Play Spaces with Drop-In Hours for Central New Jersey Kids

Central Jersey for Kids: Indoor Kid Gyms, Sports Centers, Trampoline Parks and Bounce Houses
Photo courtesy of Gravity Vault

Central Jersey is home to lots of indoor play spaces that feature bouncy rooms, arcades, rock walls, imaginative play, and much more. From tots to teens, cabin fever is no longer a danger with these fun play spaces. Read on for more than 30 of our favorites.

Note that many facilities are socks-only, have height requirements, or require waivers. Check with each facility about their rules and schedules for open play.

MERCER COUNTY

Bonkerz Family Fun Center – Princeton
Bonkerz is a triple threat: a laser tag, arcade, and rock wall facility rolled into one. The modern family fun center is a great place for older kids, tweens, and teens; there are fewer options for the younger set. Note that from September through June, the facility is open Thursdays through Sundays only. 

Princeton Playspace – Princeton
This indoor play space has tons of activities for little ones, including a train table, the "Mini Princeton" pretend town, a toddler area, construction building site, and jungle gym. Caregivers can enjoy free WiFi, magazines, and a microwave to reheat your own refreshments at the cafe that's directly adjacent to the play area. Select Friday nights are paJAMa party drop-off nights for an extra fee. Free screening are held once a month with a speech pathologist, occupational therapist, or physical therapist (advance registration required). Music, movement, language, science, and art workshops are also available.

HUNTERDON COUNTY

JW Tumbles – Clinton
While this play gym focuses on parent-child and kids' classes through age 6, open play time gives children the chance to use the facility's gym equipment on their own. Kids can climb, jump, and play during these one- or two-hour sessions.

SOMERSET COUNTY

The Bounce Factory — Warren
From the new owners of Imagine That!!!, this monster bounce house will help kids work out the wiggles. There are challenging obstacle courses to race through, walls to climb, and slides to go down. Kids can also jump and stick to a Velcro wall or box with oversized gloves and joust in the arena. A two-story laser tag zone offers kids 7 and up a next level of fun.


The Branchburg Sports Complex boasts a four-level interactive laser tag arena.

Branchburg Sports Complex – Branchburg
Branchburg Sports Complex is bursting with tons of activities for toddlers, kids, and adults. There's a great arcade game where kids can collect tickets and win prizes, and a PlayMaze for children ages 3-12 with 82 different play elements including slides, tunnels, and bridges. BSC also has a four-level interactive laser tag arena, which is available for drop-in play and private parties. Twice-weekly Tod Squad sessions let young children enjoy the bounce house, soft play equipment, and PlayMaze in a safe environment.

Bridgewater Sports Arena – Bridgewater
Known for its indoor ice skating rink, Bridgewater Sports Arena's arcade, laser tag, and soft play areas will also keep kids, teens, and tweens busy for hours. The soft-play Playmazium is strictly for kids 9 and under (no exceptions).

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Dress-up storytime at Kids Blvd.

Kids Blvd Gym – Warren
Educational, interactive, and sensory learning are first in this facility that also hosts open play. Intended for toddlers and younger children, Kids Blvd has an art center, sensory gym, interactive play space, and fun toys.

YESTERcades – Somerville, Red Bank
Older kids, tweens, and teens will love an afternoon at this classic arcade. With oldies like Space Invaders and Pac-Man, adults won't mind chaperoning these play dates at all!

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Kidz Village – Woodbridge
This play town offers a lot of themed rooms to explore, including a grocery store, a hair salon, cinema, and a construction zone. There's also a play maze and a few arcade games. Note that this play center can get very crowded when there are birthday parties, so you may want to consider visiting during off-peak times.

Monster Mini Golf — Edison
Step inside the black-lit space and watch your kids' eyes widen at the sight of fluorescent ghouls and skeletons haunting the 18-hole mini-golf course. Designed as a cartoonish graveyard, the simple course features headstones and coffins as obstacles and an enormous, creepy clown face as the final hole. Golf balls glow in the dark so they are easy to spot on the dark turf, and day-glo painted curbs border each hole. The arcade features neon-lit air hockey tables, skeeball lanes, and basketball hoop games, in addition to arcade classics like Pac-Man, race cars, and the claw game.  

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Trampoline fun at Rebounderz Edison.

Rebounderz Edison – Edison
Open jump space, airborne dodgeball, slam-dunk basketball, and bouncing laser tag are some of the attractions at this indoor trampoline spot that's ideal for school-age kids. An arcade and indoor playground provide post-jump entertainment and cool-down, and a cafe serves basic fare. 

The Jumping Jungle – East Brunswick
With eight fun inflatables, slides, and laser tag, kids won't get bored at this indoor play facility. Little ones will also love the toddler area, and everyone can hang out at the arcade, which has a hurricane simulator. Parents can relax and grab a snack in the adjacent viewing center.

Tiny Town USA, Woodbridge Center Mall Center – Woodbridge
There's a small free play area for toddlers and young children under 42" on the lower level of Woodbridge Center Mall, plus a carousel and trackless train.

