With this weather, whether it’s rain or snow or just plain cold, it’s easy to let the winter blues take over. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the top indoor activities to spice up those dark and cold winter days. Regardless of your preference for rock climbing or cooking classes, there is something for everyone to do in Hoboken and Jersey City indoors.
Hudson Table Cooking Classes | 1403 Clinton Street
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Hoboken’s first cooking studio has daily cooking classes for chefs of all levels. Located at 1403 Clinton Street, the studio hosts a variety of cooking experiences depending on the level of involvement you wish to have. Hands-on and workshop classes are more of the traditional cooking class. In contrast, the Chefs’ Table experience allows attendees to watch a Chef prepare a complete gourmet meal, and those who want to learn more can interact and assist the Chef during the process. For mamas and papas with little ones, HT offers a kids’ class series, teaching basic cooking skills.
Woodworking Class at The DIY Joint | 51 Harrison Street #A207
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This workshop is the perfect place to put your handyman and handywoman skills to test. Fret not if you don’t have a personal toolbox: the studio has professional-grade tools and equipment in-house. You can learn the craft of woodworking from friendly, expert instructors, taking the guesswork and fear out of using power tools.
Rock Climbing at The Gravity Vault | 1423 Clinton Street
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This 25,000-square-foot climbing space is nothing like the rock wall you conquered in gym class. Spend an afternoon becoming belay-certified or grab some friends to join for an instructor-led private climbing session. Gravity Vault offers three types of climbing experiences: bouldering (free climbing a boulder-like structure), top-roping (the traditional indoor climbing experience), and sport climbing (climbing while secured to hooks anchored into the wall as a safety mechanism).
Paint + Sip at ArteVino | 720 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor, Suite C307
This studio in the Monroe Center in downtown Hoboken is a great place to spend a chilly afternoon. The talented instructors guide participants through the class, and the end result is a masterpiece of your very own. Classes are available for participants of nearly every age and private, customizable classes are also available.
Trampoline Class at Jane Do | 720 Monroe Street, Ground Floor, Hoboken + 160 Newark Avene, Jersey City
From the studio’s gorgeous aesthetics to killer workouts, Jane Do has been a great addition to Hoboken’s west side of town. The Hoboken Jane Do location, like the first two studios in Jersey City and Edgewater, features private training, group training, and four signature group classes. We highly recommend Tramp Stamp class which is a glorified trampoline class that is low impact and designed to firm and tone all over. While working out may not seem like the most enjoyable way to spice up your winter restlessness, bouncing around on a trampoline while jamming out to a #girlboss-inspired playlist will surely get the endorphins flowing!
Tipsy Tie Dye | 155 1st Street
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The brother-sister duo behind Tipsy Tie Dye has created a unique space for people to channel their creative side through the art of tie-dying. This is a great activity for a group of people – the shop can be booked ahead of time. The team will walk you through all of the different types of tie-dye patterns, how to create them, and assist when needed. There are clothes and other items in the shop that visitors can purchase to tie-dye or they can bring their own pieces. Visitors can also bring the beverages of their choice.
The Hoboken Historical Museum | 1301 Hudson Street
One way to brighten a dreary day is to visit the Hoboken Historical Museum. The museum’s Shipyard Passageway often hosts pop-up events. Visitors to the museum can learn about Hoboken’s past, including brushing up on trivia about Frank Sinatra to wow guests and win the next trivia night. On Saturdays and Sundays, visit the Museum’s sister museum, the Hoboken Fire Department Museum.
Language Classes at Learn Language Hoboken
For many, thoughts of learning a foreign language conjures up stress-inducing flashbacks to high school where conjugating verbs and differentiating between usted and ustedes is enough to cause a cold sweat. Luckily, Learn Language Hoboken has developed a fun and engaging way to learn a second language. Learn Language Hoboken, located at the Citadel Building |450 Seventh St., offers Spanish, Italian, French, Hindi, Arabic, Mandarin, and ESL classes. Classes run for 10 weeks with each class lasting 1.5 hours. Adult classes are held in the morning, afternoon, and evenings and private lessons are available if you’re more comfortable in a one-on-one setting.
Sushi Rolling at Saku | 936 Park Avenue
On the first and last Tuesday of every month the “darkroom” in this sushi restaurant is reserved for a hands-on sushi tutorial aptly named “Rolling with the Homies.” Learn how to make a tuna roll, a California roll, and a salmon-avocado hand-roll. Tickets cost $45.
Puzzle Out Escape Room | 1 Newark Street, Suite 22, Hoboken + 317 Grove Street, Jersey City
Looking for a fun activity for a group that doesn’t involve eating or drinking? Puzzle Out Room is the spot for you. Puzzle Out is a live escape game with locations in Hoboken and Jersey City where participants must find clues and solve puzzles to acquire a key that unlocks the door to the room they are locked in. Groups of 4-8 are the ideal number of participants, although The Grand Theft Jersey City game can be played as a competition where groups can split into two teams and compete against each other. Tickets range from $25-$32 depending on the number of people on your team and the room is available by reservations only. Visit Puzzle Out Room’s website for a full schedule and to book your session.
Play! Hoboken | 1012 Grand Street
Play! Hoboken, located next to the Columbus Park tennis court has a lot to offer in terms of indoor gaming. Visitors can have the choice of playing billiards, endless board games, darts, eSports, foosball, Golf via a stimulator, and more. The team also offers afterschool classes for chess and Dungeons and Dragons, as well as private chess lessons, and hosts eSports Tournaments. If you’re a soda enthusiastic, the in-house soda club offers rare flavors and brands of soda to visitors for purchase.
Paint + Sip at Art Mango | 30 Mall Drive W, 2nd Floor, Jersey City
Creating parties for 10 guests or 50, an Art Mango package offers two hours to “sip back and relax” and paint. The team provides the art materials needed; participants can bring their own beverages. For more information, visit Art Mango or call 201.918.7277
Axe-Throwing at Tomahawks | 7 Sherman Avenue, Floor 2
This shop honors the region’s Lenape Indian roots, and the lanes are named with words from the tribe’s language and geographical areas. The cost of the use of a private lane for two hours is $35 for a group of four (minimum) to eight people. See the website for additional details and private party information.
Rewax & UnWine | 2 Division Street
Participants can bring their own food and drink to this candle-making experience that will surely bring a glow to the cheeks. The store is booking holiday parties, both corporate and private.
Bowling at Hudson Lanes | 1 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City
Grab a group and go bowling to share some fun and laughs. Three group packages are available, with the basic package starting at $70 per lane (five people per lane) for two hours of bowling and shoe rental. Higher-priced deals include food and soda. For more information, check out the website or call 201-432-5900.
RPM Raceway | 99 Caven Point Road
RPM brings participants the thrill of competitive racing in a safe and authentic environment, as guests can ride Italian-made go-karts on European-style tracks. Each lap around the track will have the heart racing and adrenaline pumping. After the race, RPM also offers arcade games and bowling.