Here at Wee HQ, we’re always, always on the lookout for fun birthday party spots — not just because we have to host the occasional kid’s birthday party ourselves, but because we know that everyone is faced with the same OMG, what am I supposed to do with 15 three-year-olds moment at one point or another, and having a bunch of venue options is a helluva good start. Here’s another good one to tack onto your roster of options.
The place: Sandy Hill Farm in Plymouth Meeting
The vibe: Sandy Hill is a great little farm, with ponies, a pig, mama goats and baby goats (or kids, or whatever), bunnies, and chickens. It’s a family-owned and operated enterprise, and it’s geared toward young kids, who are able to touch, pet, feed and learn about the animals. It’s completely unfancy (duh, it’s a farm), but it’s charming, and the kids I’ve seen there lose their little minds over all the animals. It’s pretty cute. Plus: Pony rides! And bunnies you can hold!
The party scoop: Each birthday party includes access to the petting farm (pigs, bunnies, ducks, chickens, sheep and goats); pony rides; a hayride around the property; and time inside the party barn for cake and food. (And yes, your money also gets you a boatload of hand sanitizer, in case you’re wondering.) You can book Saturday and Sunday parties in three two-hour increments: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m., or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Weekday parties can be arranged.) You bring the food, drink, cake, decorations and silverwear, and staffers will help serve it all. (They also help with party set-up!)
The farm’s grounds are great for young kids (starting at age 2 or 3, I’d say): There’s plenty of space to run around, but it’s set up in a way that makes it pretty easy to keep an eye on everyone. It’s nice because the entertainment is already built in — all you really need to do is show up with some refreshments and balloons or whatever, and voila: That’s your party. The shindig ends up being a great mix of some free time (wherein the kids can run around, and both kids and parents wander around petting and riding and feeding animals) and organized but chill events that are mostly manned by the staff (pony rides, the hayride, the cake hoopla in the party barn). You’ll want to call to confirm prices and head count options, but the party we recently attended ran $400 for 30 (or fewer) children for 2 hours. The place does book up fast, so you’ll want to plan on calling 6 to 8 weeks in advance.