Check out these amazing ways to celebrate a winter birthday in NYC
Planning a birthday party for a kid is hard enough, but one that takes place in the winter? That’s another story. Never fear: we have ideas. Whether you want to throw an outdoor party that embraces winter activities, ride horses, see a drive-in movie, or play Dungeons & Dragons, we’ve got something for everyone. If you need some decoration help, check out these popular birthday themes from the past year
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1. New York Ninja Academy
For a high-energy bash, head to New York Ninja Academy, where party guests train on ninja warrior obstacles (similar to those seen on NBC's American Ninja Warrior) with professional ninja staff. A 90-minute party includes a course run at the end, complete with lights, sound effects, and hitting the buzzer at the end of the course. Parties are $800 for 9 kids or fewer, with it being $100 more for 10-15 kids. There is a $30 charge per child after that, up to 20 children.
625 W. 55th St.
2. Watermark's Winter Wonderland
Book your own private and heated "glass house" at Watermark's Winter Wonderland and feast on s'mores, fondue, and other goodies. This Winter Wonderland on the pier features a tunnel of lights; forty 15-foot evergreens, and even the occasional "Snow Show" thanks to a snow machine. Don't forget to get a group photo on the Watermark Sleigh with the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges behind you.
78 South St.
3. Skyline Drive-in
The Skyline Drive-in is an option that often shows family movies—The LEGO Movie, How to Train Your Dragon, and Boss Baby are examples of past screenings here—and it offers a beautiful Manhattan view. Tickets are $55/car.
1 Oak St.
4. Hit the Trail on a Pony Ride
You can have a horse or pony ride at a kid's birthday party in a variety of ways in NYC.
Rent a pony for an hour from Be Brooklyn Equine (previously known as Kensington Stables). If you can have your party in Prospect Park near the Bridle Path, it's very convienent.
The Bronx Equestrian Center offers pony rides and a party area for $300 for two hours on-site. The pony is available for one of the two hours.
The Jamaica Bay Riding Academy does parties for kids (minimum 12 guests). Parties are 90 minutes, with 45 minutes for rides.
5. Beat the Bomb
Beat the Bomb (the puzzle game experience that covers you with paint if you "lose") is an experience you don't want to miss in DUMBO. Check out the clean, or "no-paint" bomb, the Ballz Bomb (literally soft balls), if your party doesn't want to get messy. Kids must be 8 or older and there must be an adult present.
255 Water St.
6. Snow Tubing
If you're willing to travel, snow tubing could be a real crowd-pleaser. The closest spot is Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah, New Jersey. Tubers must be 42 inches or taller.
200 Campgaw Rd.
7. Ice Skating
A perennial go-to for winter babies is the ice-skating party. Why fight it, especially when you have so many amazing rinks to choose from. Governors Island Skating Rink is open daily and always has events going on, food options around, and games and attractions too. This is the perfect area to rent for a winter birthday party.
10 South St. Slip 7
Great Wolf Lodge
Yes, it's a Bucket List thing, but we just had to include it. There are varying packages beginning at $350 and going as high as $900 (depending on which add-ons you choose). You can choose to include Build-a-Bear kits, goodie bags, ice cream, candy, adult beverages, and so on. You can customize your party to be what you want it to be, but keep in mind, weekdays will be cheaper than weekends and holidays.
1 Great Wolf Dr.
8. Winter Soccer with Super Soccer Stars
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't enjoy some active play and sports fun! Book a private session for a small group for an experience completely customized to you. Sessions can be booked for 45-60 minutes and will be held at a place of your choosing. If you have a favorite instructor, you can request them for the soccer party (depending on availability), and you choose the focus and level of instruction.
At a location of your choosing
9. The Greens at Pier 17
The Greens is yet another spot offering transparent cabins with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River. Expect cozy seating, a virtual fireplace, and classy decor inspired by ski lodges. Each cabin can accommodate 2-10 guests and features touchless mobile ordering from a menu of seasonal dishes.
The Rooftop at Pier 17
89 South St.
10. Play Date at CMOM
Take your party indoors with a private party at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. Groups of up to 25 people can rent out the museum for an exclusive hour and 45 minutes. Guests will have full run of two exhibit floors, activity kits for children to use for the duration of their visit, and CMOM educator-led activities that will get kids moving, listening to stories, and doing art.
212 W. 83rd St.
Upper West Side
11. Chelsea Piers
Give your kids an active birthday party at Chelsea Piers. Groups of up to 10 children ages 5 and up will be led through sports and other movement-centric activities by trained instructors. Party sessions last two hours and there are lots of options for food. Choose a sport or activity for the party to center around from a list that includes basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and ninja parkour.
23rd Street & Hudson River Park
12. Brooklyn Game Lab
You can have a party outdoors, indoors, or online. Outdoor parties are held in Prospect Park, indoor parties are held at their location in South Slope, and online parties are held in the comfort of your own home. They have game levels from beginners to experts, so no one has to worry about their skill level. Parents provide any desired decorations, cake, food, and drinks (depending on your party package).
At location of your choosing
13. American Museum of Natural History
How's this for thinking outside the box? Take a small group to the museum, checking out the Hall of Ocean Life, the Fossil Halls (home to the dinos), and more for the cost of regular admission. Or, spend a few more bucks and see a special exhibit. You must book tickets in advance to visit the museum.
Central Park West & 79th Street
Upper West Side
14. TWA Hotel
Pool party in the middle of winter!? Why not! The TWA's heated rooftop pool is open to hotel guests this winter, and it's been transformed into an Alpine-themed retreat. Visitors can eat at the restaurant or sit at the bar and sip some hot apple cider as they watch airplanes take off below. Visit the pop-up museum exhibits, created in collaboration with the New York Historical Society, and go back in time through replicas of a 1962 living room and offices of Howard Hughes and Eero Saarinen.
1 Idlewild Dr.
15. Treasure Trunk Theatre
You don't need to travel far to embark on an adventure. Treasure Trunk Theater, which fosters drama and imagination, is available to book for a birthday party of 30 minutes (with additional time on request), where up to 30 kids will enjoy fun activities that'll get their voices, bodies, and imaginations working. The Treasure Trunk Theatre instructor will lead kids on an adventure to magical lands using only common household items. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to join in, as well. Prices start at $300.
At location of your choosing
16. Loop of the Loom
In just two hours, kids can weave their own tapestry to bring home, with instruction from Loop of the Loom! Private classes are very small—3-5, depending on the location you visit—and instruction will have kids working on their own looms within minutes.
227 E 87th St. #E
Upper East Side
197 Plymouth St.