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The Best In The Upper West - Best Kids Venues For 2nd-4th Birthday

By Amari McKoy on May, 24 2020

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We’ve managed to tackle the first birthday, showcasing some of the best venues that the Upper West Side, NYC has to offer. What about those early toddler years? We’re here to offer 5 more of the best Upper West Side birthday venues, this time for ages 2 - 4.

1. Super Soccer Stars

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Super Soccer Stars offers several packages that are great for your future soccer phenom and all of their friends. They offer multiple packages for all sorts of ages (and are loved by boys and girls alike), as well as plenty of activities centered around creative themes, ranging from princesses to superheroes. They even offer a birthday party coordinator to aid in the planning process.

Used their services last year to host my 4 yo daughters birthday party in Central Park. It was a hit with the kids and parents.  So much so that we did it again for her 5th. I thought it might of been a one off the first year but this year was just as professional. 

I would recommend them.  Never had an issue. Also used them for soccer camp that my 5 yo daughter loves and so does my 3 yo son. Keep it up guys!

-Review from Brian A.

2. Cathedral of St. John Divine

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The Cathedral of St. John Divine is a great option when it comes to maximizing fun while minimizing the budget. Recognized throughout the city for its dramatic architecture and historical significance, the Cathedral is home to some of New York’s best birthday parties, thanks to the ACT, or Advancing the Community of Tomorrow program. The Cathedral’s ACT staff members aid in both the set-up and clean-up, allowing you and your child the time and space to enjoy the plethora of themes and packages offered.

I cannot speak more highly of the ACT Divine Parties or the staff at any of the ACT activities. This place is a true gem within the community and we had my son's birthday there for the second year in a row. The staff was helpful, patient and extremely well organized for a party with 25 children 7 and under. Thank you ACT for making my son feel so special and for making the party planning a breeze for me!

-Review from Julia R.

3. Symphony Space

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Manhattan’s Symphony Space, known for its excellent productions, offers “Just Kidding” programs which are made just for kids. There are plenty of shows to choose from, featuring plenty of music and dancing, puppets, magic, even comedy and science experiments. They also offer their own space for you to host your parties and you may bring along any kind of entertainment activities planned with you. This would make an especially unique birthday experience for your child and the little guests.

A great show for family and kids! Def entertaining...loved the music and crowd interaction!”

-Review from Elsie G.

4. 16 Handles

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What’ll make for a crazy cool birthday party? A crazy cool frozen treat! 16 Handles has made quite the name for itself, as its 16 delectable frozen yogurt flavors have become a New York City delicacy. Their birthday party packages can include a private room and free fro-yo with unlimited toppings for the birthday kid and friends (35 cups included). Your child’s birthday party will be an absolute hit with 16 Handles.

The staff was super nice and gave us samples! Great atmosphere - they are typically playing kid-friendly movies and it is nice to sit and enjoy. Very yummy froyo.

-Review from Trish P.

5. Hippo Park Playground Parkhouse

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The Hippo Park Playground makes for a great outdoor venue if you’re celebrating a spring or summer birthday. The playground also has a recently renovated indoor space, the Hippo Park Playground Parkhouse, perfect for enjoying cake with friends and family.

“This is my favorite Playground. It's quite large and has almost complete shade cover, which is ideal on hot summer days. I also love how there are distinct areas for the bigger kids and the smaller kids for everything: jungle gyms, swings, splash pads. It's just a great playground.”

-Review from Aviva F.

What do you think? Have you been to a party hosted at one of these venues before? Do you plan on checking any of them out? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all sorts of birthday party inspiration!

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