Manhattan Kids' Birthday Party Guide

Manhattan Kids' Birthday Party Guide

October 7, 2015   |   DIRECTORY ARTICLES   

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UPDATED October 2015: A list of fun kids' birthday party places in Manhattan, including restaurants, gyms and sports facilities, and other places in NYC that host birthday parties for children. You'll also find caterers, party supply stores, and kids' party entertainers like magicians, clowns, and face painters in New York City, including those on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, East Village, West Village, Midtown, Harlem, and beyond.

6 River Terrace, New York
212-267-9700 x363

Are you looking for the perfect place to host your child's birthday or celebrate your sweet 16 in style? Whatever the occasion, 6 River Terrace has you covered. This spacious venue is a flexible space with street level access and over 350 square feet of windows providing natural light with views of Nelson A. Rockefeller Park and the Hudson River. It can be rented out starting at $600 for 4 hours. For a tour of the venue, more information, or reservations, please call the event coordinator or email:

70A Greenwich Avenue #162, New York

Birthday parties are meant to be enjoyed! We are here to capture every moment for you! Billy V. Santos Photography provides peace of mind when you have your hands full with hosting and entertaining. The birthday photo package includes 2 hours of photo coverage, a web gallery to share with your guests, and all of your images on a flash drive for your printing needs. We also provide services such as family portraits, event coverage, photo shoots (in studio or on location), headshots, and holiday photos and cards.

Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St., NoHo
800-BLUEMAN (258-3626)

Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party all rolled into one. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multisensory experience that has captivated 35 million people worldwide. Don’t miss Blue Man Group-enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation. Dare to live in full color. Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. Benefits for groups include Q and As, talk backs, and discounts for groups of more than 10 people. Call 212-260-8993 to book.

424 Market St., Nanuet
70 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus, NJ
150 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford

Now open in Nanuet, Bounce U is the perfect party place for kids! Our bounce houses and interactive games are located in a private, clean, indoor environment that’s great for kids’ birthday parties. Children love our famous inflatable events, which include paper goods, invitations, and dedicated party pros., pizza, party favors, cake, and balloons are available at an additional cost. Visit our website for a complete list of party packages!

608 W. 48th St., New York

Come party with our ponies! Chateau Pony Parties offers a unique one of a kind place to celebrate your son or daughter's birthday, in a real live stable right here in Midtown Manhattan! Ride our group of adorable ponies, of all sizes. We have wonderful add-ons too, like horse drawn hayrides, and Cinderella coach rides, a face painter, and goodie bags. Choose a theme from our website. We decorate the whole ground floor of our antique stable, and provide balloons, music, and all paper goods. We are family owned and operated.

West 23rd Street and Hudson River Park, NYC
212-336-6500 x6561

Chelsea Piers is home to Manhattan’s best sports-themed birthday parties. State of the art facilities and world-class instruction combine with convenient party planning and packages for a fun and memorable birthday celebration! Preschoolers to teens choose from a variety of activities at the 23,000 square foot gymnastics center, which includes inground trampolines, deep foam pits, and a rock climbing wall. Additional party facilities include indoor playing fields, Little Athletes Exploration Center, basketball courts, batting cages, two indoor ice skating rinks, a 40-lane bowling center, or the hi-tech golf driving range.

1401 Lexington Ave. (between 92nd and 93rd), , Manhattan

Willy Wonka has come to the Upper East Side! This chocolate factory, party destination, and candy store features amazing chocolate-making birthday parties and workshops for children. With the help of the friendly staff, kids can make and decorate their own chocolate mold. They can also dip a marshmallow into a giant chocolate fountain and use a 20-foot conveyor belt to make a chocolate-covered Oreo. A new workshop calendar is posted every month featuring everything from chocolate pizza-making to “make your own candy bar.” Call 212-289-8800 to learn more.

