While planning a birthday party, I came across some creative place to hold children’s parties in the Greater Philadelphia area. Here are some more ideas.
Camden Children’s Garden
Have a garden party at the Camden Children’s Garden on the Camden Waterfront for up to 30 attendees in the Butterfly House tent, which you can rent for $70 to $80. The tent is next to CCG’s indoor butterfly garden. Hosting a bigger party? Rent the Garden Tent, which can hold up to 150 guests, for $85 to $95. In addition to the butterfly garden, the guests can dig for fossils in the Dinosaur Garden and play in the five Story Gardens. They can also, for added fees, ride the carousel and train or get a visit from the garden’s mascot, Mum Bear.
If your little partier is into creepy crawlies, consider the Insectarium, 8046 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia. For $120, you can hold a 90-minute party for 10 guests, which includes a tour and time in a party room to munch on pizza and cake. For additional fees, the guests can also be directed to make bug-related crafts, such as decorating their own beetle or butterfly magnets, or they can spend time with a balloon animal twister, who fashions all types of fanciful balloon bugs.
One of five historic squares in Philadelphia, Franklin Square, 200 North Sixth Street, features a creative free playground and, for a fee, miniature golf and carousel rides. An all-season climate-controlled building is available for party rentals, which include an attendant, pizza and drinks, unlimited rides on the Parx Liberty Carousel, and mini golf. Children’s parties for ages 12 and under are two hours long, starting at $380 for 20 guests. For a lower-cost party, gather at the picnic tables for food, and then let guests play in the playground and treat them each to a carousel ride ($3 per person, free for children under 2).
An affordable, fun party option for preschoolers can be a bowling party. We attended one recently for a 5-year-old girl, hosted at MacDade Bowl, 2103 MacDade Boulevard, Holmes, Pa. The Rock and Glow Party featured a pizza party, gift bags and one and a half hours of bowling, made more festive with music and lights. The parties start at $170 for 10 kids. Many other area bowling alleys can host similar parties, so check the one nearest you.
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