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Best kids' birthday party places in NYC

These spectacular kids' birthday party places easily put your other party plans to shame. Try crafting birthdays, sports birthdays and more!

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Prepare for the best kids' birthday party places in NYC! These stellar kids' party venues have it all—from arts & crafts-themed soirees and sporty birthdays to nature-themed birthdays and kids' cooking parties. When you know where to look, the best kids' birthday party places are easy to find (and most are right under your nose)!

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Art birthday party places

Lunessa Designer Jewelry Birthday Parties

Bling out that special day with a design-your-own-jewelry party at this Soho boutique. Using semiprecious gemstones, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals and beads, kids create their own beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings (clip-ons 
are available) and learn jewelry- making techniques like weaving 
and wire-wrapping in the process. Each guest leaves with two to three finished accessories (depending
on the package) that they’ll love wearing for dress-up or special occasions. Additional projects and organic snacks like sushi, chips and guacamole or pretzels and beverages are available at an additional cost. Ages 7 and up.

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The Art Farm in the City Birthday Parties

Families adore this Upper East Side play space because of its ability to entertain kiddos for hours on end, and its birthday bashes are no exception. The standard party package keeps little ones busy with hands-on art projects, musical exploration and quality time at the indoor petting zoo, which is home to bunnies, guinea pigs, turtles, bearded dragons and other critters. Each two-hour affair includes favors, balloons, food (choice of pizza or chicken nuggets), a gift for the birthday boy or girl and coordinators to keep things running smoothly. Personalize the party with fun themes like Farm Foodies, which provides a cooking or baking lesson, or Exotic Animal Party, during which kids get to meet snakes, lizards and gators. Ages 1–8.

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Upper East Side
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Oliloli Arts & Crafts Studio Birthdays

Schedule a celebration at this Queens art studio during public hours for a budget-friendly bash, or take over the space for a special private party. Open-studio packages let guests channel their creativity into a paint-your-own pottery or button-collage project that lasts more than two hours (ages 8 and up), wrapping up with time to enjoy parent-provided treats. The private parties give your group exclusive use of the studio, which allows staff members to give younger kids one-on-one attention. This package includes decorations, paper goods and a special gift for the celebrated birthday guest. Ages 4 and up.

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Forest Hills

Kidville Birthday Parties, UES

Get creative with Kidville’s whopping 16 birthday-party themes, like Sizzling Spectacular Science, Fly Me to the Moon and 
Dino-Mite, to name a 
few. Basic packages include a 90-minute celebration in a private space, an activity at the art table, invitations, pizza and juice, cake, party favors, two party leaders and balloons. Extras like a performance from the Rockin' Railroad Band, photographers, character appearances and a cookie-designing station are also available. At certain locations, the Big Blowout Party kicks it up a notch by adding a Jumpy Castle (a kid favorite), two extra party leaders and an additional ten guests. Ages 1 to 9.

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Upper East Side

Brooklyn Craft Farm Birthday Parties

These Brooklyn crafters help your
youngsters dive into fun art projects
using safety scissors, glue, glitter
and your child’s favorite supplies
from art class. For birthday parties,
families choose a main activity like
decorating denim tote bags with
iron-on appliqués or using stencils,
felt and fabric markers to make a one-
of-a-kind shirt. Let the staff know if
your child has any obsessions (dogs,
spaceships or Frozen, for example),
and they’ll try to have supplies that
cater to those interests. If your big kid
(ages 7 and up) feels ambitious, opt
for extra party time (an additional
$70) to sew plush toys worthy of their
stuffed animal collection.
 Ages 4–12.

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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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Brooklyn Craft Farm Birthday Parties

These Brooklyn crafters help your
youngsters dive into fun art projects
using safety scissors, glue, glitter
and your child’s favorite supplies
from art class. For birthday parties,
families choose a main activity like
decorating denim tote bags with
iron-on appliqués or using stencils,
felt and fabric markers to make a one-
of-a-kind shirt. Let the staff know if
your child has any obsessions (dogs,
spaceships or Frozen, for example),
and they’ll try to have supplies that
cater to those interests. If your big kid
(ages 7 and up) feels ambitious, opt
for extra party time (an additional
$70) to sew plush toys worthy of their
stuffed animal collection.
 Ages 4–12.

