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Kids' birthday party places in NYC

These kids’ birthday party places will have you wishing you were a pint-size partygoer

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RECOMMENDED: Kids' birthday party ideas

These kids' birthday party places are some of our favorites—once you've picked out the right birthday venue for your athlete, artist or foodie, find the best birthday cakesbirthday party entertainers and party favors from these birthday party supply stores. Oh, and if you haven't crossed paths with the perfect birthday gift yet, check out these toy stores in NYC. Oh, and if you're in a pinch, try these spots for the best birthday cupcakes.

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Arts & crafts parties

Children's Museum of the Arts

Kids can explore the art world at a museum designed just for them. The 10,000-square-foot institution has more than enough room to house its 2,000-piece collection of international children's art, including a huge center gallery to display it in. Artists lead workshops in classrooms, studios or the media lab—which boasts a sound station, clay bar and video-making equipment. CMA's WEE Arts Program ($395 per semester) fosters artistic expression in kids as young as 10 months old, while the Art Colony day camps ($595 per week) engage kids ages 6 to 15 in disciplines like drawing and sculpture. Kids can work their bodies as well as their minds on the museum's second floor, where they'll find interactive art displays and a ball pit.

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Downtown

Lunessa Designer Jewelry Birthday Parties

If your mini me likes to play dress-up with your jewelry box, they will dig these unique art parties. Jewelry designers help guests make wearable art using high-end materials like semiprecious stones, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. At the Beading Blast party, little creatives (ages 6 and up) spend 90 minutes working on two projects (necklace, bracelet and/or earrings). The Designer Jewelry party invites older kids (ages 7 to 14) to make a handstamped silver charm, woven crystal bracelet and more fancy items, and this package includes snacks. Parents provide their own cake. Ages 6–14.

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Soho

Textile Arts Center Birthday Parties, Greenwich Village

Forget the kinds of crafts made for your fridge door—here, kids are encouraged to go beyond macaroni art and make things they can really use. The Weaving Party introduces kids to a loom, so they can make a colorful, textured cloth. The Printing Party lets them create an original print to transfer to a pillowcase or other item, and the Fiber Jewelry Party teaches them how to make beads and wearable charms. Kids focus on producing art for two hours before enjoying food and cake (parents provide their own, plus drinks and paper goods) and heading home with cool goody bags. Ages 5–14.

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Greenwich Village

The Art Farm in the City Birthday Parties

Families adore this Upper East Side play space because of its ability to entertain kiddos for hours on end, and its birthday bashes are no exception. The standard party package keeps little ones busy with hands-on art projects, musical exploration and quality time at the indoor petting zoo, which is home to bunnies, guinea pigs, turtles, bearded dragons and other critters. Each two-hour affair includes favors, balloons, food (choice of pizza or chicken nuggets), a gift for the birthday boy or girl and coordinators to keep things running smoothly. Personalize the party with fun themes like Farm Foodies, which provides a cooking or baking lesson, or Exotic Animal Party, during which kids get to meet snakes, lizards and gators. Ages 1–8.

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Upper East Side

Oliloli Arts & Crafts Studio Birthdays

Schedule a celebration at this Queens art studio during public hours for a budget-friendly bash, or take over the space for a special private party. Open-studio packages let guests channel their creativity into a paint-your-own pottery or button-collage project that lasts more than two hours (ages 8 and up), wrapping up with time to enjoy parent-provided treats. The private parties give your group exclusive use of the studio, which allows staff members to give younger kids one-on-one attention. This package includes decorations, paper goods and a special gift for the celebrated birthday guest. Ages 4 and up.

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Forest Hills

The Painted Cloud Birthday Parties

Throw a celebration at this art studio, and let the youngsters run wild with their creativity. They’ll have access to all sorts of materials, from paints and textiles to Play-Doh, and you won’t have to worry about your apartment accidentally becoming the kids’ canvas. The birthday child gets to choose which project the group tackles, and two teachers are on hand to guide partygoers as they work on their masterpieces. Parents provide food, drinks, cake and utensils, but cleanup is taken care of by staff. Ages 2–9. 

