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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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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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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 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

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

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

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

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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Sports parties

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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

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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Yogi Beans Birthday Parties

Partiers spend their first hour stretching, striking playful poses and playing yoga games to fun music based on their choice of theme (which could be anything from frozen pajama party to superheroes).The last half hour is dedicated to party time, where professionally-trained instructors and a hostess handle the pizza, organic juice and paper products (yoga equipment is also provided); parents must bring the cake. Tack on another half-hour of party time and get a choice of face-painting ($895) or spa-tacular extras like henna tattoos, foot massages, a cucumber eye masks and mani/pedis ($795). Or go for a creative art activity such as make your own mandalas ($850) or Zumbini ($825). (If you haven’t heard yet, that’s Zumba for tots. Why should adults have all the fun?). Those as young as ages 1–3 can celebrate their birthdays with a 1.25-hour sing-along birthday class as well as cake and juice. Ages 2 and up.

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Lenox Hill

Foodie parties

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

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

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

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

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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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

Ample Hills Creamery Birthday Parties

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.

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Prospect Heights

Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain Birthday Parties

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.

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Carroll Gardens

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

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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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 cupcakes, 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

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