New Jersey has some unpredictable weather, but don't have to let the fun get rained on. There are plenty of things to do even when the weather doesn't cooperate! Take a look at the best rainy day activities in New Jersey.
The best place to spend a rainy day in New Jersey! Sahara Sam's Oasis is located in West Berlin, New Jersey. It is a family owned and family focused indoor and outdoor water park, arcade, and all around entertainment destination. Their innovative design provides year-round water park attractions inside and out. Out of the nearly 70,000 square feet of indoor fun, 80% is contained under a retractable roof system providing a weather proof experience. Most recently the water park opened a 2-acre outdoor expansion replicating the thrills of ocean side entertainment – The Beach Club in addition to a new dining court facility and private birthday party rooms. Attractions aside, Sahara Sam’s is recognized for exceptional service in a clean, safe, and fun atmosphere. Additionally, Sahara Sam’s is the principal financial backer for SAMBULANCE Safety Squad a 501(c)3 nonprofit education program. It’s Always 84 and Sunny at Sahara Sam’s!
Spend hours at this NJ rainy day hideaway! Power Play Gaming, located in Denville, NJ, offers awesome Video Game parties at their location. Parties are available 7 days a week. Mondays & Tuesdays are reserved for private parties. Party time is tailored to your needs, with or without food. Wednesday through Sunday we offer 2 hour parties that include everything but the cake! You can also stop by and play for an hour or two!
Power Play Gaming has Xbox 360, wii & PS3 gaming stations featuring state-of-the-art monitors and sound systems. Whether you just want to play with friends for an hour, participate in high-stakes tournaments or have a birthday party you'd like to host, they have you covered.
Power Play Gaming regularly host tournaments for Call of Duty, Smash Bros Brawl and Halo Reach with prizes for the winner. Check their Calendar page to see party availability or when the next tournament will begin.
Power Play Gaming offers Girls Karaoke Parties and amazing Private Overnight Gaming Parties from 11PM to 7AM for boys or girls! Power Play Gaming also offers Laser Tag at Your Home! They travel from Morris, Monmouth & Somerset Counties to wherever you are!! Parties are set up any day & any time during daylight hours.
A great rainy day activity in New Jersey for the whole family!
New Jersey’s Biggest Indoor Amusement Park!
No matter the weather, iPlay America is New Jersey’s best place to GET INSIDE THE FUN! It’s ALWAYS FREE to enter! Come in and enjoy the spectacular array of more than 200 exciting video and skills games. Check out thrilling attractions like the Cosmic Battle: The Extreme Laser Experience - a two-level laser tag arena, 4D Theater thrill ride, Go Karts on the iPA Speedway, Bumper Cars, Skyscraper, Boardwalk Mini Bowling, and coming this summer as part of iPlay America’s $2.5 million expansion: the all-new Freedom Rider spinning coaster and the largest indoor high-ropes course in New Jersey!
Over 120 Guns for Rent. We take care of everything.
No Permits Necessary! Want to shoot? Just stop by! We have all the supplies you need plus over 120 rental guns for you to choose from! No permits are necessary. With our incomparable environment, staff and facility you and your friends will have the time of your life! Gun For Hire's Woodland Park Range is 15 minutes from anywhere in Northern New Jersey and only 12 miles from New York City. We are a full time 6 Star Range with a full time staff to exceed all your needs. We specialize in private parties, team building and corporate events. We have a lounge area, free wifi and plenty of paved parking. Come to Gun For Hire's Range in Woodland Park and experience first hand why we are The Only 6 Star Family Destination Gun Range in the World!
"Staff was friendly and accommodating! The two ranges were awesome. Fantastic acoustics and ventilation. Computerized target systems and two separate ranges for 25 & 50 yards." - Henry J.K. YELP Review.
- Earned 6 stars and set new standards
- Voted Best of the Best NJ Monthly Magazine
- Over 120 guns for rent
- Free wifi
- General and VIP lounge
- Incomparable family environment
- Over 90 exclusive courses from beginner to expert
- 13 indoor 25-yard ports
- 6 indoor 50-yard ports
- State-of-the-art air filtration system
- Children 8 years old and up can shoot!
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Don’t miss out on the #1 Sports Experience! With more than a decade of experience in providing quality sports camps and classes, the US Sports Institute prides itself on their principles which emphasize a fusion of fun, safety and a positive attitude through learning and playing sports.
