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Kids’ Birthday Parties at Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group BirthdayBlue Man Group will rock your world!

Leave your expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter and surprises.

Located at the very intimate space at Astor Place Theatre on Lafayette Street, the Blue Man Group has been a long standing iconic show since 1991.  Kidz Central Station recently received complimentary tickets to attend the April 22nd afternoon show when our kids were on Spring Break.  The parents were happy to take a break from the playgrounds and enjoy a different form of entertainment,  The kids (ages ranging from 7-10) were happy to have a “field trip” during vacation.  Although I’d been to a show many, many years ago, I was excited to have the experience with my kids.

Blue Man Group Birthday

Blue Man Group Birthday

We don’t want to spoil the show (which is unlike anything you’ve seen), but will say that the kids totally loved the childlike humor of the show.  And people being splattered with paint is always funny to them.  They were laughing and smiling throughout the 90 minutes.  The performance is very family friendly and the little bits of adult humor are lost on the kids anyway.  The favorite parts the kids mentioned were the audience interaction and the toilet paper fun at the end. You can tell from the photo above that this is a crowd pleaser.  Among their exact reactions were “awesome!,” “funny,” “messy,” and “Can we go again?”

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After watching the show, we were convinced that this would be a great way to celebrate a birthday while also treating our children’s friends to a unique experience.  It also would be stress free planning. Parents can drop off their kids at the location and the kids are firmly seated for the duration while you relax and enjoy the show with them.  Blue Man Group takes care of the rest!

Celebrate Your Child’s Next Birthday at Blue Man Group New York

Groups 10+ receive complimentary birthday package, which includes:

Themed e-vites

Opportunity for birthday child’s name to appear on LED screen for a birthday shout out

Spin art canvas created by the Blue Men

Show poster for each guest.

Merchandise, Concessions, and Additional Experiences Available for an additional cost.

After the show, get your photos with the performers

Save $20 per ticket for select performances

Blue Man Group Birthday

Kidz Tips

  • Price Per Ticket: $65.00 incl. 1 guest
  • Duration: 90-100 minutes (No Intermission)
  • Wear white to have fun with the fluorescent lighting
  • Bring Earplugs if the kids are sensitive to loud sounds
  • Location: Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003

Snapology Combines Play and Education

Snapology is a new learning concept that combines play with education by providing a fun and interactive environment for children to learn. Your child will learn Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, Robotics, and Video Game Design concepts using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex, and technology.

  • Birthday parties and Classes 
  • Ages 2 to 14
  • Multiple locations, including Astoria, Long Island City, and the Upper East Side

Birthday Parties

standard__birthday_2017_8_6You choose the location and Snapology will come to you! Snaplogy’s exciting birthday parties can be customized to your child’s favorite theme including Spongebob, Hello Kitty, Jurassic Park, LEGO, Pokemon, and more! A certified Snapology party facilitator will set-up, conduct activities, and clean up. You can sit back and enjoy your child’s big day.  Most parties book 14 days in advance. Request a date / More info


Unique Classes

STEM/STEAM

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Snapology believes childrens’ best learning experiences come from interactive activity. In this hands-on class, children learn using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex, and technology. While the children are having fun with familiar toys, laptops, and iPads, they don’t even realize they’re learning! STEM/STEAM classes are designed for children 2 to 14 years old. Classes are offered Every Day from 8am to 6pm in multiple locations.

ABCs & 123

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This program for children 2 to 4 years old is designed to reinforce the current curriculum being taught to preschoolers. Children will learn their colors, shapes, letters and numbers using DUPLO® bricks and other interactive learning toys. This class is offered in Long Island City, Mondays – Thursdays @9-10am.

Pokemania

standard__themed_pokemonLearn about real-world science through the habitats of the Pokemon! Students ages 5 to 12 will build and explore the world of Pokemon as they create their own gyms, battles, and even their very own generation of Pokemon. This workshop is offered in Astoria on Monday, January 21 @1:30- 2:30pm.

