Great Party Spots in Brooklyn for Baby's First Birthday

Best Brooklyn Birthday Venues for One Year Olds, Babies and Toddlers

Let’s face it: Your baby's first birthday isn’t just about celebrating the start of toddlerhood. It’s about acknowledging the fact that you’re still standing after a whole year of parenting, even if you can’t remember the last time you slept!

At this age, the kids in attendance probably won't be running in circles (in fact, many of them might not be walking), so you don't need as much space as you will in a few years, and there’s a good chance that your guest list is heavy on the grown-ups. We've already rounded up great best first birthday spots in Manhattan, and now we've put together a list of top Brooklyn baby-friendly first birthday bash spots that adults and kids will appreciate.

Looking for more party-perfect ideas? Take a look at these Brooklyn gym parties, or visit our handy Party Guide and Directory to find entertainers and more.​​

An ice cream social suited for all ages
Ample Hills Creamery — Prospect Heights and Gowanus

623 Vanderbilt Avenue; 305 Nevins Street
We all scream for ice cream, right? And Ample Hills knows how to get everyone extra excited about the sweet treat. Its Gowanus location boasts a beautiful private upstairs room with a rooftop garden (weather permitting), and views of the Brooklyn skyline that will have the whole crowd oohing and ahhing. For a little added fun, you can give guests an ice cream making lesson that’s sure to captivate even your tiniest guests—at least for a little while. Meanwhile, Ample Hills' Prospect Heights storefront can open early for an ice cream breakfast, complete with waffles and toppings. Packages start at $500 for a two-hour party, plus the cost of ice cream.

A soirée to satisfy every sweet tooth
Du Jour Bakery — Park Slope

365 Fifth Avenue
The house-made pastries, incomparable custom cakes, and family-friendly vibe make this cozy cafe a Park Slope staple. Celebrate the big one by renting out the main dining room, equipped with plenty of high chairs and space for strollers. Partygoers are served freshly baked sweets, while the grown-ups make the most of an open coffee bar. In warmer months, enjoy the beautiful backyard, giving guests even more room to roam. A three-hour standard booking for the dining room and garden starts at $375, plus the cost of food and drink.

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Greenwood Park has plenty of indoor and outdoor space where little kids can roam.

A gathering the grown-ups will love
Greenwood Park — Greenwood Heights

555 Seventh Avenue
A gas station and mechanic shop turned beer garden and bocce ball court? Yes, it’s real, and it’s totally kid-friendly! The 13,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar offers plenty of space for kiddos to toddle around, while the over-21 crowd can enjoy sixty beers on tap, specialty cocktails, a seasonal bar menu, and a couple of rounds of bocce. Depending on the weather, there’s an indoor fireplace, and heat lamps to keep the garden toasty. If you’re looking to really liven things up, Greenwood Park can help provide games, entertainers, bands, and more through its network of outside vendors. Packages start at $35 per person and custom quotes are available upon request.


It's hard to beat a carousel party. Photo by Roland Hopkins.

An iconic Brooklyn birthday
Jane’s Carousel — Dumbo

Dock Street
Jane’s Carousel is about as close to magical as birthday venues gets, from the ride, of course, but also the views and nearby amenities of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The year-round venue set on the East River offers a single party package: two hours of carousel use and unlimited rides for the kids (each with an accompanying adult, of course), and each child receives a souvenir ticket to come back to take another spin at a later date. Food and decorations are not included in the package, but you are welcome to bring your own. Space, including tables, are reserved for the revelers next to the carousel, so you have a spot for enjoying cake. In summer months, outdoor seating is saved under umbrellas in the picnic grove for your party, and in winter months, indoor seating is provided in the heated carousel pavilion. Weekday parties start at $325 and weekend parties start at $375.

A coffee-fueled celebration
Lark Cafe — Prospect Park South

1007 Church Avenue
If the new parents on your guest list need a cup of coffee as badly as you do, this quaint, family-friendly Prospect Park South cafe might be the perfect pick for your party! Not only does Lark serve up locally roasted, much-loved Stumptown java, but it sweetens the deal with treats from nearby foodie favorites, including Dough Doughnuts and Four & Twenty Blackbirds pies. How about that for what might be baby’s first dessert? Meanwhile, if you book the entire cafe, you can let the little ones take over the spacious toy-filled side room, which is home to sing-alongs and story times during the week. The hourly rental fee for the whole cafe starts at $200, while the side room alone is $85 an hour. Note: The restaurant's sister location, Elk Cafe, offers a similar party package for its backyard.

