Kidz Village 131 South 31st Street, Kenilworth, NJ 07033 507 King Georges Rd., Woodbridge, NJ 07095 908-445-7220 (Kenilworth) & 732-826-8577 (Woodbridge)
The best indoor play place for kids in New Jersey! Kidz Village is an enchanting indoor play center designed for children 10 years and under and adults are always free. Filled with pretend businesses where children pretend to work and play, a huge multi-level indoor playground, ball-launching castle, arcade and restaurant. Children are learning in our edu-tainment rooms (diner, supermarket, beauty salon, tool shop, etc.) while they have fun. We offer open play all day every day, 7 days a week.
In addition, Kidz Village throws very special birthday parties in private party rooms that are filled with interactive activities and are personalized for each birthday child. Kidz Village can host small and very large school/organization groups. Socks are required to play. No outside food or beverage. Call 908-445-7220 (Kenilworth) or 732-826-8577 (Woodbridge), visit our website www.kidzvillage.com or see our full page listing!
18,000 square feet of fun for kids ages 10 and under! - Northern & Central NJ
Spend a day with the kids down the Shore! Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in beautiful Point Pleasant Beach, NJ features white sandy beaches, games, rides, delicious food, even an Aquarium teaming with Sharks, Penguins, Seals, Monkeys and lots more interesting creatures. It’s everything you expect from a world famous Jersey Shore Boardwalk and more! Whether you are visiting for the day or making it your getaway, every member of your family will find excitement. Featuring free weekly events and year round festivals, it’s never an ordinary day at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk!
Family-friendly fun for kids of all ages - Central Shore Region NJ
Amazing aquarium right off the boardwalk! Jenkinson’s Aquarium is located on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. The whole family will love our exotic exhibits such as Atlantic sharks, Pacific sharks, coral reefs, penguins, seals and more. The penguins’ new home that allows an eye to eye look so incredible you’ll feel like one of the waddle! Take the kids to the touch tank for a hands on experience with live animals ranging from a sea star to a sting ray. The aquarium is open all year for your convenience, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. If you would like information on the aquarium, educational workshops, our Outreach Program, birthday parties or rentals, please call (732) 899-1212.
Great New Jersey family-friendly attraction - Central Shore Region NJ
2 Amusement Parks in one Jersey Shore location! Seaside Heights, NJ is waiting for you this summer! Don’t miss a visit to Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark in the heart of the Jersey Shore. It’s two great parks in one convenient location in the center of town. Casino Pier offers some of the best attractions at the Jersey Shore. Test your putting skills on the BRAND NEW 36-hole multi-level Smuggler's Quay Adventure Golf Course! Want a thrilling experience? Try the SkyCoaster, Super Storm or Shore Shot! The Wacky Roof-Top Mini Golf, the Classic Arcade, the Sky Ride, Games of Skill and Chance and more will entertain your family all summer! Be sure to try the numerous mouthwatering delights from the Pier Grill and Food Stands. Just across the street, is Breakwater Beach Waterpark. Let the little ones splash away in the safe, soft clean toddler area while the bigger kids take on the thrill slides. Test your senses with the ALL NEW Aqua drop free fall! A 50 foot speed slide where the floor drops out from under you at the starting platform!!! Or take the twists and turns of a serpentine body slide as you wind your way above the lazy river! Tired of slides? – check out the NEW WAVE POOL where you can experience the Jersey Shore without the sand! A day of fun in one place!
Two of the best Jersey Shore amusement parks - Central Shore Region NJ
Water park in the mountains Mountain Creek Waterpark is built among the beautiful mountains of northern New Jersey. There are over 30 fun attractions for kids and adults! You’ll find some of the most thrilling water rides at Mountain Creek, all along the backdrop of picturesque mountains, making it seem as if the thrills are carved from the rushing mountain waters. The Alpine Mountain Coaster is a unique NJ kids attraction that allows you to control your own speed as you ride down a mountain. Other mountain adventures include water rides wrapped around mountain terrain, a zip-lining adventure and more. In the winter, Mountain Creek transforms into an action-packed winter adventure park.
