The BEST Upper East Side Party Places for Children’s Parties

Let me guess. Are you planning a child’s birthday party? Are you looking for event spaces or party rooms around New York City’s Upper East Side?

UWS UNO Party Room
Fun birthday party spaces for children’s parties.

I do magic shows at kids parties around the UES. Most of them are hosted in apartments. Even if you have a tiny apartment you can host a party for 10 to even 20 children … if you have the right entertainment. (Hint, hint.)

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Another alternative is to host your child’s party in your building’s community room or common space. If your building has a playroom see if you can host it there.

You can do a 2-hour party – 30 minutes for arrivals, one-hour magic show and 30 minutes for pizza/cake and you’re done!

Upper East Side Kid’s Party Venues

OK, OK. You refuse to have a whole bunch of kids in your apartment. The idea of cleaning and decorating exhausts you. Fine … lucky for you I made a list of places around good old Zip 10021 where you can host your child’s party:

Sixteen Handles

(2nd Ave & E. 81st)
I’ve performed here a few times. Book the place for a morning party, before the store opens for business. You’ll have access to a big fun spot with lots of yummy yogurts.

Kidville UES

163 East 84th Street
New York, NY 10028
Let the kids run around this fun and safe space. The staff does a great job of making your party fun. Party packages start at $895.


NY Kids Club / 94th Street

345 East 94th Street New York

I’ve performed my magic show at NY Kids Club many times. What a great staff. A perfect place for a party.

(917) 924-8288

The Playroom NYC

439 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10021
This is a very busy place. Book early!


1452 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021
TEL: (212) 327-3043

Asphalt Green

555 East 90th St. New York, NY 10128
Call or email for pricing and options: 212.369.8890 x2085,

Jody’s Gym

244 East 84th St,

NYC Party Places: Downing Street Playground

Downing Street Playground entrance on Carmine Street

Downing Street Playground:  Great for Kid’s Birthday Parties in the West Village.

I recently performed my Children’s Party Magic Show at Downing Street Playground – what a nice spot for a child’s party! I never knew the place existed even though I played at Mostly Magic on Carmine Street for many years.  The park was very quiet on the day of my event so the party had the run of the place.

If you’re planning a party on a hot summer day, the surrounding buildings provide plenty of shade.

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Magic Show Packages – Children’s Birthday Party


Here’s an overview of my birthday party magic show.

I’ll share some information about the show, my background, how I set up the show and how my booking process works.

Magic Show

My birthday party magic show runs about 45 minutes to one hour. It’s a fast and funny combination of amazing magic, comedy, juggling and audience participation .. and a live bunny rabbit too!

The birthday child is the star of my show and gets to be my “Official Magician’s Assistant,” and help me make the magic happen.

In fact, the entire audience becomes part of the show. I encourage the children to volunteer and participate with lots of interactive magic.  You’ll want to have a camera ready to catch their reactions of total amazement as they experience the many magical surprises during the performance.

The illusions I perform even fool other magicians – so  they’re guaranteed to astound your guests. But a good magic show is more than tricks – it’s about entertainment. That’s why I combine stand-up comedy and improv, along with juggling and even a bit of puppetry to create a one of a kind experience.

And at the end of my act my bunny rabbit appears and does a fun magic trick to close the show. The kids are welcome to come up and pet the bunny, take pictures with him and so on.

Not Just For Kids!

Here’s what my audiences are saying:

“The adults loved you as much as the kids! Great show, very funny, and great magic! Thank you so much:)”

“Never saw anyone captivate a room of 3 year old’s to 75 year old’s like that. Really enjoyed the show … Good stuff!”

“Funny, funny, funny!!!! you kept us laughing throughout the whole show.”

“Amazing..funny..MAGICAL!!!! The kids and parents all loved you!!”

About Me

I’m Brian McGovern, a full-time professional magician with decades of experience. I grew up in Brooklyn and I’ve lived in Belle Harbor (Rockaway Beach) for over 30 years with my wife and four kids, two dogs and more than one bunny rabbit and the occasional rescue pup.

I did my first magic trick when I was six years-old (it wasn’t that good but my mom said it was). I started performing magic at parties when I was in high school and later went on to do comedy clubs, theaters and festivals.

Five Star Reviews

You can read all my reviews here and on Yelp. Here are a few just about my birthday party show:

“Brian performed at our son’s 5th Birthday … and literally made the party magical! We had over 50 guests (27 kids!) and he captured everyone’s attention the entire time. I’ve gotten emails and texts thanking us for such a great party, all with compliments to Brian and his engaging show. Layered humor made it appropriate for all ages! Highly recommend!” -Naomi Mersky

“Brian performed his magic show for our family Adoption Celebration and was an absolute hit! The age range of the kids was 3 – 12 years old and he entertained them all as well as the adults.

The show is funny, fast paced and very inclusive. Brian was extremely professional, responsive and reliable – confirming when the event was booked as well as the day before the event.

