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BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUES
Here are over 20 places to hold a party! Prices and availability are subject to change. Venues appear in alphabetical order.
Acting Out New York - Make a short movie during the party! Birthday Child gets a DVD to take home! Additional DVDs are $10/each. Theatre games, chalkboard wall, Photo Booth, costumes, popcorn and props, Pizza, Juice and Popcorn are provided. Parties last 1.5-2 hours! Saturday and Sunday dates available. COST: up to 12 kids is $300.00, additional kids are $10 each. All you have to do is show up! Schedule your party today by emailing email@example.com!
Anna's Movement Arts - offering Ice skating, Yoga or dance birthday party instruction all year round.
Atlas Bowl is an excellent venue for birthday parties. Located on main street in Trumansburg, NY, they offer family discounts every Tuesday and have private party options. Celebrators can come during normal business hours or schedule something during the day for a closed event. For more details please contact us at 607-387-3191 or at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bowl-o-Drome - 2 Games + Shoes, $7.00 per person or 2 Games + Shoes + Food. $9.00 per person. Food is either Hot Dogs & Pop or Pizza & Pop for everyone. They do not mix the food types.
Cass Park Pool & Rink - Parties may be scheduled during both major seasons (pool for swimming party & rink for ice skating party) as well as for the Family Roller Fever skate nights scheduled on select Fridays throughout the summer & into Fall.Party includes admission (& rentals, if a skating party), beverages, pizza, cake, popcorn, tableware and a party area.
The Cayuga Heights Fire Dept does parties (they give you a room, do a fire safety talk/tour, give gift bag goodies, and take kids on a truck ride).
Cayuga Nature Center - They offer a three-hour room rental, which includes an educational program lasting up to one hour. Children enjoy everything from our animals, Pee-Wee playroom, trails, and six-story treehouse. Participants, including parents, do not need to pay an additional admission fee. (CNC does not supply decorations, food, etc.)
Circus Culture - Circus Classes, camps, performances, parties, and more for kids. Aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling, tight wire, acrobatics, hooping, props, and more! Circus is already a party - add your special occasion and it’s the best possible situation. We offer themed parties such as: Hoola Hoopla,Superhero, and Fairy Flight (for kids AND adults). We love creating custom parties for kids, adults, and mixed age groups as well. Contact us at to plan something awesome!
FLOOF Collage pARTy! with art-guide Corinne Stern . Call 607-279-3512 for reservations. Art-making party for 10 including snacks, drinks and materials. 1 1/2 hrs. of art-making with snacks, then break for cake and opening presents. The best part? The mess stays here! You provide the cake and balloons. Take-Home Packs of art materials for favors, or bring your own goodie bags. Weather permitting, we can make art outdoors on my wheelchair accessible deck, and play in the treehouse, on the trampoline, rings, tire swing, trapeze, swings, ropes, climbing wall & slide.
Greek Peak Indoor Water Park - Cascades Indoor Water Park at Greek Peak (about 30 minutes East of Ithaca) is fun and finally open to the public. The waterpark is only open to the public Sundays 12pm-9pm, Thursdays 12pm-7pm and Fridays 12-10pm. They have birthday party packages available.
Head Over Heels Gymnastics - Gymnastics fun with their friends, followed by a birthday celebration! Parties consist of one hour of gymnastics, which includes a warm-up, instruction on bars and trampoline and the best obstacle course you have ever seen! There is an hour of party time following the gymnastics. Provided: instructors and the equipment for the Gymnastics portion of your party, plus tables, chairs and clean-up after the "celebration." Parents provide all cake and ice cream, pizza, snacks, beverages, paper products, party favors and decorations including TWO large table cloths. A $100.00 Non-refundable deposit required to book the party or your date will be forfeited. The cost is $195.00 for up to 10 children, for each additional child the cost is $5.00. They will provide invitations with a RSVP that must have a parent signature for consent to participate. Due to insurance reasons, no child can participate without the signed RSVP form.Parties are done on Saturdays 4-6 and Sundays 12:00-2, 2:30-4:30, September through June.
Jillian's Drawers - Perfect for first birthdays through age 4! Rental includes use of baby/toddler size bounce house, ball pit, and slide, use of our play area, toys, and private use of the Community Room for 2 hours. Tables and chairs available. Conveniently located in downtown Ithaca on The Commons with free parking on weekends. Cost: $50. Music, art, and yoga parties available for an additional fee! Email email@example.com.
