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Planning your little one’s next Birthday bash?
Whether your child’s into princesses, LEGO, cooking or swimming, you’ll find a resource in our A to Z Birthday Party Places Round Up. This guide includes places to have the party, rent out or people who come to your home to make your party more special.
We hope we’re helping to make your next party one they’ll always remember:
The Art Garage
211 Glenridge Ave, Montclair, NJ, 07042, 973-644-7484, email
Kids ages three and older enjoy a theme-based art project and a game (time permitting). Parties run 90 minutes to two hours and some packages include pizza. Pricing from $349 – $595 for fifteen kids.
Baked in a Cup
549 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009, 973-655-0011, email
Kids enjoy one and half hours of frosted fun with these cupcake or cookie decorating parties. Each child receives two unfrosted cupcakes or three unfrosted sugar cookies, frostings, favors, a baking kit for the birthday child and cookies and juice. $25 per child for six to 12 kids.
Bass Arts Studio
202 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042, Contact Fern Bass at 973-509-7588 or email
Painting, printmaking, stamping and sculpture are only some of the options available at these artsy shin-digs. Parties include: an hour and a half art project plus thirty minutes for pizza (optional) and cake. You’ll also get paper goods, snacks, your choice of juice/water/seltzer and art materials. $25/child, twelve to sixteen kids.
98 Broad Street, Bloomfield NJ 07003, 973-429-2300
Create a magical new world with these theme parties at your own home, the Bella Princess Bloomfield location or Oakside Mansion. Packages range from a one hour drop in from a character at your own party to a two hour sit down affair…. And several options in between. Pricing from $229 – $749.
1170 Town Center Way, Livingston NJ 07039, 973-740-9090, email
Kids get to be a ‘chocolatier for a day’ and make their own chocolate creations. All parties include: paper goods, invitations, pizza (one slice per child), soda, juice or water, private factory/store tour, one chocolate molded item per guest and one chocolate-covered Oreo, pretzel or graham cracker that the child can choose and make. Parties run two hours with a minimum of ten kids. Pricing starts at $400 plus $20 for each additional child.
Clary Anderson Arena
41 Chestnut St. Montclair, NJ 07042, 973-744-6088
Celebrate your kiddo’s next birthday at this local ice skating rink. Party packages include: public skating session, skate rental, hot dogs and chips, unlimited soda and a free admission pass to future session for $165 for the first ten kids. Add on pizza, cotton candy, a balloon bouquet and party favors for $195 for the first 10 kids.
Classic Thyme Cooking School
710 South Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090, 908-232-5445, email
Select one of four cooking parties with multiple menu items to choose from. Parties run from an hour and a half to two hours and are led by experienced children’s class instructors. Ages 3 and up with a minimum of ten attendees. Invites and thank you’s are available on the website. $22-$45/per child.
Creative Hands Art Studio & Atelier
14 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940, 908-604-0773, email
Enjoy a fine art project – painting, sculpture, clay or pottery wheel work – led by a professional instructor for kids ages 4 and older. Parties range from an hour and a half to two hours, with prices starting at $30/child. Eight children minimum.
20 Millburn Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081, 908-241-9595
Themed one and a half hour parties include an hour of instruction with an experienced dance instructor and assistant(s). Prices start at $175 for registered students and $195 for non-registered students. Up to twelve kids.
50 Church Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042, 973-744-8589, email
Everyone gets to glaze their own ceramic piece at these creative parties. Packages include: souvenir plate, ceramic piece, cupcakes & juice, invitations, balloons and glazing & firing. Parties run an hour and a half. Pricing starts at $25 per child with a minimum of twelve kids.
Essex County Mini Golf Safari
Corner of Cherry Lane and Northfield Ave in West Orange, NJ, 862-520-5024
Try mini golf for your next party. Parties run two hours. $100 to rent the section under the pavilion for 30 guests. Food, beverages and paper products are not included. $50/hour for extra time. Golf admission is $6/child for kids ages three to twelve and seniors. Adults are $8 if they play.
Essex Equestrian Center
12-22 Woodland Avenue, West Orange, NJ, 973-731-4182
Make your next birthday a pony party. These two hour fetes include: a pony ride, a personal barn tour, grooming demonstration and the use of the party room. Children must be at least five years old for the pony ride. $35/child. $75 flat fee for an extra pony for parties with more than fifteen kids. Bring your own food/cake and decorations.