Junior Creator’s Club

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Students ages 2 to 5 participate in various creative play activities designed to promote the creative, social and expressive skills of children. You’ll be amazed at the improvement you’ll see in your child’s fine motor skills after just a few visits to Snapology. This class is offered in Long Island City, Mondays @11am-12pm.

Junior Engineers

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Young student’s use DUPLO® blocks to build fun and simple models! By playing with and manipulating the models, 2 to 6 years olds experience pulleys, levers, gears, wheels, and axles while exploring energy, buoyancy, and balance. Classes include free-building time to promote creativity. This class is offered in Long Island City, Tuesdays @10-11am.

Junior Scientists: All About Animals

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Allow your child to cultivate their love of animals. Children ages 2 to 5 will learn various concepts of animal life cycles and animal characteristics & traits using K’Nex toys and other interactive learning tools. We make animal science fun at Snapology! This class is offered in Long Island City, Wednesday @10-11am.

KinderBots

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Children ages 4 to 6 will begin to explore the world of robotics as they build simple models that teach the fundamentals of robotic design. Whether learning about sensors while building drills and magic wands, or discovering ways that gears and pulleys create movement while building helicopters and robotic dogs, your child is sure to have a great time! This class is offered in Long Island City, Thursday @10-11am.

Snapology Basic Engineers Class

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In Snapology’s Basic Engineers class, 5 to 8 year olds will build super-cool models that use gears, axels, and pulleys. Students will work in teams under guided instruction to build a different model each week. This class is designed so that children of all building abilities can build together. They will also have plenty of free-building time to express their creative side. This class is offered in Astoria, Saturdays @11am-12pm.

Snapology is a one of a kind program combining play and education in a fun and interactive environment. Their innovative programs help children grow up with a thirst for knowledge! Sign Up your child for a class today!

Birthday Party at Indoor Extreme Sports

Indoor Extreme Sports

Recently, I ventured out to Long Island City so my son could attend his friend’s Laser Tag birthday party at Indoor Extreme Sports.  Only 5 stops and less than 20 minutes on the 7 train, the commute was far easier than I thought.  With reasonable prices, spacious facility and party rooms, and various extreme sports & experiences, Indoor Extreme Sports should be your next destination to host a memorable EXTREME birthday party.  I can vouch that the kids will have a fantastic time!


 

Party Types at Indoor Extreme Sports

7 to 15+ years //  Long Island City

Black Ops Lasertag: $398.00 incl. 8 guests

Black Ops is the future of live-action gaming. It is the most realistic force on force laser combat system in the world today. It uses the most advanced software in the world today that tracks real-time stats like your kills, deaths, ammo count, points, and more just like a real video game!

Arena Lasertag: $360.00 incl. 12 guests

ARENA CQB is the most realistic force on force laser combat system in the world today. It uses the most advanced software similar to Black Ops Lasertag. Arena C.Q.B is a close quarter battlefield which means smaller sized teams, and fast-paced style games!

Archery Tag: $300.00 incl. 10 guests

Come experience the latest new sports craze at the first official ArcheryTag® center in New York City. Battle it out “Old School Warrior Style” with true bows and safe arrows. Learn how to shoot in the archery range and then battle it out on a 3000′ sq ft field.

Paintball: $398.00 incl. 8 guests

The first and only official Paintball ReBall Center in the TriState Area and the only Paintball facility in NYC.  Play paintball at the most revolutionary facility of its kind today whether you’re a first time “Noob” or an experienced “Hi-Tech” player.

Virtual Reality: $210.00 incl. 6 guests

Rent out our virtual reality lounge and choose from any of the awesome activities. You and your group of friends can experience what it’s like to be in a whole new reality! Are you ready for the most intense gaming experience of your life?

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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

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+.

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!

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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).  

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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.

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.