This free and easy bowling game will get your kids moving indoors on a cold or rainy day. Even babies can have fun knocking down the pins and it's great for motor skills. I've found setting up this bowling game for my kids can often inspire them to come up with other games on their own. Score!
Looking for something different to do with your kids this winter? Consider signing up for a fun, hands-on cooking class. We’ve rounded up several places in Northern NJ that offer wonderful programs for children of all ages. Cooking classes not only teach culinary technique, they’re also a great way to try new foods, master hand-eye coordination and practice social skills like sharing and following directions. For more enrichment ideas, visit our Classes & Activities Guide.
Ever since my kids saw the stop-motion animated film Chicken Run set in a very tightly-run chicken coop, they’ve been obsessed with factory tours. The precision and organization of a factory assembly line is fun to watch and, despite the repetition, doesn't get tedious (unless you happen to work there). Going behind the scenes and seeing how products are made is always interesting, though I admit my family is partial to food factory tours that culminate in sampling the finished product.
Here is a list of six sweet (and salty) food factory tours that are fun and educational for kids, all located in the Northeast. Some are easy day trips from the tri-state area. Others require a weekend and make great destinations for any upcoming school breaks.
Too cold, rainy or hot to play outside? Don't sweat it. Our Indoor Activity Guide is jam-packed with ideas for where to go and what to do when the weather outside is frightful. You'll find loads of free places to play, storytimes all over the city, drop-in play spaces, and even some at-home activity ideas to help fill the days you don't go out. Rainy days might just become your favorite days with all of these options. Also check our Museum Guide, which has reviews of current exhibits, tips for families visiting NYC's cultural institutions and more.
Search indoor play spots by neighborhood in our local business directory.
Winter is here and it’s a cold one! If you’re tired of being cooped up inside with the kids, why not visit one of Union County's wonderful indoor play spaces? We’ve covered eight great choices below, including everything from bounce houses to art studios to indoor mini-golf. Keep them in mind on the next frigid day and no need to worry about going stir-crazy! For more indoor play ideas, visit our new Indoor Play & Rainy Day Activity Guide.
When it's raining or snowy or blazingly hot outdoors and you just need some inside fun, where do you go? What do you do? We'd like to help you answer this burning (or freezing) question with our suggestions, favorite places, go-to activities and general NJ know-how. Check out one of our Best Indoor Playspaces by county, a storytime at a New Jersey store, an indoor sport like Ice Skating or Mini Golf (that's right, indoor miniature golf), one of our favorite museums, or indoor fun that does not require you to go anywhere with our wildly popular 50 Indoor Activities for a Rainy Day. Have a great (indoor) day, NJ!
There are tons of great parks in Hudson County, but once winter arrives, some days are better spent indoors. There are some great places in the area to play or dance or bowl or bounce inside. We’ve even included all the wonderful libraries in Hudson County for your little inside reader. Get your coats on, get out of the house and get into someone else’s indoors. And check out our Indoor Playspaces posts for Bergen and Essex counties!
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