Let’s face it: It’s hard to tear some kids away from Minecraft, so you might as well embrace it by encouraging them 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 (starting at $925) 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, balloons and plates and four-inch 3-D statues of partygoers. Additional location at 163 Pacific St, Brooklyn. Ages 7–14.