Let the celebration commence! The best birthday parties for kids in NYC are wonderful ways to make your child's special day all the more sweet.
While we love picking out birthday cupcakes, birthday cakes and kids' party entertainment, the venue is the most important part of the bash! From performing arts and sports, to museums and spas, Gotham is home to terriffic spots that make a memorable birthday experience.
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Have a kid who wants to go ice skating? Are the littles looking for some r&r at the spa? Do you have dare devils who want to try circus stunts? It's all up for grabs at the best birthday parties for kids in NYC! Have a look at our list and start booking! (Oh, and save us a slice of cake.)
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Art birthday party places
Little fashionistas will jump at the chance to design their own accessories. Using semi precious gemstones, sterling silver pieces and other materials, mini designers will be able to customize up to three pieces, including a necklace, bracelet, earrings and other types of jewelry. Lunessa’s parties—which include an opportunity to add on snacks—provides the perfect outlet for your party-goers and guest of honor to get creative, experiment with various techniques and take home a momento from the experience. A minimum of six guests is required, and Lunessa can accommodate up to 15 children. Ages 7 and up.
Weaving, printing and fiber-making are available for little creatives who dream of a birthday party at Textile Arts Center. Regardless of the route your child chooses, these selections offer two hours where kids can try their hand at a new skill, plus 30 minutes of celebrating. Parents will need to provide the refreshments and cake, but all attendees will walk away with a project and goodie bag at the end of the shindig. Ages 5 and up.
Options abound at The Art Farm, where kids can opt for a cool theme to celebrate their special day. Offerings include the Farm Foodies Party (ages 3–8), which lets youngsters hone their kitchen skills in a baking or cooking class; the Mad Science Party (ages 4–8), which provides a chance for attendees to take a crack at experiments and enjoy interactive performances; and Exoctic Animal Party (ages 4–8), where party-goers include snakes, lizards and other unique creatures! Ages 1–10.
Little Picassos will eagerly pick up their paint brushes to bring their pottery pieces to life. Two hours of uninterrupted creative time at Oliloli Arts & Crafts Studio will be pure bliss for little ones who want to make a masterpiece (up to 24 children can be accommodated). Refreshments must be provided by parents, but no sweat about cleanup—the studio’s got it covered. Ages 4 and up.
Kidville is here to please with an impressive list of 16 party themes. Little paleontologists will gravitate toward the Dino-Mite party that allows them to dig for fossils while those who are unable to resist fairy tales will enjoy decorating crowns at the Royal Princess and Knight party. The basic package allows kiddos an hour and a half of entertainment while the deluxe package ups the ante with a bouncy castle, additional staffers to help set up and clean up. Ages 1–9.
Brooklyn crafters help youngsters dive into fun art projects to get creative juices flowing. For birthday parties, families choose a main activity such as 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. Want to bring the party to you? Brooklyn Craft Farm will make your home the perfect party venue. Ages 4 and up.
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 2–5) to make drums and creature sounds, or try your hand at molding imaginary creatures from clay at a Super Sculptors party (ages 2–5 or 6–10). Themes are also customizable to a degree—just ask! Ages 2 and up.
If your little ones are looking for ways to express themselves, let them have a look at the Painted Pot’s tremendous selections of sculptures begging for strokes of colorful paint. Options are aplenty—piggy banks, animals, superheroes. No matter your child’s interest, there’s something worth bringing to life. There are also a wide array of themes, too, such as a clay pottery party, glass blast and more. Ages 2–16.
Throw a celebration at this art studio, and let the youngsters run wild with their creativity. They’ll have access to all sorts of materials, from paints and textiles to Play-Doh, and you won’t have to worry about your apartment accidentally becoming the kids’ canvas. The birthday child gets to choose which project the group tackles, and two teachers are on hand to guide partygoers as they work on their masterpieces. Parents provide food, drinks, cake and utensils, but cleanup is taken care of by staff. Ages 2–9.
