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

Claire Drake

Our 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!

Claire Drake
Claire Drake

Birthday Parties for Children (age: 1 - 15yrs.)

Allens Lane Art Center hosts birthday parties for children (up to 20 in a party). Our Birthday Parties are availble on either Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 12:30am - 5:00pm or Sundays from 9:00 - 11:30am. We host these parties on our first floor which includes the dance studio, an art studio and our kitchen as well as the use of our 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 4 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 Director, Claire Drake, will guide you through the process and make the appropriate arrangements. 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.

Theater Party (4 - 15 year olds)

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

Themed Adventure Party (ages 2 - 8 year olds)

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

Music Party (ages 1 - 5 year olds)

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)

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)

Parties at your location

Are you looking to do a birthday party 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.

  Name of child:
  Age of child on birthday:

Choose your day:

Exact Date of your Party (must be either Thursday or Sunday):

Type of Party:

Phone Number: (with area code)

Best time of day to call :

Email Address (this form will not work without an email) :

Mailing Address: