There are tons of reasons why New York is the best city in the world to live in. Do you want diversity? Almost half of New York’s citizens are from other countries, speaking 800 different languages. Looking for energy and convenience? In NYC you can get anything at anytime. Amazing landmarks and architecture? You got it! But what if you are looking for a cool indoor birthday spot for your kid? In this case you are the luckiest person alive. Check out our list with the stellar kids’ party venues, you’ll thank us later:
Arts & crafts venues
Textile Arts Center, Greenwich Village
Why: Kids have fun while making crafts they can really use. The Weaving Party is art-making bliss where they’ll learn to use the loom to make vivid, textured cloths. The Fiber Jewelry Party teaches them one or two things about beads and wearable charms.The Printing Party is for creating original prints and transferring them to various items like pillowcases or clothes. Any of the three workshops lasts two hours, afterward kids enjoy food, cake and drinks (you provide your own).
Ages: 5 to 14.
Price: $455/8 children, additional 9–16 children $285–$485.
Children’s Museum of the Arts
Why: Located just west of SoHo, this 10,000-square-foot institution has plenty of room to accommodate your party right in the middle of a 2,000-piece collection of international children’s art. You can customize your celebration with an art-making workshop or simply let kids explore the interactive exhibitions.
Age: 6 to 15
Price: $10/ child, free for children under 1. No snacks included.
The Craft Studio
Why: Great variety of crafts, from gingerbread and chocolate houses, to superhero outfits, funky lamps, and messenger bags. All to be continued with more creativity games and dancing. There is an “à la carte menu” from which you can choose other activities such as a pampering “Glamour Treatment” with hairdo, manicure and sparkly make-up. Ice cream cake, drinks, balloons and face painting are included.
Age: 3 and up
Price: $770 – $1150/ 10 children; $39/ additional child. More refreshments for an additional charge.
Lunessa Designer Jewelry
Why: A two-hour workshop where kids go through the entire professional process of designing and creating jewelleries out of sterling silver, Austrian crystals, semi-precious stones, and freshwater pearls. Lunessa’s party packages cover custom email invitations and thank you notes for guests, plus organic snacks, beverages and cupcakes.
Age: 6 and up
Price: $595/10 children, $59/ each additional child and $95/guest (six-person minimum).
Cooking birthday venues
Why: So deliciously amazing that you will want an invitation too! All hands-on, artisanal chocolatiering parties give kids the opportunity to be chefs-for-a-day. They will get to choose their own ingredients, and wear chef’s aprons throughout the entire cooking session. The exquisite outcome: bars, dipped treats, lollipops, mendiants, shapes, truffles. Parents can also enjoy themselves with a glass of wine or prosecco.
Age: 6 and up
Price: starting from $750 + taxes/ 10 children
Why: Surrounded by a dreamy decor and the latest music playing in the background, kids create their own dream ice-cream flavor. CoolMess will supply the tools and finest ingredients from the best vendors in NYC, your kids put everything in the machine and magic happens.
Age: 4 and up
Price: starting from $900/ 12 children
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
Why: A little vintage party never killed nobody. Kids will fall under the 1950s spell as they pull up a stool and enjoy those countertop classics – the sundae, the soda and the ice cream float.
Age: 6 and up
Price: $6/ average main course and $5/ shake per child.
Active birthday party venues
Why: Kids love jumping off the walls but you get desperate each time they do this in the house. Imagine an area about the size of an official basketball court, packed with side-by-side and on the wall trampolines, where kids can jump freely and in complete safety. Or better yet, combine trampolines and a gigantic bungee and see what happens. Your kids will have the time of their lives!
Age: 6 and up. Staff is keeping an eye on everyone during jump times, but parents are responsible for monitoring minor children.
Price: starting from $495/ 11 children, pizza and drinks included.
Brooklyn Bike Park
Why: A 2-hour skateboarding, biking or scooter session on the asphalt terrain for high-energy tykes. Kids can bring their own gear or borrow from the park’s fleet, helmets included. Guests and parents can admire Manhattan’s skyline from beneath the canopy, or use the grill to cook up something for their extreme kids. Snacks and water are available for your hungry riders.
Age: 3 and up.
Price: $365–$695/10–30 children
The Baseball Center of NY
Why: If baseball is the sport of choice in your home, and it probably is, then the 90-minute Homerun and Grand Slam Birthday Bashes are the best options for you. Expect hitting and pitching competitions, baseball games, hot dogs or pizza, drinks and cake.beverages. A party host, balloons, paper goods, setup and cleanup are also included.
Age: 3 and up
Price: starting from $539/ten children; $20/ additional child.
Do you have other favorite spots for a great indoor birthday party in The Big Apple? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below!