Planning a kids’ birthday in the greater Philadelphia area? Consider one of these fun and interesting sites.
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
Located in Fairmount Park, Smith Memorial Playground consists of a play mansion and a colorful, inventive playground for kids 10 and under, including a Tot Lot for kids under 5. The Ann Newman Wooden Slide is another popular attraction.
You can reserve the Party Room for groups up to 15 children, ages 5 and younger, for $150 year-round. Two side porches are available from April through October, accommodating up to 20 children, age 10 and under, at a cost of $275. See the site’s page about parties for more information.
We had a very affordable second birthday for our son by meeting two friends at the playground for some play time. Afterward, we enjoyed some cake in the large grassy field near the parking lot (food is not allowed on the playgrounds except in the party areas, but many families picnic on the grass).
An Indoor Gym
A wide variety of indoor gyms in Southeastern Pennsylvania offer indoor activities such as play structures, seas of balls and games. Check the Metrokids resource page to compare and contrast the gyms in your immediate area. Many of the gyms also host children’s parties, designating a special room for the kids to gather and including either food or other amenities. To make the celebration more affordable, gather at the gym for playtime and then invite the kids to a restaurant or your house for cake and/or other refreshments afterward.
Hidden Valley Farm/Ridley Creek State Park
If your little one wants to be a cowgirl or cowboy, a pony party may be the perfect way to celebrate. Hidden Valley Farm, located in Ridley Creek State Park, offers pony parties for up to 25 children at $300 for the room space and for an hour of pony rides.
For a more affordable option, rent a picnic pavilion for $77 (Number 8 is the one nearest the farm) from the state park’s reservation page and then either reserve ponies for an hour ($100 per pony, per hour) or plan your event for 2-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays when pony rides are held for the public, at $3 per ride, per child.
There are also plenty of picnic tables throughout the park, for those who would rather save the money of renting a pavilion and spend it on food, decorations, and pony rides!