Kids Activities in Short Hills

$46 for 3 Kids’ Classes, 2 Playspace Sessions, and $50 Toward Birthday Party at Kidville ($122 Value)

Kidville

Summit

Kids’ center helps develop social and educational skills with art, music, gym, and enrichment classes, along with an interactive playspace

$122 $46

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Four Two-Hour Open-Play Visits with Option for Simulator Rides at Screamin' Parties (Up to 62% Off)

Screamin' Parties

Multiple Locations

Inflatable playground includes 20 ft. shark slide, interactive games, and obstacle course; roller coaster simulator offers lifelike thrills

$62 $25

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10 or 20 Batting-Cage Tokens with Refreshments at The Ballpark (Up to 60% Off)

The Ballpark

Springfield

Indoor baseball and softball sessions offer batting-cage practice and classic stadium fare including drinks and popcorn

$25 $12

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One Batting-Cage Rental or One Month of Rentals with Optional Lessons at Gamers Baseball Academy (Up to 68% Off)

Gamers Baseball Academy

Kenilworth

Baseball and softball batting cages help batters hone skills with speeds ranging from little-league- to college-level pitches

$60 $19

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Four Admissions or One-Year Family Membership to the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (Up to 60% Off)

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Madison

Museum dedicated to pre-Industrial America showcases tools, crafts, and trades inside a historic building from 1900

$20 $9.99

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One-Year Individual or Family Membership to Liberty Hall Museum (Up to 58% Off)

Liberty Hall Museum

Union

Victorian fashions and antique furniture fill the rooms of this 200-year-old home where George Washington and General Grant once stayed

$25 $12

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Ice Skating for Two or Four with Skate Rental, Drink, and Snack at Aspen Ice at Flemington (Up to 55% Off)

Aspen Ice at Flemington

Raritan

Full-size NHL rink with arcade hosts groups for open-skate sessions that include snacks, drinks, and a DJ on Friday nights

$32 $15

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One or Three 30-Minute Private Figure Skate Lessons at Edge Skate Shop (Up to 57% Off)

Edge Skate Shop

West Orange

Private 30-minute lessons teach students how to gracefully glide on the ice

$50 $25

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$65 for a Kids' Indoor Play Package with Three Enrichment Classes and Five Playspace Passes ($246 Value)

Kidville

Westfield

Classes in topics like art and music, plus passes to a playspace with a climbing wall and tumble track; birthday day party credit included

$246 $65

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Four Private Music Lessons from Music Workshop Lessons & Sales (45% Off)

Music Workshop

Roselle Park

Personal, professional studio lessons for one month in your choice of guitar, drums, piano, or voice at storefront location

$100 $55

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$45 for $100 Worth of Services at Newark Academy of Arts

Paganini Institute Of Music & Arts

North Ironbound

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you.

$100 $45

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Batting Session at The Hit Factory Baseball and Softball Academy (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

The Hit Factory Baseball and Softball Academy

Elizabeth

Batters can hit the cages and swing at 100 or 200 pitches, use a 30-minute batting lesson to sharpen skills, or rent a cage for 60 minutes

$12 $6

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10 or 15 Open-Jump Play Times at Jump On In (Up to 61% Off)

Jump On In

Boonton

Kids clamber through giant inflatable obstacle courses, slip down slides, and burn extra energy bouncing and jumping

$100 $49

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$83 for $150 Groupon — Bernardsville School of Music inc.

Bernardsville School Of Music

Bernardsville

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$150 $83

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$149 for a 90-Minute Birthday Party for Up to 15 Children at Tumble Zone ($350 Value)

Tumble Zone

Little Falls

Birthday party for up to 15 children includes one hour of gym playtime and 30 minutes in a party room

$350 $149

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Ice-Skating for Two, Four, Six, or Ten with Skate Rental at Floyd Hall Arena (Up to 53% Off)

Floyd Hall Arena

Floyd Hall Arena

Two NHL-sized ice rinks host public skating sessions throughout the week

$24 $12

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Two Hours of Bowling, Shoe Rental, and One Pitcher of Beer or Soda for Up to Six at Van Houten Lanes (Up to 70% Off)

Van Houten Lanes

Athenia

Sip soda or craft beer during friendly games at a bowling center with an on-site pizzeria

$82 $25

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Medieval Times Tournament for One Child or Adult with Four-Course Dinner and Optional Royalty Package (Up to 45% Off)

Medieval Times

Lyndhurst

Medieval tournament sees ironclad knights joust atop horses and battle with swords while viewers feast on a four-course meal

$43.54 $29

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Four or 10 Private Drum Lessons at American One Productions (Up to 64% Off)

