We’ve rounded up the best places to go on a date night, girls’ night out and a spa day, but what about the kids? Luckily, there are just as many hot spots for kids in North Jersey as there are for adults.
“Jersey is a great place to keep kids entertained,” my sister, former Mrs. New Jersey Paige Lippe tells OMJ. “There are a lot of quaint towns that have family friendly parks and are just across the street from stores and restaurants. And with the competition of NYC nearby, it also keeps pressure on local businesses to maintain interesting, quality activities.”
So, where does this mom of one take her take her 3-year-old for the ultimate play date? Here’s her top five spots.
Kill two birds with one stone. Get your grocery shopping done while entertaining your youngster. They have fresh eggs, baked goods and produce on site as well as a petting zoo with sheep, cows, donkeys and rabbits. If your tot is feeling adventurous there are even pony rides. It’s free admission for customers.
Get rid of that excess energy by heading to this indoor trampoline park featuring freestyle bouncing and dodgeball. There are different types of bounces for all ages like Junior Jump for toddlers and Family Fun Night on Wednesdays. Even on regular jump days the staff makes sure that little kids have a safe area to jump.
Let your toddlers and preschooler let loose in the ultimate playhouse. Suited for children six and under, this mini-town lets kids adopt a baby during and pretend to be mom or dad, visit Cafe At Main and become a chef, play doctor, drop-in at Tom’s Speedway, Sam’s Construction Site and horse around in the TJ’s Barnyard.
On a rainy day this spot is key. The indoor playground lets kids build, jump, climb, slide, run and even test their balancing skills on a variety of props. For our older visitors, there are plenty of activities to keep them happy too like foam ball shooters, rock climbing wall and hand peddled cars.
Covering 146 acres, there’s plenty to do at Van Saun County Park for the whole family. Some popular attractions include the nationally accredited Bergen County Zoological Park, the historic Washington Spring Garden, train, carousel, pony rides, several playgrounds, picnic and fishing areas.