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Sports & Gym Birthday Parties for NYC Kids

Sports birthday party NYC

Sports and Gymnasium parties are the most popular parties for a lot of kids and parents with good reason. Our kids are kept active and engaged and hopefully worn out enough to fall asleep early that night.  Win-Win!

Upper West Side

FunFit Kids:  Ages 11 and under. 90 minutes of fun at their location on the UWS, or at a location of your choice.  Sports include soccer, basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, hockey, tennis, golf and lacrosse.  FunFit bag of goodies for the birthday star.

Upper East Side

 

92nd Street Y: Ages 2+. Party Types include Basketball, Gymnastics, Multi-Sports, Soccer, Swimming, Dance, and Open Playtime.  Parties include a designated party room, complimentary party favor for each child guest, and gifts for the birthday child and host parents.

Gymtime: Ages 1+.  90 minutes of gymnastics, sports, or tae kwon do. **Alcoholic Beverages permitted. Many available themes, including Favorite Superheroes,
Sports, Favorite cartoon characters, Disney movie characters, Sesame Street, etc.

Flatiron/Chelsea

Karma Kids Yoga All ages are covered across the multiple themed parties available.  Party Types include Downward Doll Yoga, Yoga Sleep Under, Yoga Sleep Over, Gloga Yoga, Butterfly Yoga, Yoga Mat Painting, Yoga Spa, Yoga Art, My First Birthday, Circus Yoga.

Multiple Locations

Bee In Motion Birthday Parties:  Ages 4+. Schedule at the UES, UWS or at a local park in your neighborhood.  Games include a variety of tag, capture the flag/football, dodgeball, kickball, gaga ball, running bases, ultimate goal ball, soccer and flag football for older kids. Versions of football, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, baseball and swimming (if you have a pool).  **Alcoholic Beverages permitted.

New York Kids ClubAges 1-12. UWS, UES, Flatiron/Gramercy, Tribeca, FiDi, and Brooklyn and LIC.  90 minutes of jumping, laughing, and celebrating in the gym and refreshments/cake in party room. Specialty themes are available.  **Beer/wine permitted.

Karma Kids Yoga provides yoga mats, props, and music at a Yoga Party at Your Space.

FunFit Kids will travel to a location of your choice.

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Aviator Sports and Events CenterAges 1+. Any amount of guests.  Sports parties are the specialty – Gymnastics, Ninja Warrior, Ice Skating, Ultimate Birthday Party Challenge, Bubble Soccer, Game Truck, Tiny Tykes, Rock Climbing, Pool Party.   **Alcoholic Beverages permitted.

New York Fencing Academy: Ages 5+.  60 minutes of group Fencing instruction and Fencing play in this state-of-the-art gym and 60 minutes for your party celebration in the lounge area.  **Alcoholic Beverages permitted.

Queens

OKABALOO FunArtFaktory – Arts & Fun CenterAll ages.  2.5 hours exclusive use of space. Sporty packages include Yoga, Fitness, Dance, Martial Arts, etc.  **Alcoholic Beverages permitted.

Indoor Extreme Sports – Choose from Paintball, Black Ops Lasertag, Arena Lasertag, Archery Tag, Virtual Reality, and more. This is one of the best extreme sports & experiences out there for ages 7+.

13 Unique Kids’ Birthday Party Venues in NYC

Unique birthday party venues in NYCParents in NYC are always looking for new and different birthday party venues where we have not already attended a kid’s party.  Kidz Central Station continues its Birthday Party Series with a look at unique and cool birthday party spaces in NYC that are not the usual gyms and athletic centers.  Also, consider hiring a musical performer to entertain the group.

Restaurants

Shake Shack UWS hosts your friends in the private Rec Room and treats them to all of the classics:  Shack burgers, flat-top dogs, crinkle fries, frozen custard shakes and concretes, Shack-made lemonade, fresh brewed iced tea, and fountain sodas.  Your friends will love it.

