Kids’ party spots worth the hike

picture-161Prospect Park is lovely, the zoo is also fun and your living room is pretty swell too. But why does the DIY kids’ birthday party always seem to cost at least $500, even with a Costco cake? To help cut down on the cost as well as the endless preparation for what should be a fairly simple event, here are a half-dozen well-priced birthday party venues you may not have heard of, including a roller rink, a bowling alley and an outdoor adventure park. If you live in Brooklyn Heights or thereabouts, these places aren’t exactly centrally located—but all are worth the trip.

Shell Lanes, 1 Bouck Court, Brighton Beach, 718-336-6700, $18 per child – Includes one hour of bowling, shoe rental, bumpers, invitations, choice of two food packages (pizza and soda or hot dog, soda and fries), paper goods.  Total for 10 kids: $180.

Plaster Galaxy, 2756 Coney Island Ave., Sheepshead Bay, 718-769-8500, $14.95 per child with a 15-child minimum – Basic painting party with kids’ choice of item to paint (with a special selection of items for the birthday child), all paints and painting supplies, pizza, snacks and refreshments, invitations.  Kids leave with the item they painted and a balloon. Total for 15 kids: $224.25.

Adventurers Family Center (above), 1824 Shore Parkway, Bath Beach, 718-975-2748, $24 per child with a 12-child minimum (weekdays) – Includes two-hour party with 12 rides (excluding mini golf and bumper cars), all party goods and balloons, one slice of pizza or one hot dog, one bag of chips and one soft drink, one party hostess.  Total for 10 kids: $288.

Dreamland Roller Rink, 3052 West 21st St., Coney Island, 800-362-5116, $300 for up to 20 children – Includes admission, skates, birthday cake, fruit punch, party favors and gift bags.

Bounce U, 6722 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Bay Ridge, 718-238-3288,, $325 for up to 12 kids, Monday through Friday.  Includes two-hour party, two party hosts, pizza, cake, goody bags, balloons, paper goods, t-shirt for the birthday child.

Aviator Ice Skating Party, Flatbush Ave., Just South of Belt Parkway, Exit 11S. (Located in Floyd Bennett Field) 718-758-7510,, $350 for up to 10 kids.  Includes one hour of skating, 45 minutes in party room, food, drink, balloons, invitations, ice-skating vouchers for each child to come back, party host.

Mary Catanzaro is the owner of POGO Events, which has been planning The Amazing New York Race (part scavenger hunt, part obstacle course and all New York) for the past five years, among other inexpensive events around Brooklyn.

4 Comment

  • Buzz-A-Rama! This place is a little unorthodox, but the kids love it and the price is great.

  • The wonderful Habana Outpost does birthday parties starting at $10/kid!

  • such a super idea for a post. just wish you could find something a little closer in to the park slope/carroll gardens area in a decent price range. would love to find a fun party spot for less than $200 all in with food and entertainment. is that an impossible request if i don’t want to go to chucky cheese?

  • The Lefferts House has birthday parties for $250 for 25 kids and they provide leaders for activities. They make ice cream during the party that kids can eat at the end. The party is only held from 10-12, and you have to leave by noon, so you can get away with just doing cake. We had my daughter’s party there last weekend and it worked out well.

    Also the Painted Pot offers an economical party and so does the Moxie Spot. Another reasonable place is Kids N Action.