I highly recommend him and hope we have an opportunity to hire him again and/or attend an event where he is performing! Thanks Brian!” – Kathleen Kincaide

“Brian performed at my son’s 5th birthday party and the kids and adults were thoroughly entertained. Brian has great improvisational skills, which is key when you are dealing with kids! We found him to be entertaining, funny, and witty. For us what we really liked was that he played to the kids’ developmental ages, which was helpful since all kids are different and react differently We would highly recommend Brian!” – Shilpa Kananne


The show is really easy to set up. Just give me a corner of a room where there are no distractions and enough light. I have my own table and I can be ready to start the show the minute I walk in. Nothing to plug in. Simple!

It’s best to not serve food or snacks during the show and hold off on handing out any noise makers. The kids will usually sit on the floor or the sofa a few feet away. And the magic begins.


Give your guests enough time to arrive and settle in. Many people will have my show start about 30 minutes after the party start time. My show will give the kids a fun way to celebrate the birthday and keeps them from running around the house going crazy! After my show, I’ll help transition the children to the next phase (like lunch or singing “Happy Birthday” around the cake)

Booking Process

The fee for my birthday party show in New York City is $350. To book the show, please click on the link below where you can pre-pay and give me all the details.

Your payment is 100% refundable if you need to cancel the show.

I’ll email you a confirmation and a receipt when it is received.

Click here to BOOK NOW

About a week before the show I’ll check in with you to see if you have any questions. On the day of the party, I will text you when I am on the way.

Please give me a call to discuss anything. The show sells out every weekend so if you’d like to book it, do so now.


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Upper West Side NYC Kids Party Place Pick: UNO

UWS UNO Party Room
Fun birthday party space for children on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

Searching for a fun place for your child’s birthday party on Manhattan’s Upper West Side?

As a professional children’s party magician I see a lot of party venues in New York City. One of my favorites on the UWS is UNO.

Located on the corner of Columbus Avenue and East 81st Street, right near the museum of Natural History, UNO is one of the best places to host a children’s party. Why?

First, the room is perfect. Just the right size for a party for up to 20 kids without feeling cramped or crowded. It’s a quiet place too. If you’re like me, I can’t stand the typical party place for kids. They’re way too loud. But UNO on UWS is very calm. Plus it’s always super-clean and well lit … and there is one door in and out – so the kids can’t wander off and get lost.

Second, the staff. My man Edwin runs the children’s parties with so much enthusiasm and professionalism – you’l love him! He is terrific with the kids and lets the birthday parents relax. He takes care of everything! All you have to do is show up. If you like, you can add your own balloons and other decor and bring in a custom cake – or the staff can assist you.

And third … pizza! What kid doesn’t like pizza? The food is yummy and the children get to play chef! Each child gets their very own pizza dough to which they can add sauce and cheese. The kids are decked out in aprons and chef’s hats and they really enjoy making pizza.

Finally, the room is perfect for a magic show.  After the children have prepared their pizza they sit down for a professional magic show guaranteed to please. I do all sorts of amazing and impossible things – from sleight of hand to juggling and more.

Birthday Parties at 16 Handles NYC

I recently did a magic show at 16 Handles on Second Avenue for a child’s birthday party. This popular frozen yogurt shop is a great place for a party – but let me make a few suggestions …



Birthday Party Venues for Kids, Upper East Side, New York City

Schedule your party for early in the day – before noon for sure.  When I entertained here the shop was “closed for a private event” which gave the party full access. You don’t want to host your party while the general public is there.

This shop has a small party room in the back – it can seat about 10 people before it feels too cramped. On the day I performed we did the magic show in the front of the shop and the kids moved to the party room for pizza.

The children will have fun making their dessert but they will need some other entertainment or activity. The magic show makes a lot of sense. It keeps the kids happy and entertained, the children enjoy the magic and the live bunny.


NYC Birthday Party Places in Hell’s Kitchen: Port Authority?

Children’s Birthday Party in Port Authority?

As a professional magician in New York City I’ve entertained at all sorts of places. But a kids’s birthday party in Port Authority? Now, that was a first for me.

The other day I got a call from a man who was planning his daughter’s 7th birthday party. He said he found a fun place – and he as right. FRAMES is a bowling alley located in New York City’s Port Authority Building with its entrance on 9th Ave and 40th Street. But it is much more than just bowling. The place features a very upscale nightclub decor – fun club lighting, a restaurant and wonderful staff.

Frames: Fun Party Space

The kids start off with … bowling.  It’s fun and easy (bumpers, kid size bowling boards) and it will keep your guests happy and entertained.

Next … the MAGIC SHOW!

After the children have bowled for an hour they are moved to a private party room. The space I performed in was spacious and well designed. Set back from the bowling lanes, it quiet and private making it a perfect place for a child’s party. Whenever you book a party place for a child’s party look for private rooms that are not easily accessible by the general public and that have limited entrances to keep the kids safe and secure.  FRAMES offers a safe, fun and memorable spot for children’s parties.

