Winter Boredom Busters for Families in Hudson County + Beyond

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All right, let’s get real — we are in the thick of winter. Although the temps outside are balmy and it might not feel like proper February per se, don’t get it twisted — winter is in full swing and so are those cabin fever feels. Adults and kids alike may feel restless and need some fun out of the house to keep their sanity and lucky for you, we’ve got it covered. Check out this list of 15 places to get those winter wiggles out with the whole family in Hudson County and beyond.

The Little Play Co. {1400 Hudson Street, Hoboken}

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One of the most customized play spaces in the area, The Little Play Co. features the Lackawanna clock tower, a PATH train, a Hoboken Fire Station truck, and several other mini shops to replicate local retail stores. Children can problem solve and learn to get along with others while they enjoy this imaginative space. 

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Bounce Safari {3 North Street, Waldwick}

This newly-renovated space is a fun place to take the little ones. This location features inflatable slides, obstacle courses, bouncers, games, and leather seating for parents to enjoy while they watch their safari animals go wild.

Play City {4918 Park Avenue, Weehawken}

Play City is a soft-padded indoor playground, cafe, and birthday party venue. Instead of public transportation, little citizens use slides to get from place to place. Kids can let loose, climb, bounce, and jump their way to adventure.

Hudson’s House of Play {40 Riverwalk Place, West New York}

Imaginative play can bring an entire community together. Children up to age five can enjoy the play village in addition to the various toys available at Hudson’s House of Play. Children can live their dream of running a grocery store, baking in a sweets shop, or heal animals as a vet.

Bricks 4 KIDZ {720 Monroe Street, Hoboken}

Kids get to build awesome creations at Bricks 4 KIDZ. The program allows them to embrace their creativity and build exciting LEGO models from a series of project kits and model plans. Devoted to providing an atmosphere for children to learn, build, and play. The classes provided teach the fundamentals of S.T.E.M. with instruction inspired by engineers and architects.

Funzy Play {125 River Drive South, Jersey City}

With access to a variety of activities, a large three-level dynamic jungle climb, toddler play learning room, and season scenario play area, little ones will never be bored at Funzy Play. Ideal for children under the age of six, this open play spot is a no-brainer.

Urban Jungle Play {1140 Maxwell Lane, Hoboken}

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Urban Jungle Play is a unique children’s activity center and preparatory school in Hoboken. They focus on experiential learning through play and multi-sensory exploration. Plus, this family-friendly spot is open daily, so it’s a great option to get the little ones out of a winter rut.

Catch Air {Route 4 #102, #224, Paramus}

Have a blast in this unique and dynamic play center. Catch Air has laser shows, bubble dance parties, a giant three-story soft play castle, interactive toys, and more. Friendly and experienced staff will go the extra mile to make sure your child has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Imagine That {4 Vreeland Park, Florham Park}

One of the few local museums that specializes in educating and entertaining pre-school age and young school children. Explore over 16,000 square feet of fun space featuring over 50 unique exhibits. Little ones can embrace their instinctive learning-through-play model to discover new experiences at Imagine That.

Genius Gems {215 Millburn Avenue, Millburn}

Not your typical place space. For young minds who love to build and design, Genius Gems offers the perfect opportunity for kids to create with an endless supply of magnetic tiles. Enjoy this STEM experience for kids, play with Ozobots and Cubelets, over 30,000 magnetic tiles, and even get the chance to create personalized slime at the Slime Bar. 

Urban Air {69 Wesley Street, South Hackensack}

This spot is more than just a trampoline park. Go on an exhilarating adventure using virtual reality technology, climb to new heights on a variety of climbing walls, and attempt to overcome the warrior ninja obstacle course. Refuel in the Urban Air Cafe before heading back out to enjoy the tubes playground and trampolines.

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Village Play Cafe {17 Watchung Avenue, Chatham}

Nourish, explore, and inspire. Village Play Cafe offers a cafe and lounge area for adults and children to enjoy a break together. Let children interact with their peers in imagination zones set up as a grocery store, fire station, veterinary clinic, a castle, and playhouse. For the more exuberant little one, enjoy the jungle gym where they can crawl, slide, and climb.

Lily & Liam {250B South Van Brunt Street, Englewood}

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Check out this comfortable and stress-free play space for children to be excited and engaged. With careful planning, Lily & Liam has successfully designed a wide-open playground that allows parents and dedicated staff to ensure the safety of children at all times. Kids can explore with building blocks, dollhouses, a ball pit, multi-level playground, and more.

Jump On In {69 Route 17 South, Hasbrouck Heights}

The first indoor inflatable and jumping facility to open in the New England area is still around and ready to welcome little ones of all ages. Continuing with their legacy, they offer safe and interactive inflatable structures for children to enjoy. Kids can bounce, slide, climb, and tumble their way through the space at Jump On In. 

Destination Jump {39 Leslie Court, Whippany}

Whether it’s a day off of school or the weather is terrible, Destination Jump is always the right temperature for fun. Enjoy an 80-minute open jump time on a weekly basis and get those wiggles out while having a blast. Specialized jump times include Galactic Glow Jump, Dinner Time Jump, Bring a Buddy Jump, Parents Night Out, Pajama Jump, and more.

When school is out or the weather is terrible, where do you go? Let us know in the comments!


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Originally from North Carolina, Ainsley became a proud Hoboken Girl years ago. As a freelance journalist she has written about everything under the sun for the past six years. She works from her home office in uptown Hoboken or sometimes from Choc-o-Pain, because nothing says “freelancer” like working from a café with a fresh croissant nearby. As the mother of one very fast toddler, she has a passion for self-care, parenting hacks, and discovering all the fun things the Mile Square has to offer.