16 Handles has birthday party locations on UWS and UES. Rent out the entire store before it opens or choose a period during regular business hours. Recommended entertainment options include a gaming station with party host, face painting/tattoo artist, balloon artist, mad scientist, Rockin’ With Andy, magicians, and clowns.

Action Burger is a science fiction/comic book/video game themed restaurant in Williamsburg.  Entertainment includes classic arcade games (Street fighter anniversary & Mortal Kombat 2), as well as, modern games (Just Dance, Guitar Hero, Halo, Call of Duty, Halo, Mindcraft, Karaoke, and more).  Fun for kids and the parents!

The East Wing is the private party room at UES bar The Stumble Inn. It features a “kid friendly” menu with breaded chicken tenders, mini hamburgers, mac n’ cheese, tater tots and quesadillas. They offer a fully stocked bar for the adults and a soda and juice bar for the little ones.

Please read about our visit to one of our Kips Bay/Murray Hill favorites, The Shake and Burger Bar.

Museum

New York City Fire Museum.  Do your kids want to grow up to be firefighters?  This is their dream party.  The museum has collections of fire related art, artifacts, gear, and apparatus from the late 18th century to the present and showcases the evolution of firefighting.  The Junior Firefighter Birthday Party package lasts for two hours and is designed for children ages 3-6.

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Arcades (VR, Pinball, Interactive)

Please read about our super-fun 4D immersive visit to NFL Experience Times Square.

YokeyPokey Virtual Reality Club – Brooklyn.  Race cars, shoot down space aliens, play minecraft, create and destroy cities, paint in an immersive painting and much more in a virtual reality gaming and 360 degree immersive experience.  Your kids and guests won’t stop talking about it.

Indoor Extreme Sports – LIC and Staten Island. Choose from Paintball, Black Ops Lasertag, Arena Lasertag, Archery Tag, Virtual Reality, and more. This is one of the best extreme sports & experiences out there for ages 7+.

Modern Pinball NYC Party Place & ArcadeYou and your guests will have a BLAST playing Unlimited Games with all arcade machines on FREE PLAY and enjoy the comfort and privacy of the separate Party Room.  Ranked #1 at Yelp! for ‘Best Birthday Party Venue’ in New York City!

Fashion & Tea Parties

The Fashion ClassThe birthday girl or boy can choose to sew real, wearable clothing, design a fashion project or even hold a professional runway show!  The party takes place in the bright and airy 2500 sq ft Midtown studio with separate food, activity and parent hang-out areas.

Tiarah Events – Queens.  Tiarah’s Royal Tea Parties are a fun way for little guests to get pampered and have fun! Our Royal Tea Party starts with mani/pedi, dress up, and then once we’re all glamoured up we’ll sit and have a cup of tea, sandwiches, and sweets and scones.

Hello Princess NYC – Morris Park. Two hours of Princess or pop star themed and tea parties for the birthday girl. Manicures, makeup and tiaras for all.  Ages 3-10.

5 Music Performers for Kids’ Birthday Parties

Musical Performers Birthday PartyWe know that the yearly birthday party search is not the most enjoyable task for our parents. Costs,  Themes, Venues, Locations, Alcohol allowed?  So many things to figure out,  So, we at Kidz Central Station are hoping to streamline this process by doing a lot of the heavy lifting for our parents.

This week, we’ve found the best music performers in NYC who can travel to your party to entertain the kiddos.

Andy and Suzanna Kids Music:  Andy and/or Suzanna provide 35-45 minutes of singing and dancing with bubbles, shakers, bells, movement activities, and hands-on guitar time! They mix original music with kids standards and family friendly pop singalongs and take any song requests.

Kids at Work Musicians: Musicians create authentic musical experiences for young children via storysongs, contrasting activities, instruments, and movement. They can play and sing almost anything!  Enjoy $10 off discount for Kidz Central Station parents.

