Fun fact: My three daughters’ birthdays fall within ten days of each other (January 25, January 28 and February 4). No, we did not plan this, but it sure makes for a busy winter! It also makes for interesting trips to the pharmacy…my husband can never keep their birthdays straight so whenever he picks up medication for one of them, he just rattles off all three dates and lets the pharmacist choose.
Believe it or not, I’ve never combined their birthday parties. Their interests and friend groups have never aligned, and I enjoy torturing myself with three separate party venues, guest lists, menus and weather forecasts (one party always gets snowed out). Confession: One year I did combine cakes and presented my then two-year-old with leftover cake from her older sister’s birthday party (I did give her two fresh candles).
Of all the parties we’ve thrown for them, my favorite was my middle daughter’s first birthday party. I used leftover scraps of construction paper to make invitations shaped like ice cream cones and invited five of her toddler friends to a local frozen yogurt shop on a Tuesday night. The kids were loud and messy, but since it was the dead of winter, we had the place to ourselves, and the lone teenager manning the register didn’t seem to mind. Friends still tell me it was the best kids’ birthday party they’ve ever attended, which makes me laugh since it required no paper products, decorations or entertainment and very little planning.
If you’re up for a bit more work than I clearly was, here are a bunch of fun places to host a wintertime kids’ birthday party on the Main Line:
• Urban Air
• Please Touch Museum
• Chick-fil-A (check with the location nearest you)
• iCore Fitness (Ninja Warrior-themed parties!)
• Sweet & Sassy
• Bryn Mawr Film Institute
• Arnold’s Family Fun Center
• Young Sports
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