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Brooklyn Craft Farm Birthday Parties

This party’s hour-long crafting session may have kids painting their own tote bags, designing T-shirts, or making princess- or pirate-themed trinkets. Parents provide cake, food and drink, while the Craft Farm staff takes care of plates, cups, cutlery, decorations, setup and cleanup. A craft activity party can be imported inside a home or elsewhere. Parties are offered inside two Brooklyn venues: Two Moon Café (315 Fourth Ave. between 2nd and 3rd Sts) and Court Tree Collective (371 Court St between Carroll St and 1st Pl), or private homes. Ages 4 and up.

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Hiho Batik Birthday Parties

Pint-sized Park Slopers love Hiho Batik for its stylish batik apparel, which is made using the traditional method of applying waxes and dyes to fabric. But for crafty kids who want to try the technique themselves, the store also doubles as a studio and party space. Hiho can make stencils fit any party theme; guests are also invited to "graffiti" the space's chalkboard walls after their creations are complete. Anything from small pillowcases t-shirts to tote bags is fair game, which kids can pick up from the studio five to seven days later. Ages 5 and up.

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The Craft Studio Birthday Parties

The Uptown art studio hosts a variety of crafts parties for children as young as three. Kids make funky lamps, craft studio bags, superhero capes or even chocolate houses before games and dancing. Ice cream cake, juice, balloons and face painting are included; the Studio will provide more refreshments for an additional charge. Other add-ons are available à la carte, like the “Glamour Treatment,” which includes a hairdo, sparkly make-up and a manicure ($200). Parties run for an hour and thirty minutes. Ages 3 and up.

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Upper East Side

Rubin Museum of Art Birthday Parties

Delve into the unique art forms practiced in Himalayan cultures through fun birthday art labs at the Rubin Museum. Staff members guide partygoers through the galleries, then lead a hands-on art project in the education center. Choose from the animal-themed Drum Beats and Little Feet party (ages 2 to 5) to make drums and creature sounds, or learn about way-cool superheroes at the Gods and Heroes bash (ages 6 to 10). Kids are sure to love molding imaginary creatures from clay at a Super Sculptors party (ages 2 to 5 or 6 to 10). Admission and goody bags are included. Ages 2 and up.

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Sports parties

Brooklyn Bike Park Birthday Parties

Extreme kids can hit the pump track at this family-friendly bicycle course on the Williamsburg waterfront. Party guests can skateboard, bike or scooter around on the asphalt terrain during the two-hour fete—kids can bring their own gear or borrow from the park’s fleet (helmets are available as well). Groups can post up at tables underneath the canopy, take in views of the Manhattan skyline and use the grill to cook up some grub. Invitations, supervising staff, and bike and helmet rentals (for up to 20 kids) are included, plus snacks and water are available for hungry riders. Bring your own paper goods, decorations, grilling equipment, cake, drinks and favors. Ages 3 and up.

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Williamsburg

92nd Street Y Birthday Parties

Kids break a sweat no matter which type of party they choose: gymnastics, sports, hip-hop or swimming. Depending on their activity, they may spend the afternoon climbing through the spiral slide and other obstacles in the two-level Gym Maze, kicking a ball around in the gym or playing games in the 25-yard pool. Kids can evenopt for fun themed parties like the ballet-centric Tutu Cute Dance Party or the Big Top–themed Circus in the Sky Party. All bashes include access to a designated party room with tables and chairs, favors and gifts for the birthday child; parents provide food, cake and decorations. Ages 2 and up.

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Upper East Side

Amerikick Birthday Parties

Kids get their kicks with a 20-minute karate lesson and a martial arts demonstration led by two professional staff members. An extra $50 allows you to add laser tag, Nerf wars and other awesome themes; all parties include invitations, setup and cleanup, paper products, pizza, beverages and snacks. • 529 Fifth Ave at 14th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-768-8200, brooklynmartialarts.net). • 5815 Fifth Ave at 58th St, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-567-7099). Ages 3 and up.

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Financial District

New York Kids Club Birthday Parties, UWS

Show up with your little one in tow, and the planners at New York Kids Club take care of the rest. The basic package hooks you up with exclusive use of the state-of-the-art space, equipped with soft play equipment and age-appropriate toys. During the 90-minute party, two performers take charge of fun activities and entertain the youngsters until it’s time for cake. Make things even easier on yourself with the all-inclusive setup, which throws in paper goods, pizza, juice, cake, helium balloons and favors for the whole crew. Ages 1 to 12.

