Birthday Venue Guide: Active Parties

From karate to dancing to bouncing, tumbling and jumping, these Philadelphia birthday party venues will keep your energetic crew moving Read more

Want to really knock the party out of the park? Keep the kids entertained and moving with one of this high-energy party options.

Philly InMovement
What to Expect: This adorable indoor gym is a tumbler’s dream: bounce on trampolines, tiptoe on balance beams, climb the rock wall, swing in the air and roll until you’re dizzy. You’ll get the whole place to yourself, so no need to worry about crowds. Parties are on the weekends and you can see what’s available via their online calendar.
The Breakdown: Parties here are 90 minutes, with an hour of play and 30 minutes of food and partying in a separate space. Two instructors will lead the kids through age-appropriate gym activities and games, food serving and clean-up. Bring your own food and decor.
Pricing: Pricing is per kid, adults are not included in guest count. Package prices depend on the party size — 10 kids costs $250, 15 kids costs $300, 20 kids costs $350, any additional child is $20 (includes siblings). You can also have a Moonbouce party for $330. If you want to extend your shindig to two hours, it’s an additional $50.
You Should Know: InMovement has a relationship with a local photographer who will capture all the best moments and provide you with digital files for $150.

What to Expect: This multi-floored kid center has a variety of themes to choose from, or just go with open play. Take advantage of their large upstairs gym with a “Tumble and Jump” party (ages 2+) or “All-Star Sports” party (ages 3+).
Pricing: Members get discounts, non-members have a $400 fee. Parties are two hours and include set-up and clean-up help, paper goods, balloons, a custom email invite, discounted parking, and more. Add-on options are aplenty: get a face painter, musician, popcorn machine, and more.
You Should Know: Parties here couldn’t be easier; the staff here will handle as much as you want them to.

Bounce U
What to Expect: The Cherry Hill location of this national chain knows how to do parties. Kids will bounce down slides, in pits, basically everywhere and on everything.
Pricing: Two hour weekend parties start at $250 for up to 12 kids. With that you’ll get private bounce and party rooms, dedicated staff, and paper products. Add on $40 for pizza and drinks, or $109 for food, cake and goodie bags.
You Should Know: Make sure to ask about all the options. There are fun things like a glow-in-the-dark party package.

Please Touch Museum
What to Expect: The expert staff here will literally take care of everything, from decorating the room helping you lug in all your stuff from your car. Kids are guaranteed to have fun; the hardest part will be telling them the party is over.
The Breakdown: There are many options at a variety of price points. Each package includes all-day admission for guests, a carousel ride, use of the party space, a dedicated facilitator to help you out and to entertain the kids with games, free parking for the host, paper products, some generic decor, and invitations. Then, you can go crazy from there. They have themes (first birthday, tea party, construction) which come with matching decor, gift bag options, and cakes.
Pricing: “Play” is the most affordable option. You’ll get admission, carousel rides, and the room. This doesn’t include food (and you aren’t permitted to bring in your own, except for cake or cupcakes). It’s $370 for up to 30 people, and $555 for up to 45 people. (That’s like $12 a person.) The next option is called “Pizza”, because you get all of the above, plus unlimited amounts of cheese pizza and drinks. That’s $565 for up to 30 people, and $842 for up to 45 people. (That’s like $16 a person.) Then there is “Deluxe” which gets you all of the above, but instead of pizza, you get to chose a custom menu. That’s $685 for up to 30 people, and $1022.50 for up to 45 people. (That’s like $23 a person.) There is also the mega-baller-baby-North-West-style Carousel House package, where you’ll get to party near the carousel on Sunday morning before the museum opens to the general public. Lots of food options and more. That’s $2,785.
You Should Know: You can add on things like themed decor and cake for $30-$65 more. PTM counts every person as a guest, so that includes adults, grandparents, siblings, etc. Also, these parties are super popular so book early!

What to Expect: Picture an Amazon-sized warehouse filled with trampolines. (This fast-growing chain that has a few locations in the area including Glen Mills and Moorestown.) The trampoline rooms are separated by age, and the rule here is that if you can walk, you can jump. There is also a slam dunk trampoline area and a foam pit you and fling yourself into. Parties here are super fun and well-organized. Kids get special jumping socks, too.
Pricing: The most affordable option is $22 a person for a weekend party. That gets your guests admission to the trampoline park (10 person minimum), a private party room, food, drinks and clean-up help. For $375 you’ll get your own private jump space for just your guests, plus pizza, cake and more. Prices and options go up from there.
You Should Know: This place is awesome and parents will love watching their kids hop around. Read all about our visit here.

1923 Penn Ice Rink
What to Expect: This beautiful, collegiate, indoor skating rink on Penn’s campus hosts parties during normal skate sessions. Good old fashioned, pink nose fun.
Pricing: Packages here include admission, skate rental, a party room for three hours, plus set-up and clean-up help. Those who don’t skate are allowed in for free. BYO food, beverages and decor. Prices are based on the group size: up to 10 skaters costs $129, up to 25 skaters costs $249, up to 40 skaters costs $349. (PennCard members get a discount.)
You Should Know: The rink is open all year (ice skating party in August? FUN!) but skate times on the weekend are limited. Sunday is your best bet for a child’s party.

What to Expect: ZoomDance focuses on pairing storytimes with creative movement, dance and acting. In a usual class, the instructors read through a story and the little dancers get to act out the characters, learn dances that reflect the narrative and “live the book from the inside.” For birthdays, your little one gets to pick his own favorite story and the ZoomDance pro customizes a themed program around that story just for him.
Pricing: They’ll entertain between 4 to 25 kids for 45 minutes on up to two hours. Parties are aimed at kids from about 2 to 8 years old, and prices are $165 for up to 12 kids and $225 for 13 to 25 kids. If you’re more than a half hour from South Philly, there’s a $30 travel fee.
You Should Know: The ZoomDance crew can make any venue work, and your kids will have a blast.

Zhang Sah
What to Expect: This Queen Village martial arts studios throws unique parties where kids will play games and get a lesson in martial arts or yoga, then dig into food and cake. For ages four and up.
Pricing: Dojo Mojo parties are $350 for 15 kids, which includes instruction, games, help, a party space, paper goods and water. You bring the food. All guests also receive free class cards and the birthday star gets a karate uniform and month of free classes.

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