Jump Around Inflatables - A variety of party packages starting at $120 for 10 kids (while bounce is open to the public) and going up to $425 for the private Disco Bounce and Glow party. Pizza is available with most parties, as well as paper products, set up and clean up. You bring cake and ice cream.
K-House Karaoke - With 11 private rooms, great menu, and family friendly atmosphere and hours, K-House Karaoke is a fun spot for a music filled birthday party.
The Rink - Indoor fields and ice skating offers birthday party options.
Sciencenter - Pricing: $175 for Sciencenter members $200 for non-members Pricing is for up to 10 kids, including the birthday child ($9 per additional child, up to a maximum of 15 children total). The maximum attendance for a party, including adults, is 30 people. A $50 deposit is required at the time of booking.
Sciencenter Birthday Parties include:1.5 hour use of a private, decorated room with a Sciencenter staff host. Museum admission for the day for birthday invitees and adult chaperones
A 20-minute science activity presented by a Sciencenter staff host. Each activity is a cool, hands-on science experience each child participates in. The activity is customized to fit the age, ability and interest of each age group. A party favor bag for each child, which includes a mini-science kit 15 Sciencenter birthday invitations, A balloon for each child and a bunch of 5 balloons for the birthday child, Compostable cups, napkins, plates and utensils, A t-shirt and crown for the birthday child, Optional birthday party registry at Sciencenter Take-Out, the Museum Store
Shipwrecked mini-golf in Cortland -$130 plus tax 7-10 guests plus 2 parents ( # includes B-Day child) 25max, 1.5 hours in party room, 18 holes Glow Golf or 40 minutes of bouncing, T-Shirt for Birthday Child, invitations, pizza etc. They also have specialty parties like build a buddy parties (like build a bear) Princess parties and such, as well as a paintball target area. They also will provide activities for at home parties. see website for more details.
Wine & Design - Art Buzz Kids - spark your child’s creativity and imagination through family friendly painting and craft classes for children of all ages. Art Buzz Kids is perfect for birthday parties, after school classes, summer camps, and much more! Our passion is art and inspiring children to have fun, get creative and feel proud of their work! Your child’s inner artist is guaranteed to shine while being taught by a great team of professionals. You’ll always take home a masterpiece with Art Buzz Kids! Classes for adults too!
YMCA- has several party options, including "Have a Ball." This exciting party choice includes the popular Stay & Play, which features a colorful ball pit, tunnels, and a slide. Their generous sized Multi-Purpose Room is available for you to bring party food, decorations, and gifts. Bounce and Play includes guided gym activities and a bounce house and multi-purpose room. Pool Party includes an hour in the pool plus a room for other party activities. The cost depends on party package, but is as low as $60 and goes up to $225.
Other venues I’ve heard do parties but I have not gotten the details about yet: Bowling (downtown and at Cornell), Michaels, Purity Ice Cream, Regal Movie Theater, TC3 Pool
PERFORMANCE & HIRED ENTERTAINMENT
Acting Out New York- Fun camps, workshops and birthday parties focused on acting for the camera, with a professionally edited "movie" at the end.
Hangar Theatre - Kiddstuff Summer Series - The Hanger produces high quality children's plays, often appropriate for kids as young as 2.
Ithaca Ballet - This Ballet company performs throughout the year, but their yearly Nutcracker Suite at the State Theatre each December is always a hit.
Running To Places - High Quality theatre acted by middle school and high school students. Running to Places also has camps and workshops for kids of all ages.
iFc - free, live music for Ithaca's children and their families. We provide an environment where children can experience live music without the expectation of money or traditional concert practices. Come and witness the iFc experience! 1,2 and 3!! Join iFc for their inaugural concert for the 15/16 season. The program highlights string instruments in various combinations to display the variety of sounds that are possible. The program consists of Bach's 4th Unaccompanied Cello Suite, Christopher Theofanidis' "Summer Verses" for Cello and Violin, and Dohnanyi's Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello. Violinists Kirsten Marshall and Alexa Schmitz join the musicians along with Violist Natalie Brandt and Cellist Zachary Sweet.
CHILDREN'S PERFORMERS & ENTERTAINERS
Angie Beeler - (Miss Angie) performs children's music, does puppet shows and puppet workshops.
Dan the Snakeman - bringing reptile fun to your event
Festive Face Paint - with Cami, an awesome local facepainter
Judy Stock - Musician, Educator, Entertainer
Lily Silly - Does Puppet Shows and has puppet workshops
Mr. Twister - balloon animals and sculptures
Nate and Kate - This duo does lots of kids show with music, juggling and magic
Nate the Great - Nate without Kate, does a wide variety of juggling and mixed with some humor