American One Productions

Woodland Park

Instructors pound out the basics of rhythm and technique during one-on-one drumming lessons

$140 $50

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90-Minute Children's Birthday Party at Kid-den Around (Up to 58% Off)

Kid-den Around

Wayne

Parties for up to 12 children themed around dinosaurs, crafts, dancing, spa makeovers, or pirates

$375 $159

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3, 5, or 10 Kids' Structured-Playtime Sessions at Clicks & Bricks Learning Center (Up to 59% Off)

Clicks & Bricks Learning Center

Metuchen

Classes can teach kids how to build robots and simple machines out of plastic blocks, improving problem-solving and communication skills

$36 $15

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Month Membership to Kids' Gym for One or Two or Month of Enrichment at Kids Blvd (Up to 63% Off)

Kids Blvd

Warren

Children exercise their minds and bodies with toys, interactive games, a creative arts station, and a sensory gym

$75 $32

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One or Two Groupons, Each Good for Six Private Lessons at B Natural Pianos and Music School (Up to 62% Off)

B Natural Pianos and Music School

Rockaway

Instructors illuminate the basics of musicianship during private lessons and semi-private lessons

$165 $65

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Round of Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Mt. Freedom Golf (Up to 50% Off)

Mt. Freedom Golf

Randolph

Players putt through a safari-themed course featuring two waterfalls

$12 $6

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Bowling Packages with Pizza for Two, Four or Six at Lodi Lanes (Up to 51% Off)

Lodi Lanes

Lodi

Bowl through two-hours of lane time with package that includes shoe rental, soft drinks and pizza appetizers

$57 $29

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A Private Music Lesson from Melody Institute of Music and Art (45% Off)

Melody Institute Of Music And Art, Inc.

Saddle Brook

From the merchant: Piano, Violin, Guitar, Voice lessons taught by a renowned faculty

$192 $106

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One-Hour Weekday Trampoline Session for 2, 4, or 6 With Sky Socks at Sky Zone - Pine Brook (Up to 43% Off)

Sky Zone - Pine Brook

Pine Brook

Bound across a brand new trampoline arena, leap into a pit of 10,000 foam cubes, and play bouncy versions of dodgeball and basketball

$40 $24

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$17 for $30 Groupon — Art Studio 5005

Art Studio 5005

Fair Lawn

Discounted introductory art class for new customers! Year-round classes for kids, different medias and techniques

$30 $17

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Big Apple Circus's "Metamorphosis" at Damrosh Park at Lincoln Center on November 12–December 5 (Up to 53% Off)

Big Apple Circus' "Metamorphosis"

Damrosh Park at Lincoln Center

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Thrilling two-hour circus develops a theme of transformation via trapeze artists, jugglers, and contortionists, among other performers

$26 $15

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Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages, Nov. 21–Feb. 22 (Up to 57% Off). Offer Powered by Telecharge.com.

Gazillion Bubble Show

New World Stages

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A family who has honed its show for more than 20 years creates and layers dazzling bubbles amid colorful lasers

$82 $45

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Space Shuttle Pavilion Visit with Optional Tour or Membership –Up to 45% Off

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, NYC

Museum features the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets, and a missile submarine

$31 $20

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Five-Day Musical Instrument Course at Rami Tabla (53% Off)

Rami Tabla

BDA Studios

From the merchant: Welcome to the magical world of Rhythm! We start at the beginning, with basic hits and rhythms. Class Runs Sats in Nov

$135 $63

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One Private Piano Lesson at Floris Boere Piano Lessons (52% Off)

Floris Boere Piano Lessons

New York

From the merchant: Beginners or adepts, in this piano lesson I will show you how to take your piano skills to the next level.

$25 $12

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Admission for Two or Four to 9/11 Tribute Center (Up to 57% Off)

9/11 Tribute Center

Financial District

Learn about the attacks on September 11, 2001 & the bombing on February 26, 1993, through interactive exhibits, artifacts & personal stories

$30 $14

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Visit or Membership to the Museum of Tolerance New York (Up to 56% Off). Five Options Available.

Museum of Tolerance New York

Mid Town

Interactive exhibits on the Holocaust and contemporary human-rights violations illustrate the consequences of intolerance

$30 $17

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Children's Dance Classes at Piel Canela Dance and Music School (Up to 70% Off). Four Options Available.

