Indoor Activities

Best Places for Ice Skating Lessons in NJ

It's the perfect time of year to lace up those skates and hit the ice. New Jersey is home to some great outdoor ice rinks as well as plenty of indoor skating arenas. If your kids are dreaming of becoming Olympic figure skaters or professional hockey players, you might be thinking of signing them up for skating lessons. We've found some great skating programs across the state that will have your kids going for the gold, or at least not falling down as much. From Mommy and Me classes to advanced figure skating and hockey lessons, your kids will be ready to compete, or just show off, in no time.

Best Museums for Kids in Central and Southern New Jersey

It’s that time of year when indoor spaces are a blessing to every harried mom and dad. Looking for some new places to entertain (and hopefully exhaust) your kids? Why not check out one of these wonderful museums? Touch an insect, ride a vintage train or even view a shrunken head. Whatever you choose, your kids will be happy… and should they fall asleep on the way home, so be it.

Monmouth County Highlights for NJ Families

The northernmost county of the Jersey Shore, Monmouth County is home to more than 50 miles of beautiful ocean and bay beaches, sprawling parks, fantastic restaurants, unique coastal culture and much more! It is the perfect place for New Jersey kids and families to have fun -  year-round! Here are some of our top picks to get you started with exploring this great County. And for even more shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.

Best Indoor Play Spaces in Bergen County

The winter months can be a challenging time for parents. Keeping your kids busy when it’s too cold to play outdoors is never an easy feat. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 10 great indoor spots in Bergen County to bounce around, create art, play mini golf or make a museum visit—there are plenty of options to keep them entertained (and ensure your sanity). And check out our Indoor Play Spaces articles for Hudson County and Essex County!

The Best Indoor Shopping Malls for Families in New Jersey

Our family pretty much steers clear of New Jersey shopping malls from November through early January; we treat any holiday excursions like military missions, get in, get the job done and get out! But once the holiday shopping is over, I visit the malls with my husband and daughter again, where we enjoy leisurely browsing, relaxing late lunches, and even hop on a carousel or two. So load up the SUV, get out of the cold and gear up for an outing at these family-friendly New Jersey malls.

Indoor Play Spaces in Hudson County

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!

Best Indoor Play Spaces on Long Island: Suffolk County

It’s too cold or rainy to play outdoors and your exuberant kids are rampaging through the living room. It's time to go out and play! But where? Here are some fun indoor play spaces we’ve found in Suffolk County (and check out our list of places in Nassau County). Many are also party spaces, so be sure to call them before heading over to be sure they are open for public play. And don’t forget your cozy socks—many of these spaces do not allow shoes, even on non-bouncing adults. And also take a look at 5 More Indoor Play Spaces on Long Island.

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