Hop on in to Paramus Park Mall to meet the Easter Bunny and pose for an unforgettable photo. This annual family event runs through April 13, 2017.
Let's face it, your child is the most important person in the world and every day is probably kids' day in your home! But a child's birthday is special. There aren't many events in life that are just for us as individuals.
For most kids, the thrill of their birthday is just as important as the excitement of the holidays. As we get older, it's easy to forget this special feeling. Birthday parties are important milestones for kids. Having the opportunity to share their special day in a fun and memorable way with friends and family is something they look forward to all year long. Birthday parties also present a chance to spend a happy time with our children, family and friends while creating special memories to last a lifetime.
The details and decisions that go into planning a special birthday party for your child can be stressful for parents. There are seemingly endless options, ideas and logistics to consider. Here are a few tips to help make your birthday party planning a bit easier:
It's Not Your Birthday Party, It's Your Child's!
Include your child in the party planning process. Ask for three birthday party themes or special requests they might like. Explain that you can't promise to deliver on all requests or suggestions but will do your best. Your child will feel good about being included in the planning and you'll have some direction. Even toddlers have their own ideas!
Who to Invite?
This is always tricky. Too many children, particularly younger kids, can lead to an organizational nightmare. The goal should be a relatively small and manageable number of guests. Not every relative or family friend needs to make the list. Nor should you feel obligated to invite every one of your child's classmates or playmates. Even if your child has been invited to every classmates' birthday party, don't feel compelled to reciprocate. Find other opportunities for play dates or special get-togethers.
Mail and/or email your party invitations with an RSVP 2-3 weeks before the big day! If you're feeling ambitious, have your child create the party invitations and have them printed at a local printing business.
Set a Budget and Stick to It
Your child's birthday party needn't break the bank! Food, party supplies, professional party planners and themes, gifts, goodie bags and other party features are great and can be accomplished many different ways depending upon your budget.
When and How Long?
Saturday is the most popular party day but try and consider potential scheduling conflicts including local soccer programs, conflicting birthday parties and other events that might impact attendance to your child's party. Plan on a party that is 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours long.
Best to keep it simple. Always consider the time of day and the age range of your guests. It's hard to wrong with pizza! Don't forget to order the cake! The birthday cake is the centerpiece for your party, so allow enough time for special orders and custom cakes. Kids are picky eaters so you may want to consider a backup cake or ice cream option.
Kids' Birthday Party Themes
Special themed parties can be great fun. In northern New Jersey, you can find businesses that specialize in themes ranging from princess parties to baseball parties and everything in-between. In northern New Jersey, we have an excellent selection of kids birthday party professionals, offering a wide variety of party themes, locations and fun features to help make you a hero with your child, without spending a fortune or losing your mind in the planning of your special event!
Don't Forget the Cameras
Technology is great when it works. Bring multiple cameras in case of a malfunction. This includes video camera too.
Show Your Appreciation
Make sure your child has an opportunity to help pass out goodie bags or party favors and to say thank you to party guests.
Bergen County Kids' Party Places You Should Know About!
Professionally produced birthday parties are a wonderful way to recognize a child's special interests and personality. Themed parties produced by professionals can also help to make the birthday party planning process a lot easier, while also making you a hero with your child!
The following mybergen.com Sponsored Content Directory features Bergen County area kids' birthday party businesses that offer a wide variety of fun and memorable birthday party ideas and options:
Abma's Farm, 700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff
What could be more fun than a birthday party on a real farm? This Bergen County landmark offers themed birthday parties with a distinct country or back-to-nature flair. Abma's Farm party themes include Build a Barnyard Friend Party, Pony Ride Party, Hayride Birthday Party, Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden Party and several other seasonal party themes.
For more information, call 201-891-0278 or visit abmasfarm.com.
Aeon Fitness & Gymnastics, 157 Patterson Street, Hillsdale
Aeon Fitness & Gymnastics
Aeon Fitness & Gymnastics hosts high energy birthday parties for girls and boys ages 18 months to 15 years! Their 1.5 hour parties are held at five different times on Saturdays and Sundays. Come jump, tumble and flip in the newly designed 10,000 square foot Aeon facility. The entire place is yours for the duration of the party! Enjoy the foam pit, bars, beams, parachute, trampolines, and all the fun equipment available to you for your party. Set-up, gymnastics instruction and clean-up are provided by the organized and fully certified Aeon coaching staff. Aeon Fitness & Gymnastics is a 4-time winner of Best Birthday Party in 201 Magazine!
For more information, call 201-664-0304 or visit aeonfitgym.com.
