At NJMOM, we know birthday parties can get very (very) repetitive, especially with multiple kids having birthday parties around the same time. Especially if those birthday parties fall in the colder winter months where options become limited mostly to indoor activities. Well, the days of boring winter bday parties are over because we’ve got a few new ideas up our sleeve that will make even the skeptical mama excited. Your littles can celebrate the magic of their special day without having to relive last year’s birthday theme- although sometimes that’s fun, too.
Here are unique indoor birthday party ideas around New Jersey:
Make pizza at Ah’ Pizz
Let your littles and their friends get messy in the best place to get messy – the kitchen! Ah’ Pizz, located in Montclair, now offers birthday party packages for your children. Each participant receives a chef hat, apron, crayons for decorating, one handmade Bambino pizza, and one slice of Nutella dessert pizza. They’ll roll the dough, add sauce, cheese, and toppings, then watch their very own pie bake in the oven. A whole party of pizza fun.
Ah’ Pizz Neopolitan Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant
7 North Willow St., Montclair, NJ 07042
Play glow in the dark laser tag at Glow Zone
Glow Zone, located in Fairfield, NJ, wants your little one to have the best birthday party with the coolest glow in the dark packages. From black light roller skating to a Glow Zone dance party, one thing’s for sure: your kid will be talking about this party for a long time. In addition to these features, Glow Zone offers an airbrush artist, air hockey, face painting, foosball, LED light-up bowling, mini golf, and glow cotton candy. There’s even a laser tag experience for that competitive side!
Any Excuse for a Party
16 Gloria Lane, Fairfield, NJ 07004
Make a mini book or a craft with The Creativity Caravan
This mobile creative arts business operates in Northern New Jersey and is ready to bring arts, crafts, and creativity right to your doorstep. The programs are centered around the joy of discovery and the power of collaborative learning. Encourage your kids to get creative for their birthday party with The Creativity Caravan, where they can choose a craft to make or create their own! All supplies and materials are provided.
28 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042
Jump high at SkyZone Ocean
SkyZone in Ocean Township, NJ, wants to make planning your child’s birthday party easy and effortless. The company offers several different packages, all which are customizable to meet your wants and needs. Each package includes jump time and access to SkySlam, Foam Zone, Dodgeball, the Warrior Course, SkyJoust, Challenge Ladder, Warped Wall, free climb, and SkyHoops. Not to mention socks for each jumper, pizza, and drinks.
2355 State Highway 66, Ocean Township, NJ 07712
Have an enchanted fairytale storybook ending
Children love to play dress up and pretend, so turn this make-believe into a dream come true with Bella Princess Fairy Tale Birthday Parties in Bloomfield. For one special day, your child can have an enchanted birthday experience with a princess or costumed character of their choice, along with custom décor and special touches to bring the elements of this fairy tale to life. Your littles will love the activities, storytelling, theme-music, face painting, and did we mention the impressive costume collection? Choose from a wide range of party packages to fit your budget, but we think your kid’s most important decision will be whether to have Cinderella or Little Mermaid join the party. Parties can take place at Bella’s Pad or at your home, but if you want to go the full mile, choose a deluxe party package at The Oakeside Mansion in Bloomfield, a 19th-century private estate most fitting for a fairytale princess birthday party!
98 Broad St., Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Party like a wacky scientist
If E = mc2, then Liberty Science Center in Jersey City has the perfect secret formula guaranteed to turn your child’s birthday into a wacky science blast. When you throw a Wacky Scientist Birthday Party at Liberty Science Center, you won’t have to lift a finger to decorate because they will deck out the party room like a mad scientist’s laboratory. Geek out over fun science activities, including your choice of creating fossilized dinosaur eggs to bring home to hatch, creating straw rockets, make your own slime, and more! Snacks, games, and cake are included, and you can choose to add extra special touches like themed goody bags and a live planetarium show. Of course, once you hang up your mad scientist lab coat, you have free admission to explore LSC.