The staff is incredible!  They were quick to change up the lighting – even going so far as to moving a spot light in place. The staff at FRAMES is wonderful.

My magic show ran for about 45 minutes and the kids were delighted when my bunny rabbit appeared.

To book a birthday party at FRAMES go to

Birthday Party Venue Rating: 5 Stars

Space is easy to access in Midtown West. And you can’t miss it! Clean, safe and very appealing.

Food and beverages available. Bring your own cake or they can supply it.

Affordable. Starting a $25 per child with a minimum of 5 kids.

Pizzeria Uno NYC Birthday Party Entertainment

Uno Pizzeria & Grill on East 86th Street is CLOSED as of October 2017.

Please see my post on other UES party places.




Uno Chicago Grill, better known as Pizzeria Uno on East 86th Street is a great place for a children’s birthday party. The party room is located on the second level, at the back and overlooks the entire restaurant, giving this party room a spacious feel. Limited access to the party room makes it safe place for a kid’s party.

I just did a 6th birthday party at Uno the other day. The birthday mom had lots of questions about the place and I assured her that the Uno staff would do a great job. They absolutely did. I’ve done hundreds of birthday parties in my long career as a party magician and there are only a handful of restaurants that know how to run a party well. Uno Grill on the East Side and the other Uno near The Museum of Natural History are two of my favorites. They have kids’ parties down to a science.


Book a Children’s Birthday Party MAGIC SHOW at UNO

The typical party is 2 or 3 hours. The kids arrive on time (which is what I love about the Upper East Side … when I’m booked to do a show in the Bronx I never know when the guests will appear … sometimes I’ll show up and the host of the party still isn’t there … but I digress …).The kids arrive and after they wash up the servers bring out the pizza making ingredients. The dough is already needed out – and the children add the toppings. That takes about 15 minutes.

At the half-hour mark all the guests are ready for the magic show. While Uno is a great venue, after you make the pizzas there isn’t much to do. That’s why so many families hire me.

Magic Show for Birthday Party

My magic show’s format has been perfected over the last 30 years – yes – I’ve been at this since I was in high school. I’ve done sooo many birthday party shows all over New York City – and for every type of audience.

What I’ve found is that kids really love a funny and interactive magic show. Magic is fun – and when I mix in comedy, juggling, a puppet and a live bunny rabbit … plus balloons … plus lots of audience participation – it’s a formula for success. My show can run anywhere from 30 minutes to two-hours – but usually 45 minutes to an hour is just right. The rule is that the more kids you invite and / or the younger the audience, the shorter the show. If you’re hosting a dozen 10 year olds you can do a one hour show – but 20 toddlers should probably have a shorter show.

When you book the magic show at Uno (or any other venue) you’re set. I bring in all the equipment, I help set up the show area and I work with the waitstaff to time the arrival of the freshly cooked pizzas to magically appear right after my last trick. My show is available seven days a week. So, whether you’re planning a birthday party on a sunny Saturday in Central park or a indoors at a restaurant, or at home at night – I’d love to magically appear for your guests! Be sure to check out these amazing reviews of my show posted over on Facebook. To book a birthday party at Uno’s East Side, call the number below.

220 E 86th St # 1, New York, NY

(212) 472-5656 ‎ ·

Birthday Party Magician in New York City

Thinking about booking a magician for your child’s birthday party?

NYC birthday planners know that they need to hire a professional magician with stellar reviews and years of experience. Why not hire a cheap magician instead? Here’s a few horror stories from people who hired beginners, amateurs and so-called professional magicians … because they wanted a cheap magician instead of a good one:

  • Magician Disappears – seen this too many times. The party planner finds a party entertainer who’s cheaper than the rest. He’s not bad … except he doesn’t have to show up. He does this for fun and if something better comes up he cancels and leaves you high and dry.
  • Fire! I actually heard about a magician who eats fire at children’s parties. Can you imagine? Danger!
  • Scary! Another magician pretends he is going to chop off a child’s hand in a miniature guillotine. huh?
  • Drunk. Yep … Mr. Magic smells like gin.
  • Creep. Ever get the willies from somebody? I saw one magician who is so creepy I wouldn’t let him near my kids.
  • Incompetent. The tricks don’t work.
  • Boring. The kids hate him and walk away.
  • Star. Some of these party Bozos think they’re stars and are such a pain in the neck!

So … do you want a cheap magician or a GOOD one? Because you can’t have both.

NYC Magician for Parties

Amazing magic shows for kids parties all over New York City.

NYC magician Brian brings funny, amazing and interactive magic, juggling, comedy and more!

  • Incredible Sleight of Hand by a Full Time Professional Magician
  • Kids and Family Audiences
  • Live Bunny
  • Juggling
  • Comedy

If you’re looking for a fun way to make your child’s party a hit, give us a call.