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Rubin Museum of Art Birthday Parties

If your kids love art, they'll really love this! Staff members guide partygoers through the galleries, then lead a hands-on art project in the education center for all to enjoy. Choose from the animal-themed Drum Beats and Little Feet party (ages 2 to 5) to make drums and creature sounds, or try your hand at molding imaginary creatures from clay at a Super Sculptors party (ages 2 to 5 or 6 to 10). Themes are also customizable to a degree—just ask! Admission and goody bags are included. Ages 2 and up.

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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). Ages 2 to 16

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Museum & attraction birthday party places

New York Transit Museum Birthday Parties

For those kids who love all things
that vroom, toot, chug and zoom, the New York Transit Museum, which
is located at an authentic 1930s subway station, is both a historical learning experience and a chance to see vintage subways, turnstiles and engineering innovations up close. Though the guided tour pumps tiny conductors and adults full of amazing knowledge and trivia, the workshops may be the best part of the party. Museum educators lead the group
in your choice of projects such as designing a vehicle, creating a mosaic worthy of a subway platform or going on a scavenger hunt. Ages 3 and up. 

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Boerum Hill

Jane's Carousel Birthday Parties

Beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park may just be the perfect spot for a frolicking good time. A birthday reservation
at the park’s nearly century-old carousel includes unlimited rides on the carved horses for 10 children (adults accompanying their children ride free) and, in warm months,
four tables—shaded by colorful umbrellas—in nearby Picnic Grove. In winter months, the carousel pavilion turns into a picturesque heated enclosed area with indoor tables and great views of the East River. Each kid walks away with a souvenir carousel ticket to use on a return trip. Ages 2 and up.

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Liberty Science Center Birthday Parties

Kids who love making their own “potions” will dig this Mad Scientist party. Enter the laboratory (a private party room), where participants get to work on an instructor-led tabletop experiment like creating
a straw rocket or digging through Pennsylvania marlstone to find fossilized shark teeth and shells. After grabbing a slice of cake, explore the rest of the massive museum, where experiments and hands-on-exhibits await; don’t miss the completely dark Touch Tunnel,
a highlight for most kids. Add-ons like simulator rides and IMax movies are available. Ages 1–12. 

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Luna Park Birthday Parties

If your child loves thrills, Coney Island’s amusement park by the sea makes for one exciting Kings County birthday. Each of the park’s packages includes time in the party room and rides for 12 kids. A basic package ($349) gives partygoers two hours of unlimited-ride wristbands; kids can choose from mild roller coasters, teacup rides, high- flying swings and cooling water rides, and everyone gets a tasty slice of brick-oven pizza. Other packages ($449–$669) give guests arcade credits and even more ride time, including access to three “extreme” rides like the Thunderbolt Coaster or the historic wooden Coney Island Cyclone. Ages 5 and up. 

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New York Botanical Garden Birthday Parties

There will be little time to stop and smell the flowers during an action- packed party at NYBG’s Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Your sprouts will race past colorful streamers and into Beth’s Maze. There, they’ll find larger-than-life flowers and an instructor who guides them through the garden’s trails, teaching lessons about nature and science and leading them in a special craft session. Pizza and organic juice are served in a private hilltop party space. Kids will remember the party for weeks to come, given the potted plant they get to take home. Ages 3–12. 

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The Bronx

Brooklyn Children’s Museum Birthday Parties

Take your Children’s Museum experience to the next level with an action-packed party for kids. Sign ’em up for the basic party-hour option ($300), which admits up to 12 guests to a party room where you can serve your cake; or recruit a museum guide to lead your kids through activities like meeting friendly reptiles and learning about their natural habitats or adventuring together on a scavenger hunt that features hands-on exhibits with a play grocery store and pizza parlor. After the kids have worked up an appetite, they can chow down on real food and cake (provided by the venue). Ages 1–10. 

