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 equipment, ride 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 some 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.
Funtime America Superhero Party – Eatontown
This indoor amusement park offers a party package add-on that includes superhero training, capes and masks for everyone, and an appearance from your favorite superhero.
Kidville Superhero Birthday Bash – Closter, Denville, Englewood, Hoboken, Montclair, Summit
At Kidville, heroes-in-training will shoot webs through hoops, knock down walls with their super strength, drive a car through an obstacle course, and learn to fly (on a zip-line).
The Little Gym – Various locations
The Summit location is one of several that offer a Superhero Birthday Package, which includes superhero training, and every child gets a superhero mask. Recommended for ages 3+. Packages vary by location, so check website for details.
The superhero takes a break from Superhero Training. Photo courtesy of Work and Play.
Work and Play: Superhero Training – South Orange
Kids can learn what it takes to be a superhero at this Work and Play party, which covers such skills as leaping over buildings in a single bound and creating the perfect alter-ego mask. Recommended for ages 3+.
Jersey Shore Pirates – Brick
Ahoy mateys! Jersey Shore Pirates will create a lasting memory for your little Blackbeard. Hosting parties of up to 43 passengers, your private boat tour will transform into a real treasure hunting experience for young swashbucklers. Packages include face painting, pirate tattoos, and a lesson in pirate lingo.
Kidville Treasure Hunt Party – Closter, Denville, Englewood, Hoboken, Montclair, Summit
Kids will create their own treasure map and pirate hats and then follow the birthday kid on a quest to find the treasure. The adventure, which leads them through obstacle courses, tunnels, and a zip-line, ends with a treasure chest, followed by pizza and cake.
The Little Gym – Various locations
The Sea Girt location is one of several Little Gyms throughout NJ that offer a Pirate Party Package, which includes pirate games and activities, plus pirate-themed decorations and paper goods.
NJ Party Entertainment: Pirate Shows – Covers Northern and Central NJ
NJ Party Entertainment will serve up a pirate magician adventure show for your little gang. Each show includes pirate music, comedy, pirate puppets, themed balloons, and juggling, along with the grand magic show.
Cowgirls and Cowboys
Kierson Farm – Flemington
Kierson offers several options for the horse-loving kid in your life. The Cowgirl/Cowboy Party features pony rides, crafts, and hands-on horse experience with brushing, handling, and feeding, and the Happy Trails Riding Lesson Party includes a 20-minute group lesson. Parties take place year-round, and plenty of add-ons are available to customize your celebration.
Wild West City – Netcong
Fete your little cowboy or cowgirl at Wild West City, a little piece of the Old West right here in NJ. This historically accurate replica of Dodge City, Kansas, circa 1880 features stage coach, train, and pony rides; live-action shows; mini golf; a barnyard zoo; and more. The birthday party package includes admission, three ride tickets per guest, food and ice cream, a birthday song by the park's entertainers, and a souvenir "wanted" poster with the birthday kid's name on it.
Transportation and Vehicle Lovers
Black River & Western Railroad – Ringoes
Take a ride aboard an authentic Erie Railroad caboose, and then party in the recently restored Ringoes Station. Upgrade to the Club Car for groups larger than 20.
The New Jersey Museum of Transportation – Wall Township
Party options include train rides and use of historic Freneau Station. The two-hour parties include a tour of the facility; a train ride can be added for $4 per guest age 3 and up.
Diggerland – West Berlin
Got a kid who's into heavy machinery? Digglerand's Dig It party package includes admission for 23 guests (11 kids and 12 chaperones), two hours of ride time on all of the park's attractions, one hour in the party pavilion, pizza and soda, a dedicated party host, and more.
Pole Position Raceway – Jersey City
This indoor electric karting facility offers junior party packages for racers ages 8–18. Partygoers can participate in one or two races, depending on which package you choose. Packages also include pizza and soft drinks, use of a private party room, a $5 arcade card for each guest, a t-shirt for the birthday kid, and invitations.
Top image: Superhero Birthday Bash at Kidville. Photo courtesy of Kidville.
Originally published 2012; updated for 2017.