• Fantasy Fetes

    Inspired Party Themes To Make Your Child’s Birthday Wish Come True


    Mazes, Races & More: Blend free play and organized
    activities at the 92nd Street Y’s GymMaze Craze party, which features a
    spiral tunnel slide, two ball pools, a rope swing and more. Preschoolers driven
    by speed will love
    Chelsea Piers’ Ultimate Tykes Challenge, which
    includes relay races with tricycles, potato sacks and scooters.

    Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Housed
    in a 1930’s subway station, the
    New York Transit Museum’s train-themed party provides little transit lovers with
    guided tours of its memorabilia, including vintage collections of subway cars.
    Looking for a more musical experience? Head to Three Little Birds, where
    kids learn songs about transportation and imitate the sounds vehicles make
    using musical instruments.

    A Prehistoric Party: Throw a Dinosaur Discovery Party at
    the
    American Museum of Natural History! The birthday child and guests learn
    how paleontologists use evidence to unveil the secrets of these extinct
    creatures, then explore the Dinosaur Hall and see dinosaurs “pop” to life in
    the 3D art collection.

    Farm Fun: Experience the Farm Animal Party at Art Farm in the
    City
    .
    In addition to the animals normally there, children will get to meet
    ducks, a sheep, chickens, turkeys and a goat from the farm in the
    Hamptons. You can also get the full farm
    experience at the Queens County Farm Museum, where children can partake
    in an animal feeding, a farmyard tour and tractor drawn hayride!

    Move and Groove: It’s like two parties in one with Gymtime
    Rhythm & Glues’
    Gym Party! Spend one hour having a ball with coach-led
    activities and free play in the gym, then change tunes and groove to DJ music
    while playing games like freeze and limbo. A special visit from Gymtime’s Mr.
    Bananas is included!

    Ballerina Bash: At Ballet Academy East, the
    birthday child and friends can enjoy a personalized ballet class with an
    instructor, pianist and party host. After the lesson, guests will dance a
    ballet story told by the teacher and enjoy some refreshments. At Twinkle
    Party
    ,
    kids can learn some new steps from a professional ballerina,
    participate in ballet-themed crafts and activities and put on a performance for
    the parent guests.

    American Idol: Throw your child an American Idol
    party at Citibabes! Guests can participate in dance contests, sing their
    favorite songs and enjoy their own personal Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell or
    Randy Jackson. A face painter or balloon artist will also join in on the fun!

    Up, Up And Away!: Has your child ever tried a zipline?
    They can as part of the Gymnastics Party at My Gym, which also features
    games, activities, and songs. Kids also have the chance to soar through the air
    with the Gymtastic! Party at 74th St. MAGIC, which
    includes rides on the venue’s exclusive filing swing, on top of plenty of fun
    in their fully equipped gym or baby gym and the use of the party room or
    rooftop playground.

    Roll N’ Bowl: Kids can compete to stay out of the
    gutter while they battle each other in a birthday bowling game. From choosing
    the perfect bowling shoes, to enjoying snacks and drinks, to hopefully rolling
    a strike, it’s a full afternoon of fun! Great places to host parties include Bowlmor
    Lanes
    , 300
    New York, Harlem Lanes and Lucky Strike.

    An Artsy Affair: Kids can try their hand at weaving at
    Loop Of The Loom, choosing from a wall filled with over 500 colors of
    spool. Or, tap into their inner diva with the Rock Star party at The Craft
    Studio
    ,
    where they can decorate superstar sunglasses, a pop star
    microphone, and a celebrity-inspired hair pieces. Or head over to Scribble
    Press
    ,
    where kids can make books, calendars, and other personalized
    keepsakes in a festive setting. For more hands-on fun, head to the newly
    unveiled Make Meaning, where kids can create and take home their
    masterpiece in candles, soap, paint, ceramics, glass or jewelry. Finally, check
    out Poloppo’s party options—kids will flip over the chance to design
    their very own t-shirts!

    Toys & Dolls: If your child loves American Girl
    Place
    ,
    a special day at the
    New York store is the ultimate present!
    Parties include a sit-down meal, doll tiara for each guest, a table game, a
    take-home craft and much more. If it’s robots, not dolls, your child loves,
    head to Robot Galaxy, where guests can hop aboard a “spaceship,” design
    their own robot, then activate it! Or, how about stuffing, stitching and
    dressing your own stuffed animal from scratch with a Build-A-Bear party?

