Dreary January weather always inspires me to get creative with my kids. I break out the play dough, glitter glue and dress up bin. Heck, I’ve even used masking tape to make hop scotch on our hallway floor. But then it dawns on me that I’ve got two little ones to entertain (indoors) for at least a couple of months to come and my limited craft skills can only take us so far! Some days, we just need to get out of the house – an engaging activity for the kids and a cup of coffee for mom do wonders to beat the winter doldrums! Here are a list of stores that offer story time/play time to keep NJ kids entertained and parents sane.
The balmy days of early autumn are now behind us and the cooler weather is here to stay. Wondering what to do with the kids now that it’s too cold to hit the playground most days? We’ve got the scoop on super-fun indoor play spaces to help you survive the winter months ahead. From painting pottery to rock climbing to just bouncing around, you'll find a variety of options to suit every child. Read on for our list of eight great locations in Morris County and check out our posts that highlight other spots in Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County and Warren & Sussex Counties.
Confession: I grew up with a pool table in my basement. Totally awesome, I admit! But here’s confession Numero Dos: I never learned how to play pool. My sister and I would roll the balls around and watch the adults in our family play, but we never learned the ropes ourselves. However, it was pretty obvious the excitement of a pool table and all its colorful balls brought people together—and isn’t that most important? Below is a list of seven family-friendly billiards venues in New Jersey. Bring your kids in for some fun—and if they’re really good, can they teach me how to properly shoot pool? It’s never too late, right?
We’re halfway through July, which means the dogs days of summer are quickly approaching (and may already be here, judging by the temperature). To beat the heat and humidity (and keep your sanity), check out one of the special exhibits at a local museum. You know we love The Morris Museum and Liberty Science Center and their summer exhibits Mega Model Trains and Grossology will keep your little ones entertained while you stay cool!
What happens when Spring Break is not so much a spring-y warm break? Indoor family fun! This New Jersey family of four decided to venture right over the border to party in the Palisades. Read on after the jump about how we turned a chilly Spring Break day into an adventure in the Palisades region of New York that included an indoor trampoline romp, a 5 story ropes course, a ferris wheel and a kid-friendly dinner. I would also recommend this day trip for a rainy day!
Yes, they don't feel great when you step on them in your bare feet, but other than that, who doesn't love LEGOs? From confidence building to fractions, creativity to party-play, to the plain old joy of building something cool, the world of LEGOs continues to grow in popularity. Based on the famous LEGO brick, these New Jersey activities and classes combine play time with learning. So put on your shoes and head out for fun!
I confess: I wasn’t a very coordinated tween, but that didn’t stop me from roller skating at my local roller rink in New York. It closed down twenty years ago taking teenage memories of first kisses, birthday parties, and laughter, with it. As a teen, few events beat the thrill of zipping around a roller rink with friends—and crushes! Luckily, the Garden State is still home to many old-fashioned (and newer) roller rinks that provide fun for the whole family. (I can’t promise you they all play 80’s music, though…)
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