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Crown Heights
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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Birthday Parties

The behemoth aircraft carrier, which also houses the space shuttle Enterprise, offers pilot-, astronaut-, spy-, marine- and Rosie the Riveter–themed celebrations for young adventurers. Two party hosts (one dressed in costume) lead the group on a scavenger hunt through the exhibits and to the XD simulator that takes the audience on a 4-D journey through the solar system. Lunch packages and birthday cake are included, and guests snag admission to the museum and space-shuttle pavilion, allowing them to explore the Intrepid at their own pace once the party ends. Ages 4–13.

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Chelsea

Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling Birthday Parties

Celebrate your kid’s birthday with
the art of Harlem and northern Manhattan at this beautiful and affordable uptown haven. A birthday party at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum allows admission for 12 children and 8 adults to enjoy the multimedia installations, dynamic photographs, painting and drawings—all created by local artists. Guests can also attend public scheduled storytelling shows and participate in the museum’s opportunities to create their own artwork. Parents are welcome to bring refreshments and treats to serve in Sugar Hill’s party room, and for an additional fee ($150) they can add activities such as art projects inspired by the exhibits or a performance from a professional storyteller about the neighborhood’s history. Ages 1–8. 

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Ripley's Believe it or Not! Birthday Parties

Times Square’s home for unusual art, interactive experiences and gruesome oddities can also be your little one’s next birthday destination. Everyone grabs a safari hat for the Discovery birthday package ($30 per person, 10 guests minimum):
The party goes on a scavenger hunt among the space’s 500 artifacts (such as shrunken heads, albino giraffes and a Captain America statue made of scrap metal). Before guests are sent home with their “survivor certificate,” they get a chance to run the gauntlet during the timed LaserRace. The Wonder Birthday package ($1,250
for 25 guests) also includes pizza, drinks and cake as well as party entertainment. Ages 8 and up. 

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Midtown West
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Museum of the Moving Image Birthday Parties

Lights, camera—action! The behind-the-scenes art and sciences of filmmaking are within a young movie buff’s grasp at this Queens museum. Children are led through activities like creating their own animation, making flip books and recording their own voiceovers for scenes from famous movies. They can also view iconic costumes
and characters, like the real Yoda from Star Wars, play classic arcade games and watch a screening of
a historic short film with Charlie Chaplin or a newer claymation movie starring Wallace and Gromit. A catered lunch, cake and workshops are available for an additional fee.
 Ages 8 and up. 

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Sports birthday party places

5050 Skatepark Birthday Parties

New York’s only
 indoor skate park, this 8,000-square-foot Staten Island spot has the custom- built slopes, ramps and other features needed to practice your amateur extreme sports moves. Celebrate your kid’s birthday with their
friends by letting ’em
grab a helmet and
get scooting, skating
or BMX riding.
Pizza, cake, drinks
and an instructor to
help teach them how
to pop that ollie are included in the gold-level party ($399). All guests must sign a waiver. Ages 6 and up.

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Staten Island

The Field House at Chelsea Piers Birthday Parties

At Manhattan’s premiere family sports facility, kids get a kick out of the friendly and dynamic coaches and the games and exercises they teach. Birthday boys and girls (ages 5 and up) choose one or two of their favorite sports to play for a 75-minute session. Options include traditional team games like soccer, dodgeball and basketball, learning how to flip and tumble with gymnastics, scaling a gigantic rock-climbing wall or challenges like parkour with a “Ninja Warrior” theme or a collection of classic field-day games like tug-of-war and potato-sack races. All packages feature time in the party room with venue-supplied balloons and paper goods, but parents looking for a hassle-free occasion can also opt to have pizza, beverages, cake and party favors handled by Chelsea Piers. Score! Ages 5 and up; toddler parties are also available.

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Brooklyn Zoo Birthday Parties

Kids will literally bounce off the walls at this unique training facility. Choose from amazing parkour, trampoline and “Ninja Warrior”– themed offerings that exhaust even the most energetic kiddos while challenging them in exciting new ways. If they’re not mastering
the warp wall, ropes or obstacles, partygoers might partake in Nerf battles for some friendly competition. After a one- or two-hour fully instructed workout, wild things can refuel with parent-provided food, refreshments and cake in the party area. Ages 5 and up. 

