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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.

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Art-4-All Party
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.

Art Kids Academy
148 Daniel Ave., Rutherford, NJ,  07070, 201-248-3455.
Art Kids Academy is a great creative arts program that promotes creative thinking in children through artistic instruction. We provide leading edge, fun, interactive birthday parties, summer camps, and Saturday art school. Kids will create their own art “masterpieces” using a variety of mediums focused on master artists and cultural art. We provide an artistic experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression!

Branchburg Sports Complex
47 Readington Rd., Branchburg, 908-203-1600.
Laser tag, arcade and sports themed birthday parties for all ages.

Building Kidz Party at Planet Swirl
Planet Swirl, 831 Rt. 10E, Pine Plaza Shopping Center, Whippany, 973-585-7050. Three exciting parties include LEGO-themed games, teamwork and fun! Choose from: Building Bash for preschoolers which includes take-home LEGO craft; WeDo Robotics for grades K-3; "Ninjago" spinners; 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.

Chef It Up & Chef It Up 2 Go
Our place or yours, everyone loves to chef it up! Cooking parties; classes; team building events; fundraisers. Great for all ages, kids to adults! Peanut and tree-nut free!

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!

Diggerland USA Construction Party
Off Cooper Rd. via Rt. 73, West Berlin, 856-768-1110.
Throw the construction-loving kid in your life at America's ONLY construction theme park where he or she can drive, ride and operate real, life-sized construction equipment with their friends!

Fashion First Workshops
908-578-8561. Fashion birthday parties, at our location or in your home, for children and teens ages 7-18 (no experience required). Do you have a passion for fashion? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a fashion designer? We offer classes and workshops, summer fashion camps, fashion birthday parties, or even a scout event! New Jersey locations available. Visit online to see what everyone's talking about.

Fulper Family Farmstead Party
281 Rocktown Lambertville Rd., Lambertville, NJ 08530, 609-651-5991; Host an unforgettable birthday party for your child! We cater to groups of all ages to enjoy and explore our dairy farm. Choose from farm activities, games, treasure hunt, fairy tale party, hoe down, barnyard challenge and more or create your own. We can accommodate most ideas.

The Funplex
182 Rt. 10W, East Hanover, NJ, 973-428-1166.
         The brand new Splashplex is making a REAL splash! All new constrictor tube tunnel slide, speed slides, elevated water blasters, wild water playground, new pool, cascade waterfall, lazy river and more! Call for summer pass and event package info.

House of Vanity Charm School
245 Snyder St., Suite 103, Orange, NJ 07050, 973-289-7441. Life skills enrichment programs for girls and teens • Jewelry making classes 6 yrs.+ • Charm school and afterschool Teen Entrepreneurs Academy 13 yrs.+ • Etiquette and manners • Monthly themed events.

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 & 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!

International Ivy
(previously Ivy Clubhouse)
908-899-1338, email
After-school enrichment for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade at many locations in New Jersey. Minecraft birthday parties.

iPlay America
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728, 732-577-8200.
New Jersey's largest indoor amusement park features two-level laser tag, go-karts, indoor boardwalk, 4D movie theater, rides, arcade with over 200 games, boardwalk fare and Game Time Bar & Grill.

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.

Lakewood BlueClaws Birthday Bash
FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, 732-901-7000.
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 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.

Medieval Times
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.

The Messy Artist
356 Rt. 10W, East Hanover, NJ 07936, 973-378-2425.  
Children learn the principles of art, color theory, and art history, as they create beautiful, original works of art. All the while paving the path for a life-long appreciation of art. Mommy & me classes, fine art classes, birthday parties, summer camps.

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
235 Prospect Ave., West Orange, 973-731-2022
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-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.

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. 12-10:30pm, Sat. & Sun. 10-8pm. Friendly environment providing indoor rock climbing for birthday parties and groups. More information online.

Palermo Show Stable Party
1555 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-719-7500, 210-860-5688
We host birthday parties and scout troops.

P.E.P. Club (Preschool Enrichment Program)
Your location or ours. Birthday parties available for ages 1-7. Tumbling, crafts and music; cooking parties; and themed parties. Party locations in Warren and Bernardsville.

Planet Parties at Planet Swirl
831 Rt. 10E, Pine Plaza Shopping Center, Whippany. 973-585-7050. Choose from our entertainment, bring your own, or just turn on the strobe light in your private party room and dance away. Kids love our Buillding Kidz LEGO parties, AMA Karate, cupcake decorating, glow jewelry dance party, clowns, magicians, face painters and more!

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. Fun party for ages 8 to 80 (must be over 48 in.)!

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. 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.

Rizzo's Reptiles & Rizzo's Wildlife World
1 Gold Mine Rd., Flanders, 973-586-0444 or 201.230.2415, email:
Either at your place or our new 4,700 square foot indoor wildlife center in Flanders (Roxbury), our programs are about laughing and learning. Specializing in reptiles, including alligators, mammals, and insects too! We incorporate the adults and the children into our shows to make it fun for everyone. With our passion, excitement for nature, and the experience of a hands-on program we will have you talking about reptiles for weeks. With a variety of programs we can accommodate any needs for birthday parties, day cares, schools, scouts, camps, and specials events. Rizzo's Reptiles has also developed an interactive wildlife game which is used as part of the program and can be given as a party favor as well as an educational tool.

Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor & Outdoor Water Park
535 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.

Scotch Hills Miniature Golf Party
Jerusalem Rd., Scotch Plains, 908-232-9748.
Birthday parties at Scotch Hills' 18-hole miniature golf course.

Shimon & Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater, NJ 08807, 908-725-6994 ext. 310. Email
The JCC offers a variety of great party options including indoor or outdoor pool, dance, creative movement, sports, karaoke, Sesame Street, yoga and music. Party packages include 1½-2 hours of party time, choice of activity, party helper, white tablecloths and paper goods. Parties vary in age from children 2 yrs. old and up. Birthday child is free! Parties book up fast, it is recommended to book about two months in advance. The JCC is also available for Bar and Bat Mitzvah receptions, Sweet 16's, graduation parties and other life cycle events.
Upcoming JCC Events
Dec 5
         Dancing with the JCC Stars.
Dec 11
         JCC Symposium on Special Needs.

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.

The Sports Academy
56 E. Willow St., Millburn, 973-912-9002.
Indoor sports birthday parties.

300 Main St., Madison, NJ, 973-377-8919. STRYXE is a boutique entertainment center featuring bowling, an arcade, billiards, shuffleboard, a full-service eatery, two bars and private event space. STRYXE is perfect for celebrations of all types including birthdays, corporate outings, holiday parties and various other festivities.

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.

Westfield Area Y
220 Clark St., Westfield, 908-233-2700. Choose your favorite party activity—swim, gym, inflatables, rock wall, tae kwon do, arts and crafts, pirate, superhero, picnic, zumba, yoga, princess and more. The Y is available for Sweet 16's, dance parties, class parties and scout events.

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party catering

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.

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party favors

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.