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Best NJ Birthday Party Places for Superheroes and Adventurers

Perhaps your birthday kid dreams of being a pirate on the high seas or donning a cape and mask to save the day. Maybe he or she wants to operate construction equipmentride the rails, or gallop into the sunset in the Wild West. Luckily, New Jersey is bursting with options for birthday parties packed with action and adventure. Whatever your little adventurer is into, there is a party place to make his or her dream a reality—at least for a day! 

We've rounded up a dozen of our favorite spots for superheroes, pirates, and transportation lovers to celebrate their big day. For even more ideas, including dinosaur-themed birthdays, a kid-friendly murder-mystery party, and other top NJ party spots, be sure to check out our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide

Painting and Art Studios That Host Kids' Birthday Parties in NJ

Paint-and-sip parties at art studios have become so popular among grown-ups, you could almost forget that these studios are great spots for kids' parties, too (minus the wine, of course)!

We've put together a list of two dozen New Jersey art studios that host birthday parties with a focus on painting—on canvas, pottery, and even t-shirts. All offer party packages that include art supplies, instruction, setup, and cleanup, with more options available at additional cost. Many of the studios also host classes and camps—and, of course, adult evenings out. 

Find even more ideas for festive fun in our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Guide.

Fun First Birthday Party Ideas for NJ Kids

Hitting the 1-year-old milestone is definitely a cause for celebration—not only for baby, but for his or her tired, yet hopelessly devoted parents (who kept their tiny human happy and healthy for the first year), too. But despite the abundance of party venues throughout the state, not all are suitable for your little birthday girl or boy. Whether you are looking for a location indoors or outdoors, with animals or a jungle gym, we have some ideas. While 1-year-olds might not yet be ready to jump, climb, or ride ponies themselves, they will love watching their guests play. Most of these spots emphasize parental participation, so fun can be had by all. And truthfully, as long as there’s some cake to smash and smiles to snap-ture, the day is sure to be a blast!

If you need more inspiration, be sure to check out our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide. And if you think your child might be overwhelmed by a lot of guests in a large, unfamiliar space, consider bringing the party to you: home court advantage, check! Peruse our list of Kids' Birthday Party Entertainers in New Jersey That Come to You, including character visits, art, music, dance, animal visits, magic, and puppets. Let the party begin!

Best At-Home Birthday Party Options for NJ Animal Lovers

Take your kid to a birthday party and you expect to see other kids—but what about a flamingo, a bearded dragon, a chinchilla, or a kinkajou? If you have a young animal lover in your family, you can bring more to the party table than safari-printed plates and plastic animals. These New Jersey companies bring over live animals—from ponies for riding to alligators for ogling—that will have your guests talking for weeks, if not years. Some of the animals can be handled and petted; others can be observed up close. Either way, kids will learn a lot and have a ton of fun along the way.

Read on to find out how to transform your home into the petting zoo of your child's dreams for his or her special day. Find more New Jersey kids' party ideas in our Birthday Guide.

Neon Retro Arcade Brings Old School Video Games to Northridge

When I heard Pasadena's popular Neon Retro Arcade was opening a second location in Northridge, I was psyched. I figured it would be a big hit with CSUN students as well as grown-ups of a certain age (ahem) who fondly remember joysticks and token play. What I wasn't sure about was whether little kids who are used to playing console games on living room wide-screen TVs would be as interested in their parents' pixelated playthings. 

The Best Cooking Schools for Kids on Long Island

If you can’t seem to fry up cutlets without a few mini-folks scrambling into the kitchen, you might have some teeny chefs on your hands.

Here are some fabulous local cooking schools where kids can hone their culinary skills under the direction of experts. And while you’re exploring creative corners, check out these 10 drop-in art locations for Long Island kids and our LI classes and enrichment guide.

Top Birthday Party Places for Kids in New Jersey

It's time to party, New Jersey! We've rounded up 15 of our favorite places to celebrate in the Garden State. Whether your birthday kid is into cooking, laser taggingbouncing, or crafting, there's a place that's perfect for hosting your next bash. And if you're looking for more specific ideas—for a first birthday, perhaps, or the best spots for preschoolers' parties—be sure to check out our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide

20 Birthday Party Spots for Brooklyn Toddlers and Preschoolers

Your toddler is another year older, which means it's time to throw a birthday party! Entertaining the under-age-5 crowd, plus a small army of their closest friends (and parents), can be tricky. Lucky for us, the borough of Brooklyn is filled with party places to please even the most diverse pack of enthusiastic toddlers and preschoolers.

Animals, arts and crafts—even just tumbling around for a few hours—are all options at these creative venues across Brooklyn. 

Find more birthday party inspiration in our NYC Party Guide.

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