Here are some of our favorite party ideas at our favorite venues—and if you want to know how we thought of them, well, let’s just say that we were dreaming of picking a four star venue as worthy as these four star kids’ movies.
“Bend it Like Beckham”
Whether your child is already the next Beckham-caliber soccer star or just learning to kick the ball, there are many great options for a soccer spectacular birthday. Super Soccer Stars’ birthday parties include a full hour of fun, age-appropriate soccer activities that can even be adapted into other exciting themes such as superheroes, princesses, or virtually anything else that your child can imagine. Mo’ Motion offers single- or multi-sport birthday parties and tailors activities to different ages, skills, and interests. Energetic instructors coach and lead up to 25 kids for almost two hours. Soccer by Coach Fehr provides all the fun and games so parents can sit back while watching the children have a ball—there’s even a family match or kids’ match just before cutting the cake to celebrate with a trophy and medals. Hosted in Central Park or Riverside Park, Corbin’s Crusaders’ junior sports parties let boys and girls get a full workout by playing soccer, running relays, and team-building.
For future PGA and LGPA tour pros, these parties are a hole in one! At Chelsea Piers’ golf parties, little putters get one full hour of golf activities ranging from golf stalls to putting greens to golf simulators. Kate Tempesta’s Urban Golf Academy offers one hour of creative golf games, including birthday-themed putting and target games. It’s sure to be a party that comes in well under par.
The wheels on the birthday bus go round and round at these transportation-themed parties. Join the New York Transit Museum in the bus driver’s seat, stroll along a platform of vintage cars, design a vehicle, and swipe through the birthday turnstile for a car-ty party. You can rough and tumble at Gymboree’s construction zone party, where kids can drive through the gym and park for activities led by a trained Gymboree teacher. Is your birthday engineer looking to build a futuristic vehicle of their own? Indulge their inner builder with a robotics party at RoboFun. Beep beep for birthdays!
Use apparition and transport the birthday party to SciTech Kids, where the Out of the Ordinary Dream party means a special Harry Potter celebration with wizarding trials and tests that involve bubbling potions. At the New York Hall of Science, little wizards can celebrate with an exciting and educational experience as they explore the largest Science Playground. Put on your wizard robes and head to the Scholastic Store for an exclusive and custom birthday party worthy of a celebration at Hogwarts.
Let your little superhero unleash their powers at one of these supreme party venues. At 92Y, the gym has a two-story GymMaze climbing structure with ball pools, monkey bars, rope swing, spiral tunnel slide, and an attached air bounce room. The party is sure to be a striking success at Bowlmor Lanes, where birthday bowlers will even bring home a sign-able bowling pin to commemorate the adventure. Blast off into the fun zone by celebrating your little super hero’s birthday at Applause. Customize the party to include singing, games, dancing, and a performance.
Wax on, wax off! Your guests will get a kick out of an East Side Tae Kwan Do party with Tae Kwon Do, ninja, and board breaking themes. At Gymtime’s 90-minute martial arts parties with tons of gym fun, guests are sure to karate-chop to it for your birthday boy or girl’s big day. Asphalt Green offers a special martial arts party as well as other options to customize the perfect birthday party—count on one hour of sports and 30 minutes of eating and celebrating in a decorated space.
“A Night at the Museum”
Spend the day at the museum with one of these hands-on parties—which all include museum admission for you and all of your guests. Dive through 20,000 leagues under the sea at the American Museum of Natural History, where the birthday child and friends explore the motion under the ocean. At the Children’s Museum of the Arts, put the “art” in “party” as you curate your own experience, including free time in the museum, a private art project (such as making a 3D sculpture), and food and cake. Enthusiastic educators, musicians, and artists lead the fun with fantastic art projects, music, and adventure at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Themed decorations—including stuffed animals, books, and signs—are included as well as a personalized cake from Magnolia Bakery.
You’ll be om-ing for peace, love, and birthday joy at these yoga celebrations. Don’t miss the GLOGA party at Karma Kids Yoga with glow-in-the-dark fun with props and pop music along with glow bracelets and necklaces, and flashy-blinky rings. Have a SPA-tacular birthday at Yogi Beans with a custom yoga class for your birthday bean. Enjoy deep relaxation, a signature scented-lotion foot massage, and aromatherapy, then chill out with a manicure or pedicure, henna tattoo, and cucumber eye mask. See the light in the coolest way when you celebrate with iLuminate. In a pitch black theater, neon light suits glow and flash in sync with the moves of the performers wearing them, who leap, spin, and stomp across the stage.
Every great birthday party should go “to infinity and beyond!” At the classic FAO Schwarz, play with the hottest toys, create custom toys, and do a birthday dance on the “BIG” piano. Or use the entire Playgarden facility, including the indoor playground and party level. There, treat the birthday child to a custom t-shirt and the guests to a chance to soar like Buzz Lightyear via zipline. Kids at Work provides a birthday celebration in a 1,000-square-foot space in Chelsea where guests enjoy playing with all the toys and getting messy at sensory-based art stations designed for inquisitive and energetic toddlers.
“Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory”
“Where the Wild Things Are”
Unleash your inner beast and go wild! At Columbus Gym, parties to flip over consist of romping on bars, beam, rings, and trampoline alongside games using hoops, scooters, balls, and music for a whole hour. Walk on the wild side at the Little Gym, who partnered with Nickelodeon to create special “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go!” birthday adventures with games, music, and fun activities created especially for your birthday wild one. HCK Recreation offers your birthday wild child excellent indoor and outdoor tennis facilities designed for birthday fun. Court time may be divided between instruction, drills, competitive games, and match play. Wild thing, I think I love you!
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