It’s not like you don’t WANT to host birthday parties for your kids, It’s just that you want to do something fun and different from the last dozen parties your kids have attended and you’re fresh out of ideas. Never fear, there are a bunch of new and creative places for Bergen County birthday parties where your child can have the party of their dreams, at least until next year!
For the Crafty Kid:
Tired of turning your kitchen counters into a slime workshop? Got a kid who loves to sew, make or create? Host their party at Clay, Paper, Scissors, a creative makerspace in Oradell. Choose from their suggested birthday party projects or work with them to customize a project that truly represents your little crafter. Parties start at $300 for 10 kids. Everything is provided but the cake. 380 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, 917.721.3470.
This boutique DIY studio offers instructor-led, hands-on birthday parties where your birthday kid and their friends can create custom wood signs, photo frames, wall hangings, pillows, totes or specialty holiday crafts. Project supplies are provided, party hosts are in charge of food and drinks. 44 Franklin Avenue, Ridgewood, 201.408.0418
Learn to make ice cream the old-fashioned way at this two-hour private party. Your child picks their flavor, then their guests take turns hopping on the one-of-a-kind ice cream churning bicycle, and pedaling. Guests learn about the process of making ice cream and then, while the ice cream is hardening, kids will create a craft of their choice. The party ends when party-goers make waffle sundaes and devour the ice cream they had a hand (or, in this case, foot) in making. 200 Greene Street, Jersey City. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
For the Kid Who Needs to Move:
Calling all future ninja warriors! This party is for you. Run up warped walls, jump over obstacles, bounce off quintuple steps, swing on lache bars and try out the salmon ladder. Or, have them spend time in the Action Adventure Climbing Room. Or, give them access to both with a combo party. Then replenish their energy with 30 minutes of pizza and drinks in a private party room. 2 hour parties start at $369 for 10 guests. 266 Union Street, Northvale, 201.768.8600.
Kids in Bergen County are going GAGA for The Gagasphere in Waldwick, NJ. This addictive fast-paced group game can be played by players of all ages and abilities and is so fun for kids they never want to leave "the pit". Guaranteed to be the only party in the space at your specified time, The Gagasphere's party packages start at $25.99 and for $10pp more they'll throw in a ton of extras like cake and invites. 140 Franklin Tpke, Waldwick, 201-445-2546
A location for kids of all ages, Kids Rule offers games and dance parties complete with bubbles and fog machines for the littlest partiers, Silly String fights, paintball, Minute to Win It and Bumper balls for older kids and escape rooms and virtual reality for teens and the young at heart. 2 hour parties start at $35 per child for younger kids, $40 per child for older kids and include pizza, drinks and bakery cake. 154 State Street, Hackensack, 201.576.9423
This yoga and art party is creative and well run. Kids get to do 30 minutes of yoga at the beginning of the session then create their own work of art on an 11”x14” canvas afterward. The best part? They come to you! Party hosts are responsible for all food and drinks. Parties are for 10-30 kids and start at $20 per child. Painting supplies are provided. Locations vary. 201.694.6018
After a short instruction period, your kid and their guests will be suited up and head into the wind chamber to take turns learning what it feels like to fly. Instructors will take kids on a high fly at the end if they want. Party details can be customized to include food and drink options and a variety of large group packages are available. 211 E. State Route 4, Paramus. 201.733.4359, email@example.com.
For the Dramatic and Glamourous:
Your little diva and her friends will celebrate her special day in the Rockin’ Glamour Lounge, right in your driveway or at the location of your choice. Her very own private, climate controlled party suite will pull up to your house equipped with a dual salon station for hair, nails and make-up. There is also an arts and crafts table and an outdoor, covered VIP dance and karaoke section. Prices start at $469 for a 1.5-hour party for up to 12 guests. Locations vary. 201.675.6433.
If all the world is a stage for your kid, host a theater games party for them. Porchlight Productions is a leading performing arts studio and their professional theatre director(s) will entertain your child and their guests with a variety of fun and laughter-inducing theatre games and activities including building creative characters, scenes, creative movement and more. All activities will be catered to the age level of your child and their guests. Packages start at $395 for up to 12 children not including food. $475 for up to 12 children with food included. 555 Broad Street, Glen Rock. 201.857.3520, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Something Completely Different:
Your kid is nuts for animals, especially puppies. What could be better than having four adorable, fluffy little pups attend her party? Puppies are transported from a puppy store in Brooklyn accompanied by a trainer who ensures that kids are being taught how to safely handle the pups and takes care of cleanup. The trainer will also provide everything the puppies need from treats, toys, water, brushes and even costumes! The max number of puppies per visit is six and they can only stay for an hour. Call for a quote based on location, number of puppies and travel time. Locations vary. 718.252.7877
At NJ Swingsets, they have at least 8 swingsets, 2 trampolines, game room tables and video games for use at all times. Parties can either be full service or use the space as you’d like. Full service parties start at $400 for up to 15 children and include 60 minutes of playtime on swingsets, trampolines, & game room tables and 30 minutes for food. Paper cups, plates, utensils, 3 plain pizza pies, juice, water, tables, chairs, setup and cleanup are provided but party hosts are responsible for cake and favors. 59 Greenwood Avenue, Midland Park, 201.670.4000