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Share your experience throwing (or attending) a party at one of these NYC kids birthday party venues, and help fellow parents who are looking to skip the at home party and leave the effort to the experts. They'll often handle everything, right down to the party favors!
Juan L.: Kidz Lounge is a party place totally dedicated to celebrations, making it an unforgettable experience for everyone. They offer the space equipped with gaming, spa services, dancing, karaoke, and much more! It has too many customizations available and add-ons to count. There are also lounges for the parents so they can sit back and relax while the kids have the best time of their lives.
Luna Park in Coney Island
Kelly R.: Coney Island's Luna Park offers thrilling birthday parties that give guests access to the many amusement park rides and games - with different thrill levels to delight a range of ages. Packages include food for the kids and time in a dedicated party area.
Ample Hills Creamery
Jennie Utsinger: Ample Hills Creamery Scoop Shops are some of the coolest kids birthday party places in NYC! Kids can enjoy a basic scoop party, a private ice cream class, or actually ride Ample Hills' custom-churning bicycle to create a custom flavor at their birthday party.
Juan L.: This Brooklyn alley is a popular spot for kids bowling birthday parties. The glow bowling option is a cool touch that kids will love. There's also an arcade and tons of food options. Birthday packages are comprehensive (you get food, drinks and favors, and can opt for add-ons like arcade cards).
The Craft Studio
Kelly R.: Kids birthday parties at The Craft Studio are always tailored to the birthday child. Choose from a large variety of age-appropriate craft projects (like treasure boxes, paint-your-own soccer balls, and an ultimate fashion challenge) or work with the team to dream up something new.
Kelly R.: This family favorite carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park offers kids birthday parties during their regular hours of operation. The 1.5 hour parties include unlimited time on the carousel (skip the line!), and reserved tables and seating in the picnic grove or indoor area. Each child receives one souvenir ticket good for future carousel rides.
Nancy L.: Chelsea Piers offers a wide variety of birthday party activities for every interest and age, from toddler to teen. Little kids can enjoy an ultimate tykes challenge or tots gymnastics, while bigger kids can pick from activities like flag football, dodgeball and parkour.
Let's Dress Up!
$560/6 kids, $840/14 kids
Age 6+ for drop off
Shila: This is a great birthday party spot for a princess party! Guests dress up in fancy dresses, accessories, makeup and nail polish and enjoy an elaborate tea party.
Rubin Museum Birthday Art Lab
Jennie Utsinger: This kid friendly museum in NYC holds birthday art labs for an interactive art-based celebration. Kids will enjoy a tour of the museum from museum educators, engage in take-home thematic art projects, sing, and more. Choose from various themes including super sculptors and spectacular starscapes.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Nancy L.: Each party at Max Adventures is a private event, giving kids unlimited access to the open play area. Guests can try virtual reality, laser maze, gaga, pie-in-the-face, and much more on the gaming floor.
Nancy L.: This is one of the coolest birthday party places in NYC for tweens or teens. Using a 3D headset, the senses of hearing, touch, and vision are stimulated as users are transported into games and unique experiences. Kids and teens will love trying out the coolest technology available. Birthday event bookings are available for groups of 12 or more.
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics
Kelly R.: Turn a birthday party into an Action Event with a celebration at SLAM. A variety of party options allow guests to explore the trapeze, trampoline, and popaction (a combo of conditioning, stunts, aerial arts, and acrobatics). Combo parties also incorporate elements like parkour and circus arts. Kids must be 5 or older to enjoy some of the equipment, but there are special party options available for the younger 18 month - 4.5 year age group.
PLAY Kids Greenpoint
Starting at $500/10 kids
Nancy L.: PLAY Kids Greenpoint is an indoor play space for kids, popular for after school programs and open play. In addition to the play options at this venue, they also host birthday parties. Choose from a variety of themes or work with them to create a custom party for your child.
The Art Farm NYC
Cherisse Harris: This eco-friendly escape offers unique kids birthday parties in NYC! Partygoers can pet chinchillas, turtles, hedgehogs and bearded dragons. Choose from a variety of party themes like Mad Science, Treasure Hunt and Tie Dye!
New York Hall of Science
Kelly R.: NYSCI offers one the best kid-friendly museum venues for science exploration. Parties are offered in immersive themes tailored to suit different ages and interests. Choices range from bubbles, rockets, space, slime party, Minecraft, Legos and more. Guests enjoy museum admission, guided activities, demonstrations, museum tours, food and cake, science-themed gift bags, and a private party room.
New York Botanical Garden
Kelly R.: Hands-on Edible Academy birthday parties at NYBG are a great choice for kids who love nature. Guests enjoy instructor-led activities, garden admission and tram tours.
Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts
Shila: Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts will arrange and host a scavenger hunt birthday party available at various NYC locations (American Museum of Natural History, Bronx Zoo, Grand Central Terminal, parks, neighborhoods, etc.). This is a unique way to explore NYC and celebrate any birthday or event. Teams are challenged to be the first to unravel a series of clues. Various hunt themes are available that run approx. 90 minutes.
Jennie Utsinger: This huge play space hosts birthday parties for all ages (including toddlers and teens). Kids will love exploring the rainbow slides, foam ball area, sports courts and multi-level maze course. Birthday packages include all-day park access for guests!
Bronx Equestrian Center
Jennie Utsinger: Treat your little to a pony party at the Bronx Equestrian Center! The kids horse riding party package includes a party room and pony rides for up to 15 children. You can also opt for hay rides or trail rides for your celebration!
Alley Pond Environmental Center
Kelly R.: This is one of the best kids birthday party places NYC has to offer for nature lovers! Events at Alley Pond Environmental Center include an interactive activity, a visit from animals chosen by the birthday child, and a guided nature walk. Special themes are created for older kids (age 8+) like a spa party or a survivor party.
Scribble Art Workshop
$350/10 kids, plus materials
Emily N: I just recently had my son's birthday at Scribble Art Workshop and we had a fabulous time. The staff was accommodating and it was very affordable. Definitely a birthday party gem for kids! Themes include making sculptures, comic book designs, and ballerina (making tutus).
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