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NYC’s 20 hottest kids’ bday venues, according the coolest NYC parents

Kids playing in a pit filled with sprinkles.

Ah, New York City. The city so nice, they named it twice…and filled it with endless kids’ birthday party venue options! Which is great, until you realize it’s going to take you way more than a New York minute to find the perfect one. We reached out to a trusted group of local parents in the NYC area to share their fave kids’ party venues, and they delivered! Here’s what made the list:

1. Book Nook

On the left, kids and parents sitting in a circle as a person reads a storybook. On right, a dessert table.

Location: Park Slope, West End Avenue & Tribeca

Ages: All

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $925


☎️(332) 253-2069 - Park Slope

☎️(646) 927-4900 - West End Avenue 

☎️(646) 649-5917 - Tribeca

Cozy, cute and perfect for the little bookworms in your life, Book Nook offers birthday party packages at three of their locations and you can even opt to have a craft sesh and glow stick dance party during your bash.

2. Craft Studio

On left, a room with tables decorated with neon balloons and crafting supplies. On the right, a kid decorating a hat.

Location: Upper East Side & Tribeca

Ages: 18 months & up

Pricing: In-studio birthday packages start at $1545; to-go packages start at $550


☎️(212) 831-6626 - Upper East Side

☎️(646) 922-8823 - Tribeca

From classic painting crafts to glam fashion challenges to blacklight dance parties (and beyond!) it’s no wonder parents love this place as much as their kids do. They even offer to-go parties so your little ones can get crafty wherever they want!

3. The Wonder

On left, an older girl gives a younger girl a temporary tattoo. On the right, parents play with kids in a ball pit.

Location: Brookfield Place

Ages: All

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $1800 (must also have a Gold Key ($199/month) or Black Key ($1999/year) Membership)


☎️(646) 370-3113

Offering tons of add-ons (including a spy school!), The Wonder provides pizza, juice boxes, a birthday cake and 1.5 hours of private use time at their Brookfield Place location. The Wonder parties are exclusive to Gold and Black Key members, but it’s easy to sign up!

4. Chuck E. Cheese

Location: Brooklyn + other locations

Ages: All ages

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $26.99 per person


☎️(718) 783-4570

The original kids’ party place, complete with a seemingly endless amount of games and pizza! Find plenty of awesome Chuck E. Cheese invitations here.

5. Church St. School for Music and Art

On left, a group of kids holding up crafts they made. On right, a girl squeezing glue onto a picture.

Location: Tribeca

Ages: All

Pricing: Contact venue for details


☎️(212) 571-7290

Church Street School’s artists create magical events for every theme and include exclusive use of the party space for 90 minutes, paper decorations, and professional and experienced educators/artists/musicians to lead the fun.

6. Sloomoo Institute

On left, a woman stretching a big piece of slime while a girl watches. On right, three people getting liquid slime dumped on them.

Location: SoHo

Ages: All

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $2300


☎️(917) 818-2982

This is basically THE place to throw a slime party! Think hand-crafted, artisanal slime, plus kinetic sand and CGI videos for a super sensory experience your kid (and you!) won’t forget anytime soon.

7. Gaga Center

On left, kids playing a game in a ring. On right, a sports-themed cake with balloons in the background.

Location: Manhattan

Ages: 4 years & up

Pricing: Contact venue for details


☎️(212) 920-7884

Looking for a high-energy party for your high-energy kiddo? The Gaga Center is definitely the place for you—3000 sq. ft. of private play space, pizza, a game of gaga (think a gentler version of dodgeball) and great tunes.

8. Union Square Play

On left, kids playing at play sinks. On right, kids painting on a mirror.

Location: Union Square & Upper East Side

Ages: Up to 5 years

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $800


☎️(833) 877-7529

This much-loved play space offers open-ended, immersive play for little ones celebrating their special day! 

9. NYC Elite 

Images of kids playing at a gymnastics gym.

Location: Upper West Side, Tribeca & Upper East Side

Ages: Up to 12 years

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $1067


☎️(212) 775-1177 - Upper West Side

☎️(212) 334-3628 - Tribeca

☎️(212) 289-8737 - Upper East Side

Manhattan’s top-caliber gymnastics program for children offers birthday party packages! Whether your little one dreams of winning gold or simply loves tumbling about, this is the place to go.