This Uptown art studio (which also has a new Tribeca location) hosts a variety of crafts celebrations for children. Party-goers can make funky lamps, messenger bags, superhero capes or paint pottery 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 celeb photo station, tattoo parlor (temporary, of course!) and sand art station, among other cool options. Older teens and even adults will love the After Dark craft options—cake wars, sneaker design, t-shirt and tank design and so much more. Ages 3 and up.
Just like its popular sip-and-paint class for adults (minus the wine), a professional artist walks partygoers through painting their own work of art. Kids choose an image from a library of options, but staff like to focus on re-creating masterworks so they can throw in a short art-history lesson. All materials are provided, but parents supply the food and cake. Second location 31-21 31st St, Queens. Ages 4 and up.
Kids gather in Taro's studio for a two-hour exploration of the art of origami. First up: using high-tech touchscreens to choose the pattern (a frog, airplane, flowers, a truck). Then, the origami software guides partygoers through the folding steps, and 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 guests can be arranged for an additional cost. Ages 5 and up.
Up to 12 kiddos are invited to play with clay at BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center, where they’ll try creating bowls, mugs or a one-of-a-kind sculpture. Watch as the wet material transforms into a trinket your kids will love for years to come. Refreshments are not included in the offerings. Ages 10 and up for handbuilding parties, ages 12 and up for wheel throwing parties.
Museum & attraction birthday party places
For those kids who love all things that vroom, toot, chug and zoom, the New York Transit Museum, located in an authentic 1930's 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 DIY activities such as designing a vehicle or creating a mosaic worthy of a subway platform. A scavenger hunt is also available, too, if your curious kiddos are anxious to roam around and make discoveries. Ages 3–11.
Waterfront parks are having a moment in NYC, and there’s arguably no greater view that the skyline of Downtown Manhattan. Take in the Brooklyn Bridge, boats passing on the East River and park-goers enjoying a day out as kiddies ride Jane’s Carousel—located in Brooklyn Bridge Park—until they cannot possibly opt for another spin. A reserved spot in the Picnic Grove or the Pavilion (depending on weather) will be available for party-goers when it comes time to sing “Happy Birthday.” At the end of the celebration, little ones will head home with a ride ticket in lieu of a goodie bag. Ages 2 and up.
We don’t need to test a hypothesis to realize that Liberty Science Center’s Mad Scientist Birthday Party is super cool. Enter the decorated lab for experiments and interactive activities before enjoying free reign of the venue. This party package includes a birthday cake (vanilla or chocolate), beverages for kiddies, downloadable invites, free goodies for the scientist of honor and much more. Get your lab coats ready—plenty of fun awaits. Ages 1–12.
Is there a better place for a party than NYC’s beloved amusement park? Make your next trip to Coney Island extra memorable with a birthday celebration. Take a spin on mild, moderate and high thrill rides (included in the basic party package) and mild, moderate, high and extreme Thrill rides (in the Deluxe Party package). There will be shrieks of joy as kids make their way to and from the Cyclone, the new Astro Tower, the Tickler and more. After they’ve tired themselves out from the thrilling adventure, Luna guests can enjoy refueling in the private party room. Ages 5 and up.
Your kiddos and 20 of his or her friends are invited to snag an up-close-and-personal experience complete with scavenger hunts, nature walks and more garden goodness. A party coordinator and instructor are on-hand to guide little visitors through activities, projects and a celebration (which includes refreshments such as pizza and organic juice boxes provided by the venue). Parties book over the weekends, but weekdays are potentially available upon request. Ages 3 and up.
Take your BCM experience to the next level with an action-packed party for kids. Recruit a museum guide to lead your kids through activities like meeting friendly reptiles, 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. Ages 1–10.
The behemoth aircraft carrier, which also houses the space shuttle Enterprise, offers celebrations with pilot, astronaut, spy and Marine-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.
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.
Times Square’s home for unusual art, interactive experiences and unique oddities can also be your little one’s next birthday destination. Everyone grabs a safari hat and ventures 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). Guests are sent home with their “survivor certificate” at the end of the event. Ages 8 and up.
Film buffs and tech aficionados will have a blast uncovering the inner workings of movie making and video game creation at the Museum of the Moving Image. Birthday parties allow little Spielbergs to work on flipbooks, movie voiceovers and sound editing—projects reserved for the best in the biz. When they’re done with these super-cool activities, they can join in a guided tour of the venue, enjoy movie screening and more. Ages 8 and up.