USSI offers an unmatched choice of quality sports camps, classes and locations to ensure that they have something for the whole family! Their qualified staff will inspire players in Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Lacrosse, Golf and Multi sports!
Choose from hundreds of class options; from the traditional weeklong camp to weekly hour long classes!
Visit them online at www.USSportsInstitute.com or call 1-800-345-2255 and find the perfect sports camp or program for you and your child!
Spend the next NJ rainy day playing sports!
Northern Shore Region NJ
Hot Sand 500 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 732-927-5475
Walk-ins available 5 days a week! Hot Sand is the Jersey Shore’s first public-access hot glass studio. It is dedicated to promoting art glass through education, demonstration and fun activities for people of all ages. Children 9 years and older can learn how to work with molten glass to craft beautiful pieces of art. Learn glass blowing, casting, fusing and slumping techniques. Walk-in glassblowing is available 5 days a week for children 9 years and older. Children under 9 can participate in activities such as Quickcast or SunTile. Take a fun hands-on workshop in a safe environment and learn a unique skill today!
Always more new things to see and do! Open 365 days a year, Adventure Aquarium continues to offer new opportunities for families to explore, discover and play. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning guest, you can count on new hands-on activities, new animals and exhibits and new moments of magic. Check out KidZone, an enchanting playground “under the sea,” and experience seven different touch exhibits to get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays and more. Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world where you can see hippos on exhibit, and the only aquarium in the country to feature a great hammerhead – among the largest and rarest of sharks! Add two million gallons of fun, a 40-foot suspended Shark Tunnel, a 4D Theater, free live shows and up-close animal experiences daily, and it’s clear to see why a trip to Adventure Aquarium promises to deliver family memories that will last a lifetime.
Conveniently located minutes from Philadelphia, on the Camden Waterfront
Fun art activities on dreary days in NJ Located in Berkeley Heights, NJ, Kayla’s Creative Art Studio is an excellent place to bring the kids for a day of creativity and fun when it is raining outside. With various open studio paint sessions as well as special events and parties, everyone can have a fun-filled day of creativity and imagination. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, Kayla’s Creative Art Studio welcomes you to come and express your artistic skills.
The staff at Kayla’s Creative Art Studio are highly trained and look to share their passion for art with everyone in NJ. Kids always have a lot of fun when they are expressing themselves, using messy materials such as paint and putting their ideas to paper or canvas. In addition to their wonderful art classes, they offer BYOB painting classes, where adults can come and paint while enjoying a glass of wine. The whole family can have fun at this art studio and it is a fabulous place to gather with friends on rainy NJ afternoons.
Glass fusing for all ages! Glassworks Studio, the country's first walk-in glass fusing studio, offers a wide variety of glass projects for all ages. The studio is exclusively a glass fusing studio, no paint involved! Walk-ins are welcome any time during their open studio hours, reservations for 5 or more are recommended.
Glass fusing projects start by selecting the size and shape of the project you would like to make. Options include dishes, serving platters, picture frames, coasters, jewelry boxes and more. Once you have selected a shape, a staff member will provide you with a clear, blank, flat sheet of glass to begin. Your whole design will be built on top of this base. All projects are guided by a professional staff member, but the design is completely up to you. Glass fusing projects usually take about 2 hours to complete and are ready for pick up in 1 week.
Newest play place in Monmouth County, NJ Sky Zone Trampoline Park is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. Sky Zone Ocean’s 35,000 sq. foot facility is filled with wall-to-wall trampoline courts that are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. The innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar, Ultimate Dodgeball, a friendly and healthy dodgeball competition and Sky Slam, taking your jump shot to the next level. In addition, fitness fiends in Monmouth County can feel the burn at Sky Zone’s original SkyRobics fitness class, which combines advanced calisthenics with a three-dimensional cardio and strength training program.
This brand new park is the ideal venue for groups seeking unforgettable events such as birthday parties, corporate team building, field trips and much more. Open Jump is available during regular business hours and gives you unlimited access to the Main Court, Foam Zone and Sky Slam. All jumpers must fill out a waiver. Jumpers under 18 years old must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Book your jump time online to guarantee your time at www.skyzone.com/ocean.
