Ultimate NJ spring break guide for families
If you're getting antsy about what to do with the family for a few spring break days, we have you covered. There's the thrill of a new season for lots of attractions- but also anxiety about this apparent last gasp of winter in NJ. Here's some indoor and outdoor spots to consider:
Jump it out
Trampoline parks are springing up all over Jersey. They offer active fun for all ages. Many schedule dodge ball times and other activities too, depending on interest.
Sky Zone trampoline parks are offering a 'Spring Back' Pass, where frequent users can get two jumps free. It's the largest trampoline park presence in NJ, with 6 locations open (Allendale, Lakewood, Moorestown, Ocean Township, Pine Brook, South Plainfield) and two on the way (Hamilton, Mount Olive).
There's also Rebounderz in Edison and Air Trampoline Sports in Aberdeen.
Swim & Slide into Spring
New Jersey has a couple of its own indoor water parks, where the weather is a non-issue for family fun.
CoCo Key Water Resort in Mt. Laurel offers an interactive aquatic jungle gym and lots of water slides. There's also a short lazy river, a slam dunk pool with basketball nets and an arcade with over 50 electronic games. It's open for a good portion of the rest of March, and April long weekends.
Sahara Sam’s Oasis in West Berlin has distinction as New Jersey’s first free-standing, indoor water park. It offers 58,000 square feet of aquatic and arcade attractions- and is open daily for Spring Break.
More bounce & balance fun
There's also no shortage of 'play and party' facilities with inflatables in NJ.
Pump it Up has seven locations in Jersey: Freehold, Hamilton, Marlton, Piscataway, Randolph, Roselle Park and Secaucus. Each has inflatables for sliding and bouncing and balancing. They all have open jump times, in between parties and other events.
Just as big on inflatables, Bounce U has seven spots around NJ: Blackwood, Cherry Hill, Eatontown, Lakewood, Marlboro, Paramus, West Windsor. Open jump times vary at each spot, so check the calendar.
On a similar note, The Jumping Jungle is an inflatables spot in East Brunswick. JerZjump in Monmouth Junction has inflatables and a 15-foot tall ‘soft’ play jungle gym.
Jersey Shore gets into full swing
Amusement rides are set to open this weekend at Jenkinson's Boardwalk (Point Pleasant Beach). Depending on the weather, you could sneak in some first thrills of the season- the Jenk's aquarium is open everyday!
In Seaside Heights, Casino Pier also is launching weekend hours for the Spring. And of course, there's always arcade fun at both spots.
Arcades for those "inland"
iPlay America in Freehold has rides and arcade games for nearly all ages. Dubbed "New Jersey's largest indoor Boardwalk," it also features go karts and laser tag.
In Burlington County, there's Funplex Mount Laurel and Morris County is home to Funplex East Hanover.
Scale new heights
'Get a grip' with the family, at one of several indoor rock climbing gyms.
The Gravity Vault has locations in Chatham, Middletown and Upper Saddle River. Check the calendars for open climb options, varied by age and ability.
There's also NJ Rock Gym in Fairfield, Garden State Rocks in Morganville and Rockville Climbing Center in Hamilton.
Places for the lil' tots
Kidz Village has two locations, Kenilworth and Woodbridge. It's indoor play areas created for kids ages 10 and under.
Construction buffs can dig it
Talk about unique- Jersey's got the only construction-themed park on this continent! Diggerland USA is in West Berlin, right next to Sahara Sam’s water park. Kids and their families get to drive, ride and operate real machinery (which has undergone safety upgrades). It's open for Spring Break the rest of this month.
Erin Vogt is a lifelong Jersey Girl, whose first reporting gig involved her Fisher Price tape recorder. As a wife and momma of two kiddies, she firmly believes that life’s too short to drink bad coffee. A fan of the beach, Dave Grohl and karma, in no particular order.