unusual Museums in Philadelphia for Teens and Tweens. Read on for everything to see and do at the Neon Museum of Philadelphia, and find more ways to dive into Philly's art and science scenes in our Guide to Philly Museums for Kids.
As you seek out fun and educational activities for your family, consider one of the Philadelphia area's little-known gems: Newlin Grist Mill, a 160-acre park in Glen Mills that combines opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploring history and the environment. Whether you're interested in hiking the eight miles of nature trails or learning about Colonial Pennsylvania, you can craft an excursion for anywhere from an hour to an afternoon for everyone from toddlers through adults.