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Williamsburg
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STREB 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 5 and up.

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Williamsburg

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 by Tribeca Treats. Ages 3 months to 5 years

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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
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New York Kids Club Birthday Parties, UWS

Show up with your little one in tow, and the planners at New York Kids Club take care of the rest. The basic package hooks you up with exclusive use of the state-of-the-art space, equipped with soft play equipment and age-appropriate toys. During the 90-minute party, two performers take charge of fun activities and entertain the youngsters until it’s time for cake. Make things even easier on yourself with the all-inclusive setup, which throws in paper goods, pizza, juice, cake, helium balloons and favors for the whole crew. Ages 1 to 12.

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Upper West Side

Asphalt Green Birthday Parties, Battery Park City

High-energy tykes get a chance to run wild at Asphalt Green’s fun-filled birthday parties. Choose from themes like Sports & Activities, Gaga or Martial Arts, depending on your sprout’s preferences. The party people get an hour to jump and dodge, practice self-defense or play soccer, basketball, softball, flag football, recess games and more. The Battery Park City location also offers unique themes like Tumble & Play, Movie Party and Pool Party. Tack on 30 minutes or make the bash all-inclusive, complete with pizza, cake, snacks and drinks, for an additional cost. Ages 2 and up. 

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Battery Park City

92nd Street Y Birthday Parties

With so many options to choose from, it's hard to call out just one...or even a few! You'll find themes like GymMaze Craze (which incorporates a ball pit, air bounce, tunnels, spider net and swing, best for ages 2 to 8), Tutu Cute Dance Parties (where ballet, dance and dress-up are on the menu, best for ages 2–12) and other options like Splish Splash Pool Parties (ages 6–9 and 10–18). 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
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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
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Cooking birthday party places

Taste Buds Kitchen Birthday Parties

With guidance from experienced teachers, mini chefs can whip up super tasty creations all on their own! Themes like Battle Cupcakes, Pizza Perfection and Sushi & Dumplings ensure there's a perfect option for every partygoer, plus the venue takes care of the little stuff so you don't have to (think snacks, juice, balloons, paper goods, favors, aprons for partygoers and even a chefs hat for the birthday kid). Taste Buds also has at-home party options. Visit the company website for more details! Ages 2 to 17.

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Chelsea

Chef Toni's Cooking Adventures Birthday Parties

Move along, picky eaters: A birthday class at Chef Toni’s means taking a trip around the culinary world! A trained chef teaches the young gourmets, who each wear their own chef’s hat and apron, the tools of the trade—prepping, chopping skills, sautéing and more—and how to make recipes from faraway lands like Russia and Mexico. Every child goes home with a copy of the recipes so they can practice at home. Add-ons like a sweet treat made by Chef Toni’s baker and an apron-decorating activity are also available. Ages 5–17. 

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East Harlem

CoolMess Birthday Parties

This chill spot is a frozen-treat–lover’s paradise: Families can make their own ice cream! A dedicated “ice cream consultant” leads the party through various flavor choices to make the perfect recipe. The process starts with a base flavor (chocolate or vanilla) and can feature all sorts of candy and salty or fruity toppings that go into the machine. Every party also includes pizza, which is just a first course before kids go on a “candy spree” and taste their own ice cream creations. Ages 4 and up.

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Eloise at the Plaza Birthday Parties

Even the hard-to-please Eloise would find this fete at the Plaza Hotel “rawther festive.” Guests gather
in a pink and white room for a tea party with details reminiscent of Kay Thompson’s beloved children’s book. Options include a pajama
party brunch with croissants and Danish pastries or a “fancy” package that offers a beauty service (hair, makeup or manicure) and dress-up for a glamorous fashion show. Oh-so- precocious mischief makers can expect pink frosted cupcakes, an arts and crafts activity, themed invitations and—for the birthday kid—a copy of Eloise at the Plaza. Add-ons like
entertainers, make your own sundaes
and even an etiquette class are
available for an additional fee.
 Ages 5–11. 

