Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has its share of historic and tourist attractions, but it also has a variety of birthday party venues that children will enjoy. For younger children, indoor playgrounds, the children's museum and the Philadelphia Zoo are ideal locations. Older children will appreciate parties at some of the area museums, factories and local attractions.
Museums offer an educational party experience. The Please Touch Museum (pleasetouchmuseum.org) provides free access to the museum for the birthday child and guests, carousel rides and a variety of kid-friendly food options. Parties at The Franklin Institute (fi.edu) are geared toward children ages 4 through 11. Party packages include an IMAX movie or planetarium show, museum scavenger hunt and science activities. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Academy of Natural Sciences (ansp.org) hosts birthday parties for children ages 3 and up. Guests are able to choose from a butterfly, dinosaur or animal-themed party. Parties include free admission to the museum and a hands-on tour of exhibits.
Indoor playgrounds provide an entertaining place to hold a younger child's birthday party. Kix and Giggles (kixandgiggles.com) offers a rock climbing wall, jungle gym and moon bouncers for party goers. Party packages include pizza, a customized birthday cake, balloons and a special treat for each child. The Kids Fun Factory at Kehler's Gymnastics (kidsfun.org) in nearby Broomall offers soft playgrounds and gymnastics equipment for parties. Parties include a free T-shirt for the birthday child. Parents are able to bring their own food or purchase pizza from the Fun Factory.
Local restaurants and food factories offer parties for children that are centered around food. At Eden Dreams (no website; 7500 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia; 215-247-2481) girls are able to hold private tea parties for up to 25 guests and snack on French pastries and sip gourmet teas. Lore's Chocolate Factory (lorechocolates.com) offers birthday parties where the birthday child and guests learn about how chocolate is made and have the opportunity to make their own chocolates.
Philadelphia is home to other unique party locations. At the Philadelphia Zoo (philadelphiazoo.org), birthday children ages 1 through 11 receive a free T-shirt, party bags for guests and a special Zoo on Wheels presentation. The Little Treehouse (treehouseplaycafe.com) offers birthday parties with brick-oven pizza for guests and the option to add face painting, craft projects or a music class for guests. Smith Kids' Play Place in the Park (smithkidsplayplace.org) is a six-acre playground for children ages 10 and under. Parties are held on Saturdays and Sundays and include a T-shirt and crown for the birthday child, a private party space and access to the playground.
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