Living together in the community through the arts

Since its founding in 1953, Allens Lane Art Center has been a cornerstone of the Mt. Airy community by bringing the residents together to participate in and enjoy the arts.  Whether its art classes for children or adults, amazing art exhibitions or cutting edge plays on the mainstage, there is something for everyone at Allens Lane.

601 West Allens Lane ~ Philadelphia, PA 19119 ~ p: 215.248.0546

Birthday Parties

Theater/Music/Performance Birthday Party Director

Claire DrakeClaire Drake has been acting, dialect coaching and teaching children Theatre and Music in and around Philadelphia since 1998. A University Of The Arts graduate, Claire is a Core Ensemble member of the Vagabond Acting Troupe. She also teaches classes with "The Music Class" and Overbrook Pre-school & Kindergarten.

Claire started running theatre birthday parties at various locations since 2000 and loves the joy that it brings the children. After having three children of her own, she has developed these parties so that she can provide fun, creative and entertaining interactive experiences for children of all ages!

Ceramics Birthday Party Director

Janice StrawderJanice Strawder teaches a number of ceramic classes at Allens Lane and loves working with children. Through her years of experience, she has developed a number of fun and engaging projects for kids to work on that will make your party a big hit. Kids love to play with clay and our parties are the perfect excuse to let them have fun!

Claire Drake
Claire Drake


Best of Philly Allens Lane Art Center hosts birthday parties for children. Our Birthday Parties are availble on Sundays from 9:00 - 11:30am. Our birthday parties include the dance studio or ceramics studio (depending on which type of party you choose), a seperate art studio (for food and presents) and our kitchen. You will also have use of the outside park and playground (a big hit in expending all that birthday cake energy). All parties include time for both food and play for the children. Parents/Guardians may choose from 5 different party themes (below). Please note that costs vary depending on theme. Parties do not include plates/napkins/drinks/cups/food or room decorations. Parents can decorate the rooms providing they also are responsible for removing the decorations. To arrange a party, simply fill out the form below and someone will contact you shortly to go over the details of your party. Our Birthday Party Directors, Claire Drake for Theater/Music/Performance parties and Janice Strawder for Ceramics parties, will guide you through the process. To secure your date, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required (once the date has been verified as available). You will be invoiced on the remaining amount that will need to be paid in full prior to your party. In addition to the invoice, you will be sent a contract for the event that you will need to sign and return to us prior to the party. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 215-248-0546. We look forward to hosting your party.

Theater/Music/Performance Birthday Parties for Children
Give your child a fun,creative and memorable party. Choose from 4 different types of parties based on the ages and interests of the children. for your party guests to work on. Theater/Music/Performance Parties are designed for up to 20 children. There is a $20 per child fee over this number with a maximum of 30 children total per party.

Music Party (ages 1 - 5 year olds) with Claire Drake

A lively interactive sing-a-long with your favourite music. The party also includes finger plays and/or choreographed movements to songs (depending on age and desire), musical games, dancing with scarves, fun with percussion instruments, plus a special puppet performance!
Time = 1.5 hours
Cost = $250

Performance Party (ages 1 - 5 year olds) with Claire Drake

Sit back and enjoy a performance by a professional theater company. We can organize your own private performance, just for you, by some of Philadelphia's finest actors, dancers, singers, musicians, clowns and more. There are many shows to shoose from to suit the age and interests of the children and also teenagers. Prices vary depending on the specific performance chosen and/or the number of performers. The shows are very interactive and fun for all.
Time = 1.5 hours
Cost = $350 + up
(final cost may vary depending on type of party selected)

Themed Adventure Party (ages 2 - 8 year olds) with Claire Drake

An adaptable party to suit your child's interests. This party can include music: singing favorite songs, dancing with scarves, musical party games, fun with percussion instruments, a special puppet performance, choreographed fun and simple dances to songs for a special performance for the parents! All of the above focused around your choice of theme: Elmo, Super Heroes, Princesses, Mickey Mouse, Rock Star, etc...
Time = 1.5 hours
Cost = $300

Theater Party (4 - 15 year olds) with Claire Drake

A party where your child and their friends can have an "on" and "off" stage theatrical experience, with a play specially written for them! We will write a short show based on your child's interests. Each original play will be written in a style specifically intended for the age of the children. During the party, the children will practice the piece and then they will perform it for the parents in the final 20 minutes of the party.
Time = 2 hours
Cost = $325

Ceramics Birthday Parties for Children
Have your kids play with clay as they make something memorable during this fun and creative party. Choose from 4 different projects for your party guests to work on. They are fun and easy to do even if your child has never made anything with clay before. Ceramics party includes one hour creative clay activity with 30 minutes reserved for food and play. Ceramics Parties are designed for up to 12 children. There is a $20 per child fee over this number with a maximum of 20 children total per party. All materials including clay, glazes, tools and firing of the projects are included in the price. Once the children complete their projects, the center will then fire them in our kilns and will make them available for pick-up. Children will love receiving their finished projects and will remind them of what a great time they had. Allow 2 weeks for firing of projects. All projects must be picked up at the Center as we are unable to ship them to you.

Squiggles, Spirals, Buttons, Balls!
Creative Coil Pots! (4 - 15 year olds) with Janice Strawder

Create wonderful, wiggly, pottery forms with your child's interests in mind. Children will make clay coils to assemble a pottery form of their choice: bowls, sun plates, planters, or cups are just a few of the ideas. Choices for textures and stamping will be offered to make these pieces truly unique. Twenty minutes will be reserved at the end for refreshments and celebration. Pottery will be kiln fired and glazed, then packed for you to pick-up within two weeks of the party date.
Time = 1.5 hrs
Cost = $325

Tile Making for the Fun of It! (4 - 15 year olds) with Janice Strawder

Children will enjoy the art of tile making and will create a unique tile portraying a theme of their choice. Projects will include applied relief design, textures, and plenty of glaze color to bring their artworks to life. Twenty minutes will be reserved at the end for refreshments and celebration. Tiles will be kiln fired and glazed, then packed for you to pick-up within two weeks of the party date.
Time = 1.5 hrs
Cost = $325

Creative Vessel Making (4 - 15 year olds) with Janice Strawder

Create wonderful clay vessels that will become mugs with handles, vases, planters, or just a great object to hold things. We will roll out clay and poke, stretch, texture, and paint these wonderful creations. Twenty minutes will be reserved at the end for refreshments and celebration. Projects will be kiln fired and glazed, then packed for you to pick-up within two weeks of the party date.
Time = 1.5 hrs
Cost = $325

Wall Pocket Animal Portraits (4 - 15 year olds) with Janice Strawder

Create a wall pocket portrait of your pet or favorite animal to hang in your room, or outdoors in the garden. Working from paper patters we will transform a flat piece of clay into a three dimensions roaring, barking, or purring object of art! 20 minutes will be reserved at the end for refreshments and celebration. Projects will be kiln fired and glazed, then packed for you to pick-up within two weeks of the party date.
Time = 1.5 hrs
Cost = $325

Parties at your location
Are you looking to do a birthday party (for Music/Theater/Performance Parties Only) for your child but want to have it at your home? Just use the form below and click on the "home party" button and our expert party director can tailor-make a birthday party for you at your location. Different fees may apply.




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