MONMOUTH COUNTY

All About Fun – Matawan
Each "imagination room" at this indoor playground offers a new and exciting adventure. In the Rock n Roll Room, kids can rock out on drums, guitars, and piano mats. The Dazzling Diva Room is filled with dresses, hats, and jewelry. Other play areas include a carnival, general store, vet's office, and Superhero Alley. Kids will also love the Let's Pretend area, which is home to a unique LEGO wall, work bench, and more. Complimentary coffee, tea, and WiFi are available for caregivers.

Coco Beans Play Cafe – Tinton Falls
Kids can slide down the pirate ship, race through a massive multilevel climber, or curl up in the reading nook at this socks-only play space. There’s also a play kitchen and garden, train table, and soft tumbling mats, plus plenty of blocks and books strewn across the soft green carpet. A dedicated toddler area keeps crawlers and tots safe. Feel free to bring your own lunch, or purchase healthy snacks at the cafe. They even have a bottle warmer, because they think of everything!

The Gravity Vault — Middletown
With more than 14,000 square feet of climbing wall, this family-friendly sports center is suitable for all ages and fitness and experience levels. Don’t want to climb with the kids? Take a comfy seat in the lounge and enjoy free WiFi while the experienced instructors take them around the vault for some top rope climbing.

House of Bounce — Wall
Bounce on over to this huge indoor play arena with more than 10,000 square feet of inflatable fun. With nine giant inflatables, both you and your kids will have a blast on the climbers, slides, obstacle courses, and sport centers. Or sit back, relax, and enjoy the free WiFi while your kids play.

iPlay America – Freehold
With rides, arcade games, mini bowling, laser tag, and a 4D theater, this indoor boardwalk is the perfect place to go when the sun won't cooperate. There are a variety of rides and attractions for children of all sizes, including the Just iKids section, where small children can run, climb, and crawl.

jerZjump – Monmouth Junction
Kids can do all the jumping they need at this 17,500-square-foot indoor play space. The facilities include a special toddler room where your 3-and-under kiddo can play without getting pummeled by the big kids. For older children, there’s a 15-foot-tall jungle gym, huge bouncies, and inflatable slides. Bonus: Adults can enjoy arcade games, a snack bar, and a lounge with free WiFi and TVs.

Junglerrrific – Millstone
The 3,000-square-foot facility features a two-level jungle gym, trampolines, a zip line, and a small toddler area with ride-ons. The location hosts scheduled gymnastics classes, so check in about open-gym hours before arriving.

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Lil Giggles Play Cafe is a bright, cheery space with lots to do for little ones.

Lil Giggles Play Cafe – Englishtown
This colorful and cheery space is open seven days a week for open play. There’s no shortage of pretend play options, including a play kitchen, dress-up area, and train table. Grownups will get a kick out of the giant Connect 4 grid. A cozy reading nook offers tots a quiet place to read, or they can get messy in the art studio with finger painting. Older kids tagging along will find a basketball game, foosball table, and musical instruments to tinker with. While the little ones play and explore, parents can enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack in the cafe. Check Lil Giggles' schedule for special events, workshops, Mommy & Me classes, and character-themed parties. 

Magic Sky Play – Morganville
Magic Sky is a 2017 Mommy Poppins Bestie Awards Winner, for good reason. Its bright, open layout and creative activities are perfectly suited to a young child's imagination. There are eight large play structures, including a huge tree house with a twisting slide, climbing cargo net, and lookout points. A "sandbox" filled with plastic pellets lets tiny construction workers dig in. There's even a separate toddler area with its own mini-gym. Eat lunch in the lounge area and enjoy the free WiFi.

Mama Bear's Play Cafe – Holmdel
Neither you or your child will want to leave the welcoming confines of this cozy play cafe. A tree house-inspired climbing structure is the centerpiece, and large picture windows bathe the clean and modern space with tons of natural sunlight. A special nook with soft play mats for crawlers and cruisers sits right next to the gourmet coffee bar serving espresso drinks for sleep-deprived parents. Your kids can become a barista, too, in the pretend play cafe, a baker in the play kitchen, or even a Hollywood stylist in the adorable salon boutique. The open floor plan allows you to watch your kids from the cafe or bring your drink into the play area.

The Wonderwing at the Monmouth Museum – Lincroft
Children can have a magical undersea adventure at the Monmouth Museum's Wonderwing, a permanent exhibition about the sea and the creatures that make it their home. Kids will love the many interactive displays, including a magnetic sea, where they can create an underwater world on a wall mural. Every day is a beach day at the indoor "beach," where foam blocks of sand can be used to create sand castles. Imaginations will run wild as kids climb and explore a pirate ship and lighthouse, climb a tree, slide through a whale, and perform at a tiki theater. 

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Funplex – Mt. Laurel
Bowling, bumper cars, thrill rides, and arcade games will keep kids happy for hours. There's also laser tag and Foam Frenzy, an interactive, three-level area where kids can blast their friends with colorful foam balls. 


Jellybean Jungle offers indoor play geared toward kids 5 and under. 

Jellybean Jungle – Marlton
A fun and safe option for little ones in a bright, stimulating environment, Jellybean Jungle is home to a variety of imaginative activity centers. Little ones will love the ball pit room, the climbing maze, the jungle theater, and the ocean center with a pirate ship. There’s even a carnival center with a carousel. 