Field Station Dinosaur
One Dinosaur Way, Secaucus, NJ 973-748-4317, email
Learn about dino’s at these prehistoric parties that include: admission to the Field Station, a party planner designated to your group, birthday cake, an optional barbeque lunch, VIP seating at one of two live shows and a gift for each guest. Every birthday boy and girl also gets a photo opportunity with a realistic T-Rex and a special hat. Cretaceous Celebration: $39/child, $20/parent, $5/guests 6 months – 2 years. Fossil Fête: $49/child, $30/parent, $10/guests 6months – 2 years. They also offer In-Home parties where they bring the dinosaur to you!
Florham Park Roller Rink
192 Ridgedale Avenue – Florham Park, NJ, 973-377-0465
Choose a group party or pajama party where you share the rink with other skaters, or rent out the rink for the birthday boy or girl and their friends. Pricing ranges from $12.95/child to $395 and includes admission and skate rental. Food/refreshments and paper goods are available for an additional charge.
Brings the fun to you! Kids enjoy an obstacle course (including tumbling and jumping on a mini trampoline) around the bus and games at these parties that run one hour and can accommodate fifteen kids ages 2-7 years old or thirty kids (two groups of fifteen kids on the bus for thirty minutes). Pricing from $325- $500.
615 S. Livingston Avenue, Fashion Center, Livingston, NJ, 973-874-9403
Kids rule the catwalk at these ninety minute fashion fiestas that include: e-invitation, fashion theme of choice and a fashion show (when applicable). Pricing starts at $375 for twelve kids.
The Geyer Family Branch offers many different ways to celebrate their special day. Gym or pool parties run for 90 minutes. In the first half of the party, our fun and energetic staff lead the kids through various games and activities. The second half of the party is run by the parent, to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Specialty parties dive into a theme, crafting, creating, or experimenting for the first hour and enjoying their party room for their own celebration the second hour. Whatever type of party you choose we make it easy, affordable, and memorable. Standard gym and pool parties are $300 for members and $375 for non members. Specialty parties ( Sports, Cooking, Arts & Crafts, Science) are $375 for members and $425 for non members.
Glitz & Glam Kids
8 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ, 973-395-9002, email
Glitz & Glam Kids is dedicated to ensuring that each girl and boy is treated like a princess or prince and is pampered and entertained by highly professional party hosts, while they dance their hearts away! They offer several birthday party packages from basic parties with up to 10 children, including pizza to Star Studded packages for 50 children with food, gift bags, balloons, VIP passes and more.
Guerrero Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
373 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, New Jersey, 973-228-3424
Is your little one interested in martial arts? Choose from one of three packages. The basic includes: juice, cutting of the cake with samuri sword, entertainment, free passes for all kids and set/up clean up for up to fifteen kids. Party lasts ninety minutes. Pricing is $299. The second package adds on thirty minutes and five kids and includes: cakes, pizza for kids and paper goods for $399. The third package adds on unlimited guests, pizza and drinks for parents and martial arts themed paper goods for $499.
Gymboree Play and Music of Chatham
11-B Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham, NJ, 973-507-9888, email
Gymboree Play & Music Parties are open to members and non-members, ages one through five and up to twenty kids. Themes and packages vary by location and may include: exclusive use of the facility for one and half hours or more, a trained Gymboree teacher, party supplies (plates, cups, napkins, spoons, candles, balloons), invites, special gift for the birthday child and gift bags for guests.Birthday parties for the Chatham location start at $350 for members and $375 for non-members.
I Love Little Scoops
9 North Union Avenue, Cranford, NJ, 908-497-7090, email
Have a delicious time at this tasty ice cream parlor. Parties include: private use of facility for an hour and a half, dancing, games and activities led by party coordinators, the birthday child’s handprint on the “Wall of Fame,” pizza, drinks, paper goods, create-your-own ice cream sundaes, a balloon, tattoo and thank you bag for each child, invites and thank you’s. Week day parties (excluding Mondays) $349 up to fifteen kids, $20 for each additional child. Weekend parties $399 for up to fifteen kids, $20 for each additional child. 20% service charge/gratuity and New Jersey state tax will be added to the total bill.
4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ, 973-966-8000
Offers a variety of birthday and party packages that include unlimited time to play in the museum, a private party suite for an hour and a party host or hostess. Offers many different themes and packages. Packages and theme parties ranging from $220 – $290 with many add ons, menu, and favor options available.