Most beautiful water park in New Jersey - Northern NJ
Indoor Boardwalk, Arcade, Rides & Laser Tag! No matter the weather, iPlay America is New Jersey’s best place to GET INSIDE THE FUN! 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, Go Karts on the iPA Speedway, Bumper Cars, Skyscraper, Boardwalk and Mini Bowling. 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! Plus, there’s a variety of other rides and attractions for just younger children like Jump Around, Just iKidz, Dizzy Dragons, and the Happy Swing! iPlay America won New Jersey Monthly’s 2014 Best of New Jersey Kids Destination, Central, a 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and the Asbury Park Press Best of Monmouth County honors for Best Indoor Theme Park and Best Candy Store. iPlay America also features Game Time Bar & Grill, Sonny's Boardwalk Grill, Mixx Frozen Yogurt, Boardwalk Bites, The Grind Coffee Co. and Broadway Sweets, complete with tons of current and retro candy. Every Friday from 7 pm - midnight, iPlay America offers iPlay After Dark – a night of FUN for all ages! Dance to the hits with a live DJ, enjoy the spectacular lightshow, and have a chance to win awesome prizes. You also get UNLIMITED Rides, Go Karts and Laser Tag and a $10 Game Card – all for only $24.95! From amazing birthday parties to a spontaneous night out, iPlay America is Central Jersey’s best place to go out and GET INSIDE THE FUN.
iPlay America is the LAND of the FREE BIRTHDAY CHILD! HOME of the BEST BIRTHDAY BASH! iPlay America’s BEST BIRTHDAY BASH now includes MORE KIDS, MORE FOR THE BIRTHDAY CHILD and a LOWER PRICE! Your son or daughter will always remember an iPlay America birthday celebration. They have packages for all ages — and all budgets! Their most popular birthday party is the iParty PLUS package for the guest of honor and 15 friends that includes rides and Cosmic Battle: The Extreme Laser Experience — a two-level laser tag arena, an iPA Speedway Go Kart ride, a 4D Theater experience, Game Cards for their GIANT arcade, pizza, soda, and much more. This party includes a Personal Party Host to guide your guests around the park and take care of party needs —so you can relax and have fun, too! Guests each receive a $5 Game Card and the birthday honoree receives a $25 Game Card to use in the Boardwalk Arcade which features more than 200 classic arcade and video games, crane games and redemption games.
Enjoy VIP entrance and complimentary coat check as well. Visit iPlayAmerica.com/parties or call 732-577-8200 for more information. Save even more when you book a Wednesday party!
Best indoor all-in-one amusement center - Central NJ
A top kids attraction 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!
Indoor water park open all year! - Southwest NJ
Play Day Place 695 Challenger Way, Forked River, NJ 08731 609-488-1691
"Where kids can play their way!" Play Day Place was voted Best of the Best for Indoor Amusements in Ocean County by the Asbury Park Press! They are conveniently located in the middle of Ocean County in Forked River. The facility offers open play times 7 days a week. Play Day Place is all about discovery and adventure, and promotes kids’ agility of both mind and body through the energetic play opportunities the facility provides. They offer a HUGE 3-tier Soft Play Structure where kids can investigate a variety of items including tubes, a slide, cargo climb, zip line, balance beam walkway and more. Twin structurally-engineered Rock Climbing Walls equipped with automatic repelling systems guarantee secure landings. Their amazing Bounce Houses include a GIANT Obstacle Course, ENORMOUS Velcro Wall, Toddler Bounce and a Fun House with a Slide. They also feature EyePlay Interactive Games, a toddler room, and a virtual playground where kids can interact with projected games.
Best indoor Jersey Shore attraction for kids - Southern NJ
Baseball All Year Long! It’s always Baseball and Softball Season at Lefty’s Sports Academy! Lefty’s Sports Academy is a 20,000 Sq. Ft. facility located in Clifton, NJ, just 1/4 mile north of Route 3. Test your swing at one of Lefty’s 6 automated Iron Mike batting machines, or take private lessons from one of our professional coaches. Our fully turfed 10,000 sq. foot training field is broken down into 8 training areas for individual or team usage. Year round we offer Camps, Clinics, individual and team training, strength and agility training and you can even host your birthday party at Lefty’s!
Our Pro Shop carries a full line of major brand equipment at unbeatable prices! You won't find it for less ANYWHERE! Whether you're just looking to get a few swings in or trying to take your game to the next level, you'll find everything you need at Lefty's Sports Academy, where real ballplayers are made in the off season! Lefty's has been chosen as a premium training facility and as one of the best batting centers for kids in NJ!
Top sports facility for kids in New Jersey - Northern NJ
The most unique kids attraction in all of New Jersey! Follow us to the Treasure!!! Come sail with Jersey Shore Pirates for an interactive treasure hunt where your child becomes part of the action! The Sea Gypsy and its experienced crew sets sail daily on the Metedeconk River for a Swashbuckling Pirate Adventure. This true Pirate Adventure begins with face painting and dress-up as we transform your mini mates into our mighty Pirate Crew.