15 W. 86th St., New York
Sunday KidSchool, PreSchool, and Adult Ed:
SAJ, 15 W. 86th St.
Shabbat Services and programs:
St. John's Church, 81 Christopher St.(near Seventh Avenue)
High Holiday Services:
Holiday Inn, 440 W. 57th St.

The ultimate birthday party for a Jewish youngster is the bar or bat mitzvah, a rite of passage into adulthood, generally at age 13. At The City Congregation, the innovative secular celebration follows a two year, individual, mentored journey to discover personal beliefs, values, interests, and goals, as well as Jewish or intercultural roots and connections. Jewish history, culture, and ethics are learned in stimulating concurrent classes. The proud and joyous secular bar or bat mitzvah service and celebration is a memorable and meaningful "once in a lifetime" birthday party. Join in!

545 Sixth Ave., New York

Kids at our parties will make gelato, baked goods, and experience bakery production in the kitchen. They will have full access to our entertainment system including karaoke and video games. Packages include food and drinks for the children, a custom cake, and a prize at the end of the party. You can add food for adults, balloons, face painting, and artists as extras. Our birthday packages start at $500 which includes a 2 hour party for 10 kids, plus the birthday child.

271 W. 23rd St., 2nd Fl, New York
437 W. 53rd St.


Empire Tae Kwon Do’s birthday parties offer parents the perfect birthday solution. We ensure that all participants have an awesome time, get some great exercise, and enjoy an exciting tae kwon do practice and board breaking! Parties include a special tae kwon do class for all guests, games and races, demonstrations by the instructor or master, board breaking, and a free gift! Spaces are limited and often booked months in advance, so it’s best to reserve your party early.

244 E. 84th St., Manhattan
25 Hubbels Drive, Mount Kisco

Kids run, jump, climb, tumble, slide, bounce, and giggle to their hearts' delight at Jodi's Gym, where action-packed parties have won children's hearts for 33 years. Our bright, spacious facility is every child's dream. Teachers guide the children on bars, beams, rings, slides, tunnels, bounce house, tumble track, and more. Next, it's off to a separate area for refreshments that we are happy to supply. Teachers set up, serve, and clean up. At Jodi's, the whole place is yours! You sit back and enjoy.

1420 Second Ave. (at East 74th Street), New York

Kids In Sports offers a fun, memorable experience for kids ages 2-12 years old! Select 1-3 sports to focus on, and our experienced coaches design the party to suit your child's sports interests and abilities. Sports options include football, baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and floor hockey. A standard party is 90 minutes. The first hour consists of sports activities, and the remaining half hour is designated for food and cake. Coaches help with all setup and cleanup. Come see why Kids In Sports offers New York City's best parties!

2121 Broadway, 2nd Floor (between 74th and 75th streets), New York
2121 Broadway, 2nd Floor (between 74th and 75th streets)
Upper West Side
207 E. 94th St. (between Second and Third avenues)
Upper East Side
777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
28 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, NJ

A private party at The Little Gym is a perfect way to celebrate your child's next birthday. The 1½-hour parties are supervised by our trained, professional staff from beginning to end. Gymnastics, games, obstacle courses, trampoline, sports, and music are tailored to your child's interests. Parties at The Little Gym mean exclusive use of the gym and party room. At The Little Gym, your child's birthday bash will be the easiest party you'll ever throw!

100 Thompson St. , Manhattan

LUNESSA jewelry making birthday parties are led by real designers in our beautiful SoHo boutique, perfect for ages 7 and older. Offering all-inclusive party packages with professional jewelry instruction and finishing. All materials and gift bags are included. Guests choose from a sparkling array of genuine semi-precious gemstones, crystals, pearls, and sterling silver components to make beautiful finished jewelry. Organic, kid friendly snacks and refreshments also available. Please contact us for rates, more information, and to book your party at or 917-305-0510

56 Lafayette Ave., Suite 340, White Plains
888-MADD-SCI (623-3724)
Mad Science of New York City & Westchester


Keep your children learning and laughing with Mad Science! Our exciting and engaging parties keep kids inspired about science. We bring our hands-on shows right to your home. It's no-hassle, mess-free fun that parents love just as much as kids. Call today and ask about our bubbling potions and rocket launches, or visit our website.