Liberty State Park – Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305
Host a scrumptious birthday party at Bambino Chef
Bambino Chef, located in Jersey City, NJ, wants your kids birthday to be absolutely scrumptious! At this interactive establishment, birthday parties are messy, fun, and yummy. You can choose from dozens of themes, as well as which item is made – including cupcakes, quesadillas, lasagna rolls, muffins, pizza, and more. If you play your cards right, we see this as a fun snack your kids can bring home and you can eat – a win-win.
213 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07302
Master the downward dog at Firefly Yogis
Ready to stretch and relax? We are! A birthday party at Firefly Yogis, in Rumson, NJ, does just that, but it’s also a fun experience for your children and their friends. While there is yoga involved, there are themes that include other activities, or you can create your own theme. A few of these themes include a Spa Yoga Party (mani-pedis), a Mad Scientist Party (slime), a Glow in the Dark Yoga Dance Party, or a Yoga Party in your own home. Mats and supplies are provided always, as well as any supplies for the theme.
113 East River Rd., Rumson, NJ 07760
Make a hole-in-one at Monster Mini Golf
Mini-golf is one of our favorite activities to bring the kids to during the summertime. A nice sea breeze and some boardwalk food are all you really need during the warmer months. But in the winter, ah! Now what? Fear not, Monster Mini Golf (indoor and glow-in-the-dark course) is here to save the day and bring your favorite summer activity back into play. Schedule your littles’ birthday party at Monster Mini Golf in one of several locations. Packages include 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf and a 90-minute reservation of a private room. If you book the Monster Mania package, the kids can make their mark at Monster Mini Golf by adding their handprint to the wall with Monster Slime! How exciting!
Monster Mini Golf
locations in Eatontown, Edison, Fairfield, Paramus
Make your own acai bowl at Playa Bowls
Make a request to have your littles’ birthday bash at one of Playa Bowls many locations throughout New Jersey. At a birthday party, they’ll get to make their very own acai bowl, put the toppings on, and enjoy it! In the meantime, your little will learn all about the magic behind Playa Bowls. A fun, interactive, not-pizza experience for a birthday.
For a full list of locations, click here.
Solve puzzles at the Escapology Escape Room
Whether you’re enjoying your little’s celebration with family, a few friends, or a larger group of friends and classmates, the Escapology Escape Room in Garwood, NJ, has it covered. They’ll love solving puzzles and deciphering codes in order to win the game. The standard birthday party package includes up to 16 players, one escape game, four pizzas, cupcakes, paper products, and a team photo for every player. This venue has kid-friendly games that are geared towards the younger ones, as well as plenty of other options for other ages. Thinking caps on!
Escapology Escape Room
300 South Ave., Garwood, NJ 07027
Have royal tea at Parteaz
Parteaz is all about making your little girl or guy’s dreams come true – with tea, princesses, and fun themes. At Parteaz, your little and friends will enjoy a proper high tea, special party theme activities, and toys. One of our favorites is the Moana Tropical Tea Party – from the decor to the tea and a visit from Moana herself! You can even have high tea with a superhero.
50 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936
Make ice cream the old-fashioned way
At Ample Hills Creamery in Jersey City, your littles who love ice cream(99.9% of them) will get all things ice cream at their birthday party. Two-hour private parties include your choice of flavor, learning the process of making ice cream, riding the ice cream bike, and enjoying your very own homemade ice cream! As it freezes, your littles and their friends will enjoy a choice of projects to create including tote bags, picture frames, aprons, or placemats. Learn all about ice cream and eat it too!
Ample Hills Creamery
200 Greene St. Jersey City, NJ 07302
Build a barnyard birthday friend
It’s like Build-A-Bear, but barnyard-themed! Let your imagination mooooo at Abma’s Farm in Wyckoff when you have a unique Build a Barnyard Friend kids birthday party, from November to April. Children will get to choose a stuffed farm animal to create (cows, pigs, and horses, oh my!), which will be brought to life by a magical stuffing machine. Of course, your new friend needs an outfit – choose from princess, baseball player, police officer, fairy, and more. An added birthday party keepsake includes a birth certificate. After the birthday festivities, head outdoors to the petting zoo, feed the real farm animals, and watch them play!
Abma’s Farm and Petting Zoo
700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
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