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Finding the perfect NJ venue for a Project Graduation

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Project Graduations, sometimes called senior send offs or post prom celebrations…  require a lot of space and a great deal of flexibility.   In this blog, we will provide lists of some top NJ venues known for hosting project graduations along with some tips and considerations while searching for the perfect space.


Let’s start with analyzing various venue types:


Consider amusement parks and family entertainment centers.  These spaces often become a one-stop-shop for you since they have a wide array of built in entertainment features.  Often these venues tend to be more costly and require you using their in-house food and beverage services.  Despite the higher initial cost, these venues are generally all-inclusive and make the planning easy.  In your search, find out if you have exclusive use of the venue or if you may be sharing the space with the public or other large groups.   Venues like this in New Jersey include:

      1. iPlay America, Freehold
      2. American Dream, Secaucus
      3. Super Charged, Edison
      4. FunPlex, Mt. Laurel & East Hanover
      5. PinStripes, Paramus
      6. Colonial Bowling and Entertainment, Lawrenceville

Go Karts at iPlay America


Other popular destinations include sports centers including domes and indoor turf fields.  In these facilities, we encourage you to utilize the in-house features, but realize you will likely be hiring one or several companies to supplement the in-house service.  Some of these venues include:

      1. Iron Peak, Hillsboro
      2. Seven6 Events at the Florham Park Sports Dome
      3. Adventure Crossings, Jackson
      4. Sportika, Manalapan
      5. Tennis/Racquet clubs


Wall climbing at Iron Peak



Colleges and community recreation centers and similar styled facilities are great considerations too.  Like above, you will generally find large spaces which can accommodate your needs.  These venues often have some in-house features which you should utilize like basketball courts, snack stands, volleyball and swimming.  Some of these venues include:

      1. Rowan University Rec Center
      2. Drew University Rec Center
      3. Monmouth University Rec Center
      4. Various YMCA facilities
      5. Police Athletic League Facilities
      6. Boys and Girls Clubs
      7. Swim Schools and Swim Clubs


New Jersey also offers some great hotel, conference center and resort options.  These venues tend to be a bit more fancy which adds allure and attraction as you send out invites.  Look for a facility which has pools, space for games, possibly a theater to show movies or to host a magic or hypnosis show, etc.  Some of these venues include:

      1. Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg
      2. Ocean Place Hotel and Resort, Long Branch
      3. The Malon Resort, Florham Park

Mechanial Shark at Ocean Place

Finally… we strongly suggest considering hosting the senior send off in your school.  By doing this, you keep your costs down and still have access to vast spaces including the school’s gym, cafeteria, auditorium and connecting hallways.  Some of our favorite project graduations take place within the confines of the graduates’ school giving them one final fun memory before exiting those halls once and for all.  Food service within your own school is generally easy either by use of the cafeteria service or by bringing in snacks from local pizza and sandwich shops.


inflatable challenge


Finding the right venue is usually the hardest task.  Fundraising is vitally important.  Finally, supplementing the venue’s services is also key.   At Xplosive Entertainment, we are proud to be considered one of NJ’s top providers for project graduation entertainment and planning services.  From DJs to inflatables, to hypnotists, axe throwing, silent disco, laser tag, caricaturists, palm and tarot card readers, games, casino and much more, Xplosive enjoys the challenge of taking a school’s vision into mind while complimenting a venue’s in-house offerings.  We suggest booking these events around a year in advance to ensure you get the venue and talent of your choice.




For more details, questions or help finding the perfect venue and entertainment options, give us a call or check out our webpage:

www.XEevents.com or 732-866-1620 or 888.Xplo.Ent