Abrakadoodle, Serving Bergen, Essex and Hudson Counties
Abrakadoodle parties are easy and fun! Their popular Arty Parties include an ART-rageous art teacher, age-appropriate art lessons & activities, a framed piece of each child's work of art as the ultimate party favor, face painting, all art materials and lots of fun. The best part may be that they bring the party to you! Like we said, easy and fun!
For more information, call 201-836-1160 or visit abrakadoodle.com.
Bounce Safari, 3 North Street, Waldwick
Bounce Safari is a multiple award winning climate-controlled, indoor playground and party place. Their 100% private parties feature exclusive time in their Jungle Adventure Zones which are filled with giant inflatable slides, huge obstacle courses, bouncers and incredible games. At Bounce Safari, your child's party is a piece of cake because they take care of all the details!
For more information, visit www.bouncesafari.com or call 201-857-4000.
Buehler Challenger & Science Center, 400 Paramus Road (Bergen Community College Campus), Paramus
Experience the excitement of being an astronaut at a birthday party that will be out of this world! The Buehler Challenger & Science Center, located on the campus of Bergen Community College, can celebrate birthdays for ages 4 through adult. Birthday programs explore science with fun, hands-on activities, games, and teambuilding. Experience a “lift-off” into space in their state-of-the art simulator. Astronauts grades 5 and up will fly a simulated space mission. Each participant receives astronaut ice cream. The guest of honor will also receive a Challenger T-shirt or an Astronaut Bear.
For more information, visit www.bcsc.org or call 201-251-8589.
Chocolate Etc., 382 Main Street, Wyckoff
Chocolate Etc. was voted Best Candy Store for three years in a row by 201 Magazine. At a Chocolate Etc. birthday party, you'll create sweet birthday memories to last a lifetime as your party guests make delicious chocolate treats during 90 minutes of fun-filled chocolate heaven. Three yummy party packages to choose from.
For more information, visit www.chocolateetc.com or call 201-891-3711.
Color Me Mine, 210 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood
Parent's Magazine rated Color Me Mine nationwide as "one of the best places for a birthday party." This "decorate your own ceramics" business has been producing colorful parties for creative kids for many years. Kids get to pick and paint their piece and Color Me Mine glazes and fires it. You bring the goodies to serve and the friendly staff at Color Me Mine does the rest!
For more information, visit www.ridgewoodcolormemine.com or call 201-445-4898.
Couture Craft Studio, 10 Franklin Turnpike Waldwick
At Couture Craft Studio parties, kids are taught modern crafting skills while having a lot of fund. Craft instructors help you design your own unique pieces that you can use and enjoy long after the party is over. And speaking of the party, Couture Craft Studio offers a variety of party packages that include all of the kids' party amenities you might expect, as well as craft supplies, artist smocks, photo op backdrop with photo props and more. Ask about the special themed parties including Frozen, Monster High and princess themes.
For more information, visit www.couturecraftstudio.com or call 201-857-4440.
Cresskill Performing Arts, 300 Knickerbocker Road, Suite 1100, Cresskill
Cresskill Performing Arts parties rock! This highly regarded Bergen County performing arts center offers a variety of fun and unique birthday party options including dance, acting/theater games, yoga, arts & crafts, legos, princesses, fairies, pajama parties, more.
Dance Education Unlimitied (DEU), 7-15 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fair Lawn
Glow is the way to go for your child’s next birthday! At DEU Studio, they spin your favorite tunes and lead in the newest dance crazes. Wear your favorite white or neon clothing to compliment the night-club setting. Glow & Black Light parties also have the option for 50% dance and 50% karaoke. DEU offers parties for all ages like Zumbini for a first or second birthday, royal princess parties, or rocking out with a karaoke party. No two parties are the same at Dance Education Unlimited.
Visit www.deustudio.com to see party pictures and descriptions or call 201-773-8588 for more information.
Fashion Camp, 512 Livingston Street, Norwood
Fashion Camp NJ parties are two hours of fashion-made fun in their design studio! Your guests enjoy the FCNJ fashion experience of designing one-of-a-kind clothing and/or accessories. For the complete experience, rock Fashion Camp's runway with your friends in your own fashion show! The ultimate FCNJ party favor? Wear home your one-of-a-kind fashion creation!
Call 201-768-3600 or Click here for more information
Fritz Dietl Ice Skating Rink, 639 Broadway, Westwood
How Cool is this? You can hold your child’s next birthday party at a Bergen County family (and Olympic) recreation landmark! The legendary Fritz Dietl Ice Skating Rink can accommodate ice skating birthday parties for small or large groups. Skate rentals are part of the package too. With its uniquely sized ice surface, the Fritz Dietl Ice Rink offers a cozy and comfortable skating and party environment. It’s a lot of fun too!