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Midtown West

Ample Hills Creamery Birthday Parties

Besides doling out incredible 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!). While the ice cream hardens, kids will participate in a fun craft, and then when it's all done and ready to eat, they'll pile their ice cream on fresh waffles and top them with stuff like M&M's, marshmallows and gummy bears. Eat slowly, or you'll end up with brain freeze! Find other Ample Hills' in Gowanus and Gotham West Market. Ages 5–10.

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Prospect Heights

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. Parents supply additional food and drinks. Ages 5 and up.

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West Village
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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 Pizza Party, Tea Party, Sushi Party, Pasta Party, Taco Party and Kitchen Showdown. Each guest leaves with a party favor. For an additional fee, you can tack on face painting, yoga or a photographer—even cupcake and ice-cream sandwich activities! Ages 2 and up.

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Dylan's Candy Bar Birthday Parties

Make your youngster’s birthday as sweet as can be with a blowout at NYC’s best-known candy emporium. There’s a Willy Wonka vibe right off the bat, thanks to the colorful, candy-inspired decorations, and the sugar rush continues with fun games, loads of treats and a Candy Spree, which lets guests fill a bucket with a unique selection of sweets. Various themed bashes add more activities to the mix, including candy crafts (candy jewelry, mini lollipop topiaries), cupcake decorating, beauty services and science experiments. Get more time or perks, like a chocolate fountain or an ice-cream sundae bar, for an additional cost. All ages.

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Lenox Hill

Chocolate Works Birthday Parties

Children channel their inner Willy Wonka as they become chocolatiers for the day at this dessert wonderland. After taking a tour of the shop and learning about cocoa, they create a candy that almost looks too good to eat. (Almost.) The kids choose a special flat or 3-D molding for their chocolate creations, with options like animals, ballerinas, hearts and sports gear. They use a hose to fill the molds, choosing between white, milk and dark chocolate, and then decorate as they see fit. Guests chow down on pizza and use the Chocolate Car Wash conveyor belt to cover a graham cracker, pretzel or Oreo for a special tasty treat. Extras like balloons, aprons to decorate and a chocolate fountain with fruits and marshmallows are also available for an additional cost. Ages 4 and up.

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Upper West Side
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Performing arts birthday party places

Treasure Trunk Theatre

If you have a budding performer around the house, these playful youth theater programs are great for harnessing their creative energy. Youngsters can shake off stage fright in 45- to 55-minute classes like Imagination Adventure, Story Drama or Musical Adventure, where they’ll use props and costumes and play characters from their favorite stories and musicals. For more in-depth instruction, try Put on a Play (ages 4–6) or Musical Treasures (ages 5–7) where kids learn choreographed dance numbers and perform scripted mini-plays for friends and family. Various locations. Ages 2 ½–7.

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Brooklyn Heights

Symphony Space Just Kidding Theatre Birthday Parties

The Just Kidding family entertainment series at Symphony Space is one of our favorite lineups of kid-friendly music and theater, so why not make one of the shows an extra-special occasion? Choose an upcoming performance that interests the birthday boy or girl—last year’s roster included puppet shows, plays and tunes from Jazzy Ash, Dan Zanes, Mil’s Trills and more—then invite a group to come along. The package includes tickets to the show plus a two-hour party in the café, complete with pizza or chicken tenders, drinks and a personalized cake. Listen up for a special birthday shout-out during the performance! Ages 2 and up.

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Upper West Side

Red Carpet Kids Birthday Parties

Every young one gets the star treatment during Red Carpet Kids’ glamorous gatherings. Hollywood hopefuls can create and costar in an original live-action flick, then watch the movie in a real theater with the Lights, Camera, Birthday! package. The musically inclined may want to shoot their own music video (DJ, backup dancers and all) at the Music Video Awards, and stylish kids will love strutting their stuff on the runway with the Fashion Week experience. Throw in more perks, like a digital invitation concierge, a way-cool custom cake and themed swag bags, to make the party even more paparazzi-worthy. Ages 5–12.

