Because not all babies get to be born in summer -- and even then, some of us really, really prefer the comforts of climate-controlled venues (yes, please!). Bergen Mama is here to give you the full scoop on 6 new kids birthday spots you need to book now for indoor party FUN. From dance parties to laser tag your kids will be thrilled to be celebrating another fun-filled year.
Catch Air Paramus: How do you keep 30 preschoolers engaged for 2 hours? Catch Air Paramus makes the math easy with their laser light shows, kiddie "raves", extreme bubble dance party and live characters who mingle into the crowd. The space provides endless ways for kids to rock out and blow off steam, then settle into the party room for 40 minutes where their coordinator serves up pizza to the group and a birthday cake- making post-party naptime a snap. (Catch Air Paramus, parties start at $329, 224 NJ-4 #102, Paramus, (201) 620-2125)
5Wits: If getting a group of kids, ages 7 and up, excited about something is your challenge, 5Wits is your answer. This gussied up version of the escape room challenge offers themes for every interest and age. Into outerspace? Try teleporting your kids' gang to an abandoned starship in the Deep Space Challenge. Want a medieval theme? Set them up with Drago's Castle, where they'll have to escape the dundgeon and rescue a princess. Either way, they'll emerge a little sweaty and exhilerated, ready for cake and grub. (5Wits, parties start at $219.99, 4270 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY, (855) 955-9487)
Jumpin' Jax: This preschool-party spot hybrid is high on supervision and has everything you need for fun. Think indoor jungle gym with rainbow slides, climbing structures, air hockey, dress up areas, ball shooters and a great little indoor cafe that carries essentials for little siblings and parents who want to take a coffee break. Basic pizza can be upgraded with platters of salads, veggies and wraps so if you're hosting a bigger crowd it's not a hassle. Birthday cake is included too! Mention Bergen Mama and receive 10% off party packages, must book birthday party by 12/31/16. (Jumpin' Jax, parties start at $499, 600 Winters Ave, Paramus, (201) 261-3000)
Glow Party Venue: If you're looking for more of a blank slate and pick-your-own theme birthday, new space Glow Party Venue has all the makings of a great kids' party big or small. Choose from themes like Laser Tag or Glow-in-the-Dark Bounce or work with their event coordinators to create something custom and let your imagination run wild. Mention Bergen Mama and receive a free photo booth or $200 off when you book a VIP dance party ($1499) for 30 kids - offer expires 12/31/16. (Glow Party Venue, parties start at $399, 145 Hopper Ave, Waldwick, (201) 255-5955)
1Gym4All: Loud busy parties are not for all kids, which is why special needs teacher, Kim Casey, created the new sensory gym 1Gym4All which caters to ALL kids. The gym features rock walls, climb tunnels, an enclosed trampoline, a zip line and swing plus accompanying tables and chairs for arts & crafts and other hands-on activities. Kids who want to relax or chill out after becoming overstimulated can visit the accompanying "quiet room" which is outfitted with bean bags and cozy chairs with books for reading. Mention Bergen Mama and get 20% off any open play 5-pack, 10-pack or monthly membership or get $50 off when you book a birthday party package. (1Gym4All, parties start at $400.00, 10 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, (201)-857-0922)
Glitter and Glam: We mentioned this den of all things pink, pretty and sparkly back in our last birthday party feature when they were about to open. Fast forward a few months and their gorgeous space is officially open in the Paramus Park mall, where their glam squads are ready to beautify little lovelies and their gangs (plus mamas too!) Mention Bergen Mama and get $50 off any party package. (Glitter and Glam, parties start at $499.95, 700 Paramus Park, Paramus, (201) 970-4526)