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Kids' birthday party places in NYC

Love a good birthday celebration? These amazing kids’ birthday party places will have you wishing you were one of their pint-size partygoers

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Ample Hills, Gowanus

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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.

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Arts & crafts parties

The Art Farm in the City Birthday Parties

All little ones love animals, so why not take a trip to the Art Farm to celebrate you kid’s first birthday? Standard Art Farm Party and Farm Animal Party (geared towards kids ages 1–8 years) offer a two hour party with two party coordinators an art project, lunch of pizza or chicken nuggets and juice, plus a t-shirt for the birthday child, party favors, invitations, biodegradable balloons and all set up/clean up. At the Standard Party, little ones will enjoy music time and farm time, and at the Farm Animal Party, they’ll get to experience a petting zoo with goats, sheep, chickens and ducks. Call or e-mail at 212-410-3260 or christina@theartfarms.org to make a reservation. Ages 1 to 10.

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Upper East Side

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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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

HiArt! Birthday Parties

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. Parents provide food, cake and decorations. Ages 2 to 16.

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Chelsea

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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Make Meaning Birthday Parties, UES

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. 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.

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Upper East Side

The Painted Cloud Birthday Parties

Little artists hang out in the Painted Cloud's cozy play space and back deck while they work on a customized art project based on their interests. Watercolors, drawing tools and homemade Play-Doh will also be available to spark creation. Two Painted Cloud teachers lead the activities; parents provide the food and drink. Ages 2 to 9.

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The Painted Pot Birthday Parties, Park Slope

Kids decorate a special commemorative plate for the birthday child. The most basic package buys parents setup and cleanup, drinks and invitations as well as a discount coupon for all the guests (pizza is extra). For an additional fee, you’ll be able to choose from more pottery or enjoy a special theme, like mosaics, pirates or princesses. Canvas painting and glass fusion are now available as well. The pottery spot offers a package tailor-made for the youngest set (ages 2 to 4). Find Painted Pot's other locations in Bay Ridge and Gowanus. Ages 2 to 16

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Park Slope

Taro's Origami Studio Birthday Parties

Kids gather in Taro's well-lit studio for a two-hour exploration of the art of origami. First up: Tots use high-tech touchscreens to choose the pattern (a frog, airplane, flowers, a truck). Then, the origami software guides partygoers through the folding steps; two professional instructors are on hand to help out. Once the basic design is complete, kids decorate their paper creation with stickers, stamps and markers. A table will be set up for cake and refreshments, but you must bring your own. Guided group instruction for partygoers can be arranged for an additional cost. Ages 5 and up.

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Textile Arts Center Birthday Parties, Greenwich Village

Theme parties allow children to explore fiber jewelry, felting, fabric printing and weaving. During the first two hours, partygoers focus on creating original works of art, while the last half hour is dedicated to celebrating the birthday of a boy or girl. Goody bags are included; parents supply the food. Find Textile Arts' other location in Park Slope. Ages 5 and up.

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Greenwich Village

Weaving Hand Studio Birthday Parties

Youngsters try their hand at basic weaving techniques and take home a woven tapestry project at the end of the party. Materials are included for a two and a half hour party. Parents are responsible for the food, drinks and decorations. Ages 6 to 12.

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Clinton Hill

Sports parties

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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Asphalt Green Birthday Parties, Battery Park City

Sporty kids can select a soccer, basketball, swimming, dodgeball, flag football or martial-arts party, or opt for an obstacle course or film-themed bash in the indoor movie theater. Basic packages include a coach-led activity, a gift for the birthday child, decorations and a host to help set up. The Deluxe package includes pizza, cake, beverages and snacks; the Gourmet package includes a customizable menu of Whole Foods items such as starters, salads, wraps, sandwiches and dessert. 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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Brooklyn

City Ice Pavilion Birthday Parties

Hit the ice at this Queens rink for an ultra-cool celebration. In addition to admission and skate rental, the price of the most basic package covers the party room, pizza, beverages and invitations. For a few more dollars per child, you can tack on extras, like a 30-minute skating lesson or half-price admission tickets for all of the guests. Keep in mind: With the exception of cake, no outside food is permitted, but catering is available. Parties require a minimum of 10 children and take place during public sessions. Children will have two hours to skate on the Third Floor rink. The party package includes the cost of renting skates (although kids can tote in their own), with the smallest size being toddler size 8. All ages.

