The Grounds For Sculpture welcomes visitors all winter long. Photo courtesy of the venue
The Grounds For Sculpture welcomes visitors all winter long. Photo courtesy of the venue

NJ Winter Fun List: 30+ Things To Do With Kids

While the shorter days and colder weather may have you dreaming of hibernation, we've found more than 30 reasons to leave the house for winter fun. In-person events are limited during this pandemic winter, yet there are plenty of remedies for the cooped-up blues, with opportunities for fresh outdoor air, plus some safe indoor activities.

Bundle up and explore the state's skiing and snowboarding spots, outdoor ice rinks, and more. The indoor destinations listed have enacted safety protocols and reduced capacities, so be sure to check the individual websites for specific requirements.

Read on for our best of winter list for the Garden State, and be sure to check out our Event Calendar and Winter Fun Guide for even more great ideas. Plus, if you're looking to fill the downtime, check out our Poppins@Home site for great online activities.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at a venue that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Keep in mind, many indoor attractions now require advance ticket purchases or timed-entry reservations, so plan accordingly.


Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Mountain Creek
200 Route 94
Vernon Township, NJ 07462

Campgaw Mountain
200 Campgaw Rd
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Camelback Resort
301 Resort Dr
Tannersville, PA 18372

Ski Shawnee
401 Hollow Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Blue Mountain
1660 Blue Mountain Dr
Palmerton, PA 18071

Hunter Mountain
Main Street
Hunter, NY 12442

Mount Peter
51 Old Mount Peter Road
Warwick, NY 10990

Newport Skates
95 River Drive
Jersey City, NJ

Pershing Field Ice Rink
Summit and Pershing
Jersey City, NJ

Secaucus Ice Rink
1203 Paterson Plank Road
Secaucus, NJ

Mercer County Skating Center
West Windsor, NJ

Roosevelt Park Family Ice Rink
151 PARSONAGE ROAD
Edison, NJ

The Asbury Hotel
210 5th Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Van Saun County Park- Ice Rink
216 Forest Ave.
Paramus, NJ

Campgaw
200 Campgaw Road
Mahway, NJ 07430

Mountain Creek
123 Route 94
Vernon, NJ 07462

Lakota Wolf Preserve
89 Mount Pleasant Road
Columbia, NJ 07832

Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103

Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey CIty, NJ 07305

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

iPlay America
110 Schanck Road
Freehold, NJ 07728

American Dream
1 American Dream Way
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Jenkinson's Aquarium
300 Boardwalk
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052

Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Thomas Edison National Historical Park
211 Main Street
West Orange, NJ 07052

Crayola Experience
30 Centre Square
Easton, PA 18042

Mountain Creek Resort
200 McAfee Vernon Road (Route 94)
Vernon, NJ 07462

Blue Mountain
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton, PA 18071

Campgaw Mountain
200 Campgaw Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Shawnee Mountain
401 Hollow Road
East Stroudsburg, PA

Mountain Creek Resort
200 McAfee Vernon Road (Route 94)
Vernon, NJ 07462

Blue Mountain
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton, PA 18071

Campgaw Mountain
200 Campgaw Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Shawnee Mountain
401 Hollow Road
East Stroudsburg, PA

Duke Farms
80 Route 206 South
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Palmer Square
One Palmer Square East
Princeton, NJ 08542

Grounds for Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619

The Bent Spoon
35 Palmer Square West
South Princeton, NJ 08542

Campgaw Mountain
200 Campgaw Rd
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Mountain Creek
200 Route 94
Vernon, NJ 07462

Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun County Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07653

Cape May County Park & Zoo
707 North Route 9
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun County Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07653

Lakota Wolf Preserve
89 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Columbia, NJ 07832

Echo Lake Stables
55 Blakely Ln.
Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Jenkinson's Boardwalk
300 Ocean Ave
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Frelinghuysen Arboretum
353 East Hanover Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960

South Mountain Reservation
West S Orange Ave
Millburn ,

Pochunk
893 County Rd 517
Vernon, NJ 07418

Great Swamp Outdoor Nature Center
247 Southern Boulevard
Chatham, NJ

Tenafly Nature Center 313 Hudson Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Cape May County Zoo
707 Route 9 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 8210

American Dream
1 American Dream Way
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Nickelodeon Universe
1 American Dream Way
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Oakwood Lanes
234 State Route 31 N
Washington, NJ 07882

