Best places for kids' birthday parties

Kids celebrate under the parachute at Once Upon

(Credit: Newsday, 2007 / Ari Mintz)

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

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    Active Kidz is an indoor sports and athletic

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

  • Bounce N Play USA Kids 15 Frowein Rd Center Moriches Throw your child a birthday party at Bounce N Play USA. Each party includes a ...

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    Located in Farmingdale, NY.

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

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    Kids enjoy a bouncy time at Bouncers and

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

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    Chilibeans Party Place

    Chilibeans Party Place Attractions, Kids 103 Meade St. Hempstead Chilibeans Party Place has customized birthday gatherings that will cater to the child's interests with ...

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    Clix Portrait Studio

    Clix Portrait Studios Kids 601 W. Jericho Tpke Huntington Clix Portrait Studios is located on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington. ...

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

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    Gym 4 Kidz in Valley Stream offers cardio

    Gym 4 Kidz Children's classes, Birthday party venues 62 Rockaway Ave. Valley Stream Fitness classes specifically designed for kids ages 5-12. Choose from group cardio and strength classes, ...

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    Island Fencing Academy in Plainview.

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

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    Island Rock Gym is located on Skyline Dr.

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