A large amount of Hoboken’s population is made up of families, and there’s no denying that there are countless family-friendly activities around to keep busy. There are piers, a ton of parks, and a whole square mile to walk around in, but the weather doesn’t always call for outdoor activities. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of unique indoor classes and activities in Hoboken for children to enjoy. So, keep on reading to see where to keep busy with children inside during the colder/rainy months:
Urban Jungle Play | 1140 Maxwell Lane
Just picture one of Hoboken’s playgrounds — but indoors. Head to Urban Jungle Play where your child can enjoy a playground in any weather. Yes, there’s literally an entire playground set including a slide, swings, and all, inside this space. There’s also an area for smaller children with toys, books, and even a live fish tank that will be sure to mesmerize the little ones. Open play is $25 for two hours.
The Gravity Vault | 1423 Clinton Street
If you have a daring one on your hands, a visit to The Gravity Vault is a must. With 25,000 square feet of climbing space, this is the ultimate indoor spot for kids to have fun. The Gravity Vault team offers camps, classes, one-on-one lessons, and after-school climb time for kids who literally can’t stop climbing the walls.
The Hive | 1000 Park Ave.
This cheerful coffee shop is more than meets the eye. The shop has a dedicated playspace filled with toys and books to keep the little ones busy while adult caretakers enjoy the delicious coffee. The space is filled with natural light and gets cleaned throughout the day with effective but still kid-safe products. Reservations are not required now, but have been in the past, so be sure to visit the shop’s social media for the latest.
Hoboken Historical Museum | 1301 Hudson Street
Why not learn more about this wonderful town we call home? And who doesn’t love free activities? Explore the city’s history at the Hoboken Historical Museum, which has tons of kids’ programming. Fridays have storytime at the Museum, and the Museum partners with the Hoboken Fire Museum for Sunday storytimes at the Fire Museum. There are also kids’ art activities in the Museum on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
The Hoboken Public Library | 500 Park Avenue
The Hoboken Public Library hosts events and programs on a daily basis, so there is always something going on. The children’s section upstairs often hosts storytimes and other fun programs for children. Check out the website or stop in to see what’s going on and to plan a visit. Library events are free.
Little Bee Learning Studio | 163 4th Street
The Pinta & Play class at Little Bee Learning Studio allows children to tune into their creative side. It is a great way to have your child paint, explore, and get messy without having to do it at home. On the more educational side, this is also a great place to pick up Spanish vocabulary and focus on your child’s language skills at an early age.
The Little Play Co. | 1400 Hudson Street
Everything is cuter in miniature, and the play space at The Little Play Co. is no different. With scaled-down replicas of Hoboken landmarks such as the Lackawanna Terminal and other places kids love, like a fire station, a restaurant, and a construction site, there’s plenty of space for make-believe. Caretakers can reserve the space for a small group playdate, a party, or drop-in during open hours. Little Play Co. also offers child care.
Symposia Community Bookstore | 510 Washington Street
Symposia Community Bookstore is the home of Puppetonia, an educational puppet troupe run by Carmen Mosu, co-owner of the bookstore. The troupe performs at various parks in Hoboken during fair weather, but during foul weather and colder months performs inside the bookstore. Check out the schedule online to find your favorite puppets.