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Story Pirates Birthday Parties

From crime-fighting ninja babies to flying kitties, the professional improv actors of the Story Pirates bring smiles to kids faces with their fun and original stories and songs, all of which were created by other children around the world. The Story Pirates believe that within each individual child is a story to be told, so kids even have the chance to contribute their own fantastical ideas to the Story Pirates repertoire, which the Pirates will perform on the spot in front of the birthday child and all her friends. The Story Pirates offer two birthday options: The Premiere birthday (ages 4–10), which features a 45-minute long sketch comedy show with a story by the birthday child, and a bash that invites youngster to celebrate at one of their public Flagship Shows. Ages 4 to 12.  

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TADA! Youth Theater Birthday Parties

Sign your kids up for a Tada! party for exclusive use of the studio, two party pros that run cool musical theater activities, pizza and goody bags for each guest (up to 25). Premium parties include a song by the cast and a fun photo op on stage. Parties will be based on a theme of your choice. Ages 5 and up.

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Midtown

Apple Seeds Birthday Parties

The structured yet relaxed offerings at this fun-filled play space make it an ideal venue for your tot’s first birthday celebration. Tiny guests will love activities designed just for them at The Big ONE party. They hear a personalized tale during story time, sing and move to tunes performed by a Songs for Seeds guitarist and play along with kid-sized instruments. For babes who really love music, upgrade to a full band performance complete with a drummer and keyboardist. Three staffers run the show in your private party room. Choose the all-inclusive or ultimate packages for extras like pizza and juice, birthday treats and favors, and exclusive access to the playground. 200 West End Ave (212-792-7591) · 10 W 25th St (212-792-7590) · 252 First Ave (212-792-7590). Ages 0–2.

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Financial District
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S.T.E.M. birthday party places

LEGO Store Flatiron Birthday Parties

If your kids can’t get enough of building towering structures from these beloved Danish building blocks, the Flatiron LEGO Store has something perfect for their birthday celebration. Two brick specialists guide kids through a personalized building activity, a minimodel build and competitive group-building challenges. Guests can even fill a large Pick-a-Brick cup with their favorite blocks from the Pick & Build Wall. Parents provide the treat (cake, or another dessert) to be served in the party room, while LEGO staff provide the party favors and useful tips for creating better skyscrapers, vehicles and other projects. Ages 5–14.

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Flatiron

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

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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BK Bots Birthday Parties

If these robots are the future, then sign us up! Using LEGO robotics kits, the BK Bots team celebrates birthdays by pairing kids off to build small motorized tanks from scratch. Once these robot vehicles are complete,
the children are encouraged to
get creative and add their own customizations so that each duo has
a unique bot they can be proud of. Then, using a remote control, the
bots battle it out. But don’t worry, noncompetitive bot makers; the scoring method is more fun and complex than win-or-lose oriented. Parents are welcome to bring food and drink for some human refueling. Ages 7 and up.

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Park Slope

New York Hall of Science Birthday Parties

This spectacular science museum is a must for local families. Here, curious kids have seemingly endless exhibits to discover; the material covers everything from environmental sustainability to space exploration, plus there are fascinating experiments that help them learn about scientific principles. The Super Science package sets the party up with a New York Hall of Science Explainer who talks the group through tours and leads interactive workshops with themes like Ooey Gooey Play-Dough, Bubble Trouble, Cool Chemist and Gross Out Science. Wrap things up with provided food, drinks and cake in the private party room, or upgrade your package to get tickets to the Science Playground or Rocket Park Mini Golf course. Every guest gets a goody bag that includes an age-appropriate science-themed toy. Ages 3 and up.

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Queens

Pixel Academy Birthday Parties

Let’s face it: It’s hard to tear some kids away from Minecraft, so
you might as well embrace it by encouraging your child and their friends to explore the video game’s programming possibilities. With a Pixel Academy shared birthday ($560 for eight children), gamers enter a custom Minecraft world in which they’re challenged to learn new techniques while having a blast. A pricier exclusive party encourages those young programmers and future tech entrepreneurs with virtual reality games, motion tracking and interactive activities. Available add-ons include Minecraft swords for every guest to wield, themed balloons and plates and four-inch 3-D statues of partygoers. Additional location at 163 Pacific St, Brooklyn. Ages 7–14.

