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15 Things For Teens to Do This Summer

Got a bored teen or tween sitting at home all summer long? These cool events are sure to keep them busy (and complaint-free!) while school’s out.




iPlay After Dark

Where: 110 Schanck Rd., Freehold
Price: Free admission
Deets: This indoor amusement park is geared toward big kids. There’s something for everyone here including rides, food, laser tag, music and a giant indoor ropes course. Thrillseekers, be sure to check out the brand-new Freedom Rider Spinning Coaster, a super-fast ride that zips around a figure eight-shaped track.

Fireball Mountain Laser Tag

Where: 295 Meany Rd., Wrightstown
Price: $28
Deets: Your teen hasn’t truly played laser tag until they’re covered in dirt from hiding behind trees and crouching on the ground. This laser tag arena features 90-minute sessions of intense outdoor fun. Specific times available for children ages 9-14 years old.  

Kids Club at Elite Climbing

Where: 67 Old Kings Hwy., Maple Shade
Price: $15/kids
Deets: Kids and teens can reach new heights at the Elite Climbing Rock Gym. Every Friday starting at 6 pm is geared toward beginners with no climbing experience. Rock climbing is a fun way to get a total mind and body workout, and it’ll get your teen active this summer. Great for kids 7-14 years old.

Fortnite Fridays

Where: 23 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville
Price: Varies
Deets: Entice your gaming-obsessed teen with this fun gaming center that includes laser tag, arcade games, Minecraft nights and more. Reservations required for groups of five people or more.

Sahara Sam’s Oasis

Where: 535 N. Rte. 73, West Berlin
Price: Varies
Deets: This water park is the perfect place for teens to gather a group of friends and cool off for the day. Sahara Sam’s even offers a $10 ticket discount for students with good grades—just bring a straight A report card.

New Jersey Rock Gym

Where: Fairfield
Price: $6.50/Fridays after 6 pm
Deets: Fridays are High School Night at this exciting rock climbing gym. She can test her skills with a variety of different rock climbing walls for different levels of experience, from beginner to expert.

Blackbeard’s Cave Amusement Park

Where: 136 Atlantic City Blvd., Bayville
Price: Varies
Deets: Rollercoasters, an arcade, bumper cars and boats, archery, tennis courts, laser tag, a driving range and rock climbing wall are among the fun attractions at this park. Teens will love going out with their friends for the day or going at night when the park lights up!

Hot Summer Nights Concert Series

Where: Summit's Village Green, Summit
Price: Free
Deets: Every Tuesday night, teens can gather with friends to enjoy some of the best bands of the East Coast, as well as food trucks and free ice cream.

Glassworks Studio

Where: 151 South St., Morristown
Price: Varies
Deets: If your kids loves all things arts and crafts, this is a unique experience well-suited for teens. Glassblowing is a more advanced art form your teen will love learning  Plus, they’ll be able to take home their handmade masterpiece.

Pink Floyd Laser Concert

Where: Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg
Price: $10
Deets: See colorful laser lights choreographed with music and the starry planetarium sky. This classic-rock laser show is sure to be a hit!

Free Summer Movies

Where: Various NJ locations
Price: Free
Deets: Sure some of the movies are for kids, but most towns offer some PG-13 flicks like Jaws or The Hunger Games. Best part? Free is easy on the wallet for kids who aren’t quite old enough to get a summer job.

Club Light

Where: 160 Fries Mill Rd., Blackwood
Price: $5-10
Deets: Your teen can dance the night away at this alcohol-free, nightclub. Some nights even include charity work for causes like teen suicide prevention. And don’t worry, the security staff is comprised of retired and current police officers, firefighters and teachers.

Bury the Hatchet

Where: Bloomfield, Montclair, Cherry Hill
Price: $39.99
Deets: Blow off some steam and throw some axes at one of New Jersey’s trendiest day trip locations (ages 15 and up). Fling axes at a wooden target and compete for accuracy with friends and family.

Speed Raceway

Where: 1103 US-130, Cinnaminson
Price: $20/race
Deets: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and get ready to race in your very own go kart. This is the largest facility in the Garden State, and it offers different packages for your teens, tweens and a friend or two. After school racing is discounted to $15, Monday-Friday.


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