As a parent of a January babe, I understand how challenging it can be to host a fun, innovative and original birthday party year after year, without opening up your home to guests. A home party can be great, but for many of us that just isn’t an option when the outdoors are off limits during these cold winter months. To help you fellow Mama’s out there I’ve compiled a list of great birthday party venues for your child’s next winter birthday. If you know of any other great spots be sure to tell us below.

Roller skatesGet movin’ at the Palace Roller Skating Rink and “be treated like royalty”. The Palace is conveniently located in NE Philly and offers a variety of party packages to fit any size guest list. Packages range from 2-3 hour events and just $13.95 per child. The Palace will take care of everything, all you have to worry about at the kids, cake, candles, and presents! Call 215.698.8000 to book your child’s next birthday party at the Palace Skating Center – only a $25 deposit is required.

Palace Skating Center – 11586 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19116


frankin squareCelebrate at one of the City’s most historic, family-oriented parks, Franklin Square! The Pavilion, an all-season, climate-controlled building nestled between the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel and the Franklin Square playgrounds debuted in 2012 making Franklin Square an ideal party venue anytime of year! Starting at just $250 for a 2 hour gathering for 20 guests, your guests can enjoy unlimited carousel rides and chilly Philly mini golf, and more. Click here for winter party package details or call 215.629.4026.

Franklin Square – 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


expressive hand, painted pottery

The Expressive Hand is a creative option for school aged children, where they can paint their own pottery and be the artist of their very own masterpiece. All children in attendance can enjoy unlimited paints, glazes, stencils, and stamps under the direction of a personal party host and then take home their very own creations. Packages start at $250.00 at their location but The Expressive Hand also has a Parties-To-Go option where they bring the party to you! For more details visit their website or call 267.519.2626.

The Expressive Hand – 622 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147



experiments, science party

Pick your favorite experiments, like making ice cream from liquid nitrogen, or hammer a nail into solid wood with a banana, the possibilities are endless with WONDERGY. A Wondergy party is a unique experience for all party go-ers and will surely be one of the hippest birthday parties at your child’s school. With science oriented party themes/activities for ages 2 and up, and for 1-100+ guests Wondergy is sure to have a winning combination of party ingredients for you! To inquire about a Wondergy birthday party experience, call 1-86-MOLECULE or email them today!



happy child

Break a sweat with a birthday party perfect for active children at Sprouts Children’s Center. With packages starting at $400.00, you can plan an active, in motion party that will have everyone going home happy, healthy and ready for nap time. Contact Philly Kids Gym today to see what age appropriate activities they have prepared for your little one and how you can personalize this fantastic winter party just as cabin fever is setting in. Call 215.627.3934.

Philly Kid’s Gym – 604 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


the nest, kid painting

Strees no more ~ The NEST is here to help with all your party needs. The NEST has terrific party themes to choose from, like Artsy Party, Join the Band, Flour Party and Move and Groove Mash, all for groups of 15 or more children. The fun and beautiful NEST also offers a great  variety of ala carte options, including face painting, balloon animals, etc. To check availability or make a reservation call 215.545.6378.

The NEST – 1301 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


chuck e cheeseEvery child loves a party at Chuck E. Cheese! With many area locations, there are 2 located nearby in Philadelphia. With multiple package options everyday of the week, priced per child/guest, you can customize the party that fits your families need and budget with the click of a button online. Chuck offers tons of games and activities, music, snacks and pure party fun! See what’s available at your nearest location online.

Chuck E. Cheese – 9 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19148 and 9175 Roosevelt #2, Philadelphia, PA, 19114


On The Border

vintage conductor, steam train, new hope railroad

Travel just 45 minutes up Rt. 95 to scenic New Hope, PA located in beautiful Bucks County for a birthday party that guests of all ages are sure to remember forever, at the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. Rent a private coach car for 2 hours of party time aboard this vintage train from the early 1900’s. Most weekends out of the year the train is powered by an original 1925 Baldwin STEAM locomotive built right here in Philadelphia. The sights, sounds, and allure of this historic beast are sure to appeal to children and adults. Packages start at just $400.00 for up to 45 guests. For information email or call 215.862.2332.

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad – 32 W. Bridge Street, New Hope, PA 18938

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