To a young child, a birthday is one of the best days of the year. After all, he or she is the king or queen for the day and is showered with gifts and toys. For the parents, however, the planning may be something they love or hate.
The good news is there are endless options on Long Island for parents who want to celebrate their child's birthday out, and there are many, many creative ideas if you decide to have a party at home. With that in mind, we reached out to our Facebook and Twitter fans and asked them to send us their favorite children's birthday party ideas. Here's what they had to say:
Long Island party ideas
We recently had a great birthday party at Bounce U in Farmingdale. It was for our son's 6th birthday, and it was the first kids birthday party we hosted. They did a spectacular job from start to finish, and the price was very reasonable.
White Post Farms was fun.
Saf-t-Swim in November! My son was so excited to have a pool party when you're supposed to wear coats and hats!
- Melody Anne Butler, via Facebook
Dave and Busters for food, fun and games. His classmates call it the "Party of the Year!"
- Charlie Drowns, via Facebook
Kangaroo Kids in Deer Park is awesome. I've had my son's birthday there twice and numerous open play as well. I just went to another party there last ngiht and again the kids loved it!
- Corinne Campbell, via Facebook
Ice skating party at the Freeport Recreation Center. The kids were about 5 or 6, and they had a blast.
- Trish Reilly Auerbach, via Facebook
Atlantis Marine World. I had my daughter's 1st birthday there!
- Mayrose Evans, Patchoque
Boomers Family Fun Center for kids under 9. I had my daughter's birthday there, and it was priced well and the kids had a blast.
- Pizi Rodriguez, Port Jefferson Station
Wood Kingdom when my kids were 2 and 4. No cleanup; it was perfect, and the kids had a great time.
- Maria Gonzalez-Prescod, via Facebook
We had my daughter's Sweet 16 at Yankee Stadium. We took her and her friends by limo to the stadium and then had a blast.
- Brenda O'Brien Kane, via Facebook
We've actually thrown three really awesome ones recently. This year we had a "Sparkle and Shine Makeover party" at Beautiful People Salon in Merrick. What a hit! Last year we had an awesome art-themed party at The Art Studio in Rockville Center, everyone had a really great time. We had a super spy party at The Long Island Children's Museum for my 6-year-old. ... everyone had a blast! All three BIG thumbs up!
- Penny Cohen Schneider, via Facebook
We took my 10-year-old daughter on her first "grown-up" birthday. We took 10 of her friends to a play to see "A Christmas Carol" and then out to a nice restaurant to eat and they got to sit at their own table and order their own food. She said it was the best birthday she could have ever had ... that is until her 16th birthday when she gets to go to Disney World with a few of her friends (with parents, too, of course!).
- Erica Ciaravino-Kirk, Lindenhurst
Creative parties at home
Superhero party. We made a "Spiderman" pinata and chocolate pops in the shape of hero logos. We even got a Batman and Robin to stop by the party with the bat-cycle and sidecar for my son's 3rd birthday. He tells everyone he meets that B & R came to his superhero party.
- Bonnie Spellman, Hampton Bays
My twins are only 4 months old. When they turn 1, I am going to have a pirates-and-princesses-themed birthday party. Can't wait!
- Karen Lelo, via Facebook
Last year we did circus-themed with a clown and cotton candy, tried for animals and ice cream truck, but the truck wasn't available and the animals needed a larger space than I had room. We also enjoy parties out like Jump. We did our sons 4th birthday at Adventureland, but that was insanity. Hottest day in June, 98 degrees and 4-year-olds running every direction. I had just had my second a little over a month earlier, lol, it was definitely unforgettable. We like the video-game truck that pulls up to the house, too!
- Melissa Goedtel, Islip
We did a "Cars" theme party for my son's 3rd birthday. We had race tents set up with checkered flags, signs posted to welcome race fans, a huge window cling I put on the sliding doors so kids could take pictures with "Lightning McQueen," a huge "Cars" cake and a lot of race games around the pool. It was so much fun!
- Jennifer La Grande Lania, via Facebook
Hawaiian theme for my 5-year-old daughter. We had a bouncer, picture of her in Hawaiian outfit on her cake ... a lot of decor and laughter. Away from home, two places tie: Boomers and Jump, in Ronkonkoma.
- Pat Cunningham, via Facebook
We have had a couple of fun parties at home -- an Under the Sea theme where kids came in their bathing suits and we had an octopus cake, octopus hot dogs, shell mac-n-cheese, blue Jell-o w/gummy sea life, sand toy party favors in sand buckets and tons of blow-up fish floating in the kiddie pool. We also had a flower/bug/springtime theme party with caterpillar and bug cakes and every child decorated a flower pot and then planted some flowers to take home, plus bug wings and gardening aprons and tools. And the best party we were invited to was at the Cradle of Aviation -- the kids and parents loved it!
- Dawn Remick-de la LIera, via Facebook