10. The Art Farm NYC

On left, a little girl in a pen with bunnies. On right, a little boy holding a glue stick and smiling.

Location: Upper East Side

Ages: 1–8 years

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $1500


☎️(212) 410-3117

Animals, art, science, treasure hunts and tie-dye are just some of the party themes this wildly fun party venue offers. They even have an indoor petting zoo AND offer parties for teens and adults.

11. Fastbreak

On left, a table set for a pirate-themed birthday party. On right, kids on a basketball court posing with trophies.

Location: Upper NYC

Ages: 3 years & up

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $1395 (or $795 for an at-home party)


☎️(212) 724-3278

Game on! This sporty venue offers customizable parties with coaches, tons of sports equipment and games, and party decor and supplies. 

12. Kids In Sports NYC

Kids playing with hoops, arches and a small basketball hoop.

Location: 74th Street + other locations

Ages: 1–12 years

Pricing: Contact venue for details


☎️(212) 744-4900

Kids in Sports lives up to its name, offering soccer, baseball, basketball, football and more sporty themes along with relay races, obstacle courses and name games. 

13. Sportime

On left, a woman playing tennis. On right, a man explaining something to a group of young girls.

Location: Randall’s Island

Ages: 4 years & up

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $600 for members and $700 for non-members


☎️(212) 427-6150

While tennis is what they’re known for, Sportime also offers tons of other party-perfect activities, including pickleball (always a fave for any age!).

14. Dribbl

Kids playing basketball.

Location: Upper East Side

Ages: 3–14 years

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $1750


☎️(212) 717-7651

Yes, Dribbl offers basketball birthday parties for kids, but you can also request just about any other sport or game for your little athlete’s big day.

15. Dylan’s Candy Bar

On left, a table with a colorful cake. On right, a woman posing with lollipops.

Location: Midtown East

Ages: All

Pricing: Contact venue for details


☎️(212) 620-2700 x4014

What kid doesn’t love candy? Throw the sweetest Candyland birthday ever with a multi-sensory, candy-themed party at this iconic shop.


16. Museum of Ice Cream

On left, a girl posing with gift bags. On right, a girl laying in a giant pool of sprinkles.

Location: SoHo

Ages: All

Pricing: Contact venue for details


☎️(866) 665-1018

Another sweet spot for an epic party? The Museum of Ice Cream offers unlimited ice cream and dessert-themed play spaces and tons of add-ons to treat your birthday kiddo to.

17. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

On left, kids reaching for bubbles. On right, kids looking at a giant ship replica.

Location: Hell’s Kitchen

Ages: 6–12 years

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $1495


☎️(646) 381-5010

Discovery, wonder and cake are all part of this super-cool museum’s birthday party packages! Partiers can visit the aircraft carrier, Intrepid, the space shuttle, Enterprise, and the world’s fastest jets while participating in fun, themed activities. They even have a sleepover option!

18. Nitehawk Cinema 

Images of a movie theater.

Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Ages: All

Pricing: Public “Spoons Toons All Ages” are $20 per person. To host a private party, contact Nitehawk for pricing here.


☎️(646) 963-9288

Nikehawk partners with Secret Formula to host a “Spoons Toons All Ages” watch party where kids of all ages can watch classic cartoons, play trivia, complete challenges and enjoy an amazing cereal bar. 

19. Cotton Candy Spa

On left, kids sitting at a nail-painting station. On right, girls clinking glasses of juice over a colorful cake.

Location: Brooklyn

Ages: 4–12 years

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $469


☎️(917) 724-9160

Throw the sweetest spa day party ever with one of Cotton Candy Spa’s stylish packages. Think mini manis (with kid-friendly polish), mini pedis, make-your-own perfume activities and so much more!

20. The Little Gym

On left, three girls in matching unitards sitting on a balance beam. On right, a baby holding a shaker and smiling.

Location: Brooklyn Heights, Tribeca, Upper East Side & Upper West Side

Ages: 1–12 years

Pricing: Birthday packages start at $705


☎️(718) 488-7744 - Brooklyn Heights

☎️(212) 941-9300 - Tribeca

☎️(212) 787-1124 - Upper East Side

☎️(212) 799-1225 - Upper West Side

Instructor-led games, music and activities will have your kiddo engaged from start to finish at this beloved chain of kid-centric gymnasiums.

Prices and information are subject to change. Please contact the venues directly or visit their websites for the most up-to-date information.

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