One of the most popular subjects of conversations between parents is the topic of birthday parties. Everyone is searching for a new idea. We challenged ourselves to find a few different ideas for celebrating your child’s party. Some of the following venues you have heard of, but we hope we found a few new ones, too. This post focuses on parties for boys but, of course, many of the following ideas are fantastic for girls, too. (For more ideas for girls, check out our post on Best Birthday Parties for Girls!)
Slot Car Racing Party
Elmsford Raceway offers a fast track to fun: Mini race tracks with replicas of full size cars race on grooves powered by 12 volts of current. With a hand controller, you race your car along the track – accelerating and braking. The atmosphere of the room is filled with racing posters and paraphernalia, so it feels very authentic. Eight party guests are given instructions on how to play and have one hour to race cars and win ribbons for $160. For larger parties, you are given two tracks for up to 16 races for $300 or three tracks for up to 24 racers for $475 per hour. There are party tables for cakes and snack, but you bring ’em. Find out more on Elmsford Raceway’s website. 342 N. Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford; 914-592-5375
Movie or Video Game Party
Have your party at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Yonkers and watch your child’s favorite movie on the big screen. Parties are available 9 to 11am seven days a week. A two hour package (for 15 to 35 kids, ages 12 and under) includes a movie in a private theater (either your own blue-ray or a 90 minute feature provided by Alamo), one snack and event coordination by their staff. There’s the Breakfast Cereal Bar (Call it a pajama party and have everyone wear pajamas!), Cookies and Popcorn, Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza Buffet, or Kids Breakfast Taco Buffet. Cost is $200 for a two hour party, plus food and beverages (ranges from $24-$28 per child). A new release is $6 per person extra. You provide your own birthday cake. Alamo also offers video game parties and passes out wireless controllers for the guests to play each other. For a really special party, Alamo offers a dance party with music videos. Call Alexis Meisels at 347- 913 5394 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. 2548 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers
Martial Arts Party
Excel Martial Arts offers a two hour party for kids ages four and up that includes decorations, pizza, cake, martial arts class and games. They will even cut the cake with a karate sword! Cost is $550 for up to 20 kids and $10 for each additional kid. Call for more information. Excel Martial Arts: 2097 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont; 914-834-1540
Mario the Magician is a true artist. With his slapstick humor and silly faces, parents will enjoy his show just as much as their kids. Mario interacts with kids like a pro, thanks to his experience as a special education teacher’s aid, and there is plenty of magic, like in his finale when he pulls a real dove out of his hat. Mario’s shows are between 45-50 minutes long ($600) and an add-on option of a 10 minute magic lesson (for ages 5 & up) is available. The shows are for kids ages 4-10 years old. If you would like to hire him, contact him at email@example.com or call 917-605-0662.
Bouncing, Gymnastics and Sports
A party at Bounce U in Elmsford is for the kid who loves to move and what kid doesn’t love to run, jump and leap? Party packages start at $299 for up to ten kids and go to $599 for up to twenty kids. If you opt for the premiere package, you’ll get invitations, paper products, four large pizzas, drinks, ice cream cake, party favors for 20 guests, one hour of private playtime in two bounce rooms with giant inflated structures, air hockey and music, forty five minutes in the party room, party pros, access to their video game arcade and a t-shirt for the birthday child. Bounce U: 150 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford; 914-874-5200
We also hear great things about the parties at Gymcats in Yonkers. Party packages start at $359 for the first fourteen kids – $459 for twenty two kids plus $18 for each additional child. Party consists of one hour of activities (obstacle course, trampoline, big slide into foam filled pit, air filled house and more) in their spacious gym and 1/2 hour in the private party room. You provide the food and cake. Find out more on their website. 1 Odell Plaza, Yonkers; 914-965-7676
House of Sports in Ardsley is a great option for your sports fan. Party packages include invitations, paper goods, balloons, trained coaches to facilitate sports activities, private room with two hostesses, pizza, juice and a gift for the birthday child. Choose a baseball, basketball, flag football, soccer, carnival, tumble and more. Prices depend on which option you choose. Find out more on their website. 1 Elm Street, Ardsley; 914-479-5419 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ice Skating Party
Westchester has a lot of ice rinks that offer birthday party packages. At Brewster’s Ice Arena, you can reserve a private rink for your party and they’ll take care of all the details for you. Cost is $190 per hour with a one hour minimum and skates are $3 per person. You can also have a party during their public ice skating sessions and that package is $15 per child with a $100 minimum, skate rentals, pizza and drinks. Find out more on their website and check out our guide to Westchester’s Public Ice Rinks for more public ice rinks. 63 Fields Lane, Brewster; 845-279-2229
Westchester has several bowling lanes that offer birthday party packages: Cortlandt Lanes, AMF White Plains, Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, Paradise Lanes in Yonkers, Funfuzion in New Rochelle and Spins Bowl in Mount Kisco. Spins Bowl offers four different party packages and is a Glow Party. The basic option, “The Spare,” is $275 Friday from 3pm and Saturday and Sunday ($31 per additional child) or $223 off peak times ($26 per additional child), two lanes for one hour for eight kids, bowling shoes, party host, unlimited pizza and drinks. For more information, please see their website.
Mad Science Parties are available for three age groups: 4 1/2 – 7 years, 6-9 years and 9 years and up. Your Mad Scientist will perform jokes and science experiments based on a theme. You can opt for one of their exciting add-ons to enhance your mad science party like dry ice, a rocket launch (outdoor space needed) and Mad Science goody bags. All parties end with a chemistry experiment to take home. Both Dino Digs and Applebee’s offer Mad Science Birthday Party packages or you can have a Mad Science Party at your house. For pricing, please check their website.
A birthday party at Ridge Hill’s LEGOLAND Discovery Center would be a party to remember! The Standard Package is $25 per child for up to twenty guests (ten kids are the minimum) and the birthday child is free. One adult is free for every five children and additional adults are $15 each. Party includes admission to the Discovery Center including all the rides and attractions, one hour in the private party room with a host, a birthday cake and beverages. The Premium Package allows for seventy five minutes in the private party room, pizza and a private workshop with a Model Builder and each child takes home their LEGO creation for $35 per child. Find out more on their website. 1 Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers; 866-243-0770
Parties for Nature Lovers
If you’re looking for a party that includes plenty of fresh air and exercise, head to Muscoot Farm. The price to rent the barn for birthday parties is $100, plus a hay ride is $75 (from April to November). You supply your own food and paper products and they’ll set up the room with large tables and chairs. Outdoor parties are also available. Parties are scheduled on Saturday mornings from 10am – 12pm and can be scheduled up to three months in advance. And the best part? Parents can relax because the kids really can’t get in trouble except for getting a little muddy. Let them run around, do an animal scavenger hunt (provided by Muscoot), see the animals and you’ll all leave the party feeling like you had a day in the country. Find out more about birthday parties at Muscoot Farm. Muscoot Farm is located one and half miles south of the intersection between Route 35 and Route 100 in the town of Somers on Route 100.
A party at Teatown Lake Preserve is guaranteed to be special. Party packages include a 2-hour Carriage House rental with a Teatown Educator for a 45 to 60 minute nature program. Choose from nine programs to suit your child: Meet the Animals, Predator and the Prey, Woodland Exploration, Fairy Tales and Gnome Houses, Bug Out, Lorax Quest, Survivor, Ecostyles and Finding Your Way. For parties for up to 15 children, the cost is $235 and parties for 20-30 children, the cost is $370. You must be a member of Teatown to reserve a party. Guests supply the food, beverages and are responsible for clean up. For more information call 914-762-2912, ext. 110. 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining