New Jersey

Indoor Play Spaces for Kids in South Jersey

With beaches, boardwalks, camping, hiking trails, and canoeing in easy reach, South Jersey often brings family fun to a whole new level. But during the chilly winter months—or when rain threatens your warm-weather plans—you can find plenty of fun inside at one of South Jersey's many indoor playgrounds.

For indoor fun in other parts of the state, check out our guide to indoor play spaces in Central and Northern NJ.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Elsa and Olaf, Lego Art, Choo-Choo Soul

Whether your kids are winding down the winter school break or you're simply searching for family boredom-busters, we've got your weekend covered. You can wow your preschoolers with a live show featuring Genevieve from Disney Channel's Choo-Choo Soul, or celebrate Mardi Gras by decorating a colorful mask. Chilly days are perfect for exploring a Frozen-themed ice carnival or going ice skating with Elsa and Olaf. For even more family fun, check out our list of 30 things to do over winter break and our Event Calendar.

25 Best Things To Do in Ottawa, Canada with Kids

Even if you are not considering a post-election move north, Canada’s bilingual capital is a fine family vacation. Ottawa beckons with a full plate of both indoor and outdoor activities all year, so don’t dismiss a winter visit. Be sure to pack the long underwear because residents don’t let tundra-style weather keep them indoors.

As Canada’s capital, this city is a showplace for the country, so the feel is similar to Washington, D.C., with a fine array of national museums and cultural offerings to complement the active adventures. It’s urban, but the manageable size, expansive green spaces and excellent public transportation makes it easy to navigate. As the government seat, the dashing young Prime Minister has been spotted at local playgrounds with his kids and participating in the weekly free yoga class on Parliament’s lawn, so look forward to the possibility of excellent political eye-candy.

Ottawa is closer than you might think, a one hour flight or seven hour, 336-mile drive from New York City. Here’s our guide to the best family activities in town.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Family Day, Arts & Crafts, Chocolate Works

Presidents Day kicks off this week of winter break, with family-fun events such as President’s Day at Morris Museum and Family Day at State Theatre New Jersey. While the kids are out of school, you can help them keep their creative juices flowing at arts and crafts events that include Tree of Life Pendant Craft Workshop, Stars and Stripes Pottery Wheel Workshop, Winter Break art Workshop, and Mommy & Me Painting.

Read on for our best children's events the week of February 20–24, and check out our list of 30 things to do on February break for more ways to keep the kids entertained while school's closed. Look to our Event Calendar and February GoList for even more February fun.

New Jersey Roller Skating Rinks: Roll With It, Baby!

Ever wish you could travel back in time to the 1980s a la Marty McFly in Back to the Future? Maybe play Super Mario Brothers on a newfangled 8-bit Nintendo system while sporting big hair and neon clothes? Well, you don't need a time-traveling DeLorean to experience one tubular '80s trend that's back in vogue: roller skating rinks! They're the perfect place to throw a radical birthday party or spend a mega-fun afternoon indoors with the kids. Here are some rolling skating hot spots for your family to enjoy (spandex pants optional).

19 STEM Summer Camps for NJ Kids

When you think "summer camp," you might picture canoeing on a lake, playing capture the flag, and eating s'mores by a campfire. But camp can also be about coding, constructing robots, and building with Lego. We've rounded up 19 New Jersey STEM camps that promise a summer of fun for budding scientists, engineers, and computer programmers. Find more New Jersey summer camps in our Camp Guide and Full Directory of Listings

Drop-In Arts and Crafts: Great Winter Activities for New Jersey Kids

Like the idea of crafting with your kid but cringe at the thought of paint and glitter all over your house? Lucky for us, New Jersey is home to a variety of drop-in art studios that offer your spontaneous painter, potter, glassmaker, and jeweler the chance to get their craft on. The perfect destinations for a cold winter day, these craft-tastic spaces let you skip the mess at home while catering to your budding artist's creative impulses.  

Presidents Day Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Acrobats, Bubbles, Block Party

This weekend kicks off the mid-winter break for New Jersey schoolchildren. There's plenty to keep the kiddos entertained, from a Frozen-inspired ice carnival to a Block Party at Liberty Science Center. You can see The Little Mermaid swim or watch the Peking Acrobats soar, and you can even celebrate George Washington's birthday with General Washington himself. To find fun for this weekend and beyond, check out our list of 30 things to do during the February break. And look to our February GoList  and  Winter Activity Guide for even more ideas. 

Best Family Resorts in the Pocono Mountains

The Pocono Mountains draw families to this scenic corner of Pennsylvania from the New York City area, Philadelphia, and across the country. For families craving adventure, there is a smorgasbord of activities on tap all year. In winter, ski, snowboard, or snow tube. Options are just as plentiful in summer: hiking, swimming, boating, zip lines and adventure ropes courses, plus plenty of nature walks and even famed waterfall hikes

In case the weather isn’t cooperating, many of the resorts have indoor water parks offering hours of splashy, weatherproof fun, and spas for the grown-ups and kids(!) to unwind and indulge. We've rounded up some of top resorts in the area, so you can see which one best fits your next family vacation.

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