Are you in the process of planning a child's birthday party or special event? The details and decisions that go into planning a party for your child can be stressful for parents. There are seemingly endless options, ideas and logistics to consider. Here are a few tips to help make your birthday party planning a bit easier:

It's Not Your Birthday Party, It's Your Child's!

Include your child in the party planning process. Ask for three birthday party themes or special requests they might like. Explain that you can't promise to deliver on all requests or suggestions but will do your best. Your child will feel good about being included in the planning and you'll have some direction. Even toddlers have their own ideas!

Who to Invite?

This is always tricky. Too many children, particularly younger kids, can lead to an organizational nightmare. The goal should be a relatively small and manageable number of guests. Not every relative or family friend needs to make the list. Nor should you feel obligated to invite every one of your child's classmates or playmates. Even if your child has been invited to every classmates' birthday party, don't feel compelled to reciprocate. Find other opportunities for play dates or special get-togethers.


Mail and/or email your party invitations with an RSVP 2-3 weeks before the big day! If you're feeling ambitious, have your child create the party invitations and have them printed at a local printing business.

Set a Budget and Stick to It

Your child's birthday party needn't break the bank! Food, party supplies, professional party planners and themes, gifts, goodie bags and other party features are great and can be accomplished many different ways depending upon your budget.

When and How Long?

Saturday is the most popular party day but try and consider potential scheduling conflicts including local soccer programs, conflicting birthday parties and other events that might impact attendance to your child's party. Plan on a party that is 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours long.


Best to keep it simple. Always consider the time of day and the age range of your guests. It's hard to wrong with pizza! Don't forget to order the cake! The birthday cake is the centerpiece for your party, so allow enough time for special orders and custom cakes. Kids are picky eaters so you may want to consider a backup cake or ice cream option.

Kids' Birthday Party Themes

Special themed parties can be great fun. In northern New Jersey, you can find businesses that specialize in themes ranging from princess parties to baseball parties and everything in-between. In northern New Jersey, we have an excellent selection of kids birthday party professionals, offering a wide variety of party themes, locations and fun features to help make you a hero with your child, without spending a fortune or losing your mind in the planning of your special event!

Don't Forget the Cameras

Technology is great when it works. Bring multiple cameras in case of a malfunction. This includes video camera too.

Show Your Appreciation

Make sure your child has an opportunity to help pass out goodie bags or party favors and to say thank you to party guests.

Bergen County Kids' Party Places You Should Know About!

Professionally produced birthday parties are a wonderful way to recognize a child's special interests and personality. Themed parties produced by professionals can also help to make the birthday party planning process a lot easier, while also making you a hero with your child!

The following Sponsored Content Directory features Bergen County area kids' birthday party businesses that offer a wide variety of fun and memorable birthday party ideas and options:

Abma's Farm, 700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff

What could be more fun than a birthday party on a real farm? This Bergen County landmark offers themed birthday parties with a distinct country or back-to-nature flair. Abma's Farm party themes include Build a Barnyard Friend Party, Pony Ride Party, Hayride Birthday Party, Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden Party and several other seasonal party themes. 

For more information, call 201-891-0278 or visit

Abrakadoodle Art Studio, Hillsdale

Abrakadoodle Art Studio is a fun place for arty parties, camps, and workshops for kids of all ages! Abrakadoodle provides insturction, age-appropriate projects and activities, paintings on canvas, goody bags and lots of fun! Abrakadoodle can also bring the party to you!  At Abrakadoodle, parties are easy and fun!

For more information, call 201-836-1160 or visit

Buehler Challenger & Science Center, 400 Paramus Road (Bergen Community College Campus), Paramus

Experience the excitement of being an astronaut at a birthday party that will be out of this world! The Buehler Challenger & Science Center, located on the campus of Bergen Community College, can celebrate birthdays for ages 4 through adult. Birthday programs explore science with fun, hands-on activities, games, and teambuilding. Experience a “lift-off” into space in their state-of-the art simulator. Astronauts grades 5 and up will fly a simulated space mission. Each participant receives astronaut ice cream. The guest of honor will also receive a Challenger T-shirt or an Astronaut Bear.

For more information, visit or call 201-251-8589.

Color Me Mine, 210 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

Parent's Magazine rated Color Me Mine nationwide as "one of the best places for a birthday party." This "decorate your own ceramics" business has been producing colorful parties for creative kids for many years. Kids get to pick and paint their piece and Color Me Mine glazes and fires it. You bring the goodies to serve and the friendly staff at Color Me Mine does the rest!

For more information, visit or call 201-445-4898. 

Creatively Yours, 254 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

Celebrating your child's birthday party at Creatively Yours presents a great opportunity for the kids to have a lot of fun, while creating their own individual masterpieces. You can even book the whole studio for a private party and the creative possibilities are endless. You have a wide choice of items including figurines, party animals, banks, boxes, princesses, plates, mugs, cars, etc. and of course the popular cupcake box. If you have a theme party or want a certain item, just ask and they'll do their best to accommodate your request. Glass Fusion projects are also available. Party pricing includes an hour and a half of studio time, the ceramic piece, all paints, supplies, instuctions, and the glazing and firing of the pieces. The birthday child will also get a free personalized birthday plate. Every guest will also receive a $5 gift card to the studio upon picking up of the finished projects. You can bring pizza, cake and beverages of your choice.

