New Jersey is known for its beaches and boardwalks and summertime activities. However, parents may have to look a little bit harder for ways to entertain their kids when the weather turns cold. The good news is, there are plenty of fun indoor activities throughout the state for children of all ages.
Adventure Aquarium in Camden gives families a chance to visit hippos, penguins, sharks and a wide variety of fish up close. Its Kids Zone allows children to pet stingrays and play in an "under the sea" themed playground. Admission is $23.95 for adults and $17.95 for kids age 2-12. (reference 1) The Atlantic City Aquarium features a stingray touch tank, clownfish and an exotic animal show and live diver feeding show. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 4-12. (reference 2)
Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center is located in State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson River. It features 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with more than 100 different species, giant aquariums, a 3D IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries and tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators. Kids can also operate a surgical robot, learn what it takes to design and build skyscrapers, make a 6-foot bubble and climb a rock wall. Tickets are $16.75 for adults and $12.50 for kids age 2 to 12. (reference 3)
iPlay America, located in Freehold, offers go-karts, laser tag, amusement rides, bumper cars and mini bowling in a 115,000-square-foot facility. Pay as you go, or buy a band for $22.95 or $29.95 for unlimited rides on certain attractions. (reference 4) Kids Towne USA in Hamilton has an arcade, jungle gym, maze and laser tag. Attractions are individually priced. (reference 5)
It may be cold outside, but you can still have fun in the water. The indoor CoCo Key Water Resort in Mt. Laurel offers large pools with slides, a lazy river and a water basketball court. Prices range from $17.99 to $27.99. (reference 6) At the indoor-outdoor Sahara Sam's in West Berlin, attractions include a body slide, a lazy river, a surfing simulator and a cargo obstacle course. Tickets are between $20.95 and $32.95. (reference 7)