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Browse the listings below to find the perfect venue for your party and top party and special event entertainers in New Jersey. These skilled professionals offer years of experience, flexible party packages and are committed to making your celebration a rousing success and hassle-free.
Local recreation departments may have facilities and/or play equipment available for parties for a nominal fee. Contact your recreation office for information.
265 E. Main St., Somerville, 908-725-4490.
All your guests will be thrilled to go home with their own unique creation. 1 1⁄2-2 hr. party includes facility use and choice of age-appropriate art project such as tinsel painting, book bag painting, placemat, t-shirt and more. $10 per child.
1 Silver Ct., Springfield, 973-376-9295.
One hour and 45 minutes of action-packed fun includes games and drills, pizza or hot dog, unlimited popcorn, soda, one free token per child and all paper goods. Reserve now at Union County's premier baseball and softball facility
Branchburg Sports Complex
47 Readington Rd., Branchburg, 908-203-1600.
Laser tag, arcade and sports themed birthday parties for all ages.
355 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston, 973-800-0100. Email: BuildingKidzNJ@gmail.com.
Three exciting parties include LEGO-themed games, teamwork and fun! Computers and robotics are used at all parties. Choose from: Building Bash for preschoolers which includes take-home LEGO craft; WeDo Robotics for grades K-3; "Ninjago" spinners, alligators and more are waiting to be built; or Mindstorms for grades 4-6 where participants Battle the Bots they create.
Chef Carls Pizza Party
Our award winning party lets your little chefs make their own pizza. The ingredients for their culinary masterpiece include invitations, chef hats, aprons, paperware, pizza-making, ice cream sundae or cupcake-making, magic tricks, music, dancing, graduation ceremony and certificates, goodie bags and they can even build a stuffed animal (if you choose Party #3). New! Travel the globe by making exciting dishes from the U.S. to the beyond! Five great international cooking party options: Traditional American, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Vegetarian. Three birthday party packages to choose from as well as parties for schools, summer camps, special needs and fundraising.
6 Jill Court, Bldg. 23, Hillsborough, 908-829-3784.
Offering exciting parties for all ages—circus skills, aerial arts including trapeze and silks, juggling, stilt walking, unicycle, acrobatics and more.
Classic Thyme Cooking School
710 South Ave. West, Westfield, 908-232-5445.
Our expanded party offerings are for kids as well as teens and adults. For kids ages 3 and older, our "Chef for a Day" and "Recipe for a Bear" are sure-fire favorites. NEW this year is our "Cooking with the Kids" where parents fully participate in the culinary fun with their children. For kids ages 8 and up, especially teens, consider our decadent "Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate," "Sweet Sixteen," and "Cook-Off Challenge" parties. For more info, visit website.
Color Me Mine–Summit
438 Springfield Ave., Summit, 908-598-0248.
A Paint-Your-Own ceramics studio where you can discover the art of having fun. We host amazing birthday parties, wedding and baby showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, church groups, fundraisers, team-building activities or any other special event. We can accommodate up to 60 people at our studio or can bring our ceramics parties anywhere you want. Call or visit our website for more information.
The Connection for Women and Families
79 Maple St., Summit, 908-273-4242.
Ages 2 and up choose birthday party themes: Gym Party, Pool Party, Cooking Party or Sports and Games.
Creative Hands Art Studio and Atelier
14 Kings Rd., Madison, 908-604-0773.
Fun and creative birthday workshops for ages 3 through teens. Great choices of fine art techniques and themes from drawing and painting to throwing pots on our pottery wheels. A creative birthday is a happy one!
Environmental Party-Somerset County
Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge, 908-766-2489.
2-hr. party for ages 5-10 includes naturalist program, setup, cleanup, decorations, dishes, invitations and favors.
The Funplex-Mount Laurel
3320-24 Route 38, Mt. Laurel. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 12-9pm, Fri. 12-11pm, Sat. 10am-11pm, Sun. 10am-9pm.
