Manhattan Kids' Birthday Party Guide

Manhattan Kids' Birthday Party Guide

April 6, 2017   |   DIRECTORY ARTICLES   

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UPDATED April 2017: 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.

Birthday Gifts

525 W. 42nd St., New York

Massage Envy is a national brand provider of massage and MURAD facial services. Our services are performed by licensed professional massage therapists and estheticians. Our membership-based network has expanded to 1,200 locations and a member’s benefits can be used at any Massage Envy location. We have recently added an expanded offering of facial services including a Back Facial, Men’s Facial, and a 90- Minute Facial. Here at our Midtown West location, we service neighboring residents, Broadway performers, and many professional athletes. A massage or facial makes a great birthday gift!

Birthday Party Entertainment

Locations on Upper East Side and Upper West Side,

16 Handles has locations on both the UES and the UWS, we are New York City’s No. 1 frozen yogurt and dessert destination! With endless frozen yogurt and topping combinations, guests can flaunt their flavors and unleash their inner fro-yo chefs! Our stores are the ideal venues for your child's next birthday party—you can rent out our party room during designated hours, rent out the entire store before it opens, or choose a buy out during regular business hours (special pricing applies). Arrange entertainment options or we can provide assistance!

Manhattan and NY Metro Area,

Children’s Parties NYC offers the best entertainment for your child’s special event! From beautiful artistic face painting, to balloon twisting, princess parties, magic, music, dance, arts and crafts, glitter tattoos, and caricatures, we bring premier entertainment to you! Plan your party with owner and artistic director Melinda Prom, who utilizes her background in acting, directing, the visual arts, and storytelling to make every party a highly imaginative, creatively unique, and fun-filled production! Our artists are professionals with years of experience and we are amazing with kids of all ages.

Proudly Serving Westchester, Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx,

At, our goal is to create an unforgettable and memorable party experience for you and your family. We provide the highest quality children's entertainment and rental services in the industry. If you're looking for a professional, dependable, and enthusiastic team, you've come to the right place! We are a family-owned and -operated entertainment company, offering a wide range of party and entertainment services including clowns, inflatable bounce houses, characters, magicians, princesses, magic shows, face painting, and party concession rentals.


Make your party a special one! Dave's entertainment services include more than 100 costumed characters. From princesses and superheroes to pirates and tea parties, there’s something for everyone. We feature DJs, clowns, magicians, face painters, balloon sculptors, photo booths, and food carts. Spectacular inflatable attractions include Wild One and Kong's Revenge obstacle courses, Cliffhanger Slide, and Mickey Park. Water fun includes the Big Kahuna and the gigantic Polar Plunge slides. New robotic animals. Frozen and Katy Perry parties. Enjoy bouncers, the Spiderman velcro wall, gladiator joust, sports inflatables, robots, and racecars.


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 ages 5 and younger entertained. We’ve got you covered from first 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, unique, 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. "Best party I ever had!" is an oft-repeated refrain; once from a child who did all five; her first one at age 9 and her last at age 18!

545 8th Ave., New York

The Ride is a perfect activity for birthday parties! Hop aboard our multi-million dollar patented motor coach with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and stadium-style seating, and be treated to comedy, karaoke, surprise street performances, music, singing, and dancing! We’ll work with you to personalize an unforgettable special event. All party packages include free invitation downloads with our Freestyle Rapper, Ballerina, or the Ride Wave, a digital photo upon arrival, and guest of honor’s name scripted into the show! Make this year’s birthday party one your child and their friends will never forget!

Birthday Party Places

St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St. ,

Have a birthday party in Narnia! We will work with you to create a custom birthday experience for your child. With special group rates, a special mention from the stage, and an exclusive question and answer time with the actors, your child will experience the magic of one of their favorite books brought to life. The show itself is an inventive adaptation of C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. All ages will enjoy this 45-minute show, recommended for ages 5 and older. Contact Julia O'Brien at to arrange your group today.