Once onboard you'll fire our famous water cannons, battle the enemy pirate, taste some Pirate's grog, discover sunken treasure and much more! Jersey Shore Pirates is conveniently located just minutes from Point Pleasant Beach and Boardwalk. This adventure is a must do for locals and visitors alike.
Face painting and dress up will begin 30 minutes prior to sailing times. Don't miss the chance to transform your little ones into swashbuckling pirates!
Please call 732-899-6100 for more information or please visit our website!
New Jersey’s Great Northwest! The Sussex Skylands, New Jersey’s "Great Northwest," offers four seasons of exciting activities for all ages. Located in Sussex County, NJ, the Sussex Skylands is home to Mountain Creek and Crystal Springs Resort. The resort features seven World-Class golf courses, Minerals Resort and Spa, Grand Cascades Lodge, two luxury day spas, several fine-dining locations and the nation's largest wine cellar with over 130,000 bottles. Located on resort property is also Action Park water park, mountains for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, plus its two newest attractions – Mountain Creek Zip Tours and Mountain Coaster.
Area attractions include wineries, farmers markets and seven state and federal parks with extensive trail networks, including 40 miles of the Appalachian Trail for hiking, biking and wildlife observation. Sussex Skylands also features 20 golf courses, the beautiful Lake Hopatcong (New Jersey’s largest lake), casual and gourmet restaurants, antique shops, arts and entertainment venues. The natural beauty of the Sussex Skylands and its proximity to New York City make it a favorite destination for travelers. Visit www.sussexskylands.com or call 973-579-1811 for information.
Come on down to Wild West City Howdy Pardners! Want to become part of the legend of the Old West? Well, saddle on up and ride on over to Wild West City! An authentic 1880s western theme park, a replica of Dodge City, Kansas, that is family owned and operated, in their 60th season!
Step back into time as the West unfolds before your eyes. Watch as the Pony Express brings the mail to town or as Jesse James and his gang raid the Wild West City Bank. Learn to spin a trick rope or help the Marshal track down the outlaws. Mosey through the shops and museums along Main Street or learn about life on the frontier from the Schoolmarm, Mountainman or Blacksmith. Visit the barnyard critters; pan for gold as the miners did during the Gold Rush of 1849 or play a round of miniature golf. Ride the train or stagecoach to all points west or, for younger cowpokes, ride a real live pony! Fun, educational and entertaining!
Only Western theme park in New Jersey - Northern NJ
Fitness Made Fun for Kids! My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks thru 13 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. We have hundreds of locations in more than 30 countries offering structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more. Children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem. Our state-of-the-art facility, extensively trained staff, award-winning class programs, and excellent student/teacher ratio have earned My Gym the reputation as the best early learning program of its kind.
The thrill of accomplishment from achieving a physical task builds self-esteem and confidence that carry over into all aspects of a child’s life. Interaction with our highly trained staff provides children the opportunity to establish warm relationships with compassionate adults, thus raising their level of comfort as they begin preschool/kindergarten. Our My Gym Kids learn more about themselves as they develop independence, self-discipline, social skills and even a sense of humor, all of which lead to an increased feeling of self-worth. A child who feels good about him/herself has a jumpstart on the path to success.
We are the experts in children’s fitness! My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks thru 13 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. We have hundreds of locations in more than 30 countries offering structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more. Children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem. Our state-of-the-art facility, extensively trained staff, award-winning class programs, and excellent student/teacher ratio have earned My Gym the reputation as the best early learning program of its kind. We keep children healthy by making fitness fun! Second location in Glenrock!
Weekend adventure getaway for the whole family! The Crystal Springs Resort Adventure Center is the hub of outdoor activity, adventure and recreation at Crystal Springs Resort. Located onsite at Minerals Resort, if an outdoor experience is what you are after, then a trip to the Adventure Center during your stay should definitely be in your plans. From on-site activities such as Horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking and hiking to off-site activities like hot air balloon rides, sky diving, farm tours and skeet shooting; there is something for everyone at the Crystal Springs Resort Adventure Center. Their staff is there to ensure you have a stay filled with fun, excitement, and most importantly priceless memories. Open until the end of October.
Best outdoor activities for kids in North Jersey - Northern NJ
Create glass masterpieces 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. Children 10 years and older have the option of cutting pieces of glass themselves to make their design. For children 5 years or younger, pre-cut kits are available.
Most unique NJ kids art studio - Northern NJ
HudsonPlay 189 Brunswick St., Jersey City, NJ 07302 201-963-4671
"It's Time to Play" Bring your children to HudsonPlay, where they will rediscover the excitement of play! HudsonPlay is a unique indoor play place with activities to engage children of all ages. Their focus is on interactive entertainment and fitness, with specially designed play areas for toddlers, preschoolers, older children and even adults! The soft-play area features a variety of activities appropriate for all ages including Imagination Playground blocks, toy car course, rock climbing walls, net-rope course, swings, ladder course, Foosball table, Ninja Warrior course and much more! HudsonPlay is also one of the only play facilities in the state to feature a Virtual Reality Roller Coaster!
HudsonPlay is available for walk-ins daily or become a member for exclusive perks such as 40% off admission, 10% off birthday parties, 2 complimentary PLAYpasses and more! They also offer several classes throughout the week such as Ninja Training, Tumbling, Music Enrichment and more. Most classes must be registered in advance, visit the website for upcoming sessions and to book online. Adult Ninja Course and Climbing workouts are available daily after 7pm (reservation required), come in for a unique way to burn some calories! HudsonPlay is available for birthday parties, fundraisers, field trips and private events for all ages; call for more information and to reserve your date.
Awesome Healthy Fun in Central 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 burn up to 1000 calories at Sky Zone’s original SkyFit fitness class, which combines advanced calisthenics with a three-dimensional cardio and strength training program. Come check out GLOW nights and find out how “We’re Different After Dark.”
This clean indoor 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.
Monmouth County, NJ’s most unique kids attraction! -Central NJ
"Yours to Discover!" With over 30 parks to explore, the Monmouth County Park System offers terrific locations the whole family can enjoy. There are over 130 miles of trails to hike or bike, ten playgrounds for climbing and sliding, two historic sites to take a step back in time, two environmental centers for hands-on learning about the local wildlife and so much more! The Park System also offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year, offering families terrific opportunities to learn something new or experience fun times together. Visit the website to learn more information.
Best year-round programs for kids in New Jersey - Central NJ
High flying fun in Gloucester County! High Elevations is a 20,000 square foot, state of the art trampoline park located in Sewell, NJ. Jumpers' safety is their number one concern and they abide by all of the IATP and ASTM safety standards. Highly trained staff members are placed throughout the park to ensure rules are being followed and to assist all jumpers. High Elevations features a large open jump area, a dodge ball court, four slam dunk basketball courts and a foam pit. Even the youngest jumpers can enjoy an afternoon of jumping fun in their dedicated jump area for children 6 and under. Only one waiver needs to be filled out per person, per year! Online ticket purchase is highly recommended for immediate jumping! Have your child's next birthday party at High Elevations Trampoline Park. Click here for details or call 856-270-2456 and press #3 for more information.
Zoom around in electric go karts Race around with friends and family at the largest indoor electric go kart facility on the east coast. There are two European-inspired race tracks. The “arrive & drive” format makes it easy for anyone to compete in an adrenaline-pumping go kart race. Simply sign up using a computerized registration system and get added to races on a first-come, first-served basis. At the end, racers will receive a results sheet full of interesting statistics. Speed Raceway also happily hosts group events and parties.
Best go-karting facility for kids in NJ - Central NJ
Awesome NJ waterpark Spend a day splashing around on some of the state’s most thrilling water rides. This top New Jersey attraction is a great day-trip destination for the whole family. Enjoy 45 acres of lazy rivers, wave pools, group rides, water attractions that will get your adrenaline pumping and more. Hurricane Harbor has rides for everyone from the toddlers to the adults in the family. No one in the family will get bored here! And while you’re here, be sure to also check out some of the best roller coasters in the country at Six Flags Great Adventure right next door!
Best summer attraction in New Jersey for the whole family - Central NJ
Giant trampolines and more Jump around on giant trampolines at Rebounderz in Edison, NJ. Your background trampoline is taken to the next level at this unique kids attraction. Kids will have a blast and get a great workout at the same time while releasing their energy on 15,000 square feet of “rebounding surface”! It’s more than just trampolines- you can also play basketball, trampoline dodge ball, and dive into foam pits. Adults can get in on the fun too. Birthday party and group packages are available.
Most unique childrens athletic facility in NJ - Central NJ
Storybook Land 6415 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 609-646-0103
Classic stories come to life! Classic children’s stories come to life at this magical attraction for children. Walk through your own favorite stories from childhood and create new memories with your children. Rides and attractions are perfect for little kids. Special events for the whole family are held throughout the year and seasonal activities like the Easter Egg Hunt, pumpkin picking and Christmas Fantasy with Lights Parade are traditional New Jersey favorites. Bring your kids for a fantasy getaway, and maybe they will bring their own kids someday. Start a family tradition at Storybook Land!