    Date On Skates: Put on a pair of skates and show off
    your skills on the rink—or learn a few new moves from an on-site instructor. For a winter-wonderland
    skate party, Wollman Skating Rink or The Rink at Rockefeller Center both
    provide picturesque backdrops to a skating soiree. If your child wants to skate
    in the summer, City Ice Pavilion hosts parties year-round.

    Get Pampered: Treat your birthday girl and friends
    to a full makeover at Cozy’s Cuts For Kids with the Glamorama Birthday
    Party, which includes hair-dos, makeup and manicures—plus music and an art
    project! Or, stick to the fingers and toes at Dashing Diva, where guests
    get pampered with a manicure and pedicure. The Yoga Spa Party at Karma Kids
    Yoga
    includes yoga moves accompanied by aromatherapy, hand and foot
    massages, henna tattoos, islandstyle hair braiding, nail polishing and more!
    Finally, wherever you hold your party, Face Art By Melissa
    can create fabulous designs (glitter tattoos, too!) to match your theme!

    Princess Party: Don royal court-dresses, shoes,
    jewelry, tiaras, wands, glitter nail polish, fairy dust, eye shadow, jewels,
    and more with the Happy Birthday Princess Party at Let’s Dress Up! The
    day even includes a birthday tea served under crystal chandeliers. Or, add a
    little music to the mix with a Princess party by Moey’s Music Party. Guests
    love Moey’s sparkly pink dress and even get their own boas, tiaras and slap
    bracelets to wear while enjoying Moey’s one-of-a-kind songs!

    Toying Around: Looking for an iconic party venue? At
    FAO Schwarz, families can rent the entire store if they like—though
    taking over a portion of the store or using the party room is also an option.
    Customize your own party theme with the help of the staff.

    Learn And Explore: The Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s renowned Playworks exhibit, a unique, hands-on
    learning environment for kids, is also the site of their PlayWorks-themed
    birthday party. Guests can become a firefighter, “cook” a meal in the Little
    Apple Deli, construct a tall building, create a birthday masterpiece on the
    gigantic art wall and much more.

    Rock N’ Roll: How about a personal birthday concert? The songs for
    seeds celebration at apple seeds features a live band (guitar, keys and
    drums) that kids can rock out to—plus, the birthday child and friends get their
    own kid-sized instruments to try out! Or, have a dance party with Applause NY and put together your own playlist for live musicians to perform.
    Puppets and bubbles are included! Kids can also rock out to Little Maestros,
    who sing and play guitar, piano and drums. Songs range from traditional
    kids songs to classic party tunes (or request your own). They even break out
    puppets, bubbles, parachutes, and more fun activities.

    Moviemaking Fun: Kids can tap into their inner filmmaker with the
    Animation Celebration at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. Participants
    learn the basics of claymation and then collaborate on a short animation movie
    that brings their creativity to life.

    Pizza Party: Kids can mix, measure, and stir up
    their own whole wheat pizzas—learning about the cooking process along the
    way—with the Pizza Party Extravaganza at Taste Buds. Later, they’ll eat
    their creations followed by delicious cupcakes they decorate themselves (and
    take home a personalized apron to boot.) With Mini Chef NYC’s Pizza
    Party at Dos Caminos, birthday guests mold pizza dough into fun shapes, then
    enjoy a magic show while it bakes in the oven.

    Calling Clifford Fans:
    The Scholastic Store
    offers
    up Clifford’s BIG Birthday Bash, featuring a special storytime and craft
    project. The finale is truly BIG— when Clifford stops by for photos, music and
    dancing, cupcakes and cuddling!

    TENNIS TIME: At SPORTIME at Randall’s Island, tennis pros lead kids in fun and
    games on the courts (outdoor courts and picnic tables are available in summer),
    followed by a pizza party in a private room. Is table tennis more your child’s
    speed? Check out Spin, which specializes in ping pong and has plenty of
    tables to play on!