Music with Breezy:  Breezy Sharp is a Music For Aardvarks teacher and professional touring musician/singer. She brings rhythm sticks and egg shakers for the kids, as well as her guitar for 30 minutes of sing along fun.  She sings both Aardvarks favorites, such as “Taxi,” as well as, popular songs “Wheels on the Bus” and a rock-n-roll version of “ABC”

Ms. Janis Music: Ms. Janis Music performers are professional singers and guitar players that  are hand picked and trained by Ms. Janis.  All packages (30, 45 or 60 minutes) include music, singing, dancing, parachute play, scarf play and use of other engaging props.

Sing & Celebrate:  Early childhood music teacher Laca Tines runs this program.   Each party program runs 45 minutes and specific activities are hand-picked to best suit your party. The program is packed with guitar sing-along, lap bounces, circle dances, and loads of instruments – shakers, bells/tambourines, rhythm sticks, and DRUMS!

Kips Bay/Murray Hill Kids’ Birthday Party Venue

Shake and Burger Bar Birthday Party

The Shake and Burger Bar is a newly opened family fun restaurant and unique kids birthday party venue right here in Kips Bay/Murray Hill.  Located on 3rd avenue between 25th and 26th streets, this is a great place for a family meal in a comfy setting with goodies for both kids (milkshakes) and parents (alcohol infused milkshakes!).

Our Visit

Shake and Burger Bar Birthday PartyKidz Central Station recently visited with our kids to check out the masssive over 3000 sq ft space and  try out the giant artistic masterpiece milkshakes.  When we arrived at 6:30PM on a Thursday, the restaurant was packed with both an after-work crowd and parents with young kids. We had a short wait for a table and the servers could not have been nicer or more accomodating.  Everyone here is extremely friendly and service was fast once we were seated. With music blasting and energetic chatter, it is a festive experience.

The Shake and Burger Bar is a great addition to this area of 3rd Avenue, which is becoming more and more family friendly with a NY Kids Club opening across the street, Modern Pinball, a 16 Handles location, and NYPL Kips Bay.  If you’re looking for a unique birthday party, you can’t go wrong with milkshakes, chicken tenders and Disney movies for the kids and happy hour sangrias and Stellas for the parents. With numerous big screen TVs scattered throughout playing sports or kid-centric movies, there is something for all ages.  We sat towards the back of the restaurant in a slightly elevated separated area that could easily host 15-20 kids while the parents could sit off in their own space with their nachos and drinks.  And our three kids really tested the limits of running around and playing tag in a crowded restaurant. And l should add that they also spilled a milkshake all over our table and the floor.  The super nice staff cleaned it up quickly and without complaint or shaming looks. Thank you!

Shake and Burger Bar Birthday Party

Happy Hour and Menu

Important into for our parents:  Happy Hour is Every Day 4pm-8pm.  This includes $4 Pint & $14 Pitchers of Stella, $4 Mixed Drinks, 1/2 Price Wings (one per customer), and all day $4 shots of Absolute Lime.  The menu is standard fare of wings, sliders, nachos, several types of burgers, and sandwiches. Everything we ate was delicious! The adults tried the veggie and salmon burgers and the kids ordered from the $7.50 Kids Menu (either 2 chicken tenders w fries or 2 cheeseburger sliders w fries).  

Shake and Burger Bar Birthday Party

And, of course, the standouts are the magnificent milkshakes.  We’ll let the photos do the talking. 

Shake and Burger Bar Birthday Party

Shake and Burger Bar Birthday Party

Shake and Burger Bar Birthday Party

Kid friendly, awesome service, delicious food, and insane milkshakes! We’ll be back for Trivia Night on Tuesdays at 7:30PM.

5 No-Fail Entertainment Ideas for Your Child’s Next Birthday

So you’ve picked a birthday celebration spot, a beautiful cake, and the perfect party theme, but a party isn’t a party unless there’s great entertainment! No matter your child’s age, there are tons of great options—and we’ve all been to enough NYC birthday parties to know that if you can dream it, it can be done! For your child’s next birthday, check out our five birthday entertainment ideas below—they’re sure to make your child’s party a blast for all who attend!

