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Dance and performing arts parties for NYC kids

Regale birthday party guests with dance and performing arts fun.

Applause Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 2/4

Stars-in-training take center stage on their big day alongside professional performers in a 45-minute show based on the theme of the birthday kid’s choice, including princess, celebrity, hip-hop, rock & roll and, of course, Broadway. The basic package includes a 45 minute performance by a full cast using cool props and toys. Party space, custom show or theme, decorations, food, cake, balloons, paper goods and crafts can be added for an additional fee. Ages 1 to 12.

  1. 184 E 76th St , (between Lexington and Third Aves)
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Church Street School for Music and Art Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 3/4

Creative kids will love these 90-minute parties where teaching artists lead guests in music- or art- or film-related activities. High-end craft projects like mural-painting or clay creations are tailored to crafty kids' tastes and tots who like to rock get an interactive musician-led jam session or karaoke disco party. Those who can't get enough of flicks like Star Wars and Frozen can even center the bash around their favorite characters. All packages give you exclusive use of the party space, a party coordinator and teaching artist, pizza and decorations. Goody bags, balloons and themed decor are available for an extra cost Ages 1 and up.

  1. 74 Warren St, (between Greenwich St and West Broadway )
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Creative Dream Parties

  • Price band: 2/4

This 3,000-square-foot facility hosts more than 30 themed parties; favorites include Crazy Carnival and Pirate/Princess Treasure. Expect limbo and cha-cha-cha-ing, music, a bubble machine, parachute play and other lively activities. Kids can also come up with their own theme for a party. Food, beverages, cake, music and two staff leaders are supplied in all party packages for 10 children. Ages 1 to 10.

  1. 25 Waterside Plaza, E 23rd St, (at FDR Dr)
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Downtown Dance Factory Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 2/4

These footloose fetes include 50 minutes of dance—kids choose from popular genres such as ballet, jazz, creative movement or hip-hop, or they can select a theme like princess, butterfly, pirate, superhero or rock star. The DDF Disco Party or Block Party Jam are also frequent picks. At the Birthday Star party, they can also learn a routine to perform at the end of the party (the birthday child gets to choose the song). Teachers, party hosts, paper products, balloons, a gift for the guest of honor, setup and cleanup are all part of the deal. These parties are tailored for both boys and girls. Ages 3 to 12.

  1. 291 Broadway, fifth floor, (between Duane and Reade Sts)
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Galli's Fairytale Theater Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 2/4

Partygoers can watch a production, join performers as they act out a fairy tale of the birthday kid’s choosing, or participate in theater games and an original skit.

  1. 347 W 36th St, (between Eighth and Ninth Aves)
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Iggy's Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 2/4

American Idol wanna-bes can belt out their favorite tunes and show off their moves on the dance floor. Rock Star is among the party themes offered, inviting young divas to take the stage in the back lounge, singing along to hit tunes. Youngsters with a specific musical taste might want to take advantage of bashes centered around a Frozen, Hanna Montana, Taylor Swift or 1 Direction theme. Food and drinks are included; face painting, balloons, party favors and more are available at an extra cost. Ages 1 and up.

  1. 1452 Second Ave, (between 75th and 76th Sts)
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Broadway Birthday Bashes at the Peoples Improv Theater

  • Price band: 3/4

The PIT’s Broadway Birthday Bashes give partygoers access to the newly renovated 99-seat theater, where they’ll watch a live improvised musical about the birthday boy or girl, then meet the show's performers and musicians. Kids will cap the shindig with a dance party set to fun kiddie tunes while the grown-ups take advantage of the full bar onsite. VIP options allow you to customize your child’s party with karaoke, balloon art, face painting, cotton candy, an ice cream buffet or chocolate fountain or a photographer/videographer to capture the magic. Ages 5 and up.

  1. 123 E 24th St, (between Lexington and Park Aves)
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Puppetworks Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 1/4

Take the birthday party to the theater, where Puppetworks’ marionettes act out classic children’s stories. The company provides a private performance for the birthday tots and her guests. Afterward, everyone munches on food 
while puppeteers discuss the show. Cleanup is included, but moms and 
dads must supply paper goods, food 
and decorations. Puppetworks recommends at least three months’ advance notice. Ages 3 and up.

  1. 338 Sixth Ave, (at 4th St)
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Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 2/4

Tucked just inside the western boundary of Central Park is one of the best-kept experiences in town: a tiny marionette theater with shows performed daily. When your youngster's birthday rolls around, the little ones can settle in on child-size furniture and enjoy an hourlong, private showing. The theater, run by the City Parks Foundation, can accommodate up to 100 kids and adults, while the party room has space for up to 75 people (30 seats for kids), making this a spacious location if your tot wants to invite his or her whole class. Parents must supply food, drinks and decorations, but can make use of a small microwave (popcorn, anyone?) and small refrigerator onsite. Ages 3 to 9.

  1. Central Park, (Central Park West at 81st St)
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Toy Museum of New York Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids celebrate their big day with Queen Marlene, the star of the museum’s 50-minute production about a queen’s birthday and the antics that accompany it.

  1. 157 Montague St, second floor, (between Clinton and Henry Sts)
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