Best kids' party entertainment in NYC

Kids' party entertainment options in NYC are endless, and we're here to help you find we'll help make your kiddo's special day extra memorable
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By Time Out Kids editors |
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When it comes time to plan an epic bash, you have to go big or go home. The best kids' party entertainment in NYC will ensure that your little one's celebration is the talk of the town. Whether your birthday star is thinking about rocking out with a fun musician or is dying to channel Harry Houdini with a few magic tricks, we have plenty ideas to help devise the perfect plan. 

Once you've scoped out the city's coolest kids' birthday party placesdecided on the most delicious birthday cupcakes or birthday cakes, you need to make sure the activity options are on point (after all, you don't want anyone to experience the birthday blues). Illusions, tricks, crafts, tunes—festivities abound!

RECOMMENDED: Kids' birthday party ideas

Blow up those balloons, stuff the goody bags and get ready for an awesome few hours. New York's best kids' birthday party entertainment choices will have your youngster ready to turn a year older. 

Kids' party entertainment

Daisy Doodle

A full-time professional performer and children’s entertainer, Daisy Doodle offers a variety of party options including magic shows, dance parties, toddler shows, balloon twisting, face painting, crafts and holiday entertainment. (212-501-4828, daisydoodle.com)

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Sammie and Tudie's Magic Circus

This clown couple hosts an interactive comedy magic show for kids ages 4–8. After laughs and magic, party-goers can try their hands at activities such as plate spinning! Those who are interested can add  balloon animals or face and body painting for an extra fee. (212-828-5386, sammieandtudie.com)

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Crazy Daisy Clowns

The eponymous funny lady and her friends perform a show for kids ages 3–9 that features magic, games, balloon animals and—what else?—comedy. Face painting is also offered. (718-278-4871, crazydaisyclowns.com)

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Face Art by Melissa

Using high-quality, hypoallergenic face paint, this mom gladly accommodates any special requests—princesses, rainbow butterflies, superheroes and more. Melissa also comes wearing her artwork on her face. (212-876-3332 or 917-330-1924, faceartbymelissa.com)

 
 
 

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Faces by Derrick

Bicoastal visual artist Derrick Little has painted for Martha Stewart, Madonna, Julianne Moore and others. Word has it he can paint a full face in less than three minutes! (917-859-7250, facesbyderrick.com)

 
 
 

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Fantasy Face painting by Sharon

This Brooklynite's fantasy-inspired designs are elaborate and glittery. Even better? Sharon also offers balloon twisting and glitter tattoos. (917-620-7006 or 718-643-6411, brooklynfacepainter.com)

 
 
 

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Kiki's Faces and Balloons

Featured on Good Morning America, this company Kiki’s Faces and Balloons hires professional artists as face painters, so you know your kids and their friends will love their designs. The glitter paints will be a big hit with wannabe princesses. (646-435-4739, kikisfacesandballoons.com)

 
 
 

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The Amazing Max Darwin

Children will recognize this magician from his show The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things. Expect lots of fast-paced tricks (kids commonly request the trick where Max's wallet bursts into flames when he's not looking), plus an impressive juggling routine. (212-931-8553, maxdarwinmagic.com)

 
 
 

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Gary the Great

Gary’s the name, and magic’s the game! Since 2007, he’s brought smiles to the faces of NYC young’uns, delivering an ever-evolving, action- packed show that complements his background in improv theater: He loves when children shout out their input so the performance takes off in different directions on the fly! (646-389-7325, ahrealmagic.com)

 
 
 

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Magical Dave

This entertainer (with the help of his fluffy white rabbit Marshmallow and five-foot-long ball python Fluffy) is a sixth-grade math teacher in the Bronx by day and a beloved magician after the bell rings. He certainly brings the party when he arrives on the scene with a fun table full of tricks, but he is not the only one participating: If the birthday kid wants to be the star of the show, Dave will involve them in every trick as his assistant, who helps to choose the volunteers and even makes an animal appear! (917-886-6364, magicaldave.com)

 
 
 

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Arnie Kolodner

Kolodner recreates classic tales with theater and magic for kids ages 3–12, including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Batman and Star Wars. Themed balloon animals and face painting are also available. (212-582-2633, arnieparty.com)

 
 
 

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Brian McGovern

This seasoned magician’s party package mixes magic with comedy, puppetry, juggling and balloons—and yes, there's even a bunny rabbit! Adults can even get in on the action, as this is one magician who caters to adults and children. (646-435-4088, mcmagical.com)

 
 
 

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Joseph Fields

Fields has been dazzling little ones since the '80s. His shows provide a hint of comedy, magic, balloon animals and lots of audience participation, so get prepare for a busy group of kiddos. (914-771-5912, nykidsmagician.com)

 
 
 

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Little Rockers

Kids and parents will appreciate the husband-wife-duo who belt out classic rock songs from the likes of Joan Jett and the Cars. Kids will jump at the opportunity to try their hand at their own pint-sized instrument. (732-872-4354, littlerockersmusic.com)

 
 
 

