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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 tremendous 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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All-Aboard Pony Parties at Seaton Hackney Stables
440 South St., Morristown, 973-644-3355.
       Celebrate those special occasions in your child's life at Seaton Hackney Stables. You supply the kids and we supply the ponies, pizza and pizzazz. See discount coupon on page 61 of the print Kids Guide or print from the coupon page online.

Branchburg Sports Complex
47 Readington Rd., Branchburg, NJ 08876, 908-203-1600. Email
      Our birthday party offerings range from sports-themed field parties to our unique, interactive laser tag experience. At BSC, we want you and your party guests to enjoy the day while we take care of everything! Your guests will enjoy an exciting, safe and clean party environment-- you'll be able to celebrate with your child while we do all the work and you have all the fun.

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.

Circus Place
6 Jill Court, Building 23 Unit 10, Hillsborough, 908-829-3784.

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 our website.

The Connection
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.

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

The Fountain of Youth Kids Spa Parties & More
438 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922, 908-464-6414. Email
         Have your birthday girl be princess for the day! One-and-a-half hour birthday party includes robes, headbands and slippers; non-alcoholic spa cocktail; music; magazines; mask; cucumbers on eyes treatment; "give your own facial" lesson, cleanse, mask, moisturizer; build your own mini makeovers; nail polish; take-home slippers craft. Parents supply cake, pizza additional. Free facial for parent (limited time with booking), and free spa t-shirt for the birthday girl.

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!

iPlay America
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728, 732-577-8200.
      iPlay America is New Jersey's largest indoor amusement park where it's always free to enter. Enjoy two-level laser tag, go-karts, indoor boardwalk, 4D movie theater, rides, arcade with over 200 games.

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 "Shopkins® Tea Parties" 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 enclosed climate controlled castle, you'll feast on a 4-course medieval banquet while witnessing knights compete in games of skill, swordplay and a jousting tournament.

The Messy Artist
356 Rt. 10W, East Hanover, NJ 07936, 973-378-2425.  
      Be your own party designer! Select 3-4 projects from a list of over 10. Party activities range from lively sensory exploration to creating a keepsake project the children can take home. We offer enough amazing options to make each party unique. All activities are developmentally age appropriate and open ended enough for all your younger and older party guests.

Meyer’s Dolls Toys Hobbies
35 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston, 973-740-9400.
      Celebrating our 103rd year in business! Have a spectacular Thomas Train Theme Party for up to 25 kids all at a very reasonable price. Decorate a wood train; watch a short movie. Run huge Lionel layout; blow the whistles; make the trains go! 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
522 Broad St., Glen Rock, 201-444-4644
1330 Springfield Ave., New Providence, 908-665-2122
1100 South Ave. W., Westfield, 908-317-0888
                  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 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.
      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 Fencing Alliance
50-58 Burnett Ave., Maplewood, 973-763-5728.
       NJFA invites you to experience its 17,000 sq. ft. climate controlled, state-of-the-art fencing club and exciting birthday party packages.

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.

The Other Tales – Escape Rooms
245 Diamond Bridge Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506, 973-963-4142
Tues.-Sat. 11am-11pm, Sun. 11am-9pm
     The Other Tales – Escape Rooms offers real life mystery adventure games. The players become part of the story as they look for clues, solve puzzles and uncover the mystery. Movie-like sets, deep story, and unusual riddles are fun for kids and adults.

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

Pony Party-Somerset County
Somerset County Park 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.

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. Our wildlife center features reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish, birds, 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 our animals for weeks. With a variety of ­programs we can accommodate any of your needs for birthday parties, day cares, schools, scouts, camps, and special events.

RPM 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.).

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
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, 20 minutes from Philadelphia. Sahara Sam's also hosts fun, judgment-free evenings quarterly for individuals with special needs to enjoy with their family and friends, made possible by the Sambulance Safety Squad.
          The Mirage, over 10,000 square feet expansion includes two, head-first mat racer slides and indoor leisure pool.

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 for children ages 3+ including indoor or outdoor pool, dance, ­creative movement, Bricks for Kidz Legos, sports, GAGA, cooking, laser tag, magic, karaoke, Princess, Prince/Super Hero, science, game truck, yoga and music. Party packages include two hours of party time, choice of activity, party helper, table cloths and paper goods. Food included. Parties book up fast, so it is recommended to book two months in advance. The JCC is also available for Bar & Bat Mitzvah receptions, Sweet 16's, graduation parties and other life cycle events. Please contact Eli Goldstein,, 908-725-6994 ext. 310, or visit website for additional information.
Upcoming JCC Events
May 18
           Designer Handbag Bingo.
May 21
           5K Run & 1 Mile Family Walk.
Jun 5
           Golf & Tennis Outing.

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 venue 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 two year-round indoor ice skating rinks and an indoor soccer field. Our hockey, 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 YMCA
220 Clark St., Westfield, 908-233-2700.
       Your event will be full-service, well-staffed and extraordinary! We deliver the best birthday parties, parties for kids with special needs, and organization events. Choose your favorite party activity—swim, gym, inflatables, climbing wall, Tae Kwon Do, dance and more.

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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 103rd year in business! Have a spectacular Thomas Train Theme Party for up to 25 kids all at a very reasonable price. Decorate a wood train; watch a short movie. Run huge Lionel layout; blow the whistles; make the trains go! For more information, visit website.