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Tribeca
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Automatic Studios Birthday Parties

Aspiring filmmakers and producers get a crash course in moviemaking at this fully equipped studio party. Industry professionals guide young filmmakers on set as they practice a prewritten script (the project could be a commercial, music video or scene re-created from a favorite movie), then film and edit the epic story. The four-hour program gives everyone a chance to get in on the process and to use high-tech equipment including cameras, lights, a green screen and props. Bring your own food, drinks, cake and ice cream to feed the hungry creatives, then settle in for a screening of the finished product in the studio. Ages 8 to 13.

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DUMBO

National Museum of Mathematics Birthday Parties

At this interactive museum, mathematics jumps out of Common Core textbooks and practically comes to life. Tiny tots get to hear stories, sing songs and try out “geometric dancing” at the PolyPals Party, while older kids use top-of-the-line toys to build a giant glow-in-the-dark polyhedron, life-size geometric shapes or a structure of tubes and rubber balls at themed parties like GeoGlow, Multi-Morphing Megaplex and Let’s Go O-GO. For full exploration of the exhibits, try the MoMath Team Challenge, which gets partygoers looking for clues and solving puzzles on a scavenger hunt through the displays. Child admission (plus free adult admission for each kid), a private party room, a coordinator, cake and souvenirs for guests are all included. All ages.

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Midtown

Zaniac

With the right tools, your tech-savvy kids can do much more than smash their own Candy Crush Saga high score. If you throw a STEM-themed party at this Upper East Side learning center, you’ll secure knowledgeable instructors who can help the tykes tackle awesome projects like Minecraft design, robot-making and video-game programming. The guests will pick up on math and science concepts as they practice coding techniques, strategize their chess games and try out high-end programs like Scratch. After using all that brainpower, they’ll be ready for the provided food, drinks and a tricked-out cake designed to match the party theme. Ages 5–13.

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Upper East Side
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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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Modern Pinball Birthday Parties

This Murray Hill arcade mecca has 30 new and refurbished vintage pinball machines with themes like Star Wars, Spider-Man and Star Trek! All two-hour birthday options offer unlimited games for the child and guests—don’t worry, there are footstools for smaller pinball wizards—with access to the VIP private party room, where everyone can enjoy food and drink. Though private parties are available, it’s
easy to save money by choosing the semi-private option, which means you might share the game space with other customers. Ages 5 and up.

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Alley Pond Environmental Center Birthday Parties

One of the best parks in Queens
also throws one of the best parties
in the borough. Your kiddo critters learn about nature in an action- packed, age-appropriate class surrounded by Alley Pond’s forests and wetlands. Helpful instructors introduce the children to several
live animals—like turtles they can touch!—before leading the whole gang on a nature walk through the paths along the wetlands (weather permitting). Birthday kids can choose from several craft options, such as paper-bag animal puppets, mosaics and feathered birds to create as a group. For older kids (ages 8 and up), special tween party themes include dissecting owl pellets or, less icky,
a spa party with aromatherapy and
a mini massage class. Ages 2 and up. 

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Queens

Milk & Cookies Kids Spa and Salon Birthday Parties

Believe it or not, NYC has a spa that’s specifically for kids. The offerings here feel good and smell great (many are dessert-themed), and every party package adds a little glitz and glam. Birthdays include ice cream and cookies (surprise!), plus fun activities like making your own lip gloss, getting yummy vanilla, strawberry or chocolate facials or turning the birthday into an ultra-fashionable affair with hair extensions, temporary tattoos, pedicures, karaoke and hair styling or trimming. Ages 3 and up. 

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The Playroom NYC Birthday Parties

Complete with tunnels, slides, cushioned play mats and plenty of toys, this Upper East Side play room is heaven for toddlers and preschool- aged children. A party rental gives
15 tykes free rein over the play structures, play strollers, play kitchen and costumes, before they devour pizza, juice and cake served on paper goods befitting your child’s favorite theme (“Sesame Street,” “Dora the Explorer,” “Doc McStuffins,” etc.). Ages 2–8. 

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Lenox Hill

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Bernadette B
Bernadette B

Best restaurant for a 10 year olds Birthday in NYC?