This kid-friendly museum is the perfect place to hold your guest of honor's big bash. The various celebrations include an instructor-led activity perfect for your child’s age group. Tiny ones (ages 1–3) can play with animal masks and wacky hats or embrace the mess with Jackson Pollack-inspired splatter paint, while older kids might make a collaborative mural, clay sculptures or tie-dyed designs. Big kids (ages 7–14) will be amazed by what they can create using animation technology and clay. The themes are plentiful and project inspiration is limitless! Ages 1–15.
Sing "Happy Birthday" and “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” loud and proud as your crew meets spends time visiting farm animals such as pigs, chickens, ponies and horses. The group will hop aboard the museum’s tractor-drawn hayride for a bumpy excursion around the fields, gardens and pens, then enjoy pizza, juice and a personalized sheet cake. Guests of honor take home a small surprise gift. Parties are available from April–September. Ages 12 and under.
New-York Historical Society’s kid-friendly venue is the ideal spot to journey through the city’s past! Your kids can choose a History Detective party option and search for facts, images and objects in a custom scavenger hunt, or they might prefer the Pirates in the Harbor option where they'll piece together a secret treasure map in hopes of finding Captain Kidd's loot. Party leaders, paper goods, balloons, pizza, drinks and a cake decorated with the birthday kid’s favorite character are all provided. Ages 5 and up.
Hold your child's next party at this historic farmhouse in Prospect Park. From April to autumn, Lefferts hosts weekend birthday celebrations that teach kids about the people who once lived in the beautiful mansion. They'll be able to artake in the games the children of yesteryear loved, such as potato-sack racing. Bring your own food and drink to a celebration here, and follow up cake time with rides on the nearby carousel. Ages 2 and up.
No invitation needed—the coolest celebs will definitely be at your kid’s next birthday bash! Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake and other A-listers are waiting for a slice of party cake...well, sort of. Kids can catch a glimpse of Hollywood’s elite personalities, sports MVPs, political leaders and other popular figures brought to life at Madame Tussauds. Although party packages are not offered at this time, those interested in having a celebration at the Times Square venue should email GroupSales@MadameTussaudsNY.com. All ages.
It comes as no surprise that a museum specifically tailored to children offers the ultimate birthday celebration. Little ones have the option to choose a variety of themes at CMOM—the new Bubblemania with Jay Jay the Bubble Guy, a Magic Show with Justin the Magician, Adventures with Dora and Diego, among others—in order to bring the party of their dreams to life. Regardless of theme selections, all little ones will enjoy hands-on projects, a delicious Magnolia Bakery birthday cake (yes, please!), refreshments, epic goodie bags and other fun amenities. Ages 1–5.
Birthday party packages (Super, Deluxe and Premium) with three different price points ensure that kids get everything they want for their birthday soirée. With the Super Science Party, attendees will receive a private room for a half hour, plastic/paper goods, orders of individual plates such as pizza or chicken fingers and beverages, gift bags with free return admission and a NYSCI facilitator to lead kids through activities and exhibits. Deluxe adds on features like Rocket Park Mini Golf and Science Playground access, while Premium has additional entertainment and upgraded goodie bags. Ages 3 and up.
At the Museum of Math, numbers, shapes and patterns take on fun properties rarely seen in your average classroom. Birthday party themes like Multi-Morphing Megaplex let your kids construct shapes big enough to walk through, while GeoGlow has guests using light sticks and geometry to create a glow-in-the-dark polyhedra. Every party includes full-day admission to the museum, a private room for 90 minutes and a birthday cake, with special add-ons available, such as fun goody bags and personalized treats. Ages 3 and up.
Up your playground party game by reserving the park house at Riverside Park’s beloved Hippo Playground. The room, which has sinks, a sound system and a microwave, is the perfect indoor oasis for parents who provide the pizza, cake or other refreshments on low-to-the-ground tables for young kiddos. If it’s a nice day, you might find it hard to get everyone to come inside from the fun they’ll be having on the swings, jungle gym and climbing all over the various hippos. On warm days be sure to pack swimsuits; the kids won’t be able to resist the sprinklers. All ages.
