Another year means another birthday celebration. And if you think back for a moment, once upon a time that meant having an at-home party with a few friends, some balloons, and a pinata. If you were really lucky, you would head down to the local Chuck E. Cheese for your big day and have a blast. But, times have changed.  If you’re thinking of upping your birthday party game with a little extreme fun, check out these over-the-top items you can have at your kid’s next big bash.

Amusement Park

If you can’t go to the fair, Hammerl Amusements will bring the fair to you, barring if you have the space in NYC  that is. They are a full service carnival, which includes 26 rides, games, and food. Some of the kiddie rides that are available : Merri-go-round ($1700) Kiddie Chair Swing ( $700) Spinner Ride ( $1300) Rio Grand Train ($1300) and more. Prices are based on a 4 hour period. Extra fees include a $400 long haul mileage charge for tractors ( over 50 miles) $200 long haul mileage charge for pickup trucks ( over 50 miles)  They also have several carnival games available including wack-a-mole ($800) and Ball Toss ( $700). Game prizes are between $2 - $10. There is also a long haul fee of $100. And finally, what is a carnival without carnival food...not much of a carnival at all. Well, Hammerl has that too.There list of concessions include pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, funnel cakes, cotton candy and more.

 

Hammerl Amusements
PO Box 40
Buffalo, Ny
716-741-9518
Online: hammerlamusements.com

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Rent a Pony

Who didn't want a pony growing up? Well, now they're available for rent. Kensington Stables in Brooklyn can bring an adorable pony or ponies to your event. I mean, just image the look on your child's face when they see it coming off the trailer! You'll be the parent of the year in your kiddo's eyes forever...well, maybe for that day anyhow. You can rent the pony by the hour. Price is based on location ($115 Prospect Park, $175 Brooklyn and Queens, $185 The Rockaways, $195 Staten Island, $215 Manhattan). Additional hours for the first pony for any location is $100 per hour. A second or third pony ( small only) is $75 per pony per hour.

Kensington Stables
51 Caton Pl.
718 972-4588
Online: kensingtonstables.com

Game Truck

Kids love to play games with their friends and Game Truck comes straight to your door. Featuring state of the art technology with more than 100 games available GameTruck will deliver the ultimate video party to you. The Video Game Party is great for up to 24 guest for 2 hours and is recommended for ages 6 and up. The package includes a fully equipped GameTruck theater with game library, partylink digital invites, and a certified game coach. If your kiddo is looking for fast-paced action? Well, how about a little laser tag to go on a mission with friend? The Laser Tag package is up to 20 guest for ages 8 and up for 1.5 hour includes taggers w/obstacles, partylink invites, and a certified game coach.  Climb inside a giant inflatable ‘bubbles’ and bounce around like beach balls for a game of ‘ Soccer’ .BubbleSoccer, up to 12 guest for ages 8 and up for 1 hour party. This package includes sized bubbles and field setup, partylink digital invites and a game coach.

866-253-3191
Online: gametruckparty.com

Bounce House

Let your little pumpkin burn off some energy by bouncing around in a bounce house. Aardvark Amusements offers a variety of rentals and its bounce houses are extremely popular. They have so many options from movie-themed to sport-themed houses and structures. Prices range from about $300 and up for 2 hours  based on the house you choose. Additional hours are available for an extra fee.


Aardvark Amusements
2765 86th St.
718-265-4444
Online: aardvarkamusements.com

Petting Zoo

If your prince or princess is into more than just a pony why not rent an entire farm of animals. From goats to sheep to bunnies, Farm to you Revue has it all. A basic petting farm package is from $250-$350 ( rate is determined by location) price includes one hour of a petting farm consisting of 9 animals. Additional hour is $150/hr.  And Additional animals are $50/species. The deluxe package is from $350- $500 ( depending on location) price includes one hour of a petting farm consisting of 15 species. Additional hours of the deluxe petting farm is $225/hr.


Farm to you Revue
Traveling farm serves New York City and surrounding areas
845-518-1239
Online: farmtoyourevue.com

Big Balloons

A party ain't a party without balloons right? Well, blow your guest away with an eye-catching balloon art installations that will transform your venue to the next level. Balloon artistry creates unique structures including safari and sports themed parties. But whatever your kiddo may be interest in, they say they'll use their creativity to make your imagination come to life. Prices are base on the type of structure created.


Balloon Artistry
100 Red Schoolhouse Rd. Ste. A11
Chestnut Ridge, Ny
845-352-2828
Online: balloonartistry.com

Spa Party

What little girl doesn’t like being pampered? A spa party will be a real treat, especially when the service can come to you. ‘ Glitzy Chicks’ will makeover your little Diva with all the bells and whistles which may include, a manicure, pedicure, and a fabulous new hairstyle.  They have several packages to choose from, but the ‘ GLAM-JAM’ is its signature event. The Package includes gorgeous email invitations custom formatted with the party Girl’s photo, 2 hours of complete pampering and entertainment with three Glitzy Chicks, hair styling w/twist, curls, crimps, and glitter. Your birthday girl and her guest will also get a manicure with nail design. The Package is $439 for up to 10 Guest + free birthday girl. Each additional guest is $19.


Glitzy Chicks
646-932-3655
Online: glitzychicks.com

Karaoke/DJ Party

My Mic Sounds Nice..check one! Get your little one jamming as a DJ spins some of the best tunes at their next birthday bash.  Baby DJ School will bring the beat to you and play your child’s favorite songs as well as clips from some of their favorite movies and TV shows!  The children can also have an opportunity to have their very own DJ lessons or have some Karaoke fun by singing and dancing until the break of dawn.  They have four options: Djing & Games( $200 for first Hour, $150 an hour after that) Mini DJ School ( $250 for 30 minute class for full equipment that includes a DJ Mixer, Laptop, 12 Records and headphones for each child), DJ Set + Mini DJ School ( $325 for 1 hour $150 for each additional hour) , and a Karaoke Party ( $225 for the first hour, $175 an hour after that.

Baby DJ School
646-836-2729
Online: babydjschool.com

How do you go big for the kids’ birthdays? Tell us in the comments! 

—Elaina Herndon

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