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.
Visit the studios' websites for the latest schedules and pricing information.
A' La Art Studios – Lake Hopatcong
A' La Art offers several party options for kids 7 and up: canvas painting, pottery painting, glass fusing, or clay. Kids ages 3-6 can choose either a pottery painting or clay party. Bring your own cake and party supplies, or they'll do it for you for an extra fee.
Choose from painting, drawing, pottery, and more at Around the Corner Art Center.
Around the Corner Art Center – Freehold
Around the Corner offers painting, drawing, cartooning, pottery, fashion design, or sculpting parties. Events include two hours in the party room, invitations, and party goods; add pizza and soda for an extra fee.
ArteVino Studios – Hoboken, Cranford, Millburn, Montclair, Metuchen, Freehold
This popular paint-and-sip spot offers three painting party packages and a large variety of pictures to choose from. Kids can paint Moana, cupcakes, animals, superheroes, emojis, and even "The Starry Night."
Artist People Studio — East Brunswick
"Anybody can paint" is the motto of this studio, which hosts parties geared toward ages 3-5, 5-7, and 7-13+. Head back for paint-and-sip nights or parent-and-child classes.
Art Kids Academy – Lyndhurst, Rutherford, Paramus, Westwood
Birthday kids ages 5-14 can choose from a variety of themes, including Princess of the Castle, Pop Art Portrait, Under the Sea, and much more. Have your party at one of Art Kids' locations, or they'll bring the party to you!
ARTSí Studio – Long Valley and Chester
ARTSí, which currently offers classes at the Long Valley Arts/Teen Center, will be celebrating the grand opening of its Chester studio on April 28. The studio is currently booking parties for its new location: events are 1.5 hours long and will be held on Saturdays and Sundays. Choose either painting or slime-making; cartooning, sculpture, and pre-K parties will be offered soon!
ArtWorx Events — at home
ArtWorx is a cool mobile enterprise, holding various private and public painting events and parties at restaurants, businesses, and stores— also at your house. They provide the paint supplies, instruction, and clean-up, and you provide drinks and food.
Bright Zebra Art Studio — Matawan
Birthday party packages here include the Masterpiece Party—2.5 hours of fun including the choice of an art or sewing project, along with pizza, drinks, and paper goods. Painting subjects include kid-friendly options like Ninjago and Minions.
Express Yourself Studios – Maplewood
This sweet Maplewood studio hosts birthday parties for kids ages 2 and up. All parties include two hours of studio time and your choice of projects: painting, pottery, collage, or tie-dye t-shirts; as well as paper goods, balloons, and face painting.
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Gone Paintin' offers canvas and ceramic painting, glass fusing, and more.
Gone Paintin' — Flemington
Gone Paintin' offers tons of party options for your kiddo's next bash, including canvas painting, ceramic painting, and glass fusing. For the 5-and-under set, there's a "Books and Brushes" party, which includes a reading of your child's favorite book and ceramics project that relates to the story.
The Messy Artist – East Hanover
Parties for kids ages 2-7 feature four art stations that include hands-on fun with watercolors, kinetic sand, beads, building blocks, slime, and more. Kids ages 8 and up can opt for canvas painting, slime making, or a Magic Cube science party.
Oh! Canary – Maplewood
Even the littlest partygoers can get in on the fun at Oh! Canary, which offers parties for ages 1–10. Activities include sensory stations, a birthday mural, and a giant cardboard cake for painting; older kids also create a project related to the party theme or interest of the birthday child.
Paint A Tee – Red Bank
Party guests at Paint A Tee can design a special t-shirt to take home, pose for pics in the photo booth, and enjoy pizza and cupcakes.
Paint-A-Treasure – Haddon Heights and Hamilton
Paint-A-Treasure offers five party packages, with the option to do either canvas or pottery painting. BYO decorations, food, and drinks.
Painted Grape — Hamburg
The Painted Grape hosts parties for kids and teens, featuring both painting and handmade crafts. Five party packages include paint & craft or ceramic & craft for ages 3 and up, and canvas painting for kids and teens.
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The birthday kid and guests will leave with their very own masterpiece created at Paint Fun Studio.
Paint Fun Studio – Franklin Lake
You bring the food and beverages, and Paint Fun Studio will take care of the rest. This canvas painting studio offers three party packages and the option to create any picture in its painting library.
Painting with a Twist — Montville
Children's parties can be scheduled any day of the week, except Friday and Saturday nights, and party hosts can choose a masterpiece to paint from the studio's collection of more than 4,000 paintings (kids 12 and under are limited to the easier, 1.5-hour paintings). Parties include dance breaks to get the extra wiggles out!
The Paint Party Studio — Flemington
Private parties here include a step-by-step art class in canvas painting, pillow art, or board art. Recommended for ages 5-13, parties are 1.5 hours long and can take place in the studio or at your home.
Pencilworks Studio — Little Falls
Pencilworks Studio offers party packages for ages 5 and up, all of which include painting on a 16 x 20 canvas. The party can be held in the studio or at your home or party location.
Pinot's Palette — Multiple Locations
Children's parties, for ages 6-12, are two hours long. Kids can pick a featured painting for their party from the studio's painting library, and an instructor guide them in creating their own masterpiece on a 16 x 20 canvas. Pinot's Palette supplies all of the art materials; BYO food and beverages.
A Sip of Art – West Orange
Parties are approximately two hours long and geared toward kids 5-12. You get exclusive use of the studio space, along with a dedicated artist/party host, and all art materials. Bring your own refreshments, or add pizza and juice for an additional fee.
Van-Go Paint Parties – Serving northern and central NJ
Van-Go will bring the party to you. Kids paint on 11 x 14 canvas—choose a painting from Van-Go's gallery, or ask them to create a custom project for your event.
Village Arts — Allentown
Parties include 1.5 hours of painting, with all supplies and instruction provided, and a half-hour for food and cake. Host your event at the studio or have them come to you!
Wine & Design — Rahway
Wine & Design has a dedicated space for children's parties, offered through its Art Buzz Kids program. Party and class options for kids include canvas painting, with more than 500 designs to choose from, and a paint-your-own-superhero-cape party.
Top photo courtesy of Paint Fun Studio. All images courtesy of the studios.
Updated for 2018.