My Little Adventures – Mt. Laurel
Popular for its parent & child classes, this learn-and-play cafe also offers slides, mats, crawl spaces, and more. During "pop-n-play" time, staff members pop in and organize kids in fun, short activities. The cafe serves snacks, sandwiches, and salads for when you've worked up an appetite.

Speed Raceway – Cinnaminson
Feed your need for speed at this cool indoor electric kart racing facility. Two sizes of karts are available for adults and juniors. Junior drivers and riders must be at least 6 years old and 48 inches tall.

We Rock the Spectrum – Mt. Laurel
This play gym is designed for kids of all needs and abilities, with a special focus on catering to special-needs kids. There is suspended equipment for balance and vestibular treatment, crash mats and crash pillows, a zip line, a trampoline, an indoor play structure, sensory-based toys, and a fine motor and arts-and-crafts area. 

Bounce and Trampoline Facilities with Multiple Locations:

BounceU – Cherry Hill, Eatontown, Lakewood, Marlboro, West Windsor

PumpItUp – Freehold, Hamilton, Marlton, Piscataway, Roselle Park

Sky Zone – Hamilton Township, South Plainfield

Updated January 2018

All photos courtesy of the venues

location: 
BONKERZ Family Fun Center
Kingston Shopping Mall, 4437 Rt. 27 Suite 1a
08540 Princeton , NJ 40° 21' 26.2728" N, 74° 40' 2.0028" W
New Jersey
jerZjump
51 Stouts Lane
08852 Monmouth Junction , NJ 40° 22' 52.3776" N, 74° 33' 59.3496" W
New Jersey
Princeton Play Space
745 Alexander Road
08540 Princeton , NJ 40° 19' 16.1256" N, 74° 38' 11.3712" W
New Jersey
Branchburg Sports Complex
47 Readington Road
08876 Branchburg , NJ 40° 35' 51.7056" N, 74° 41' 33.9432" W
New Jersey
Junglerrific
600 Rike Dr.
08535 Millstone Township , NJ 40° 15' 12.3336" N, 74° 26' 19.3056" W
New Jersey
iPlay America
110 Schanck Rd.
07728 Freehold , NJ 40° 14' 23.118" N, 74° 16' 51.2976" W
New Jersey
The Jumping Jungle
0 Alvin Court, Suite 100
08816 East Brunswick , NJ 40° 27' 11.5128" N, 74° 24' 56.9916" W
New Jersey
Rebounderz
76 Carter Drive
08817 Edison , NJ 40° 31' 53.8176" N, 74° 23' 41.46" W
New Jersey
Kids Blvd
125 Washington Valley Road
07059 Warren , NJ 40° 36' 31.8744" N, 74° 30' 18.5112" W
New Jersey
The Funplex
3320 Route 38
08054 Mount Laurel , NJ 39° 58' 2.748" N, 74° 53' 29.076" W
New Jersey
Jellybean Jungle
Crispin Square Shopping Center, 230 North Maple Ave.
08053 Marlton , NJ 39° 54' 55.1052" N, 74° 55' 36.0912" W
New Jersey
All About Fun
419 Route 34, Marketplace II
07747 Matawan , NJ 40° 24' 53.388" N, 74° 13' 46.5204" W
New Jersey
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
07738 Lincroft , NJ 40° 19' 58.2168" N, 74° 8' 2.6196" W
New Jersey
My Little Adventures
3163 Marne Highway
08054 Mount Laurel , NJ 39° 58' 43.014" N, 74° 52' 40.2744" W
New Jersey
We Rock the Spectrum
3111 NJ-38 #14
08054 Mount Laurel , NJ 39° 58' 18.732" N, 74° 52' 30.2016" W
New Jersey
Clicks and Bricks
20 Hillside Ave.
08840 Metuchen , NJ 40° 32' 31.7112" N, 74° 21' 38.394" W
New Jersey
Bridgewater Sports Arena
1425 Frontier Rd.
08807 Bridgewater , NJ 40° 34' 40.7604" N, 74° 34' 6.2112" W
New Jersey
Screamin' Parties Springfield
271 Route 22 East
07081 Springfield , NJ 36° 29' 29.6988" N, 86° 53' 13.1604" W
New Jersey
Cocoa Beans Play Cafe
70 Apple St.
07724 Tinton Falls , NJ 40° 19' 48.1908" N, 74° 4' 44.0832" W
New Jersey
YESTERcades
29 Division St.
08876 Somerville , NJ 40° 34' 2.6904" N, 74° 36' 46.8504" W
New Jersey
Jungle Gym 'n Bounce
12 Minneakoning Road 104B
08822 Flemington , NJ 40° 31' 45.8652" N, 74° 50' 59.55" W
New Jersey
JW Tumbles
186 Center St.
08809 Clinton , NJ 40° 38' 20.5332" N, 74° 53' 46.2912" W
New Jersey
Speed Raceway
1103 Route 130 South
08077 Cinnaminson , NJ 39° 59' 57.0408" N, 74° 59' 27.4272" W
New Jersey