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Music.
 Fun, upbeat musicians can entertain kids of any age—and adults love them too! From a one-year-old birthday girl who can shake and clap to the music to a four-year-old boy who can jump around, sing, and dance, all children will appreciate an entertainer who can sing their favorite songs, strum the guitar, and make them feel incredibly special on their birthdays. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, entertainers like Music with James or Jam with Jamie are great NYC options—or you can search Kidz Central Station by “musician” for more options!

standard_FullSizeRender_1Face Painting. Kids love pretending to be their favorite characters, and a little face paint can go a long way toward getting them in the spirit! From adorable puppies to jewel-laden butterflies, the sky is the limit to what a face painter can create. And a program like Art Party NYC will come to any party venue of your choice to paint your little ones into whatever they choose!

Tattoo Art. For older kids, tattoo art is a great option. Children can get creative with whatever tattoos they choose, and sport a cool artistic creation on their arms for a day (favorite characters, hearts, or stars—sky’s the limit!). You also may be able to find a tattoo artist who also does face painting and combine two great party ideas into one!

standard_421814_10150654732224259_174468608_nCharacters. Especially when they’re little, kids gravitate toward certain characters from movies, books, TV shows, and more (think Elmo, Elsa and Ana, Mickey Mouse, etc.). So what better way to celebrate your child’s birthday than to invite a special character to his or her birthday celebration? A program such as A Princess Visit lets special characters entertain party guests with songs, activities, stories, and more, and will make the day a very memorable one for your child.

Balloon Making. You know those cool balloon animals that you’ve see street performers whip up in just minutes? These awesome entertainers can also come to your child’s birthday party and create whatever creatures and characters your tiny guests would like. Not only are these artists entertaining, they’ll provide a great favor for kids to bring home at the end of the party.

4 Unique Create-Your-Own Birthday Parties in NYC

If you want your child’s birthday to stand out from the crowd, you have to find a program that will create a unique and creative party that your child (and his or her guests!) will be talking about for months to come. Many of the kids’ programs on Kidz Central Station will help you dream up the party of your child’s dreams, from setting up the party room with amazing décor to making a favorite theme come to life, to coming up with activities catered to your child’s interests. These four great options below offer just that—they’re more than just birthday celebrations, they’re unique birthday party experiences!

Imagination Lanestandard_zachparty1. For a unique birthday party for kids age 2–12, Imagination Lane celebrations are a must. Face painters and glitter tattoo artists will get kids in the party spirit and custom art projects and games will engage them to use their creative sides. True to its name, Imagination Lane can imagine any theme you’d like and bring it to life in a unique and festive way. This great program will come to any venue of your choice in NYC, so pick your place and Imagination Lane will do the rest!

e.t.c. custom events. Much like the custom events and workshops that this cool company creates for kids, they can also dream up amazing birthday party experiences based on any theme or activity you’d like. For kids age three and up, the sky’s the limit for what this company can do—a musical Frozen party with ice princesses leading a sing-along, parties based on your child’s favorite book (think a re-enactment of the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter), or creative cooking with a decorate-your-own-birthday-cake party—and they can do it in any location of your choice. When it comes to birthdays, there really isn’t a party e.t.c. custom events can’t create.

Citibabesstandard_05img_8390. Located in the trendy Soho neighborhood, Citibabes is known for throwing a great kids’ birthday party. From the program’s experience creating popular classes and events for children, they know how to imagine the perfect party for any age. Beyond their 1,500 square-foot indoor playground where kids can run, jump, and play, the venue can incorporate any theme or activity you’d like and work with outside entertainment, such as petting zoos with kangaroos, concerts, magicians and more, to bring your child’s party to life. And, while the Citibabes space is the perfect party spot, they also offer parties to go, and can bring the celebration to your location of choice in NYC, the Hamptons, and beyond!

Creative Dream Parties. With over 3,000 square feet of space in the Murray Hill neighborhood, Creative Dream Parties can create parties that incorporate over 30 different themes with awesome activities that reflect your child’s interests. Whether your son is into pirates, superheroes, or cowboys, or your daughter likes karaoke, tie dye, or magic, Creative Dream Parties’ inviting space will be transformed into your child’s special wonderland and delight guests of all ages. Plus, there’s complimentary parking at the venue for the host and discounted parking for party guests!

