Arnie Kolodner Magic
Arnie Kolodner is so good at mind-blowing tricks—the
floating table and disappearing lady are favorites—that
parents tend to stick around at drop-off parties. He and his
assistant, Alice Bergmann, will also perform classic stories
such as Cinderella and Peter Pan, in full costume.
$650 per Manhattan show; he charges extra for travel.
Kaye’s Birthdaybakers, Partymakers
Notable parents like Jerry Seinfeld are devoted
to Linda Kaye’s elaborate parties at the Central
Park Zoo and the Museum of Natural History, where
themes range from photo safaris to dinosaur digs.
From $560 for 10 kids at the zoo (maximum 24); from
$710 for 10 kids at the museum—with contributor-level
donors (maximum 25).
Bobby Doo Wah
Featuring his own songs as well as childhood favorites like
“Itsy Bitsy Spider,” Bobby’s interactive
guitar show, “Musical Mayhem,” gets kids up and
dancing. Recommended for children ages 1 to 5. $275 for a
half-hour; $350 for 45 minutes in the tristate area. Fans
can pick up his CD after the show.
CAZZ NY Productions
This entertainment agency supplies D.J.’s and M.C.’s
but will also outfit your child’s party with clowns,
magicians, costumed characters, and face-painters. Specialties
include comedy-magic shows and carnivals complete with amusement-park-style
game booths and stilt-walkers. Starting at $300.
Cheek to Chic
Great for tween and teen parties, makeup artist Raychel Wade’s
events are cosmetics treasure hunts. There are several variations;
one party starts with a makeup-shopping spree at Sephora,
then travels to a predetermined location for the makeovers.
$800 for up to six girls; $75 per each additional partygoer.
Company’s Coming! Children’s
Specializing in birthday-party entertainment for children
ages 1 to 7, Company’s Coming! can provide music and
puppet shows for preschoolers, and more interactive shows
that involve storytelling puppetry for kids ages 4 to 7 ($175
to $275 for one hour). There’s also face-painting and
stilt-walking available ($100 per hour), and always lots of
Daisy Doodle’s Funtastic Fantabulous
Parties & Magic
Daisy will perform an age-appropriate magic show filled with
comedy and storytelling, throw instructional dance parties
(think Hawaiian hula, Macarena, and the YMCA), or dress up
as your child’s favorite Disney princess. She also does
face-painting and balloon animals, shows for toddlers, and
game parties (charades, etc.). Starting at $200.
88-11 70th Rd., Forest Hills
This Queens-based stable will trailer its gentle ponies anywhere
in Manhattan or Queens (around $200 in Manhattan, and around
$150 in Queens, for one pony for one hour; $125 for each additional
hour or for each additional pony). But if you don’t
have enough space for roaming equestrians, rides at the stables
cost $5 each for a trot up and down the block.
Ellie’s Preschool Parties
Geared toward the toddler and preschool set, Ellie’s
party activities include scarf peek-a-boo songs for babies,
movement games for toddlers, and a treasure hunt for 4-year-olds.
Ellie herself plays guitar and leads a sing-along as children
make their own music with tambourines, maracas, and bells
that she provides. $200 for 45 minutes, up to twenty kids.
Hollywood Pop Gallery
Theme parties are Hollywood’s specialty. Favorites include
the Picasso Party, an arts-and-crafts class that can include
sunglasses design or T-shirt tie-dying; the Game Show, a Jeopardy!-style
trivia contest, complete with buzzers; and Safari Adventure,
which features lots of (tame) exotic animals—lizards,
monkeys, spiders, and the like. Starting at $350.