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Best NYC / NJ Area Birthday Party Venues for Older Children

Some birthday party venue suggestions for an older child

  • Dave and Busters - various locations in NY, NJ, PA and more
    This bar/restaurant/arcade hosts arcade parties that include gaming and food.
  • FunStation USA - Long Island - Lynbrook, NY
    Laser tag, rides, bumper cars, food, etc
  • Q-Zar Laser Tag & Arcase - Carle Place, Long Island, NY
    Laser Tag and arcade parties
  • Parties at NYC Zoos - Prospect Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Central Park, Queens Zoo
    Various zoos offer different options. See the website and/or contact the zoos directly.
  • NYC Police Museum - Manhattan, NY
    This museum hosts various themed parties. You can either rent the venue and plan the party yourself, or you can use a planner that has an event planner that is contracted with the museum to host very cool themed parties ranging from Superhero, Police Academy, Scavenger Hunt, Who Done It  or Breaking News movie making party.
  • NYC Transit Museum - Brooklyn, NY
    This museum's parties are led by skilled education staff and includes a guided tour, games, arts & crafts, and a party room.
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum - Brooklyn, NY
    Various themed parties can be hosted at this venue - and can be appropriate for older kids.
  • American Museum of Natural History - Manhattan, NY
    Birthday parties here are coordinated by a contracted party planner Linda Kaye. Parties are designed for ages 4-10. She does various themed parties. Family hosting the party has to have museum membership which costs $125 as of 2013. See the website for more info.
  • LI Children's Museum - Garden City, Long Island, NY
    The museum holds age-appropriate themed parties. You can choose from various options for older kids such as museum explorer, happy bug day, superhero, weird science, and spy school. 
  • Spa Di Da - Brooklyn, NY and Staten Island, NY
    Spa party, can be done at their location or they can come to other locations
  • Aviator Sports - Brooklyn, NY
    Their ice-scating or gymnastics birthday parties are great for older children
  • Construction Kids - Brooklyn, NY
    Their carpentry / construction parties are great for kids in grades K-4, ages 5-10. Great workshop parties where children build stuff with actual tools. Boys and Girls had loads of fun!
  • PuppetWorks Theater - Brooklyn, NY
    This marionette theater holds birthday parties - where the children see their show of the season, and then have some time in the party room. 
  • Brooklyn Gymnastics - Brooklyn, NY
    They provide coaches for the first hour of activities, and a hostess for the forty minutes in the party room. They hold gymnastics, sports, games, obstacle courses, races, artrak parties, and more. Very reasonable prices.
  • Pool party - various locations
    Find any pool in your neighborhood and see if you can arrange a supervised party.
  • American Girl - New York, NY
    They hold various themed birthday parties for your child at their flagship NYC location.
  • Karate School parties - various locations
    Many karate schools host birthday parties. Call a few near you to see if they can arrange one for you. 
  • Creative Cooks - Brooklyn, NY
    Their birthday parties can be hosted at their venue; kids prepare and eat their main meal, then participate in making a dessert (like a chocolate fountain or popcorn sculptures, cake decorating, cookie decorating, a sundae bar, or a pinata).
  • Science party with Carmelo the Science Fellow - Brooklyn, NY
    This NYC science teacher hosts fun and creative science parties that include pet animals, science experiments and lots of laughter. 
  • Parties in Prospect Park - Brooklyn, NY
    Parents have a few options: Parties at the Carousel, at the Historic Lefferts House, or at the Tennis Center
  • Spa Party at Salon DeLacqua - Brooklyn, NY
    Call them to inquire about their spa parties
  • SugarCoatedNY Cake parties -- Brooklyn, NY 
    Quaint and cute cake shop on 65th St and 11th Ave that does wonderful girly parties.
  • Bella Princess parties - Bloomfield, NY
    Parties include themes such as princess, princess & knight, fairies and pirates, rock pop star, hollywood, tropical spa, glamour, under the sea, tea with alice, and many more. 
  • Medieval Times Castle - Lyndhurst, NJ
    Includes a medieval show with horses and nights, full-course dinner, preferred seating, photos, etc. See their website. 
  • Iplay America - Freehold Township, NJ
    Parties include unlimited rides, theater thrill ride, food and more. See website for more info.
  • Grand Prix Racing -  Westchester, NY
    They hold go-kart racing or bowling parties. A hit with kids!

revised on April 25, 2013


As promised earlier, here's an update on the party we had last week. The place was just awesome, very well and tastefully done and a party floor to die for. My daughter and 14 of her friends had a birthday party last week and they sure did enjoy the kids spa, immaculate dining area with activities and the mind blowing dance area, one has to see it to believe.

This place is very new and highly recommended for kids parties for age 3-11. We had at least 3 bookings from our party for future dates. They are also having an all day affair on Dec 21st for Christmas.

The place is Kidz Lounge, 17 Maplewood Place, Staten Island , NY 10306.
Phone : 718-351-7576


Heard about this newly opened place Kidz-Lounge in Staten Island from a friend who had her daughters 6th Birthday party here. Supposedly, the kids could not have enough of it and wanted to come back again. With my daughters birthday in a couple of weeks I decided to check out the place myself yesterday and was floored to see a separate spa area and a dance floor, all this while a party was going on. The kids sure were having a wonderful time and I can't wait to see my daughter and her friends enjoy the place.
Apparently this place is for boys and girls and closer for someone like me coming from Brooklyn too. The prices are perfect for all that's on offer, I have done quite a few parties in the last few years, this place looks a cut above the rest.
More updates after the party !

Another great place for parties is Plaster Galaxy in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Ave. Y) location.
I was there at a recent party and the kids had a blast.
Everything was run very smoothly, with efficient and friendly staff.
Great for all ages, they have a large selection of plaster crafts, open all week and now
have Sand Art as well. I found both their Birthday package prices and the open painting
prices pretty affordable. Go and enjoy!