The Takeaway: Crafty Birthday Parties Where Kids Make & Create

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Enough with the gift bags full of tiny doodads and stickers! Send the kids home from your child’s next birthday party with a project they made while having fun with their own two hands. From crafty to tech-y, tasty to terrariums, we’ve rounded up the best ideas for maker birthday parties of all kinds — some of which will even come to you! Click through to get inspired!

For a Custom Shirt & More: Hiho Batik

Tucked away behind the retail space of kids' boutique Hiho Batik is a brightly-lit studio where kids can custom design their own T-shirts and more with the textile technique using dye and wax. Artist instructors are on hand to help partiers with the projects, and kids can use a template from a design book or draw one freehand. T-shirt parties are $40 per person, but you can also make other projects using other materials such as dreamcatchers ($30 per person), masks ($25 per person) or a wizard hat and wand ($30 per person). Parties include supplies and two hours of studio time. (Note that T-shirts are ready about a week after the party and can be mailed out or picked up.) 184 Fifth Ave. Park Slope 718-622-4446 Online: <a target="_blank" href="; target="_blank"></a> <em>photo: via Hiho Batik <a target="_blank" href=";theater">Facebook</a&gt; page</em>fuck


Do you have a favorite spot to hold a crafty birthday party? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Mimi O’Connor