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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

The 10,000-square-foot kids’ club opens its doors to nonmembers for its birthday bashes. Kids have plenty of themes to choose from, including Pirates and Princesses, Under the Sea, A Day in the Circus and Jungle Safari, and they can take advantage of the space’s 1,500-square-foot indoor playground. The basic package includes food, cupcakes, decorations, paper goods, party favors, a bouncy castle, 2 party leading staff, setup and cleanup. Photographers, musicians, balloon artists and more are available for an additional price. Ages 10 and under.

  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 the basic party package. 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. New 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 Boss (cake decorating), Hello Hotness (candle making), Simply Sudsational (soap creation) Candy Couture (candy necklace design) 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

Kids explore principles of motion, balance, sound and sight at the Science Playground Adventures party; at the Gross Out science bash, children concoct their own slime. Other options include Space Ace, Bubble Trouble, Cool Chemist and Magic & Science. Parties run up to two hours and include cake, goody bags, and a choice of french bread pizza, hot dogs, chicken tenders, or mac & cheese. 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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