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Party Time! Best Birthday Party Entertainers in NYC

This week, we bring you the best birthday party entertainers in NYC. Whether your child wants to sing and dance or have an interactive musical experience, these entertainers will bring the party fun to a Venue of Your Choice. Don’t forget to check out last week’s recommendations of the Best Birthday Party Venues in NYC.

Many party entertainers provide a discount if you book through Kidz Central Station’s Birthday Party Finder. We advise parents to book entertainers 1-2 months in advance, so start planning now!


Midtown Movement and Dance Company

Best Party Entertainer

Starting at $250 for 15 children. This fun music and dance party has it all. Midtown Movement and Dance provides you with a dance instructor/party leader, music, speaker, guided and freestyle dance activities, props, dance giveaways, dance games, and any theme of your choice.

Music with James

Best Party Entertainer

Starting at $200. Music WIth James classes are a staple for parents in the Murray Hill area. Children dance, jump, clap and sing along as children and parents are drawn into an interactive musical experience that is fun and educational.

Bee In Motion

Birthday Party Entertainers
Starting at $425. Bee in Motion guarantees 10+ hours of sleep from every child after a Bee In Motion birthday party! Tag, capture the flag/football, dodgeball, and kickball, are just a few of the games included. Each activity is age appropriate and modified for children 4 and up.

Kids at Work

Best Birthday Party Entertainers

Starting at $250. Give your child an authentic musical experience with Kids At Work! Musicians get down on the ground with your kids, learn names and ages, and create an interactive environment for all children. Musicians can play and sing almost anything.

YokeyPokey Virtual Reality Club

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 From $500. YokeyPokey provides virtual reality gaming / experiences and 360 degree immersive experiences during the party. Race cars, shoot down space aliens, play minecraft, create and destroy cities, paint in an immersive painting and much more.  Enter a world like you never have experienced before.

Happy Birthday Planning from the Kidz Central Station Team

Party Time! Best Birthday Party Venues in NYC

A child’s birthday is a special part of both the child’s and parent’s life. We at Kidz Central Station are determined to make every parent’s life easier by providing a one-stop shop for all of your child’s activities and parties. There are hundreds of birthday party venues in NYC, but we have narrowed down the best locations for your child’s next party! Each venue offers a unique quality that will make your child’s day unforgettable.

We advise parents to book venues 1-2 months in advance, so start planning now!  Also, many party venues provide a discount if you book through Kidz Central Station.


Galli Theater – Tribeca

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $995 for 21 guests.  Does your child love the theater? Experience the magic of live theater for your special event at the Galli Theater.

Shake Shack – UWS

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $1000 for 40 guests.  Shake Shack is the perfect place to hold a large party! Birthday parties are held in a private rec room equipped with a 42” flat screen TV for slideshows, videos, and DVDs. Plus, kids two and under eat free!

Indoor Extreme Sports – Long Island City

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $150. Indoor Extreme Sports give your child the most memorable birthday experience! Virtual Reality, Laser Tag, and paintball are just a few of the things this venue has to offer.

New York Stage of Mind – Long Island City

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $250. New York Stage of Mind guarantees smiles and laughter for all little ones! Their base package includes one hour of a music show, sing-a-long, dancing, games, and a theme of your choice.

Eloise At The Plaza – Midtown West

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $1500 for 8 guests. Have the most luxurious party in all of NYC at the Plaza Hotel. Eloise At The Plaza offers a variety of birthday party packages featuring food, dessert, room decorations, invitations, and pampering for your little ones.

NORY STEM Party – Tribeca

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $500. The NORY STEM Party offers customizable themes to meet your child’s interest. 3D printing, Dinosaurs, and Space are a few of the most popular ones! Plus, each partygoer gets to build and take home their very own robot!

Hello Princess NYC – Morris Park

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $450. Hello Princess NYC offers everything you need for an incredible princess party! Party favors, food, drinks, and paper goods are all included so you don’t have to lift a finger.

