Birthday parties at home are great when kids are tots and a few games in the backyard are all that you need. But as kids get older and invitations need to go out to all the kids in the class, a party venue makes things easier. Here then is our list of indoor party spots with the biggest and coolest play spaces sure to wow the birthday kid and the partygoers.
For more birthday party ideas, see our birthday party guide for Long Island kids.
Kzam Next Generation Party Centers — Farmingdale
With a name like the Grand Play Arena, this party spot lives up to its name. The play structure is three stories high and filled with thousands of foam balls. Kids can blast the balls out of cannons from all three levels, a “volcano” also spews balls, and a giant tipping basket drops even more balls down onto partygoers. Parties include a Kzam event room outfitted with a DJ, music, lights, and an MC who runs games and activities.
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Ride the coaster at @Play in Farmingdale.
@Play Amusements — Farmingdale
The main attraction at this indoor amusement center is a multilevel adventure maze. Or is it the bumper cars? Perhaps it’s the Himalaya roller coaster or the Ultimate Arcade? Whatever it is, there are plenty of features to entertain a group of energetic kids. @Play Amusements offers three birthday packages to choose from, or you can customize your own party.
BounceU – Farmingdale, Oceanside, Smithtown
BounceU specializes in birthday parties, so planning one here is hassle-free. Partygoers can enjoy bouncing in two private areas with giant inflatable slides, multilevel climbers, games, and foam ball cannons. Make the party extra special with add-ons such as glow-in-the-dark Cosmic Bounce, Bubble Bounce, or a themed party with your favorite character.
Active Kidz Long Island – Jericho
With everything from laser tag to a ninja warrior course and inflatables to a four-level adventure maze, this venue has seemingly everything for active kids to enjoy. The newest attraction is the Virtual Game Galaxy, where players can move, dance, and jump around while special effects create a virtual experience. Party packages include a private room, and a total of 90 minutes in the maze and inflatable fun zone, and the Cannonball or glow-in-the-dark dance.
Karts Indoor Raceway – Lake Ronkonkoma
Does your child like going fast? Karts Indoor Raceway satisfIES the need for speed with kart racing. Kids as young as 5 can enjoy racing, but that’s not all this party spot offers. There’s a laser tag arena, arcades, roller bowling, and the newest attraction, The Launch laser maze. Players must avoid the laser beams and try to get to the other side safely. Choose from four birthday party packages; all packages include a private party room, kart racing, unlimited roller bowling, one game of The Launch, and a make-your-own sundae.
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Monsters lurk around every corner of the glow-in-the-dark course at Monster Mini Golf.
Monster Mini Golf – Deer Park
Imagine playing mini-golf on a glow-in-the-dark course with animated monsters around every turn. That’s what Monster Mini Golf is all about, and it definitely delivers on the wow factor for first-time visitors. Eighteen holes are lit using black lights. There’s also an arcade with a prize center to cash in all of those tickets. Party packages include a round of mini-golf, an arcade game card for each guest, and a private party room.
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Kids can bounce off the floors and the walls at Sky Zone Trampoline Park.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park – Deer Park, Mount Sinai
Let the kids literally bounce off the walls at Sky Zone. With six different trampoline areas, including a foam pit, basketball dunk, and warrior course, kids are sure to have a great time. And who doesn’t love those orange socks? Multiple party packages are available, including a Toddler Time Party, Glow Jump Around, and a Nerf Battles package.
Explore the tunnels, cargo nets, and slide at Fun4All.
Fun4All — Port Jeff Station
The main attraction at Fun4All is a massive five-level play structure. Kids can bounce, climb, and slide to their hearts’ content. There is also a separate play area for toddlers, coin-operated rides, interactive games, and arcade games. Its three party packages include a private party room, open play, game tokens for each child, and food. Bonus: Partygoers can stay after the party and play for as long as they like.
Safari Adventure — Riverhead
This party venue has a four-level soft play structure where kids can pretend they’re on an African safari. Kids can climb their way up Kilimanjaro through cargo nets, bridges, a huge hippo, and a Jeep. There’s also an inflatable obstacle course, a disco dance bouncer, 3-and-under area, and more than 30 arcade games. There’s also a sensory calming area and a hands-on activities area for quieter play.
Top photo: Dodge the foam balls on your way to the summit at Kzam Next Generation Party Centers. Photos courtesy of the venues