Birthday Party Venues

Many people have asked me to make page for places to rent for parties... birthday parties, specifically. I’m still working on adding details of places I’ve learned about, but here is a partial list in alphabetical order.  Aside from venues, there are also people you can hire for your event, like Cami, an awesome local facepainter,  Leaping Lemurs Bounce Houses (owned by a local mom), or Amazing Pete the balloon sculpture
If you know of any good party venues that are not on this list, please email me at Thanks!
AbovoagogoPlan an Art Party and make it happen in the Abovoagogo art studio. There is room for 15 kids, with lots of materials and tools for making dreams come true This is the perfect location for a messy creative party that can be planned specially just for you. Cost is $150 - $200, depending on the projects and numbers of children. The cost includes the use of the space, art materials and help in making it all happen. The family must provide the food and any birthday-specific decorations. 
Acting Out New York, Make a short movie during the party! Birthday Child gets a DVD to take home! Additional DVDs are $10/each. Theatre games, chalkboard wall, Photo Booth, costumes, popcorn and props, Pizza, Juice and Popcorn are provided. Parties last 1.5-2 hours! Saturday and Sunday dates available. COST: up to 12 kids is $300.00, additional kids are $10 each. All you have to do is show up!  Schedule your party today by emailing
Anna's Movement Arts - offering Ice skating, Yoga or dance birthday party instruction all year round.  
Bloom has 3 birthday party packages:
Simple Private Party: Use of the play space for up to 10 children, 2 hour private party during closed hours -$150
Extra Private Party: Use of the play space for up to 10 children,  2 hour private party during closed hours, Snacks/Birthday cake OR Planned activity/craft -$200
Deluxe Private Party: Use of the play space for up to 10 children, 2 hour private party during closing hours, Snacks/Birthday cake AND Planned activity/craft -$250

Parties may be scheduled during both major seasons (pool for swimming party & rink for ice skating party) as well as for the Family Roller Fever skate nights scheduled on select Fridays throughout the summer & into Fall.
Party includes admission (& rentals, if a skating party), beverages, pizza, cake, popcorn, tableware and a party area.

The Cayuga Heights Fire Dept does parties (they give you a room, do a fire safety talk/tour, give gift bag goodies, and take kids on a truck ride).

Cayuga Nature Center 
They offer a three-hour room rental, which includes an educational program lasting up to one hour. Children enjoy everything from our animals, Pee-Wee playroom, trails, and six-story treehouse. Participants, including parents, do not need to pay an additional admission fee. (CNC does not supply decorations, food, etc.)

Ithaca Community Centers: Bethel Grove, BrooktondaleCoddington Road, Ellis Hollow, Southside, Varna,

Dynamic Ceramics in the Mall 
Birthday Party: Cost: $15.00 per person that paints, Special souvenir piece to paint for each attendee, Birthday boy/girl receives keepsake plate with each guest child's signature, Guest of honor gets to paint his/her handprint on the wall with name and date,Two hours in studio allows time for painting, opening gifts, enjoying refreshments, Bring your own refreshments

Eastlake Recreation Ball Pit
Access to the 3 story ball pit play area, plus tables and kitchen. 2 hour rental for up to 15 kids $90. 607-277-2151 

FLOOF Collage pARTy! with art-guide Corinne Stern
135 Burleigh Dr. Ithaca. Call 607-257-6418 for reservations. Art-making party for 10 including snacks, drinks and materials - $100. 1 1/2 hrs. of art-making with snacks, then break for cake and opening presents. The best part? The mess stays here!
You provide the cake and balloons. Take-Home Paks of art materials for favors - $2.50 each, or bring your own goodie bags.
Weather permitting, we can make art outdoors on my wheelchair accessible deck, and play in the treehouse, on the trampoline, rings, tire swing, trapeze, swings, ropes, climbing wall & slide. 

 Greek Peak Indoor Water Park - Cascades Indoor Water Park at Greek Peak (about 30 minutes East of Ithaca) is fun and finally open to the public. The waterpark is only open to the public Sundays 12pm-9pm, Thursdays 12pm-7pm and Fridays 12-10pm. They have birthday party packages available.

Head Over Heels GymnasticsGymnastics fun with their friends, followed by a birthday celebration! Parties consist of one hour of gymnastics, which includes a warm-up, instruction on bars and trampoline and the best obstacle course you have ever seen! There is an hour of party time following the gymnastics. Provided: instructors and the equipment for the Gymnastics portion of your party, plus tables, chairs and clean-up after the "celebration." Parents provide all cake and ice cream, pizza, snacks, beverages, paper products, party favors and decorations including TWO large table cloths. A $100.00 Non-refundable deposit required to book the party or your date will be forfeited. The cost is $195.00 for up to 10 children, for each additional child the cost is $5.00. They will provide invitations with a RSVP that must have a parent signature for consent to participate. Due to insurance reasons, no child can participate without the signed RSVP form.
Parties are done on Saturdays 4-6 and Sundays 12:00-2, 2:30-4:30, September through June.

