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Best of New York 2014 • Fun

Best Kids’ Birthday Party

  • “Under the Sea” at Imagine Swimming

    40 Harrison St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-253-9650

    Considering the popularity of Imagine Swimming—it’s the largest private swim school in New York City, with 13 locations—it’s surprising that the Tribeca flagship waited until January to introduce its “Under the Sea” parties. For about $1,600, 11 under-10-year-olds (capacity is 25, with an additional $42 per guest) get an hour of in-pool playtime that couldn’t be further from swim class. Parents appreciate the three-to-one instructor ratio while little ones leap from lily-pad-shaped mats, squirt water guns, and zip down a water slide. On land, kids decorate party crowns around a table strewn with shells and chocolate coins. Place settings and goodie bags are provided, too.

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