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    Celebrate Good Times With Our Guide To The Best Birthday Party Options & Ideas In The City For Kids Of All Ages

    By Mia Weber

    [Editor’s note: Click HERE for great tips and resources for a DIY party at home!]

    Whether you’re looking for a unique theme, engaging activities, or just classic b-day fun, NYC has a party for you! We asked  our favorite kid-friendly venues to share a great party idea or offering—and their answers are sure to delight and make for some incredible celebrations!

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    16 Handles: Come celebrate your little one’s (all ages are welcome) birthday at 16 Handles on the UES. The 16 Handles team can customize a party just for you. Please contact their party team at 516-551-2271 so they can “Handle” this for you.

    92Y: 92Y’s Gymnastics Jamboree birthday party takes place in the Gymnastics Studio in the Sky. Kids jump on a tumble track, rock-climb, swing on a zip-line and trapeze, and more. The staff directs kids in age-appropriate activities and the party includes complimentary invitations, a bracelet or mini basketball for each child, a t-shirt for the birthday child, and two one-month gym memberships for the host parents.

    A Family Disco: A Family Disco’s dance balls are ideal for high-energy kids who love the limelight. Real club and disco lights thrill tots and tweens, too. A DJ plays dance games, kids get the mike, and dancers lead hip-hop moves. Light-up dance floor favors, musical-themed cakes and a festive adult bar get everyone in the mood.

    Advantage Tennis Clubs: Advantage Tennis offers fantastic Tennis Parties for young players at multiple NYC locations. No experience needed—just sneakers. A full hour of fun on the courts, supervised by tennis pros, a gift for each child, and 30 minutes in the lounge to celebrate are all included.

    American Museum of Natural History: Dive through 20,000 leagues of birthday fun in AMNH’s Millstein Hall of Ocean Life at the museum’s Underwater Treasures party for kids ages 4-8. Guests will spot a broad spectrum of sea creatures, including the Hall’s ever-present Great Blue Whale!

    Applause NY: Right from the start, the Hip-Hop Dance Party engages children ages 4-9 with an interactive show that includes all their favorite songs with a customized playlist. The party staff is comprised of professional dancers and teaching artists who lead the dance battles and dance games and teach choreography for a performance at the end for the parents!

    apple seeds: Get ready for a rockin’ musical party at apple seeds. All 90-minute parties take kids on a musical journey led by a songs for seeds guitarist. Grab an instrument and play along to a themed performance, explore the indoor playground, and enjoy fun interactive activities.

    Art Farm

    Art Farm in the City

    The Art Farm in the City: The Tie Dye Party at the Art Farm in the City is their latest and greatest event for children 5-8! This party features a strobe-light dance party, a tie-dye t-shirt project, and time in the indoor petting zoo! The package also covers favors, food, balloons, and paper goods for the children.

    Asphalt Green: Celebrate your child’s birthday party at either of Asphalt Green’s locations: Upper East Side or Battery Park City! They provide a range of fun birthday activities (for ages 3 and up) such as sports, swimming, tumbling, cooking, music, and dance. Choose from three great party packages: Basic, Deluxe, or Extravaganza/Gourmet Party.

    Ballet Academy East: Your child’s special day begins with a fun warm-up that leads into a personalized class with a festive birthday theme. The children dance a ballet birthday story narrated by the teacher. Each dancer receives a crown or wand to dance with and keep. Two studios are reserved for your child’s ballet party—one for dancing and one for the party. Each party includes two teachers, a host, and a pianist.

    Bounce!: An active kid’s party at Bounce! includes jumping on enormous wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, dodgeball, slam-dunk basketball, and more. There are party options for ages 2 and up. Bounce! sport sacks/goodies are also available and every child gets free a Bounce! gift card.

    Bowlmor: The Big Time package brings birthday party magic to life at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers. Children ages 5 and up will love Bowlmor’s brand-new Laser Tag Challenge and arcade. The party also includes bowling and shoe rental as well as inventive, kid-friendly entrees and a custom cake.

