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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 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!

 

 

These 4 Awesome Kids’ Programs Can Fit ANY Busy Schedule

Kids have crazy schedules—between school, extracurricular activities, and family time, it can be hard to fit everything in. So if you’re looking for a kids’ program to fit your busy schedule—instead of cramming in an activity at an inopportune time— check out these four programs on Kidz Central Station that allow you to create a class when it works best for your child!

Island Swimming. A 36-year old award-winning swim program, Island Swimming comes to you whatever day, time, and location (at a pool of course) that works for you! Their collegiate swim instructors custom design each program to meet your child or groups’ specific needs, whether you have a toddler learning to swim or need a training program for an advanced competitive swimmer. All you have to do is request a program through Kidz Central Station, and we’ll contact you to create your private or group swim lesson.

Chess at Threestandard_IMG_0855. Chess is a tough game, so the earlier you start to learn it the better off you are. Chess at Three can help your child do just that—and at the time of your choice! This full-service tutoring company has fantastic instructors who will travel anywhere you’d like in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Lessons are 50 minutes long for private or group classes, and use fun stories and challenging games to teach kids all about the complex game of chess.

e.t.c custom events. This program is incredibly unique in that it custom designs classes, activities, and parties of any kind—no really, the sky’s the limit. From scavenger hunts at the zoo to Frozen-inspired arts and crafts classes, this company can plan a one-day experience, a week-long workshop, or a birthday party extravaganza—whatever you can dream up, they can create it. Just request more information through Kidz Central Station, and they’ll do the rest!


Jam With Jamie
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. Create your own playgroup with Jam with Jamie, a lively and entertaining musical experience for kids of all ages. With a guitar in hand and plenty of instruments for the little ones, Jam with Jamie musician hosts 45-minute classes on a day and time of your choice for up to eight kids. These awesome entertainers also do birthday parties, and offer a variety of great packages that not only include live music, but also puppets, face painting, balloon making, and more. Check out this video to see what they’re all about!

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.