Check out NYC’s Kids’ Birthday Party Finder for full information about these birthday parties in NYC (including when parties book up, party duration, and cost), and, if you like these custom birthday parties, check out our custom kids’ classes and activities that can create programs tailored to your child!

 

 

6 Birthday Party Favors Kids Will Actually Use

So you’re planning your child’s birthday party—you’ve picked the place, the food, the cake, and the invitations. Just when you think you’ve just about planned it all, you realize there is one more thing to decide on: party favors! You know, those little gifts that need to be unique (or at least different from what your child received at every other party) and items that might be thrown away, or thrown to the bottom of the toy bin never to be seen again.

Colorful gift bag and party blowersWhile many birthday party favors end up being not-so-exciting throwaway items, they don’t have to be! Here are a few great ideas for party favors your tiny guests will love—and ideas you don’t have to come up with yourself!

Personalized place mats. Every child eats, and every parent wants to keep mealtime messes contained. So personalized place mats—adorable and functional—are great birthday party favors for any age. Choose place mats with your child’s favorite theme, animal, or character from sites like Birthday in a Box and Etsy and have them sent straight to you—it’s that easy. Kids love seeing their names on items they use every day, so this favor is sure to be a hit.

More fun with names! You can put kids names on almost anything, and most likely there is a great local gift store nearby that will personalize everything from snack cups for little ones to simple plastic lunch boxes for school-age kids. For all of you DIY-ers, you’ll save some money by doing the personalizing yourself! Once you decide on the item (other great options include mini sports balls, tambourines, water bottles, and pencil cases), pick up an array of paint pens at your local craft store (they can instruct you which pens to buy) for writing names and designs yourself.

Books. You can never have enough kids’ books in your house, right? Give all of your child’s guests a great birthday-related story or a book about your child’s favorite character and you’re sure to make everyone—parents included—very happy.

Play-Doh. Once upon a time you loved Play Doh, so it’s fair to say most kids today do too. This colorful, smushy stuff has been around for decades and it doesn’t get old—even for many adults. Purchase a party bag with mini containers in a variety of colors or buy some three-packs of the bigger containers to fill up kids’ goodie bags. Add dough cutters in fun shapes to round out the party favor.

Sticker/stamp sets. Since arts and crafts is a big interest for little kids, sticker and/or stamp sets (Melissa & Doug makes great ones) are the perfect parting gift. Especially a hit with kids age two and three, these sets come pre-packaged so you don’t have to do a thing, and you can take comfort knowing that whatever money you spent will be put to good use.

Easter traditional Gingerbread cookies backgroundSweet treats. If you’re the kind of person who likes to bake and do crafty things, this may be a great project for you—and if you’re not, something you can outsource to a professional (like Eleni’s). Package up decorated cookies or cupcakes with cute designs, your child’s age, or that say something like “Billy’s 2nd Birthday”, and add some ribbon to make the favor look festive. Make them cookie pops for an extra cute treat! It’s a super sweet way to say goodbye to your little guests as they walk out the door.

Important Tips for Kids’ Birthday Party Etiquette

Little boy giving a little girl a gift.In light of a recent UK scandal where a five-year-old child received an invoice for not attending a friend’s birthday party, the topic of kids’ birthday party etiquette seems to be a very important—yet sometimes controversial—topic. People have different views on what’s right and what’s wrong, from RSVPing to a party to sending a gift. To help shed some light on some important dos and don’ts, here are a few of our tips for good birthday party etiquette!

RSVP on time (and in a timely fashion). When we say a timely fashion, we not only mean to send your reply by the RSVP date, but also continue to be timely, and let the host know if your child’s status changes. In the UK scandal/situation, the parent had RSVP’d that her child would attend, and then the child was a no-show (hence the invoice after the fact). If your child wakes up with a fever the morning of the party, let the host know that he or she can’t make it—even if it’s just hours before the party starts. Your updated RSVP is better late than not at all.