JCC Metrowest in West Orange
760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ, Contact Mike Dutton at 973-530-3987 or email
Choose from a whole host of activities and brand new themes for this coming year when you plan your party at the JCC Metrowest. All parties include: a party coordinator/host, two hours in the JCC facility – one hour of special activity time led by an instructor and one hour in the party room for refreshments and celebration – invitations, paper goods and a half hour for prep/set up. Clean up time afterwards is also included. Parents can bring in food as long as it’s kosher or use the JCC Catering Company for snacks and meals (with the exception of cakes/baked goods). Up to twenty kids costs $300. Call for additional pricing if your party has more than twenty children.
Every year, Kiddie Soccer conducts numerous birthday parties for children throughout New Jersey. A Kiddie Soccer birthday party is typically held at your home or a local park with a Kiddie Soccer coach. Sessions are an hour long and include Kiddie Soccer games. One coach for twelve kids is $125 for the hour. Two coaches for twelve to twenty-four children costs $175 for the hour.
516 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043, 973-826-0350
Hosting your next birthday bash at this popular activity space is a cinch. Choose your package, theme and add-ons and voila… your part of the planning is complete. All packages include: ninety minutes in Kidville’s Private Party Zone, invitations, juice and pizza for the kiddos, personalized birthday cake & candles, Kidville art table, premium party favors, balloons & paper goods and two birthday party leaders to set up, clean up, and do everything in between. Prices range from $595 to $995.
One Greenwood Avenue, Suite 101, Montclair, NJ 07042, 973-783-8333, email
Who says learning can’t be fun? Party packages at this learning center include: exclusive use of the center for ninety minutes (sixty minutes of activities), dedicated instructors, clean-up and basic set-up, party favor bags, printable invitations & thank you cards, decorations including balloons, plates, utensils, napkins and table covers (generic). A list of themes and activities (by age) and add-ons are also available. $475 to $599. Pizza and juice can be ordered at an additional cost.
31 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07042, Contact Patrick at 973-337-8451
Celebrate at this Montclair yogurt shop and get: one topping pizza (one slice per child), paper goods, choice of drink, balloons, t-shirt for the birthday child and use of I-pads. Parties run two hours. Pricing starts at $20/child.
The Little Gym of Montclair
1 Greenwood Avenue, Suite 3, Montclair, NJ 07042, 973-744-1002
Enjoy ninety minutes of fun with a qualified birthday leader and an assistant. Plus the set-up and clean-up, paper goods, drinks for each child in the party room, a The Little Gym T-shirt for the birthday child, printed invites and private use of the gym and party room. Pricing starts at $374 for members and $400 for non-members.
The Messy Artist
356 Rt. 10 West. East Hanover, NJ, 973-378-2425
Kids cycle through different art stations at these parties for ages 2 – 5. Parties run one and half hours with fifty-five minutes of art and thirty-five minutes for food. All parties include art supplies, smocks, and a custom electronic invitation. Prices from $220 – $420. Up to thirty kids.
35 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston, 973-740-9400
Choo-choo! Enjoy a Thomas the Train party where kids get to: create train layouts with wooden tracks, trains and accessories, decorate and take home a real Thomas wooden train using markers and stickers, watch and sing along during a Thomas video and take turns acting as Train Engineer by operating a 22 foot multi-level electric Lionel train layout. $239 for all above including twelve wooden trains to decorate. $3.00 for each additional wooden train.
Monster Mini Golf
1235 West Chestnut Street, Union NJ, 908-686-7200
Have a monster good time at this mini golf course. All party packages include: an hour and a half in the private party room followed by a round of Monster Mini Golf. Paper goods, a fridge, microwave, bowls, cake cutting knife, cake server, ice and decorations are all available in the party room. From $250 – $350.
Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
For studio art parties, contact Emily Darragh, 973-259-5139, email. For ceramic studio parties, contact Steve Jaskowak, 973-259-5152, email
Arts and crafts and ceramics studio parties are available at the Montclair Art Museum. All parties include: an hour of craft fun led by a professional teacher and an hour for refreshments (provided by parents). Pricing ranges from $22/child to $30/child.
Montclair Learning Center
60 Union Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
AweSTEM Activities and Fun – Plan an aweSTEM birthday party – for kids who love to build, create, explore ! Choose from our special party themes:
Junior Engineers (ages 5-6) Lego Robotics (age 7+) Minecraft Mania (age 7+) STEAM STEM+Art/Design (age 5+), 3DVideo GameMaker (age 7+)
Let MLC work with in planning your child’s special day! For more information, check our website, or call us (973) 744-7464.
