Indoor Winter Fun in New Jersey

  • Indoor Family Attractions in New Jersey

Feeling (cabin) feverish? Whether you're a parent, pop-pop, granny or nanny, winter can be a l-o-n-g season when you're in charge of entertaining the kids. Ta-da! New Jersey to the rescue! The state famous for old-fashioned summer fun offers plenty of wonderful winter play dates—from family-friendly museums to activities for all ages. Here are five cool suggestions to fire up your winter calendar.

1. Escape to the tropics—without going far.

You may be feeling the heat of too much hibernation, but baby, it's cold outside. It's easy to warm things up at Adventure Aquarium on the Delaware River Camden Waterfront. First stop: Caribbean Currents, which features vibrantly colored reef fish, exotic sea turtles and so much more in 15 warm-water exhibits. Be sure to giddy-up and go see the seahorses, too!

2. Run around an indoor playground.

Burn off that excess energy at indoor play spaces like Imagine That!!! and iPlay America, or put the pedal to the metal at the indoor go-karting racetrack at RPM Raceway. Or ignite light bulb moments at Liberty Science Center, a playground for future scientists and innovators, where you can follow the clues and use your sleuthing skills at The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes (on display through May 29, 2019), dive into the ever-popular Touch Tunnel, or test your balance on the Infinity Climber, heralded as a "thrilling climbing gym for the 21st century."

3. Make a splash.

The kids will ditch the TV and the devices in a flash when they hear about the super-fast water slides, fun pools and splash parks at indoor water parks such as CoCo Key Water Resort in Mt. Laurel and Sahara Sam's Oasis in West Berlin. For an unforgettable hotel pool experience, stay at the luxurious Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg and let the kid enjoy the tropical oasis at the Biospehere Pool Complex.

4. Sneak in some learning.

Do you hide cauliflower and other veggies in the kids' mac 'n' cheese? Good job, you! Now take that stealth behavior and apply to your family outing. The New Jersey State Museum is a fun way to ensure the recommended daily allowance of learning. Not only is it four museums in one, it's free for kids 12 and under. See an incredible collection of one-of-a-kind objects (everything from Native American relics to a caribou antler from the Ice Age) at Objects Count: A Decade of Collecting at the New Jersey State Museum, on display through April 28, 2019.

5. Celebrate the timeless tales of childhood.

New Jersey's theaters present an anthology of classic tales for all ages this winter. Fans of wizards and magic won't want to miss the hilarity of Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience at McCarter Theatre on January 26, 2019, while little ones will love the timeless story of The Hungry Caterpillar, performed at Count Basie Theatre on January 27, 2019. A classic tale takes the stage at the Mayo Performing Arts Center with Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella February 8-9, 2019. The musical adventure of Beauty and the Beast comes to life at South Orange Performing Arts Center March 2, 2019. 

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