For more information, visit or call 201-857-0900

Fashion Camp, 512 Livingston Street, Norwood

Fashion Camp NJ parties are two hours of fashion-made fun in their design studio! Your guests enjoy the FCNJ fashion experience of designing one-of-a-kind clothing and/or accessories. For the complete experience, rock Fashion Camp's runway with your friends in your own fashion show! The ultimate FCNJ party favor? Wear home your one-of-a-kind fashion creation!

Call 201-768-3600 or Click here for more information

Fritz Dietl Ice Skating Rink, 639 Broadway, Westwood

How Cool is this? You can hold your child’s next birthday party at a Bergen County family (and Olympic) recreation landmark! The legendary Fritz Dietl Ice Skating Rink can accommodate ice skating birthday parties for small or large groups. Skate rentals are part of the package too. With its uniquely sized ice surface, the Fritz Dietl Ice Rink offers a cozy and comfortable skating and party environment. It’s a lot of fun too!

For more information, visit or call 201-664-9812.

Game Away's Mobile Video Game Truck

Game Away brings a 32-foot luxurious custom built video game theater on wheels to your house, business, pizzeria, local park or anywhere you want to have a party. The theater is air conditioned and heated for your comfort. 20 players can play at once on (5) – 55” widescreen HDTV’s each with a Yamaha stereo sound bar and an action station for (2) Xbox One’s, (2) PS4’s, (1) PS3, (5) XBox360’s, (2) Wii’s , and (2) Wii U’s. Game Away now has over 150 Video Games in inventory. New for 2017 is the Oculus Rift Virtual reality simulator! They also offer outside games such as Giant Connect Four, Giant Jenga and Corn hole and more!

This family-owned business services the North Jersey and Southern NY area. As parents of younger children, the Game Away owners have been through the stresses of planning parties and their goal is simple: They want everyone to be happy. Just a simple click or a phone call can make it all happen. They take care of the rest. Stress free parents and happy kids makes a perfect party for everyone. 

Game Away's 32-foot, climate-controlled "limo on wheels" Mobile Gaming Theater is sure to please. With five huge High-Definition TV's and stadium seating, they can fit the whole crowd. Game Away has all  the entertainment covered! Whether you're hosting a birthday, football tailgate, fundraiser, corporate event, or graduation party, the goal of the Game Away team is for everyone to have a blast! 

For more information, visit or call 973-722-6635.

Gravity Vault Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is the perfect way to celebrate your child’s next birthday! The Gravity Vaultrock climbing birthday parties give kids (ages 5+) a fun, safe, and exciting birthday they will never forget! Birthday Parties include 1 1/2 hours of climbing and 1/2 hour in a private party room. 
Rock Climbing is fun for kids as well as a great family activity - parties, classes for adults and kids, summer camps, scout programs, private sessions, group rates and private parties. Gravity Vault gyms have over 13,000 sq. ft. of climbing in each facility and their walls are over 35 feet tall. Come see what the buzz is about.

Voted Best Kids Birthday Party in Bergen County by 201 Magazine!

Gravity Vault Locations: 40 Watchung Avenue, Chatham, 973-701-7625; 107 Pleasant Avenue at Route 17 North, Upper Saddle River, 201 934-7625; 37 Kanes Lane, Middletown, 732-856-9599

Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 80 Commerce Drive, Allendale

If you live in North Jersey and have kids, chances are you’ve heard a lot about Sky Zone. Sky Zone, with a convenient Allendale location, is the world's first all-walled trampoline park…and kids love it! Whether it’s a birthday party, or just a day out with the family, Sky Zone is a place to gather with friends and family to play! The team at Sky Zone in Allendale will make your child’s party easy and seamless so you and your guests can focus on enjoying yourselves. They offer a few standard party packages, but every party is completely customizable to your requirements and most are surprisingly affordable! Party packages offered at Sky Zone include the Jump Around Package, the Super Jump Package, the Ultimate Air Package, the very popular GLOW Birthday Package and more. Click here to view details about Sky Zone party packages. Sky Zone’s Bergen County location is located minutes from Route 17, the Garden State Parkway and Franklin Turnpike.

For more information, call 201-574-1800 or visit website is wild so check it out with your kids!

Superdome Sports, 134 Hopper Avenue, Waldwick

Well known professional athletes from the Giants and Red Bulls work out here, but your child is the star at a Superdome Sports birthday party. This impressive 79,000 square foot sports facility in Waldwick features four massive playing fields, a kid-friendly staff and an action-packed sports-lover's birthday party package. Parties include up to three sports, private party room for pizza and cake, game room tokens, party paper and plastic goods and even party invitations!

For more information, visit or call 201-444-7660.

Team Makers, Bergen County

Team Makers is different than many other birthday party entertainers. They use large format games that require all the children to participate as a team playing the games and then finding hidden clues to open the treasure chest that houses the provided party favors. Team Makers offers many different themes based on the birthday child’s favorite activities. Parents looking for an interactive experience that keeps all the kids moving, playing, and even learning will be thrilled to have a solution that is so different from the typical entertainer style party. At a Team Makers party, the children are the focus and the entertainers are professional facilitators that guide the children through the challenges, allowing them to explore and find their own paths to completing the games. Team Makers birthday parti