Keeping a group of children occupied for even an hour can be a challenge for the most enthusiastic parent. Add some birthday cake and sugary drinks, and well, you just may need a nap after the guests leave. Instead share the load with these creative party places that promise to keep the kids entertained.

Please call ahead or check online before planning to visit any of these awesome destinations. If you’re planning a celebration at home, scroll to the bottom for some of Hunterdon County’s yard sign and balloon companies.

For the Kid with Energy

Hunterdon County YMCA

Parties at the Hunterdon County YMCA include 1 hour of activities in the gym, pool or program area. Outdoor options are available too! Current pricing starts at $345 for members and $410 for non-members. Contact Cameron Bullard at 908-483-4934 or for more information.

114 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington, NJ 08822

Bounce City

Enjoy 75 minutes of free play time on inflatable rides and games, then head into the party room for a half hour of food and cake. Packages start at $399 for 15 guests and include pizza and drinks. Visit the website or email for more information.

176 Route 202, Ringoes, NJ 08551

Shields Gymnastics

Shields Gymnastics offers an active, structured party that kids will love, starting with an hour of gymnastics tailored to the group’s age and skill level. Afterwards, guests can sit down and enjoy a half hour in the party area. Packages, which start at $250 for up to 10 children, include gymnastics instruction, tables and chairs and refrigerator access. Parents provide decorations, invitations and refreshments. At this time, only party guests and birthday child’s parents are allowed in the building. Learn more on the website or call 908-782-1777 for more information.

17 Minneakoning Road, Flemington, NJ 08822

Nex Level Arena

Nex Level Arena is the only place in Hunterdon County that has obstacles based on the show, American Ninja Warrior, including 2 warped walls. Other party themes include Nerf Wars, Sports All-Stars and Virtual Golf. Included in your party package is 60 minutes of party activity, 30 minutes in party area for food/drinks/cake, 3 pizzas + soda or juice/water, cake, paper goods and an awesome party captain. Learn more at the website or call Kelly at 908-432-0783.

426 Case Boulevard, Flemington, NJ 08822

For the Little Engine that Could


Northlandz is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s largest model railroad with more than 8 miles of track and hundreds of tunnels and canyons, reaching 3.5 stories high in a 52,000 square foot building. It also boasts a 94-room dollhouse. Tour the world’s largest miniature wonderland, then afterwards, enjoy pizza, cupcakes and drinks in a private party hall. Packages start at $350 for up to 10 people. Visit the website or call 908-782-4022 for more information.

495 US-202, Flemington, NJ 08822

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For the Creative Child

Paint Party Farm

Does your child love to paint? Each paint party is led by an instructor who will help create the selected painting that your party has chosen. A few of the offerings include canvas painting, wood signs, garden slates and glass lanterns. Birthday parties include 2 hours of painting with additional time for breaks, snacks, cupcakes and presents. Each party also includes a half hour farm tour. Parents and guests are welcome to feed, brush, pet and hold the animals. The farm has cows, goats, geese, chickens, roosters and guinea hens. Register on the calendar page of the website or call 609-460-4582 for more information.

24 Rosemont Ringoes Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551

Paint Party Studio

Not ready to venture out into the public quite yet? Take the DIY fun and have a party at home. The Paint Party Studio is now offering Hammer and Stain Kids Take Home Kits for $35 a kit. Choose from multiple projects and designs that come with paint, stain, all of the supplies needed and step-by-step instructions on how to complete the project from start to finish at home. Purchase your order on the website or call 908-797-3265 with any questions.

Hunterdon Art Museum

Make your child’s next birthday party a masterpiece by celebrating it at the Hunterdon Art Museum, which offers parties for children ages 4 and up. Fun projects include clay, jewelry-making, cartooning and printmaking. The museum supplies the art materials, colorful table cloths, decorations and a birthday banner. You bring the food, paper products, utensils and a little imagination! Call Caitlin Vitalo at 908-735-8415 (ext. 116) or contact by email Visit the website for more information!

7 Lower Center Street, Clinton, NJ 08809

Photo provided by Hunterdon Art Museum

For the Throwback Party

West Hunterdon Lanes

West Hunterdon Lanes has been around since the late 1950s! They have a great snack bar, light show with sound system, party facilities and a great game room. At a cost of $12 per person, a bowling party at West Hunterdon Lanes includes a hot dog and soft drink for each guest, bowling, shoes and bumpers for kids 10 and under. All kids also receive one free game pass that they may use at a later date. Visit the website for more information.

1089 State Route 12, Frenchtown, NJ 08825

Frenchtown Roller Rink

Frenchtown Roller Rink has been around since 1960. Private parties are Monday – Thursday starting at $349 and Friday – Sunday starting at $399. You can bring your own food and drinks OR keep the snack bar open for purchasing food and drinks. Visit the Facebook Page or call 908-996-6313 for more information.

2998 Daniel Bray Highway, Frenchtown, NJ 08825

Breakaway Entertainment

With 14 Brunswick pool tables and an array of arcade games, Breakaway Entertainment in Flemington can provide a relaxed birthday experience, particularly for older kids and teens. The family-run center offers custom birthday packages. Call 908-968-3886 to arrange or visit the website for more information.

17 Minneakoning Road, Suite G, Flemington, NJ 08822

Yard Sign Companies & Balloons

Card My Yard Hillsborough

Card My Yard is the original yard greeting service that specializes in making your BIG day even BIGGER. Choose your greeting and font, and even add graphics. Card My Yard Hillsborough serves the following zip codes: 08844, 08822, 07059, 08901, 08903, 08876, 08933, 08544, 08988 ,08880, 08812, 08873, 08805, 08558, 08807, 08541, 08846, 08836, 08989, 08528, 08821, 08502, 08850, 08904, 08869, 08835, 08823, 08553, 08902, 08853, and 08542. For more information visit the website or contact 908-838-8930.

Photo provided by Card My Yard Hillsborough

Sign Gypsies Hunterdon

Make an at-home birthday extra special with a custom yard sign. Sign Gypsies are the largest and fastest growing yard greeting sign in the United States. A yard greeting includes a personalized phrase, delivery, set up and pick up, approximately 24 hour later. Sign Gypsies Hunterdon County serves Annandale, Clinton, Flemington, Neshanic Station, Three Bridges, Whitehouse and Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Email or call 908-963-8138 with any questions. Visit the website for more information.

My Deco Balloon

Another way to spice up a birthday celebration is with a balloon display. My Deco Balloon is a balloon company with over 10 years of experience in the event decor industry. Choose from organic garlands and decor, mosaics, columns, sculptures, arches, walls and more. Visit the website or call 973-641-4919 for more information.

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