Locations on Upper East Side and Upper West Side,

16 Handles has locations on both the UES and the UWS, we are New York City’s No. 1 frozen yogurt and dessert destination! With endless frozen yogurt and topping combinations, guests can flaunt their flavors and unleash their inner fro-yo chefs! Our stores are the ideal venues for your child's next birthday party—you can rent out our party room during designated hours, rent out the entire store before it opens, or choose a buy out during regular business hours (special pricing applies). Arrange entertainment options or we can provide assistance!

450 Lexington Ave., # 1346, New York

Allen Batista Travel, Inc. presents family-oriented magic show boat rides at the NY Skyport Marina and Broadway Comedy Club. The master magician spins the ultimate web of deception with sleight of hand tricks and mentalism for the young at heart. The magician skillfully weaves audience members into the show. It is great for birthday parties. Magic show boat ride enables guests to take in spectacular views from the waterway. Lunch is included in the ticket and cash bar for beverages. Broadway Comedy Club has a food and drink requirement per person.

362 3rd Ave., between E. 26th and E. 27th streets, New York

Yelp's No. 1 for “Best Birthday Party Venue” in NYC and one of New York Magazine's Best Of New York, this favorite kids’ party place provides non-stop birthday party fun and a unique and exciting NYC arcade experience for all! Have a blast with all games on free play (meaning no fussing with coins and recharge cards!) and have full use of the decorated VIP party room. Notable: For all ages, and family-friendly. All parents included free. Full private and semi-private kids’ parties available, safe Manhattan location. Step stools available.

6 River Terrace, Battery Park City
212-267-9700 x363
(for camps)
Art Portfolio Development Summer Intensive for Teens: Ages 13-17


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 four hours. For a tour of the venue, more information, or reservations, please call the event coordinator or email:

New York City Metro Area, Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island,

Bee In Motion fun, active birthday parties are for children of all ages. All participants will enjoy a variety of energetic, age-appropriate games that can include, but are not limited to favorites such as Capture the Flag, Dodgeball, GaGa Ball, Tag, Kickball, Flag Football, Soccer, Swimming, and all other sport-specific activities. Invite 10-30 friends and adults are required to sit back, relax and enjoy. Visit or call 516-680-8497 today!

646-776-2021 x0 office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm

Breakaway Hoops is a NYC-based basketball company offering youth, ages 7-17, fundamental basketball instruction through camps, leagues, and clinics year-round. Our instructors are current or former college and pro players. We pride ourselves on teaching the game the correct way. As a member of Breakaway Hoops you will see improvement and growth in your child’s game. We offer basketball themed birthday parties. Inquire about setting up a birthday party with us at We look forward to hearing from you soon.

608 W. 48th St., New York

Chateau Pony Parties offers fun-filled, unique Pony Parties at their stable right in the heart of midtown Manhattan! They decorate the entire ground floor of their stable in the theme you choose from a list, all you need to do is order in the food and drinks and they do the rest! Their adorable ponies are sure to entertain as the kids ride and play with the only ponies in midtown Manhattan. They also offer walk-up pony rides at their stable, as a fun, after-school or weekend activity.

103 Charlton St., New York

Birthday parties at the Children's Museum of the Arts offer an innovative way to celebrate for all ages! Parties begin with free time to explore the museum’s interactive workshops followed by a private, hands-on workshop of your choice led by our experienced teaching artists. Workshop options are endless! Choose from suggested projects, including a collaborative Jackson Pollock Mural, Clay Creatures, Animation, and more, or let us customize a project to fit your party theme! Host a fully catered party or provide your own refreshments.

137 E. 62nd St.,

At CoolMess kids can make ice cream at their table! They choose chocolate or vanilla base and mix-ins, and watch it churn into a flavor of their own. After eating, kids can fill up their own containers at the candy wall-this doubles as the perfect goodie bag to send home. For the sweetest party ever-come to CoolMess! You can walk-in, host a small party for a few friends, or rent out the entire parlor with a DJ and any theme you can imagine.


