Places to Book a Great First Birthday Party for a One-Year-Old Baby in Philadelphia

By Nakia Jackson
Celebrate the birth of your little one in the country's birthplace.
Celebrate the birth of your little one in the country's birthplace.

While first birthday parties are often more exciting for the parents than the 1-year-old guest of honor, a Philadelphia birthday party can provide a special afternoon that your tot can enjoy, complete with games, cake and friends. Whether you're steps from Italian Market or up in Fox Chase, there are several places that will help make your child's birthday special. So grab your noisemakers, your birthday kid and let the good times roll.

Center City and South Philadelphia

NEST Philly and Philly Kids Gym offers an indoor, nature-themed play space designed to spark your birthday girl's imagination. Nestled in Washington Square West, NEST offers a special package for first birthday parties featuring a cake especially for smashing and a craft table where guests make their own birthday cards. Your birthday girl and her guests can crawl, tumble, or play with the toys selected to help little ones build motor and cognitive skills. Add a NEST musician to get the party rocking.

In the Bella Vista section of South Philadelphia, Philly Kids Gym offers creative movement classes and a space for unstructured play. Their birthday party packages offer your birthday girl and her friends a chance to wiggle, leap, and bop for an hour or two.

West Philadelphia

In the Mantua section of West Philadelphia is America's oldest zoo, which has delighted Philadelphia's youngest residents for over a century. The Philadelphia Zoo staff will present animals in a Zoo on Wheels presentation just for your child's party. Your birthday girl will receive a special gift, and zoo admission is included with the Tiger package.

Chestnut Hill

For parents in Germantown, The Little Treehouse is the go-to spot for play dates and rainy days. This restaurant and play space also welcomes birthday parties. The wholesome, nuturing and fun play space is based on the philosophy of Waldorf Education. With a menu of healthy kids' snacks and pizza with organic toppings for all, you can celebrate while keeping healthy eating habits. If your birthday girl likes to climb or slide, The Little Treehouse will delight her and her friends in a play area designed to be safe for older infants and young toddlers.

North and Northeast Philadelphia

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse in East Fairmount Park is a treasured Philadelphia institution, and with room to play indoors and out, you won't have kids feeling cooped up or risk your party getting rained on. It's also a good option for budget-conscious parents who still want a special place for their birthday kid's big day.

Kix and Giggles in Northeast Philadelphia offers an indoor play space with party packages that you can customize. If you'd like a themed party or entertainers,you can add those features without paying for others that you don't use. Kix and Giggles is also ideal for smaller parties, as they offer packages for five children and greater.

About the Author

Nakia Jackson has written for online publications since 2006, including columns for Sadie Magazine, Naseeb and Muslim Wake Up!. She has written on religion and beauty, crafts and music. Jackson's expertise stems from personal experience and her years at Berklee College of Music, pursuing a Bachelor of Music.