Is your son or daughter a David Beckham in training? A Hannah Teter in waiting? An aspiring Michael Phelps? Some kids simply need to get out and move their bodies. What better way to encourage a sense of movement than by hosting an active birthday party? Check out some of the following venues and ideas for making you son or daughter’s active party the best one ever.
Venues for hosting an active birthday
Long Island City Kids is an indoor enrichment center in Long Island City. Long Island City Kids offers a variety of themes, including “rocking dance” and “jump around” parties. Parties are two hours long, and start at $395. More info here
The Astoria Sports Complex in Long Island City has a giant party room complete with super slide and separate dining area. Parties are 2.5 hours long and start at $450. More info here
The Kids Fun House is a clean and safe indoor playground located in Ridgewood. Parties are 3 hours long and start at $350; a variety of themes are available. More info here
My Gym in Fresh Meadows offers 1.5 hours of action-packed activities, games, and rides at birthday parties. Packages start at $295. More info here
The Central Queens YMCA in Forest Hills offers a variety of fun activities to choose from when planning a party, including rock climbing, swimming, dance, and gymnastics. Parties are 1.5 hours in duration. More info here.
The Little Gym of College Point offers fast paced parties packed with games, music, and fun activities for 1-12 year olds. Parties are 2 hours long and start at $425 (for members). More info here.
Bounce U in College Point is a safe, indoor bounce stadium. Party packages start at $249; a variety of add-ons are available. More info here
Kids ‘n Shape is a 5000 square foot gym facility in Howard Beach. Kids ‘n Shape offers parties with organized activities for younger children, and sports for older ones. Parties start at $295 (for a weekday event). More info here
Ideas for having an active birthday at home
Miniature Olympic Games If you have a backyard, or live close to a park, set up a series of events like relay races, jump rope, etc. Or even organize a small-scale soccer scrimmage!
Hula hoop challenge Give each guest a hula hoop, and see who can spin the longest. Send kids home with hula hoops as a parting gift.
Create an obstacle course in your home using furniture, fabric tunnels, etc. Invite kids to navigate it. Then, have guests design a new course.
Active Birthday Goodie Bag Ideas
• Give each attendee a beach or inflatable ball.
• Make cookie “medals”. Bake sugar cookies, and decorate them with yellow frosting. Wrap them in cellophane and attach a ribbon. Better yet, have guests decorate their own “medals”.
• Give each guest a kite to use at his or her next visit to the park.