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Great Birthday Party Places for Preschoolers in Manhattan

You won't be long into your parenting journey before you realize your toddler has a more robust social life than you. Once your kid hits preschool, your weekends are no longer your own. Instead, you'll be toting your kid from one party place to another—and maybe classes, too.

I've been at the game for more than a decade and have ushered three kids to countless soirees around New York City. I've seen my fair share of the city's kid-party venues, so I'm rounding up a sampling of Manhattan's best-of-the-best to recommend for your next party.

Whether your style is exorbitantly fancy or simple and classic, here are a dozen spots in Manhattan perfect for hosting your preschooler's party.

Top 10 Houston Spots for Tween Birthday Parties

Tweens are in that - interesting, shall we say - stage of life between being a go-with-the-flow kid and an angst-ridden teen. Sometimes they love anything and everything you do for them, and other times, they absolutely can't stand the sight of you. Parenting tweens can be hard, but planning their birthday party doesn't have to be. With growing independence, energy for days, and the ability to safely participate in activities that may be just a bit too extreme for younger children (i.e., go-karts and paintball), tweens are at the perfect age to venture out from indoor play spaces and parties at parks and plan a party at a Houston venue that offers a bit more adventure.

For more Houston-area birthday party ideas for kids of all ages, be sure to check out our Birthday Party Guide for Houston families.

Inexpensive Birthday Party Room Rentals for NYC Kids

Few suburban comforts make me jealous, but the ability to host a home birthday party is one. Fear not: There are inexpensive party rooms available to rent in NYC; you just have to know where to look.

Keep in mind, buying an all-inclusive package can get pricey, especially if you want to invite your child's entire class. These spots all require DIY inventiveness, but you'll be rewarded with a special day that won't (totally) break the budget. If these prices still don't work for you, consider downsizing the guest list and doing at home with these 5 Party Ideas for Small Spaces, or this apartment party cheat sheet. Read on for inspiration and where to find a party spot near you, or check out our party directory for more local venues and entertainers.

Birthday Freebies in NYC: Where Kids Eat Free and Get Gifts

In the era of rent-out-the-whole-museum and hire-a-marching-band kid birthday parties, it's nice to find a freebie.

Of course, there are plenty of at-home, DIY ways to celebrate your child's birthday for FREE, from mirror notes to playing hooky. But it's also the one time of year you can take advantage of all those corporate birthday clubs that promise to make your kid's big day even more special with fun freebies like complimentary gifts, food, and other deals.

We've rounded up a mix of local spots, with a lot of national chain restaurants and play spots thrown in, which all offer birthday goodies. Some are specific to kids, though some you can snag, too, and most will require some sort of email-list sign up. 

Find more fun for their big day (maybe even a marching band) in our Birthday Party Guide and Directory for NYC families.

20 Birthday Party Spots for Brooklyn Toddlers and Preschoolers

Your toddler is another year older, which means it's time to throw a birthday party! Entertaining the under-age-5 crowd, plus a small army of their closest friends (and parents), can be tricky. Lucky for us, the borough of Brooklyn is filled with party places to please even the most diverse pack of enthusiastic toddlers and preschoolers.

Animals, arts and crafts—even just tumbling around for a few hours—are all options at these creative venues across Brooklyn. Read on for our list of favorites, and find even more birthday party inspiration in our NYC Party Guide.

The Best Places for Pancake Breakfasts on Long Island

Nothing would seem to get kids more excited about breakfast than pancakes. Thin, fluffy, smothered, or sugared, this delectable treat delivers a sense of warmth and hominess that can’t be topped.

So with National Pancake Day looming (March 12), we've rounded up our favorite pancake destinations in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and even one worth a journey to the East End.  While you’re sampling these scrumptious local bites, check out our guide to kid-friendly restaurants, including LI's best ice cream parlorscandy shops, and places where kids can eat FREE.

Best Indoor Birthday Party Places in the DC Area

For kids celebrating birthdays during the fall or winter, chances are they'll be celebrating it indoors. But no matter the season, the DC area is chock full of indoor birthday party spots perfect for kids of all ages. From rock climbing to museums, there's no shortage of places to have some indoor birthday fun. Many of these spots show up on our list of favorite indoor play spaces in the area so these aren't fun just for celebrating birthdays but anytime you want to get out of the house, but not get outside, with the kids.

Read on for our top picks for indoor birthday party places in the DC area.

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