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DJ Natalie

Who says kids can’t party at our level? DJ Natalie, founder of Baby DJ School, gives kids the tools to learn how to spin—then helps them put those skills to work! While some families choose the full-on Mini DJ School party for up to 12 kids— which includes a record and a pair of headphones so each kid can experiment—other parents might add a live set to the mix, which gets the kids bouncing to mash-ups of their favorite tunes. No matter the group size, Natalie plans a custom event that incorporates your kid’s theme and tastes, making the birthday child feel like a star! (646-836-2729, babydjschool.com)

 
 
 

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Rolie Polie Guacamole

You might say kids’ music is in Rolie Polie Guacamole cofounder Frank Gallo’s bones: His dad, Lou Gallo, was behind the Imagination Workshop Band and its hit song, “Subway Train.” Frank teamed up with his high school pal Andrew Tuzhilin and released an album in 2008, their first-ever as Rolie Polie Guacamole—and they’ve been creating
together ever since. Birthday party-goers will be enthralled with an age-appropriate, interactive performance that’s tailored to get ’em moving and grooving—even at times giving the kids shakers and balloons to urge participation. (201-245-1322, roliepolieguacamole.com)

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Brooklyn Balloon Company

This isn't your average red balloon. Robert Moy of the Brooklyn Balloon company first got the idea to go into this unique artform when his son fell in love with a candy cane balloon. "It got me thinking about how I could use my background in fashion, graphics, illustration and jewelry design to create something new with balloons. From there, I took a number of balloon twisting classes and have since moved on to make my own creations—I’m even working on some large-scale balloon sculptures," he said. (brooklynballooncompany.com)

 
 
 

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The Craft Studio

Kids can craft till their heart's desire thanks to Lindsey Peer's direction at the Craft Studio. No project is too great. If your little one is thinking about a sleepover, give the Craft Studio a call. "We play trivia games, have a dance party and do a craft. We tire the kids out so all the parents have to do is pop in a movie and make some popcorn before they crash," Peers says. (212-631-6626, craftstudionyc.com)

 
 
 

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Looney Louie

This father performs a comic and highly interactive magic show with music, juggling and other tricks. After leading a chorus of "Happy Birthday," he makes balloon animals for all of the guests. When not entertaining at parties, he brightens the lives of seriously ill youths with the Starlight Children's Foundation of New York. (212-533-7491, looneylouie.com)

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Silly Billy

The bespectacled Billy twists balloons, performs magic tricks and, most importantly, makes young party-goers laugh. The same talented performer (known in the real world as David Kaya) can also assume his second alter ego, Dr. Blood, for older-gore loving birthday rascals. (212-645-1299, sillybillymagic.com)

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Sunny the Clown

Sunny starts off all parties with a puppet greeting and face painting. Next up: noncompetitive games, group dancing, an interactive magic show and balloon animals. (914-715-7329, sunnytheclown.com)

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Cotton Candy Clown

These party pranksters are here to entertain kids with a slew of magic tricks, exciting games, oddly-shaped balloon animals and much more. There are a variety of packages that offer a combination of different amenities, depending on what your birthday boy or girl is looking for. (917-714-4963, cottoncandyclowns.com)

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Loony Toony The Clown

Loony Toony packs in the fun with giant bubbles, juggling acts and magic tricks. He’s been in the biz for over 15 years, so you know you can trust him with your magic needs. (347-819-3911, www.clown4party.com)

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Juliet Schaefer

Schaefer-Jeske, who has appeared at Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Library and worked on shows such as Law and Order SVU, has been entertaining kids since 2002. Not only is she a terrific artist, but she engages children with her interactive shows, which include sing-alongs on her ukulele, puppets, magic tricks and a whole lot of silliness. Her shows can be tailored for children ages 1 and up, and she has experience working with kids with special needs as well. (347-819-3194, facesbyjulietnyc.com)

 
 
 

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NYC Face Art

Award-winning painter RoByn Thompson has worked her magic during special events at the Guggenheim, so she means business. She’ll happily accommodate any theme or request your child has in mind. (347-725-1213, moogieland.com)

 
 
 

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Agostino Arts

With Agostino Arts, party-goers transform into works of art and become part of the interactive show alongside the performers. (516-771-8086, agostinoarts.com)

 
 
 

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King Henry Entertainment

The king of all-things funny and fast-paced brings his silly magic from Brooklyn Cyclones games right to your home. Families may recognize this monarch from his cable access show or the baseball games where he acts as field announcer. (917-650-2978, kinghenryshow.com)

 
 
 

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Stephen Christopher

Kids get to assist with tricks and get up close and personal with live animals, including a dwarf bunny, a white dove and a boa constrictor (if they so dare). (800-644-7497, birthdaypartymagicshow.com)

 
 
 

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Magical Mayhem

Entertainer Peter Juris does it all. He’s mastered hysterical magic shows for kids of all ages, plus he juggles, walks on stilts and twists balloons into all different types of creations. Kids can even learn a thing or two from the expert himself, depending on the type of party package parents select. (845-405-1217, peter-juris.com)

 
 
 