We bring the museum to you! Amazing parties and school events for ages 3-13. Hands-on! Take home real fossils and minerals from a dig, excavation, or gemstone mining (optional 20-foot sluice). Try Geode Opening, Jewelry-Making, or Stuff-A-Dinos, and Mega Museum exhibits. We offer fun, educational, interactive shows. Fascinating themes: Dinosaurs and Fossils, Minerals, or Oceans. Kids enjoy an incredible, entertaining learning experience with expert presenters. Giant displays, 9-foot ice age leg, 5-foot T-Rex skull, mega-crystals, or touch a real stingray and shark. As seen at the Bronx Zoo. Shop online at

271 W. 23rd St., 2nd Floor, 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.

21 W. 39th St., Manhattan

Learn from real fashion designers with a runway or sewing party this year in our 2500-square-foot, bright, sunny, and pink fashion studio! Guests can choose from a variety of our most popular sewing projects, or put on a full runway show complete with makeup and hair styling. Sewers use our state-of-the-art touch screen Singer sewing machines, easy to use and complete with loads of safety features. Runway shows take place on our 24-foot, light-up runway with a take-home runway photo. Starting at age 6, Fashion Class parties are fabulous for any age!

22 E. 60th St., New York
646-388-6612, 646-388-6686

Host a chic, fun, unforgettable party in FIAF’s sunny Skyroom! Our unique space is your child’s private playground with a floor-to-ceiling window and views of Manhattan. Simply pick one of our exciting themes-Marionettes, French Cooking, Music and Games—and we’ll do the rest. All parties include a photobooth, arts and crafts, playset games, bubbles, cake, festive decorations, invitations, setup, cleanup, entertainment, and everything in-between! Want a custom party? Let us know about your child’s favorite things, and we’ll design a celebration especially for him or her. Available in English or French. Let’s plan your child’s birthday à la française!

29 LeCount Place (Exit 16 off I-95) , New Rochelle
Party Central: 914-637-7575, option 1

Calling all birthday superstars! You and your guests will be dazzled by a unique, interactive party experience! Our dedicated emcees and party hosts will provide an unforgettable birthday experience within a theatrical and interactive party room atmosphere. As "The Birthday" leading man or lady, you will be center stage for your spectacular birthday production! Act one begins with a dazzling interactive show where everyone is a star! There will be eating, singing, dancing, and prizes! Act two is filled with your choice of action-packed amusements! It is a standing ovation every time for the birthday star!

151 W. 26th St., 7th Floor, New York

Experience the magic of live theater for your special event! Your child loves the theater and would love to be on stage? Allow your child to experience the most amazing theater party in town! You may choose from one of our many birthday party options, including seeing a private production, participating in a theater workshop that culminates in their own version of a play, or joining our performers as they act out their own fairy tale. Ages 3 and older.

Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, New York

Celebrate your child’s birthday with a one-of-a-kind party at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Choose from themes like pilot, astronaut, or spy, and turn your celebration into an adventure that’s educational and fun. Packages start at $30 per person and include Museum admission for up to 30 guests, a private party space, two party hosts (one in costume), an interactive tour, activities, and rides in a flight simulator, plus birthday cake, food, and beverages. This is a birthday party your child will love today and remember forever!

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 and unmatched experience have won children's hearts for 35 years. Our bright, spacious facility is every child's dream. Teachers guide the children on bars, beams, rings, slides, tunnels, bounce house, and tumble track. 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.

2537 Broadway , New York
212-864-1414 x289

Just Kidding parties are artsy, imaginative, and fun, designed to make party-planning easy and engaging! Kids interact directly with Just Kidding artists during the show, and post-show kids can enjoy tasty snacks, cake, and music, in a private party held in Symphony Space's in-house cafe. Choose between the arts-themed Just Kidding Theatre Party or the no-fuss Just Kidding Easy Party. Rates for 15 or more attendees (ages 2 and older) begin at $550 for the Theatre Party and $400 for the Easy Party. To book your party, visit or call 212-864-5400 x 289.


Urban Golf Academy's (UGA) unique, original 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 engaging activities to highlight our golf games, including storytelling, shadow screen play, and music and movement. UGA provides equipment, music, and prizes.