STRYXE
300 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940

LASER ONE
205 Route 23
Wantage, NJ 07461

Colonial Bowling & Entertainment
2420 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Bowlero
1 Carolier Lane
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Jersey Lanes
30 Park Avenue
Linden, NJ 07036

The Funplex
3320-24 Route 38
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Garwood Lanes
346 North Avenue
Garwood, NJ 07027

Playdrome Lanes
821 Conifer Street
Toms River, NJ 08753

Mouse Trap Lanes
2051 Dennisville-Petersburg Road
Woodbine, NJ 08270

Imagine That
4 Vreeland Rd.
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

The Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

The Newark Museum
49 Washington St.
Newark, NJ 07102-3176

Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ 07083

Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey
400 Fred Wehran Drive
Teterboro, NJ 07608

Hoboken Historical Museum
1301 Hudson St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Hoboken Fire Department Museum
213 Bloomfield Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum
192 Dodd Street
East Orange, NJ 07017

GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center
165 Mulberry Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Pinnacle Parkour
45 Everett Drive
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Pinnacle Parkour
1205 Warren Drive
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

High Exposure Climbing
266 Union Street
Northvale, NJ 07647

Hudson Play
189 Brunswick Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Nex Level Arena
19 Royal Road
Flemington, NJ 08822

Get Air
200 Daniels Way Suite 120
Freehold, NJ 07728

Movement Lab
710 Park Avenue
Hainesport, NJ 08036

ClimbZone Howell
5369 U.S. 9
Howell, NJ 07731

Gymnatics Unlimited
2 Lilac Drive
Flemington, NJ 08822

Urban Air
396 Ryders Lane
Milltown, NJ 08850

Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305

The Funplex East Hanover
182 Route 10 West
East Hanover, NJ 07936

The Funplex Mount Laurel
3320-24 Route 38
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

FunTime Junction
400 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004

iPlay America
110 Schanck Road
Freehold, NJ 07728

Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ

Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden , NJ

Sahara Sam's
535 N. Route 73
West Berlin, NJ

Battleship NJ Museum and Memorial
100 Clinton Street
Camden, NJ

Philadelphia Zoo
3400 West Girard Avenue Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA

The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia , PA

Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA

Jenkinson's Aquarium
300 Boardwalk
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Yestercades of Red Bank
80 Broad Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701

Yestercades of Somerville
29 Division Street
Somerville, NJ 08876

Yestercades of Westfield
151 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090

Altitude Trampoline Park
465 Green Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NY 07305

XTreme Energy
250 S Van Brunt St.
Englewood, NJ

Hudson Play
189 Brunswick Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Imagine That Children's Museum
4 Vreeland Road
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Exceptional Explorers
277 Eisenhower Pkwy Shoppes @ Livingston Circle (behind Mezza)
Livingston, NJ 07039

iPlay America
110 Schanck Road
Freehold, NJ

Lily & Liam
250B S Van Brunt St.
Englewood, NJ 07631

Village Play Cafe
17 Watchung Avenue
Chatham, NJ 07928

Kid & Caboodle
1 Evergreen Place, Unit C
Morristown, NJ 07960

Climbzone
5369 U.S. 9
Howell, NJ 07731

Iron Peak Sports & Events
137 Mountain View Rd.
Hillsborough , NJ 08844

Sky Zone Springfield
25 Route 22
Springfield, NJ 07081

Genius Gems
215 Millburn Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041

Genius Gems
215 Millburn Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041

The Great Story
430 Huyler St.
S.Hackensack, NJ 07606

The Great Story
321 Broad Avenue, #135
Ridgefield, NJ 07657

XL Sports World Cherry Hill
650 Kresson Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

The Museum of American History at Deptford, NJ
138 Andaloro Way
Deptford, NJ 08093-1627

Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083

The Watershed Institute
31 Titus Mill Rd. Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
Pennington, NJ 08534

Reeves Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave.
Summit, NJ 07901

The Watershed Institute
31 Titus Mill Rd. Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
Pennington, NJ 08534

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

The Watershed Institute
31 Titus Mill Rd. Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
Pennington, NJ 08534

Reeves Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

The Watershed Institute
31 Titus Mill Rd. Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
Pennington, NJ 08534

Reeves Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
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Annual Antique Toy Train Show
The Museum of American History at Deptford, NJ - 10:00 AM
LSC Junior Days
Liberty Science Center - 10:00 AM
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Coloring Book Pickup
Arts Council of Princeton - 10:00 AM
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Blue Cross RiverRink - 11:00 AM
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