10 Family Friendly Activities in Asbury Park

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Welcome to Asbury Park, kids! This artistic and musical seaside city is bursting at the seams with activities for families with little ones of all ages – from the beautiful beaches and exciting boardwalk, to the bustling downtown area and legendary music venues, there is a wide variety of different activities for you and your children to enjoy together. Whether you visit for a day, or spend a week long vacation at the brand new, kid-friendly boutique hotel, The Asbury, you are bound to have an enriching, rewarding experience in this beach town that is like no other for families.

(photo via JerseyJessGuide.)

Here’s Asbury Park’s best activities for you and your family to enjoy this summer:

  • Silverball Museum
    Visit this staple of Asbury’s boardwalk, and have your family experience a truly retro beach arcade.  A one-time entry fee will grant you unlimited access to play over 200 pinball machines with diverse themes, including vintage machines dating as far back as the 1950’s.  There is no need for the kids to fumble with handfuls of tickets at Silverball.  Also enjoy classic games such as skeeball, air hockey, and arcade favorites like Pac-Man and Galactica.  When your fingers get tired, take a break at the concession stand before diving back into the sea of games.
    1000 Ocean Avenue on the Boardwalk between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    For more information, please call (732) 774-4994 or visit http://silverballmuseum.com

  • Asbury Park Pedal Boats
    Spend quality time with your kids on the waters of Wesley Lake, with the iconic Casino carousel and historic Ocean Grove as your backdrop.  Your family is sure to create special memories while leisurely pedaling on one of many fun boats; choose from the swan, blue heron, pirate ship, dragon, and more.  Once a staple of Wesley Lake in the 1940’s, the Pedal Boats are back to celebrate Asbury’s new breath of life.  Rates are $20 for a half hour, for two adults and one child, or one adult and two children. Wesley Lake on Lake Avenue between Heck Street and Grand Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    For more information, please call (732) 228-0466 or visit http://www.asburyparkpedalboats.com
  • The Pink Elephant Pottery Studio
    Pottery painting, glass fusion, canvas painting, and mosaic tiling are just some creative activities for little ones that The Pink Elephant offers year-round in their brand new, colorful Lake Avenue studio.  Stop in to create your own DIY piece of art, or attend one of their many classes, including Mommy and Me Classes!  Pink elephant is also available for birthday parties and retreats for children of all ages.
    607 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    For more information, please call 732-229-7800 or visit http://www.pinkelephantpottery.com
  • Asbury Splash Park
    Located right on the legendary Asbury Park Boardwalk, Asbury Splash Park offers a fun and exciting kid-friendly alternative for water activities this summer.  Your children will get to enjoy a variety of water park features, including the famous Tipping Tea Cup.  Purchase a day-pass to access the fun; family passes are offered for two adults with two children.  Asbury Splash Park is also available for birthdays and private parties for kids of all ages.
    900 Ocean Avenue on the Asbury Park Boardwalk at Second Avenue
    For more information, please call 732-897-6538 or visit http://asburyparkamusements.com

  • Beach Cruiser Rentals on the Boardwalk
    Looking for a way to get some exercise while spending time with your family this summer?  Brielle Cyclery’s Asbury Park location is conveniently based right on the boardwalk for easy-access bicycle rentals.  The knowledgeable, professional staff will assist in picking out the perfect kid-friendly beach cruisers for your children.  For a classic boardwalk cycle experience that channels Asbury Park in the 1940’s, opt for the Surrey Bike rental, and cruise the boardwalk as a group.
    1201 Ocean Avenue #505 on the Boardwalk between 4th and 5th Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    For more information, please call (732) 502-0077 or visit http://briellecyclery.com/about/asbury-park-rentals-pg149.htm
  • Lakehouse Music Academy
    Live music defines the culture and community of Asbury Park. Give your little ones a taste of what it’s like to play in their own rock band with kids their own age, with weekly group classes and themed summer camps in the heart of New Jersey’s music scene.  Professional musicians will instruct your rock stars in learning to play popular songs on guitar, drums, piano, bass, and vocals – and get them playing on the stage their very first day.  Classes culminate with end-of-semester shows at Asbury’s legendary venues like The Stone Pony, House of Independents, and Wonderbar.  Classes are available for babies, children, and adults of all ages, in all levels of musical experience.
    619 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    For more information and to try a free class, please call (732) 455-5462 or visit http://lakehousemusicacademy.com
  • Asbury Eighteen Mini Golf
    Enjoy the refreshing sea breeze during a relaxing game of mini golf, while keeping your little  engaged in a fun activity, right on the boardwalk!  Asbury Eighteen’s advantageous location makes it easy to hop off of the beach and step right up to the first putt.  Childhood beach memories of family mini golf games are invaluable and treasured.  Take advantage of this easy access course.
    On the Boardwalk at 3rd Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    For more information, please call (732) 897-6538 or visit http://www.asburyparkamusements.com/golf
  • Cookman Creamery
    What’s a trip to the shore without laughing together over a refreshing ice cream treat with your kids?  Head downtown to the lively Cookman Avenue and visit the city’s beloved Cookman Creamery.  Enjoy their newly renovated, colorful shop while choosing from an array of classic, custom, and seasonal flavors of ice cream and other frozen treats.  Cookman Creamery offers vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free options, making it a home for every child’s palate.
    711 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    For more information, please call (732) 361-5215 or visit http://www.cookmancreamery.com

  • Hot Sand Glassblowing
    Exercise your child’s creativity with walk-in lessons and workshops in Glassblowing (ages 9+), SunTile (ages 4+), and QuickCast molten glass (all ages).  Learn to use your own breath to create a glass bubble.  Create a colorful glass collage with SunTiles.  Take home a molten glass preservation of your child’s hand and foot prints with QuickCast.  These unforgettable activities will spark imagination and artistic interest in the whole family.
    550 Cookman Avenue Suite #103, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    For more information, please call (732) 927-5475 or visit http://www.hotsandap.com

  • Free Movies on the Beach
    This July, Movies on the Beach returns for another season for more family-friendly summer flicks.  Hop onto the beach at Second Avenue every Thursday evening at dusk to enjoy your favorite movies on a 16-foot inflatable screen.  Bring your own blankets, chairs, and refreshments for your family’s maximum comfort.  Free Movies on the Beach is hosted by the Asbury Park Film Initiative and Shore Flicks.  Follow Shore Flicks on Facebook and Twitter, and be the first to receive the full summer schedule.
    2nd Avenue Beach at Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    For more information, please call (917) 603-3882 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ShoreFlicks/

With such an array of kid-friendly activities, Asbury Park should be on the destination checklist of any New Jersey mom this summer.  It is not often that one small shore town can offer such high quality beaches and outdoor activities, dining, music and arts, and family friendly activities all at once.  We can’t wait to see what other new and exciting family activities and events are in store for Asbury Park this season.

About Author

Chelsea is a freelance writer and photographer based in the kid-friendly community of Asbury Park, and she loves sharing tips and news about this cultural beach town with NJMOM readers. When she's not discovering new bike trails, playing in her handbell choir, or reading on the beach, Chelsea works as a Children's Library Associate at a public library. You can catch her out in Asbury Park watching her husband play drums with talented local artists - be sure to come say hello!

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