Beyond its work staging traditional photo shoots and portraiture, Garden State Photo Studio's team of event photojournalists is dispatched to special occasions to tell their stories. As celebrations such as weddings, sweet sixteens, and bar mitzvahs unfold, photogs follow the belles of the ball, snapping or videotaping a chronology of candid moments with their professional-grade digital cameras and lighting equipment.
Garden State?s traveling photo booths fuel party-time fun and memory-making. After attendants set up the stationary photographer, party-goers pile in as the booth snaps pictures of the revelry. Instant images are printed onto strips and posted online so that guests can relive the memories later or ask the photo booth accusingly why it took so many pictures of Karen.
What could be better for a kid's birthday party than a fully-stocked arcade? Maybe a laser tag arena. Or maybe a fancy dining hall with gourmet catering. Or maybe all three in the same place. Established in 2005, Space Odyssey USA makes children's dreams come true with thrilling activities for all ages. A futuristic warehouse space lit by cosmic, neon-colored spheres, Space Odyssey USA offers video games old and new, from the adrenaline-pumping racing game Nitro to a competitive take on an old classic in four-player Pacman Battle Royale. And then there's birthday activities such as an indoor train, glow-in-the-dark sports, and elaborate floral arrangements so that older kids can enjoy a touch of class and younger ones can enjoy their favorite activity: counting small objects.
World of Wings strives to teach children the value of life and introduce them to the wonders of the natural world through its butterfly atrium and museum. Paths wind through an oasis of waterfalls, tropical plants, chirping birds, and nectar flowers, which provide food for the hundreds of Lepidoptera fluttering inside the glass enclosure. Knowledgeable staffers are on-hand to explain to visitors why butterflies exhibit certain behaviors, such as puddling (butterflies drink from muddy puddles when they need minerals and there's no San Pellegrino around).
In the museum, guests can visit with amphibians and reptiles, observe the process of preserving delicate insects, and peek in the butterfly nursery. Staffers move winged beauties from the nursery into the atrium once a day, letting new butterflies experience their first flight in full view of visitors. For fun with slightly less science, kids can scale a climbing wall, go nuts in a bounce room, visit the ocean-like bubble room, and have their eyes tricked in the illusion room.
Though their name hints at their affinity for music, the party mavens at Northeast Music Events organize shindigs from the ground up. Their event planners run down a meticulous pre-event checklist, covering responsibilities ranging from venue selection and vendor payments to décor and day-of-event emergency kits. They also maintain 24/7 contact with party hosts in case the events need to be postponed or quickly switched to a Pound Puppies theme.
Of course, no event is complete without music. That’s where Northeast Music Events’s roster of professional DJs come it. They keep parties banging with continuous music pumped through a 2000-watt club sound system. They also come bearing wireless mics ready to support announcements or a talented MC. To make dance floors really stand out, technicians can also add black-light installations, concert-style 10,000-watt sound systems, light shows and video monitors.
Ball pits and roller coasters one day, music and dancing the next day, and picture time with Sponge Man another day. With the themed play dates at Kids Rule, kids experience something new each day. The entertainment center also beckons parties with its 30 snow machines, 30 bubble machines, and confetti cannons, as well as a music-responsive LED dance floor. Younger kids can ride roller coasters and trains, and older kids can slip into large inflated spheres for a game of human bumper balls, build a stuffed animal, or turn friends into abstract art with a paintball battle.
All of the instructors at Hudson Dance Studio are professional- and champion-level dancers who have trained in Europe, Russia, and the United States. Armed with an encyclopedic overseas knowledge of dance, they lead students of all skill levels through classes that explore myriad styles, including ballet for adults, Zumba, samba, Argentine tango, swing, hustle, foxtrot, and the waltz. The instructing team fosters a supportive environment in which students can meet new people, have fun, and feel comfortable. Hudson Dance Studio frequently hosts dance parties and special events, and is also available for birthday parties and other special occasions.