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CT Children's and Kid's Birthday Parties

Connecticut Parent Magazine's Party Planner Spectacular is featured twice every year, in May & November. Readers can access the published content on this page, as well as link to the websites of these great party providers.  To have your business listed, please contact the Publisher, Joel MacClaren at joel.macclaren@ctparent.com

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Activities

The Cookie Workshop

based in Trumbull

203-452-8872

www.cookieworkshop.com

The Cookie Workshop provides a unique, fun-filled baking experience for children and adults alike! We are a nut-free cookie and cupcake bakery specializing in make-your-own cookie activities. Purchase custom platters of cookies and cupcakes, stop by to make your own cookies during our regular business hours, have a party to make your own cookies, or order our creations online. With several hundred cookie cutters to choose from, we can make or help you make unique, delectable treats. Our parties are great for birthday celebrations, holiday get-togethers and Moms’ Night Outs. Our party package includes flavored cookie dough, icing and sprinkles, a cupcake tower, drinks, themed paper products, and a bakery box to decorate and take cookies home in. In addition to our nut-free bakery platters, we also offer egg, dairy, and gluten free cookies and cupcakes. 

 

Cookie platters, along with our make-your-own cookie kits can also be purchased online and shipped directly to you. All of our products are homemade with no added preservatives.

Curious Creatures

Serving Connecticut

203-488-1417

www.curiouscreatures.org

Curious Creatures is one of the oldest and largest mobile exhibitors in the Northeast with locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  They will come to the location of your choice and provide an hour-long, hands-on program that is both entertaining and fun.  A staff member will bring a variety of animals (approximately 10 to 12 species) and will share fun facts about each of them, teaching children respect and tolerance for all creatures that walk, crawl and slither on the earth.

Programs can be tailored to suit your needs, with rainforest creatures, desert animals, large insects and arachnids.  The children will interact with all types of reptiles and amphibians, as well as cute fuzzies such as chinchillas, ferrets and guinea pigs.  The Curious Creatures animals were all born and raised in captivity and are used to being around people.  This contributes to a unique, fun and safe hands-on experience for children of all ages, as well as adults.

The Giggling Pig
Based in Shelton and Bethel

Bethel: 203-919-1153

Shelton: 203-513-2731

www.thegigglingpigartstudio.com

Harris in Wonderland

based in Avon
860-888-5130

www.harrisinwonderland.com

Bring your next birthday party to life!  We now host parties in our location at 364 Albany Turnpike in Canton, or we can bring the zoo to you with an event to remember from Harris in Wonderland!  Children of all ages will enjoy this unique, live animal demonstration.  Experience more than 15 exotic creatures from lush rainforests and arid deserts around the globe! See kingsnakes, milk snakes, boas, pythons, turtles, tortoises, geckos, bearded dragons, dart frogs, horned frogs and much more! Learn interesting facts and features of each animal, ask questions, feel the shell of a land tortoise or hold a giant snake. The fun is endless! We even offer additional insect and mammal programs!

The program is adaptable to suit your needs and is a safe and educational experience that is entertaining for all ages.

Book your one-of-a-kind party today!

John Casablancas Modeling & Acting Agency

based in Rocky Hill
860-563-5959 

www.johncasablancasct.com

If you have a fashionista at your house, celebrate her birthday at John Casablancas! 

Book a fashion birthday party and pick a theme: 


Runway Modeling: Learn to walk the runway like your favorite models. 
TV Commercial: Tape a commercial like the ones you see on TV, while being coached on all of the backstage secrets. 
Makeover: Get your makeup done, just like you would at a professional photo shoot.
Photography: Get your picture taken, just like your favorite model.Additional fees apply. 

Participants will receive 45 minutes with an instructor at John Casablancas, and 45 minutes to enjoy refreshments. The agency will supply paper goods — all you need to bring is juice and cake! The cost is $225 for eight people. Additional people may be added at a rate of $9/person.