The Funplex is the area's most original amusement center filled with the best in entertainment. So whether it is sunny or raining, you are sure to have a fabulous time. With 25 acres of air conditioned indoor and outdoor attractions, the Funplex is able to accommodate parties and groups of 20-500+ and also features a cafe that serves snacks, sandwiches pizza, salads and more. Some of the amusements include: Foam Frenzy, bumper cars, updated arcade with over 100 games, indoor electric go karts, lazer tag, bowling, outdoor pool, free fall ride, FunCoaster, FunTwister, bumper boats, outdoor go karts, mini golf, driving range, mini golf, driving range, tilt-a-whirl and 4D Dark Ride.
Always free admission and free parking. You can purchase individual attractions or money saving wristbands on site or online and enjoy unlimited rides and attractions. Also, the cafe offers a wide variety of your favorite food.
The Funplex-East Hanover
182 Route 10 West, East Hanover. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 12-9pm, Fri. 12-11pm, Sat. 10am-11pm, Sun. 10am-9pm.
The Funplex is the area's most original amusement center filled with the best in entertainment. So whether it is sunny or raining, you are sure to have a fabulous time. Fully air-conditioned and offering 100,000 square feet of fun with activities for ages 2 and up. The Funplex is able to accommodate groups of 20-500+ also making it perfect for class trips, end-of-year parties, camp day trips and more. Some of the amusements include: 3-story Foam Frenzy, bumper cars, over 100 arcade games, indoor electric go karts, outdoor pool and water park, skyscraper, fun Twister, free fall ride with 30 ft. drop, lazer tag, 4-D motion theater, MagiQuest, an interactive role playing game, toddler play area and Super Twister.
The Funplex cafe offers a wide variety of your favorite food. The best birthday parties begin here. Parties at The Funplex are flexible and affordable. Numerous party packages are available including amusements and food, décor and invites.
Hardcore Paintball Arena
2E Chimney Rock Rd., Bridgewater, 732-868-3188.
Open Tues.-Thurs. & Sun. until 10pm; Fri. & Sat. until midnight.
Central New Jersey's largest indoor paintball arena offers you a spacious 22,000 sq. ft. to play in. Convenient hours fit any schedule. For true paintball fans, we offer training classes, action-packed summer camps and birthday parties.
Imagine That!!! Discovery Museum for Children
4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, 973-966-8000.
Enjoy an exciting, fun-filled adventure at Imagine That! Your child and guests will be thrilled to explore many unique exhibits, including a real plane, fire truck, pet vet, pirate ship, dance studio, grocery store & diner, art gallery and much more. Parties include paper products, hostess, private suite and unlimited time to explore. Theme parties: dance, pirate, firefighter, train, princess/prince and craft parties. Kosher, Indian and Italian catering available. We truly customize your child's party. We will do ANYTHING! Call to ask about PRIVATE parties!
Just Bead Yourself
113 Central Ave., Westfield, 908-232-3411. A walk-in workshop for kids and adults to create their own jewelry. Specializing in "Frozen Birthdays" and "Afternoon Tea" jewelry parties. Also "Massage & Chocolate Fondue Ladies Night Outs."
Kafka Farms Horse Party
901 Valley Rd., Watchung, 908-405-8038.
Birthday parties on the farm, traveling birthday party, petting zoo, pony rides.
125 Washington Valley Rd., Warren, 732-560-KIDS.
Kids gym and interactive playspace offers kids a great place to play and socialize while developing skills in a fun, educational and safe environment.
Lakewood BlueClaws Birthday Bash
2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, 732-901-7000.
Looking for the perfect way to celebrate your child's birthday? Spend the special day with the BlueClaws in our Birthday Bash Zone! Birthday Bash at the ball park includes reserve seats, pizza, ice cream, Kids Zone tickets, logo baseballs for everyone, an autographed baseball for birthday child, name on scoreboard and on-field celebration with our furry, yellow friend Buster.
Liberty Hall Birthday Party
1003 Morris Ave., Union, 908-527-0400.
Choose from a Victorian Tea Birthday Party or Firefighter Birthday Party
at historic Liberty Hall or at the Firehouse Museum. Recommended for ages 6-12.
