I am in the midst of a birthday party bonanza.
My little one turns 2 in 2 weeks and counting (yeah!!!) and my son turns 3 in March.
Time couldn’t go by any faster.
I feel like if I close my eyes too long, they will be off to college, getting married and having babies of their own, well, maybe I’m getting carried away, but you get the picture.
So why not celebrate while we can?
If you live in the Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia Area, these birthday places are sure to make your little ones birthday memorable with non stop fun. And not all of them will break the bank (sounds even better)!
1. Jelly Bean Jungle, Marlton, NJ. Whether you opt for a smaller party during normal hours or an inclusive Sunday party where you get the place to yourself, Jelly Bean promises to let the kids roam free and burn off that birthday cake. All you have to do is show up, bring the cake and tons of energy!
2. Discovery Museum, Cherry Hill, NJ. Various party packages include one hour of the party room plus 1 1/2 hour of hands on fun. Also includes a host, colorful place settings and a special gift for the birthday child. Add on a little extra fun with special crafts hosted by the Discovery Museum staff and Deluxe discovery party bags.
3. The Pop Shop, Collingswood, NJ. The pop shop not only has great food, but great parties for kids. Dazzle your little one and their guests with the Pop Shop party or Ice Cream social! For the older kids, add a little Karaoke in the mix. I can’t wait to throw an Ice Cream Social Party for my ice cream lovin’ son. They also give all guests a coupon good for one free cone for a later visit!
4. Oceans-n-Motion, Mt. Laurel NJ. Perfect of an ocean theme.Oceans ‘n Motion indoor play center hosts weekday and weekend parties of 20 children or less and party options to fit almost every budget. Parties include 30 minutes of theme related activities including , dress-up, singing, dancing and games!
5. International Sports Center, Cherry Hill, NJ and Mt Laurel, NJ. While the International Sports Center caters to children of all ages, you are bound to find something fun to do. Choose from the Fun Zone or Roo’s Giant Slide, for children 10 and under, or Roo’s play place for children 6 and under. Aside from fun, parties come complete with tokens, face painting, popcorn, party bags, invitations and paper goods. All you have to do is bring the cake.
6. Pump it up/Bounce U. These inflatable play places specialize in parties and promise tons of safe and clean fun. They both offer weekends or weekday parties complete with supervised playtime, decorations, and party supplies! (Both feature various locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania)
7. The Funplex, Mt. Laurel, NJ. What better place to hold your child’s birthday party than the place with enough activities to keep your kids and this guests completely entertained (and drained at the end of the night). Complete with unlimited choice of foam frenzy or mini golf, unlimited bumpers cars or free fall, pizza and ice cream cake. All you have to do it show up! (My kind of party!)
8. Enchanted Dreams, Haddofield, NJ. Let your child’s imagination flourish with a princess party at Enchanted Dreams. They host weekday or weekend parties complete with dress up, beverages, pizza, and crafts. You can also enhance your party with the visit form a Character, Elegant tea party, Glamor party package or Red Carpet! Aside from birthday parties, they also hold Princess Camp and Special Events. This months special event is Belle’s Book of Love (may be a great idea for a valentine’s event for you child), your child can join Belle for crafts, snacks, music and dance! (I found out about this place from a friend and she said they hold cute parties)
9. Kix and Giggles, Philadelphia, Pa. I’m sure your child is destined from a couple kick and giggles here ! (ha-ha). Fill all your child’s party needs with all day play passes, cake, pizza of hot dogs, decorations,invitations and balloons. Sounds to me like a one stop party shop!
Of course you don’t have to leave your home or break the bank to throw a great party. Remember my New Years blog, there are plenty of fun things to do to spice up your child’s party besides a pinata and pin the tale on the donkey (how old school!)! Family Fun Magazine has some great ideas.
1. Let the kids create their own party hats. Using simple supplies such as construction paper, glue and decorations, this would be a great cute birthday craft.
2. Handprint Aprons. This is a cute craft and a great party favor. All you need is plain aprons, paint, paper plates and a fabric marker. (Get your child/children to make one and this may also be a cute gift for mom, dad or the grandparents.)
3. Make your own pizzas. Make your own dough or use the pre-made crusts! Use bowls and topping to create a toppings bar. Provide some traditional toppings and some creative toppings and the let child’s inner-chef emerge. This may be a bit messy, but definitely memorable!
4. After seeing the make your own pizzas, I thought you could also do this with cupcakes and let the kids decorate their own cupcakes. Make the cupcakes in advance, add coloring to the icing and provide toppings such as sprinkles and candies. You may want to do this instead of a cake.
Don’t feel like birthday’s have to be big and flashy to be fun and memorable! The best parties I had as a kid was a couple kids over, running around in the backyard and great homemade cake (box cake, but homemade!)!