 

Make-A-Movie Parties

serving Connecticut

914-533-7294

www.perryproductions.net

Katherine Perry, videographer of Perry Productions, is offering Make-A-Movie parties for children ages 7 and up. She supplies the costumes, props, improvisational direction and videotaping — you bring the talented actors! Try one of these fun events or try your own theme: 


Action Adventure Movie: Go around the world in search of adventure. 
Detective Story: Become the greatest detective to solve a mystery! 
Science Fiction Movie: Can an intergalactic battle be resolved and peace returned to the universe? Only your birthday child knows the answer! 
Rock Video Awards: Your birthday child hosts the rock video music awards as videos of everyone’s favorite songs are made. 
The Wacky News: Your birthday child anchors a news program while guests create their own news stories. 


All acting is improvised on the spot, so no one has to memorize lots of dialogue. The tape runs 10 minutes and can be watched while the children eat cake! Call today for more information.

Xperiment Virtual Reality

100 Hawley Lane

Trumbull, CT 06611

203-502-8005

www.xperimentvr.com

Are you ready to experience out-of-this-world fun? Xperiment VR is a cutting edge social play place that provides the best and most immersive virtual reality experiences to all ages and abilities. Virtual reality allows guests to play games and have unbelieveable experiences in new and innovative ways. We provide a unique and exciting experience for children and adults alike! Visit on your own or with family and friends. With over 45 different experiences and games available, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

 

Xperiment VR also offers several party packages that can be catered to your specific needs. All parties include at least 60 minutes of VR and additional time in our party rooms for pizza and drinks. We also gift an Xperiment VR T-shirt for the guest of honor and a bonus 15-minute gift card to all guests. 

Book your event today for the most unique and memorable party around!

Amusement Parks

Quassy Amusement & Waterpark

based in Middlebury
1-800-FOR-PARK

www.quassy.com

Birthday parties are a blast at Quassy! Spend an entire day at the park for 10 people — and you can pick your package! There are two packages to choose from: The Supreme Package (the best value): Your choice of 10 slices of pizza, or hot dogs and fries; 10 all-day ride and Splash Away Bay passes; 10 dessert tickets; 10 Laser Maze tickets; two pitchers of soda or juice; 10 Quassy souvenir cups; 1 1/2 hours in a covered area. The cost is $450; and $39 for each additional person. The Deluxe Package: Your choice of 10 slices of pizza, or hot dogs and fries; 10 all-day ride and Splash Away Bay passes; two pitchers of soda or juice; 1 1/2 hours in a covered area. The cost is $330 for pizza and $340 for hot dogs and fries; and $28.75-$29.50 for each additional person. All parties include free parking, paper goods and a bouquet of balloons. Bring your own cake or cupcakes to make it complete. Reserve online at www.quassy.com.

Magicians

Ray Lorenzo, Magician

Based in Meriden

203-314-6796

www.raylorenzo.com

Memorable party experiences are made with the magic of Ray Lorenzo. Offering interactive performances for children and adults, Ray Lorenzo will provide 45-60 minutes of fascination and fun. At children’s birthday parties, your child will be the star. Along with a mind-blowing performance, Ray will provide exciting goodie bags for each child that include magic tricks. He teaches each trick included and provides written instructions so the kids can perform for family and friends. A secret club application is also included. Kids in the secret club will receive easy-to-do tricks from Ray that they can teach their friends! The birthday child will receive a special birthday magic set, hand-picked by Ray himself. For adult parties, Ray performs more sophisticated magic, including floating and disappearing tricks. Kids and adults who love magic will never forget a party with Ray Lorenzo!

Tony the Magic Man

serving Connecticut

203-574-3303

tonythemagicman.com

Why hire Tony The Magic Man?

I have been a veteran of the performing arts for over 20 years. I am a member of the Society of American Magicians. I have performed as a magician, clown, jester, pantomime and, during the winter holidays, an elf. 

 

I have been featured in the Hartford Courant, News/times local-state and Waterbury Republican. 

 

I have crafted a combination of humor and magic into an interactive performance that is entertaining for all ages. I am available for birthday parties, festivals, and fairs. I dazzle my audience with magic and 50 plus balloon sculptures. My goal is to make the celebration not only a successful event, but fun and memorable for both children and adults.

Museums

The Childrens' Museum

based in West Hartford
860-231-2824

www.thechildrensmuseumct.org

Get ready to celebrate, discover and explore because a party at The Children’s Museum is so much more! Imagine a fantastic birthday party, complete with science and nature activities, meet-and-greets with live animals, and a chance to explore our exhibits.