This indoor amusement and arcade paradise boasts video games, laser tag, bumper cars, a carousel and a multilevel maze. There are four fantastic party options that offer various access to the attractions, ranging from one ride and a $5 game card per child to unlimited rides and a $10 game card per child. With all options, kids get a slice of pizza, soda, tableware, a balloon centerpiece and other goodies. If you would like to amp up the festivities, the wide selection of add-ons include a virtual-reality simulator and catering (a hot-cold buffet, specialty pizzas). Ages 1 and up.
Guests big and small are invited to the American Girl place to mark the festivities with a delicious lunch, fun crafts and the quintessential pink and white birthday cake. While you’re visiting the Rockefeller Center attraction, make sure to take a gander at the hair salon (for humans and their doll counterparts), the store (kids and dollies will surely love browsing). All ages.
Celebrate your child’s big day with a few extra guests—and we don’t mean human party-goers. The Prospect Park Zoo makes festivities all the more delightful by providing an up-close-and-personal encounter with the attraction’s inhabitants. Kids will be able to explore the various exhibits, and they’ll also be treated to a meet-and-greet with a few cool animals. After taking away a few knowledgeable tidbits about the creature, they will also be able to work on hands-on science projects. Special add-ons (such as extra time with a zoo instructor, a longer party) are available for additional fees. At least six adults must be present, and 36 participants are welcome. All ages.
Sports birthday party places
For the kids who can’t sit still, a sports-themed birthday party is the perfect way for them to channel that energy and excitement on their big day. From the classic offerings such as golf and gymnastics to the avant garde (think bubble soccer and ninja warrior), Aviator Sports has something for all ages. Parties not only include exciting activities, but refreshments, cake, online invites and other fun offerings. Ages 2 and up.
Does your young city slicker dream of riding a pony? The Bronx Equestrian Center has several hour-long options: Kids can take turns riding a pony, each kid can get a pony to ride on a trail, or all the kids can pile onto a wagon for a hayride. All packages come with a barnlike room where you can sit for BYO food, drink and cake (which you can stash in the on-site refrigerator). Balloons and piñatas aren’t allowed, as a courtesy to the ponies. Riders must be less than 65 lbs. Ages 5 and up.
Birthday daredevils can aerially zoom across the Bronx River on a zip line at this park operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society, and climbers can try their hand at treetop courses that feature challenges like rope Bowlmor Lanes bridges, tightrope walks and ladders. The 90-minute Yellow package includes invitations and, for the birthday star, a free T-shirt and return ticket for free access another day; the Green package grants one-hour access to a private room, plus pizza, cake and goodies for all. Each session includes training and prep time. Attendees must be between 50 and 275 lbs. and able to reach a height of 5’6”. Ages 7 and up.
Rent a 5,000-square-foot gym where a gaggle of wild things can jump up and down in a bounce house, swing from monkey bars, test their balance on beams and do all manner of activities to expend their youthful energy under the careful supervision of the safety-certified staff. The price includes an hour of gym time and 30 minutes for cake, pizza and soda, as well as paper products, for tots and adults, all provided by the venue. Add-ons include live musicians, a catered menu, piñatas and temporary tattoos, to name a few. Ages 1–12.
Encourage kids to reach the top with a two-hour climbing extravaganza at The Cliffs. Party-goers (25 max) are given access to the Fox Room as instructors prep them to take on new heights. The welcoming, challenging and adventurous location makes for the best birthday experience. Ages 6 and up.
Performers train for top-level circuses and dance and theater productions here, so your own teeny circus is in good hands. For two hours, your flying trapeze artist can swing through the air in a harness, in the safe hands (literally) of an instructor who will have them doing aerial backflips by the end of the session. Your party can include one or a combination of other activities like juggling, partner balancing and aerial silks and hoops. You supply the eats and refreshments, but the gym will handle cleanup (for a$50 fee). Ages 7 and up.
