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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!

 

 

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!

Birthday Party Panic! 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t

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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!

Birthday Places for Kids – NY Birthday Show Top Picks

Ahhh birthdays. Once you hit 30 or become a mom they just don’t matter anymore – I sometimes have to remember my age when people ask – I just started saying – early thirties 😉

But now birthdays have taken on a mutant form for kids – long gone are the days of cute little family get-togethers at home. They have morphed into enormous events that fall right below planning your wedding.

So much so that I even wrote an e-book to help you get started and try not to spend more than a four-year college fund. (you can download it here).

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So when Queens Mamas threw a Birthday Show – I knew I had to swing by and see just what options were out there. Yes, a lot are extremely expensive, but here in NYC – you expect to be paying top dollar for quality, custom items. Don’t we do that everyday?

Here were my favorite Birthday Places for Kids (on my radar for next year’s birthday):

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Big Apple Circus
(running through January 12th if you have a birthday coming up!) – if you’re a last minute planner and you have the holidays AND a birthday coming up – save yourself the hassle and just book the circus – even adults will love this venue!

Young Chefs Academy
This is actually out by me in Queens but their birthday classes look AWESOME – they were also ranked as Parents Magazine top 10 birthday chains! Think get messy, get healthy, educational and delicious all at the same time and you have a happy group of little kids! This is for older kids – at least 4-5 years and up, but I already have it booked in memory for Maximo in a few years and I can’t wait.

Coney Island Luna Park 
I think it’s written in your genes as a New Yorker to just love Coney Island. After Hurricane Sandy, they really revamped and opened back up this summer bigger and more fun than ever. Luna Park is great for any age as they have little kiddie rides and big kiddie rides. You also get the boardwalk, beach, and Nathan’s. Sounds like an awesome summer birthday party location to me!

Winter Village at Bryant Park
Again this one is only due to the holiday season – but they BOOK birthday parties – and if my birthday was in December as a kid, well I’m just saying – a skate party on the ice in the city is pretty hard to top. Plus, they had fake snow falling at their table…now I am excited for winter! You can get more information on booking parties on their website.

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Gymboree (Lexington Ave location) ok this one wasn’t at the show but Maximo LOVES this indoor playground. I am including it because it’s indoor – if it’s raining, it’s too hot in July or your birthday is in January – maybe you want to book something indoors for the little ones. Plus, they have multiple locations around the city so you can be sure to find one close to your neighborhood.

Crumbs
Who DOESN’t love crumbs??? And now they have Colossal cakes – but I think a more appropriate name for them this time of year is monster-size cupcakes (aka cakes that look like monstrous cupcakes). They have pretty much every flavor combo you could dream up, and bring enough for the grown-ups. I will probably steal Maximo’s piece if it’s Crumbs. #sorrynotsorry

Carlos Bakery
Did you know Buddy now has a Manhattan bakery location? (located by the 42nd street Terminal) And they also deliver – so if you decide to get a cake that looks like this, you won’t have to tote it in a cab.

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The Nature Company
This one might be more for the boys, or if you’re a tomboy mom like me, maybe you want to get your kids hands dirty with things they don’t see everyday in the city – like snakes. Okay, well, the ones that MIGHT flush up your toilet DON’T count!

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Maximo loves animals and getting to pet and learn about different types is always a win in my book! I mean, we DID book his first birthday at the zoo! The Nature Company will come to any venue (including your living room) for your party – so why not! Who doesn’t want snakes and lizards in your home! Just don’t tell your neighbors!