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Upper West Side

Asphalt Green Birthday Parties, Battery Park City

High-energy tykes get a chance to run wild at Asphalt Green’s fun-filled birthday parties. Choose from themes like Sports & Activities, Gaga or Martial Arts, depending on your sprout’s preferences. The party people get an hour to jump and dodge, practice self-defense or play soccer, basketball, softball, flag football, recess games and more. The Battery Park City location also offers unique themes like Tumble & Play, Movie Party and Pool Party. Tack on 30 minutes or make the bash all-inclusive, complete with pizza, cake, snacks and drinks, for an additional cost. Ages 2 and up. 

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Battery Park City

The Baseball Center of NY Birthday Parties

Kids get their game on at these baseball-inspired b-day bashes. The Homerun Birthday Bash, 90 minutes, includes hitting and pitching competitions and a baseball game, cake, hot dogs or pizza, beverages. The Grand Slam Birthday Bash, a two-hour MLB team-themed party, includes all this and team themed party supplies. Dessert choices include cake, Magnolia Cupcakes and 16 Handles frozen yogurt. Both parties include a party host, balloons, paper goods, setup and cleanup. Ages 3 and up.

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Upper West Side

BounceU Birthday Parties, Brooklyn

At the Brooklyn location, basic parties include playtime in the Bounce Room, which is filled with inflatable toys and arcade games, plus party time in a private room. The play space provides invitations, two coordainators, paper products, pizza, beverages, favors, cake, balloons and a souvenir T-shirt for the birthday kid. All ages.

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Dyker Heights

Bowlmor Lanes Birthday Parties, Chelsea

Youngsters can vie for strikes while partying at these hip bowling spots with floor-to-ceiling video screens at the end of each lane. The basic package includes shoe rental, drinks and 90 minutes of bowling. Other packages add cake or cupcakes, invitations, food, more time to bowl and a bowling pin for the birthday child that guests can sign. Party guests at the new-and-improved Chelsea facility at Pier 60 will bowl amid 40 lanes or perhaps will be lucky enough to play inside the private bowling suite or relax within a private lounge. Also be sure to explore new options including a 1,500-square-foot gravity ropes course and the Urban Mission—a NYC-themed laser-tag arena with Gotham icons throughout. Find other Bowlmor locations in Midtown and Union Square. Ages 4 and up.

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Brooklyn Boulders Birthday Parties

For kids inspired by Spider-Man, this Brooklyn gym is the perfect place to celebrate. Young guests spend an hour scaling the facility’s 30-foot walls under the supervision of professional staff members, then unwind for another hour in the party room. Parents must supply all paper goods, food and decorations. For an extra premium, Boulders caters the party, the popcorn is unlimited, and guests go home with a souvenir cup and a T-shirt. All ages. Children under 5 must be accompanied by a parent at all times.

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Gowanus

Brooklyn Cyclones Birthday Parties

Take your birthday kid out to a ball game—and let him get serenaded by the crowd. Bring ten or more kids to MCU Park, and you and your tot can stand on the field between innings while the entire ballpark sings “Happy Birthday.” No need to buy peanuts and Cracker Jacks; each kid gets a hot dog, soda, ice cream, bag of chips, and a Cyclones souvenir, plus a voucher for one free game of Speed Pitch. For $5 extra per kid, you can hold a meet-and-greet with a player from the Cyclones and enjoy a pre-game party with autograph and photo ops. Ages 4 and up.

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Foodie parties

Alice's Tea Cup Birthday Parties, UES

For your tot’s next birthday, trade pizza and sheet cake for tea-party fare at this whimsical café. Partyers are sure to feel like they fell down the rabbit hole into Wonderland thanks to the themed decor. Refined kiddos can learn to sip tea with their pinkies out at the Wee Tea (ages 2 to 12), which comes with child favorites like grilled cheese and chicken fingers. Older kids can feast on the Mad Hatter spread (ages 13 and up), which includes fresh scones, tea sandwiches and towers of sweets like lemon tarts and cookies. Add entertainment such as etiquette training, sing-alongs, story time or even invite Alice herself for an added cost. Ages 2 and up.