 

Birthday parties at the Museum are memorable, entertaining and hassle-free. Our traditional party package includes a private party room, a Party Pal to help lead the fun, and educational hands-on activities that YOU choose. Pick from a Planetarium show, craft, game or experiment. Other options include our Animal Safari Party and Do-It-Yourself.

 

All party packages include free all-day admission and free return passes for guests. Parties are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Contact our Registration Department for more details at (860) 726-4008 or events@thechildrensmuseumct.org.

Connecticut Science Center

based in Hartford

860-SCIENCE

CTScienceCenter.org

The Connecticut Science Center offers fun, interactive, hassle-free birthday parties for all ages. Splash in our Kidspace with your little ones, or explore your senses and dig into fun, ooey-gooey materials. Explore outer space or take a group photo in our 360-degree photo booth to celebrate your birthday! Your friends and family can experience over 165 hands-on exhibits at the Connecticut Science Center. We will help you customize your celebration for a one-of-a-kind experience. 

 

Parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays between 10AM and 5PM. The Stellar Party Package includes 22 guests and 2 chaperones, General Admission for the entire day, a decorated party room for two hours, a Science Center Birthday Party Host, a coupon for each guest to return for free, all tableware, and printable invitations. You can customize any party with our exciting add-ons including a 30-minute science activity, science goody bags, and more! Birthday parties sell out fast so early booking is recommended. Visit CTScienceCenter.org/birthdays to learn more and get started.

Connecticut Trolley Museum

based in East Windsor

860-627-6540

www.ct-trolley.org

Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum and journey back in time to experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of Streetcars from the 1890s-1950s, many of which are available for rides. A birthday celebration at the museum will provide the thrill of a lifetime for your child and be remembered for years to come. Before, during or after the food is enjoyed, the trolley awaits your crew for a ride into the past. Parties include the exclusive use of the trolley dining car for a two-hour period. Each party has a Birthday Party attendant who will assist in the party room, escort everyone to the trolley ride and help clean up after the party. Additionally, each child receives a coupon for future visits. After the two-hour period, you and your guests are welcome to stay on the grounds to enjoy the entire Museum including the Fire Truck Museum. 

Discovery Museum and Planetarium

based in Bridgeport

203-372-3521, ext. 136

www.discoverymuseum.org

From Dinos to Super Heroes to Space Exploration, celebrate your special day the Discovery Way! The Discovery Museum offers action-packed birthday party packages for kids ages 1-14. Engage in a simulated launch to the Moon in our Challenger Learning Center, explore the exoplanets in our larger-than-life Science on a Sphere, test your super hero skills in our Adventure Science gallery, and so much more. With make-and-takes, hands-on activities, planetarium shows, and even a night out at the museum pajama party, enjoy an out-of-the-box, out-of-this-world birthday celebration at the Discovery Museum! Call 203-372-3521 x136 or tbarnes@discoverymuseum.org to book your party today!

Performers

Party Talent

serving Connecticut

203-846-2000

www.partytalent.com

Your best investment to ensure a successful event! Party Talent, featuring Mr. Bungles and other professional performers, was established in 1996 and has become one of the leading party planning companies in Connecticut, providing professional quality entertainment with hundreds of bookings every year, ranging from backyard birthday parties to huge corporate events with multiple performers. The owner performs as Mr. Bungles and keeps the kids laughing with a high-paced comedy show featuring juggling, magic, balloon sculptures, music, bubbles and games. The kids have a wonderful time with the comedy show and have a blast with a bubble experience where they can make bubbles bigger than themselves with huge wands and even get inside a bubble! 

 

The company books months in advance, although last minute bookings may be possible. If you need comic characters, magicians, face painters, clowns, balloon artists, caricature artists, DJs, Santa and cotton candy, or sno cones, call 203-846-2000 or visit www.PartyTalent.com for hundreds of references and more information. You can also visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/partytalentllc.

