Picture this: it’s a Saturday morning, your kids are up early staring out the window at rain drops and you’re wondering how to calm the crazy all day inside. We put our thinking caps on at NJMOM and came up with this list of fun indoor activities that get you out of the house and laughing with your littles. A jump session at Skyzone in Ocean, a quick trip back in time to Medieval Times, or Yestercades Arcade in Asbury Park? All of these activities can be coupled with a fun brunch or lunch at a cool local spot for an afternoon they’ll be talking about for a long time.
Here are rainy day adventures around New Jersey:
A jump session at Skyzone
We put this one at the top because it’s one of our faves! The kids will think you’re the cool mom for taking them to Skyzone Ocean’s indoor trampoline park, but be sure to check out their other attractions, too. They’ll love going head-to-head with their friends in the Warrior Course, climbing the giant rock wall, or jumping without fear in the Foam Zone. One thing’s for sure – rain can’t stop you from having fun at Skyzone Ocean.
Ocean Township, NJ
A visit to iPlay America
iPlay America is one of New Jersey’s favorite, most-loved attractions with so many activities packed into one space. On a rainy day, visit this indoor theme park to experience coasters and go karts, play your favorite arcade games, challenge yourself on the ropes course(both kids and adult versions), experience the thrill of a lifetime in the 4D Theater, and so much more. iPlay America is a great adventure to have in your pocket for when the weather isn’t so great.
Get your hands dirty at Insectropolis
For the little bug-lovers in your life, Insectropolis is a must-see on a rainy day. Created by a termite extermination company, the people behind this bugseum know the stories and facts that kids love to hear about bugs. There’s plenty of things to see – including cockroaches and butterflies. Plus, kids can touch a tarantula if they’re feeling brave. Looking for more info? Check out our #NJMOM Adventure Insectropolis: The Bugseum of NJ.
Toms River, NJ
Play laser tag at Branchburg Sports Complex
Did you know that the East Coast’s largest laser tag arena is right here in the Garden State? Branchburg Sports Complex is home to a 9,000 square foot, four level-interactive laser tag arena. The arena is decorated with incredible black light murals and a fantasy jungle theme. Kids will have to climb through trees, vines, and glow in the dark bugs to compete with their opponents. There’s an observation deck for anyone not participating, too. Suit up mom, it’s time for laser tag.
Watch knights joust at Medieval Times
Eat with your hands, wear a paper crown, cheer on your favorite knight, and watch jousting competitions all at Medieval Times. The 11th-century themed show has been pleasing audiences and families for ages – literally. It’s a fun, interactive show, where you and the family can cheer on your favorite knight and eat a yummy meal with your hands, like they used to do. Shows generally run for about two hours with lots of interactive activities.
Meet underwater critters at Adventure Aquarium
Adventure Aquarium is a must-see on any day, but we especially love it on a rainy day. Check out the penguin park, piranha falls, the shark bridge, hippo haven, and plenty of touch tanks to get your hands wet. Now included in your admission is access to the 3D Theater, which will bring you face to face with some of the ocean’s most majestic creatures.
Head to the races at RPM Raceway
RPM Raceway offers indoor electric go-karting, which means a whole lot of high energy for you and the family. Make the next rainy day a day at the races at this awesome indoor track which features fast turns and state-of-the-art go karts. Racing is available for kids age 6 and up and no reservation is required. Just show up, sign up, and buckle up.
Jersey City, NJ
Master your swing at Topgolf
Master your swing at Topgolf in Edison, where you can play an inclusive, high tech golf game and enjoy a delicious food menu all at once. Playing golf at Topgolf is not your average 18 holes, it’s filled with climate-controlled seating areas and music too. Whether you’re with the kids, your partner, or a few girlfriends, this place is sure to be a hole-in-one.
Go back in time at Yestercades
Go back in time to yesteryear with the vintage games at Yestercades. There are so many classic arcade games to choose from, you’ll have to try them all. Check out Skeeball, Iceball, pinball, Dance Dance Revolution, and so many more.
Red Bank: (732) 383-7873
Somerville: (908) 526-3270
Westfield: (908) 228-2398