Best Birthday Party Places for Kids


The School of Rock

More than 140 locations in 30 states

The plan: Kids spend the first hour in the music room with an instructor -- little ones learn rhythm games, play instruments, and perform a rock version of "Happy Birthday" into standing mics. Tweens head to the sound studio to write a song. "We take a backing track of, say, a Katy Perry tune and then have the kids work with an instructor to come up with lyrics that match the interests of the guest of honor," says John Carboy, manager of the Farmingdale, New York, location.

The experience: "My 3-year-old daughter, Olivia, still sings the oldies songs she learned at her birthday party, and that was eight months ago," says Laura Bisceglia, of Levittown, New York.

The details: Starting at $300, depending on location, for an hour of music and an hour in a private party room for up to 15 kids, including pizza, paper goods, and drinks.

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