    Bronx Zoo: Go wild with a Bronx Zoo birthday party. Available for ages 2-12, parties include a private room, exhibit tour, and up-close interactions with some of the most beloved zoo residents. Parties are held from October to early June on select Saturdays and Sundays.

    Brooklyn Children’s Museum: The Brooklyn Children’s Museum has many fun themes, such as the Pirates of the Museum, Dino Dig, and Royal Affair (all scavenger hunts)! They also have extras available including face-painting, puppeteers, and their “Let’s Dance!” add-on. “Let’s Dance!” is a room upgrade to the Visiting Exhibit Gallery, and includes giveaways and a dance party! Their in-house DJ facilitates dancing games and customizes every playlist.

    Brooklyn Zoo

    Brooklyn Zoo

    Brooklyn Zoo: At Parkour Birthday Parties at the Brooklyn Zoo, children ages 5 and up can celebrate in a state-of-the art facility, which includes a trampoline, a 1,500-square-ft spring floor, a 20-ft foam pit, a ninja obstacle course, and more.

    Chelsea Piers: The Ultimate Tykes Challenge is the perfect party for children ages 3-5. Preschoolers will have a blast participating in unique activities, including parachute, steal the bacon, multi-sport games, and races. Each party culminates with time in the inflatable bouncy castle!

    Children’s Museum of the Arts: CMA’s Fabulous Animation parties offer an innovative way to celebrate! Children ages 7-14 sculpt clay creatures, then learn animation basics as they collaborate on a short animated movie in the Media Lab. The party ends with the world premier screening of the birthday movie! Choose from a catered party package or provide your own refreshments.

    Children’s Museum of Manhattan: At CMOM’s PlayWork party, children ages 1-5 can meet Alphie the talking dragon, dress up as a firefighter, and more. During the 90-minute birthday bash, little ones also take part in a special music and art activity before enjoying pizza and cake from Magnolia Bakery. Goody bags include a pass for the child to return to CMOM for free.

    Columbus Gym: Celebrate with gymnastics fun at Columbus Gym’s expansive, fully equipped facility. Kids ages 1-12 will enjoy a full hour on the bars, beam, rings, and trampoline while playing games supervised by the trained staff. The last half hour is for food, drinks, and birthday cake.

    ConstructionKids: ConstructionKids’ birthday parties—which can be themed in a variety of ways—are smart, unique, and creative. Children in grades K-4 learn how to hammer safely, then build their own projects to take home. Children are busy for two hours, either at your location in NYC or the CK studio in Brooklyn.

    Corbin’s Crusaders: A Corbin’s Crusaders’ Party in the Park offers the birthday child (ages 4-14) a chance to play any of their favorite sports with friends and family on their special day. The party is run by high-energy coaches, who encourage all to participate, regardless of skill level or age.

    Cozy’s Cuts for Kids

    Cozy’s Cuts for Kids

    Cozy’s Cuts for Kids: Cozy’s Cuts for Kids offers the ultimate party for your little fashionista. Every guest is treated to a professional up-do at Cozy’s Braid Bar and Blow Bar, a mini art manicure, and sparkly makeup application. They also offer art projects, dancing, runway shows, music, pizza, and more. Plus, the fun can always come to you with a Cozy-to-Go Party in your home or fave venue.

    The Craft Studio: At the Craft Studio’s Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Party, the staff litters the table with glow-in-the-dark gear and starts the party off with awesome glowing stations like a step-and-repeat photo op, glow-in-the-dark face paint, an extreme nail art bar, a braid bar, a design-your-own retro button station, and more! Then design a glow-in-the-dark jersey, tank top, dance shorts, or more with their fabric paint and sprays.

    CuRious Candy: Step it up with the sweetest party of them all at CuRious Candy by Cynthia Rowley. From custom piñatas to cotton candy cloud centerpieces and edible serving ware, CuRious is sure to delight. A favorite is their candy art party where guests of all ages get to dream up their own candy work of art. Parties also include mini cotton candy favors, small bites, kiddie cocktails, and champagne for the adults.

