Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council consisting of local Marple and Newtown parents, take your questions, give advice and share solutions.
This week's question:
Q: Where are some great local venues for birthday parties?
Answer from Bretany Pilko (mother of 2): We just had a very successful party at Sproul Lanes. I thought the cost was very reasonable, $84 a lane, includes two pieces of pizza per kid and two pitchers of soda or juice. We got two lanes for 12 kids, I added on an extra pizza for the parents who stayed as well as a bunch of balloons to make the table more festive. We had a really nice young man (Tom) assigned to us to help us with our party. I've actually tried to bribe my younger son into having his party here but, of course, he wants a themed party at home.
A couple of years ago we had a birthday party outside of the house at Bette's Family Fun Center in Aston. It was a great solution for us at the time since we couldn't have the party at home. During the week it is significantly cheaper, and they often have special deals offered online or via e-mail. You can also rent bouncy houses from Bette's for your "at-home" parties.
Answer from Val B. (mother of 3): Jumpers in Newtown Square because it is clean and organized. It allows the under 5 age group a safe place to jump and have fun.
Answer from Cheri S. (mother of 2): Makin' Music is amazing! We had Jenine come to our house for my daughter's 4-year-old birthday. You can also go to their facility. She played the guitar for the children, let them play rhythm sticks, shaker eggs and an assortment of instruments. The children also participated in various music and movement activities. It was for 45 minutes.
Answer from Holly Stupak (mother of 2): I think for the 1- to 3 year-old set, Makin' Music does great parties. They can either come to your home or you can have it at their farmhouse in Media. One of the music teachers brings his/her guitar along with all kinds of instruments for the kids. It is very interactive and the kids love it.
For a fun, fall party I also recommend Wynnorr Farms (on Route 926) for a hayride/bonfire. It is a lot less crowded than Linvilla. You take a hayride out to your own private bonfire for marshmallow roasting.
Answer from Lindsey Zeller (mother of 2): My daughter had her fourth birthday party at Karakung Swim Club. It was a lot of fun, but probably better for the older kids. Some of her friends were limited to the kiddie pool, and some were in the big kid pool. Basically, the party was separated most of the time.
She had her fifth birthday party at in Broomall. She did the gymnastics, survival island, rock climbing combo. The kids loved it. The only downside is the public eating area. That was a bit chaotic, but the kids did not seem to mind.
Answer from Helen R. (mother of 2): gym is a great place for the young ones. All the parents do is watch the kids have fun. Kehler's gym does everything else for you. For the bigger kids ages 8 to 12, Grand Slam in Malvern is terrific. Same thing there, the staff takes care of everything. Laser tag is what the kids enjoy there the best.
Answer from Michelle C. (mother of 2): The best birthday party we had was at the Broomall Fire House. I'm not sure if they still do parties, but it was awesome. Tour of the fire house, magic show, ride on the fire truck and games with the fire hoses.
The second best party was at Putt Putt in Clifton Heights. Super inexpensive, and everything was included, even food and cake.
Answer from Kara Buchy (mother of 2): I had two of my children's parties at "My Gym" in Springfield. It is a private party and the children have a blast. Guy, Nicole, Danielle, and all the workers there are incredible with children.