    Zoo Adventure: The Central Park Zoo offers
    a theater-themed party that also features a live animal encounter—perfect for
    kids who’ve been vying to get up close and personal with the zoo’s inhabitants!
    Or, choose your own animal theme at the Bronx Zoo, which offers parties
    that combine fun activities, arts and crafts, visits to exhibits and live
    animal guests in the party room!

    Pass, Kick, Score!: Opt for the Platinum Ball Party with Super
    Soccer Stars
    for some actionpacked time on the field. The party includes at
    least two coaches who oversee activities from warm-up exercises to games to a
    mini-World Cup tournament. Food and cake follows, and each child leaves with a
    Super Soccer Stars soccer ball to continue the fun at home.

    Exciting Experiments: Want to explore the unknown? At Liberty
    Science Center
    ,
    party guests can command an electromagnetic crane, climb a
    fossilstudded rock wall and control the water in a gushing geyser. For a more
    scientific approach, team up with Mad Science, which hosts birthday
    parties featuring hands-on experiments like tornado tubes, indoor fireworks and
    chemical reactions that produce light!

    Playspace Party: With a forest-themed play area, an
    interactive water adventure space called Splash!, and a soft play room, there’s
    plenty of fun to be had with a Playtime Party at City Treehouse! Or,
    move the party outside at the West Side YMCA, where kids can play on the
    venue’s new rooftop playground as part of the Roof Top Party, replete with a
    slide and spongy surface.

    Customize Your Own
    Affair:
    Looking for
    a great all-around venue where you can customize your own party and theme? Try
    the
    JCC of Manhattan. It provides the party space while you bring the
    creativity! Slate is another great space, which has its own party planner to
    help you customize the perfect bash.

    Games Galore: Host a Coney- Island style carnival for your child
    replete with a basketball toss, fish pong, concession stands, snow cones and
    more at Carnival, a whimsical space above Bowlmor Lanes. Looking
    for the ultimate arcade experience? Head to Dave & Buster’s for
    Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Dance Dance Revolution and more!

    Bring On The Music: Sing, play kid-size instruments,
    explore the sounds of the orchestra, and have lots of musical fun with a
    birthday party at Hands On! Singing “Happy Birthday” never sounded so
    good!

    Martial Arts Fun: Kick, punch, and chop your way through the big day
    with a birthday party at one of the city’s leading martial arts studios. Tiger
    Shulmann’s Karate
    , West Side Taekwondo
    and East Side Tae Kwon Do are
    all excellent options.

    Amazing Athletes: With the Sports Party at Asphalt
    Green
    ,
    partygoers have the chance to partake in a sports bonanza, honing
    their skills in soccer, basketball, softball, flag football and more all in one
    day! Or, host an Ultimate Sports Party at Kidville, which includes
    games, relay races and other challenges. Want a more focused sports
    celebration? Celebrate with Kids In Sports and chose two to three sports
    to focus on from among baseball, basketball, flag football, floor hockey and
    soccer. At the NBA Store, aspiring hoop stars can get suited up in NBA
    All-Star jerseys, pose for photos and show their skills in contests and drills.
    For a more zen birthday experience, kids can host a Yogi Beans party,
    where they can partake in fun yoga activities led by a certified and
    experienced instructor.

    Gym’s The Word: Kids run, bounce and slide to their
    hearts’ content at Jodi’s Gym, where action-packed parties include the
    use of the tunnels, a space bouncer, tumble track and more. Columbus
    Preschool and Gym
    offers a great combination of gym time and old fashioned
    party fun. Another great gymnastics experience is Discovery Programs, where
    a coach guides kids on the trampoline, rings and more as part of the Gymnastics
    Party package. Let little ones tumble to their heart’s content at Gymboree
    Play & Learn
    ,
    where you can choose from a variety of kid-pleasing
    themes. Or, try the Jump N’ Jive Party at New York Kids Club, which
    includes the chance to jump on the venue’s 20foot trampoline and tackle
    obstacle courses.

    A Personal Circus: Kids can create their own circus with
    the Under The Top party at
    Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. Guests fly on aerial silks, juggle, make their own
    pyramids and become silly clowns. Optional add-ons include cotton candy
    machines, candied apples, a bouncy castle, magician and more.

