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.
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.
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.
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.
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).