While big-kid birthday party places often offer options for little kids, sometimes even those choices can be a bit too grown-up. So, when it comes to planning a party for a younger child, one option is to host the celebration at home. But if you'd rather not have a gaggle of cake-fueled little ones running wild at your house (no judgment), we’ve compiled a list of places around New Jersey that specialize is hosting parties for the preschool and toddler set.
We've found cool play spaces, play cafes, kiddie gyms, and even an animal-centric option. So read on for 10 great preschool party spots.
The Big Playhouse – Westwood
The Big Playhouse caters exclusively to toddlers and preschoolers. Little ones will get lost in their own imaginations as they play in a custom-built construction site, cafe, doctor's office, market, and other themed spaces. The Big Playhouse has a warm and cozy environment, and hosting a party here is like having one in your own home—except you don’t have to lift a finger. Party packages start at $300. 201-314-6341
Coco Beans Play Café – Tinton Falls
Created with 18-month-olds to 5-year-olds in mind, the play space at Coco Beans Play Café is a great option for your little one’s next birthday celebration. A party here means private use of the entire facility, which includes dress-up fun, a play table, train table, and tons more. A party here starts at $325; add a music class or craft for an additional $60. 732-224-1100
A sandbox at The Great Story.
The Great Story – Hackensack
The Great Story, a play space that's modeled after kids' cafes in Korea, features ball pits, sandboxes, trampolines, an indoor jungle gym, and more. Whether your birthday girl or boy has a favorite color or character, the staff here will work with you to customize your party based on your needs and budget. Packages start at $150. 201-426-5898
Hudson's House of Play is a charming space designed especially for kids age 5 and younger.
Hudson's House of Play – West New York
Designed for kids up to age 5, Hudson's offers a selection of private party options designed to delight little ones and their friends. Themes include Circus, Dinosaur, and Vintage Western. A bit on the pricier side, packages start at $695.
Imagine That!!! – Florham Park
Imagine That!!! encourages young children to play, explore, and use their imaginations—a perfect recipe for a unique and exciting birthday party. Imagine That!!! offers several party themes, including Magnificent Magic, Sports Star Party, and Jungle Jamboree, as well as the option to create your own. All parties include unlimited time explore the museum. Packages start at $6.99 per child. 973-966-8000
Junglerrriffic Party Gym – Millstone Township and Freehold
Let your little one and guests burn some energy with a party that includes face painting, trampolines, soft foam climbing structures, a zip line, and more. There are three packages to choose from, starting at $369.95. 732-577-1118
Kidz Village – Kenilworth and Woodbridge
Your party guests can enjoy athletic attractions, indoor playground slides, a movie theater, music room, and more, all in the theme of your birthday boy or girl’s choice. Kidz Village hosts children 10 and under, with packages ranging from $13 to $15.99 per child. 908-445-7220 (Kenilworth) or 732-826-8577 (Woodbridge)
Play Day Place – Forked River
Play Day Place is home to soft play structures like obstacle courses and bounce houses that are for toddler use only. Play Day Place offers private party options, meaning the facility is closed to the general public and your guests have full access to all equipment and a private party room. Packages start at $225. 609-488-1691
Rizzo's Wildlife World is a perfect spot for animal lovers.
Rizzo’s Wildlife World – Flanders
If animals are your birthday boy or girl's favorite thing, a party at Rizzo’s Wildlife World might be the perfect party spot. More than 120 animals are on site, from the cute and fuzzy to the scaly and slimy, whatever you’d prefer. All are handled by professionals! Packages start at $350. 973-586-0444
Work and Play – South Orange
This co-working space also hosts some killer birthday parties. Work and Play recently began offering full-service birthday parties, which means set-up, clean-up, and everything in between is taken care of. Party package options include Science Experiment Party, Play Dough Factory, and Super Hero Training. Basic packages start at $250, and full-service packages start at $425.
Top photo: Party room at The Great Story. Photos courtesy of the venues.