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Upper East Side

Chef Toni's Cooking Adventures Birthday Parties

Travel the world without leaving the kitchen during fun-filled cooking classes at Chef Toni’s. Two-hour parties provide plenty of time for kiddos to don chef’s hats and aprons and whip up something delicious with help from the pros. They work together to tackle basic cooking techniques (think measuring, grating and knife skills) and make recipes from international destinations, like Mexico, Africa and Russia, using fresh, local ingredients. Snacks, decorations and take-home recipes are provided, and add-ons include an apron-decorating activity, a keepsake photo and an appearance by a master chef. Ages 5–17.

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Upper West Side

Eloise at the Plaza Birthday Parties

Kay Thompson’s Plaza-dwelling protagonist has been a favorite children’s book character to many for decades; now young readers can channel Eloise at their own elaborate bash in the famous hotel. Elegant options include the Pajama Party Brunch complete with a craft activity and tasty fare like pain au chocolat and fruit kabobs; the Rawther Fancy package, which provides hair, makeup or nail treatments for guests; and the Private Tea Party, during which the group munches on a classy menu of tea sandwiches and sweets. Trained party staff, plus themed decorations, invites, thank-you notes and favor bags, make things super easy for parents, and there’s no shortage of available upgrades like balloons, entertainers, fashion shows and custom desserts. Tax and gratuity are not included in package costs. Ages 3 and up.

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Midtown West

Dylan's Candy Bar Birthday Parties

Make your youngster’s birthday as sweet as can be with a blowout at NYC’s best-known candy emporium. There’s a Willy Wonka vibe right off the bat, thanks to the colorful, candy-inspired decorations, and the sugar rush continues with fun games, loads of treats and a Candy Spree, which lets guests fill a bucket with a unique selection of sweets. Various themed bashes add more activities to the mix, including candy crafts (candy jewelry, mini lollipop topiaries), cupcake decorating, beauty services and science experiments. Get more time or perks, like a chocolate fountain or an ice-cream sundae bar, for an additional cost. All ages.

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Lenox Hill

Ample Hills Creamery Birthday Parties

Besides doling our incredibel original flavors like Mexican Hot Chocolate and Toxic Sludge, Brooklyn's favorite ice cream emporium hosts birthday parties that are good enough to eat! Partyers get a lesson in making ice cream, then the birthday kid chooses a single concoction to churn on a stationary bike (adorable photo-op alert!). Each kid gets a keepsake shot printed on a place mat or tote bag, or placed in a picture frame to decorate. Afterward, fresh waffles are piled with the just-made flavor, followed by topping like M&M's, marshmallows and gummy bears—and brain freeze! Find other Ample Hills' in Gowanus and Gotham West Market. Ages 5–10.

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Prospect Heights

Big Daddy’s Diner Birthday Parties, Flatiron

At these kitschy city spots, partygoers chow down on a yummy main course and dessert, both of which are served family style. Choose from kid-friendly entrées like chicken fingers, mini burgers, mini pancakes and grilled cheese bites, all served with french fries or Big Daddy’s famous tater tots. Throw down an additional $25 to enjoy a whole cake. Find other locations on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. Ages 10 and under.

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Gramercy

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain Birthday Parties

Your little one may be turning a year older, but a vintage bash at this quaint ice cream shop lets you turn the clock way back for their special day. A pharmacy in the 1920s, this Carroll Gardens spots has been spiffed up and transformed into a classic soda fountain, complete with intricate tiled floors, a long bar with swivel-stools, and soda jerks serving scoops and ice cream floats. Before the bash, families build a menu of brunchy fare like grilled cheese, waffles and hot dogs, all served on platters. On the day, party guests decked out in retro paper hats get to choose from sweet treats like house-made ice cream sodas and sky-high sundaes to cap their meal. Ages 7 and up.

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Carroll Gardens

Chocolate Works Birthday Parties

Partygoers get to be chocolatiers for the day as they mold and decorate their own toothsome creations on this new shop’s 40-foot conveyor-belt machine. The basic package covers two hours of partying, one homemade chocolate treat, pizza, beverages, invitations and paper goods, plus a chocolate-covered Oreo, pretzel or graham cracker. For an extra fee, parents may add sundae making, a chocolate fountain, popcorn, goody bags or take-home aprons-- or even refreshments for grown-ups so they can join in the fun. Ages 4 and up.

