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Parties: Birthday-Party Locations continued

Karma Kids Yoga
104 W. 14th St., near Sixth Ave.
At yoga theme parties—Nature Walk, Beach Party, Water World, Funny Farm, Jungle Jam, Amazing Circus—kids ages 1 and up learn to stretch their bodies into animal, tree, and plant figures, which are really just yoga poses using sillier names. Music and storytelling round out the fun. Parties at the studio are one and a half hours long. $400 for ten kids includes pizza and juice; $15 per additional child (maximum of eighteen). Parents usually provide the cake.

NBA Store
666 Fifth Ave., at 52nd St.
Kids get exclusive use of the mini basketball court and a take-home video of their center-court activity, including sideline interviews with the pint-size players. Referees, a coach, a sportscaster, and a cameraman are all part of the party—plus a basketball cake. There’s a café in the store that sells pretzels, hot dogs, and the like. Or, party planners are welcome to bring their own caterer. Call for prices.

Costume Maker
Dodger Costumes
601 W. 26th St.
On those occasions when a plastic mask and ill-fitting outfit won’t do, come here. Having designed fabulous garb for everyone from Conan O’Brien to the Rockettes, Dodger can whip up a one-of-a-kind creation to match even the most creative child’s imagination. From $125.

New Amsterdam Fencing Academy
A classier version of the not-so-p.c. cowboys-and-Indians parties of the seventies, fencing parties provide a fun, safe way for kids to have a true sword fight. Parties include a class that teaches foot positions, advance, retreat, and lunge, as well as points on how to attack and defend. Food is not provided, but parents are welcome to bring snacks and cake. On weekends, $350 gets equipment and two coaches for 25 kids for one hour. Studio space costs extra.

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
This is one of the few places in the city that allows groups to reserve an entire swimming pool for a period of time. They’ll provide a lifeguard and staff, and organize age-appropriate water games like ring tosses for preschoolers or relay races for the older set. There’s also a party room available, but you’ll have to provide the food and decorations. From $595 for 15 kids, $725 for 16 to 30.

The Plaza
Fifth Ave. at Central Park So.
The Eloise Sleepover Weekend at the Plaza is all about crashing slumber-party- style on the floor of a suite. The weekend includes lots of videos, a tea party at the Palm Court with PB&J, hot chocolate, and ice-cream sundaes, and complimentary Eloise gift bags containing all sorts of goodies and toiletries. Kids can even take part in a traditional etiquette class. Prices vary according to party size and extras.

Staten Island Yankees
75 Richmond Terr., Staten Island
This minor-league ballpark throws two kinds of parties. Birthday Celebration includes ten reserved seats (in the outfield stands), ten food vouchers (for hot dogs, etc.), and a bag of candy for the birthday child ($150; $13.50 for each additional kid). The fancier Birthday Bash includes ten box seats, a pizza party with soda and cake, a disposable camera, and a picture of the birthday child with the team mascot ($250; $15.50 for each additional child).

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
West 79th St. and West Drive in Central Park
Located in a historic house in Central Park, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is known for its fairy-tale productions, but also makes itself available for children’s birthday parties. Each one gets a private performance and use of the birthday room for 90 minutes. Reservations required, call 212-988-9093 for prices.

Two Boots Restaurant
37 Ave. A, near 2nd St.
Bring a pack of hungry kids to this spicy-pizza favorite, and they’ll be delighted with unlimited cheese pizza, soda, juice, and milk while playing with claylike “kids’ dough,” coloring pads, and crayons ($6 per child).

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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
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