    Dave & Buster’s: It’s game day every day at Dave and Buster’s in Times Square. Birthday packages are available for groups of ten or more with special menus, game cards, and unlimited video game upgrades. Plus, your child scores with a D&B gift.

    DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society: President Washington guides kids on a scavenger hunt through the museum, helping them read the Inaugural Address and sign the Constitution. This Washington can even create tri-corner hats for party guests! A special Washington birthday cake, inspired crafts, gift bags, and balloons complete this truly presidential experience, ideal for ages 7-10.

    Discovery Programs: Discovery Programs’ state-of-the-art gym is the perfect location for any gymnastics-themed birthday party. Children ages 3-9  can run, jump, and tumble with one of Discovery’s experienced gym coaches. The party includes innovative games and activities that will make your little one’s birthday unforgettable.

    Dylan’s Candy Bar: The Gummies & Glam party package brings together the style of GLAMSQUAD with the sweetness of Dylan’s Candy Bar. This party, for ages 7 and up, includes a glam makeover, a candy craft activity, and a Dylan’s Candy Bar signature candy spree.

    East Side Tae Kwon Do: Kids ages 5 and up are invited to dress as their favorite “Star Wars” character and take a class in wielding a light saber using real sword fighting techniques. All kids take home a foam sword (ie: light saber). Cupcakes are served to the kids while they watch excerpts from the birthday child’s favorite “Star Wars” movie.

    FAO Schwarz: Classic birthday parties at FAO Schwarz include traditional games like limbo and the hokey pokey, plus a Toy Solider host and private time on the legendary Big Piano. Kids pick their own theme, so they can be anything from princesses to safari explorers.

    Gaga Center: New this season, the Gaga Center introduces Gaga FUEL birthday parties for all Gaga- and electronics-obsessed kids! At this high-energy party, all players get an electronic watchband that tracks all movement during the 90-minute Gaga party. The more you move while playing Gaga, the more fuel points you get!

    Galli Theater

    Galli Theater

    Galli Theater: Galli’s Favorite Show and a Party package, for ages 4-12, delivers top children’s theater that will turn your party into an enchanting fairytale! With entertainment, a party room, food and beverages, and a custom-decorated cake, you couldn’t ask for anything more in an event!

    Get Coiffed: Treat your daughter and her friends to the beauty of traditional henna designs with a Henna & Hairstyles party. Intricate henna designs make for a unique party for ages 5-12. Combined with hair braids and adornments, guests feel like heavenly goddesses. Stylists bring everything for designs and hair styles to your venue. [email protected]

    Giovanni Rana: Pasta classes at Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina, in Chelsea Market, offer kids of all ages a hands-on demonstration and meal. Little ones will learn how to roll dough, mold ravioli or tortellino, and combine fresh ingredients to create pasta filling. Directly following each class, kids can enjoy a chef’s version of the day’s recipes and wrap up their own creations to-go.

    Gymboree Play & Music: Choose your child’s favorite theme and Gymboree will create a personalized party experience filled with kid-friendly activities in a play space that’s exclusively yours! They specialize in parties for children ages 1-5. Having a party in your building? Ask about Gymboree On-The-Go, where they bring the teachers and activities to you!

    Gymtime Rhythm & Glues: Featuring exciting party themes and activities like Tae Kwon Do, guests are sure to get a kick out of
    your birthday boy or girl’s special day. Parties are 90 minutes and include set-up, clean-up, and tons of gym fun.

    HiArt: HiArt!’s Candy Sculpture Party is sure to be sweet! Kids (ages 4 and up) build or paint stupendous abstract environments made entirely of candy. Colors, scents, and flavors abound! Little kids build with their parents while big kids build endlessly—and creatively—on their own.

    Hiho Batik: During the Be a Rock Star party, in Hiho Batik’s make-your-own batik studio, each guest will make a t-shirt with a “logo” for their rock band. Guests can select from six custom designs that can be personalized. They will also celebrate the birthday guest with cupcakes and “VIP” wristbands.