    Fantasy Fetes

    Inspired Party Themes To Make Your Child’s Birthday Wish Come True


    Mazes, Races & More: Blend free play and organized
    activities at the 92nd Street Y’s GymMaze Craze party, which features a
    spiral tunnel slide, two ball pools, a rope swing and more. Preschoolers driven
    by speed will love
    Chelsea Piers’ Ultimate Tykes Challenge, which
    includes relay races with tricycles, potato sacks and scooters.

    Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Housed
    in a 1930’s subway station, the
    New York Transit Museum’s train-themed party provides little transit lovers with
    guided tours of its memorabilia, including vintage collections of subway cars.
    Looking for a more musical experience? Head to Three Little Birds, where
    kids learn songs about transportation and imitate the sounds vehicles make
    using musical instruments.

    A Prehistoric Party: Throw a Dinosaur Discovery Party at
    the
    American Museum of Natural History! The birthday child and guests learn
    how paleontologists use evidence to unveil the secrets of these extinct
    creatures, then explore the Dinosaur Hall and see dinosaurs “pop” to life in
    the 3D art collection.

    Farm Fun: Experience the Farm Animal Party at Art Farm in the
    City
    .
    In addition to the animals normally there, children will get to meet
    ducks, a sheep, chickens, turkeys and a goat from the farm in the
    Hamptons. You can also get the full farm
    experience at the Queens County Farm Museum, where children can partake
    in an animal feeding, a farmyard tour and tractor drawn hayride!

    Move and Groove: It’s like two parties in one with Gymtime
    Rhythm & Glues’
    Gym Party! Spend one hour having a ball with coach-led
    activities and free play in the gym, then change tunes and groove to DJ music
    while playing games like freeze and limbo. A special visit from Gymtime’s Mr.
    Bananas is included!

    Ballerina Bash: At Ballet Academy East, the
    birthday child and friends can enjoy a personalized ballet class with an
    instructor, pianist and party host. After the lesson, guests will dance a
    ballet story told by the teacher and enjoy some refreshments. At Twinkle
    Party
    ,
    kids can learn some new steps from a professional ballerina,
    participate in ballet-themed crafts and activities and put on a performance for
    the parent guests.

    American Idol: Throw your child an American Idol
    party at Citibabes! Guests can participate in dance contests, sing their
    favorite songs and enjoy their own personal Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell or
    Randy Jackson. A face painter or balloon artist will also join in on the fun!

    Up, Up And Away!: Has your child ever tried a zipline?
    They can as part of the Gymnastics Party at My Gym, which also features
    games, activities, and songs. Kids also have the chance to soar through the air
    with the Gymtastic! Party at 74th St. MAGIC, which
    includes rides on the venue’s exclusive filing swing, on top of plenty of fun
    in their fully equipped gym or baby gym and the use of the party room or
    rooftop playground.

    Roll N’ Bowl: Kids can compete to stay out of the
    gutter while they battle each other in a birthday bowling game. From choosing
    the perfect bowling shoes, to enjoying snacks and drinks, to hopefully rolling
    a strike, it’s a full afternoon of fun! Great places to host parties include Bowlmor
    Lanes
    , 300
    New York, Harlem Lanes and Lucky Strike.

    An Artsy Affair: Kids can try their hand at weaving at
    Loop Of The Loom, choosing from a wall filled with over 500 colors of
    spool. Or, tap into their inner diva with the Rock Star party at The Craft
    Studio
    ,
    where they can decorate superstar sunglasses, a pop star
    microphone, and a celebrity-inspired hair pieces. Or head over to Scribble
    Press
    ,
    where kids can make books, calendars, and other personalized
    keepsakes in a festive setting. For more hands-on fun, head to the newly
    unveiled Make Meaning, where kids can create and take home their
    masterpiece in candles, soap, paint, ceramics, glass or jewelry. Finally, check
    out Poloppo’s party options—kids will flip over the chance to design
    their very own t-shirts!

    Toys & Dolls: If your child loves American Girl
    Place
    ,
    a special day at the
    New York store is the ultimate present!
    Parties include a sit-down meal, doll tiara for each guest, a table game, a
    take-home craft and much more. If it’s robots, not dolls, your child loves,
    head to Robot Galaxy, where guests can hop aboard a “spaceship,” design
    their own robot, then activate it! Or, how about stuffing, stitching and
    dressing your own stuffed animal from scratch with a Build-A-Bear party?