Top NJ attraction for young children - Southern NJ
A museum full of odd attractions The Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum is a fun attraction for older kids to see gross and strange exhibits from around the world. Take a self-guided tour through some weird and unusual displays like a shrunken human head, a Santa Maria replica made out of match sticks and the contents of a 17-year old girl’s stomach. There are also many optical illusions and interactive exhibits. Enjoy an afternoon of getting grossed out and questioning what other weird things you’ve yet to experience in this world at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
A top kids amusement park attraction in NJ! Children will love spending the day at Land of Make Believe and Pirate's Cove! This classic New Jersey amusement park features two parks for the price of one! Take a ride on classics like the Grand Carousel and the Civil War Locomotive Train Ride, or scream on the Thriller Roller Coaster. Don't miss the photo ops with the famous talking scarecrow and the park's mascot, Captain Ricky! There is also a maze, an animal farm, an arcade and much more. Pirate's Cove features many thrilling and refreshing water rides. Zip through and get drenched on the Black Hole or relax in America's largest wading pool. Access to the family picnic grove and parking are free with admission. The Land of Make Believe is the perfect attraction for a summer family getaway.
Learn about bugs! Do your kids love creepy crawlers? Bring them to Insectropolis, a one-of-a-kind attraction for kids in New Jersey! This “bugseum” is designed like a giant bug-themed city and features numerous fascinating exhibits. Children and adults will learn all about the importance and function of these amazing creatures at this unique educational attraction. See bugs on display, learn about honeybees and see what a termite underground. Insectropolis is a great idea for a day trip with kids or a rainy day activity.
Make your own pizzas! For a truly unique and fun kids party experience, call Chef Carl’s Make a Pizza Party! Chef Carl is a trained and experienced chef who has been making pizzas since he was 8 years old. These cooking parties are creative fun for the kids and the hosting adults. Chef Carl comes to you! Each child will get to make his or her own delicious pizza masterpiece. Chef Carl hopes to encourage kids to be creative and be inspired to pursue culinary passions. There are three party packages available. Chef Carl’s Make A Pizza Party is one of the best kids birthday party options around!
Best kids birthday party idea in NJ - Entire NJ area
Duke Farms 1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 908-722-3700
Explore nature with the family A trip to Duke Farms is a great way to appreciate nature with the whole family. There are a wide variety of educational programs about native wildlife, plants natural habitats. This beautiful park offers 18 miles of trails to hike, bike or embark on a self-guided walking tour. It is the perfect place to go roller blading, bird-watching, geocaching and more.
Best NJ kids attraction for nature lovers - Central NJ
Learn about sea animal rescue Animal lovers will be delighted by a visit to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a non-profit organization committed to helping stranded whales, seals, dolphins, sea turtles and other creatures that have washed ashore. Visitors can learn all about the rescue operation at the Sea Life Educational Center and the Observation Tank. You can learn about how your family can help and support the stranded animals. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center also offers outreach program, group tours and summer camp.
Top animal rescue center attraction for kids in New Jersey - Southern NJ
Make your own chocolates! This amazing confectioner offers much more than just their delicious home-made chocolate creations. Bring kids ages 5 and up to Chocolate, Etc. for a unique, fun and delicious birthday party experience! Kids will get to make their own chocolates in a variety of colors and shapes. There are three party packages available. On your way home, be sure to stock up on premade chocolates too! Your sweet tooth will thank you.
Most unique kids birthday party idea in NJ - Northern NJ
A wild dinner adventure! Do your kids tend to get restless and bored when you take them out to a restaurant? Take the kids to Rainforest Café for an adventure with a meal! The entire restaurant is designed to make you feel as if you are dining in the middle of the rain forest! Kids will love the exciting atmosphere and themed decorations. They can gaze at tropical fish in a giant fish tank and take in the sights and sounds of the rainforest right from the dinner table. Maybe you’ll even get caught under an exhilarating rain storm simulation! Don’t worry, your delicious food won’t get wet. Bring the whole family for a memorable dinner outing. There is also a location in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Best kids restaurant in NJ - Central and Southern NJ
See birds and wildlife Get up close to cool birds and wildlife aboard the OSPREY as it travels along the picturesque Cape Island Creek Preserve, New Jersey’s southernmost salt marsh. Captain Bob has been exploring the waters since 1979 and running tours for the past 18 years. The boat has both open and enclosed viewing decks with panoramic windows for perfect views. Birding tours are two hours long and sail three times per day.