    The Hort

    The Hort: At the the Hort’s Tiny Terrariums birthday parties, kids can create a rolling dune, a woodland scene, or a desert with
    plants, soil, and itty-bitty plastic creatures. During this 90-minute party, the Hort’s educators will help children of all ages create their own mini living worlds!

    iLuminate: A birthday party at iLuminate includes a meet-and-greet experience onstage with cast members, plus the birthday child gets a free iLuminate Birthday Swag Bag including a t-shirt, sunglasses, a poster (to have signed), and a choice of sword or butterfly wand. Other perks include a glow-in-the-dark wristband for all guests, having the cast and audience sing “Happy Birthday” to the guest of honor (a video of the special birthday moment will be available via a shareable link), a discount on merchandise for all within the birthday group, and a discounted tickets rate for the group.

    The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: One of the Intrepid Museum’s most popular birthday party options is the gold astronaut-themed party. Great for ages 4-9, it includes two party hosts in astronaut costumes, an interactive tour, admission to the Space Shuttle Pavilion, rides in the XD theater, as well as food and beverages for kids and adults, goodie bags, and an activity where kids create their very own spacesuit.

    JCC Manhattan: JCC  Manhattan has expanded its party offerings beyond sports. Themes include dance, science, yoga, and gymnastics. One standout is the Custom Hip-Hop Party! This party allows kids ages 3-12 to create a custom playlist for a 45-minute hip-hop dance class leading up to a performance. The JCC takes care of the decor, favors, food, and entertainment.

    Jodi’s Gym: Looking for an action-packed gymnastics birthday party your kids will flip out over? Jodi’s Gym is the place for kids ages 1-12 to run, jump, climb, swing, bounce, and tumble to their hearts’ delight! Plus, teachers set up, serve, and clean up.

    Karma Kids Yoga: Have the ultimate Yoga Sleepover Party for up to 10 kids ages 8 and up at Karma Kids’ studio! They’ll have pizza, snacks, and a movie on the big screen. When the lights go out there will be glow-in-the-dark fun for all with glow bracelets and necklaces. Kids will dance, sing, play, and do yoga all night long! The party will end the next morning with a bagel breakfast. 

    Kate Tempesta’s Urban Golf Academy: Urban Golf Academy’s unique birthday parties are ideal for children ages 4-8 and are customized to your child’s interests. Think Pirate Putting, Crazy Car Chipping, and Batman’s Flying Full Swing. Select from a variety of activities to highlight golf including storytelling, shadow screen play, music, and movement.

    Kids at Art: Kids at Art’s Art & Karaoke parties are some of the most fun in town! All of their parties include an art project tailored for your child, and karaoke if you wish. For groups of 10 or fewer, they can offer a private art lesson. All art supplies, balloons, paper goods, and beverages are included, as is a staff to serve and help your children.

    Kids at Work: Kids at Work is a loft-like, 1,000-square-ft space with a maximum capacity of around 25 children, plus around two grown-ups per child. For their Basic On-Site Party they offer celebrations for kids ages 18 months to 6 years. Age-appropriate favors, decor, entertainment, and food are included, as are two party professionals.

    Kids in Sports: Kids in Sports offers the best-of-the-best sports birthday parties in the city! They focus on the birthday child and their friends, facilitating a memorable hour of sports fun, relay races, and cooperative games. Choose 1-2 sports from a wide selection, and your child will have a party everyone is sure to remember.

    Kids of Summer: Kids of Summer’s DoublePlay Sports parties are a hit for kids who love sports! They get the gym space or field, coaches, equipment, and party favors—and your child has a blast choosing either one or two sports for the party! Choose from baseball, basketball, soccer, flag football, dodgeball, and more for ages 6-12.

    Kidville: Kidville’s Big Top Circus Party is a great theme for ages 3 and up. Step into the Big Top and get into character with your own clown tie and top hat, then join Kidville’s three-ring circus with activities in the gym, including tight rope, juggling, and taking center stage as the Ring Leader.