New York City Fire Museum – Soho

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $850 for 15 guests. This hot party held on weekends offers free play, story-telling, show and tell, art project and a scavenger hunt. Party goers are given a goody bag and admission to the museum for all guests!

The Fashion Class – Midtown West

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $575. If your children are into fashion and design The Fashion Class is the perfect party for you! Boys and girls can sew real and wearable clothing, design a fashion project or even hold a professional runway show! Children receive goody bags with accessories and candy. Parents are provided complimentary water, tea, and coffee.

Karma Kids Yoga– Flatiron District

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $600. Karma Kids Yoga provides many birthday party options from My First Birthday Party to Yoga Sleepover Party. Each birthday party features a variety of yoga based activities so you are sure to find the perfect party for you and your child.

OKABALOO FunArtFaktory – Arts & Fun Center – Astoria

Birthday Party Venues

Starting at $550. Okabaloo throws the most FUNtastic and WOW parties in NYC! Their beautiful, spacious, and bright studio is perfect for any themed party. Decorations and a “Happy Birthday” banner is provided.

Stay tuned for next week for our favorite birthday party entertainers!

Sports & Gym Birthday Parties for NYC Kids

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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.

Birthday Party Panic! 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t

UnknownYou know the moment.

A well-meaning Auntie/Uncle/ Bubbe/Teacher/Doorman innocently asks, “So, what are you doing for Little Susie’s birthday coming up next month?” Immediate panic ensues, because you kind of forgot and you have no idea, and there are 50 other things you planned to do this week instead.

Don’t freak out. Here are 5 ways to ensure a fantastic birthday party:

  1. “I Want Candy” (and I want it Vegan, Nut-Free, and Sans Gluten)

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Whether it’s mini cupcakes, an assortment of cookies, or Fudgie the Whale, every birthday party needs a special birthday treat. With a variety of food allergies these days (and food aversions being pretty commonplace among kids of all sizes), it’s nice to offer a couple of treat options, including a gluten-free or nut-free choice—especially if you know one of your guests has a food restriction. Parties can be a bummer for kids who can’t enjoy what their friends are enjoying, so it’s nice to make sure everyone has something to indulge in after the candles are blown out. Make it at home, have it delivered—as long as it’s sweet and you can stick a candle in it, you’re all set!

  1. “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” (Get This Party Started)

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Some parties are all about the music, especially the ones thrown by us here at Rockstars! Any type of party gets a rockin’ boost when you have music playing in the background. Not only does it loosen up your tiny guests and make them feel festive, it encourages dancing and singing too. Whether you choose the soundtrack to the latest hit movie or a live band, nothing brings kids together like boogie-ing down and pretending to be their favorite singers!

  1. “The Right Stuff” (Fun For Everyone)

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Some birthday parties are all about the main activity—maybe it’s an indoor rock climbing adventure or a paint your own pottery afternoon. But all parties can benefit from some downtime activities for in between the big fun. Think about having some coloring pages, building blocks, or simple board games for kids who need a break or want something a little more relaxed. Parties can be overwhelming for little ones, and a truly rockin’ birthday party means everyone is having fun!

  1. “Let The (Grown-up) Good Times Roll” 

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You’ll most certainly be focused on the happiness of your tiny guests, but don’t forget about the grownup ones who brought them. Kids’ birthday parties can be a great way to meet other parents and maybe even make new friends. So if you can, make sure there’s a comfortable area where parents can hang out (within eyesight of their kids, of course), and perhaps even offer an adult beverage or two! You’ll be glad when they return the favor.

  1. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (Party Favors They’ll Want To Keep)

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Party favors are a great way to thank your guests for celebrating with you and your birthday star. Why not come up with an easy on-theme craft project that the birthday boy or girl can help you make? This is a great way for you to get excited about the party together and to send your guests on their way with something meaningful and handmade. If you are the anti-Martha Stewart or just don’t have time to do anything beyond stuffing goody bags, check with your activity provider about ideas they might have or favors they can include at an additional cost. When in doubt, keep it simple. Favors are fun, but the real gift is in the memories you create at your fantastic party!