Have a young robot fan or STEM-minded kid with a birthday coming up? Sure, you could host a Minecraft party at your home with all of the kids fixated on their individual screens in a haze. But why not fuel his or her creativity with a robotics party at a high-tech hub?
We've gathered several ways you can help your child celebrate with science and robotics, either on location or in your home. Looking for more birthday ideas? Consult our Kids' Party Planner Guide!
Bricks 4 Kidz – Eastchester
111 Sunnyside Terrace
When children first arrive at a Bricks 4 Kidz party, they are immediately occupied with building at free play stations, Spin Art, mini golf and catapult games—all built out of LEGOs! They then move on to making a robotic model of the birthday kid's choice with the help of a kit (there are hundreds of models and themes from which to choose. Invitations and envelopes are included in the basic package.
Bits, Bytes & Bots Computer Adventures – Mount Kisco
605 Millwood Road
Let the battle begin! Bits, Bytes and Bots will kick things off at your two-hour Robot Battle party by showing guests how to program and customize their designated Lego Mindstorms NXT robot pals. After that, a head-to-head Sumo style battle will take place in a battle arena. The company will either travel to you or will host the party at its location for an additional fee. The hosting family must provide food and snacks. These parties are recommended for ages 7-14.
Bricks and Motors – Home Parties Only
At every Bricks and Motors robotics party, up to 12 guests will learn engineering concepts, such as how to use pulleys, belts, gears, wheels and more to create a moving Lego robot. Kids can even create a battery-powered vehicle with traditional and specialized bricks. They get to race their vehicles against other vehicles to see whose car runs the fastest. You can also have a Lego Mystery party that involves secret clues and a group hunt for missing pieces (kind of sounds like a Saturday morning in our house). Parties are one hour or 90 minutes long and include invitations.
Sylvan Learning Center – White Plains
34 S Broadway #512
Sylvan Learning Center of White Plains offers robotics and Lego-themed parties for kids in grades 2 -6. It can accommodate a group of six for individual play; if you want more, Sylvan will group kids to share a robot, allowing up to 24 children at their facility. As the kids’ robots take shape, they will experiment with the Lego Education’s WeDo software, enabling them to discover how to apply computer programming concepts and find new ways to get their “bot” moving. Invitations are included in each party.
JCC Mid-Westchester – Scarsdale
999 Wilmot Road
The JCC Mid-Westchester offers robotics parties for children in grades 2 and up. Parties for up to 15 children last 90 minutes, with one hour of robotics using Lego WeDo 2.0 and then a half hour in a separate party room for food/cake. Food is provided by the party host; take note that it must be kosher, and the JCC can provide you with suggested suppliers). JCC does provide party themed paper goods.
Legoland Discovery Center – Yonkers
39 Fitzgerald Street
Having a Lego party at Legoland is akin to having a Mickey Mouse party at Disney World! Two different party packages are offered: Both include admission to Legoland, a cake and drinks, but the Premium package throws in a private building working, pizza and some additional time in the party room. You pay per child (must have at least 10 kids), and Legoland allows one adult to attend for free for every five children; this is a nice perk because the facility will be open to the public during the party.
Top image courtesy of Sylvan Learning Center.