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Since bursting from a confetti cannon in 1995, All About Parties has elevated birthdays, weddings, and get-togethers to new levels. Owner Kevin Kiernan and his roster of performers wave their magic wand over bashes and escort customers through the entire party-planning process, from the first dance song to the last exhausted guest to be hauled out by a backhoe. Using the host's vision as a blueprint, All About Parties dispatches emcees, live musicians, and motivational dancers to celebratory scenes. The business also offers a vast array of extra entertainment options, including games, casino tables, and carnival attractions such as dunk tanks and rides.

11 Douglas St
Waldwick,
NJ
US

Members of the Resnick clan have managed the family business for a century, growing the original hardware store into a garden center and party-rental warehouse. Always emphasizing customer service, three generations of Resnicks have built up a loyal clientele, learning the names and spirit animals of shop regulars. The rental side of the company provides clients with memorable props such as popcorn machines, frozen drink makers, a tiki bar, kids games, and mic-equipped podiums amplify wedding toasts and stump speeches for the office of city comptroller. For weddings and formal events, Resnick's can deliver upscale décor and furnishings, including romantic archways, white linens, and fountains for champagne or punch.

385 Route 17
Paramus,
NJ
US

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.

157A Main St.
Hackensack,
NJ
US

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.

1775 Windsor Rd
Teaneck,
NJ
US

Little Scoops looks just like an ice-cream parlor from the ‘50s—if it mistakenly got zapped by a shrink ray. That’s because the shrunken-down shop is designed for kids, giving parents a family-friendly kid-sized space for children's meetups, play-dates, or ice-cream socials. At the U-shaped ice-cream bar, pintsize stools capped with red vinyl beckon kids to sidle up and check out the flavors of Welsh Farms ice cream, soft serve, and shaved ice. A jukebox plays kid-friendly tunes as little ones decorate their scoops with colorful toppings, taking care not to spill their sweets on imaginary friends or the black-and-white checkered floor.

The parlor also hosts children’s post-game meetups, play dates, and parties. Parents can opt for party packages that include pizza and soda; during the festivities, Little Scoops staffers take the lead on setting up, cleaning up, and organizing interactive games.

500 Route 303
Orangeburg,
NY
US

Envision Video Services saves recorded relics from the dustbin of multimedia history with its media digitization services. Envision's ambience archivists crack open the contents of a range of outdated films and formats, including VHS, Betamax, and Hi8 tape, preserving contents on future-friendly DVDs and CDs. Rediscover heaps of home movies with video digitization, freeing memories of birthdays, holidays, and Mr. Belvedere tributes from captivity within antiquated storage systems (single tape conversions start at $19.95). Older self-cinematographers can unspool rusty reels with Envision's film digitization, allowing new generations to peek into historical family vacations or discover full-color proof of LBJ's secret life as a sideshow contortionist (starting at $49.90, plus $0.16 per foot).

37 Madison Ave
Hasbrouck Heights,
NJ
US