Beyond its roaring arcade and indoor amusement center, The Funplex’s entertainment emporium quenches patrons’ thirst for fun with a newly opened swimming pool. Children safely splash in the roped-off kids’ area, kept in check by the watchful eye of the ever-stalwart lifeguard and the high-tech vigilance of the deep end’s force field. The in-ground mini lake eases heat-wave woes with the cool comfort of The Funplex’s clean and well-kept aquatic playground. As families frolic in the soothing crystalline current, swimmers can perfect their butterfly strokes, dog paddles, and cat flailings. Armed with a two-day pass, pool-goers can splish and splash on two consecutive days or use one pass immediately and save the other for their next underwater tea time.
Ironing bridesmaids’ dresses, dealing with late limos, and fixing uncomfortable garters. These are but a few of the situations Donna DeFrancesco and her team of dedicated planners at Majestic Moments Event Planning find themselves in while making sure each client’s wedding day is perfectly executed. It’s with that dedication and attention to detail that the seasoned event planner and her team have earned ratings of five out of five stars from previous clients on both WeddingWire and Project Wedding. Each service, however big or small, helps ease the frustration of planning as the team steps in to organize, coordinate, and execute wedding days. They also work to accomplish the client’s ideal vision of matrimony, from executing shabby-chic sunset ceremonies to helping choose a color for the papier-mâché groomsman tuxes. Majestic Moments’ team also plans and executes other special occasions, from bar mitzvahs and engagement parties to corporate events.
Fit Boot Camp's team of certified trainers and CrossFit coaches lead students through motivational fitness adventures featured in New Jersey Life. Each 45-minute workout incorporates plenty of personal attention and modifiable exercises to prepare the body for everyday physical challenges such as hoisting groceries and moving the refrigerator from room to room. Bucking traditional gym exercises, engaging workouts such as tire dragging, tire flipping, rope climbing, and sledgehammer swinging help shed weight, tone arms, tighten torsos, and strengthen sinews. Plyometrics such as box jumps cultivate power and speed, saving people the hassle of having to simulate those qualities with foam barbells and strobe lights.
David Alan Fabisch's marketplace and catering company serves a menu of creatively stacked sandwiches and specialty pizzas for any occasion, from lavish parties to simple lunch breaks. Chefs concoct meals with New York– and New Jersey–themed names, including such classics as the Staten Island with ham and salami or the Bronx sub served with herb-grilled chicken and fresh mozzarella. In the shop's private party rooms, up to 85 people can congregate around tables or bound across a spacious dance floor primed for graduation-day dance-offs and birthday beat-poetry slams.
Playwrights Theatre stages productions of up-and-coming plays each year through its New Play Development program. The 2010–2011 season keeps the theatre's long-standing commitment to fresh ars theatrica with three works: Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods by Tammy Ryan, MoM A Rock Concert Musical by Richard Caliban, and Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie by Julie Jensen. Your season subscription to Playwrights Theatre entitles you to view all three performances, receive a 50% discount on two tickets for family or friends, gain admittance to opening-night parties, and attend post-show talkbacks about new-play development and the inside story on plays. You'll also receive a pass to the FORUM staged reading series, enough to attend a reading of each of the series' 13 new plays and discuss the material with artists in an intimate setting.
Final Round Boxing and Fitness’s Olympic-sized boxing ring trembles with the stomping of feet as veteran fighters circle one another, each seeking the split second opening that will lead them to victory. Ringside coaches and instructors shout advice, assailing the combatants with tips and tricks until they’re seasoned enough to take on a real fight. The gym has produced more than one champion, earning such titles as the New Breed Fighter’s middleweight champion or Gold’s Gym Strongman Competitions strongest heavyweight.
But the boxing ring only accounts for a small portion of the 16,000 square feet of workout space. The rest houses all of the machines, free weights, and kettlebells required to condition athletes. Brightly lit, hardwood classrooms provide a venue for less combatively themed classes, such as Zumba dance or extreme chess, in which players must complete a whole game by dead lifting actual knights in full armor.
Deep red and blue lights swirl around a dance floor as fog wafts over people cutting loose. On another night, guests relax on comfy couches at the edge of the lounge space. And in yet another scenario, long tables form a horseshoe shape, allowing diners to easily see everyone in the room as they feast. These are just a few incarnations of The Rendezvous, a 1,300 square-foot event center that hosts an endless range of private parties. Renters can plan everything from bridal showers to christenings and after-parties without the hassles of crowding their home or having to keep their evil twin from escaping the attic. Additional services such as onsite catering, bartenders, and wedding officiants are also available.