Saturday, October 4, 2014

Party Picks *Updated 1/13/16*


I think it's time for an updated list of places that do kids birthday parties. I did it a long time ago but since then, places have opened and closed. I see a post a week, or more, asking for birthday party venues. Sure, you can have a party in your house. More power to you if you want twenty OPC's (Other People's Children) running around your house like Lord of the Flies. I do not. I'm birthday-party-broken. I don't get excited about paper goods. I don't want to come up with a theme. I will not bake a cake. I love my kid, as of course, I have to somehow validate that in the same paragraph that I'm writing that I'm pretty much bah-humbug about birthday party hoopla. Maybe it's because I'm a summer baby. I had birthdays in my backyard. Pool and pizza. Carvel ice cream cake. But my kid's birthday is in January. Enough said.

I've had a party outside the house for him since he turned two. I've been to almost all outside-the-home parties. It feels like I've been to like a hundred of them. So I'm going to compile a list, complete with links, so you can just take my research and run with it. Anything with an asterisk is a place I've had a party. Anything with two, I either had a party or been to a party there.

The Little Gym (Waldwick)*
http://www.thelittlegym.com/WaldwickNJ/Pages/kids-birthday.aspx

We had E's 2nd birthday here. He was already taking classes there so it was easy. Party was fun. They included most everything, including the cake. I have no complaints.

Naturally Yoga (Glen Rock)
http://www.naturallyyoga.com/parties.html

Haven't been there for a party but E did take class there. It's clean, friendly, and I'd guess they do a good job for a party.

Gary Stevens Taekwondo (Glen Rock)
http://www.stevenstaekwondo.com/Programs.html#Birthday_Parties

E took classes here. Never been to a party there but they visit schools and do programs, and they have kid-centric groups (girl/boy scouts, etc) do events there and everyone's been happy.

My Gym (Glen Rock)**
http://www.mygym.com/glenrock/birthday-parties

Been to many parties here. They do a really good job. It's a no-brainer for ease. It's just on the more expensive side. It's clean and the staff has already been really good with the kids.

Kidville (Ridgewood) (various other locations)
http://www.kidville.com/ridgewood/birthday-parties

Jellybean Junction (Waldwick)*
http://thelearningexperience.com/uploads/Jelly%20Bean%20Junction%20Birthday%20Brochure.pdf

I did the dance party for E's 3rd. It was a little chaotic but it's a big room. I wrote an entry on this separately right after the party. You can do a search on my blog and it will come up.

Superdome (Waldwick)**
http://www.superdomesports.com/parties.html

Been to a party there. It was a good party. Kids thoroughly enjoyed it. All participated and it was co-ed 5 year olds and younger. I've been told it's expensive though and all party add-ons are a la carte. Not much included.

Bounce Safari (Waldwick)*
http://www.bouncesafari.com

Had E's 5th birthday party here. It's great, especially if you have a range of ages, a lot of them being on the younger side. They have other stuff besides bounce stuff, like big blocks, ride-ons, hula hoops, etc. It's definitely small child and parent friendly. Big comfy sectional for the parents. They are a pain about food- you have to buy everything through them, and I feel like they nickel and dime in that respect, but you can't beat the actual space, the party staff, and the fun. 

Kids Rule (Hackensack)
http://kidsruleparties.com/category/party-packages/

Ice House (Hackensack)
http://icehousenj.com/birthday-parties/

Jump On In (Hasbrouck Heights)
http://jumponinfun.com/hasbrouckheights/

Elite Gymnastics (Hawthorne)**
http://www.elitegymnasticsinfo.com/birthday-parties.html

Been to a party here once. It's definitely more economical, but you're pretty much on your own, especially in the party room- for set up, clean up, etc.

JW Tumbles (Hillsdale)
http://hillsdale.jwtumbles.com

Dance Etc (Fair Lawn)
www.dancetcstudio.com

My son takes dance here. It's a great place who will really work with you to make a cute party. I've seen many pictures and videos from parties there and everyone looks like they've had a great time. 

