It may be too cold for the playground, but there are plenty of spots in NJ where kids can climb and slide all winter long. From giant mazes to wall-to-wall trampolines, check out these great places for indoor play.
316B Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood
This out-of-the-ordinary, tech-free playground for little ones and toddlers ages 6 and under is all about make-believe. Kids can engage in imaginative play in a mini town that doubles as a playground.
67 Old Kings Hwy., Maple Shade
Your mini adrenaline junkie can spend the day zooming down the zip line, scaling up rock walls and running in races at this top-notch climbing center. No previous experience is required, so it’s great for brave beginners.
Fun Time Junction
400 Fairfield Rd., Fairfield
Perfect for preschoolers, this spot boasts a huge softplay climbscape, craft corner and a ton of ride-on character vehicles. There’s also laser tag and plenty of carnival games for those a little older.
125 River Dr. S., Jersey City
This massive indoor playground is perfect for ages 6 and under. There’s a three-level Jungle Climb for little adventurers, a Toddler Play Learning Room and seasonal scenario play area where their imaginations will run wild.
99 Caven Point Rd., Jersey City
If your kids have a need for speed, they’ll love conquering the course. Kids (must be at least 4 feet tall and 6 years old) get to compete in go-kart races that teach control, speed and endurance. There’s also an arcade and VR games for them to play.
176 Rte. 202, Ringoes
Break a sweat playing trampoline basketball, in the gaga pit and on obstacle courses. There are also bounce houses, an arcade and Toddler Town, a bounce area especially for kids ages 5 and under. Socks are required to enter the play area.
10 Alvin Ct., Ste. 100, East Brunswick
All ages can climb and slide on eight inflatables, play laser tag, go head-to-head in the arcade and see if they can brave the hurricane simulator. There’s also no need to sit on the sidelines: Adults can get in on the action in kids vs. adults laser tag.
5100 Belmar Blvd. Ste. 9, Wall
Looking to burn some energy on an extra yucky winter afternoon? This 10,000-square-foot spot is packed with nine huge inflatables. Don’t forget to wear socks.
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold
This gigantic space features a go-kart raceway, a 6,500-square-foot outer-space-themed laser tag arena and a slew of classic boardwalk games. Take on rides like the carousel and bumper cars, too.
51 Stout Ln., Monmouth Junction
Ages 7 and under can take on all 17,500 square feet of fun here. There are bounce facilities, an open play room, rock wall, arcade and bumper cars.
600 Rike Dr., Millstone Twp.
Little climbers can fly through the air on the trampolines, tumble on squishy inflatables and scale the highest heights on the indoor jungle gym. Don’t miss the chance to free fall into a giant foam sponge pit or to reach new heights on the rope swing.
182 NJ-10, East Hanover
3320-24 NJ-38, Mount Laurel
Kids take their pick from bumper cars, go-karts, bowling, a huge foam play area, laser tag and a 4-D motion theater in these ginormous, everything-under-the-sun facilities.
1 South Main St., Unit A4, Toms River
This space is equipped with a two-story laser tag zone (ages 5 and up), a fun zone with a sports arena and inflatables, an indoor playground and more. Infants get to check out Lou’s Little Joey’s, a soft play area for infants with interactive discovery walls, a merry go round, tug boat and more.
2 Changebridge Rd. East Building, Unit E, Montville
The three-level play structure complete with slides, tunnels and obstacles is the biggest attraction at this fun zone. There’s also a smaller toddler playground just for ages 3 and under with a ball pit and slide. Big kids can test their skills on the rock wall and the zip line.
47 Readington Rd., Branchburg
Bigger is better—especially when it comes to play spaces. And this complex is huge. Explore the spot’s multi-level PlayMaze, or show off their skills on three indoor turf fields, four batting cages and 9,000-square-foot fantasy-themed laser tag arena.
Bridgewater Sports Arena
1425 Frontier Rd., Bridgewater
Tons of fog and blacklight madness take modern-day capture-the-flag over the top on weekends. Adventurers five and up can play real-life Ghostbusters by hiding in the maze’s nooks and crannies.
Wantage Plaza Shopping Center
205 Rte. 23, Wantage
Take the game of hide-and-seek up a notch in this 6,000-square-foot, multi-level space with fog and light displays. Take a break between rounds with mini bowling, mini-golf and tons of arcade games.
Multiple locations in NJ
A perfect fit for your first-time climber, this chain boasts tons of hands-on instructors that push kids five and up to new heights.
131 South 31st St., Kenilworth
2 Garfield Ave., Jersey City
507 King Georges Rd., Woodbridge
Thirty seconds on the swings and he’s onto something else? No problem—this play spot is all about options. Kids ages 10 and under won’t have the chance to get bored as they scale walls, shoot down slides, crawl through tunnels and race across suspended bridges at this giant indoor playground. They can also explore more than 12 imaginary play worlds, play arcade games or take a break in the movie theater-themed activity room.
Multiple locations in NJ
Jumping beans of all ages can spend some time at this gigantic bounce house packed with tons of inflatables. Try the glow party, which turns down the lights to make way for neon effects and glow sticks. Don’t forget your socks!
Locations in Maple Shade, Ocean Twp. and Pine Brook
For those who’ve outgrown ball pits and tunnels, check out this enormous arena with wall-to-wall trampolines. Kids and adults can bounce it up in the main court, take the plunge into the Foam Zone”(10,000 foam cubes) or play Ultimate Dodgeball on the trampolines.
1000 Palisades Center Dr., Unit A-100, West Nyack
Get lost in Billy’s Rainforest, a 25,000-square-foot space that boasts dozens of safari-themed slides, bouncy trampolines and obstacle courses. Don’t leave without diving into the giant ball pit.
612 Corporate Way, Valley Cottage
Kids can hit the dodgeball court, practice their slam dunk on the basketball court or launch themselves into the sky on one of the trampolines. Plus, the Bounce Jr. Zone for 5-and-unders has its own trampoline court, a foam pit and mini bounce castle.
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