10 Budget-Friendly Staten Island Birthday Party Spots for Kids

Kids N' Shape has fabulous 2-hour birthday parties where kids can romp in soft blocks.  Photo courtesy of the venue
Kids N' Shape has fabulous 2-hour birthday parties where kids can romp in soft blocks. Photo courtesy of the venue
4/25/19 - By charlotte

Although we have a ton of ideas for kids' birthday parties for every budget in New York City, celebrations in Manhattan or Brooklyn typically cost more than they do in other boroughs, especially when compared to Staten Island. You might not already know it unless you live on Staten Island, but this borough offers a ton of great, affordable birthday party options—ice skating, roller skating, bowling, museums, park and zoo parties, and even a few surprises.

If you're not a Staten Island resident, getting to the island for a party may take a little more effort and planning to schlep a group of kids on the ferry (which will probably be totally cool to them, by the way) or by car, but with the cash you'll save, it just might be worth it. And if you do live on Staten Island, read on for a few ideas to bookmark for your next birthday party.

Chelsea Playground — Bloomfield
Party size: 10 kids max
What it costs:  Party packages are $275 for weekdays; $325 for weekends. The birthday child is free.
What you get: Two hours of playing and partying, a private party room, pizza, popcorn, beverages, a personalized cake, invites, and goody bags. They have a menu of extra for an additional charge. Chelsea Playground's playspace has rock climbing wall, a kids' village, and 3 levels of tubes, tunnels, and slides
Heads up: Book about a month in advance.

Kiddie Wonderland — Dongan Hills
Party size: Up to 16 kids (birthday child is free)
What it costs: $439 + tax for a basic weekend package; discounted weekday packages available.
What you get: Two hours of play in a castle-themed indoor play structure and climbing wall, party host plus additional staff, games and dances, dance floor with bubble machine and disco lights, removable tattoos and/or face painting, pizza and drinks, balloon centerpieces, invites, party gifts for guests, and a special gift and picture for the birthday child. Seating area for adults with cable (no adult fee). Extras and themed parties available for additional cost. 
Heads up: Book about a month in advance, and plan to bring your own cake (or order one from the venue for an additional fee). 


Kids N' Shape — Tottenville
Party size: From 12 to 20 children, depending on package
What it costs:  From $350 for the weekday "party lite" package up to $650 for weekends.
What you get: Two hours of fitness play, invitations, balloons, drinks, coffee, paper goods, pizza for the children, and ice cream cake. More playtime and other add-ons (such as face painting and entertainment) are available at an additional cost.
Heads up: Figure you want to book about a month in advance.

The Party Jungle — Charleston
Party size: 15 children plus the birthday child (15 adults are also included in the package price)
What it costs: $399 for weekday parties, $549 for weekends.
What you get: A party jungle filled with tons of tubes and more to play in, pizza and soda, video games, face painting, popcorn, temporary tattoos, and invitations. Extras available for additional cost.
Heads up: Book about a month in advance, and plan to bring your own cake (or order one from the venue for an additional fee). 

Rab's Country Lanes — Dongan Hills
Party size
: 10-12 kids
What it costs: A "Cosmic Bowling Party" for 10 kids is $345 + tax and tip.
What you get: Depending on which package you choose, you get bowling ball and shoe rentals for 60-90 minutes of bowling, plus music and laser lights, pizza and soda, a balloon centerpiece, invitations, and paper goods. Bonus: Party rooms all have flat screen TVs with DVD players.
Heads up: You'll want to book about a month in advance; a 15% gratuity is added.

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Bounce, skate and play in the arcade at a birthday party at RollerJam USA. Photo courtesy of the venue

Roller Jam USA — Richmond Valley
Party size: Up to 15 kids
What it costs: Weekday party packages start at $389.
What you get: Roller-skate rentals, two slices of pizza per child, unlimited beverages, invitations, a private room with party host and DJ, balloon centerpieces, and paper goods
Heads up: You must book at least a month in advance, and each adult costs $4.95. You supply the cake.

Staten Island Children's Museum — Snug Harbor
Party size: 15 children plus the birthday child
What it costs:  Weekday party packages are $375; weekend parties are $425. Museum member discounts are available.
What you get: Two-hour party with educator-led visit to the exhibit(s) of your choice, invites and balloons, crafts, music, pizza, drinks, paper goods, temporary tattoos and party hats, and balloon centerpieces
Heads up: Book about a month in advance, and bring your own cake and cake serving supplies.

Staten Island Skating Pavilion — Charleston
Party size: 15 children
What it costs:  $405
What you get: 2 hours of ice skating (the Pavilion is open year round), skate rentals, balloons, paper goods, coffee for the adults, cupcakes, pizza and party hostess. (The deluxe package includes goody bags and invitations.)
Heads up: Book at least a few weeks in advance; parties are only held during public skate times on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Staten Island Yankee Stadium — St. George
Party size: Minimum of 10 tickets
What it costs: $20 per child ticket, $12 per adult ticket
What you get: We can't guarantee you the world's best baseball, but the view from this park, which is right on the water, is sweet. Each child ticket includes hot dog, popcorn, and soda, plus access to the stadium's Kids Zone. All the kids get to run the bases after the game, but the birthday boy or girl gets their name up on the stadium's screen, plus the chance to throw an opening pitch.
Heads up: Book about a month in advance.

Staten Island Zoo — West Brighton
Party size: Up to 20 children
What it costs:  $500 (member discount available)
What you get: Two hours of animal fun with a zoo instructor, with three furry/scaly/feathery friends (two of which will be touchable!), a choice of zoo bingo, an animal mask craft or special zoo-inspired story time. Pizza and juice is provided for the children, and all kids get a token to ride the Conservation Carousel. See the details here.
Heads up: You must bring your own cake. Parties are held at 11am or 2pm on weekends year-round, and also on weekdays during the summer.

Find more great birthday party ideas in our Birthday Party Guide

A version of this post was published in 2018; it has been updated. Allison Steinberg contributed additional reporting.