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Cookie Party

At this all-inclusive event youngsters decorate aprons before learning how to make cookies. While their sweet creations are in the oven, partygoers chow down on pizza, juice and cupcakes. Kids decorate their cookies with icing and toppings once they’re baked, and play a cookie-related game. All children leave with goody bags; invites, tableware, and decorations are part of the deal too. Parties can also be book at the FAO Shwarz private party room. Ages 4 and up.

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Midtown West

The Creative Kitchen Birthday Parties, Chelsea

Young foodies decorate their own cupcakes and work together to create a recipe centered on a theme, like Silly Sushi, Fruity Fiesta and Royal-Tea Party. Afterward they’ll enjoy the fruits of their labor as well as Organic Valley milk (upon request) and dessert. All children leave with recipes and a chef's hat, and the birthday boy or girl receives a cookbook. The Creative Kitchen also offers birthday party house calls. Other party locations include the Manhattan Downtown Youth Center and Cook & Go. Ages 2 and up.

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Museum parties

DiMenna Children's History Museum Birthday Parties

New-York Historical Society’s kid-friendly arm is the ideal spot to journey through the city’s past, and the exhibit “The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems,” makes it even more fun for young Gothamites. Kids can explore NYC through the eyes of one of their favorite authors and illustrators during parties inspired by his stories. Little bookworms get to meet Elephant and Piggie, the stars of We Are in a Book!, embark on a scavenger hunt through the galleries and enjoy stories and crafts. Party leaders, paper goods, balloons, pizza, drinks and a cake decorated with the birthday kid’s favorite character (Knuffle Bunny, perhaps?) are all provided. Ages 5 and up.

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Upper West Side

New York Transit Museum Birthday Parties

Kids who can’t get enough of riding the subway will be pumped to take their birthday celebrations below ground at this MTA station turned museum. Staff members lead guests on a tour of transit history over the last century and guide the group through cool displays. Kids take the driver’s seat on an NYC bus, check out vintage subway cars and watch as the birthday boy or girl swipes through an extra-special turnstile. Bring your own food, drinks, paper goods and cake, or order through an approved vendor. The lunchroom is at your disposal for the kids to hang out in between activities. Tack on workshops like “Design a Vehicle,” “Miles of Tiles” or “Scavenger Hunt” for added entertainment. Ages 3 and up.

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Boerum Hill

Brooklyn Children’s Museum Birthday Parties

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.

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Crown Heights

New York Hall of Science Birthday Parties

This spectacular science museum is a must for local families. Here, curious kids have seemingly endless exhibits to discover; the material covers everything from environmental sustainability to space exploration, plus there are fascinating experiments that help them learn about scientific principles. The Super Science package sets the party up with a New York Hall of Science Explainer who talks the group through tours and leads interactive workshops with themes like Ooey Gooey Play-Dough, Bubble Trouble, Cool Chemist and Gross Out Science. Wrap things up with provided food, drinks and cake in the private party room, or upgrade your package to get tickets to the Science Playground or Rocket Park Mini Golf course. Every guest gets a goody bag that includes an age-appropriate science-themed toy. Ages 3 and up.

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Queens

National Museum of Mathematics Birthday Parties

At this interactive museum, mathematics jumps out of Common Core textbooks and practically comes to life. Tiny tots get to hear stories, sing songs and try out “geometric dancing” at the PolyPals Party, while older kids use top-of-the-line toys to build a giant glow-in-the-dark polyhedron, life-size geometric shapes or a structure of tubes and rubber balls at themed parties like GeoGlow, Multi-Morphing Megaplex and Let’s Go O-GO. For full exploration of the exhibits, try the MoMath Team Challenge, which gets partygoers looking for clues and solving puzzles on a scavenger hunt through the displays. Child admission (plus free adult admission for each kid), a private party room, a coordinator, cake and souvenirs for guests are all included. All ages.

