Back in September of 2016, new parents (and vets of the NYC nightlife scene) Andy Shaw and Jenna “JD” Dosch launched a pop-up party for the tiniest of revelers. It featured oversized toys, room to run, bubbles and food and drink of all kinds. Surprise: NYC parents loved it, and now “The Little People Party” is going full-time. Read on for the 411 on this super fun open-play’s grand expansion!

photo: The Little People Party

Keeping the Party Going
You know how it is: you do your thing, you have a kid, and he or she heavily impacts how you do your thing. After the birth of their son Jarvis (who, by the way, is a “co-owner” of the biz) Williamsburg residents Shaw and Drosch saw a need for a space where kids could play that wasn’t of the typical playspace model.

The pair saw the sprawling, indoor soccer field at neighborhood venue The Backyard, and The Little People Party was born.

photo: The Little People Party

Room to Roam
Previously taking place for three hours, two days a week The Little People Party is expanding its schedule to Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (When 90 people show up on a random Monday, demand is clear.)

Aside from a huge, open space to crawl, roll or run, The Little People Party offers lots of large-scale toys and diversions most NYC parents can’t house in their apartments. Examples include two mini rollercoasters, loads of push toys, giant balls, little cars, etc. Also: lots of bubbles, which are of course always a hit with the kids.

photo: The Little People Party

Parent-friendly Perks
There’s a reason why some people refer to it as “The Parent Party.” For one, the music. Instead of toddler tunes, the soundtrack for these gatherings runs more toward the kid-friendly punk, ska, and favorites from the 80s and 90s.

Secondly, there’s food and drink for sale through the attached bar/restaurant Berry Park. Options range from market salad with grilled chicken, guacamole and chips and artichoke dip to kid-friendly choices like mac and cheese, bavarian pretzels and ice cream sandwiches. And yes, you can have a cold beer or glass of wine if it’s been that kind of day. Food and drink orders can be placed at Berry Park and they will be delivered field-side.

photo: Little People Party Facebook page 

Who’s Invited & How Much?
The Little People Party is for kids ages six months to three years old; ages are kept low to make sure little ones are safe. (Older siblings are allowed, however.)

The drop-in rate is $20, and that gets you access to the party all day, so you can come and go as you please. Monthly rate is $125 and 10 packs are available for $150. For extra convenience, you can order online.

They Do Parties, Too
Thinking this would make a great spot to celebrate your child’s birthday? No problem. The Little People Party will host your tot’s bash, or they’ll travel to the venue of your choice with all the party gear. (Hosting a bash in condo or co-op event rooms is a popular option.)

Come Celebrate!
The Little People Party is celebrating going full-time with an “opening” bash on September 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with the usual music and fun, expect some new toys in the mix.

The Little People Party
196 N. 14th St.
Williamsburg
646-707-4372
Online: facebook.com/TheLittlePeopleParty

Have you and your child been the The Little People Party? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

—Mimi O’Connor