Range. Firearms. Training RTSP is the premier indoor shooting range, firearms retailer, and training facility in Northern NJ. Their 35,000 sq. ft. facility holds 21 ports, a Dojo, a 2,000 sq. ft. simunitions shoot house and a training facility complete with a Digital Simulator. Training courses are held in private class rooms and guests have access to the VIP Lounge and café. Whether you are new to shooting, a seasoned firearms owner, or just interested in trying it out, their friendly and knowledgeable staff can assist you! Click here for more information.
Spend an afternoon at RTSP on the next rainy day in New Jersey. Spend hours shooting handguns and rifles! For a unique and interactive way to spend the afternoon at RTSP, check out their 900 sq. ft. Digital Simulator! Use your firearm of choice and interact with giant life-size targets. Themes include zombies, Wild West, chaos city, moving paper targets and more. Also, check out the 4,000 sq. ft., two story shoot house completely furnished and realistic! A certified instructor guides you through the house while you engage multiple paper targets using either a modified Glock 17 or AR-15 platform rifle using non-lethal ammunition.
First Craft and Paint Studio in Sussex County Painted Grape opened in the spring of 2014 as the first craft and paint studio in Sussex County, NJ. The studio is located in the picturesque mountains and is just minutes away from residential towns, spas and golf resorts. The serene views, paired with the quiet atmosphere give way to a more creative environment than many of the art studios located in more crowded, urban areas.
Painted Grape offers a variety of classes, birthday parties for kids and adults, bridal or baby showers, private events, BYOB classes and much more. Grab your girlfriends for a night of Paint and Sip, Crochet and Sip or Wreath and Sip, just bring your favorite beverage, a light snack and a creative mind, Painted Grape supplies the rest. View their calendar to reserve a class today. Grape Kids offers open studio times for kids 3 to 17 years old where they can participate in various painting or craft activities. During open studio times you only pay for what you paint and materials are included. For more information visit their full page listing.
World of Wings: where education meets fun! World of Wings is a Science and Nature Museum, as well as a family fun center located in Teaneck, NJ.
Let your journey begin by stepping into their LIVE Butterfly Atrium filled with different types of exotic butterflies from all over the world. Next, check out their butterfly hatching room where you can watch the butterflies emerge from their chrysalises. Visit the Exhibition Area where they have a unique collection of animals and insects for you to explore and observe.
Don’t let your adventure stop there! World of Wings has a soft-play area for toddlers, bounce house, ball pit, rock climbing wall, bubble room, play kitchen and so much more!
Come visit them any time for General Admission to explore their attractions freely at your own pace. (No reservations required).
WOW would love to host your next, birthday party, field trip, play date or group visit.
Visit their website for more information and let your imagination take flight!
Best antique shop in Southern NJ! The Historic Burlington Antiques Emporium is New Jersey's largest and most diverse antique shopping center. The emporium is conveniently located just two miles from the Burlington-Bristol Bridge and five miles off the New Jersey Turnpike. Spend a rainy afternoon in Southern NJ and browse for hours through the 14,000 square foot building filled from wall to wall with interesting antiques, collectibles and household items. Veteran and new antiquers, young and old, will be stunned at the amount of items for sale.
Over 65 individual antique and collectable dealers come to the emporium to sell their merchandise under one roof. Find unique and hard to find items including model trains, books, military collectables, paintings, photographs, records, magazines and much more. Shop for home and office items as well, find new and used furniture pieces, kitchenware, china, clocks and many other interesting items. The jewelry and stained glass pieces for sale cannot be found anywhere else in the state, they’re truly one-of-a-kind items. The Historic Burlington Antiques Emporium is open year round, seven days a week. After your afternoon of antiquing, venture out into Burlington City to tour and dine at one of the local eateries.
Winner of Burlington's Best Antique Shop 4 years in a row
New Jersey's newest shooting range The premier indoor shooting range has arrived at the Jersey Shore. Garden State Shooting Center is a newly renovated 14,000 square foot family friendly facility. They offer 12 indoor lanes to shoot handguns, rifles and shotguns. Browse their showroom featuring a friendly staff and a full line of guns and accessories. The training center offers a wide array of classes including special programs for women and youth groups. Certified range safety officers provide a safe shooting experience for all skill levels. Annual memberships are affordable with special discounts for Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders.