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Midtown

New York Botanical Garden Birthday Parties

Green-thumbed kids can explore the verdant grounds and get their digits dirty with hands-on workshops at New York Botanical Garden. In spring, summer and fall, choose from two locations for the celebration: the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, where kids complete a craft and pot their own plants, or the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, where they practice gardening their own plot and nab a narrated tram tour. In wintertime, the fun moves indoors with a scavenger hunt at the Conservatory GreenSchool or a tour of a miniature New York City made entirely from plants at the beloved festive Holiday Train Show (November through January).  All guests get the All-Garden Pass admission, plus paper goods, pizza and drinks. Complimentary parking is included. Ages 5 and up.

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The Bronx

Rubin Museum of Art Birthday Parties

Delve into the unique art forms practiced in Himalayan cultures through fun birthday art labs at the Rubin Museum. Staff members guide partygoers through the galleries, then lead a hands-on art project in the education center. Choose from the animal-themed Drum Beats and Little Feet party (ages 2 to 5) to make drums and creature sounds, or learn about way-cool superheroes at the Gods and Heroes bash (ages 6 to 10). Kids are sure to love molding imaginary creatures from clay at a Super Sculptors party (ages 2 to 5 or 6 to 10). Admission and goody bags are included. Ages 2 and up.

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Chelsea

Children's Museum of Manhattan Birthday Parties

Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s newest exhibit introduces families to cultures and traditions across the globe, and kids can spend their special day exploring the interactive displays. Visitors are transported to far-flung locations where they experience a bustling bazaar, help load spices and other goods onto a two-story ship, play music with rare instruments and design their own ceramic tile or canvas bag inspired by patterns in Muslim cultures. Invitations, decorations, pizza, juice, party favors and a cake from Magnolia Bakery are included. Members of the party get full museum admission. $1,120/12 children. Ages  2–10.

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Upper West Side

South Street Seaport Museum Birthdays

Head for New York Harbor for a birthday shindig at the South Street Seaport Museum. The world is your little one’s oyster in the maritime museum’s miniMATES play space; kids can take on crafts, science and art activities, and dance to music that matches fun themes like Float Your Boat, Swim Fishy Swim and Move It! Educators keep the fun going and set up parent-provided food and cake for the kids (goody bags are available for an additional $10 per child). Ages 1–5.

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Financial District

Liberty Science Center Birthday Parties

Indulge your mini mad scientist with a fully immersive bash across the Hudson at Liberty Science Center. The peanuts get a semiprivate, decorated party room to romp around in, complete with tabletop science activities. After snacks and fun group games, it’s time to dive into a demonstration and workshop, which puts them to work making dinosaur eggs, Alka-Seltzer Rockets, homemade polymer slime and more. Make the most of the included full-day admission by checking out the “Touch Tunnel,” the wacky “Infinity Climber” and the traveling exhibits.The Birthday Extravaganza package doubles the party time so the kids can tackle two projects, and extras, like an IMAX film or simulator ride, can be added for an additional fee. Ages 12 and under.

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Performing arts

Symphony Space Just Kidding Theatre Birthday Parties

The Just Kidding family entertainment series at Symphony Space is one of our favorite lineups of kid-friendly music and theater, so why not make one of the shows an extra-special occasion? Choose an upcoming performance that interests the birthday boy or girl—last year’s roster included puppet shows, plays and tunes from Jazzy Ash, Dan Zanes, Mil’s Trills and more—then invite a group to come along. The package includes tickets to the show plus a two-hour party in the café, complete with pizza or chicken tenders, drinks and a personalized cake. Listen up for a special birthday shout-out during the performance! Ages 2 and up.

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Upper West Side

Red Carpet Kids Birthday Parties

Every young one gets the star treatment during Red Carpet Kids’ glamorous gatherings. Hollywood hopefuls can create and costar in an original live-action flick, then watch the movie in a real theater with the Lights, Camera, Birthday! package. The musically inclined may want to shoot their own music video (DJ, backup dancers and all) at the Music Video Awards, and stylish kids will love strutting their stuff on the runway with the Fashion Week experience. Throw in more perks, like a digital invitation concierge, a way-cool custom cake and themed swag bags, to make the party even more paparazzi-worthy. Ages 5–12.

