Mahwah Pizza Master has dished out delectable edibles constructed from fresh ingredients for more than two decades, delighting diners with a menu of circular savories, hearty pasta dishes, and other casual cuisine in a family-friendly setting. Silence the unseemly echoes of an empty belly with starters such as jalapeño poppers ($6.99), buffalo chicken fingers ($8.10), or chicken wings (hot or mild, 10 for $7.75). Famished pizzavores can sate their desire for a delicious discus with one of Mahwah Pizza Master's specialty pies, such as buffalo chicken ($19.50) or chicken teriyaki ($19.50), or they can simply stick to a conventional 16” cheese ($13.50). The comprehensive menu features familiar and reliable favorites that greet taste buds with back slaps and secret handshakes, including a veal parmigiana hero ($8.95 for large), penne ala vodka sauce ($9), and veal marsala ($14.75).
Saddle Ridge Riding Center’s network of riding trails guides horseback riders over a sprawling 28-acre expanse full of mountains and rolling pastures. The center’s staff can help fellow equestrians with boarding, leasing, trail rides, and lessons in all disciplines, including Pegasus aeronautics. Children as young as 5 can explore their love of horseback riding by attending one of the kid-friendly camps scheduled between June and August. There, little ones get to participate in such activities as daily riding lessons, trail rides twice a week, and Friday carnivals.
The multitalented staff at Sweet & Sassy allow girls to walk in the slippers of their favorite fairytale princesses with an array of salon and spa services. Youngsters get gussied up for special occasions, such as tea parties with stuffed animals and UN delegates, with spa packages that include colorful manicures, soothing facials, and expert makeup applications. Sweet & Sassy’s birthday celebrations treat girls aged 4–13 to themed outings such as a Pop Star party, during which the birthday girl and her friends get dolled up to film a music video, which they can take home on a DVD.
The Bergen Academy provides fine-tuning tutoring for music students of all ages, offering private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, and a multitude of woodwinds. A free 15-minute trial session allows students or their parents to parlay with one of more than 20 potential teachers, introducing musicians to their instruments, the instructors to the instructees, and the instruments to the concept of human companionship.
Imagine the excitement kids must feel when Rockin' Gamin' Parties' 30-foot trailer—a limo-style video-gaming experience with nine 50" televisions and 20 XRocker gaming chairs—pulls up to their house. Inside the trailer, each screen hooks up to a library of modern games, which become even more exhilarating when pumped through a high-quality sound system, enhanced by special effects lighting. The trailer can even transform to become a mini-stage for karaoke, with room for dancing. Rockin' Gamin' Parties caters to birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, corporate events, and clients of all ages looking to cut loose on a special occasion.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most popular offering: Rockin' Gamin' Theatre
Pro Tip: The Rockin' Gamin' Theatre shows up at their front door.
Good for Kids: Yes
Hawthorne Theater opened in 1928, making it one of the first movie houses established in the area. And though at almost 90 years of age the space is older than most buildings in North America, it's recently undergone major renovations to keep up with modern technology. According to an interview with owner Jack Sayegh at NorthJersey.com, the fully digital five-screen cinema was outfitted with new carpeting and chairs, Real D and 3-D movie equipment, Dolby Surround Sound in all theaters, and human ticket-takers to replace the outdated robot ones. The article also cites that the theater—which has been independently owned since 1980—is maintained by Jack's father, uncle, and cousin, reinforcing its family-friendly nature.