When your little one's birthday rolls around, Central New Jersey is packed with great spots to host super fun and memorable birthday parties at! With a huge variety of events, venues, activities, and locations to choose from, there's enough to try something new every year whether your kids are into sports, the arts, games—the list goes on!
(Cover photo courtesy of Pump it Up of Piscataway, NJ!)
Check out our list of 36 spots perfect for hosting memorable birthday parties for kids in Central New Jersey! All towns are listed alphabetically for your convenience:
472 Springfield Ave. Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Wine and painting parties are very popular right now and Bottle and Bottega in Berkeley Heights holds some of the best. Join them in their elegant studio or host your own pop-up adult party and enjoy wine tasting, hands-on instruction, and additional amenities like live models and decorations. They also offer juice parties for little ones, so put your request in now and unleash your inner artist at Bottle and Bottega.
550 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Young children are always active and even more so on special occasions like their birthdays. Let your little tyke run off some of that energy this year with a birthday party at the Berkeley Heights YMCA. They offer party themes like Dodgeball, Zumba dance, and Tumble Bees, and packages include invitations, candles, cake, and more, so your child can have a personalized party and you can have a stress-free planning experience, thanks to the YMCA.
For a truly unique birthday party experience, look no further than GameTruck. This mobile party brings excitement right to your door, with state-of-the-art video game consoles, LaserTag, and BubbleSoccer games, so there is virtually no end to the exciting party opportunities available. The Berkeley Heights-Bridgewater location operates in Berkeley Heights, Bridgewater, Basking Ridge, and surrounding cities, so contact them today and treat your child to a bit of video game birthday heaven.
1 Easy St. Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Let your little ninjas show off their skills with a birthday party at VertiQuest Gym. This venue features parkour and movement-related games, a ninja warrior course, and open gym access, giving them just enough exercise before they fill up on pizza (included in the reservation). Months are filling up fast, so call VertiQuest Gym today before it’s too late.
5w Chimney Rock Rd. Bound Brook, NJ 08805
If your kid is an airsoft fan, he or she will more than appreciate one of the wildly fun birthday party options available at the Airsoft Factory. Themes like Call of Duty, Zombies, and a brand new Star Wars theme, all inside a 50,000 square foot arena, ensure that no venue can possibly top this one. Reservations are available for parties of 10 kids or more, so book today and let your child witness the ultimate airsoft experience at the Airsoft Factory.
47 Readington Rd. Branchburg, NJ 08876
Take the pressure off of yourself this year by booking your child’s birthday party at the Branchburg Sports Complex. This venue has an array of party options, from an All-Star Sports party to their next-level Laser Tag Adventure party, and much, much more. Each package includes everything you could need for a great party, so fill out a request form and prepare for a day filled with nothing but fun and celebration at the Branchburg Sports Complex.
1425 Frontier Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
No matter what age your child may be, you will find something he or she will absolutely love at the Bridgewater Sports Arena. This spot offers numerous party packages that include activities like skating, laser tag, soft play, and arcade games, plus freshly-made pizza, ice cream cake or cupcakes, and more. Check out the packages available today and give your child the perfect birthday with a little help from the Bridgewater Sports Arena.
1335 Prince Rodgers Ave. Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Named the “Best Gym Party” by Parents Magazine, the Little Gym of Bridgewater is your go-to for a truly awesome kiddie birthday bash. Your child and his or her friends receive the full run of the facility, complete with games, music, and Lego activities created especially for the birthday boy or girl. Setup and clean-up are included in each party, so all you have to focus on is celebrating your little one’s special day, thanks to the Little Gym.
3 Chimney Rock Rd. Bridgewater, NJ 08807
If your child loves basketball, then you will definitely want to set up his or her next birthday party at Hoop Heaven. This state-of-the-art basketball destination features 3 air-conditioned, regulation-size courts and each party includes one hour on the court, a half hour in the basketball-themed party room, and a special gift for the birthday child that can be signed by guests. Call Hoop Heaven today to book the best basketball party your child will ever have.
Promenade At Bridgewater Commons, 135 Promenade Blvd. Bridgewater, NJ 08807
What better place to have a crafty party than at one of the most popular craft stores around? Michaels is now offering new and improved birthday party packages for kids ages 4 to 14, ranging from dinosaur and mad scientist themes to DIY photo boards and jewelry-making. There is also an option to design your own party, so no matter what your child’s artsy side is drawn to, he or she can have a creative and memorable birthday at Michaels.
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40 Watchung Ave. Chatham, NJ 07925
If you’re child is getting bored of the same old parties, mix things up this year by booking at the Gravity Vault. Here children ages 5 and up get to spend an hour and a half climbing the venue’s rock walls, followed by a half hour of celebration in the party room. Plan your next party at the Gravity Vault and let your children reach new heights as they celebrate another year.
