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Best places for kids' birthday parties

Birthday parties have come a long way since kids played Pin the Tail on the Donkey in the basement and blew out their candles after an off-key rendition of "Happy Birthday."

Today, children want to acknowledge their special day in a big way, whether that means inviting friends to a bowling party, glamorous tea party, or an hour of go-kart riding. And, if you look at the range of places offering birthday parties -- from ballet studios to ice cream stores -- it's obvious that most parents seem more than happy to oblige.

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-- Compiled by Beth Whitehouse, Debbe Geiger and Pat Brandt

  • Active Kidz is an indoor sports and athletic

    Active Kidz Long Island Birthday party venues, Indoor play space, Kids, Laser tag, Amusement center 200 Robbins Lane Jericho 20,000-square-foot family entertainment center offering laser frenzy game, Battlequest Laser Tag arena, inflatable fun zone, four-level ...

  • Located in Farmingdale, NY.

    Bounce U Amusement center, Kids, Birthday party venues 101 Carolyn Blvd. Farmingdale Giant inflatables and slides, obstacle courses, interactive equipment, team parties, preschool play dates, family nights, ...

  • Bouncers and Slydos Kids, Birthday party venues 1835 New Highway Farmingdale Feel the breeze through your hair as you career down this 20-foot-high, bright yellow, red, ...

  • Round up a few girls and head to

    Darlings & Divas Birthday party venues, Kids 65 Merrick Rd. Amityville Package includes food, drink, paper goods, invitations, hairdos with extensions, use of the diva dress-up ...

  • Island Fencing Academy in Plainview.

    Island Fencing Academy Kids, Birthday party venues, Fencing 101-32 Dupont St. Plainview

  • Island Rock Gym is located on Skyline Dr.

    Island Rock Gym Kids, Rock climbing, Amusement center, Birthday party venues 60 Skyline Dr. Plainview Climbing and belaying; youth climbing team, birthday parties available. Birthday parties run for 2 hours ...

  • 1015 Grand Blvd., Deer Park, 631-871-8762, kangarookidsparty.com. Features-

    Kangaroo Kids Indoor play space, Amusement center, Birthday party venues 1015 Grand Blvd. Deer Park Inflatable obstacles and slides for children ages 2-12. Available for private parties. ...

  • Megan Gianchetta, 6, of Smithtown, enjoys the kid-size

    Karts Indoor Raceway Amusement center, Birthday party venues 701 Union Pkwy. Ronkonkoma Hot and humid summer days aren't a problem at this air-conditioned indoor facility, which has ...

  • Deanna Honett, left, 17, of Dix Hills and

    Lazerland Amusement center, Kids, Birthday party venues 54 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy. Commack Indoor laser tag, dodgeball, gaga pit, and arcade room. Snack counter and vending machines. Birthday ...

  • Girls have fun at a spa birthday part

    Little Ladies Club Birthday party venues, Kids 246 W. Old Country Rd., Unit 3 Hicksville A two-hour party includes; a mini makeover with a glamorous hair style using a personalized ...

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