Top NJ wildlife safari attraction for kids - Southern NJ
Exciting live action show and dinner Experience an epic battle and feast on a meal fit for a king at Medieval Times! The entire family will have the time of their lives watching knights battle for honor in a live jousting tournament. Four knights ride their magnificent horses to test the strength of their swords against each other for the entertainment of the King’s Court and their loyal subjects. Fair maidens and lads serve the scrumptious royal feast of tomato bisque soup, oven-roasted chicken, spare ribs, an herb-roasted potato and the pastry of the castle as subjects cheer for their favorite knight. Enjoy dinner and a show with the family at Medieval Times.
Best New Jersey attraction for dinner and a show with the kids - Northern NJ
Ride preserved, historic trains The Delaware River Railroad Excursions are organized by a non-profit group committed to preserving the rich railroad history of New Jersey. Children will love taking rides in many antique, preserved railway cars. The excursions are ten miles long and allow passengers to see breathtaking views of the beautiful Delaware River area. The trains run all year long and kids can even enjoy special themed excursions during holidays. Choose from the steam train, mine train, Thomas train and more. Kids who love model train sets will especially enjoy taking rides in real historic trains. Out of all top 50 kids attractions in New Jersey, The Delaware River Railroad Excursions is definitely one of the most unique and unforgettable.
Best NJ historic attraction for children - Northern NJ
12,000 sq. ft of climbing surface! New Jersey Rock Gym is a premier indoor rock climbing facility in Fairfield, New Jersey. There are over 12,000 square feet of climbing surfaces, 41 top rope stations and 4,000 square feet of bouldering. The climbing center also boasts the largest free-standing boulder island in New Jersey. There is a private refreshment room and a climbers’ lounge with complimentary Wi-Fi. Athletic children will have a blast climbing here. Whether you’re an extreme climber or a beginner, the New Jersey Rock Gym is a great attraction for kids to work out and enjoy engaging in physical activities.
Best rock climbing facility for kids in New Jersey - Northern NJ
Learn about NJ wildlife One of the best wildlife children’s attractions in NJ is the Pequest Trout Hatchery. It is a natural resource education center that provides children and adults opportunities to learn about New Jersey’s wildlife. The hatchery is responsible for stocking public waters in NJ with different kinds of trout each year. Learn all about this interesting process and take self-guided tours along the hiking trains that are complete with interactive displays, picnic areas and free educational literature. The hatchery also offers scheduled free educational programs year-round. Free pamphlets, coloring books and educational reading materials are available at the visitor’s center.
Best wildlife attraction in NJ for kids - Northern NJ
Exciting mini-golf attraction For a scary and exciting twist on typical mini golf, play a round or more at Monster Mini Golf! The 18-hole glow-in-the-dark mini golf course is decorated with bright and creepy monsters looking to get in the way of your perfect hole-in-one. The course is fun for people of all ages- simple enough for children to work through but also challenging enough for adults to enjoy too. There is also an arcade that is open to all mini-golfers and private birthday party rooms. This is not your average mini-golf!
Get up close and personal with amazing marine animals! This gigantic aquatic attraction is a great place to spend the day with children. Adventure Aquarium (formerly the New Jersey State Aquarium) is home to a vast amount of marine life. Marvel at exotic sea creatures from around the world in one of the many semi-aquatic and freshwater exhibits. Visit the 20 sharks and other animals in the Shark Realm, a 40-foot tunnel where sharks literally swim over your head- you can even touch a shark! The West African River experience brings the wonders of another continent to you. Many other exhibits allow you to get up close to some of the most amazing sea life in the world. The bravest adults and children over 12 can even swim with sharks and sting rays if they dare!
Cool nature attraction The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum is home to a diverse and expansive collection of floral and faunal across 16.45 acres of woodlands. Take a walk along three miles of trails to appreciate the beautiful flowers and trees. The Arboretum offers many classes for toddler and preschoolers, one-day programs for children and even adult classes. Nature Discovery Camps and mini-camps are offered in spring and summer months as well.
Best garden attraction in NJ for kids - Northern NJ
Awesome roller-skating rink Birthday parties, special events and even plain ol’ regular days are made more awesome when you spend them at Millennium Skate World! It’s a clean, fun, friendly and safe atmosphere to enjoy a fun activity with the whole family. Public skating and group-specific public skating is open at the roller skating rink throughout the week. You can also rent out the rink for private parties, fundraisers and more. The Roller Café serves pizza, snacks and party platters. Skates are available for rent in all sizes.