The all-inclusive bowling soirees provide Gennaro’s pizza and drinks (no outside food allowed, except for cake and other desserts) as well as balloons, rental shoes, lightweight bowling balls for the tiny rollers and even coffee for the adults. Party in your own private room or out on the concourse. Sprites can jam to music videos that Rab’s plays just for them. The Cosmic package turns the place into a glow-in-the-dark disco, or the kids can dash around the laser maze. Ages 3 and up.
New York’s only indoor skate park sports custom- built slopes, ramps and other features needed to practice all extreme sports moves. Celebrate your kid’s birthday with their friends by letting ’em grab a helmet and scooting, skating or BMX riding. Pizza, cake, drinks and an instructor to help them pop that ollie are included in the gold-level party ($580; silver-level, $450, bronze-level $320). All guests must sign a waiver. Ages 6 and up.
Tiny skaters can practice becoming the next Mirai Nagasu or Adam Rippon. Parties here include admission, skate rental (the smallest child size is 8), pizza or hot dogs and soda. Outside foot is not permitted. For an extra fee, you can get cotton candy, party invites,a skate coach and character appearances—imagine your child's face when Elsa glides into the room on skates. All ages.
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. If they’re not mastering the warp wall, ropes or obstacles, attendees 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.
STREB’s popaction parties take the fun to new heights, literally and figuratively. With a lovely combination of circus artistry, dance and gymnastics, offerings allow littles to jump on the trampoline, try the trapeze, perfect their parkour skills and so much more. The pros are on hand to help guide youngsters through demos before trying the stunts for themselves. Parents must supply the goodies, but STREB offers popcorn, paper products and set-up and clean-up. Ages 5 and up.
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 afterward. Pizza and bottled water are included, as is cake and cupcakes by Tribeca Treats. Ages 3 months to 5 years
There's no better place for a little friendly competition than the Chelsea Field House. Birthday boys and girls (ages 5 and up) choose one or two of their favorite sports to play. Options include traditional picks such as 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 1 and up.
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 party, two performers take charge of fun activities and entertain the youngsters (with themes such as "Space Kids," "Olympics Gymnastics" and more) 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 1–12.
Batter up for a grand-slam birthday experience with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Ten or more pint-sized baseball fans can enjoy a game, stadium food such as a hot dog and ice cream, souvenirs and the most epic Happy Birthday singalong one can imagine—the entire MCU Park will help your kiddo ring in his or her birthday with the tune! Ages 4 and up.
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 2–8), 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.
For the kids who can’t sit still, Everyday Athlete birthday parties are the perfect way to ring in their milestone. Offerings include skateboarding (ages 5–10), climbing (ages 4+) and other active, engaging activities. Round off the experience with some pizza, and add a little extra pizzazz with smoke machines, customized lighting and other cool features. Ages 3 and up.
Watch kids go gaga over this unique take on dodgeball. The players have a main focus: to avoid the foam ball flying across the octagonal pit. Coaches will brief party-goers on the rules before they start their game (parents can even get in action if they’re craving some friendly competition). Pizza and juice are served, but add-ons such as party favors, a DJ and face painting are available for an additional fee. Game on! Ages 4 and up.
Kids get their game on at these baseball-inspired celebrations. The Homerun Birthday Bash, includes hitting and pitching competitions and a baseball game, cake, hot dogs or pizza and 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.
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 other including a 1,500-square-foot gravity ropes course and the Urban Mission—a NYC-themed laser-tag arena with Gotham icons throughout. Ages 4 and up.
While little yogis find their Zen through playful poses, adults will also feel peaceful and at ease in the hands of the friendly, caring instructors leading the party. A basic package includes a full session with poses and yoga games centered around a theme— think “jungle,” “outer space,” “nature” and more—that get those bodies stretching and working. Special packages tout options like Doll Yoga, which brings the guests’ favorite dolls and stuffed animals into the exercise, or Circus Yoga, which features more acrobatic moves and skills. All ages.
