Looking for a great place for a birthday party for your children on Long Island? Worried that you don’t have enough space in your house or apartment? Do you dread the hassle of cleaning up after the party’s over?
Then consider having your children’s birthday parties in a Long Island museum or other space. It can be a great experience for both you and the kids. Here’s a sampling of some of the great Long Island locations that can host birthday parties for your family.
For children 3-4 years, choose themes like Fishie Fun, Bubbles! or Shells. For the 5 to 12-year-old crowd, the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum's themes include Pirate Bash, Under the Sea & more. They provide invitations, workshop room for eating & craft activities, staff educator to facilitate programs, goodie bags, tableware, birthday candles & general clean-up. You provide food, drinks & cake.
The museum also offers museum sleepover birthday parties for grades 1-6.
Info, current prices & reservations: visit Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, or call (631) 367-3418, extension 17.
This 20,000-square foot family entertainment center is one of the largest in the NYC metro area and features attractions including Battle Quest Laser Tag, Lazer Frenzy, an inflatable room, a four- level climbing maze with slides, web climbs and tunnels that's one of the largest on Long Island.
Bring your child and his or friends to Bayville Adventure Park. Birthday party packages include a variety of attractions, pizza, and invitations. Call (516) 624-7433, option 2 or visit Bayville Adventure Park.
At BroadHollow Theatre, they provide a birthday cake and entertainment for your child and his/her guests. Choose from two packages: Package A includes a cake, candles, napkins and more, plus a one-hour live children’s show where the birthday boy or girl will be invited onstage with the cast. Package B is almost identical to Package A, but also includes pizza.
You and your children can host a party with up to 25 guests in this wonderful museum that celebrates Long Island’s many contributions to the history of flight. Highlights include a tour of the museum, treasure hunt, and a paper craft activity. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. Invitations and a party host are provided by the museum.
Learn more about the Cradle of Aviation museum.
This Long Island-based entertainment company serves Nassau and Suffolk as well as NYC's five boroughs. They provide clowns, characters, magicians, and princesses. They also operate a party equipment rental service including inflatable bounce houses and equipment such as cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cone machines. They also offer packages with face painting, balloon animals, bubble shows, magic shows, sing-alongs and musical games.
Country Fair Entertainment Park
Country Fair Entertainment Park gives you and your children the option of a number of exciting party packages: 18-hole miniature golf, Go-Kart rides, batting cages or golf driving range parties. Country Fair can provide pizza and soda or even hero sandwiches.
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
This fun and educational museum is a center for research on Long Island geology and archaeology. Exhibits explain the Island’s geology and focus on the Native Americans who lived in this area. The preserve is a 62-acre stretch of glacial moraine with forests and meadows with hiking trails down to the shore, where plant fossils and clay were deposited here 70 million years ago at the end of the Age of Dinosaurs. Children can pick from three party themes: Discovering Dinosaurs for ages 4-7, a Native American Theme for ages 5-10 and a Nature Theme for ages 5-10.
Have a fun party at this wonderful children’s museum. Choose from a number of themes for kids from ages 2 through 12. Children ages 2-5 can enjoy themes like Messy Merriment and TotSpot Party, while older kids, ages 5-12 can explore topics like Weird Science.
Learn more about the Long Island Children's Museum.
Gold Coast Arts Center
The GCAC can customize a birthday party for your child with themes like “Musical Me,” recommended for ages 1 to 3 years. It includes a musical activity, pizza, and cake. For children ages 5+, there are other programs including a ceramics theme, dance, art or drama. Call for current prices.
Take the kids for a whirl on the Historic Nunley's Carousel. Choose from three birthday party themes: Carousel Party, Alice in Wonderland party or the Rough Riders Party. All parties include pizza, soda, and invitations.
For more detailed information and rates, please call Reservations at (516) 572-4066.
Sweetbriar Nature Center
Sweetbriar Nature Center's educators will present a 45-minute, interactive program with live reptiles, birds and more. Choose from programs including Threatened Wildlife, Butterflies & Moths, Reptiles, Rainforest Ramble and other themes.
Treat your child to a Long Island Aquarium (formerly Atlantis Marine World) Aquatic Birthday Party, which includes a tour of the sprawling aquarium, a party room with party host, reserved seating at the Sea Lion Show, unlimited rides on the Submarine Simulator and Discovery Tower and more. Parties can be customized with add-ons including a cruise on their tour boat (May through October.) Themed parties include the Reptile Slither-bration and more.
Learn about ecological cruises on the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat.
Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts
For a unique themed party, invite your children's friends to the Merrick Theatre. Your child and all his or her guests will have a seat at a performance of the theater's popular kids' shows. The actors may even call your child onstage after the show for a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday." Parties include pizza, cake, and goody bags.
Tackapausha Museum and Preserve
This 84-acre preserve offers five miles of marked trails that meander through oaks forests with tranquil ponds and streams. Over 170 species of birds including ruby-throated hummingbirds fly through this natural area. The museum features exhibits about animals and Long Island’s ecology and also has interactive activities for the kids. Birthday parties can only be arranged on weekends. Note: this is a popular party venue. You'll need to reserve many months in advance.
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center
The Nature Center at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center offers a great setting for a nature-themed party for kids. With your child's choice of themes including Discovering Birds, Wildlife of Long Island, Birds of Prey, Reptiles and more, the party lasts for 2 hours and will include a 20-minute craft or trail walk led by one of the center's educators for up to 20 people. Call for prices.
Party with the Long Island Ducks
If your child’s birthday falls on a date during baseball season, take up to 10 guests to watch the Long Island Ducks play at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip. The birthday party package includes 10 box seats, Ducks souvenir logo baseballs, one baseball autographed by a Ducks player, and more.
For more information contact the group sales department at (631) 940-3825, or visit Long Island Ducks.
Unlimited Sports Action offers birthday parties for all ages. Enjoy one hour of sports or activities on a climate-controlled turf field with a choice of sports or games. This is followed by a half-hour of food, drinks and birthday cake in one of the private party rooms.
Parties include pizza, cakes, drinks for the kids, paper goods, birthday invitations and a dedicated staff of party professionals.
The age range is generally from 2 to 13 years, but they can also do parties for teens or adults, as well as bar/bat mitzvahs.
Bring the kids to the Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium, a former Gold Coast estate with sprawling grounds and a view of the Sound. Choose from Planetarium Parties in a party room and tickets to a planetarium show or Children's Theater Parties, which include a party room plus tickets.
White Post Farms
Children will be thrilled to invite their friends to a White Post Farms party, where guests get to ride real ponies. Children will also get to hand-feed or bottle-feed animals. Parties are available all year long. During warm weather, parties are held outdoors, but the farm features heated rooms for chilly winter days, and in the case of rain, there’s an indoor pony riding area. Ask about their discounted prices for weekday parties.
Science Museum of Long Island
Does your child love science? Then come to the Science Museum of Long Island for a special science-themed birthday party. The staff will conduct a hands-on science experiment. Nursery and kindergarten-appropriate topics include Science Magic and Discovering Dinos. First and second graders can choose from experiments centered around Kitchen Chemistry, the Science of Toys and more. Third and fourth graders will enjoy Volcanoes, Tie Dye, and other themes.