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1st birthday party ideas for kids

These amazing 1st birthday party ideas in NYC will make your kid’s big day a total blast for everyone involved, big and small

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Birthdays are pretty cool as it is, but first birthdays? Those are the best. Make your kid's special day one your friends, family (and hopefully your 12-month-old) will never forget! These 1st birthday party ideas for shindigs held in cool NYC parksNYC play spaces and more will help make the whole thing...well, a piece of cake. 

Alice's Tea Cup

Chaper 1 and 2 of Alice’s Tea Cup offer fun treats and crafts to keep babies (and their older siblings) entertained during their very merry first unbirthdays, plus parents can choose from an Alice in Wonderland, Faerie Princess, Peace & Love or Rocktstar parties (the first two options are best for especially little ones). Parties of 10 or more children are required to do a minimum of two hours, and all parties must be booked a minimum of two weeks before the event date. Get pumped for face painting and sing-alongs! Call Chapter 1 (212-799-3006) or Chapter 2 (212-486-9200) to make a reservation.

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Lenox Hill

The Art Farm in the City

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.

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Upper East Side

Central Park, Victorian Gardens

Opening in May for the summer season, Victorian Gardens’ all-inclusive parties are a great way to celebrate your child’s first birthday. Package options offer picnic seating or air-conditioned tent seating, and both include unlimited rides all day, lunch, a party favor for each kid, paper goods and an online invitation. Kids under 36” tall will be paired with an adult who will receive a wrist band and be entitled to unlimited rides all day. Cakes and other entertainment options (clowns, balloon artists, magicians, face painters) are add-ons. Call or visit the website at 212-982-2229 or victoriangardensnyc.com to make a reservation

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Central Park


Pick from five themes for a stellar first birthday party at Citibabes! They’ll accommodate 15 children (and their adults) for 90 minutes, provide an age-appropriate art activity and offer a personalized themed cake or cupcakes made by Citibabes preferred vendors. A signature party also includes a choice of two children’s entrees and a side plus snacks, juice and water bottles, party favors, paper goods and playground time. The best part? All signature parties include a bouncy castle! Your older kiddos will have a great time while the baby watches a balloon artist or gets their picture drawn (both add-ons).  Call or e-mail 212-334-5440 or info@citibabes.com to make a reservation.

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Prospect Park Carousel

This 1912 carousel is great for kids of all ages, and you and your teeny counterparts can enjoy the ride on some dragon-pulled chariots. Parties during public hours are available for groups up to 25, offering a two-hour time slot, setup/cleanup, two six-foot tables and ten chairs in a space under the nearby awning. Guests are welcome to buy/bring their own food, cake and candles, but snacks and drinks are also available for sale at the stand nearby. 

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Prospect Park