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.
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.
Where: 295 Meany Rd., Wrightstown
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.
Where: 67 Old Kings Hwy., Maple Shade
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.
Where: 23 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville
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.
Where: 535 N. Rte. 73, West Berlin
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.
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.
Where: 136 Atlantic City Blvd., Bayville
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!
Where: Summit's Village Green, Summit
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.
Where: 151 South St., Morristown
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.
Where: Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg
Deets: See colorful laser lights choreographed with music and the starry planetarium sky. This classic-rock laser show is sure to be a hit!
Where: Various NJ locations
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.
Where: 160 Fries Mill Rd., Blackwood
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.
Where: Bloomfield, Montclair, Cherry Hill
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.
Where: 1103 US-130, Cinnaminson
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.