For teenagers, birthday parties are about sharing a fun experience with friends. Philadelphia-area teens have numerous options when it comes to finding the perfect party place. From sports venues to just a unique spot to hang out and enjoy food and music with friends, the City of Brotherly Love has something for everyone.
Philadelphia sports fans have reasons to cheer with major league baseball, football and hockey teams. Bundle a Philly-style tailgating party with tickets to a big game. PhillyTailgating.com will do all the planning for you. Or, if your teen would rather play than just watch, take the party on the road. Skating fanatics will enjoy partying on and off the ice at Oaks Center Ice (oakscenterice.com) in Phoenixville, about 45 minutes outside Philadelphia, or at the Blue Cross Riverrink (delawareriverwaterfront.com) at Penn's Landing in the heart of Philadelphia. If your teen loves baseball, let the teens hit the batting cages -- and follow it with a game of laser tag -- at Grand Slam USA (grandslammalvern.com) on Philadelphia's Main Line.
Food and Friends
Beat Street Station, located in Philadelphia's Manayunk neighborhood, (beatstreetstation.com) is an old train station that boasts tons of charm and appeal, says Renee Patrone, owner of Events by Renee, who handles many Philadelphia area special events. "It’s not a typical venue so you can do a lot to personalize it [such as adding] special lighting or furniture," she explains. For something smaller but still memorable, you can rent a pod at Philadelphia's chic Asian fusion restaurant, POD (podresaurant.com). Teens can enjoy an intimate dining experience while changing the lighting colors of their POD, a private egg-shaped dining space, while they nosh on sushi and sample sashimi, edamame and maki as it passes by on a conveyor belt.
Perfect for a birthday teen who loves rowing or being near the water, the Vesper Boat Club (vesperboatclub.org) in Philadelphia's Fairmont Park is a unique and cool setting to host your teen's party, says Patrone. With front and rear decks overlooking the Schuylkill River and with views city skyline, this unique venue offers an unforgettable experience filled with rowing memorabilia. For the teen who loves both animals and the great outdoors, Sheeder Mill Farm (smfhorses.com) offers trail ride adventures combined with picnics or even overnight tent-camping trips.
Dave and Busters (www.daveandbusters.com) specializes in teen birthday parties, including sweet sixteen and quinceanera celebrations. With their recipe for mixing food and friends with fun and ticket-winning games, D&B has multiple Philly area locations. Go Vertical (www.govertical.com) in Philadelphia offers indoor rock climbing birthday party packages that will have teens climbing the walls for fun. You can custom design this unique, 2-hour experience to include use of a private party room for pizza and soft drinks, or use entire two hours for the teens' climbing adventure.