Groovy music by Ms. Janis Music is what you’ll get with a Ms. Janis Music performer. Our entertainers come to your home, venue, or party in the park. We bring everything with us to keep children under the age of 5 years old entertained. We’ve got you covered from 1st birthday parties to active toddler and preschool parties. Bubbles, scarves, instruments for the kids, and a play parachute are some of the fun props we use to keep the kids entertained and smiling from ear to ear!


Mystery & Mayhem offers hilarious, interactive, improvisational, and age appropriate dress up mystery parties in which guests ages 8-18 become the suspects in a dastardly crime. “Like Clue, but better!” is the way one youngster described the event. Choose from five mysterious, riveting, and winning dramas, or we can theme your party around Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, or any of your child’s favorite heroes or heroines. And for the younger set, tailor-made pirate or spy treasure hunts, fortune-telling soirees, "make-a-play" parties, and incredible magic shows.

Manhattan and surrounding area,

If you simply want expert help planning your party, PARTYPoopers is the way to go. Founded in 1991, this team of veteran event planners can do, and have done, it all-from full service seamless events, to total room transformations, to whimsical décor, venue referrals, top-notch entertainment, creative themes, fanciful favors, outrageous cakes, to party consultation, and staffing. No matter how big or small your event PARTYpoopers is committed to fun! Recent additions to their roster of themes include custom laser tag parties, bubble soccer, live band pop stars, and Pollack painting.

1045 Lexington Avenue, Second Floor, New York

Pins & Needles offers sewing and crafting birthday parties for children and teens 7–16 years old in our sewing and DIY studio. Parties are customized for the age and skill level of the group, and stitching project options include a fashionable tote bag, adorable appliqué pillow, stylish cross body purse, and more! Let us work with you to design a party that is “sew” much fun! For the breakdown of pricing and more details contact us at 212-535-6222 or

2672 Broadway , New York

Celebrate your next birthday making robots with LEGO®. RoboFun birthday parties are the perfect combination of fun and creativity. All party guests will design, build, code, and animate their own LEGO® robots (grades K-6), video games (grades 1-6), and stop motion animation films (grades 4-6). Packages include: Knowledgeable staff and full supervision, pizza party, RoboFun T-shirt and drawstring backpack for each guest. Call us for more details!

10 W. 15th St., #222, New York

The one and only is still the best. Silly Billy has been named New York’s best children’s entertainer by five New York publications. He was profiled in the New Yorker, and has performed at the White House, Lincoln Center, and on the Late Show with David Letterman. He recently received the highest honor a magician can receive. He was awarded a Performing Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts. He is one of only a handful of magicians in the world to appear on the covers of seven magic journals. With that kind of experience, you know you won’t have to worry.

Multiple locations throughout the tri-state area,
800-52-TIGER (528-4437)

Everyone has lots of fun during a successful birthday party and that’s what you get at Tiger Schulmann’s. Each kid who attends a birthday celebration achieves new abilities and gains the confidence that they can achieve more. Parties are led by an instructor with more than 10 years of martial arts experience, who has the ability to focus on every attendee to ensure they’re active and having fun. Tiger Schulmann’s locations have conducted thousands of extraordinary birthday parties since 1984. The parties are highly active, include group-participation games, and food is served.

West Side YMCA 5 W. 63rd St., New York

Do you have a special event or a youth birthday? Let our home be your home, and celebrate at the West Side Y. Offerings include pool party, drama party, roof top party, rent the Teen Center party, the Early Explorations Play Center party, sport party, and dance party. Ages vary from 1-year-olds all the way to teens. Check out our detailed list on our website:

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