Dore Duhaime

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Free Indoor Play Spots for New Jersey Kids

From malls and toy stores to libraries and bookstores, these low-key play spots will banish winter boredom—at least for a little while. The best part? They're all free. So grab a coffee and a friend, and schedule your next play date at one of these indoor gems.

For even more family fun, check out our list of free indoor activities, including storytimes and crafts, and don't miss our guide to great indoor play spaces with fees for winter drop-in hours. If you find yourself with a full day to fill and you're up for a little adventure, plan a winter day trip. And don't miss our February GoList for tons of local happenings. 

Garden State Discovery Museum: A South Jersey Gem for Kids

Little explorers, artists, chefs, and sports fanatics will all find adventure at the Garden State Discovery Museum, a South Jersey gem filled with imaginary-play zones that attracts Philly and Jersey families. Where else can kids serve up diner meals, care for sick animals, and dig for dinosaur bones—all under one roof? Throw in original live performances, hands-on arts and crafts, and cultural celebrations from around the world, and this Cherry Hill museum is worth a day trip for families with curious kids to entertain. 

For more NJ museums, check out our list of kid-friendly museums in North Jersey—or for more action, let your crew burn off some serious energy at a mega indoor play space in New Jersey. 

Family-Friendly Skiing and Snowboarding Spots Around NJ

If you want to help your kids develop a lifelong love of skiing, snowboarding, and other snowy sports, this is a good place to start. We've rounded up some nearby ski resorts where you and your family can enjoy time on the slopes with minimal time in the car. We've also included safety tips for skiing and snowboarding from respected professionals. 

If you're looking for winter fun that's a bit less strenuous, snow tubing might be just the thing. And for even more options, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.

40+ Birthday Freebies: Free Meals and Special Deals for NJ Birthday Kids

We've all been caught up in birthday party hoopla, either baking cakes and party-themed treats or spending big bucks to rent a party place. But for those years when a low-key celebration is in order, birthday freebies are a great perk. From BOGO ice cream and pancakes to free bowling and arcade game tokens, coupons and discounts are yours for the taking when you register for kids' clubs or customer loyalty programs.

Read on for our A-to-Z list of birthday discounts, treats, and deals. If you're planning a party, don't miss our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Guide for ideas on party spots, specialty cakes, and at-home party fun. And don't forget that many New Jersey restaurants offer free kids' meals on weekdays, birthday or not! 

Holiday Events That Are Perfect for New Jersey Preschoolers

Making holiday memories sometimes involves navigating long lines and jostling crowds, which can push the limits of our youngest holiday revelers. Take a breath and pass around the candy canes—we've found the best activities geared toward the 5-and-under crowd. From decorating gingerbread houses to rocking out at a holiday concert, we've got plenty of ideas that the whole family can enjoy.

You'll find even more ideas in our Holiday Guide, and for a complete listing of things to do this season, be sure to check out our Event Calendar

Holiday Giving in New Jersey: Volunteering for Families

Looking for new ways to connect as a family this holiday season? Volunteering together can spark the joy of giving in children of all ages. 

Holiday time is full of family traditions like carving turkeys, sharing gifts, and ringing in the New Year. It's also a great time to inspire your kids to give back. Create new family traditions this year by contributing to a favorite charity or reaching out to those in need. From the youngest kids coloring holiday greeting cards to teenagers serving Thanksgiving dinners, we've got the low-down on family-friendly holiday volunteering in New Jersey. 

New Grammy Museum in NJ Offers Hands-on Musical Fun for Kids

Rocking out is encouraged at the new GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Strutting onstage, playing electronic instruments, and singing karaoke-style are part of the fun at this new museum celebrating pop music's biggest stars, including many with New Jersey roots. An electronic jam session may be the coolest way for kids to spend a rainy day

10 Indoor Party Spots with Mega Playgrounds for NJ Kids' Birthdays

Looking for the perfect party spot for your winter baby? We've rounded up the most action-packed indoor birthday party locations for your cold-weather celebrations. Whether your birthday child wants to jump and bounce, climb, dance, play laser tag, or even take a spin on an amusement ride, New Jersey has a party place for it. Read on for 10 of our favorites.  

For more party planning ideas, check out our Guide to NJ Kids' Parties, where you'll find everything from top party places for preschoolers to bakeries that make amazing birthday cakes.

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