Make time for a dip in the ball pit at Liberty Science Center. Photo courtesy of LCS
Make time for a dip in the ball pit at Liberty Science Center. Photo courtesy of LCS

75+ Fun Things To Do Indoors with Kids in NJ: A Winter Survival Guide

While the shorter days and colder weather may have you dreaming of hibernation, we present more than 75 reasons to leave the house this winter (no snow suits required!). There are numerous indoor winter activities and events happening throughout New Jersey that will keep kids entertained when the weather outside is frightful.

Load up your calendars with family-friendly shows, indoor play spaces, free storytimes and more. Frozen fans will especially love the movie-inspired celebration, tea party, and ball.

Read on for our list of the best of what New Jersey has to offer for the whole family this winter season. And be sure to check out our January GoList and Events Calendar for even more great ideas. Stay warm, NJ!

Anytime Indoor Activities

Liberty Science Center
Explore the current Dinosaur Train Traveling Exhibit (through January 20) and Angry Birds Universe (through April).

Indoor Obstacle Courses, Ninja Warrior Training, and Aerial Arts for NJ Kids
The adventurous crew can channel their inner Ninja Warrior at these obstacle courses, trampoline parks, and climbing walls.

Adventure Aquarium
Spend a day with more than 8,000 aquatic creatures at this sprawling Camden institution.

Free Indoor Play Spots
Keep the kids busy and warm at these play spaces without spending a penny. Disney Junior Play Zone is one of several free mall play areas, perfect for a shopping or sanity break.

Budget-Friendly Play Spaces
With a $15 or less admission fee, these play spots are an ideal way to burn winter energy.

Jungle Jim & Jane
Swing over to the Jersey shore, and check out this brand-new jungle-themed play space.

Drop-in Crafts
Kids can get creative—and parents won't have to clean up—at these crafty places.

Indoor Ice Skating
Glide over to one of these covered rinks.

Bowling
Strike up some family bonding time at one of New Jersey's many bowling alleys.

iPlay America
No need to wait until summer for rides and games. iPlay offers year-round boardwalk fun.​

American Dream
Enjoy a theme park, ice rink, and ginormous candy store at this burgeoning mega-mall. 


Hoboken Public Library
500 Park Avenue
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Somerset County Library Bridgewater Branch
1 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Barnes & Noble
44 Brick Plaza
Brick, NJ 08723

Monmouth County Library Headquarters
125 Symmes Road Near Route 9
Manalapan, NJ 07726

Indigo at Short Hills Mall
1200 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Pottery Barn Kids- various locations
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Barnes & Noble
112 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, NJ 07039

Kidville
1202 Shipyard Ln
Hoboken , NJ 07030

Watchung Booksellers
54 Fairfield St.
Montclair, NJ 07042

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Hoboken Hisorical Musem
1301 Hudson St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Lovin' Oven
62a Trenton Ave
Frenchtown, NJ 08825

Jakes Branch County Park Nature Center
1100 Double Trouble Road
Beechwood, NJ 08722

Lakeshore Learning
275 State Route 18
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Jake Branch County Park Nature Center
1100 Double Trouble Road
Beechwood, NJ 08722

Hoboken Fire Department Museum
213 Bloomfield Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

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

Tulpehaking Nature Center
157 Westcott Ave
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Garden State Model Railway Club
575 High Mountain Rd.
North Haledon, NJ 07508

Barnes & Noble Bridgewater
319 Route 202/206
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Cedar Grove Public Library
1 Municipal Plaza
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Montclair Bow Tie Cinemas
486 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042

New Jersey Convention and Expo Center
97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, NJ 08837

The Avenel Performing Arts Center
150 Avenel Street
Avenel, NJ 07001

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd.
Morristown, NJ 07960

Barnes & Noble Clark
1180 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ 07066

Stage Craft Studio
1735 E 2nd Street
Scotch Plains, 07076

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

Prudential Center 
25 Lafayette St
Newark, NJ 07102

New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Haddonfield Public Library
60 Haddon Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ 08096

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One SOPAC Way
South Orange, NJ 07079

The Eclectic Chic Boutique
547 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Mayo Center for Performing Arts
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960

Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Mayo Center for Performing Arts
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960

Prudential Center 
25 Lafayette St
Newark, NJ 07102

Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ 07083

Rutgers Geology Museum
85 Somerset St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102
Newark, NJ 07102

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

Bickford Theater at the Morris Musem
6 Normandy Heights
Morristown, NJ 07960

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick , NJ 08901

The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts
Ocean County College, College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

Bickford Theater at the Morris Musem
6 Normandy Heights
Morristown, NJ 07960

The Eclectic Chic Boutique
547 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One SOPAC Way
South Orange, NJ 07079

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

West Side Presbyterian Church
6 S. Monroe Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

State Theater
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08907

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts
Ocean County College, College Drive
Toms River, NJ 08754

The Eclectic Chic Boutique
547 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042

RVCC Theatre
118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
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