The weather is warming up and it’s safe to say, we are all looking for a reason to get out of the house. If you have a child with a birthday coming up, here is a list of options to have a fun celebration around the city of Philadelphia. Please call ahead or check online before planning to visit any of these destinations.

Get ‘On a Roll’

Blue Cross RiverRink

Have your birthday party at Philadelphia’s first and only outdoor roller skating rink located on the beautiful Delaware River. Blue Cross River

Rink Summerfest includes outdoor roller skating, amusement rides, carnival games, mini-golf and great food and drinks. The summer season starts memorial day weekend. For questions about birthday party packages contact them at 215-925-7465 or alternatively by email at

101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Big Red Pedal Tour

Treat your kid to a real sweet event! Big Red Pedal Tours’ “Cookies & Cream Tour” is the ultimate party option for children to get a taste of the city. Rent out the Big Red Bike for kids’ birthday parties. The tour stops at two ice cream places and a pizza place. Tours last for 2 hours. For information call 215-625-2509 or visit the website.

218 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Philly Skate Plex

Get movin’ at the Philly Skate Plex, an indoor roller rink. The Skate Plex 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 start at $140 for 8 children. The Skate Plex will take care of everything, all you have to worry about are the kids, cake, candles, and presents! Parents of the birthday child skate free. Call 215-698-8000 to book your child’s next birthday party at the Palace Skating Center – only a $50 deposit is required. Visit the website to learn more.

11586 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19116

Head Down to the Farm

Little Lost Creek Alpaca Farm

Hold your child’s next birthday party on an alpaca farm just a short drive outside of the city. Visit with the alpacas and choose a themed activity of your choice! Guest count is limited to 8 people, with additional cost to add more. The farm offers a more traditional approach to a birthday party, with a variety of themes, games, arts, and more. Parties are tailored to meet your expectations and budget. Some of our theme offerings are: Farm Scavenger Hunt, Walk an Alpaca, Mad Hatter High Tea, Fibers Arts Project, A Wide Variety of Art Projects, Capture the Flag (parents can play, too!), and Orienteering. There are two party packages to choose from that can be viewed on the website.

1980 Quarry Road, Salford, PA 18957

Photo from Little Lost Creek Alpaca Farm

Philly’s Favorite Outdoor Spots

Philadelphia Zoo

Have your birthday party at America’s First Zoo. For groups of 15 or more call 215-243-5235 to reserve your trip and organize your party!

3400 W Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Franklin Square

The Pavilion is a unique venue located in Franklin Square, one of the five original squares designed by William Penn. Host your birthday party in a beautiful park setting nestled between the Parx Liberty Carousel, the Philly Mini Golf Course, and a state of the art playground, The Pavilion in Franklin Square provides entertainment and fun for all ages. As part of Franklin Square’s health and safety measures, all Pavilion event rentals include the accompanying lawn and outdoor set up to accommodate social distancing. To book your event, contact or visit the website.

200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

A Good Old Fashioned Picnic

An easy and inexpensive picnic birthday party can be had at any one of the over 100 picnic areas in Philadelphia’s parks and recreation locations.  Visit the website for more ideas and information!

Indoor Playspace

Nest Center City

Skip the stress of planning a party and let Nest do it for you. Nest is a child enrichment and activity center that offers an all-in-one play space for children and families living in Philadelphia. They offer three party packages that include private use of the play space or gym, choice of a party activity, paper goods, party hosts and a t-shirt for the birthday child. A few of the activities to choose from include Dance Party, Pirate Party, Superhero Soiree and All Star Sports Party. Customize the party with additional add-ons. Visit the website or call 215-545-6378 for more information.

1301 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Photo provided by NEST Center City

Take the Train

New Hope Railroad

Travel just 45 minutes up Route 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 Railroad. Rent a private coach car for 2 hours of party time aboard this vintage train from the early 1900s. 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. The railroad is currently operating at reduced capacity. For more information, call 215-862-2332 or visit the website.

32 W. Bridge Street, New Hope, PA 18938

Photo was provided by New Hope Railroad

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