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Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Hawks, Happy Birthday to you!  

We hope you have a fun and safe celebration. Check out this list of 21 Things To Do On Your 21st Birthday!

  1. Check out the Free Birthday Meals website to learn which hot spots in Philadelphia will offer you free desserts or food discounts for your birthday; it includes all kinds of places from Starbucks to Fogo de Chao!
  2. Make yourself feel good by making others feel good by performing random acts of kindness. Find more suggestions here through The Birthday Project.
  3. Go to a 21+ comedy club in the city like Helium Comedy Club or try an improv show for just $12 with the N Crowd.
  4. One of the best ways to honor your life is by helping someone else in theirs.  Gather friends to do a service project together or check out hosting collections and birthday parties at the service site for Cradles to Crayons.
  5. Go to the World Café Live for a Free at Noon WXPN concert series which takes place every Friday throughout the year.
  6. Hang out at Delaware WaterFront for some great people watching.  Depending on the season, you could go roller skating at RiverRink, watch a movie under the stars, visit a pop-up park and much more!
  7. Sports lovers – get a VIP tour of Lincoln Financial Field and go on the field, in the locker room and in the press box for just $10!
  8. Call someone who helped you reach this point in your life and thank them.  Write out thank you cards and hand deliver them to people who make you happy year round.
  9. Rent a car (now that you can!) for the day and take a drive to the 2nd largest mall in the country, the King of Prussia mall.  Enjoy over 400 stores for shopping and buy yourself something nice – you deserve it, it is your day!
  10. There are so many fun options for tours of Philly including walking, biking and segway tours – even ghost tours and a Philly favorite, the Tasting Tours of the Italian Market.
  11. Bring a picnic to Fairmount park and enjoy the view with some food and laughter with friends.
  12. Do something you are afraid of doing, like sky-diving, bungee-jumping, wake-boarding, kickboxing, paintballing, asking that special someone out for a date, etc.  Groupon or Living Social often have great deals!
  13. Be a child.  What was your favorite board game, TV show or toy growing up?  Buy it or rent it and enjoy playing again.
  14. Go bowling at Lucky Strike in Philadelphia – if you get enough people, you can reserve lanes and billiards for your group.  If you have a smaller group, check out Hi Spot Lanes in Manayunk which has just 8 lanes and you can rent out the whole place!
  15. Have a dance birthday party and learn salsa, swing or hip-hop with a group of your friends as your birthday party at Merge studio in Manayunk!  Check out Salsadelphia for links to salsa all over the city!
  16. Have a slumber party with your best friends like you were turning 12 instead of 21.  Watch your favorite childhood TV show on Netflix and order pizza.
  17. Sing Karaoke or better yet, have your friends sing the Happy Birthday song to you on stage!
  18. Get creative.  Gather your friends for a party with paints and try canvas painting with Paint Night or try painting pottery at The Expressive Hand.
  19. Be a tourist and get a day pass for a Double Decker tour bus to go around town, see some sites and learn more about our great city of brotherly love or check out the Philly by Night tour!
  20. Reflect on one good thing you accomplished this past year and come up with one good thing you want to accomplish this next year.
  21. Not remembering your birthday would be the worst way to celebrate.  Don’t take it from me – read this 21st Birthday Blog Post from a Hanna Lottritz, a University of Nevada student who is celebrating her 21st birthday in January, 2016.   If you choose to drink alcohol, pace yourself to avoid blacking out or worse.  Bonus Read: Check out this research article titled: Birthdays can be bad for your health which found that birthday-related drinking is associated with upsurges in hospital admissions among young people.