Top roller skating rink in New Jersey - Central NJ
Perfect year-round activity for kids in NJ! Let the creative juices flow at Lets Create Art Studio in Denville, New Jersey! There are a wide variety of classes, camps and workshops available for children ages 5 and up. Learn drawing basics, cartooning, painting, fashion sketching, mixed media art and more advanced techniques. Classes for adults are also available. Taking an art class is the perfect way to learn a new skill while having fun. The Lets Create Art Studio is the perfect activity for kids of all ages. Be sure to bring your kids to this awesome attraction all year round!
Great year-round children's activity - Northern NJ
Come to the Harvest Festival Longmeadow Farm originally started in 1993 to sell pumpkins for Halloween. It wasn't long before the owners decided to expand the farm. Today, Longmeadow Farm has 15 varieties of apples, along with pumpkins, blackberries and raspberries.
There are so many fun autumn activities for families to do at this pick-your-own-farm. There are hayrides for the young and young at heart. Come to the annual Harvest Festival for craft sales, food, vendors and kids' activities. Families are always welcome to come to Longmeadow Farm during Spetember and October for fall fun.
Top New Jersey farm attraction for kids - Northern NJ
Kiddie park, mini-golf, video arcade and more Can’t decide between mini golf, a batting cage, rides or paintball? Do it all at Blackbeard’s Cave! There is something for everyone at this all-in-one family entertainment center. Whether you want to zoom around in go-carts or enjoy some rides at the kiddie park, you’ll have tons of fun at this great attraction for kids. Beat the crowds at the larger theme parks and head over to Blackbeard’s Cave instead for a day of fun. Group rates and birthday party packages are available.
Best outdoor all-in-one amusement center - Central NJ
Beautiful hand-made jewelry Kids can design and create their own jewelry at Just Bead Yourself in Central New Jersey. Walk-ins are welcome, and both half and full-day sessions are available. Just Bead Yourself also offers special packages for hosting birthday parties, camp or class trips, special needs groups and team building events. Classes are available for many different techniques and skill levels. You can even pay a visit to the in-house psychic medium while you craft bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more. Little girls will especially love spending a day at Just Bead Yourself.
Beautiful display of hot air balloons This annual summer fair is full of old-fashioned family fun. Enjoy a lovely county fair with tons of food, kids’ activities, contests and events. The Hot Air Balloon Festival is a featured event at the fair. Watch beautiful, colorful balloons rise into the air with the perfect green pasture as a backdrop. It is a sight people of all ages will love. If weather permits, you can even take a tethered ride on a hot air balloon.
Best summer festival for kids in New Jersey - Northern NJ
Northlandz 495 US 202, Flemington, NJ 08822 908-782-4022
Unique model train museum Northlandz is a unique museum attraction in NJ that commemorates the great American railway. See incredible model train tracks, bridges, cities and villages. There are over 8 miles of track, and bridges reach heights of 40 feet and span across huge model canyons. It’s an amazing sight that will delight all model train collectors. There is also an art gallery and a doll collection museum featuring over 200 dolls and a 94-room dollhouse. Lovers of all things miniature will have a blast exploring this museum. It is one of the best things to do with kids in NJ on a rainy day!
Best rainy day activity with the kids - Central NJ
Fun family boat excursion Hop aboard the “Skimmer” with the entire family and learn about wildlife in Cape May, NJ! The Salt Marsh Safari is an informative and entertaining boat tour sponsored by local environmental organizations. The boat captains will teach your kids all about the interesting birds, marine life, exotic creatures and natural history along the marsh. Passengers will be experts in salt marsh ecology by the end of this intriguing two-hour guided boat tour. This is a Jersey Shore activity everyone in the family can enjoy together!
Top guided boat tour for kids in NJ - Southern NJ
The Funplex 3320-24 Route 38, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054 856-273-9666
Indoor and outdoor fun Kids will have a blast at this perfect place to spend the day with children of all ages. The Funplex has everything a kid could dream of. They can have fun with friends in a game of state-of-the-art laser tag or miniature golf. Kids will love zooming around in electric go-karts, bumper cars, bumper boats, or Grand Prix karts. The 4-D theatre Dark Ride and Motion Simulator provide futuristic thrills. Cool off on a hot day at the Splashin’ Speedway water park playground. There are even outdoor rides, a bowling alley, an arcade and more. Birthday party options are available.