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue. Montclair, NJ, 07043, 973-655-3340 or email
Campus Recreation hosts children’s pool birthday parties at the Student Recreation Center. Families bring the food, decorations and music and Campus Recreation provides two lifeguards, the party room, pool toys and two staff members to facilitate pool games. Children must be 5 years or older to swim in the pool and must be toilet trained. Children under 5 may attend, but are not permitted in the pool. Parties may be scheduled on Saturday or Sunday afternoons on a first-come-first-served basis. The party fee covers one hour of pool time and one hour in the party room.
Mud And Soul Clay Studio
6 Audrey Place, Fairfield, NJ, 973-521-7165
Create a ceramic masterpiece! All parties include: guidance with the selection of the party project, demonstration and guidance from experienced clay artists throughout the project, tools and materials, an hour and a half of clay time and thirty minutes for food/cake. Parties for children five and six years old: $225 for up to ten children, $18 for each additional child up to twenty, $15 for each additional child up to a maximum of twenty-five. Parties for children seven years old and older: $250 for up to ten children, $20 for each additional child up to twenty, $15 for each additional child up to a maximum of twenty-five. Note that some projects may incur an additional fee per participant.
My Gym West Orange
235 Prospect Ave (Located in the Whole Foods and Kmart Shopping Center)West Orange, NJ973-731-2022
Parties include games, puppets, songs, and more! You get: exclusive use of the entire facility, two party specialists, one and a half or two hour private party (additional cost for a two hour party),up to twenty children (birthday child is free), paper goods, balloon decorations and one free class pass for each child. $350 for members/$395 for nonmembers. Pizza packages range from $38 – $63.
NJ Backyard Movies
Summit, NJ, 908-265-2169, email
Invite some friends over for a movie under the stars. This outdoor theater experience can accommodate any number of guests and comes complete with the screen, sound system, high definition projector, blue ray dvd and a popcorn machine. $299 for 9×5 screen and $375 for a 12×7 screen. Larger screen sizes are available – call for pricing.
NJ Rock Gym
373D Rt. 46 West, Fairfield, NJ, 07004, 973-439-9860
Enjoy instruction and rock climbing and a half hour in the party room. Some packages include pizza, soda and paper goods. Prices range from $149 – $325 based on the number of children and the package.
Park Street Branch, YMCA Of Montclair25 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042 973-559-9293 or email email@example.com
Let us host your child’s pool or gym party for up to 30 friends. Gym parties include 1 hour in the gym with staff who will organize and lead the activities based around the birthday child’s choices. The second hour is in the party room. We offer various sports to choose from including soccer, basketball, scooters, volleyball and more. Pool parties include 1 hour of swim and 1 hour in the party room. Fees are based on the number of guests. For kids in grades 1-6.
Paulie’s Ice Cream Truck
Serve up some ice cream at your next birthday party with a hefty dose of nostalgia (for the parents). Paulie’s Ice Cream Truck is a restored 1973 Chevrolet P-10 that was originally built for Good Humor. Paulie’s Ice Cream Bike is also an original. Treats include: Good Humor, Ben & Jerry’s, Popsicle, Breyers, Rosati’s, Chloe’s, Rich’s and Blue Bunny. Customized offerings are also available so let them know your little one’s favorites. Pricing ranges from $175 to $575 depending on the number of guests and length of serving time.
Pigtails & Crewcuts
49 Claremont Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042, 973-746-5437
Book the private party room for beauty treatments, scavenger hunts and more at these kid salons. Every party includes an emcee, paper goods, juice and clean up, cupcakes, and a gift for the kids. Parents only have to order food to be brought in (like pizza). Choose from their list of themes or create your own! Party of ten is $395.
351 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042, 973-744-7500, email
At Pino’s Palette, the birthday boy or girl gets to choose a masterpiece painting and then local artists walk everyone in the party through how to paint it. Paper products are included; food and refreshments are not. $25 per painter ages 6 -12 years old with a ten painter minimum. $35 per painter for ages 13 and older with a ten painter minimum.
1860 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ, 973-447-0616, email
Choose from nine different party themes (five are tea parties). Each has different activities for kids ages 3 – 12. Up to twenty-two children. Tiered pricing includes Pearl, Ruby and Diamond packages from $395.
The Party is Here
442 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, NJ, 973-296-2695
One and a half to two hour parties for boys and girls ages 2-10. Every two hour party includes pizza, juice and ice cream for kids, decorations and coffee and tea in the back room for adults. $18.99 – $24.99 per child.
