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New birthday party venues for kids
New York has no shortage of cool birthday party spots. But for those of you looking for something that isn’t Old Hat on your playgroup circuit, we discovered five new options for the 3-and-under crowd.
There are lots of kids’ art and pottery studios in the City, but Make Meaning takes the concept to a whole new level. With three floors and hundreds of DIY projects, the brand-new UWS store offers cool make-your-own theme parties where kids (and adults) can create anything from soap and candles to paper, glass, ceramics, and jewelry. The basement-level party space is super cute for tots. Parties start at $500, and vary with the activities and number of people. Cake and pizza are included.
329 Columbus Avenue, between 75th and 76th Streets
Pool parties are sort of counter-intuitive in the dead of winter. But Imagine Swimming‘s new birthday parties are a seriously fun way to shake cabin fever. Instructors oversee noodle races and games of “sharks and minnows,” or basic splash time for the littlest ones. (Adults must accompany kids under 3 in the water.) Parties are two hours long, and include swim-time, pizza and dumplings, and land games like piñata and hot potato. Parties start at $900 for the first ten kids, then $20 per additional child—up to 25 kids.
40 Harrison Street, between Greenwich and West Streets
Los Angeles import Scribble Press hosts crafting parties for little ones, aged 2 to 5, with themes that range from princesses and superheroes to cars, planes, trains, animals and bugs. Kids make their own laminated placemats on the theme, and create a birthday memory book for the guest of honor. A basic party package includes paper goods, balloons and decorations, pizza and drinks, a cake, and invites and thank you notes; $885 for ten kids ($30 for each additional child, up to 30 children).
1624 First Avenue, between 84th and 85th Streets; 212.288.2928
215 West 84th Street, at Broadway; 212.362.2555
Tribeca’s family hotspot, Moomah, recently started hosting birthday parties that are both beautiful and imaginative, for ages one and up. Hosting families get the entire space (amazing, right?), but it’ll cost ya: parties start at $2,400 for 15 kids, including a coordinator, two art instructors, party entertainer, decorations, paper goods, food (pizza bagels, quesadillas, or chicken nuggets), and a take-home, theme-based project—like a placemat or frame. The most popular theme for the under-four set is the “On the Farm” party, where the café is decked out with bales of hay, cardboard animals, and farm images projected on the wall. Kids take home a keepsake Moomah puzzle in their goody bags, to boot.
161 Hudson Street, between Laight and Hubert Streets
Eloise Shop at the Plaza Hotel
Opened last year, the very pink Eloise Shop at the Plaza Hotel offers super-girly parties that include playing dress-up in the fashion room, pin-the-accessory on Eloise, and an arts-and-crafts activity. The Essential Eloise Package ($750 for eight children, plus $50 for each additional child) includes an Eloise tea/luncheon, an Eloise Cupcake Tower, invitations, thank you cards, and Eloise goody bags; the Rawther Fancy Package ($900 for eight children, plus $65 for each additional child) also includes enhanced catering and hair, nail, or makeup treatments from Warren Tricomi.
Eloise Shop at the Plaza Hotel
One West 58th Street