Reach new heights (of happiness!) with a private party at this favorite Astoria drop-in play space. Young whippersnappers can jump and hop on the inflatable bounce castles and slides and take advantage of 5,000 square feet of rides, games, shuffleboard, a rock-climbing wall and a giant jungle gym with tubes and slides. Every party includes pizza, juice and a host to guide you in the fun, but you can easily choose special add-ons like face painting, a character appearance, glitter tattoos, karaoke and access to certain attractions (like rock climbing) to make the party extra personal and special. Ages 1–13.
Suit up for a little friendly competition. With a two-hour party package at Manhattan Fencing Center, attendees will have instructors guide them through a few scrimmages. There are several package options, some of which include bonus features like a free class for attendees or background music. Ages 7 and up.
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, coordinators, paper products, pizza, beverages, favors, ice-cream cake, balloons and a souvenir T-shirt for the birthday kid. All ages.
If your kids are up for a challenge, Brooklyn Boulders will help them explore new heights. With personalized attention for small groups of climbers, staff is ready to educate kids on the basics for reaching the top of the cliff. If the thrill-seekers need to refuel after the adventure, parents must provide their own refreshments. Little climbers under 5 are required to have adult supervision at all times. All ages.
High-energy tykes get a chance to run wild at Asphalt Green’s fun-filled birthday parties. Choose from themes such as 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 such as 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.
Two and a half hours at this gym space should be enough time to let your Energizer Bunny’s battery run out. The birthday package allows you to choose two activities from its wide range of offerings: a jumbo slide and bounce house, soccer, basketball, swimming, dance or, for kids at least 10 years old, flag football. While you must bring the cake and candles, the Complex provides food, drink, paperware, music and goodie bags for your birthday kid and his friends. And if your little one is Ms. or Mr. Popular, have no fear: You can invite up to 32 peeps to the party. Ages 1–16.
Cooking birthday party places
Consider Taste Bud your child’s introduction to kitchen basics. Junior chefs will be given an opportunity to create a delicious dish from scratch during the party. Older kiddos are often tasked with making fresh pasta or perfecting sushi rolls, while youngsters become acquainted with the fundamentals. For those who are ready to unleash their Top Chef skills, consider special options such as cupcake decorating. Add-ons, including outside food and ingredient substitution for those with allergies, are available for an additional fee. If you’d like to make the experience more personal, have the Taste Buds crew come to you! At home-celebrations are available for up to two hours. Bon appetit! Ages 3 and up.
Kids don’t refuse a scoop of ice cream—especially on their birthday. Let CoolMess get the party started with an ultimate sundae of children’s choosing. An ice cream consultant is ready to help creamy connoisseurs find the perfect ingredients for their desserts. Though there are various party packages, all offerings include pizza. However, kids will probably be too focused on the sweets to worry about lunch! Ages 4 and up.
For a “rawther” elegant affair, channel the Plaza’s favorite resident—Miss Eloise. The little troublemaker, who loves to turn the city’s most renowned hotel upside down, is the perfect inspiration for a chic celebration. Three party packages provide a little taste of the children’s lit character thanks to a variety of activities, whether that includes learning French, walking the runway, arts and crafts or munching on cupcakes. Sounds dahling! Ages 5 and up.
Birthday parties are the perfect time for sweets, and there's no better place to indulge than Brooklyn's new candy shop, Fferins of Brooklyn. The recently opened South Slope spot specializes in hard-to-find treats—Starbar, Maltesers, Teacakes—and lets patrons taste goods they might not have experienced otherwise. In the shop's birthday party package, up to 14 kiddos can enjoy a fun event that includes candy jewelry making (completely fitting) and cupcake decorating. The fee includes juice, water, plates, cutlery, napkins and material needed for the decorating activities. All ages.
Host an elevated ice cream sundae party at this family-owned creamery opened by two longtime Harlem residents. Each kid (up to 15 kids) gets a scoop of homemade dairy or nondairy ice cream (flavors change seasonally). The venue comes decorated with a dozen helium balloons, and you’re encouraged to BYO entertainment and food. If one scoop a kid doesn’t seem like quite enough, opt for unlimited ice cream with sprinkles and a cone or an ice cream bar with never-ending chocolate sauce and whipped cream. All ages.