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458 North Ave. Dunellen, NJ 08812
When it comes to birthday parties, nothing is more classic than a good movie. The Dunellen Cinema Cafe features a variety of birthday movie packages with amenities like snack specials, private showings, and the birthday boy or girl’s name on the marquee. Book your package today and make your child the star of the show this year with a party at the Dunellen Cinema Cafe.
76 Carter Dr. Edison, NJ 08817
Birthdays always have kids bouncing off the walls, so why not help them along? Rebounderz is Edison’s premier indoor trampoline arena, with themed, cafe, and basketball court party packages designed to ensure that your child can have a fully customized birthday experience (and you can have less stress). Book your party now and take advantage of this truly unique venue.
192 Ridgedale Ave. Florham Park, NJ 07932
Make your child feel extra special this year by booking a private party at the Florham Park Roller Skating Rink. Your child and his or her friends will have the entire rink to themselves, food packages are available, and the rink will set up tables for you, so you can concentrate on just enjoying the special day. Check out the Florham Park Roller Skating Rink today and see if it’s the fit for you.
14 Fernwood Rd. Florham Park, NJ 07932
If you want a party for your little one that is jam-packed with fun and activity, look no further than Life Time Athletic. This venue features a variety of themes, swimming, sports, and more, plus exciting add-ons like a bounce house and more time to keep the party going. Let their experienced hosts and planners handle the dirty work while you kick back and spend some quality time with your child on his or her special day.
632 Meyersville Rd. Gillette, NJ 07933
If you’re looking for a simple but fun birthday party for your kid, the Meyersville Inn is the place for you. With parties ranging from create your own pizza and cupcakes to makeup and nail parties, there is something to match every kid’s unique style and interests. Contact the Meyersville Inn today to find out all of the options available and to book your party.
380 US-22 Green Brook Township, NJ 08812
Bowling parties are a hot ticket right now and for a bowling bash your child will never forget, check out Green Brook’s newly remodeled Bowlmor Lanes. Custom party packages, bumper bowling, video games, and easy online booking are just some of the amenities this venue provides to ensure that your party-goers will never want to leave and that you will have some much-needed peace of mind. Book your party at Bowlmor Lanes today and all you will have to worry about is avoiding those gutter balls!
6 Jill Ct #10 Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
Instead of taking your kids to the circus for their birthdays, let them be a part of it. The Circus Place is Hillsborough Township offers parties where kids and teens can learn some safe and fun circus tricks, like juggling, wire-walking, and plate spinning, followed by a staff circus performance, pizza, and cake. To take advantage of this very unique venue, contact the Circus Place today.
Instead of taking your kids to the movies for their birthdays, let the movies come to them. Backyard Movies Under the Stars is an event planner in Metuchen that provides a screen, projector, and other supplies to create a mini drive-in right in your own backyard (you just have to provide the DVD). Contact Backyard Movies Under the Stars today to set up the event (and be sure to have your birthday child pick out his or her favorite movie for the big night).
321 Millburn Ave. Millburn, NJ 07041
What kid doesn’t love chocolate? At Chocolate Works in Millburn, birthday boys and girls get to become chocolatiers for the day, molding and decorating their own one-of-a-kind creations (probably with a little taste-testing here and there). If your child is the next Willy Wonka, bring all of his or her chocolate dreams to life with a sweet birthday party at Chocolate Works.
15 Basking Ridge Rd. Millington, NJ 07946
If you already have a plan for your child’s birthday bash and just need a simple venue, the Parish House at All Saints’ Episcopal Church is open to rentals. This two-floor house has a kitchen, kitchenette, bathroom, and enough space to fit about 160 people (100 on the upper level and 60 on the lower level). Contact the parish office to check on the availability of the house and to reserve it for your party today.
161 Hanover Ave. Morristown, NJ 07960
Winter might be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hang up the skates. The William G. Mennen Sports Arena offers ice skating parties at their indoor rink, with admission for up to 22 skaters and a choice of two renovated rooms (Lake Placid or Salt Lake City). If your birthday kid lives on the ice, he or she will love an ice skating party at the Mennen Sports Arena.
705 Central Ave. New Providence, NJ 07974
Celebrate your little gymnast in style with a birthday party at the Indigo Gymnastics Center. Kids 4 and up get to spend an hour on obstacle courses, tumble tracks, a foam pit, and more, followed by thirty minutes of pizza, cake, and refreshments, all with help from trained instructors. Book your party now and receive custom invitations with maps and email reminders, so everyone can get the most out of this fun party idea.