    Date On Skates: Put on a pair of skates and show off
    your skills on the rink—or learn a few new moves from an on-site instructor. For a winter-wonderland
    skate party, Wollman Skating Rink or The Rink at Rockefeller Center both
    provide picturesque backdrops to a skating soiree. If your child wants to skate
    in the summer, City Ice Pavilion hosts parties year-round.

    Get Pampered: Treat your birthday girl and friends
    to a full makeover at Cozy’s Cuts For Kids with the Glamorama Birthday
    Party, which includes hair-dos, makeup and manicures—plus music and an art
    project! Or, stick to the fingers and toes at Dashing Diva, where guests
    get pampered with a manicure and pedicure. The Yoga Spa Party at Karma Kids
    Yoga
    includes yoga moves accompanied by aromatherapy, hand and foot
    massages, henna tattoos, islandstyle hair braiding, nail polishing and more!
    Finally, wherever you hold your party, Face Art By Melissa
    can create fabulous designs (glitter tattoos, too!) to match your theme!

    Princess Party: Don royal court-dresses, shoes,
    jewelry, tiaras, wands, glitter nail polish, fairy dust, eye shadow, jewels,
    and more with the Happy Birthday Princess Party at Let’s Dress Up! The
    day even includes a birthday tea served under crystal chandeliers. Or, add a
    little music to the mix with a Princess party by Moey’s Music Party. Guests
    love Moey’s sparkly pink dress and even get their own boas, tiaras and slap
    bracelets to wear while enjoying Moey’s one-of-a-kind songs!

    Toying Around: Looking for an iconic party venue? At
    FAO Schwarz, families can rent the entire store if they like—though
    taking over a portion of the store or using the party room is also an option.
    Customize your own party theme with the help of the staff.

    Learn And Explore: The Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s renowned Playworks exhibit, a unique, hands-on
    learning environment for kids, is also the site of their PlayWorks-themed
    birthday party. Guests can become a firefighter, “cook” a meal in the Little
    Apple Deli, construct a tall building, create a birthday masterpiece on the
    gigantic art wall and much more.

    Rock N’ Roll: How about a personal birthday concert? The songs for
    seeds celebration at apple seeds features a live band (guitar, keys and
    drums) that kids can rock out to—plus, the birthday child and friends get their
    own kid-sized instruments to try out! Or, have a dance party with Applause NY and put together your own playlist for live musicians to perform.
    Puppets and bubbles are included! Kids can also rock out to Little Maestros,
    who sing and play guitar, piano and drums. Songs range from traditional
    kids songs to classic party tunes (or request your own). They even break out
    puppets, bubbles, parachutes, and more fun activities.

    Moviemaking Fun: Kids can tap into their inner filmmaker with the
    Animation Celebration at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. Participants
    learn the basics of claymation and then collaborate on a short animation movie
    that brings their creativity to life.

    Pizza Party: Kids can mix, measure, and stir up
    their own whole wheat pizzas—learning about the cooking process along the
    way—with the Pizza Party Extravaganza at Taste Buds. Later, they’ll eat
    their creations followed by delicious cupcakes they decorate themselves (and
    take home a personalized apron to boot.) With Mini Chef NYC’s Pizza
    Party at Dos Caminos, birthday guests mold pizza dough into fun shapes, then
    enjoy a magic show while it bakes in the oven.

    Calling Clifford Fans:
    The Scholastic Store
    offers
    up Clifford’s BIG Birthday Bash, featuring a special storytime and craft
    project. The finale is truly BIG— when Clifford stops by for photos, music and
    dancing, cupcakes and cuddling!

    TENNIS TIME: At SPORTIME at Randall’s Island, tennis pros lead kids in fun and
    games on the courts (outdoor courts and picnic tables are available in summer),
    followed by a pizza party in a private room. Is table tennis more your child’s
    speed? Check out Spin, which specializes in ping pong and has plenty of
    tables to play on!