    LEGOLAND Discovery Westchester: For an ultimate and fun-filled birthday to remember, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester offers party packages for ages 3-10. Parties include admission to the attraction, a private party room and host, cake, beverages, and more. The premium package includes a private LEGO workshop.

    Let’s Dress Up!: Let’s Dress Up! offers five party choices on the Upper East Side, such as a Red Carpet Party, a Cupcake Party, and, of course, a Princess Party. Costumes, favors, and birthday banners delight children.

    Let’s Gogh Art: Set sail upon the seven seas with Let’s Gogh Art’s most popular party adventure for ages 2-6! In their Princesses & Pirates party theme, little pirates in training and fluttering fairies will add paint and sparkle to their treasure boxes, search for the best jewels and goodies in a swash-buckling scavenger hunt, and decorate their very own wings, tiaras or pirate hats.

    Liberty Science Center: LSC’s Birthday Bash is a popular way for children 1-13 to celebrate. After an hour of refreshments and party games led by education staff, young birthday scientists can experiment with a wall of bubbles, navigate a maze in the dark, climb across a fossil-studded rock wall, and experience all LSC has to offer.

    Little Maestros: Little Maestros offers birthday parties with Broadway-level entertainers! Little Maestros comes to your home, playroom, or favorite restaurant with entertainment from the award-winning class that’s perfect for infants and toddlers.
    Parties include instruments, puppets, parachute, bubbles, and more! 

    Loop of the Loom: Six to 12 weavers can take designs home after a Loop of the Loom birthday on the Upper East Side. Suggested for ages 6 and up, children make homemade weaves or felt creations under instructor guidance.

    Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike: Parties at Lucky Strike are fun for all ages. Guests pick colored, lightweight balls to use in their party lanes. A party includes shoe rental, replenished kids’ menu items, beverages, and a personal message on the score screen. For an extra cost, add cake, balloons, favors, a pin for everyone to sign, or a party suite. 

    Mad Science of New York City & Westchester: A Mad Science party at Applebee’s is the perfect way to plan your celebration with just one call!  Their parties will engage all your little Mad Scientists with electricity experiments, bubbling potions, slippery slime, and even include a delicious Applebee’s food package for your guests.

    Manhattan Movement & Arts Center: Six fully-equipped event spaces make Manhattan Movement & Arts Center a great choice for fun, flexible birthday parties. Parents remain in control of party planning details, while MMAC offers in-house catering options and dance teachers from the MMAC Kids Performing Arts program.

    MAGIC Activity Center: At MAGIC’s new Splish Splash Birthday Party, children ages 3-6 begin in the gym with a bounce house, zip-line, trampoline, and flying swing, followed by a water extravaganza on MAGIC’s private rooftop, including sprinklers and a one-of-a-kind water wall. Food and cake are served in MAGIC’s party room.

    Mo’Motion: Mo’Motion offers basketball and multi-sports parties for kids in grades 2-8. They tailor the activities to fit the birthday child’s age, skills, and interests. Spirited instructors coach and lead up to 25 kids and then walk the kids to a nearby restaurant for pizza.

    Museum of the City of New York: Piece of Cake Parties and the museum team up to present four customized celebrations, each 90 minutes long for up to 20 children. Invites, balloons, pizza, cake, and more come standard. Themes include “Taxis & Trains,” “Adventure,” and “Super Skyscraper Caper.”

    My Gym: Your birthday child is the star of the party when you celebrate at My Gym! Enjoy exclusive use of My Gym facility while the staff leads a customized program including your child’s favorite games, activities, rides, songs, puppets and more! From set-up to clean-up, My Gym provides an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages. (Harlem), (UES) & (Lincoln Center/UWS)

    Mystery & Mayhem: A dastardly crime, a riveting mystery, and a one-of-a-kind party for ages 9-19! Your guests play all the suspects in a scripted, yet highly improvisational and interactive, dress-up celebration (which can include characters from your child’s fave book or movie) led by professional actress Judy Rosenblatt. Long hailed as one of the most unique and special parties in town, Mystery & Mayhem guarantees this party will be a hit.