Party at your own location. Staff members will lead the children through a variety of games like Musical Balloons, Simon Says and the Bubble Wrap Popping game. Parents may also request a DJ at an additional cost. Call for pricing.
300 Main St #53, Madison, NJ 07940, 973-377-8919
Go bowling for your little ones next birthday. All parties include: two hours of bowling, paper goods for pizza and soda, printable invites, one pizza per lane and soda. $14.99/person before 5pm, $15.99/person after 5pm.
Remember Our Balloons
Contact Robbie Furman here or call 973-316-8200
Hire Twisticologist Robbie Furman to entertain the kids (and adults, too) with unique, one of a kind balloon creations that are geared specifically to each child. Robbie is not just your regular balloon guy and is known for going above and beyond with his creations – he can even make caricatures of your guests out of balloons. He considers them “mini works of temporary art.” Robbie twists for about two hours and can work with all budgets.
Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery
973-586-0444, 201-230-2415, email
Bring some wildlife education to your next party. Programs include: a reptile party, a wildlife party, a rainforest party, a Discovery Green party, an insect party, and more. Pricing from $295/north Jersey and $400 in Manhattan.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
60 Chapin Road, Pine Brook, NJ, 07058, 973-396-4001
Kids have a bouncing-good time in these all-trampoline, walled playing courts. All packages include: one hour of jump time (extra jump time available), a dedicated party host, private party room, SkySocks, electronic invitations, one plain pizza per five jumpers and paper goods. Packages include a minimum of ten jumpers from $25/child, and fifteen jumpers for $30 or $35/child.
Slumber Party at Embassy Suites
909 Parsippany Blvd, Parsippany, NJ 07054, 973-334-1440
Enjoy a slumber party at the Embassy Suites! Parties include: an eight inch birthday cake, two pizzas with sodas delivered through room service and a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast served in the atrium the following morning. This offer is designed for six people total; one or two adults and up to five children. Rates from $144/night.
195 Paterson Avenue, Little Falls, NJ, (Located across from Little Falls Rec /Athletic Field), 973-812-SNAP (7627), email
These exciting Lego parties include: set up, clean up, paper products, invitations/thank you cards, food and beverages for the kids and a facilitator for your exclusive event. Pricing starts at $325 for the first thirteen kids.
565 Rahway Avenue, Union, NJ, 908-810-1300, email
Organized gymnastics activities with two instructors and time in the party room for children turning five or older. Parties run one and half hours. $275.00 for non members and $225.00 for members.
Time 2 Party
596 Bloomfield Ave Unit D (Rear), Montclair, NJ 07042, 973- 637-0003
A one-stop shop for all your party plans. Ninety minute parties include: invitations, pizza, drinks, your choice of themes, games, dancing, ice cream sundaes, a cupcake for the birthday child, goodie bags and themed paper products. Prices range from $395 to $550 for up to twelve kids. You can also have a sixty minute entertainment only version at your location starting at $275 for up to twelve children.
Tiny Elephant Cafe
54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042, 973-774-7252
Have a mini-chef? A party at the Tiny elephant includes hands on age appropriate cooking lesson, balloons and decorations, aprons for each partygoer, special present for the Birthday boy or girl (chef hat), and a big “Happy Birthday” sing along and candle blow out. Many themes to choose from. The 2 – 4 hour parties are for ages 5-13 and cost $300 for up to 10 kids ($20 for each additional kid – max 15)
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ, 973-731-5800 ext. 221 or 223.
Celebrate with the animals at Turtle Back Zoo. You can choose from a variety of rental options including: the café party room, classrooms, gazebo, carousel and the picnic area. Menu options are available. Group admission pricing (for fifteen kids or more) is $7.00/person from April 1 – November 30 and $6.00/person from December 1 – March 31. Call for party pricing.
YMCA of Montclair, Geyer Family Branch
159 Glenridge Ave, Montclair NJ 07042
Theme parties include Swim, Gym, Dance, Arts & Crafts, Science, Cooking, Music, American Girl, or Super Hero party. For kids ages 2-8. Birthday child must be a YMCA of Montclair member. More information: email or contact 973-783-7640 ext. 245.
YMCA Of Montclair, Park Street Branch
25 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Your child can have a pool or gym party. Maximum of 30 friends. Fees are based on the number of guests. For kids in grades 1-6. Parent or birthday child must be a YMCA of Montclair member. More information: contact Lisa Wukich at 973-559-9293.
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