Oh, those fickle kids of yours, changing their whims and preferences with every growing year. Birthday party themes of years past: Princesses and Legos, petting zoos, pretty nails, video game binges and Elmo extravaganzas… what could you possibly do this year that hasn’t already been done before? You’re in luck, savvy parents, because here are five brand-spanking-new birthday spots in Bergen County you need to book, NOW.
Northern Valley Sports Academy (NVSA): Got a sporty bunch on your hands? Head on over to the brand new basketball courts and turf field at the just opened NVSA in Closter. The 17,000 square foot indoor facility houses kids fave sports all under one roof- so whatever your game- from soccer to football and baseball, there’s a great party option for your birthday kid and their squad. (Parties start at $400 for 15 kids and NVSA can accommodate up to 100 kids. Bergen Mama readers receive 10% off on birthday parties in October and November, NVSA, 100 Oakland Ave, Closter, 201-750-3275, click here for more info)
Skyzone Allendale: If the thought of hitting one.more.bouncy.birthday.spot makes you want to cringe, we’ve got some refreshing news: kids can sour to new heights at the new Skyzone Allendale, Bergen County’s first indoor trampoline park. From toddlers to pre-teens, kids of every age are guaranteed smiles as they jump 10 feet in the air to dunk basketballs, dive into a huge foam pit and play a game of Ultimate Dodgeball. (parties start at $350 for 10 jumpers, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Allendale, 80 Commerce Drive, Allendale, 201-574-1800, click here for more info)
Chocolateworks: Voted “one of the best party experiences for kids” by Time Out NY Kids, this Chocolateworks interactive experience is super sweet. Your birthday kid and their pals will play chocolatier for the day- creating molds, crafting sweets and bringing some home for mom & dad (natch). 2 hour party packages include invites and pizza and can be personalized into something really over the top. Stops in the candy shop post-party up guests’ sugar rush (and experience) (parties start at $400 for 10 kids for 2 hours. Bergen Mama readers receive 15% off on birthday parties (must book the party by 11/15/15 to receive discount), 3120 Promenade Blvd, Fair Lawn, (201) 475-5679, click here for more info)
World Class Sports Academy Westwood: If you’re idea of the perfect party includes letting your little one burn off steam with his pals while you sip on a skim latte brewed to perfection then World Class Sports Academy Westwood is your spot. The new fully decked turf field annex to celebrity chef Dana Cohen’s Pulse Cafe is now a hoppin’ party spot with sports, bounce houses and of course delicious nosh. (parties start at $395 for up to 15 kids. Bergen Mama readers receive 50% off on birthday parties (must book the party by 12/31/15 to receive discount), 701 Broadway Westwood, 201-497-5900)
High Exposure Climbing: Kids young and older will love getting vertical at this new, over 14,000 square foot climbing space that’s straight out of an American Ninja Warrior course where multiple structures create exhilarating challenges. Party options include everything from basic climbing to a fully loaded obstacle course to a more low key choice of tumble and art. Email-able invites and online-waivers make these parties easy peasy for moms. (Parties start at $359 for 10 kids. Bergen Mama readers receive 10% off on birthday parties (must book the party by 11/30/15 to receive discount) High Exposure Climbing, 266 Union St, Northvale, (201) 768-8600, click here for party options)