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Host your party indoors or outdoors (in warmer weather) at Monkey Do! Yoga.

A fête for yogis young and old
Monkey Do! Yoga — Gowanus

279 Third Avenue
How about getting your “om” on to celebrate this major milestone? Monkey Do! offers everything from open-play parties that include Baked cupcakes and fun favors, to yogi parties featuring a private parent/baby yoga class. Namaste, mom and dad! The studio is bright and spacious with a gorgeous backyard, plus it has stroller parking and plenty of tables and chairs on hand (not to mention a pro party planner who’s available to help you out). Crawlers and new walkers will love the blocks, toys, and tunnels, and parents will love letting their kids roam safely and freely. Space rental starts at $275 and party packages start at $425. For an additional fee, you can add on first birthday favorites like a sing-along or cake smash.


The community vibe at Nurture{Bkyln} lends the space well to cozy kid parties. Photo courtesy of Kaz Sakuma.

A party that’s practically in your living room
Nurture{Bkyln} — Windsor Terrace

78 East Second Street
If you love to entertain but your Brooklyn apartment is just too tiny, or you really don’t feel like doing that much-needed deep clean, Nurture{Bkyln} is about to become your home away from home. In addition to offering opportunities and support to new and expecting families, including workshops, meet-ups, and open play all week long, they also rent their beautiful brownstone out for parties. The primary space literally looks like the living room of our Pinterest-fueled dreams. There's even a fully-equipped kitchen for food prep, so you can pretty much pretend you live here. Adults will love the laid-back vibe, and kids can happily explore the perfectly childproofed space. The party package starts at $175, with complimentary coffee and tea for the grown-ups. For an additional fee, Nurture can also connect you with Jenni Mahnaz, a pro photographer who specializes in smash cake snapshots.

A shindig steeped in history
Old Stone House & Washington Park — Park 
Slope
336 Third Street
History buffs will love that your kiddo is blowing out the candles at this Brooklyn landmark. Built in 1699, the Old Stone House is a Dutch family farm turned American battleground turned Brooklyn Dodgers clubhouse turned popular party destination and playground for neighborhood kids. While the house itself is available for large events, the “Cafe”—a paved area with six game tables and seats—and the “Northern Garden”—a wood-chipped area with a picnic table and open space—are the best spots for a warm-weather first birthday. Just bring in decorations, snacks, and cake for the celebration, then point your guests in the direction of the gated area of the playground designated for the tiniest tots, or the crawling-friendly artificial grass field. The park permit required for either outdoor space is $25.

Top photo: Enjoy kid-friendly games at Monkey Do Yoga, or opt to just rent the space. All photos provided courtesy the respective venues.

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Du Jour Bakery
365 Fifth Avenue
11215 Brooklyn , NY
Phone: (347) 227-8953
40° 40' 16.8492" N, 73° 59' 4.1676" W
New York
Ample Hills Creamery
305 Nevins Street
Brooklyn , NY
Phone: (347) 725-4061
40° 40' 44.1156" N, 73° 59' 14.4996" W
New York
Ample Hills Creamery
623 Vanderbilt Avenue
Brooklyn , NY
Phone: (347) 240-3926
40° 40' 42.96" N, 73° 58' 5.3544" W
New York
Greenwood Park
555 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn , NY
Phone: (718) 499-7999
40° 39' 33.7032" N, 73° 59' 16.2852" W
New York
Monkey Do! Yoga
279 Third Avenue
11215 Brooklyn , NY
Phone: (347) 987-3797
40° 40' 38.478" N, 73° 59' 8.988" W
New York
Old Stone House & Washington Park
336 Third Street
11215 Brooklyn , NY
Phone: (347) 745-6705
40° 40' 22.8036" N, 73° 59' 4.5744" W
New York
Lark Cafe
1007 Church Avenue
11218 Brooklyn , NY
Phone: (718) 469-0140
40° 38' 48.5844" N, 73° 58' 12.2736" W
New York
Nurture{Bklyn}
78 East Second Street
11218 Brooklyn , NY 40° 39' 0.5616" N, 73° 58' 46.6932" W
New York
Jane's Carousel
Dock Street
11201 Brooklyn , NY
Phone: (718) 222-2502
40° 42' 11.898" N, 73° 59' 33.2376" W
New York