I've been throwing theme parties for The Jersey Momma's Boy for years now. He has a bit of party anxiety, so we usually have our parties at home (you can read about our art themed party and our robot themed party, just to name a few). But we have visited so many different birthday venues over the years and I'm happy to share some of the best with you!
Party Recommendations from Parents
I asked as many parents as I could about their favorite party venues and here's the line-up of their top choices:
Turtle Back Zoo - West Orange, NJ
Why they like it: Many parents find TBZ nostalgic and fun, with a great staff that caters to all ages. Between animals, train rides and a cute carousel, they satisfy the nature lover in all of us! Read my review of Turtle Back Zoo here.
|Turtle Back Zoo carousel|
Branchburg Sports Complex - Branchburg, NJ
Why they like it: Branchburg Sports Complex offers a variety of party options for a range of age groups. A giant play maze, sports parties, arcade parties and their famous laser tag arena are just a few of the draws of this venue. Parties are fast-paced and fun, as well as super easy for parents!
|Laser Tag at the Branchburg Sports Complex|
Kidnetics - Montville, NJ
Why they like it: Clean, bright and fun, Kidnetics gets the kiddos up and moving and makes the birthday child feel like a star.
Funplex/Splashplex - East Hanover, NJ
Why they like it: If you've ever visited the Funplex in East Hanover, you know it's an amazing place. There are race cars, a pool, a magic quest, laser tag, arcade games and so much more. It really lives up to its name!
Rizzo's Wildlife World - Flanders, NJ
Why they like it: Rizzo's has been traveling throughout New Jersey with their reptile shows for years, and they've developed quite a reputation for quality and fun. Now they've opened their own location for visitors, and party goers just adore it! Read my review of Rizzo's Wildlife World here.
|Rizzo's Wildlife World doesn't disappoint!|
Sky Zone - Mount Olive, NJ
Why they like it: There are Sky Zones scattered throughout the state of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but the location in Mount Olive is known for its cleanliness and attentiveness from staff. Trampolines, ball pits games and more, Sky Zone is a great way for kids to get their energy out!!
|Sky Zone in Mt. Olive is tons of fun!|
Paper Moon Puppet Theater - Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Why they like it: Paper Moon received so much praise from parents as a wonderful place for preschool age kids to celebrate their special days. If your kids love classic entertainment and puppet shows, then this one's for you!
Painted Grape - Hamburg, NJ
Why they like it: Parents appreciate that Painted Grape also offers crafts for kids, not just paintings. They're also known for a wonderful summer camp program, too.
Birthday Party Location Map
I hope you'll bookmark this interactive birthday party map, since I'll be updating it and adding to it when I come across new venues or if venues close.
You can zoom in and click on locations, as well as move around the map. Party venues are marked with a birthday cake icon. Click on each icon for more details and info about each venue. There are SO MANY to choose from!
The map also has a zoom in/zoom out feature as well as a sharing feature!
If you're looking for more birthday party venues in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York, please stop by Been There Done That With Kids for more details on those areas!