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A North Jersey Guide to Winter Play for Kids

by Melissa Lacks
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As the weather gets colder and outside play becomes a distant memory, the options to entertain kids may become scarce (and every parent’s sanity decreases about ten points). If you’re wondering how to get some quality play time in for your kiddos, but are unsure how to get creative for the colder months, we have rounded up the best indoor activities in North Jersey to keep your little ones entertained, happy, and active. Read on for where to find indoor winter activities for kids.

For Rambunctious Infants + Toddlers: MyGym in Hoboken + Jersey City | 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken + 252 9th Street, Jersey City

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MyGym provides an array of classes which include climbing, jumping, music, and songs within a 2,500 square feet space. Priding themselves on providing opportunities for ages ranging from one month to five years, classes here allow kids to express themselves through gym play. Whether it be the Waddlers, Gymsters, or Terrific Tots class, you can now try MyGym at an extraordinary two-week deal at $29, allowing you and your child to explore all MyGym has to offer before signing on the dotted line.

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For the Youngins with a Big Imagination: Imagine That!!! | 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park

Providing a wide variety of activities, Imagine That!!! is the perfect place for kids to touch, explore, learn, and grow through many unique exhibits embracing the learn-through-play model.  And what kid doesn’t like a visit from their favorite character now and then? Imagine That!!! offers an array of events throughout the year featuring visits from some of children’s hottest characters out there — such as Peppa Pig, Elmo, JJ, and Spiderman. 

For the Future Explorer: Funzy Play | 125 River Drive South, Jersey City

Ball pit, jungle gym, classes, oh my! The multi-location Funzy Play, allows an indoor explorer playground for the curious child in all of us. Now open for parties and free access for one accompanied adult, Funzy Play is playtime your child will never forget. They even have classes and workshops coming soon.

For the Tween Who is Ready to Rock: Rockin’Jump Trampoline Park | 77 Willowbrook Boulevard, Wayne

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If you’re looking for your Tween to step away from the screen and get to jumping, then head over to Rockin’ Jump premier indoor trampoline park. The venue provides a place where your child can jump, soar, flip and somersault while even letting out some aggression with a game of dodgeball. Rockin’Jump now offers Rockin’ Fridays and Saturdays, with two hours of music and jumping to all of today’s hits, with $25 admission per person. This spot mixes exercise and fun.

For the Creative Artist: Urban Arts | 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken

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Urban Arts offers a variety of art classes for the child looking for a more relaxed, creative environment. They allow students to use the visual arts as a vehicle for self-expression. For prices as low as $25, Urban Arts offers classes for ages two to teen with everything from painting, digital arts, mixed material, and even comic book art education. Urban Arts also curates a great deal of art shows throughout the year for all the students to showcase their work.

For the Animal Lover: Turtle Back Zoo | 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

Yes, it’s winter, but who doesn’t love taking a trip to visit some of their favorite animals in the wild? Turtle Back Zoo, a trusted name in the North Jersey area, provides exhibits and experiences for kids to not only view the animals but to participate in science and nature-themed programs that facilitate life-long environmental stewardship. Turtle Back Zoo also offers Mini Camps throughout the year for ages five to ten, where they can be introduced to the world of animals, science, and nature.

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The Grand Finale: American Dream Mall | 1 American Dram Way, East Rutherford

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Think of every family’s dream locations all rolled into one. This retail and entertainment complex opened in 2019/2020 with everything any kid (and adult) can dream of. Inside you can find the Nickelodeon Universe, Blacklight Mini Golf, Mirror Maze, LEGOLAND, Sealife Aquarium, and even an inside Ski and ice-skating rink. We’ll just leave this one right here for you. You’re welcome.

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