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Themed birthday party ideas for NYC kids

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Apple Seeds Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 3/4

These all-inclusive parties start off with free play in the sports room, followed by Apple Seeds’ creatively themed activities (Welcome to the Jungle, Princess and Pirates Costume Party, OOOHHH…AAAHHH…IIICCCKKK Science, Songs for Seeds). Included in the party package is an in-house party planner, who can also customize a celebration based on your child’s interests, as well as invitations and gift bags. If you’re feeling generous, rent the entire playground for an after-hours extravaganza on Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30pm. •10 West 25th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (212-792-7590). •200 West End Ave between 69th and 70th Sts (212-792-7591.) Ages 1 to 6.

  1. 10 W 25th St , (between Sixth Ave and Broadway)
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Brooklyn Children’s Museum Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 2/4

Tykes have two hours to explore one of seven themes, such as Pirates of the Museum, Dino Dig, A Royal Affair, and Animal Mania. Activities may include a treasure hunt, an animal meet-and-greet, or time in the sandbox, depending on which route you take. The basic package covers food and drinks for the kids, cake, party hosts and passes for guests to visit the museum again in the future. Ages 1-10.

  1. 145 Brooklyn Ave, (at St. Marks Ave )
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Citibabes Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 4/4

Pick from five themes for a stellar first birthday party at Citibabes! They’ll accommodate 15 children (and their adults) for 90 minutes, provide an age-appropriate art activity and offer a personalized themed cake or cupcakes made by Citibabes preferred vendors. A signature party also includes a choice of two children’s entrees and a side plus snacks, juice and water bottles, party favors, paper goods and playground time. The best part? All signature parties include a bouncy castle! Your older kiddos will have a great time while the baby watches a balloon artist or gets their picture drawn (both add-ons). Call or e-mail 212-334-5440 or info@citibabes.com to make a reservation.

  1. 54 Mercer St, (between Broome and Grand Sts, third floor)
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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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HiArt! Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 3/4

Resident artists lead partygoers in hands-on sculpting, painting and drawing projects and involve them in interactive and possibly multidisciplinary (think music and dancing activities). The art studio will customize a party to your child's interests, perhaps incorporating mixed media) or you can choose from themes like Manga Madness, Fairy Houses or Candy Sculptures. Renowned artists are on hand to engage children in the activities. Other offerings include Fairy Houses, Giant Autoportraits, Drama of the Diorama, Bug Abode and Collage Soup. Parents provide food, cake and decorations. Ages 2 to 16.

  1. 227 W 29th St, Studio 4R, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves)
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Kidville Birthday Parties, Tribeca

  • Price band: 3/4

Get creative with Kidville’s whopping 16 birthday-party themes, like Sizzling Spectacular Science, Fly Me to the Moon and 
Dino-Mite, to name a 
few. Basic packages include a 90-minute celebration in a private space, an activity at the art table, invitations, pizza and juice, cake, party favors, two party leaders and balloons. Extras like a performance from the Rockin' Railroad Band, photographers, character appearances and a cookie-designing station are also available. At certain locations, the Big Blowout Party kicks it up a notch by adding a Jumpy Castle (a kid favorite), two extra party leaders and an additional ten guests. Ages 1 to 9.

  1. 200 Church St, (between Duane and Thomas Sts)
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Make Meaning Birthday Parties, UES

  • Price band: 3/4

Guests flex their creativity with a hands-on activity that acts as the party theme. Choose from cake decorating, candle making, soap creation and more. Additionally, youngsters participate in a smaller project, where they might design jewelry or paint ceramic figurines. The fee covers a private party space, food, a custom cake, balloons and a dedicated staff, with add-ons ranging from a photo booth, goody bags, and a glitter tattoo artist. Or, opt for the Floor Party, where kids can choose one activity in a semi-private space and snack on complimentary cupcakes and refreshments. Ages 1 and up.

  1. 1501 Third Ave, (between 84th and 85th Sts)
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New York Hall of Science Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 2/4

Mini mad scientists of all ages will dig NYSCI's interactive bashes, exploring various aspects of science through hands-on fun. Kids romp around on cool structures and explore principles of motion, balance, sound and sight at the Science Playground Adventures party; at the Gross Out Science bash, youngsters who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty concoct their own slime to take home. Other options include Space Ace for aspiring astronauts, tot-friendly Bubble Trouble, mind-blowing Magic & Science and Cool Chemist for older kids ready to take on complex experiments. An NYSCI Explainer will help guide the kiddos through their activities and guests get a free admission pass for a future visit. Parties run up to two hours and include a private party room for 30 minutes, paper goods, cake, goody bags, and a choice of french bread pizza, hot dogs or chicken tenders served with juice. Ages 4 and up.

  1. 47-01 111th St, (at 47th Ave)
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Queens Zoo Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids get in touch with their wild side by meeting real animals and walking through several zoo exhibits. Domestic Animal Discoveries lets the youngest partygoers (ages 3 to 6) meet and feed bunnies, goats, sheep and llamas. Paws, Claws and Jaws exposes kids ages 5 to 7 to animal behavior and habitats, and the Junior Keeper party introduces tweens (ages 7 to 12) to animal caretakers and teaches them about working at the zoo. Parents take care of cake, food, beverages and paper goods; the Zoo provides the invites, admission, party hats, and goody bags. Ages 3 to 12.

  1. 53-51 111th St, (at 53rd Ave)
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