A birthday party for a 3-year-old must be held in a space designed for active children, where they can run around and go a little wild. Philadelphia offers numerous venues for 3-year-olds' birthday parties. Parents can choose from typical indoor playgrounds, educational settings, creative locations and outdoor parks to hold the ultimate party for their 3-year-old.
Indoor playgrounds are ideal for 3-year-old parties any time of year. Kix & Giggles Children's Playland (kixandgiggles.com), 9356 Old Bustleton Ave., offers a rock climbing wall, jungle gym and moon bouncers. Parents can book a two-and-a-half-hour party in basic or upgrade packages that include play time on the equipment, balloons, plates, utensils, a custom-designed birthday cake and treats for all guests. The birthday child also receives a Kix & Giggles membership. Patches Imagination Station Playzone (patchesplayzone.com), with three locations in the Philadelphia area, contains moon bounces, indoor swing sets and cool toys for kids to play with. Party packages include 75 minutes of play time and 45 minutes in a private party room, along with goody bags for guests.
Birthday parties held at museums and zoos can be an opportunity to teach children while they are enjoying themselves. At the Philadelphia Zoo (philadelphiazoo.org) at 34th Street and Girard Avenue, "Birthday Zoofiesta" packages include a T-shirt for the birthday child, party bags for guests and a special "Zoo on Wheels" presentation. The Please Touch Museum (pleasetouchmuseum.org), Philadelphia's children's museum at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park (4231 Avenue of the Republic), offers birthday packages that include carousel rides, all-day museum admission and food for party guests. Party time slots for this location must be booked at least two months in advance because of its popularity.
Creative and Theme Character Parties
The greater Philadelphia area is home to places where children can be creative and meet their favorite TV characters. At the Crayola Factory (crayola.com/factory) in the Lehigh Valley region (30 Centre Square, Easton), children can learn about how crayons are made and create their own art. Party packages include a T-shirt for the birthday child, access to the exhibits, pizza and Dippin' Dots ice cream for guests. Approximately 30 minutes from Philadelphia (100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne), Sesame Place (sesameplace.com) is another option for a birthday party. Three-year-olds will be thrilled to have lunch or dinner with Elmo and his friends and listen to them sing "Happy Birthday."
Parks and More
An outdoor party at a local park will help your 3-year-old and friends release their energy. Smith, The Kids' Play Place in the Park (smithkidsplayplace.org), at East Fairmount Park just above Kelly Drive near 33rd and Oxford streets, contains a 6-acre playground, a giant slide and a mansion built just for kids to explore. Birthday parties, which must be booked at least two months in advance, include a T-shirt and crown for the birthday child. Another option is to hold the party in your backyard or at a smaller local park and rent a moon bounce or other entertainment. A Day of Fun Entertainment (http://www.philadelphiabirthdayentertainment.com/services) is a Philadelphia-based party planning service that offers clowns, face painting and inflatable playground equipment for your 3-year-old's party.
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