The latest update for this article is written by Lindsay Podolak.
The depths of a Jersey winter can bring out cabin fever in anyone, especially kids. This presents a particular challenge for parents planning a kid’s birthday party during the cold season. How can we satisfy a group of cooped-up kids with energy to burn when running around outside is not an option? Worry not, because New Jersey is full of entrepreneurial indoor birthday party specialists who’ve got you covered.
Check out these indoor birthday party options in New Jersey that deliver serious fun, no matter what time of year it is.
Location: 213 Newark Avenue, Jersey City (or in your home)
Price: Packages start at $490 for 10 guests, $15 per additional child.
Details: Your child can choose their own theme – options include Legos, Tea Party, Chopped and Barbie – and the cooking activity of their choice. After cooking up a storm and enjoying some cooking-related coloring, kids will feast on good ol’ reliable pizza. All parties are customizable and add-ons such as face painting and an ice cream bar are available.
Why I like it: If your child is a current student in a Bambino Chef class, you’ll get a 15% discount on your party package.
More info: www.bambinochef.com or call 201-333-9090
Location: 98 Broad Street, Bloomfield and The Oakside Mansion (or in your home)
Price: Packages at Bella’s start at $399 for 10 guests, $20 per additional child. Oakside Mansion packages start at $549 for 10 guests, $20 per additional child. In-home packages start at $229 for one hour.
Details: Step into your favorite fairy tale with an enchanting birthday party designed by Bella Princess. Kids can choose from more than twenty different party themes, each featuring its own décor, characters, music, games and activities. Available packages include Fairytale Parties, Spa Parties and Birthday Breakfasts. Host your party at Oakside Mansion and add an extra-special magical touch to your child’s big day.
Why I like it: Want to see Bella Princess in action before committing to a party? Attend one of their monthly events, like December’s Jolly Holiday Ball, by purchasing tickets online.
More info: www.bellaprincess.com or call 973-429-2300
The Creativity Caravan
Location: 28 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair (or in your home)
Price: $200 for up to 8 kids, $20 per additional child.
Details: Poets Amy Tingle and Maya Stein will show up at your door in their vintage ‘65 caravan or host you in their Montclair studio to make a craft (all materials are included). For the craft activity, choose from a list of ideas provided on their website, or encourage your child to come up with their own idea.
Why I like it: Since each party guest leaves with a craft, you don’t waste money on party favors that most likely end up in the trash in a few days.
More info: www.thecreativitycaravan.com or call 201-259-9801
Garden State Discovery Museum
Location: 2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100, Cherry Hill
Price: $17.95 per child for the Basic Discovery Party (10 child minimum)
Details: Let the kids explore all the fun exhibits that the Discovery Museum has to offer, like serving food at the Silver Diner or fixing an engine at the Subaru Service Station. Try your hand at being a reporter at the Channel 6 News and Weather desk and then catch a short play in the theater. For your party you’ll receive exclusive use of a party room for 90 minutes, plus another 90 minutes to roam the museum.
Why I like it: The birthday child gets free admission for two parents and four grandparents on the day of the party.
More info: www.discoverymuseum.com or call 856-424-1233
Just Bead Yourself
Location: 113 Central Avenue, 2nd Floor, Westfield
Price: Party packages vary by theme and number of guests
Details: The sky’s the limit with the amazing themed parties offered at Just Bead Yourself! For example, choose the LOL Dolls Birthday Party and have fun creating an LOL Dolls pendant necklace. Or pick an Emoij, Descendants or Trolls party – you can see all the options online. Pizza, drinks, cupcakes and tableware are all included in your party package.
Why I like it: Mommy and Me Beading Parties allow the moms to stay at the party and help the little ones make their jewelry, plus make a pair of earrings for themselves.
More info: www.just-bead-yourself.com or call 908-232-3411
Liberty Science Center
Location: 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
Price: $775 for a 2-hour Birthday Extravaganza. Price includes 20 guests, $16.50 per additional guest.
Details: Budding scientists up to 12 years old hold Mad Scientist-themed parties and choose from tabletop activities like creating dinosaur eggs, crafting a rocket out of straw or concocting colorful, gooey polymer (aka slime). Partygoers will enjoy full use of Liberty Science Center either before or after their scheduled party. Cake, drink and decorations are included in private rooms, along with discounted perks.
Why I like it: Available add-ons include goody bags, planetarium shows and simulator rides, so the day can be customized exactly how the birthday kid would like.
More info: www.lsc.org/birthday or call 201-253-1310
Location: Locations in Cherry Hill, Glen Rock, Hoboken, Jersey City, Manalapan, Princeton, North Bergen, Shrewsbury, West Orange, New Providence and Westfield
Price: Packages start at $395, plus a $50 fee for non-members.
Details: The energetic staff guide children through a customized maze of games, activities, rides (the zipline is a favorite) and free play on inflatable gym equipment. Party specialists efficiently pack in an hour of activity before pizza is served and kids are led into a “Happy Birthday” sing-a-long. My Gym handles all aspects of the party so you can relax and enjoy the day without worrying about all the little details.
Why I like it: Book a party at My Gym and you and your guests have exclusive use of the facility during the party hours.
More info: www.mygym.com
The Painter’s Loft Art Studio
Location: 1 Tree Farm Road, Pennington
Price: Packages start at $300 for 10 children, $25 per additional child.
Details: Aspiring artists can choose from different party activities such as pottery painting, candle making, clay building, canvas painting and fashion design. The beautiful location and pretty studio will inspire and please creative kids and parents alike. Guests are invited to bring their own food, snacks and beverages to enjoy during the party.
Why I like it: Parties are available seven days a week, so you can choose a day and time that works best – even if it’s not a weekend.
More info: www.thepaintersloft.com or call 609-730-4278
Pump It Up
Location: Locations in Blackwood, Freehold, Hamilton, Marlton, Piscataway, Randolph, Roselle Park and Secaucus
Price: $299 for 2-hour Classic Party. Price includes 12 kids, $16.95 per additional child. Other packages are also available.
Details: Bounce houses are a super popular indoor option and for good reason. During Pump It Up’s parties, kids have a blast climbing up giant slides, jumping in the various inflatables, running through obstacle courses and playing fun games. After bouncing around, they move into a private party room for pizza, drinks and optional dessert. There are nine locations throughout New Jersey, so chances are you’ll find one near you.
Why I like it: Pay an extra $50 to turn it into a Glow Party. Each guest will get a glow-in-the-dark accessory and dance around under the special effects lighting for a portion of the party.
More info: www.pumpitupparty.com
Silverball Museum Arcade
Location: 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
Price: $195 for up to 13 kids, $15 per additional child.
Details: Spend the afternoon playing good old-fashioned arcade games at the Jersey shore. Party guests will enjoy up to three hours in the arcade, plus a spacious party area with tables and chairs. Invitations are easily printed from the website once you book your party.
Why I like it: Bring in any food or beverages you want, or feed your guests from the Silverball Cafe – pizza, hot dogs, soft pretzels and more are available.
More info: www.silverballmuseum.com or call 732-774-4994, ext. 3