For more information, visit www.fritzdietlicerink.com or call 201-664-9812.
Game Away brings a 32-foot luxurious custom built video game theater on wheels to your house, business, pizzeria, local park or anywhere you want to have a party. Their equipment features five 55 inch high-definition TV’s, Laser / LED lighting, Stereo sound bars and 150 GAMES of the latest titles for 15 gaming consoles. The theater is air conditioned and heated for your comfort. 20 players can play at once on (5) – 55” widescreen HDTV’s each with a Yamaha stereo sound bar and an action station for (2) Xbox One’s, (2) PS4’s, (1) PS3, (5) XBox360’s, (2) Wii’s , and (2) Wii U’s. Game Away now has over 150 Video Games in inventory. New for 2017 is the Oculus Rift Virtual reality simulator! The on-board generator powers up their equipment and offers a comfortable climate controlled environment. They also offer outside games such as Giant Connect Four, Giant Jenga and Corn hole.
This family-owned business services the North Jersey and Southern NY area. As parents of younger children, the Game Away owners have been through the stresses of planning parties and their goal is simple: They want everyone to be happy. Just a simple click or a phone call can make it all happen. They take care of the rest. Stress free parents and happy kids makes a perfect party for everyone.
This 32-foot, climate-controlled "limo on wheels" Mobile Gaming Theater is sure to please. With five huge High-Definition TV's and stadium seating we can fit the whole crowd. they have ALL the entertainment covered! Whether you're hosting a birthday, football tailgate, fundraiser, corporate event, or graduation party, the goal of the Game Away team is for everyone to have a blast!
For more information, visit www.gameaway.net or call 973-722-6635.
Gravity Vault Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is the perfect way to celebrate your child’s next birthday! The Gravity Vault rock climbing birthday parties give kids (ages 5+) a fun, safe, and exciting birthday they will never forget! Birthday Parties include 1 1/2 hours of climbing and 1/2 hour in a private party room.
Rock Climbing is fun for kids as well as a great family activity - parties, classes for adults and kids, summer camps, scout programs, private sessions, group rates and private parties. Gravity Vault gyms have over 13,000 sq. ft. of climbing in each facility and their walls are over 35 feet tall. Come see what the buzz is about.
Voted Best Kids Birthday Party in Bergen County by 201 Magazine!
Gravity Vault Locations: 40 Watchung Avenue, Chatham, 973-701-7625; 107 Pleasant Avenue at Route 17 North, Upper Saddle River, 201 934-7625; 37 Kanes Lane, Middletown, 732-856-9599
JW Tumbles, 321 Broadway, Hillsdale
At JW Tumbles, they pride themselves in knowing how to party. Their birthdays are a mix of silliness and big time —the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable day! They make every effort to ensure your child’s special day is extraordinary as possible. With a variety of exciting themes for kids ages one to six years old, each party includes action-packed games, music, swinging, sports, dancing, zip lines and much more. Two enthusiastic party professionals will coordinate and handle your child’s birthday celebration, keeping you worry-free. JW Tumbles party pros set up the party, greet guests, sing happy birthday, entertain the kids for one and a half to two hours, and best of all, clean it all up after you leave! But of course, parents always get to join in on the fun!
Kids Rule Parties, 157A Main Street, Hackensack
Kids Rule Parties is the newest private party center in Bergen County, boasting 3 floors and over 12,000 square feet of fun. Offering everything from a NYC style dance club complete with touch responsive LED dance floor to Paintball, Laser Tag, Human Bumper Balls and Airsoft for kids 10 years old and up. For kids 1-5 years old, they offer Powered Choo Choo Trains, Soft Play, Custom Bouncers, Bubble, Snow and Fog Machines, Magnet Walls and Little Tykes Roller Coaster. Finally, for kids ages 6-9, they offer the most unique games around like Belly Ball, Laser Tag, Silly String, Velcro Dodge Ball, Zap It, Snyper and many more!
For more information, visit www.kidsruleparties.com or call 201-576-9423.
Kidville, 20 Grand Avenue, Englewood
Kidville was named one of Parents magazine's "10 Best Birthday Party Places" and it's easy to see why. An award-winning gym, art, dance, and music classes for kids help to make Kidville a popular place for kids parties. Kidville classes and birthday parties help kids learn, play, and grow. You can choose from two all-inclusive party packages or have our party planning experts create a custom package. Kidville offers a wide variety of themes to use for your child’s party. They are also more than happy to customize a theme party for you. Deluxe party add-ons are available including professional photography or videography, additional entertainment, adult food and drinks, or even a tiered cake.
