Calling all princesses, pirates, mermaids, and magicians! Specializing in parties for children under 7, New City Center organizes everything from planning to cleaning up. Party packages include decorations, games and activities, prizes, and child-approved food.
Events are held in a bright, airy room that is transformed into your child’s domain for the day. Early birds are greeted with activities like coloring and clay modeling. Your child and their friends then get to do one craft activity and three party games, all designed to match the chosen theme. The kids can also decorate and eat their own cupcakes. The party ends with free play at the indoor playground, which includes a ball pit and a slide with a climbing frame. All equipment is clean and well-maintained.
If you want more substantial food, the center’s Corner Cafe makes delicious and healthy dishes. The cafe offers pizza (RMB 150, choose from pepperoni, Hawaiian or barbecue chicken flavor), Caesar or garden salad (RMB 100/120), and tomato pasta (RMB 120) in party portions. New City Center can also prepare sandwiches or wraps (RMB 30/35), a variety of desserts (RMB 12-23), and a decorated birthday cake (RMB 200, choose from chocolate, vanilla or carrot cake). Be sure to discuss the party menu when you reserve.
New City Center has both English- and Chinese-speaking staff on hand to host the party and assist you and your guests. Aside from birthday parties, the center offers a Mommy and Me Club, After School Kids’ Club, and English Corner for parents. As a community center, New City Center can host events like conferences and weddings, and it puts on seasonal events like the annual Christmas Carnival (Saturday, December 14 from 11am-1.30pm).
The playground is within view of the Corner Cafe, so you can drop in with the kids and kick back with a cup of coffee while keeping an eye on them (RMB 100 for ten visits or free admission with every purchase of RMB 30 or more at the cafe).
New City Center 新城文化中心
RMB 1,000 (party package for up to eight kids), RMB 1,300 (party package for up to 12 kids). For groups of 12 or more kids, call for a quote. The price includes the use of a decorated party room for up to two hours (or three if you get the party catered by the Corner Cafe). Tue-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1-6pm. 2/F, 112 Lize Xiyuan (above Yuan Art Museum), Guangshun Beidajie, Wangjing, Chaoyang District (6475 1066, Chinese: 150 1035 8799, English: 131 2661 1088) 朝阳区望京广顺北大街利泽西园112号楼2层（元典美术馆上面）www.thenewcitycenter.com
Photos Courtesy of NCC
This article originally appeared on p23 of the beijingkids December 2013 issue.
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