Sports

Chelsea Piers

based in Stamford

203-989-1004

www.chelseapiersct.com/birthday

Birthday parties at Chelsea Piers are action-packed, entertaining and hassle-free. We help plan the party, supervise the activities, serve the food and clean up afterward. Pick one of our specially designed parties or create your own based on your child’s favorite activities. Options include: Sports Parties: Pick from gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football, t-ball and ice skating. A 2-sport combo party is also available. Adventure Zone: Take your adventurous athlete and his or her friends to the trampolines and rock wall. Splash Zone: Splash around in our Indoor Water Park, featuring 3 separate activity pools and 3 water slides. Little Athletes: Games and challenges for toddlers and preschoolers include parachute, potato sack races and more. Other Awesome Options: Children can also choose from So You Think You Can Dance, Watersports, Puff Polo, Ninja Warrior and Gaga parties! Two-hour birthday party packages are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with limited availability Mondays-Thursdays. Packages include pizza, cake, beverages, paper goods and catering services. Reserve your party date today!

New Era Gymnastics &

Real Life Ninja Academy

850 & 1180 Sherman Ave.

203-281-1826

www.neweragym.com

www.RealLifeNinjaAcademy.com

Tumble, bounce and swing your way to New Era Gymnastics and Real Life Ninja Academy! Gymnastics or Ninja birthday parties are a great alternative to a home party! A great experience for Gymnastics parties, ages 3+, and Ninja parties, ages 6+. Gymnastics instructors will take charge of activities including warm-ups, gymnastics, obstacle courses, trapeze swing to our foam pit, trampolines, and a moon bounce. Ninja parties will be given by a real Ninja Warrior on age appropriate real obstacles. Parties are booked for one hour and 30 minutes on some Saturdays and most Sundays. You bring the food, refreshments, and cake, we take care of all of the paper goods and the party itself. So sit back, relax, and enjoy. We also offer programs including: Preschool gymnastics for boys and girls, Afterschool aged gymnastics for boys (IN ONE OF THE ONLY ALL BOYS GYMNASTICS GYM IN AMERICA) and girls, tumbling for boys and girls, Ninja Warrior classes and more! Don't forget, parties book quickly, GO RIGHT TO NEWERAGYM.COM or RealLifeNinjaAcademy.com to find a gym near you and TO REGISTER ONLINE! 

Next Dimension Gymnastics

based in Trumbull

203-372-3222

www.nextdimensiongymnastics.com

Next Dimension Gymnastics offers a great alternative to home birthday parties! Enjoy exclusive use of our fantastic 15,500 square foot, state-of-the-art gymnastics center and join us for one of the most unforgettable birthday parties ever. This means more fun for the kids and less work for you. Jump on our in-ground trampoline and on our Tumble Trak, swing on our rope, climb and tumble through our obstacle course, play in one of Connecticut’s largest loose foam pits and. best of all. join us in our parachute games! We also offer inflatables with every party! Now offering ninja parties! As the guest of honor, the birthday child will receive a t-shirt and special birthday gymnastics medal! Each participant will receive a gymnastics ribbon just for joining in on the fun. Next Dimension Gymnastics will provide tablecloths, plates, napkins and utensils for your party. NDG now also offers full color party invitations, a delicious party food menu, goody bags and water bottles as party favors! Birthday Parties book quickly. Be sure to call early so you don't miss out on the fun!

Stone Age Rock Gym

based in Manchester

860-645-0015 

www.stoneagerockgym.com

Looking to host a party in a family-oriented environment that will give kids an adventure they’ll never forget? Look no further than the Stone Age Rock Gym in Manchester. 

 

Stone Age provides belayers, or live counselors, to control the ropes and give each guest instruction and encouragement. Climbers may also climb unroped in the facility’s “bouldering cave,” which features a low ceiling and padded floor. Each party gets a two hour climbing period with harness and shoe rentals. Additional time is available for food and gifts. A picnic table, located in a loft, overlooks the main climbing area where you can set up food and party favors. 

 

Rock climbing parties at the Stone Age Rock Gym are appropriate for ages 6 and older (including adult parties). Ages 13 through adult are eligible for safety belay courses to teach them how to control the ropes themselves. 

 

Each guest must have a "Visitor and Participant Agreement" form signed by his or her parent, easily completed online.