The Grounds For Sculpture welcomes visitors all winter long. Bruce Beasley, ‘Horizon II,’ 2006, bronze, 26 x 126 x 40 inches, 7/9, Courtesy of the Artist, © Artist or Artist's Estate. Photo by David Michael Howarth Photography
The Grounds For Sculpture welcomes visitors all winter long. Bruce Beasley, ‘Horizon II,’ 2006, bronze, 26 x 126 x 40 inches, 7/9, Courtesy of the Artist, © Artist or Artist's Estate. Photo by David Michael Howarth Photography

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.

Places featured in this article:


Mercer County Skating Center

Roosevelt Park Family Ice Rink

Van Saun County Park- Ice Rink

Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun County Park

Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun County Park

South Mountain Reservation

Great Swamp Outdoor Nature Center

Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey

Hoboken Historical Museum

Hoboken Fire Department Museum

Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum

GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center

Camden Children's Garden

Battleship NJ Museum and Memorial

XL Sports World Cherry Hill

The Museum of American History at Deptford, NJ
Fall Festival at Ort Farms
Ort Farms - 10:00 AM Pick
Fall Fest at A. Casola Farms
A. Casola Farms - 8:00 AM
Scarecrows in the Garden
Frelinghuysen Arboretum - 8:00 AM
Alstede Farms Corn Maze
Alstede Farms - 9:00 AM
Holland Ridge Farms U-Pick Sunflowers
Holland Ridge Farms - 9:00 AM
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