Piel Canela Dance and Music School

Garment District

Kids can join dance classes such as ballet, salsa, and hip hop

$75 $25

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Visit for Two or Membership to Museum Of The Moving Image (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Museum Of The Moving Image

Astoria

Newly renovated museum with more than 1,400 artifacts on display; events have featured Martin Scorsese, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rachel Weisz

$24 $14

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$55 for $100 Groupon — Ryan Cantwell Music Coaching & Recording

Ryan Cantwell Music Coaching & Recording

New York

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$100 $55

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to the Museum of American Finance (Up to 58% Off)

Museum of American Finance

Financial District

The story of American finance told through collections of historic documents and interactive exhibits

$16 $8

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Milano II Piano in Rosewood Satin Polished Finish, or a Milano II Portable Piano at Worldwide Piano (57% Off)

Worldwide Piano

Edison

Enrico Aquino III has kept his family tradition alive by embracing his father’s belief in friendly, encouraging instruction

$5,995 $2,599

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60-Minute Musical Instrument Lesson at Steel X Plosion (53% Off)

Steel X Plosion

New York

From the merchant: Learn to play the steel drums from one of the best steel drum players in the world, Freddy Harris III.

$80 $38

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Arcade Play or Two-Hour Child's Birthday Party for Up to 10 at the Chinatown Fair (Up to 60% Off)

Chinatown Fair

Chinatown

Arcade classics and contemporary favorites such as air hockey, skee-ball, basketball, DDRX3, BeatMania, car racing and ticketed prize games

$30 $15

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One Private Instrument Lesson at VAR Guitar Lessons (44% Off)

Var Guitar Lessons

Clinton

Texas-born strummer wants you to learn from the master

$25 $14

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Admission for One or Two or Annual Membership for One or a Family at the Jewish Museum (Up to 49% Off)

The Jewish Museum

Upper East Side

Delve into art and Jewish culture with a 1-day admission or an annual membership, offering discounts, early access to exhibitions, and more

$15 $10

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$49 for $90 Worth of Music Lessons — Flute Lessons with Barbara Siesel

Flute Lessons With Barbara Siesel

New York

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$90 $49

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$248 for $450 Worth of Music Lessons — Freddy Charles Music

Freddy Charles Music

New York

Three 45-minute guitar or drum lessons with recording artist Freddy Charles

$450 $248

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$12 for Visit for Two Plus a Guided Tour at Museum of the American Gangster ($40 Value)

Museum of The American Gangster

East Village

Museum profiling mob bosses, bank robbers, and gangsters in old St. Mark's speakeasy

$40 $12

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One-Year Membership to El Museo del Barrio New York (50% Off). Two Options Available.

El Museo del Barrio New York

Manhattan

One year of admission and invitations to exhibition openings at a museum with 6,500 pieces of Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean art

$50 $25

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$130 for $260 Groupon — Classical Guitar NYC

Classical Guitar Nyc

New York

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$260 $130

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5 or 10 Guitar Lessons at GotChops Music (Up to 88% Off)

GotChops Music

Manhattanville

Musician with two decades of experience and an album under his belt teaches guitar lessons at his studio or in Manhattan homes

$255 $35

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$220 for $400 Groupon — Grammy Music producer

Cool Guy Music Studios

New York

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$400 $220

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Art-Museum Membership or Visit for Two or Four at The National Academy Museum & School (57% Off)

National Academy Museum & School

Upper East Side

Inside a renovated 5th Ave. mansion, dating back to 1902, guests enjoy exhibits by American masters and contemporary artists and architects

$30 $15

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Individual, Family, or Supporter Membership to The Studio Museum in Harlem (Up to 61% Off)

Studio Museum

Harlem

Dedicated to developing artists of African descent, the Museum celebrates contemporary art and Harlem’s rich cultural history

$50 $25

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$120 for $240 Groupon — Brooklyn Guitar Lessons with Bryan Wade

Brooklyn Guitar Lessons With Bryan Wade

New York

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$240 $120

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Passes for One, Two, or Four People at Modern Pinball NYC (Up to 53% Off)

Modern Pinball NYC

Manhattan

Rack up points with unlimited play on 30+ pinball machines from the 70s to today; as seen on NBC’s TODAY show, FOX News and Wall St. Journal

$19 $9

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Monday Night Magic at The Players Theatre (Up to 44% Off)

Monday Night Magic

The Players Theatre

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Accomplished illusionists and performers delight audiences with sleight of hand, mentalism, and comedy

$69.50 $39

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Two or Four 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at Shobo Music Academy (Up to 65% Off)

Shobo Music Academy

Cliffside Park

Students hone their musical skills in one-on-one guitar, piano, drums, trumpet, flute, or voice lessons tailored to their needs

$54 $19

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Museum of the City of New York Visit for Two or Four, or Annual Individual or Family Membership (Up to 55% Off)