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Mario the Magician

This illusionist's routine (which has made an appearance on Sesame Street) features vintage style, handcrafted props, DIY robotics, slapstick humor, audience interaction and a live dove named Mozzarella. Who could resist that? (917-605-0662, mariothemagician.com)

 
 
 

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Miss Pinkie

Many city parents claim Miss Pinkie as their kids' favorite party entertainer. At the interactive magic show geared to youngsters ages 3 and up, the birthday child helps find a missing bunny. Afterward, Miss Pinkie crafts balloon hats, animals and sculptures. (800-246-PINK, misspinkie.com)

 
 
 

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Magic Evan

Magic Evan is here to entertain. With four party packages—a combo of magic, balloons and even parent involvement—guests young and old will be fully immersed in his defying routine. (855-624-4238, magicevan.com)

 
 
 

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Magician for Children

Prepare for a lot of see-it-to-believe illusions during the performance (including levitation). Little ones will leave with a book about magic 101 after the show, which is recommended for those 4–8. (646-476-9830, nymagicianforchildren.com)

 
 
 

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Astrograss

This popular bluegrass band will pen a personalized song for the birthday kid, host dance contests and play a sweet set. (917-693-4939, astrograssmusic.com/kids)

 
 
 

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Brett Band

This early-childhood music educator is well loved at local tot hot spots. He's performed at Apple Seeds, Citibabes, Kidville and NY Kids Clubs, to name a few. Book his three-piece band (drums, piano and guitar) or get him as a solo act. (www.facebook.com/BrettBandForKids/)

 
 
 

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Danna Banana

Singer-songwriter Banana has done tunes for Nickelodeon and Disney, and is tickled yellow to bring his silly songs to your home. Parties include a performance and a package of CDs. (917-744-2358, dannabanana.com)

 
 
 

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Jam with Jamie and Friends

Local music teacher and actress Jamie and her friends keep young party-goers entertained with tunes on her guitar, singalongs, parachute play and bubbles. (jamwithjamie.com)

 
 
 

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Moey's Music Party

Your party is Moey’s stage. The Off Broadway performer sings original tunes, hosts games and activities using a range of props (maracas, bubbles) and personalizes the songs to match your event’s theme. (917-6806739, moeysmusicparty.com)

 
 
 

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Monkey Monkey Music

Meredith LeVande invites little ones to participate in performances that combine peppy tunes with bubbles—a terrific relationship if ever there was one. (212-673-6472, monkeymonkeymusic.com)

 
 
 

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Animations Family Entertainment

Choose from clowns, magicians, balloon sculptors and airbrush artists. For an old-school shindig, book a caricaturist or a candy cart. The company also offers stuff-a-bear sessions or animal adventure parties, where the zoo comes straight to your home. (631-234-0564, animations-supertunes.com)

 
 
 

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B. Happie Entertainment

Go for one of the comedic magic sets or opt for a variety show with juggling and balancing acts from this gem. Check out the epic magician-approved goody bags, too. (888-867-4282, bhappie.com)

 
 
 

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Best Entertainment Around

Choose from several different packages for little kids—clowns, magicians and children's characters, rock stars for the tween age group . Stilt walkers, jugglers, caricaturists and puppet shows are also available. (800-694-2378, beaent.com)

 
 
 

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Child's Play NY

Staff members develop a party based on the birthday child's specific interest (popular themes include superheroes, princesses and fairy tales). The venue uses improvisation, music and movement to bring pint-sized guests together. (347-759-6313, childsplayny.com)

 
 
 

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Izzy's Entertainment

Izzy's has it all: balloon twisting, comedy, magic, hand puppets and kid-friendly DJs for youngsters ages 2–10. The New Jersey-based company has been at it for over 25 years, so rest assured that your party is getting the appropriate treatment. (732-940-2264, izzysentertainment.com)

 
 
 

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Ken & the Kids Party Puppets

Ken and his stable of handmade puppets entertain with shows to suit any party theme—pirates, princesses, animals and much more. (718-686-6801, kidspartiesnewyork.com)

 
 
 

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Let's Have a Party

This company specializes in costumed character parties: Performers will dress up as princesses, pirates and superheroes for your kid's events. They also offer bouncy castles, caricaturists, musicians and magicians. If your kiddo has a summer birthday, water slides are also in the realm of possibilities! (203-322-4516, iluvaparty.com)

 
 
 

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Marcia the Moose

This antlered animal tells stories, performs nursery rhymes, sings folk songs and puts on puppet shows for kids up to 7 years old. (212-567-0682, marciathemusicalmoose.com)

 
 
 

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NYSketches

These artists will draw caricatures of the guests to take home; the company also offers jugglers, magicians and other kinds of entertainers. (646-452-9946, nysketches.com)

 
 
 

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Twinkle Party

Got a pint-size prima ballerina on your hands? Then let the folks at Twinkle Party indulge her ballet dreams. Little ones dress up in tutus, learn moves from a professional dancer, participate in an interactive story and put on a performance for parents. Best for ages 3–8. (646-455-8311, twinklepartyfun.com).

 
 
 

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