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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

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 cakes, birthday party entertainers and party favors from thes 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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The Creative Kitchen

The Creative Kitchen Photograph: Ghazalle Badiozamani Photography

The Creative Kitchen Birthday Parties, Chelsea

  • Price band: 4/4

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.

  1. City Treehouse, 129A W 20th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
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Alice's Teacup

Alice's Teacup

Alice’s Tea Cup, Upper West Side

  • Price band: 2/4

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.

  1. 102 W 73rd St, (at Columbus Ave)
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Dylan's Candy Bar

Dylan's Candy Bar Photograph: Imogen Brown

Dylan's Candy Bar Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 4/4

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.

  1. 1011 Third Ave, (at 60th St)
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Chocolate Works

Chocolate Works

Chocolate Works Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 3/4

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.

  1. 641 Amsterdam Ave, (at 91st St)
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Freshmade Birthday Parties

Freshmade Birthday Parties

Freshmade NYC Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 4/4

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.

  1. 636 Broadway, (between Bleecker and Houston Sts)
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Big Daddy's

Big Daddy's Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Big Daddy’s Diner Birthday Parties, Flatiron

  • Price band: 1/4

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.

  1. 239 Park Ave South, (between 19th and 20th Sts)
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Ample Hills Creamery

Ample Hills Creamery

Ample Hills Creamery Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids build their own sundaes--with a twist! First, children marvel at the shop’s one-of-a-kind stationary bike, which can be pedaled to churn out ice cream, then all party guests take turns riding it. They'll have their photo taken while riding the bike and later incorporate it into a fun craft project. A sundae bar and fresh waffles made right in the kitchen are included in this (very sweet) deal. Find other Ample Hills' in Gowanus and Gotham West Market. Ages 5 to10.

  1. 623 Vanderbilt Ave, (at St. Marks Ave)
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Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain

Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain Photograph: Courtesy Kristina Hill

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain Birthday parties

  • Price band: 1/4

Get a taste of the 1920s at this restored pharmacy-turned-soda fountain, where party guests get exclusive use of the "top" and "game" tables, Soda Jerk party hats, and waitstaff. Food options at this historic outpost range from sundaes, soda floats and sandwiches (not included in the party package).Choose from the Sweet and Savory Party, where menu options include Lunch and Sweet and Brunch and Sweet, or the Just the Sweets Party, with ice creams floats or sundaes. Parents provide the decorations and iPod playlists. Ages 7 and up.

  1. 513 Henry St , (at Sackett St)
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The Institute of Culinary Education

The Institute of Culinary Education Photograph: Courtesy Stephanie Bourgeois

The Institute of Culinary Education Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 4/4

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.

  1. 50 W 23rd St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
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Young Chefs Academy

Young Chefs Academy Photograph: Courtesy Young Chefs Academy

Young Chefs Academy Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 2/4

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.

  1. 108-10 72nd Ave, second floor, (between Austin St and Queens Blvd)
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Milk & Cookies

Milk & Cookies

Milk & Cookies Bakery Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 2/4

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 cupcakes, ice cream sandwich, or tea parties; parents supply additional food and drinks. Parties are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Ages 5 and up.

  1. 19 Commerce St, (between Bedford St and Seventh Ave South)
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Taste Buds

Taste Buds Photograph: Courtesy of Taste Buds Kitchen

Taste Buds Kitchen Birthday Parties

  • Price band: 3/4

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.

  1. 109 W 27th St, tenth floor, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
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