Walk-Ins are always welcome with new shooter packages available.
Perfect rainy day activity for all levels of shooters!
Indoor water park Rain and clouds never stop the fun at CoCo Key Water Resort in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. This fun indoor attraction is open all year and in all kinds of weather. Never worry about whether your favorite ride will be open or not! Have fun playing in the 300-foot long lazy river, activity and obstacle-filled pools, play areas and winding water slides. There are attractions for children of all ages, and parents can join in on the fun or relax at one of the spas.
Public painting classes daily If you're looking for a creative space to spend the afternoon on the next rainy day in Southern NJ, head to Painting with a Twist. The studio features public painting classes almost every day of the week which are geared towards all levels of artists. Even if you've never picked up a paintbrush in your life, their patient and professional artists guide all students step-by-step to create a masterpiece! Afternoon classes are great for families, children and teens, view the calendar for upcoming public events. Private parties are also available.
Evening BYOB painting classes are great for a date night, girls night out, small get-together or private party. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, a light snack and discover your inner artist. Painting with a Twist provides all supplies, cups, bottle openers and a friendly artist to guide the class. Click here for the BYOB painting class schedule.
BYOB classes and private parties available
Barcade 163 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302 201-332-4555
Bar and Arcade in one! Escape a dreary day and experience feelings of nostalgia instead at Barcade in Jersey City. Barcade is a combination of a bar and an arcade that focuses on classic video games. This one-of-a-kind attraction is sure to put a smile on your face no matter how gross the weather is outside. There are a wide variety of American craft beers on tap, great food on the menu, an awesome vibe and specials throughout the week. There is no better place for adults to make the best of a rainy day!
Make your own jewelry! A rainy day is the perfect opportunity to let your creative juices flow. Just Bead Yourself is a full service bead store and walk-in workshop that offers a fun and welcoming atmosphere for kids and adults to create jewelry. No beading experience is required to take part in the fun! You can arrange a time to take a class, have a group beading party, or simply walk in to create your own masterpiece. Just Bead Yourself sells beads, tools and supplies, and jewelry repair services are also available. Beading is a fun and creative way to spend a rainy day!
Free admission! Visit the Princeton University Art Museum for an educational, culturally-rich and free way to spend a rainy day! The museum features an expansive collection of world art- the collection includes African Art, Asian art, modern and contemporary pieces, photography, prints and drawings, European art and more. You and the family can enjoy some self-guided activities, oryou can schedule a group tour. The museum is home to numerous famous works by world-renowned artists. Admission is always free, but donations to keep the museum operating are accepted.
Over 12,000 sq. ft. of climbing surfaces Are you athletically-inclined? Do you need a way to keep energy levels high on a rainy day? Head to the New Jersey Rock Gym, the greatest indoor rock climbing facility in NJ! Spend the day exploring over 12,000 square feet of climbing terrain, 4,000 square feet of dedicated bouldering and 41 top rope stations. New Jersey Rock Gym is home to the largest free-standing boulder island in New Jersey. Enjoy climbing on your own or participate in a staff-belayed climbing session. Family options are available as well. The New Jersey Rock Gym is one of the best rainy day activities in NJ, and it’s also one of the most athletic!
Museum and planetarium Learn about the great state of New Jersey, learn about history and soar into space at the amazing planetarium at the New Jersey State Museum. It is a fun and educational way to spend a day, and an especially great rainy day idea. The museum is great for both children and adults. The featured exhibits change frequently, so it’s also a great spot for repeat visits! Enjoy art, history, culture, dinosaur displays in the museum. You can also take in the wonders of our vast universe at the planetarium, featuring aFull DomeVideo experience that allows visitors to feel the sensation of zooming around the solar system. This state of the art facility is the largest planetarium in New Jersey!
Great educational attraction!
The Clay Pot 290 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ 08884 732-251-5112
Walk-in paint sessions The Clay Pot is a fully-functional and family-owned pottery studio that offers classes, group events and walk-in painting sessions. It is a great way to spend rainy day with kids in NJ, enjoy some quality time with friends or even simply spend some creative time alone. All prices include tools, clay, glaze and use of the kiln to fire your finished pieces. Whether you are a pro or simply want to dip your feet into the artistic world of pottery, The Clay Pot is the perfect place to help you create something beautiful!