 Ithaca College
Children's Birthday Parties-The Office of Campus Center and Event Services is pleased to be able to offer a fantastic place to host birthday parties at an affordable price. Party guests can celebrate in style with games including Rock Band 2 and other XBox 360 games (or bring your own games to play on our big screen), pool, ping-pong, air hockey and foosball. Guests can also enjoy delicious refreshments provided by Ithaca College on-site catering at special party package prices. An on-site party host will also be available throughout the event to help coordinate all the details.
Reservations will only be made depending on availability of the space. For more information or to book a birthday bash, please contact the Office of Campus Center and Event Services at (607) 274-3313 

Ithaca Montessori School 
has a gym that is available for rental. It’s $25 per hour. They supply tables and chairs and whatever else is in the gym. There is a lawn and playground too, if the weather is clear.
Jump Around Inflatables A variety of party packages starting at $120 for 10 kids (while bounce is open to the public) and going up to $425 for the private Disco Bounce and Glow party. Pizza is available with most parties, as well as paper products, set up and clean up. You bring cake and ice cream.

Niki’s Party Place Bounce Houses 
A variety of party packages starting at $260 for private parties of up to 20 kids. Parties include 2 hours of bouncing, Invitations, themed decoration and paper products for the children; Plain paper products for the parents, set-up and clean-up. 

The Potter's Room - We offer birthday parties/events at our location at The Potter's Room, located on the Commons (109 East State). We have done children birthday parties before and they have also gone very successfully, having the children create beautiful work that they are proud and happy about. During the party, the children have the option of either working on the wheel or doing hand-building (or a combination of both) and then sometimes the parents provide cake/refreshments/pizza that the kids can eat in the studio. A few days later after the work has been fired, we let the parents know that the work is ready to glaze. The children can either come in individually to glaze their work or the parents can schedule a glazing party for the children to come in together. 

Parties: Events are hosted for up to 10 people. There are seven wheels in the studio and two hand-building tables. Guests may do hand-building or wheel work. The rate is $25/ per person (includes return visit for glazing) and parties last a duration of 1.5 hours.

The Rink -Indoor fields and ice skating offers birthday party options.

Pricing: $175 for Sciencenter members $200 for non-members
Pricing is for up to 10 kids, including the birthday child ($9 per additional child, up to a maximum of 15 children total). The maximum attendance for a party, including adults, is 30 people. A $50 deposit is required at the time of booking.
Sciencenter Birthday Parties include:
1.5 hour use of a private, decorated room with a Sciencenter staff host. Museum admission for the day for birthday invitees and adult chaperones

A 20-minute science activity presented by a Sciencenter staff host. Each activity is a cool, hands-on science experience each child participates in. The activity is customized to fit the age, ability and interest of each age group. A party favor bag for each child, which includes a mini-science kit 15 Sciencenter birthday invitations, A balloon for each child and a bunch of 5 balloons for the birthday child, Compostable cups, napkins, plates and utensils, A t-shirt and crown for the birthday child, Optional birthday party registry at Sciencenter Take-Out, the Museum Store

Shipwrecked mini-golf
in Cortland -$130 plus tax 7-10 guests plus 2 parents ( # includes B-Day child) 25max, 1.5 hours in party room, 18 holes Glow Golf or 40 minutes of bouncing, T-Shirt for Birthday Child, invitations, pizza etc. They also have specialty parties like build a buddy parties (like build a bear) Princess parties and such, as well as a paintball target area. They also will provide activities for at home parties. see website for more details.
Give your child the gift of creativity with their own private birthday celebration! We provide the canvas and all supplies needed. Private parties are available anytime during the week and weekend and can start as early as 10am.
No Need to buy gift bags, each child goes home with their own work of art! 10 child Minimum/$20 per child, private parties are 2-3 hours long, An artist will teach one of Creative Kids Original Paintings or Request us to create your own for your child's party ($50 additional charge), take breaks and cake time as needed! Ages 5+ Parents Responsible for all Food and Drinks Remember to wear clothes that could get some paint on them!
has several party options, including "Have a Ball." This exciting party choice includes the popular Stay & Play, which features a colorful ball pit, tunnels, and a slide. Their generous sized Multi-Purpose Room is available for you to bring party food, decorations, and gifts.  Bounce and Play includes guided gym activities and a bounce house and multi-purpose room. Pool Party includes an hour in the pool plus a room for other party activities. The cost depends on party package, but is as low as $60 and goes up to $225.

 Zumba with Rebecca Norman -a licensed Zumba® Kids and Zumba® Kids Jr. instructor, Rebecca offers classes throughout Ithaca.  Zumba® Kids and Zumba® Kids Jr. combines music, movement, and community for children ages 12 and under.  The classes inspire kids to express themselves through movement and play, while effectively improving their overall health and well-being.  Physical activity has been proven to boost self-confidence, boost metabolism, and enhance coordination in children. Rebecca can do birthday parties and teach classes at local venues.(607) 227-4421

Other venues I’ve heard do parties but I have not gotten the details about yet: AC Moore, Bowling (downtown and at Cornell), Michaels, Purity Ice Cream, Regal Movie Theater, TC3 Pool

Outdoor Parks and pavilions -  Check out the Outdoor Play Spaces page for ideas. (calling and booking may be necessary). Here’s a link to the park/trail permit application.
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