    New York Hall of Science: NYSci’s Super Space Ace Party, for ages 6 and up, has you prepare for liftoff by putting on your own flight suit, then checking out real NASA rockets and learning how they work. Test your knowledge by launching your own stomp rocket and then splash down (or complete your mission) in the Birthday Party Room to enjoy out-of-this-world lunch, cake, and goodie bags.

    New York Jedi: NYJ and Saber Kids provide a professional Light Saber Academy for kids and adults for parties. It’s about a 30-40 minute session where Jedis teach light saber fighting to attendees, the rules, responsibilities, and “fun-ness” around it, and they’ll play various trivia and party games as well.  Afterwards they take photos, play with the kids. &

    New York Kids Club: The Classic Gym parties at NY Kids Club, for ages 1-12, feature age-appropriate theatrics, song, dance, and creativity, and offer options like a Musical Tots band performance or a rock climbing wall. Ten locations are available around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island City.

    New York Transit Museum: Birthdays at the New York Transit Museum bring over 100 years of transit lore to life, giving kids ages 3 and up the chance to get in the bus driver’s seat! Each group receives a guided tour of the working 1936 subway station and vintage trains, special party games and activities, and a family membership.

    Pine Street School: Celebrate your birthday with a party at Pine Street School! Located in the heart of the Financial District, Pine Street School is available for birthday parties with the best in NYC kids programming! From Super Soccer Stars to ConstructionKids to TADA!, you can create an amazing party for your children in a state-of-the-art facility.

    Pins & Needles: Birthday Parties at Pins & Needles let you choose from a customized menu of machine sewing, hand sewing, and DIY projects for your guests to make in the P&N private studio with help from their craft specialists. Two hour studio parties are available for ages 7-14.

    Playgarden NYC: Playgarden’s 8,000-square-ft playspace is available for private Blowout Parties for children 1-6. Kids have a blast on two indoor playgrounds with structured games, obstacle courses, and zip-line rides! Host a Blowout Playground Party or choose from Princess, Pirate, or Ballet themes!

    Queens County Farm Museum: Let the museum’s experienced farm staff take care of all your party needs. They’ll provide invitations, two party hostesses, pizza and beverages, a personalized sheet cake, goodie bags, a gift for the birthday child, a tractor-drawn hayride, animal feeding, a farmyard tour, and more.

    Robofun: The LEGO Robotics Party is Robofun’s most popular birthday party. Children ages 4-12 can build, customize, and watch their projects come to life. During the two-hour party, children will enjoy building instruction, free build, and a pizza party!

    Rosa Mexicano Restaurants: Available at all three of their Manhattan locations, Rosa Mexicano has turned authentic Mexican cooking into a “juego de ninos” (that’s Spanish for child’s play). The popular Rock the Guac program combines the flavors of Mexico with fun for all ages, where chefs teach children how to prepare tableside guacamole. Each child receives their own apron and photos from the day.

    SciTech Kids: SciTech Kids’ science parties include experiments and demonstrations that are interactive, exciting, and most of all fun for kids 4-11. Kids become budding scientists as they conduct cool experiments and enjoy special effects that thrill and inform young minds! Themes include beauty and spa science, sports and velocity, cool chemistry, and more.

    Simply Sports: Simply Sports’ custom birthday parties for kids ages 4-12 ensure that every child has a very special day. Kids choose between 1-3 sports to play. Parties are offered on weekends on the Upper East Side.

    StrongHeart Fun: StrongHeart Fun is the only family-run, fully-insured, and NYC-based soft play rental company offering play mats, climber sets, ball pools, and more to keep babies and toddlers happy and safe during special occasions. Their mission is to help parents celebrate events at any home or venue while providing a fun and safe environment for babies and toddlers to develop their motor skills and play.