The Big Playhouse (Westwood)
http://thebigplayhouse.wildapricot.org/page-1595613

Drawing Room LLC (Midland Park)
http://www.drawingroomllc.com/party-experiences/

Bounce U (Paramus)**
http://www.bounceu.com/paramus-nj

Been to numerous parties here. I'd stick to ages 4+ for this one. It's not really designed for little ones but the bigger kids LOVE it.

Kids U (Paramus)**
http://www.kidsu.com/paramus.html

Been to numerous parties here. I'd choose this over Bounce U if I had more kids under 5 years old than over. It's a good space if you're having a party for 20-25 kids.

Gravity Vault (more than one location)
http://www.gravityvault.com/kids_parties/

Monster Golf (Paramus)
http://www.monsterminigolf.com/fran-nj-paramus/bday-parties.html

Powerhouse Studios (Paramus, East Hanover)
http://www.powerhousestudios.tv/birthday.html

Screamin' Parties (Paramus)**
http://www.screaminpartiesparamus.com/

Been here. The kids like it. I'm not a huge fan. I don't find them incredibly accommodating, but if the kids like it, that's all that really matters.

Funtime Junction (Fairfield)**
http://funtimejunction.com/birthday-parties.shtml

Ridgewood Culinary Institute (Ridgewood)
http://www.ridgewoodculinarystudio.com/index.php/parties/birthday-parties

Color Me Mine (Ridgewood)
http://ridgewood.colormemine.com/Party.tpl?studio=ridgewood&p=Party

Kidville (Ridgewood and other towns)
http://www.kidville.com/ridgewood/birthday-parties


Chocolate Works
https://www.facebook.com/Chocolateworksfairlawn/
http://www.chocolateworks.com/partiesnevents.html#

Making Chocolate (Dumont)
http://www.makingchocolatellc.com/Childrens_Chocolate_Parties_Dumont_NJ.html

Chocolate Etc, (Wyckoff)
http://chocolateetc.com/parties/

Ramsey Theater (Ramsey)
http://www.ramseytheatre.com/?p=content&id=Birthday+Parties

Sky Zone (Allendale)
http://www.skyzone.com/allendale/Birthday-Parties

World Class Sports Academy (Westwood)
https://www.facebook.com/World-Class-Sports-Academy-482866441874166/

I had a party here. I like it a lot. The cafe area in the front for the parents is really nice and convenient. It just needs to be a smaller party. Optimally, you'd have between 10-15 kids. They can accommodate 20, but I think 10-15 is more realistic, especially if they're 6-7 year old boys.

Wyckoff School Of Dance (Wyckoff)
http://www.wyckoffschoolofdance.com/

Wyckoff YMCA (Wyckoff)*
http://www.wyckoffymca.org/programs-services/parties/

I've had a party here. There were 40 kids there so it was chaotic. But they do a good job. I was just at a Lego party there the other day. All the kids were very happy there. I would totally do a party there again.

Abma's Farm (Wyckoff)**
http://www.abmasfarm.com/events.php

It's a cute farm place. Best in spring/summer/fall. I've been to winter parties there and I don't love it. It's also really dependent on the weather obviously. My friend had it in her mind she HAD to do a pumkin/fall themed party there for her four year old. It rained and it was freezing. Enough said.

Planet Swirl (Multiple locations)
http://www.planet-swirl.com/parties.html

Billy Beez (West Nyack, NY)
http://www.us.billybeez.com/#!billy-beez-palisades-birthdays/cq77

Rockin Gaming/Rockin Glamour (MOBILE parties)
http://www.rockingaminparties.com/glamour-party-pricing/

Chef It Up & Chef It Up 2 Go
http://chefitupkids.com/chef-it-up/chef-it-up-party-packages/

http://chefitupkids.com/chef-it-up-2-go/chef-it-up-2-go-party-packages/

Fun Bus (mobile)
http://www.funbuses.com/bergen-county/

Little Shanti Yoga (Mobile)
http://littleshantiyoga.vpweb.com/default.html

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