To send a gift or not send a gift? This is an often-brought-up question—if your child is invited to, but can’t attend a classmate’s birthday party, should you still send a gift? The easiest answer is whatever you are most comfortable with. We are firm in that if the birthday child is a good friend of your child—or if the parent is a good friend of yours—the answer is definitely send something. But when you get into the gray area of your child being friendly but not really friends, just classmates, a gift is not absolutely necessary.

Siblings not allowed (unless they’re invited). Basically, if only one of your children is invited to a birthday party, it’s not ok to bring your other child to sit on the sidelines—that is, unless you have properly asked permission (we’ll discuss in a minute). We know it can be hard to find childcare, and it’s not fun for parents to split up for different weekend activities, but many birthday parties charge per child, so it’s not fair to add an uninvited guest to the bill. On the topic of asking if you can bring a sibling, it’s only ok to ask if you are good enough friends with the parents AND if you truly can’t find alternate plans for your other child. Otherwise it’s just plain nervy.

How many kids should make the birthday list? Kids’ birthday parties can be pretty expensive, so it’s not always feasible to invite every member in a child’s gymnastics lesson, twos program, or kindergarten class. The answer for this one is, it depends. If you’re child is turning one and is in a class every week, you don’t have to invite everyone—at this age it’s more about parental relationships than child friendships. However, if your child’s elementary school has a policy that if you invite one, you invite them all, then you have your answer. Even if this policy doesn’t exist, if your child is in a small, tight-knit class, it’s hard to exclude just a few kids. Luckily there are birthday parties available for every budget, so you should be able to find a party that won’t break the bank.

Your Kids’ Birthday Party Checklist

happy holidaySo you have to plan your child’s birthday party. It can be overwhelming just to think about it. Where are you having it? What theme should you choose? Where should you get the cake? The list of questions to answer and the amount of things to do seem endless—and if you’ve never put together a birthday party before, you may not know all of the details that need to be decided or all of the things that need to be done. To help you with this daunting (but fun!) process, check out our comprehensive kids’ birthday party checklist to help you get you through your first birthday party planning experience.

Choose a date. This one’s simple. You can’t plan a party until you know when you’re having it! Start thinking about the date and time at least three months in advance, especially if you’re hoping to have the party at a popular venue or if you’re inviting out-of-town family. Make sure to choose a date and then a backup date or two—just in case. Some venues book as many as six months ahead of time, so the sooner you can confirm a date, the better.

Make a guest list. How many kids and adults will you be inviting? This number may determine venues you can and cannot choose due to the size of your party.

Decide on a venue. Once you know your date and number of guests, it’s time to figure out a venue! Using Kidz Central Station’s Best Kids’ Birthday Party Finder, you can quickly and easily search for the best party for your child using the criteria most important to you: neighborhood, type of party, number of kids, themes available, budget, and more! If you’ve decided to host the party at your home, you can search the site for entertainers who will come to you.

Find entertainment. If you’ve decided on a venue that provides entertainment, (i.e. The Art Farm in the City or 92Y) you’re all set unless you plan on bringing in outside performers for face painting, special treats, etc. If you’re hosting the party at your apartment or a party room, you may want to find an entertainer to engage the kids in music, art, or another activity for a portion of the party (i.e. Music with James). If you do plan on hiring entertainment, choose immediately after booking a venue to ensure your entertainer of choice is free on your party date.

Send out invitations. While some venues provide invitations as part of their party packages, many other do not. These days it’s easy to send out email invitations and track responses using sites like Paperless Post and Evite. If more traditional snail mail invites are more your style, you can personalize invitations with photos of your child on sites like Minted and Tiny Prints, order unique invitations from sites like Amazon or Etsy, or head to your local party store to check out the selection.