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Everyday Athlete Birthday Parties

Take your kid's big day to new heights by allowing her and her friends to scale New York City's newest climbing wall. As little ones take on the 17.5-foot challenge, a five-to-one child-to-instructor ratio keeps everyone safe. For earthbound tykes, opt for the space's tumbling, hip-hop dance and roller skating disco themes. Pizza, drinks, customized decorations, supercool lighting, lasers and smoke machines and a party host are included in the package. Parents may also book a party at the Carroll Gardens studio (136 Union St at Hicks St), which offers activities like tumbling and dance, as well as exclusive use of the gym, but no climbing wall. Ages 3 and up.

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The Field House at Chelsea Piers Birthday Parties

The Field House hosts a variety of sports-themed parties that are sure to excite any budding athlete, such as gymnastics, rock-climbing, soccer, flag football and baseball bashes. Can't choose just one? Chelsea Piers offers an option for parents to incorporate two sports into the party to give the kids variety. The basic package includes balloons and paper goods; food, beverages, cake, invitations and party favors are provided for an additional cost. Ages 1 to 15.

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Chelsea

The Gaga Center Birthday Parties

Gaga’s not just the name of an over-the-top singer; it’s also a game. Similar to dodgeball, the sport is played in an octagonal pit and involves trying to avoid getting hit by a soft foam ball. The basic package at the 3,000-square-foot space provides partygoers with 90 minutes of games led by trained coaches as well as pizza, juice, music and paper goods. Parents are even invited to join the game for one round. Add-ons include adult beverages, fruit and veggie platters,  a DJ and party favors, themed lighting, face painting and a disco ball. Ages 4 and up.

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Upper East Side

The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers Birthday Parties

For the first hour Tiger Woods wanna-bes participate in two 30-minute sessions with golf pros. Kids either practice with the simulator, receive putting-green instruction or hit on the pier. The last half hour’s reserved for gobbling up pizza and cake. Ages 5 and up.

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Karma Kids Yoga Birthday Parties

For a Zen celebration, consider this space’s customized parties for little yogis and yoginis. The 90-minute packages include one entertaining session of yoga (with a theme such as beach, jungle, farm, outer space, yoga games), plus time for refreshments (pizza and juice), and relaxation time with hand or foot massages. Parents can upgrade their package to receive with their choice of theme, like the GLOGA (glow-in-the-dark yoga) Party, Circus Yoga Party, Yoga Mat Painting Party, the Butterfly Yoga Party and the Yoga Spa Party. Parents supply the cake and goody bags. Ages 1 to 16.

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West Village

Manhattan Fencing Center Birthday Parties

After coaches give a primer on fencing technique and footwork, kids engage in friendly bouts and duels. Fencing equipment, decorations and a free trial class for each guest are included. Parents supply the pizza, cake and refreshments. All guests get a certificate of completion and a voucher for a free-trial fencing class at the end of the party. Ages 7 and up.

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Midtown West

Playgarden Birthday Parties

Young partiers run through and on slides, ball pits, trampolines, tunnels and bridges under the supervision of trained coaches, plus each guest gets a chance to “fly” in a tot-sized zip-line harness. The 4,000-square-foot playground and 3,500-square-foot party area feature equipment made from recycled materials and an energy-efficient air purification system. In keeping with its planet-friendly attitude, Playgarden offers paper-free custom e-mail invites and uses recycled paper plates and napkins. Staff set up, lead the party and clean up afterwards. Pizza and bottled water are included, as is cake and cupcakes from Tribeca Treats. Ages 3 months to 5 years

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Tribeca

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers Birthday Parties

At these skating parties Chelsea Piers takes care of pizza, paper goods, balloons, skate rental, general admission and cake, so your brood can just show up and enjoy gliding across the ice. For an additional 
fee, magicians, face painters or instructors will join in the fun. Kosher options are also available on request, for an additional fee. Ages 3 and up.

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SLAM Birthday Parties

Streb’s signature Pop Action parties weave together circus arts, gymnastics, modern dance and Hollywood-like stunts. If your youngster really wants to defy gravity, choose a Flying Trapeze Party. After a brief warm-up, demo and safety talk, participants practice flying through the air. (There’s also an option to sample both art forms.) Parties come with popcorn, paper products, setup and cleanup; parents supply the rest. Ages 2 and up (Pop Action Party); ages 5 and up (Flying Trapeze Party).

