UPDATED MARCH 2014: 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.
A FAMILY DISCO
NY Magazine’s “BEST OF” parties for four years running! A Family Disco’s dance balls are ideal for high-energy kids who love the limelight (and fun for dancing grown-ups!) Real club and disco lights thrill tots and cool tweens, too. DJ plays dance games, kids sing at the mike, and dancers lead the latest moves. From cotton candy to chocolate fountains, disco cakes and jumpy castles, Family Disco is one-stop shopping. Superhero balls and princess parties include glitter artists and light-up tiaras. Or bring a disco to your home with Family Disco’s traveling entertainment.
Upper East Side, 555 E. 90th St,
Battery Park City
212 North End Ave. (at Murray Street)
Asphalt Green Birthday Parties
Upper East Side
555 E. 90th St.
Battery Park City
212 North End Ave. (at Murray Street)
Celebrate your child's birthday party at either of Asphalt Green’s two locations: Upper East Side or Battery Park City. Our friendly staff will help you plan and host the perfect party! We provide a range of fun activities to entertain your kids and their friends at our cutting-edge sports facility.
BATTERY PARK CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY
6 River Terrace, New York
This spacious, light-filled rental venue in the heart of Battery Park City is ideal for birthday parties, rehearsals, meetings, and more. Conveniently located in BPC’s north residential neighborhood, the wheelchair-accessible space has windows looking onto Nelson A. Rockefeller Park. Toys are available to rent for children’s parties within the space, including soft building blocks, a puppet theater and puppets, toy trucks, dress up costumes and hats, and a play kitchen. Year-round availability.
BLUE MAN GROUP
Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St., New York
BLUE MAN GROUP is great for birthdays or any special occasion! This unique theatrical experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else, guaranteed to be an outing your group will never forget. Birthday party packages are available for groups of 10+. Package includes discounted tickets, name of birthday child on the LED screen at the beginning of the show, merchandise item for each guest, and a Blue Man Group poster for the birthday child. For more information or to book, call the Group Sales Department at 212-260-8993.
2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
Give your child a once-in-a-lifetime birthday adventure. Children, ages 1-12, will enjoy a festive celebration in a private room with Zoo staff to run the party for you. Guests experience up-close visits from some of our favorite animal guests, participate in party activities and games, and explore the amazing Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit with our expert education staff as their guides. It’s a junior safari not to be missed! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-220-5132.
CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION
536 LaGuardia Place (between Bleecker and West 3rd streets), New York
Does your child love to build? The Center for Architecture Foundation offers architecture-themed birthday parties for children ages 6-12 at our Greenwich Village location. Themes include Skyscrapers, Streetscapes, My Dream House, and Design-A-City—or let us customize one to meet your child’s interests. Led by our experienced educators, kids design and build their own architectural models from a wide range of art and craft supplies, making a memorable, one-of-a-kind party favor to take home. Parties last for two hours and include a hands-on building activity, plus time for lunch and cake.
CHELSEA PIERS SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
23rd Street & Hudson River Park, NYC
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 in-ground trampolines, deep foam pits, and a rock climbing wall. Additional party facilities include indoor playing fields, a 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.
DAVE'S CAST OF CHARACTERS
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, racecars, and more.
Serving the Tri-State area,
Our 14th year offering parties, mitzvahs, and school shows for ages 3-14. Museum exhibits, hands-on! Dig for REAL fossils, mine for gemstones, (20-foot sluice), open geodes, make jewelry, and more in our fun, educational, interactive shows. Three fascinating themes: Dinosaurs and Fossils, Minerals, Oceans. We are the original authentic learning experience. Dynamic, expert presenters (no costumes or singing here!); giant displays (e.g., 9-foot Ice Age leg, T. rex skull, mega-crystals); touch a REAL stingray and shark. As seen at the Bronx Zoo. Our online superstore includes activity supplies, cool gifts, and more.
ELLIOTT'S CLASSES AND KIDS IN BLOOM, A PRESCHOOL ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM
131 W. 86th St., New York
Elliott's Classes Summer Camp
Held at Shaare Zedek
212 W. 93rd St.
We help families provide children with strong emotional, social, and physical foundations through a range of unique classes. Our camp combines art, education, and play. Children are guided through music, creative play, art, and story time, as well as receiving an introduction to Spanish. Our program is designed to teach children to express themselves, gain confidence and social skills, while introducing a love of learning. Also included is a fun-filled sports (gymnastics, soccer, baseball, ballet) class in Riverside Park! Call about our Toddler Birthday Parties!