    Zoo Adventure: The Central Park Zoo offers
    a theater-themed party that also features a live animal encounter—perfect for
    kids who’ve been vying to get up close and personal with the zoo’s inhabitants!
    Or, choose your own animal theme at the Bronx Zoo, which offers parties
    that combine fun activities, arts and crafts, visits to exhibits and live
    animal guests in the party room!

    Pass, Kick, Score!: Opt for the Platinum Ball Party with Super
    Soccer Stars
    for some actionpacked time on the field. The party includes at
    least two coaches who oversee activities from warm-up exercises to games to a
    mini-World Cup tournament. Food and cake follows, and each child leaves with a
    Super Soccer Stars soccer ball to continue the fun at home.

    Exciting Experiments: Want to explore the unknown? At Liberty
    Science Center
    ,
    party guests can command an electromagnetic crane, climb a
    fossilstudded rock wall and control the water in a gushing geyser. For a more
    scientific approach, team up with Mad Science, which hosts birthday
    parties featuring hands-on experiments like tornado tubes, indoor fireworks and
    chemical reactions that produce light!

    Playspace Party: With a forest-themed play area, an
    interactive water adventure space called Splash!, and a soft play room, there’s
    plenty of fun to be had with a Playtime Party at City Treehouse! Or,
    move the party outside at the West Side YMCA, where kids can play on the
    venue’s new rooftop playground as part of the Roof Top Party, replete with a
    slide and spongy surface.

    Customize Your Own
    Affair:
    Looking for
    a great all-around venue where you can customize your own party and theme? Try
    the
    JCC of Manhattan. It provides the party space while you bring the
    creativity! Slate is another great space, which has its own party planner to
    help you customize the perfect bash.

    Games Galore: Host a Coney- Island style carnival for your child
    replete with a basketball toss, fish pong, concession stands, snow cones and
    more at Carnival, a whimsical space above Bowlmor Lanes. Looking
    for the ultimate arcade experience? Head to Dave & Buster’s for
    Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Dance Dance Revolution and more!

    Bring On The Music: Sing, play kid-size instruments,
    explore the sounds of the orchestra, and have lots of musical fun with a
    birthday party at Hands On! Singing “Happy Birthday” never sounded so
    good!

    Martial Arts Fun: Kick, punch, and chop your way through the big day
    with a birthday party at one of the city’s leading martial arts studios. Tiger
    Shulmann’s Karate
    , West Side Taekwondo
    and East Side Tae Kwon Do are
    all excellent options.

    Amazing Athletes: With the Sports Party at Asphalt
    Green
    ,
    partygoers have the chance to partake in a sports bonanza, honing
    their skills in soccer, basketball, softball, flag football and more all in one
    day! Or, host an Ultimate Sports Party at Kidville, which includes
    games, relay races and other challenges. Want a more focused sports
    celebration? Celebrate with Kids In Sports and chose two to three sports
    to focus on from among baseball, basketball, flag football, floor hockey and
    soccer. At the NBA Store, aspiring hoop stars can get suited up in NBA
    All-Star jerseys, pose for photos and show their skills in contests and drills.
    For a more zen birthday experience, kids can host a Yogi Beans party,
    where they can partake in fun yoga activities led by a certified and
    experienced instructor.

    Gym’s The Word: Kids run, bounce and slide to their
    hearts’ content at Jodi’s Gym, where action-packed parties include the
    use of the tunnels, a space bouncer, tumble track and more. Columbus
    Preschool and Gym
    offers a great combination of gym time and old fashioned
    party fun. Another great gymnastics experience is Discovery Programs, where
    a coach guides kids on the trampoline, rings and more as part of the Gymnastics
    Party package. Let little ones tumble to their heart’s content at Gymboree
    Play & Learn
    ,
    where you can choose from a variety of kid-pleasing
    themes. Or, try the Jump N’ Jive Party at New York Kids Club, which
    includes the chance to jump on the venue’s 20foot trampoline and tackle
    obstacle courses.

    A Personal Circus: Kids can create their own circus with
    the Under The Top party at
    Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. Guests fly on aerial silks, juggle, make their own
    pyramids and become silly clowns. Optional add-ons include cotton candy
    machines, candied apples, a bouncy castle, magician and more.