    Super Soccer Stars

    Super Soccer Stars

    Super Soccer Stars: A Super Soccer Stars birthday party is the perfect way to celebrate your child’s special day!  Led by a team of energetic and enthusiastic coaches at one of their citywide indoor or outdoor locations, children ages 2-12 will enjoy engaging, age-appropriate soccer activities for an hour before cake, food, and more. All parties include a soccer ball for every child.

    Symphony Space: Symphony Space, known for curating excellent programming for children via their “Just Kidding” performance series, makes party planning easy. Kids ages 3-9 interact directly with performing artists, while enjoying snacks, cake, music, and more.

    TADA! Youth Theater: “Bring TADA! To You!” is TADA!’s most popular birthday party package. Ideal for children ages 5-13, TADA!’s professional teaching artists will travel to you, and teach a one-hour session including a series of theater games and song and dance moves for the TADA! Birthday song, and provide party favors and a special goody bag for the birthday child.

    Tie Dye Town: At Tie Dye Town’s Grooviest Party, kids have a blast rotating through all of the different stations from making their own tie-dye t-shirts, spin art, peace sign stencils, and glitter tattoos! Parties includes goodie bags, arts and crafts, 70s dress-up, and three staff members to host!

    TLB Music: Throw a Broadway Bash for your little star’s birthday! Pick your favorite Broadway tunes and TLB Music will design a customized class for kids ages 1-5 featuring the music and instruments you love. After the music studio, head to the indoor playspace to celebrate with Two Boots’ pizza and open play.

    Twinkle Party: Ballet Birthdays with Twinkle Party will have your little ballerina and her friends twirling about in a whirl of imagination and learning.  3-7 year olds are mesmerized by the Prima ballerina dressed for stage while instructed in a ballet lesson. Craft, coloring book, dress-up tutus and tiaras all included. Your budding ballerina will have tutu much fun and a magical birthday she will never forget.

    Victorian Gardens: At Central Park’s Victorian Gardens Amusement Park, party guests receive day-long unlimited ride passes! Partygoers will celebrate amidst more than 30,000 feet of rides, games, and attractions, before chowing down on treats like chicken tenders, turkey sandwiches, hot dogs, cookies, and fruit.

    YMCA Greenpoint

    YMCA Greenpoint

    YMCA Greenpoint: What better way to celebrate your child’s birthday than with a pool party at the Greenpoint YMCA? They offer exclusive use of their indoor heated pool with a certified lifeguard. Noodles, bubbles, and backpacks will be available to use during pool time. Your child, up to age 12 and with up to 20 guests, will enjoy an hour in the pool, an hour in a private party room, or both.

    YMCA Ridgewood: Art parties are a blast at the Ridgewood YMCA. Their staff facilitates a variety of creative art projects for your special day! Provide them with the details and they will do the rest. With multiple party spaces to choose from, they will be sure to make your special occasion one to remember!

    YMCA Vanderbilt: For winter/spring birthdays, a Sports Party at the Vanderbilt YMCA is a wonderful way to let kids burn off their cabin fever. Sports Parties include exclusive use of the gymnasium for up to 20 children, coaches to lead the children in activities, and two hours in the party room for food, cake, games, and more!

    YMCA West Side: There is no theme that the West Side YMCA’s Youth Arts Program cannot tackle! They connect your child’s latest obsessions to engaging artistic activities. For example. They have a Star Wars Hip Hop Dance Party—featuring Storm Troopers, lightsabers, and dancing feet!

    Yogi Beans: Re-energize with a SPA-tacular Birthday Bash at Yogi Beans! At this party, yogis (ages 6 and up) participate in an age-appropriate yoga class, incorporating your child’s favorite theme and music. After yoga, kids get pampered in the Yogi Beans Spa with mani/pedis, aromatherapy, cucumber masks, and henna tattoos. The Bash ends in a pizza party picnic, including paper goods, pizza, juice, instructors, and a hostess.

    The Yorkville Youth Athletic Association: The Yorkville Youth Athletic Association’s multi-sport birthday parties can’t be beat. Kids love the sports they provide—dodgeball, baseball, basketball, floor hockey, kickball, and more! Their coaches are outgoing, fun, and professional.

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