FIELD STATION: DINOSAURS
One Dinosaur Way, Secaucus
Make your birthday DINO-MITE! Forget dingy bowling alleys and concrete “family entertainment centers.” Toss away those cardboard party hats and leftover skeeball tickets. At Field Station: Dinosaurs we’re saying good-bye to boring, uninspired birthday parties, and inviting your child into an outdoor Paleozoic world of mystery and learning. Every party includes a knowledgeable party planner designated to your group, birthday cake, an optional barbecue lunch, and VIP seating at one of our two live shows. The number of birthday parties is extremely limited; call 973-748-4317 to check availability.
FINGER PAINTED HANDS MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL
125 W. 83rd St. (Entrance at Firehouse 74 side), New York
Celebrate your 2-5-year-old’s next birthday party at Finger Painted Hands! Enjoy our beautiful party space and the best character entertainment, including face painting, balloon making, a dance party with a bubble machine, cotton candy, and a magic show. Two-and-a-half hour rental includes an assistant and access to our kitchen space.
GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW
340 W. 50th St., New York
The Gazillion Bubble Show will amaze your whole family with mind-blowing bubble magic. Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. It will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid all over again! The Gazillion Bubble Show is an unbubblievable extravaganza for everyone, unlike anything you have ever seen before. Adults and children of all ages are sure to be enchanted. You have to experience it to believe it!
244 E. 84th St.,
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 32 years. Our bright, spacious facility is every child's dream. Teachers guide the children on bars, beams, rings, slides, tunnels, space bouncer, 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.
KARMA KIDS YOGA
102 and 104 W. 14th St. (bet. Sixth & Seventh avenues), New York
Celebrate Yoga Style! Our Yoga Parties are unique, age appropriate, and include basic and challenging yoga poses, creative breathing techniques, fun yoga games, and relaxation time with foot massages. With multiple birthday party packages and themes to choose from, including: My First Birthday Party, Yoga Mat Painting, Superhero Yoga, Butterfly Yoga , Circus Yoga, Yoga Spa Party, GLOGA–Glow in the Dark Yoga Party, Yoga Art, Downward Doll, and more! We also offer Pre- and Post-natal Yoga and Pre- and Post-natal Pilates classes for moms. Come play yoga!
LET'S GOGH ART
Let's Gogh Art NYC is a mobile, creative arts enrichment company delivering unique and imaginative multi-week classes, workshops, birthday parties, and events catering to budding artists ages 2-12 years. Our parties and programs are designed around a theme, (think Pirates and Princesses!, Rock Stars!, Super Heroes!), technique, or material. Hands-on activities, with a bit of whimsy and wackiness from the Gogh Art creativity crew, let art explorers think outside the box. The Let’s Gogh Art NYC creativity crew travels to your party location bringing party hosts, glitter tattoo artists, and more.
THE LITTLE GYM
777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
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!
125 W. 109th St., New York
Professionally-led activities, games, and crafts will keep 12 or more children happily engaged for two hours in our festive party setting. We provide pizza, juice, and a personalized birthday cake, plus party favors and balloons. Special theme parties can be arranged. Facilities include private outdoor space for active games.
THE SCHOLASTIC STORE
557 Broadway (between Prince & Spring Streets), New York
We provide the magic. You make all the memories. Our party planner will assist you with all of your party needs. Our party hosts will make this the easiest, most fun party you can imagine! Basic party includes party planner, two party hosts, online invitations, craft activity, music and dancing, story time, cupcakes, juice, and games. Choose from a variety of themes including "Clifford's BIG Birthday Bash," "Fabulous Fashions," and "Wacky Science," with prices and special features to match every budget.
SPORTIME RANDALL'S ISLAND
One Randall's Island,
Join us for a birthday party of tennis instruction, competition, and fun! SPORTIME tennis birthday parties are 1½ hours in duration, and include one hour of tennis instruction and play, and a half-hour pizza party—or they can be custom made. Extra time and catering options are available. Call us for more information or visit us online at sportimeny.com/manhattan/parties.
TADA! YOUTH THEATER
15 W. 28th St (at Broadway), New York
Celebrate like a star! TADA! offers musical theater birthday parties where your group can experience one of our original musicals for kids (by kids), and/or get in on the action themselves. Package options can include a performance at our theater or a specialized singing and dancing workshop at the location of your choice. All parties include the TADA! birthday song personalized for you, a special goodie bag for the birthday child, invitations, and favors. Let TADA! create a party for you. Visit our website or call for more details.
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY
2162 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York
Give the gift of theater! Celebrate your child's birthday at a production of Vital Theatre Company's Pinkalicious, The Musical, Angelina Ballerina, The Musical or Peace Love and Cupcakes, The Musical through April 27, 2014. Your group of 10 or more will received a special birthday discount ticket price. The cast will sing “Happy Birthday” to your child after the show. Meet and greet the actors, and take photos with the cast. This opportunity is for the show only. Vital Theatre is not able to provide pre- or post-party facilities at the theater.