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One of the biggest decisions to make when it comes to planning a kids party is deciding on a venue, and NYC party venues can be costly. We wanted to share with you some of the more affordable room rentals ideas in nyc that can host kids birthday parties of different sizes and themes. For more options, you can always take Partify’s party quiz to see the best venues for your party.
Book a Professional Event Space
There are many perks that come with renting professional event spaces - tons of experiences hosting parties, clear guidelines and possible party supplies in place. While this is clearly a good choice, there are many things to consider because putting together a kids party requires much more than just a room. To get the most bang for your buck, research carefully what the venue has to offer and be mindful of what party supplies you already own. In addition, for kids of different ages and parties of different themes and activities, what you are looking for in the venue also changes.
1. The Old Stone House
For those who are looking for a large space with wide outdoor areas, the Old Stone House is the perfect place. Located at the heart of Park Slope between Washington Park and JJ Byrne Playground, the Great Room at the Old Stone House provides ample space for around 70 guests. In addition, with the Old Stone House, you can apply for a permit directly for the outdoors and park areas and book some game tables and benches for your party at the same time.
2. Cafe Victoria
If you are looking for a room to rent in Manhattan, Cafe Victoria is a great choice on the Upper West Side, providing rooms of two different sizes that are open for hourly rentals. These rooms come with full wall windows, wifi, and a TV monitor in case you want to show some family photos during the party. In addition, Cafe Victoria offers catering and coffee for additional costs.
Keep Your Local Restaurants in Mind
Not that many people take their local restaurants into consideration when they look for a party venue. But in fact, many restaurants offer room rentals for kids birthday parties. If there are some restaurants in your neighborhood you and your family frequent and enjoy, it is worth a try to check if they can rent a room or even the whole place for a fee or minimum spend. One of the most important but often overlooked parts of the party is the food, but at your favorite local restaurant, an enjoyable meal at the party is guaranteed. Here are a couple of New York restaurants with room rental services that we at Partify know and love.
1. Uno Pizzeria & Grill
Located on the 86th street is the famous Chicago pizza chain Uno Pizzeria & Grill. What is not known to many people is that their cozy back room is open for event bookings. The 150 sq ft room comes with ample seating, AC, wifi and built-in screens. And of course, when you choose Uno, you know there is absolutely no need to worry about lunch! In addition, they offer a ‘Make you own pizza’ activity including chef hats and apron, all at a very affordable cost.
Going further north, we have Silvana, a traditional Middle Eastern restaurant located in Harlem. With both non-metered parking and a parking garage in the neighborhood, Silvana offers event space, catering and even sound system rentals.
Don’t Forget to Look into Public Facilities
In New York, some of the most beautiful locations are open to the public, and many of them can be reserved for private events. Although there might be a process with reservations and rules, the upside is the impeccable view or building that you might need to spend a fortune on at a private venue. Throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, various public venues will suit your needs for different party requirements.
1. Brooklyn Public Library
If you are interested in a book-themed birthday party, you will not find a more perfect venue than Brooklyn Public Library, a venue that bears knowledge, culture and history. The price is very affordable and in addition, all event booking fees for Brooklyn Public Library will go toward a good cause - to directly support neighborhood libraries, programs and materials.
2. Manhattan Movement & Art Center
If you are looking for a more artistic feel for your party, we recommend looking into Manhattan Movement & Art Center on the Upper West Side. Home to Manhattan Youth Ballet, this clean and elegant venue offers three different sized studios for rent, and each is furnished with an upright piano, a stereo system and mirrored walls.
3. Hippo Parkhouse
Another great venue on the Upper West Side is Hippo Parkhouse in Riverside Park. Although Hippo Parkhouse is not strongly themed as the two we just mentioned, it is a more traditional indoor space that is newly renovated especially for birthday bookings. Equipped with wood chairs and tables, a microwave, a fridge and huge cabinets for storage, Hippo Parkhouse can easily be decorated and host parties of any theme. And as a part of Riverside Park, breathtaking views of the park and an adjacent playground are a part of the deal.
It is worth keeping in mind that there are many venue alternatives to room rentals as well such as apartments, parks, etc. Partify blog has explored the topic of cheap NYC party venues in many directions before - affordable pool party venues in nyc, things to keep in mind before throwing a kids party at a nyc park, and tips for hosting an amazing party in a small nyc apartment.
It takes a lot of time and energy to research and book room rentals around nyc, and it is even more work trying to decide which one is the most suitable for your party. To simplify your party planning process, follow Partify’s quick party quiz and fill out all your requirements for your next event. You will quickly get a list of recommended vendors that fit your location, schedule and theme free of charge.
Written by: Luwen Qiu.