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Anyone can have some cake and ice cream and call it a party. But why not celebrate your child’s next birthday somewhere exceptional? Pittsburgh has plenty of unique places that will make their special day more than memorable! — Amanda Harle

Lilliput Play Homes’ Town Center

4125 Washington Road
McMurray, PA 15317
(724) 942-3022

What could be better than playing “make believe” in a fun-filled, child-sized village? Start by visiting the Neighborhood Market and filling your shopping cart with delicious groceries! Or maybe you need to don your doctor’s jacket and help diagnose why your patients aren’t feeling well today. Clang! Clang! What’s that? The fire bell is ringing! Quick! Time to change coats and save the day! Lilliput Town Center is the ideal place for children and parents alike. Parents can relax while trained Party Leader escorts your child and his/her guests through the village, plays games with them, and serves them pizza and cake. Add a piñata or balloon art for an extra price.

Carnegie Science Center & Highmark SportsWorks

One Allegheny Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15212
(412) 237-3400

See science come alive at the Carnegie Science Center, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. More than 400 hands-on exhibits make this North Shore attraction an interactive amusement park for the mind! Special features of the Pittsburgh Carnegie Science Center include a real Cold War-era submarine, the Rangos Omnimax Theater, a hi-def, digital planetarium, a 2,000-square-foot aquarium, three live demonstration theaters and the famous Miniature Railroad & Village. There’s also Roboworld where kids can learn how robots sense, think, and act as they explore dozens of interactive exhibit stations. Right next door is the Highmark SportsWorks. What does it feel like to be a Yo-Yo? Are you as quick as Penguins goalie Marc-André Fleury? Highmark SportsWorks is located in its own building right next door to the Science Center. It contains 30+ fun and educational exhibits spread out over 12,000 square feet of exhibition space. And if all this isn’t enough to fill your child’s special day, you can also purchase a live science demonstration with activities for everyone at the party!

Color Me Mine

5887 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 421-2909

The motto for Color Me Mine is “Give us a reason and we’ll give you a party!” Each and every party guest can dream up and create a masterpiece to take home as their very own. There are over 300 ceramic pieces of pottery from which to choose; and both kids and adults alike will have fun painting and glazing their own pottery. In fact, Color Me Mine does such a good job with birthday parties, it placed in the top 10 Best Birthday Chains survey given by Parents Magazine in May 2010. Not only is Color Me Mine a fun place for a party, but with rates at low as $25 per child, it’s also very affordable! Why not add a commemorative plate to your choice of party package for everyone can sign? It’s a keepsake your child can keep forever!

Games N’At Party Emporium & Game Center

2010 Josephine St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 481-2002

Yinz all know, it’s a Pittsburgh thing. Games N’At Arcade and Party Emporium has plenty for kids and parents to do. There’s pool tables, ping-pong, basketball, pinball, driving games, shooting games, video games (a lot of old school classics), air hockey, foosball, bubble hockey, touch screens, PC games and internet access — and of course XBOX and XBOX 360! You can buy tokens for their games of skill and win great prizes or try your hand at duckpin bowling for only $2… and you don’t have to rent any ugly shoes! There are numerous packages to choose from depending upon how much you want to include.

Gymsport Athletic Center

98 Vanadium Rd, Building C
Bridgeville, PA 15017
(412) 220-1195

For the budding gymnast … Gymsport Athletic Center hosts fantastic parties that are a blast for kids! Gymsport has been hosting fantastic parties for over 10 years. Imagine the fun with games, trampoline foam pits, zip lines, and don’t forget the Jungle Gym for younger guests. Parents can just sit back and relax while their enthusiastic staff does all the set up, serving and cleaning up! And don’t forget entertaining your kids! The staff is ready to go and full of energy ready to play games and keep your kids laughing from start to finish! All parents have to do is supply the kids and the cake!

ICEOPLEX At Southpointe

114 Southpointe Blvd.
Canonsburg, PA 15317
(724) 745-6666

ICEOPLEX in Canonsburg is the perfect place for kids to run, or skate off some steam! The complex has an ice skating rink and a sport court available for parties. Packages include either pizza or hotdogs, drinks and goodie-bags. Plus, a party host or hostess will do all the hard work for you! Staff says there are three things you can count on at ICEOPLEX: a clean environment, polite employees and, attention to detail. Bottom line, ICEOPLEX is a sports and entertainment facility that is clean, safe, fun, and family-friendly.