​Some days, you just need to stay inside; but you don’t need to stay home! Here are 50 things to do indoors around the state to keep the brood busy when the weather keeps you inside.

  1. Instead of climbing the walls at home, get them in a harness and have them do some rock climbing.

  2. Enjoy the comforts of a heated pool at an indoor water park.

  3. Learn to skate or show off your triple lutz at an ice skating rink.

  4. Don’t like the cold? Get your skate on at one of these great roller rinks. Most will let you choose between in-line or four-wheel skates.

  5. Even in the cold months, you can go stargazing at one of NJ’s many planetariums and observatories (the biggest in the country is in Jersey City!)

  6. Don’t let the weather strike you out: go bowling!

  7. Let the kids try for a hole in one at glow-in-the-dark mini golf. Don’t forget to dress them in whites or neons so they can get the full effect. Not up for the glow? Try these mini golf venues instead.

  8. Paintball isn’t an option for really little kids, but they can get some target practice by playing laser tag.

  9. Climb, jump, run and have a blast at any of these indoor play places.

  10. Spend a day “underwater” at Adventure Aquarium or Jenkinson’s Aquarium.

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  11. Combine learning and fun at a Jersey museum (find out how to get into some for free!). Looking for something new? Visit these off-the-beaten-path museums.

  12. Spice up your culinary skills at a cooking class.

  13. Yoga and meditation are super beneficial for kids, so look into taking a mommy and me yoga class at your local YMCA.

  14. Catch a flick at an indoor movie theater, or go more upscale at a dine-in, like the luxury AMC in Hackensack or iPic Hudson Lights in Fort Lee.

  15. Inspire your reluctant reader by heading to your local library for weekly activities, or check out a bunch of books to read together.

  16. Get their hands dirty with some super fun DIY projects (even if it means making slime!)

  17. Get some exercise along with the kids at a mommy and me gymnastics class at a Little Gym near you.

  18. Enjoy a few blissfully quiet minutes of pampering (along with a nice foot massage) by taking your kid with you for a mani-pedi, or even host your own spa party right at home.

  19. Show off your artistic side at Color Me Mine Pottery Studio, or sign them up for an art program.

  20. Escape Earth (and the weather) at Liberty Science Center, and don’t miss the awesome suspended-in-midair infinity climber. Check out Extreme LSC on the fourth Friday of every month.

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  21. Don’t let swimming skills wane in the winter; get lessons (or do some laps) at a local YMCA or gym.

  22. Play some pinball at an awesome NJ arcade, like the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park.

  23. Create your own bracelets, anklets or necklaces at Just Bead Yourself in Westfield.

  24. Take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Just make sure you get there early for indoor seating! If your kid loves boats, don’t miss the Intrepid Museum in NYC.

  25. See some impressive horse stunts, a full-on joust and falconry at Medieval Times. Itching to get on a horse yourself? Sign you and the kids up for a horseback riding lesson in NJ.

  26. Hit an indoor amusement park. Head to iPlay America, which is complete with an indoor boardwalk inspired by the Jersey Shore.

  27. Learn some self-defense and be on your way to becoming a black belt at a karate class.

  28. Pick up a new sport like tennis at a local sports center (try Branchburg Sports Complex). Want something luxurious? Practice your swing at Topgolf in Edison (a new one may be coming to Bergen County!).

  29. Do some glassblowing down the shore or up north in Morristown.

  30. Got antsy kids? Take them to Insectropolis!

  31. Teach the kids the importance of giving by volunteering at a local shelter together.

  32. Got a kid who wants to be a fireman? Head to the New York City Fire Museum, or visit Staten Island Children’s Museum’s Ladder 11 exhibit (there’s a real fire truck!).

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  33. She’ll feel like a secret agent when she tries cracking codes and solving puzzles in a NJ escape room.

  34. Head to NYC for tons of kid-friendly fun.

  35. Let them bang on some real drums instead of pots and pans at a music class close to home.

  36. After an hour-long bouncing session at a trampoline park full of flips and dodgeball, they’ll be pooped in the best way.

  37. Snag tix to an awesome show at an NJ theater, like NJPAC, SOPAC or bergenPAC.

  38. Rent a movie, pop some corn and snuggle up.

  39. Head just over the New York border to the Palisades Mall where you can shop, plus play at Dave and Buster’s or Palisades Climb, a suspended obstacle course floating in the middle of the floors.

  40. See an underground rainbow and watch rocks light up under UV lights at the Sterling Hill Mine Museum.

  41. Grab some Betty Crocker mixes, a bunch of decorations (think sprinkles or M&Ms) and invite their friends over for a baking party. Want to avoid the mess? Get one of these over-the-top sweet treats.

  42. Are your kids pros at being dramatic? Sign ’em up for a performing arts program.

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  43. Little builders will go wild for these LEGO-filled attractions. Make the trip to a LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Philadelphia, PA or Westchester, NY.

  44. Take to the skies (or rather, wind-filled tunnels) at iFly in Paramus. You and the kiddos (ages 3 and up) can suit up and try your hand at indoor skydiving.

  45. Celebrate a local sports legends at the Yogi Berra Museum.

  46. Head to Zimmerli Art Museum for family activities on the first Sunday of every month.

  47. Brighten your day with some animals at a local zoo, like Van Saun Park or Turtle Back Zoo.

  48. Let the kids channel their inner Jeff Gordon driving go-karts at Pole Position Raceway or Funplex, or make the trip to the country’s biggest go-kart spot in Connecticut.

  49. Take a trip to the new and improved Crayola Experience in Easton, PA, where kids can color, learn history and even create their own crayon. Better yet, make a day out of it and explore Lehigh Valley.

  50. Everyone loves a good old-fashioned bounce house. Bounce U, Pump It Up and Jump On In offer inflatables galore for your kids to hop and slide on all afternoon.