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Williamsburg
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Foodie parties

Alice’s Tea Cup, Upper West Side

Jump down the rabbit hole, and immerse your kids in the ethereal atmostphere at these Alice in Wonderland–themed spots. The Mad Hatter murals, Cheshire Cat tchotchkes and Queen of Hearts quotes will keep your kids busy until the food arrives. Alice's Wee Tea offers a three-tiered tea service with a small pot of tea, a scone, any kids'-menu item and the appropriately oxymoronic "white rabbit"chocolate mousse. Next thing you know, your kids will be asking if they can have their next very merry unbirthday party here. Other locations in Midtown and the UES.

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Upper West Side

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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Chelsea

Dylan's Candy Bar Birthday Parties

The mother of all sweets shops offers two age-appropriate parties: Sugar Babies—for children celebrating their first, second or third birthday—and Sweetie Pie, for kids ages three and up. Both options include food, decor, cake, four staff members, karaoke plus a candy spree and the chance to play a game. Older children also get to do a craft—options include candy-jewelry making and lollipop topiaries .A dessert bar and popcorn maker can be tacked on for an additional fee. A new package, Jelly Beans and Tweens, caters to those 7 and older and lets them decorate a messenger bag. Ages 1 and up.

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Lenox Hill

Freshmade NYC Birthday Parties

Young foodies can celebrate their big day with any cooking theme they can dream up, or choose from one of Freshmade's popular themes, such as Make Your Own Market Veggie Pizzas, Veggie Sushi Party, Yum Yum Dim Sum, and Tea Party. An in-house catering staff creates a custom menu designed to please both kid and adult taste buds, and an in-house event planner takes care of all the details, including themed decorations and a custom playlist. Each guest leaves with a party favor. For an additional fee, you can tack on face painting, yoga or a photographer. Ages 2 and up.

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The Institute of Culinary Education Birthday Parties

During this two-hour cooking class youngsters whip up their own meal from a choice of menu options, which could be anything from Italian or Asian food to an entirely chocolate-based cuisine. Beverages and snacks are provided by ICE; partygoers leave with a packet of recipes and their own decorated chef's hat. Ages 6 and up.

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Flatiron

Milk & Cookies Bakery Birthday Parties

Partygoers each get a bowl of plain cookie dough and a number of mix-in items, such as chocolate, dried fruit and marshmallows to concoct their own cookies. Staff members bake and pack up the sweet treats, which guests then enjoy with milk, milk shakes or hot cocoa, depending on the season. The bakery also offers cupcake, ice cream sandwich, or tea parties; parents supply additional food and drinks. Parties are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Ages 5 and up.

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West Village

Taste Buds Kitchen Birthday Parties

With the help of experienced teachers, mini chefs can whip up kid-friendly meals based on a theme like Cupcake Wars, Iron Chef Challenge or Around the World. Bashes include party snacks, juice, balloons, paper goods, favors, aprons for each partygoer, and a chef's hat for the birthday child. Taste Buds also offers at-home cupcake-decorating party packages (starting 
at $350 for ten kids). Ages 2 to 17.

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Chelsea

Young Chefs Academy Birthday Parties

Kids put their culinary skills to the test by making a personal pizza from scratch. All partygoers receive a recipe card, a complimentary class pass, and a chef’s hat to decorate; the birthday child takes home an apron and a T-shirt, to boot. Additionally, YCA supplies the invitations, paper goods, balloons and drinks. Upgraded packages include cupcake or sundae decorating ($475), and children ages 9 and up can opt to make something other than pizza, such as pasta, calzone or enchiladas ($399–$550). Ages 4 to 18.

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Museum parties

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

Children's Museum of the Arts Birthday Parties

Choose from a variety of packages, customizable by time of day, age and activity at this downtown museum. The basic option includes use of the private party room and two teaching artists who lead youngsters in a project, such as tie-dye, clay sculpture, mask making or Jackson Pollock-style action painting. Plus, all guests and their chaperones receive 'Little Artist Gift Bags' and free admission to the museum for the day. Parents must supply food, drinks, paper goods and favors. Ages 1 to 14.