Museum of the City of New York

East Harlem

Museum with almost 90 years in its landmark building hosts events and exhibitions illuminating the past, present and future of New York City

$28 $15

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Four or Eight Drop-In Parent-Child Play Sessions at Wee Play (Up to 51% Off)

Wee Play

Somerville

Play sessions with musical instruments, an obstacle course, and free play stimulate cognitive development in children up to 48 months

$50 $25

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Two or Four 30-Minute Music Lessons at Division Street Music Shop (Up to 55% Off)

Division Street Music Shop

Somerville

Lessons in voice, percussion, harmonica, recorder, brass, wind instruments, keys, or even ProTools recording software

$50 $25

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Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Tee-rrific Golf Center (Up to 53% Off)

Tee-rrific Golf Center

Somerville

Pair of 18-hole, recently upgraded mini-golf courses challenge players to show off their putting strokes

$16 $8

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Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers cultural experiences for audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The multidisciplinary arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.

1 SOPAC way
South Orange,
NJ
US

Step into the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and it's as if the Industrial Revolution never happened. The museum focuses on the life of farmers, builders, and other tradesman of the United State's pre-industrial age. The main floor thrusts visitors into the world of New Jersey farming families from the early 1800s to provide in-depth information about these peoples' lives as well as showcase woodworkers' planks and various hand tools. The lower level, meanwhile, celebrates the working lives of four tradesman from 1850, including a shoemaker and a distiller. While these permanent displays stand as time capsules of a bygone area, a special exhibit space rotates its features regularly. Only a small portion of the museum's artifacts is on display at a time, but visitors can make an appointment to see items from the full collection, which totals more than 8800 artifacts from 21 different trades.

Even without the artifacts, the museum stands as a piece of history, as it's housed within The James Library Building. The building was finished in 1900 and contains stained glass windows, carved stone and wood detailing, and vaulted ceilings that make it the perfect setting to imagine life before Henry Ford invented his flying car.

9 Main St
Madison,
NJ
US

Beyond its roaring arcade and indoor amusement park, The Funplex decrees that 8,000 of its 100,000-square-foot kingdom be annexed to the Realm where fantasy game MagiQuest disperses Magis on heroic adventurers through an interactive and spellbinding semivirtual lair. Carefully choose your Magi alias and grab your secret-yielding loaner wand (a $2 value) before embarking on a fantastical adventure filled with distinguished wizards, enchanting pixies, and cunning dragons. Seasoned with mystical spells and motion sensors, wands respond to trees, mountains, and flat screens sprinkled throughout the Realm, sharing clues so Magi can complete honorable tasks or surprise wicked goblins with an unexpected hug. With unlimited play (a $14.95 value), Magis can entreat the hours to swallow them into the transformative wormhole of role-playing bliss.

182 State Route 10
East Hanover,
NJ
US

At Essex Equestrian Center, more than 35 horses and ponies work together with an expert team of instructors to teach riding basics. Students can choose from the disciplines of hunter, jumper, dressage, and western riding for lessons that are conducted in private or group settings. Classes take place year-round as the center features both an outdoor ring and an Olympic-size indoor arena, perfect for when the weather calls for rain or Olympic-size hail.

12 Woodland Ave
West Orange,
NJ
US

The beastmasters of Turtle Back Zoo fill the troughs of their squawking menagerie with the help of donations through the Adopt-an-Animal program. A framable adoption certificate commemorates the adoption of Turtle Back Zoo's endangered African penguins⎯the noble butlers of the Southern Hemisphere⎯and the donation funds fish reserves, maintenance, and medical needs. Bird-benefactors also receive a photograph of the newest, most feathered member of their family and a bumper sticker with which to emblazon vehicles with a message championing the plight of penguin expatriates. Lodged near the entrance to the zoo, the Adopt-an-Animal Honor Roll Board proclaims the names of trans-species foster parents to visitors and those studious penguins who have learned to read.

560 Northfield Ave
West Orange,
NJ
US

Partygoers expect a little friendly competition at birthday parties, whether it's to see who can hit the pinata the hardest or who can eat their cake the slowest. FunKart Party Company amps up these games with the roar of tiny engines zipping around a track. After traveling to the party site, staff members set up a 12'x16' raceway with room for up to six remote control cars. Partygoers take control of the cars, which have no slots, so they're free to drive them as intensely as they want, cutting off their opponents, doing donuts at each turn, or driving backwards to see if the miles will come off the tiny odometer. Cars race at scale speeds of up to 200 mph and the raceway can be set up either indoors or out.

1120 Salem Avenue
Hillside,
NJ
US