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! Partiers 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.
We hope you have a glass of milk at the ready. Once kids are given a cookie dough base, it’s off to the races. From there, they’ll be able to choose fillings (nuts, fruits, candies) to concoct the perfect cookie. If the kiddies are still hungry, it’s up to parents to provide additional refreshments. Ages 5 and up.
Sweet dreams are made of these super-cool Dylan’s Candy Bar birthday parties. Even Willie Wonka will have a tough time competing with NYC’s go-to confectionary shop. Satisfy your guest of honor’s sweet tooth with candy-inspired crafts and games (licorice limbo and cookie decorating, to name a few) and the ultimate adventure—the candy spree. Themes include Mad Scientist and Gummies and Glam. Enticing add-ons perfect for any sweet celebration include a cotton candy machine, chocolate fountain and more! All ages.
Kiddies will whip their culinary skills into shape with a Freshmade NYC birthday party, all customizable to satisfy their tastebuds. Pasta, pizza and taco parties are on the menu, among plenty of other delicious offerings. Cool add-ons such as face painting, magic tricks and character visits make the celebration all the more sweet. Ages 2 and up.
Take a step back in time with a party at Carroll Gardens’ quaint soda fountain. Straight out of the 1920’s, the shop is the go-to destination for epic ice cream sundaes and old-fashioned snacks such as egg creams and rootbeer floats. We recommend you come hungry to this Brooklyn hotspot—the serving sizes are healthy. Ice cream fans big and small won’t be able to resist the charm—or the ample menu. All ages.
Sure, your kid can eat a meal here, but it’s really just a rite of passage to get to the star of the show: dessert. Let your sweet-toothed kid pick two desserts from a long list of cake and sundae options to accompany the family-style meal of two appetizers, two entrées and one side (the menu includes options like pasta, Caesar salad and miniburgers, to name a few). Sugar Factory also gives the birthday boy or girl a large rubber ducky that all the guests can sign. Ages 1–12.
Bensonhurst Two moms founded this operation to encourage youngsters to learn their way around the kitchen. Its themed party packages are endless: Your culinary connoisseur can whip up Olaf’s snowman pancakes at a Frozen party, Krabby patties for a SpongeBob SquarePants theme or even choose a mock Iron Chef competition in which two teams battle to create the best recipes using a secret ingredient. Mini chefs eat whatever they make, but make sure to bring your own cake to the event! Ages 3 and up.
Harlem Get your kid and his or her crew a Pat LaFrieda burger or a sandwich and a Blue Marble milkshake at this well- known Harlem staple that celebrates the neighborhood’s culture via cool decor and its Wall of Fro, which shows off customers’ Afro hairstyles. For an additional fee, Harlem Shake will put on demonstrations of Double Dutch and swing dance. The staff tailors the music playlist to your mini-me’s taste, and the hot spot also supplies sweet goodie bags that include a T-shirt, baseball caps and postcards. Ages 1–16.
Children 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 looks too good to eat...almost. The kids choose a special flat or 3-D molding for their chocolate creations, with options such as 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.
Performing arts birthday party places
The teaching artists at Treasure Trunk Theatre bring the imaginations of kids who love costumes and playing make-believe to a whole new level. The birthday boy or girl chooses the theme for the party beforehand—think pirates, fairies, outer space, superheroes or popular stories like Peter Pan—and then has an exuberant trained actor and host through fun theater games and acting out a story together. The host can bring the party to your place; along with a trunk of goodies to help in the day’s fun, or you can choose a 45-minute workshop at one of Treasure Trunk Theatre’s facilities for an additional cost. Parents can even purchase some of the pieces ahead of time to be used as party giveaways (like colorful scarves for pirates or wands for fairies). Whether the kids pretend to be astronauts, mermaids or even cars, the experience will be nothing short of magical. Ages 3–6.
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 and 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.
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, Action! 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.
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 4–12.
The offerings at this fun-filled play space make it an ideal venue for your tot’s first birthday celebration. Tiny guests will 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, enjoy a full band performance complete with a drummer and keyboardist. Staffers run the show in your private party room. Various locations. Ages 0–2.