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Downtown

Children's Museum of Manhattan Birthday Parties

CMOM offers a variety of parties specifically designed for different age groups. The youngest partygoers can listen to lullabies from around the world, while older kids can watch a hilarious magic show with Justin the Magician or star in a costumed play. Highlights include the Dora and Diego party, where kids help the Nick Jr. stars on an animal-rescue mission, the PlayWorks party, where little ones pretend to cook meals and construct buildings, and the EatSleepPlay party where kids participate in a health-themed obstacle challenge course. With CMOM's Frolic! play space comes a new Rock 'n' Roll Party at which kids can sing, freeze dance and play along with real and inflatable instruments. All packages include pizza, juice, a personalized cake from Magnolia Bakery, favors, an art project, educators, , live music, invitations, decorations and all-day museum admission for guests. Ages 1 to 8.

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Upper West Side

DiMenna Children's History Museum Birthday Parties

This kid-focused arm of the New-York Historical Society offers fun-filled birthday bashes that let party guests travel back through 350 years of U.S. history (with a special focus on NYC). Standard parties get kids learning through scavenger hunts and hands-on crafts (think election buttons, cool maps or treasure boxes) and provide two party leaders, goodie bags, paper goods and balloons to help you celebrate in the private party room. Youngsters who have an obsession with presidents, pirates and beyond can customize their party with special themes, incorporating everything from a Constitution-signing ceremony to a treasure map cake. Don't forget to use your included admission to the museum as well as the New-York Historical Society for the day! Add-ons including balloon artists, face painters, musicians and more are available at an additional cost. Families must be members at the family level ($150) or above to host a party. Ages 5–12.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Birthday Parties

Kids get to live out their wildest fantasy when they choose a pilot-, astronaut-, spy-, marine- or Rose the Riveter–themed bash; activities include a Exploring a real Coast Guard helicopter not normally open to the public, making a space suit or tug-of-war and obstacle course. Aside from admission and entry to the Space Shuttle Pavilion and submarine Growler, each package includes two party hosts (one in costume!), an interactive tour of the ship, a whirl in the XD Theater's 4-D thrill ride, food, drinks and a personalized cake from City Cakes NY. Upgrade to the gold package ($1,200) for goody bags, invitations, balloons and a picture to take home. The platinum package ($1,800) buys all of your party animals premium gift bags, thank you cards and a year’s membership to the museum, for the birthday family. Ages 4 to 13.

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Lefferts Historic House Museum Birthday Parties

Kids enjoy good old-fashioned fun year-round at this 17th-century abode. From April through October, the birthday kid can choose from educator-led activities like treasure hunts, candle crafting, potato-sack races and quilting; plus, each guest gets a ticket to the Prospect Park carousel. While Lefferts doesn’t provide any food, parents are encouraged to bring their own. Ages 4 and up.

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Brooklyn

Museum of the Moving Image Birthday Parties

Young film buffs can dub their voices over Judy Garland’s in The Wizard of Oz, edit sound effects in Jurassic Park or a Simpsons episode, play classic arcade games and more. A guided tour is led by a museum educator, and everyone attends a screening of the birthday kid's choice, with options including classic flick The Red Balloon or The Little Rascals in the way-cool "Tut's Fever" theater. The museum sends kids home with party bags; food, beverages, cake and hands-on workshops can be added for an additonal fee. Ages 8 to 17.

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National Museum of Mathematics Birthday Parties

Gone are the days when math was relegated to blackboards and textbooks—at these parties, it comes to life with themes such as GeoGlow, where partygoers use geometry to construct a giant glow-in-the-dark polyhedron (that's a multifaceted 3-D shape, for you non-geometry whizzes). Or, by applying math skills, they could fashion a structure from tubes and rubber balls. Another option is using megaplex pieces to craft some geometric spaces so giant that kids may enter. A competitive Team Challenge will take party guests inside the museum, solving puzzles on a mathematical scavenger hunt. Kids party for 90 minutes in a private room, nab birthday cake and a special momento, and can spend the rest of the day checking out the museum for free. Additional charges will cover pizza and drinks, goody bags or upgraded party favors, a specialty cake and custom invitations. Ages 3 and up.

