Looking for something a bit different than clowns, homemade birthday cake, and pointy party hats for your child's next birthday? Think creative, whether spending an afternoon at cooking school, rock climbing, painting pottery, or learning a magic trick from an expert. There are many great places around Pittsburgh where you can throw a memorable birthday party that will have everyone leaving with a smile.
Fun With Science
A popular place for parties, the Pittsburgh Science Center offers a number of different birthday party themes with a group flat rate that includes Science Center admission for all paid guests. Or, you can choose to have them bring the party to you, complete with liquid nitrogen and ice cream!
Play With Pottery
Have a budding artist in the family? Pottery Playhouse in Greensburg offers pottery painting and mosaic making birthday parties in their private party room. Bring your own cake and pizza, or they can order it for you. Costs (excluding food) run about $15 - $20 per child and the birthday child receives a personalized painted signature dinner plate. Other Pittsburgh area pottery studios which offer birthday parties include Fireborn Studios on the South Side or Bisque N Brew in Peters which brings the party to your location!
From spy detectives and swashbuckling pirates to pom-pom princess and pop-rock party, Ooogles n Googles in the South Hills offers a host of specially themed birthday parties for ages 3-10. These two-hour theme parties include all the extras including invitations and thank you notes, a party cake, party favors, plates and cups, souvenir photos for each child and a special gift for the guest of honor.
Also in the South Hills, Backstage Pass Parties in the Southland Shopping Center next to Century III Mall offers dozens of birthday parties with themes ranging from Ventriloquism or Magic to Princess or Rock Star. They will also design custom parties or bring the party to you! On the North Side, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is all about imagination as well, with specially themed birthday parties for ages 1-10.
Young children have a lot of energy to burn, which makes a sports-minded party perfect! There are dozens of good options in the greater Pittsburgh area, from UPMC Sportsworks at the Science Center downtown to Fun Fore All in Cranberry Township which offers batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts, and mini golf. The Washington Wild Things host a cool party option for baseball fans, as do the Pittsburgh Pirates, complete with a special party place and tickets to a game. Several gyms, such as Gymsport in Bridgeville, offer birthday parties for your budding ballerina or gymnast.
The National Aviary hosts exciting Bird Day birthday parties where everything is provided from lunch to clean up, and you can purchase add-ons, ranging from bird encounters and duck feeding to a painting done by a penguin especially for the guest of honor. Or you can celebrate your child's special day with some real party animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, where birthday parties are offered daily in the summer and on weekends during the rest of the year. Alternatively, your child may enjoy a more hands-on animal experience such as horseback riding at Rolling Hills Ranch in Bridgeville.
Cook up Some Fun
If you're willing to invite a little mess into your kitchen, the Children's Cooking Connection provides hands-on cooking parties for children in private homes or rented kitchen spaces.
The Ultimate Birthday Party
For a really wild birthday party that your child's friends will be talking about for years, you could host your own birthday carnival complete with awesome inflatable bouncers, carnival games, clowns, magicians, caricature artists, pony rides and a popcorn, snow cone or cotton candy machine from Windswept Entertainment. They come to your house or location can provide as much or as little of the above entertainment that you desire.