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Apple Seeds Birthday Parties

The structured yet relaxed offerings at this fun-filled play space make it an ideal venue for your tot’s first birthday celebration. Tiny guests will love activities designed just for them at The Big ONE party. They hear a personalized tale during story time, sing and move to tunes performed by a Songs for Seeds guitarist and play along with kid-sized instruments. For babes who really love music, upgrade to a full band performance complete with a drummer and keyboardist ($350). Three staffers run the show in your private party room. Choose the all-inclusive or ultimate packages for extras like pizza and juice, birthday treats and favors, and exclusive access to the playground. 200 West End Ave (212-792-7591) · 10 W 25th St (212-792-7590) · 252 First Ave (212-792-7590). Ages 0–2.

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Financial District

TLB Music Birthday Parties

Tots get free rein over areas like the transportation corner, the rock-climbing mountain and the play kitchen during the Playroom Party, while the Music & Play Party explores cute kids’ songs and dances in an interactive music class. Packages include Two Boots pizza for the guests, juice boxes, paper goods, and setup and cleanup service; upgrading to a deluxe option adds themed party goods and decorations to take things to another level. Personalize with themes like Jungle Boogie, Ballet Birthday or Baseball Bash, or spring for add-ons like character visits, face painting or glitter tattoos. Ages 1–6.

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Applause Birthday Parties

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.

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Lenox Hill

Broadway Birthday Bashes at the Peoples Improv Theater

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.

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Flatiron

Children's Museum of Manhattan Birthday Parties

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is jam-packed with interactive exhibits that can teach your mini me about everything from spelling to bodily functions, but the “Frolic!” play space in the museum’s basement is a favorite spot of many small visitors. The 1,500-square-foot area boasts a colorful replica of a ’70s Volkswagen minivan and a Rolling Stones–inspired tongue slide, making it the perfect spot for a music-themed party. The Rock ‘n’ Roll bash gets you exclusive use of the space, CMOM staff to lend a hand, fun party invites, live guitar music and an art project for the kids. Partygoers can play along on inflatable instruments and get in on games before chowing down on pizza, juice and a cake from Magnolia Bakery. $1,110/12 children. Ages 1–5.

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Upper West Side

Church Street School for Music and Art Birthday Parties

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.

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Financial District

Deb's Family Disco Birthday Parties

At this real club, hip-hop dancers help guests choreograph their moves on the dance floor as the DJ play tunes. Of course the DJ will spin whatever the birthday kid requests, and guests get the mike for the de rigueur “Happy Birthday” chorus. Included perks are an entertainer to run the party, multi-colored disco lights, and a professional sound system with mikes. DJ- led dance games add to the festivities. In addition to guests being treated to pizza, punch and lemonade, sparkly artists will adorn them with body gems, glitter and tattoos and every kid gets a disco-ball necklace to take home. Party favors that light up, intricate cakes with sparklers, a bouncy castle, cotton candy, balloon sculptors, superhero and princess characters can be woven into the celebration for an additional charge. Ages 3 and up.

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Midtown West

Downtown Dance Factory Birthday Parties

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.

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S.T.E.M.

Architots Birthdays

This one-stop party destination brings together small children and architectural construction with enough rigorous energy to lure kids from all five boroughs. The center’s signature offering is construction-themed; kids design their own home, then build a model of it using foam, paint, markers and more. At the end of the party, kids take home a plastic helmet and construction-themed goodie bags. The more than 15 other themes include Dinosaurs, Space Party and Under the Sea. Packages include a fun craft, pizza, soda, invitations, cupcakes, paper products, face painting and tattoos, as well as coffee and tea for the adults. For an extra fee, tack on hard hats, themed goody bags, photos, character appearances and more food for parents. Ages 8 and under.

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Queens

Carmelo the Science Fellow Birthday Parties

Science and math will be the stars of your birthday kid's bash, thanks to ultra-fun former P.S. 261 teacher Carmelo Piazza. The self-proclaimed science geek weaves close-up creature encounters, hands-on experiments and plenty of gross jokes into the two-hour shebang at his Cosmic Cove studio space. Youngsters start by meeting a blue-tongued skink, corn snakes, hamsters and bearded dragons, then get to the really fun stuff: experiments! Guests concoct glow-in-the-dark Silly Putty, build cool rockets out of paper, make 10-foot slime worms and more. Once the little Einsteins have worked up an appetit, they chow down on parent-provided food, drinks and snacks. Ages 3 to 11.