Indoor waterpark, open all year CoCo Key Water Resort, New Jersey's ultimate indoor water park, is your key to worry free, weather-proof plans for the entire family! CoCo Key Water Resort brings 55,000 sq. ft. of indoor water park fun to time-starved families with a close-to-home getaway the whole family can enjoy. From relaxing in the adventure river to braving the twists and turns on one of our 4-story high slides, interactive play area, indoor/outdoor spa and Gallons More Fun! Want to relax and have a great time doing it, without breaking your budget? Purchase one of our overnight stays. Not interested in staying overnight? Reserve an affordable family pack of tickets. CoCo Key Water Resort is the only indoor water park in New Jersey providing on-site, full-service accommodations. Relax and have a great time doing it by steering your course to CoCo Key Water Resort.
Exotic animal exhibits See animals from all over the world at Turtle Back Zoo in Essex County, one of our favorite top 50 attractions for kids in NJ! Exhibits such as the Southeast Asia exhibit, Great Plains exhibit and the South America exhibit will allow your kids to learn about wildlife all across the planet. See leopards, penguins, river otters, red pandas, wolves, black bears and more at this fantastic New Jersey zoo. Be sure to also visit the Endangered Species Carousel where you can ride on many endangered animals featured on the carousel- with its mosaic floors and stained glass windows, it is beautiful both during the day and at night.
Fun dance parties! If you’re looking for a memorable kids birthday party attraction in New Jersey, look no further than Twist-N-Shout Party Club in Morganville, NJ. This full-featured party club has a dance floor, a computerized DJ system that plays the biggest hits, DJ lights, video monitors, lasers and a stage. It’s the perfect kids club to host your child’s next birthday party. All party packages include invitations, music entertainment, games, party hosts/helpers, small prizes, party goods and food for all guests. Twist-N-Shout also hosts teen club parties.
Best attraction for a kids birthday party in NJ - Central NJ
Some of the best roller coasters in America Six Flags Great Adventure is one of the best theme parks in the country. You and the kids are guaranteed to have a blast at this top New Jersey attraction. Great Adventure is most famous for its world-renowned roller coasters like Kingda Ka and Nitro. While those thrills are guaranteed to get older kids’ adrenaline pumping, there is no shortage of fun rides and attractions for the little ones. Toddlers and young children will love Wiggle World and many of the family rides. The whole family can enjoy shows like Professor Slither’s Creepy Critters and taking pictures with the Looney Tunes characters. There is enough to keep everyone busy and absolutely entertained for entire day or more.
Interactive educational exhibits What’s new at Liberty Science Center? Amazing experiences! Try the Infinity Climber hanging gym where you can climb up to 35 feet high on 64 small platforms…if you dare! Challenge your navigational skills in the pitch-black Touch Tunnel maze, and then walk across a steel beam 18 feet above the floor in the Skyscraper exhibit. Check LSC.org for show times to catch the stunning two-million-volt Nikola Tesla Lightning Show. The traveling exhibits change several times a year and include options for scientists ages 2-8 to adults. Isolate plant DNA; enjoy mini experiments with roaming science presenters; see live action science shows; and in the summer months, go wild on the outdoor Wildlife Challenge obstacle course. Children ages 2-5 will love I Explore, the gallery just for them – no big kids allowed! And LSC has the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater with constantly changing family-friendly films. See LSC.org or Facebook.
Best NJ kids attraction for hands-on learning - Northern NJ
Step Into Earth Science Most everything man-made has something to do with mining. At the Sterling Hill Mining Museum we'll show you just how it's done. From drilling and blasting to the processing of the ore, we’ve got it all! Come take a ¼ mile underground walking adventure into the 4th oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in New Jersey.
Along the way you will see a mining equipment history display, a drilling and blasting demonstration and the world famous fluorescent “Rainbow Tunnel” where everybody gets to take home a fluorescent mineral specimen. Right here in NJ is one of the world's richest zinc ore deposits. This area boasts over 350 minerals, about 70 of which fluoresce, that's about 10% of the known minerals in the world right here in NJ. As well as the richest fluorescent mineral deposit in the world. You can collect minerals from all over the world, including fluorescence, yourself 7 days a week when the museum is open. Great museum for kids and adults.
Most unique children’s museum in NJ - Northern NJ
The Clay Pot 290 Main Street, Spotswood, NJ 08884 732-251-5112
Make your own pottery masterpieces Children ages 7 and up can learn how to make pottery masterpieces at The Clay Pot in Spotswood, New Jersey. If you’re looking for a fun activity for a mixed-age family or group, pottery lessons are the perfect idea! The Clay Pot offers both private lessons and pottery party options. Lessons are one hour long and booked in blocks of four. Lessons are available for all skill levels. Walk-ins are welcome.
Best pottery lessons for children in New Jersey - Central NJ