Choose decorations/theme. Now comes the fun part. What are your child’s interests? Sesame Street? Frozen? Pirates? Princesses? Some venues, like Creative Dream Parties, can customize your party to include your child’s favorite TV/movie character or interest. It’s important to ask your venue if they can accommodate special themes, or if you will have to bring your own special decorations.

im1.shutterflyPick a cake. For many, the birthday cake is really important (and a source of stress). Factors such as taste, type, themes available, delivery options, and price can make it hard to choose the perfect cake. Grocery stores tend to have the most reasonably priced cakes, but may not be able to accommodate certain themes or have a huge variety of cake options. On the other hand, many boutique cake bakeries create extraordinary cakes to fit any theme or taste, but the cost may break your budget. Whatever route you choose, many bakeries need a fair amount of lead-time for your order, so decide on your cake early in the planning process.

Decide on food/paper goods. If you’re planning to serve a meal or light bites, you can decide this step a week or two out from your party. Many venues provide food for the kids—often pizza, water, and paper goods—and many others make you bring in your own. And, most places DO NOT include food and paper goods for adults, so you’ll have to decide on how much you want to cater to parents. Catering from a local grocery store or restaurant, or platters from Costco (or a similar store) are popular options, but if all else fails, call your local pizza joint and have a few extra pies delivered.

Don’t forget the favors! You can go crazy with party favors or make them simple—it all depends on your preference and budget. Party favors can be as simple as a little baggy filled with bubbles, crayons, candy, and other little treats, or can be as elaborate as personalized snack cups, placemats, or books. The kids will be happy with whatever you decide, so don’t stress about it.

Book or designate a photographer. Hiring a professional photographer is a great way to ensure that all of the important party moments are captured—especially for a first birthday. Photographers can be costly, however, so if a professional isn’t in the budget, designate someone at your party—a family member or friend—to be in charge of the picture taking. It’s impossible for the party host to also be in charge of pictures, so take the pressure off yourself and give the responsibility to someone else.

Think about tipping. Although certainly not mandatory, tipping those who took part in making your party a success—be it the coaches at a gym party, a musical entertainer, the people who set up the food—is always a nice gesture. Decide if and what you want to tip ahead of time so that you don’t find yourself scrambling at the end of the party to decide on an appropriate amount or find the right change.

Can you think of anything we’ve missed on our birthday party checklist? Let us know if there are any other musts when planning a child’s birthday party!

 

Introducing NYC’s Best Kids’ Birthday Party Finder!

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 1.43.09 PMAfter months of planning and excitement, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Kidz Central Station’s newest tool for busy NYC parents: NYC’s Best Kids’ Birthday Party Finder! As a team of parents who have planned several birthday parties ourselves—calling up tons of party venues to get the details, thumbing through local magazines and papers to get the scoop, and asking all the friends we have about their experiences— we knew there had to be a way to make it easier to plan a child’s birthday party. NYC has so many great party venues to offer, and so often we don’t even know about the local gem right around the corner! We wanted to find a way to make it easier to find the right party for you and your child—but with less hassle and less stress. So the idea for NYC’s Best Birthday Party Finder was born.

Building on the success of our platform for finding and enrolling in classes, camps, and other activities, we built NYC’s Best Kids’ Birthday Finder so parents can search for the best birthday party for their children by the criteria most important to them: age, location, party type, budget, number of kids, themes, and so much more. Instead of having to Google things like “best kids’ birthday party NYC” or “NYC party for a 2 year old” you can come to the site, narrow your search, and find out what makes the various birthday parties offered on our site so great. You can learn about everything from the maximum kids a venue can hold to if alcohol (for adults!) is allowed at the party. All of the things you can’t find by simply searching online and end up having to ask questions about.

kids on bithdayOnce you find the right party for your child, you can quickly and easily request a party date and more information. Someone will then get back to you about your request—instead of you having to call every place under the sun. Sound good? We think so. So check out NYC’s Best Kids’ Birthday Party Finder and take a look around!

We welcome your feedback! Email us at info@kidzcentralstation.com and let us know you think about NYC’s Best Birthday Party Finder!