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New York Hall of Science Birthday Parties

This spectacular science museum is a must for local families. Here, curious kids have seemingly endless exhibits to discover; the material covers everything from environmental sustainability to space exploration, plus there are fascinating experiments that help them learn about scientific principles. The Super Science package sets the party up with a New York Hall of Science Explainer who talks the group through tours and leads interactive workshops with themes like Ooey Gooey Play-Dough, Bubble Trouble, Cool Chemist and Gross Out Science. Wrap things up with provided food, drinks and cake in the private party room, or upgrade your package to get tickets to the Science Playground or Rocket Park Mini Golf course. Every guest gets a goody bag that includes an age-appropriate science-themed toy. Ages 3 and up.

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Queens

Automatic Studios Birthday Parties

Aspiring filmmakers and producers get a crash course in moviemaking at this fully equipped studio party. Industry professionals guide young filmmakers on set as they practice a prewritten script (the project could be a commercial, music video or scene re-created from a favorite movie), then film and edit the epic story. The four-hour program gives everyone a chance to get in on the process and to use high-tech equipment including cameras, lights, a green screen and props. Bring your own food, drinks, cake and ice cream to feed the hungry creatives, then settle in for a screening of the finished product in the studio. Ages 8 to 13.

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DUMBO

National Museum of Mathematics Birthday Parties

At this interactive museum, mathematics jumps out of Common Core textbooks and practically comes to life. Tiny tots get to hear stories, sing songs and try out “geometric dancing” at the PolyPals Party, while older kids use top-of-the-line toys to build a giant glow-in-the-dark polyhedron, life-size geometric shapes or a structure of tubes and rubber balls at themed parties like GeoGlow, Multi-Morphing Megaplex and Let’s Go O-GO. For full exploration of the exhibits, try the MoMath Team Challenge, which gets partygoers looking for clues and solving puzzles on a scavenger hunt through the displays. Child admission (plus free adult admission for each kid), a private party room, a coordinator, cake and souvenirs for guests are all included. All ages.

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Midtown

Zaniac

With the right tools, your tech-savvy kids can do much more than smash their own Candy Crush Saga high score. If you throw a STEM-themed party at this Upper East Side learning center, you’ll secure knowledgeable instructors who can help the tykes tackle awesome projects like Minecraft design, robot-making and video-game programming. The guests will pick up on math and science concepts as they practice coding techniques, strategize their chess games and try out high-end programs like Scratch. After using all that brainpower, they’ll be ready for the provided food, drinks and a tricked-out cake designed to match the party theme. Ages 5–13.

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Upper East Side

Brooklyn Robot Foundry Birthday Parties

Enterprising youngsters craft robots that they can test and take home. Older kids build them with cardboard and circuits that enable them to move on their own, adorning these creations with embellishments before letting them run wild in the robot arena. Along the way, party leaders explain the engineering concepts that make it all possible. The Silver party for kids 4–6 years old make parachute bots—there’s no real electronics involved—that they can deploy in wind tunnels and drop zones and the Gold party (ages 5–12) get kids working with circuits and provides goody bags. Parents may bring in cake and food from outside vendors or pay extra for cool add-ons. The all-inclusive Platinum party (ages 5–12) gives them the power to build a custom robot, plus provides food to fuel any adults present as well as the kids, invites, decorations, paper goods, enhanced goody bags and a stellar ice-cream cake from Ample Hills. Ages 5 and up.

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ConstructionKids Birthday Parties

Little tinkerers make some truly impressive creations at these DIY birthday parties. Using new materials and tools, kids work on cars, airplanes or even go-karts and, with the help of an experienced craftsperson, finish their project in two hours. ConstructionKids provides all materials, paper goods, utensils, decorations and a balloon for each guest; parents provide the food, drinks and dessert. Ages 4–8.

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Fort Greene

RoboFun Birthday Parties

Depending on the package you choose, aspiring inventors can build and customize a Lego robot, design 
a simple video game, create and shoot a stop-motion animated film or dream up their own Minecraft universe. Best 
of all, parents only need to bring cake—pizza, favors (a T-shirt and drawstring backpack), staff, paper goods and decorations are all part of 
the arrangement. Ages 4 to 12.

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Upper West Side

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Bernadette B
Bernadette B

Best restaurant for a 10 year olds Birthday in NYC?