145 Ethel Rd. Piscataway Township, NJ 08854
For a birthday party filled with super-sized fun, book now at Piscataway’s Pump it Up. Giant inflatable indoor playgrounds and games keep the kids busy while extras like favorite foods and even an inflatable throne make the birthday boy or girl feel like royalty. Party pros are there to help every step of the way, so there’s no reason why you can’t give your kid a truly epic bash at Pump it Up.
551 Park Ave. Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
This year, let your kids tap into their creative sides with birthday parties at Creative Kids. This spot offers unique themes for children ages 2-12, from dance parties to musical theater, and personalization options that allow them to imagine and create in their own ways. Contact Creative Kids today to schedule your party with one of the most innovative venues in town.
2014 US-22 Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
When it comes to birthday parties, you can’t go wrong with ice cream. Scoops the Ice Creamery features over 60 flavors of year-round homemade ice cream that locals cannot get enough of (they also make birthday cakes). If you want to satisfy your birthday child’s sweet tooth this year, treat him or her to a special trip to Scoops.
778 Morris Turnpike Short Hills, NJ 07078
Whether your birthday kid’s a novice or a junior Master Chef, he or she can take advantage of all the fun opportunities that await at Kings Cooking Studio. At Kings, kids participate in hands-on classes and experience the accomplishment and joy of making delicious meals that the whole family will enjoy. Contact Kings Cooking Studio today to find out how you can schedule a private party for your little one’s special day today.
29 Division St. Somerville, NJ 08876
Take your gamer kid back in time with a birthday party at YESTERcades of Somerville. This venue features classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and pinball, plus a party room and 55” TV with all of the latest and greatest home consoles. Plan a party that both kids and adults will appreciate at YESTERcades.
600 Hadley Rd. South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Plan a birthday party that will have the kids jumping for joy (literally) at Sky Zone Trampoline Park. This spot offers numerous party packages that include freestyle, ultimate dodgeball and glow jump opportunities, plus food and swag for party guests and the guest of honor. Everything is completely customizable, so contact Sky Zone today and prepare for a party your child will never forget.
438 Springfield Ave. Summit, NJ 07901
For a cute and clever alternative to the typical birthday party, plan a painting party at Color Me Mine. This location gives kids the opportunity to pick out their own canvas or ceramic pieces and use paint, stamps, and stencils to make them entirely their own (and you don’t have to clean up afterwards). Pieces can be picked up seven days after painting, so book today at Color Me Mine and give your birthday kid a party favor he or she will cherish forever.
2441-A US-22 Union, NJ 07083
Let your kid’s sporty side shine this year with a party at Union Sports Arena. This venue hosts ice skating parties in their year-round enclosed rink, and soccer, football, and baseball parties on their indoor, climate-controlled fields. Pizza, cake, ice cream, drinks, and a private party room are all included in the fee, so if you want a truly stress-free party for your kid, check out Union Sports Arena today.
150 Mt Bethel Rd. Warren, NJ 07059
If you want to go big for your kid’s birthday, you have to go inflatable. The Bounce Factory in Warren features a wide array of inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses, and slides, plus a laser experience, party favors, and a dedicated staff intent on making your experience memorable and stress-free. Plan your child’s birthday at the Bounce Factory this year and he or she is guaranteed to leave smiling.
61 Mountain Blvd # C Warren, NJ 07059
Kids love to paint things, so what better birthday party to have than a ceramic painting party? Earth, Paint & Fire has birthday packages that include one item to paint and customize, food, glazing and firing, and a keepsake plate personalized for the birthday child. Pick your package today or choose their “Party in a Box” option, where you can experience all the fun that Earth, Paint & Fire has to offer from the comfort of your own home.
42 Liberty Corner Rd. Warren, NJ 07059
For a fun birthday party experience that is also affordable, check out P.E.P. Club. This spot features a variety of themed party options, including Music and Movement, Tumble, Sing, and Craft, American Girl Doll Evenings, and much more. Each theme is completely customizable and local parents love how their parties turn out, so contact P.E.P. Club today and give your kid a birthday party that’s as unique as he or she is.
125 Washington Valley Rd. Warren, NJ 07059
For a birthday party that is safe, educational, and fun, Kids Blvd is the perfect spot. This venue offers an “Awesome Party” package that includes 90 minutes of party time with a variety of interactive toys and equipment, or you can customize it with themes in the “Ultimate Party Bundle,” like Disney, Pirates, and Lego. No matter what you choose, your kid is sure to have a special and exciting birthday at Kids Blvd.
710 S Ave. W Westfield, NJ 07090
Often, parents plan elaborate birthday parties only to find themselves alone while their child has all the fun; luckily, the Classic Thyme Cooking School is changing all of that. Their new “Cooking with the Kids” party option lets you join in and create culinary memories with your little one on his or her special day. There are also three other party options available, so whatever your birthday situation, you can give your child a great day (and have some fun yourself) at the Classic Thyme Cooking School.