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New York City Fire Museum Birthday Parties

This is the hot spot for all kids who want to grow up to be a firefighter. Two museum educators lead guests in storytelling, show-and-tell, art projects and a scavenger hunt. A fire-themed cake and juice are provided, as well as colorful balloons and paper goods, but parents must bring additional food and refreshments. The party’s topped off with a fire safety presentation from a real-deal NYC firefighter and time to explore the museum—admission in included! Guests leave with a one-alarm loot bag filled with a coloring book, crayons, sticker books, a stuffed Dalmatian and a firefighter figure and a truck. Ages 3 to 6.

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Downtown

New York Hall of Science Birthday Parties

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.

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New York Transit Museum Birthday Parties

These weekend parties start with a guided tour of interactive exhibits where kids can explore the museum’s collection of vintage buses, turnstiles and subway cars. Guests may also create their own mosaic subway tile, design their own toy vehicle to wheel around or participate in a scavenger hunt. Parents provide the cake and food (which must be from an approved vendor); the museum takes care of setup and cleanup plus provides the hosts with a yearlong family membership. Ages 3 and up.

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Boerum Hill

Queens County Farm Museum Birthday Parties

Give city kids a country-style bash with this party, available from April through October. In addition to covering the basics (pizza, drinks, a personalized cake, paper goods, favors, invitations and party hosts), the 2.5-hour package offers kids a chance to tour the farmyard, take a tractor-drawn hayride and feed the animals that live onsite. Plus, kids who celebrate their birthday in October can add a visit to the pumpkin patch to the mix. Ages 1 to 12.

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Queens

Sony Wonder Technology Lab Birthday Parties

Sony Wonder Lab offers five posh packages. The Exclusive VIP Tour provides an after-hours guide through the interactive exhibitions where kids will program a robot, direct a TV broadcast and perform virtual surgery. There are two Video Gamer parties (one for ages 3–6, one for the older set), which treats kids to a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 session in the 21-foot HD theater, or the Animator party, where budding filmmakers produce (and get to take home) their own stop-motion animation on a CD-ROM. Got a movie buff on your hands? They'll love hosting a private screening of the movie of their choice. All soirees provide personalized invites and finish with a reception involving food, beverages and ice cream cake. Ages 8 to 13.

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Midtown East

Staten Island Children's Museum Birthday Parties

Kids check out interactive exhibits, dance, play games model temporary tattoos and create a craft project with the guidance of a museum educator. Pizza, drinks, invitations, paper goods, party hats, balloons and a private room are all part of the deal; parents must provide cake with extra paper goods. Partygoers take home the ultimate goody bag: four free admission coupon per family to come back to the museum. All ages.

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Staten Island

Toy Museum of New York Birthday Parties

Kids celebrate their big day with an hour-long theater performance about a certain Queen Marlene and her toys. The birthday girl or boy gets the opportunity to go up on stage, and after the show, partygoers can snap photos with the actors. Due to the delicate nature of the toys, food and cake aren't allowed in the museum; luckily, the area's full of accommodating restaurants. Ages 4–10.

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Brooklyn Heights

Performing arts

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

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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Tribeca

Iggy's Birthday Parties

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.

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Lenox Hill

Galli's Fairytale Theater Birthday Parties

There are a number of ways your kid can celebrate at this midtown children's theater, including seeing a private production, joining performers as they act out a fairy tale of the birthday kid’s choosing, or participating in a theater workshop that culminates in their own version of a fairytale play. As part of The Favorite package, the show's cast sings "Happy Birthday," and the birthday kid gets photo ops with his or her favorite characters. For a shared audience experience, youngsters can opt for the Join the Show Party, which gets them seats at a public showing of the theater's current production, then wraps up with an exclusive party. In addition to use of the Galli theater, each party includes a fully decorated room, pizza, juice, and a customized cake. Ages 3 and up.

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Hell's Kitchen

Karaoke Nemo Birthday Parties

Musically inclined kids can belt out their favorite tunes during this two-hour karaoke party. Enjoy unlimited songs in a party room decked out with balloons and fuel up on pizza, wings, french fries and soda. All ages.

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Greenwich Village

Literally Alive Birthday Parties

Guests enjoy an hour of preshow activities, which include a craft project to take home, before watching the family-friendly theater troupe’s current musical (past productions have included adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and Treasure Island). The audience and cast even sing “Happy Birthday” to the birthday child. A photo opportunity with the actors and a special gift for the guest of honor are also included. Private party rooms are available for an additional $150, which covers the cost of a party assistant. Ages 3 to 8.

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Puppetworks Birthday Parties

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.

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Park Slope
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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

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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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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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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