For more information, visit kidville.com or call 201-266-0633.
Little Shanti Yoga
Need a unique birthday party idea? Bring Little Shanti Yoga to your child's party for a fun, new way to celebrate! Little Shanti Yoga brings the studio to you, everything is included! How about a pajama yoga party, or have Little Shanti Yoga incorporate your child's theme into the session! Stretch, relax, and build confidence on your child's special day with yoga. Miss Wendy-Certified and insured
Paramus Mini Golf, 314 Paramus Road, Paramus
Have your child's next birthday party at Paramus Mini Golf. This miniature golf course will pose a challenge to any player with 18 holes of miniature golf fun, while surrounding them with familiar sites that any local will recognize. With a New Jersey theme, visitors will have a chance to cross the "George Washington Bridge", take the Paramus exits on the "Garden State Parkway", visit the "Boardwalk", and experience the "Red Mill, and Fritz Benzes' Farm House, just to name a few! Enjoy your birthday cake in the covered outdoor gazebo with four large picnic tables.
Click here to view Paramus Mini Golf website. Call 201-447-6079 ext 13 to speak with a staff member about party packages and reservations. Groups of 12 or more accommodated.
Rockin' Parties is a mobile entertainment company that brings the party to your home. This popular Bergen County-based party business offers an exciting video gamin’ experience in their 30 foot rockin’ gamin’ party lounge. They also offer glamour parties in their 30 foot glamour lounge. Rockin' Parties serves all of Bergen, Rockland and Westchester Counties, as well as parts of Central New Jersey and Orange County, New York.
Screamin' Parties Paramus, 651 Route 17 South, Paramus
Screamin' Parties offers two supervised arenas filled with Inflatable Slides, Obstacle Courses, Bounce Houses, our one of a kind Roller Coaster Simulator, Screamin’ Ball Blasters, the Screamin’ Stomp Interactive Game Floor and more. Every party is an hour and forty five minutes! Your child and guests will play for 30 minutes in Arena A and 45 minutes in Arena B. Your party will then be escorted into your private party room to eat and celebrate for an additional 30 minutes. Multiple party packages are available with a variety of features and amenities.
For more information, visit screaminpartiesparamus.com or call 877-96-PARTY.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 80 Commerce Drive, Allendale
If you live in North Jersey and have kids, chances are you’ve heard a lot about Sky Zone. Sky Zone, with a convenient Allendale location, is the world's first all-walled trampoline park…and kids love it! Whether it’s a birthday party, or just a day out with the family, Sky Zone is a place to gather with friends and family to play! The team at Sky Zone in Allendale will make your child’s party easy and seamless so you and your guests can focus on enjoying yourselves. They offer a few standard party packages, but every party is completely customizable to your requirements and most are surprisingly affordable! Party packages offered at Sky Zone include the Jump Around Package, the Super Jump Package, the Ultimate Air Package, the very popular GLOW Birthday Package and more. Click here to view details about Sky Zone party packages. Sky Zone’s Bergen County location is located minutes from Route 17, the Garden State Parkway and Franklin Turnpike.
For more information, call 201-574-1800 or visit www.skyzone.com/allendale. The website is wild so check it out with your kids!
SPACE, 491 South Dean Street, Englewood
SPACE is a combination of an elegant catering hall, funky night club filled with high tech video games, bowling, laser tag, paintless paintball and more. They customize your event to you, and can provide you with everything you need to make your kids birthday party a spectacular success. All inclusive Birthday Party Packages include invitations and thank you cards, a spacious private party room for the duration of the party, paper goods, pizza and soda/water/juice (for children only) organized activities, party hosts to supervise the kids, Birthday child is always FREE and receives a FREE SPACE t-shirt.
For more information, visit spaceodysseyusa.net or call 201-576-3810.
Superdome Sports, 134 Hopper Avenue, Waldwick
Well known professional athletes from the Giants and Red Bulls work out here, but your child is the star at a Superdome Sports birthday party. This impressive 79,000 square foot sports facility in Waldwick features four massive playing fields, a kid-friendly staff and an action-packed sports-lover's birthday party package. Parties include up to three sports, private party room for pizza and cake, game room tokens, party paper and plastic goods and even party invitations!
For more information, visit www.superdomesports.com or call 201-444-7660.
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