1420 Second Ave. (at East 74th Street), New York
Temple Israel
112 E. 75th (bet. Lex & Park)
New York, NY 10021
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128
Temple Emanu-El
1 E 65th Street
New York, NY 10065


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!

173 W. 81st St., lower level, New York

Launch Math & Science Centers’ birthday parties are out of this world fun! Launch hosts full service parties for your child and friends at the UWS flagship center. Parties feature a fun STEM activity, decorations, cupcakes and juice, paper goods and utensils, party favors, and a gift for the birthday child. Activity options include coding with Scratch and Python, chemistry and physics experiments, rocket science and electronics projects, architectural structures and robotic creations. The Launch team can also provide an engaging STEM project as entertainment for your child’s in-home party!

777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
NY address first for BAP
2121 Broadway, 2nd Floor (between 74th and 75th streets)
Upper West Side, Manhattan
207 E. 94th St. (between Second and Third avenues)
Upper East Side, Manhattan
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!

132 East 61st St., New York

Maison Hugo, a newly opened modern French brasserie run and owned by “Chef and Wife” team, Florian and Michelle Hugo, is now opening its doors to children’s birthday parties! The Skylight Room of Maison Hugo can hold up to 40 people. Choose from a variety of themes including a pastry making class with Chef Hugo and his team. The Skylight Room has a projector for slideshows or movies, and dj dancing can be requested in the birthday package. The menu will include a variety of classic and modern French choices.

Various locations,

Our thematic celebrations for children ages 1-12 years old are expertly planned to bring delight to the birthday child while captivating your guests-including the adults! The magic unfolds when our theatrical birthday leaders transform our state-of-the-art gym into an obstacle adventure course, princess castle, a superhero command center, and more! Your personal party coordinator will plan the celebration with you to customize your party and ensure the entire experience is magical and memorable.

Pier 62 at Hudson River Park (by Chelsea Piers), New York

Have a ride-filled birthday party at the Pier 62 Carousel in the Hudson River Park. Hassle-free for parents and fun for kids, our hour-and-a-half birthday package includes a private seating area, unlimited rides for 16 children, and a party host to help set-up and clean. Available upgrades include entertainment, extra children, etc. Nearby parking available. For more information, check our website, call us at 718-788-2676 or email us Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for our latest updates.

2672 Broadway , New York

Celebrate your next birthday making robots, video games, or animations with RoboFun. 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 kindergarten-sixth), video games (grades first-sixth), Minecraft challenges (grades third-sixth), and stop motion animation films (grades fourth-sixth). Packages include: Knowledgeable staff and full supervision, pizza party, RoboFun T-shirt and drawstring backpack for each guest. Call us for more details!

22 Harrison St., ground floor,

Our language school situated in the heart of Tribeca offers a birthday party rental space for two hours on Sunday mornings 10am-12pm, or afternoons 1:30-3.30pm. Space also available with our Spanish theme birthday parties with clowns, balloons, face painting, and games for children to experience Spanish learning in a fun way-including one hour with our favorite native teachers, and 30 minutes for celebration with cake and drinks. “Hola amigos, vamos a celebrar juntos!”

221 W. 79th St. (near Broadway),

Love chocolate? Enjoy fun, educational, chocolate-making activities every day at Voilà Chocolat. Walk in any time between 10am and 9pm, and make your own artisanal chocolate bars, decadent truffles, fun “Voilàllipops,” and large 3D chocolate shapes. We host unforgettable private parties–from birthdays to bachelorettes to corporate events–and we can even customize your chocolates. Every Tuesday at 4pm, we also host an educational class for kids on the origins of chocolate and the manufacturing process. Budding chocolatiers can drop-in, reserve ahead, or, call us to inquire about a private party.

261 E. 78th St., 3rd Floor,

Zaniac Birthdays are fun and inspiring! Birthday celebrations at Zaniac entertain kids ages pre-K to 8 while maintaining a STEM focus. Children will work and play together with Zaniac’s engaging instructors on unique STEM programs. Kids can create a biome in Minecraft, program a robot, strategize in chess, or build a video game with Scratch. Who says you can’t learn while you play? Schedule your next birthday party at Zaniac!