Madison Area YMCA Family Center
111 Kings Rd., Madison, 973-822-YMCA.
Rooms available for birthday parties, as well as staff available to lead party activities in the pool, gym, gymnastic center, dance and arts and crafts.
149 Polito Ave., Lyndhurst, 888-WE-JOUST (888-935-6878).
Inside the fully-enclosed climate controlled castle, you’ll feast on a fabulous 4-course medieval banquet while witnessing brave knights compete in daring games of skill, dangerous swordplay and an authentic jousting tournament.
Meyer’s Dolls Toys Hobbies
35 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston, 973-740-9400.
Celebrating our 100th year in business! Have a spectacular Thomas Train Theme Party in a fun, safe, clean party space for up to 30 kids, all at a very reasonable price. Kid-sized tables/chairs included. Huge selection of party favors, too! For more information, visit website.
Montclair Art Museum Art Party
Montclair Art Museum, 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, 973-746-5555, ext. 259.
2-hr. arts and crafts party.
Morris County Park Commission Party
From ice skating to a beach swim party or outdoor hikes, complete party packages are available through the Morris County Park Commission.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center
1100 South Ave. W., Westfield, 908-317-0888;
522 Broad St., Glen Rock, 201-444-4644.
Awesome new birthday party packages. Many themes to choose from. Your child is the star. Age appropriate games, relays, rides, songs. Special Birthday March and Space Flight ride. We set up, clean up and take care of it all.
Nature Party-Essex County
Essex County Environmental Center, West Essex Park, 621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland, 973-228-8776.
Celebrate your next birthday with a nature theme. Call for party packages.
Nature Party-Hunterdon County
Mountain Farm or Echo Hill, Hunterdon County Parks, 908-782-1158.
2-hr. birthday party hosted by a park naturalist includes room rental, one hour nature hike, half hour of crafts or field games, and gift for the birthday child.
Nature Party-Reeves Reed Arboretum
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit, 908-273-8787, ext. 15.
Nature-themed parties for ages 4 and up.
Nature Party-Trailside Science Center
Trailside Nature and Science Center, Mountainside, 908-789-3670 (9-1pm).
Choose from a variety of nature programs. Indoor party room or covered outdoor picnic area available.
New Jersey Audubon Party
Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Rd., Bernardsville, 908-766-5787 ext. 23.
Nature-themed celebration includes party space and lesson with naturalist.
New Jersey Rock Gym
373D Rt. 46W, Fairfield, 973-439-9860. Mon.-Fri. 2-10:30pm, Sat. & Sun. 10-8pm.
Safe, friendly environment providing indoor rock climbing for birthday parties and groups. More information online.
250 Sheffield St., Mountainside, 908-514-0449.
Basic gymnastics accompanied by many games, obstacle course, tumble track, zip line, trampolines, parachute and flying rings in a fun and safe environment. Boys and girls 2-14. Max. 40 kids.
Palermo Show Stable Party
1555 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-719-7500, 210-860-5688. Info@palermoshowstable.com.
We host birthday parties and scout troops.
P.E.P. Club (Preschool Enrichment Program)
908-451-9280. Your location or ours.
Birthday parties available for ages 1-7. Tumbling, crafts and music; cooking parties; and tea parties. Party locations in Warren and Bernardsville.
Pole Position Raceway
99 Caven Point Rd., Jersey City, 201-333-7223. State-of-the-art indoor electric karting facility features two race-tracks in an 80,000 sq. foot facility. The karts are made in Europe and are capable of speeds of 45 mph. Fun for the whole family, ages 8 to 80! (must be over 48").
Pony Party-Somerset County
Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, 908-766-5955.
2-hr. party for ages 5-10 includes the use of two ponies for the first 45 minutes with stable staff. Pony-themed party favors, invitations, paper goods and souvenirs available for purchase.
RVCC Theatre Party
Edward Nash Theatre, Rt. 28 & Lamington Rd., North Branch, 908-725-3420. Party package includes invitations, tickets to a kids performance, birthday announced from the stage, use of party room, refreshments and gift for birthday child.
Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park
35 N. Rt. 73, West Berlin, NJ, 856-767-7580. Sahara Sam's provides safe, clean, fun all year under a retractable roof. They offer indoor surfing, cabanas, and birthday parties. The water park is located in West Berlin, NJ and 20 minutes from Philadelphia.
St. Hubert's Animal Party
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, 575 Woodland Ave., Madison, 973-377-8877 ext. 234.
Be a party animal! St. Hubert's supplies party space, animals and fun for ages 7-11. You supply the decorations and food. Call or email Ellen Goldberg at email@example.com.
Salta! Jump into Spanish
Locations in Livingston, Edison and Princeton, 732-371-2221.
Scotch Hills Miniature Golf Party
Jerusalem Rd., Scotch Plains, 908-232-9748.
Birthday parties at Scotch Hills' 18-hole miniature golf course.
Shaolin Kung Fu & Tai Chi
50 Mount Bethel Rd., Warren, 908-988-0779.
Strengthen body and mind. Classes for kids, adults and seniors: Chinese Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Self-Defense and Meditation. Call for a free trial class and special trial period deal: 6 classes for $60.
Shimon & Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater (conveniently located off Rt. 202-206), 908-725-6994 ext. 206. Email LKopman@ssbjcc.org.
Numerous birthday party packages are available for children ages 2 years old and up. All run for 1½ hours with the option to extend. Each package includes choice of an activity including: Swim, Gym/Sports, Bricks for Kids Legos, Music, Ballet/Dance, Creative Movement, Princess Party, Science Time, On-the-Court Basketball and Yoga for Kids. We provide a party room, party helper, paper goods (for the kids), invitations and the birthday child is free! Swim parties include a free swim with lifeguards. All other activities include an activity leader. Parties book far in advance so don't miss out. Ask about room rentals for your child's Baby Naming or Briss, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebration, Sweet 16 Party, Graduation Party and more! Book your best party ever by calling today.
Upcoming Special Events
Dancing with the JCC Stars.
Somerset Patriots Party
1 Patriots Park, Bridgewater, 908-252-0700 x209.
Birthday party packages include box tickets, singing to the birthday child on the field, name displayed on scoreboard, t-shirt, signed baseball, group picture and more.
The Sports Academy
56 E. Willow St., Millburn, 973-912-9002.
Indoor sports birthday parties.
Union Sports Arena
2441-A Rt. 22W, Union, 908-687-8610.
Union Sports Arena is Union County's "coolest" place for fun, featuring a year-round indoor ice skating rink and two indoor soccer fields. Our skating, soccer, football and baseball birthday parties are the best!
United Soccer Academy
12 Maiden Lane, Bound Brook, 732-563-2525.
The experts in providing soccer parties for your child's birthday or choose a sports themed party and let us take care of everything. Host the party at your home or a suitable location (indoors or out). Alternatively let us take care of everything in our istate-of-the-art indoor facility.
US Sports Institute
12 Maiden Lane, Bound Brook, 732-563-2520.
Choose a sports themed party for your child’s birthday this year and let us take care of everything, making it a hassle free, and relaxed experience for you. Host the party at your home or a suitable location (indoors or out) or alternatively let us take care of everything in our state of the art indoor facility.
Watchung Arts Center Artistic Party
Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Rd., Watchung, 908-753-0190.
Projects based on storybook or cartoon characters, popular heroes, hobbies, or movies with activities designed for ages 3 and up.
Marcello's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
268 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, 908-464-4222, Fax 908-464-6363.
Party catering specialists, offering traditional Italian cuisine, pizza, hot and cold subs, using only the finest and freshest ingredients available.
Meyer's Dolls Toys Hobbies
35 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston, 973-740-9400.
Celebrating our 99th year in business! Have a spectacular Thomas Train Theme Party in a fun, safe, clean party space for up to 30 kids, all at a very reasonable price. Kid-sized tables/chairs included. Huge selection of party favors, too! For more information, visit website.