You know how it is, when you have some free time with the kids and are wondering what the heck you should do. Well, I have put together a list of really fun things to do in Madison NJ with kids. The hardest part will be deciding which activity to do first!
This indoor modular playground is sure to spark your kids’ interest! There is a cargo bridge, trolley glide, monkey bars, and gym ring challenge. With the main area geared towards preschool and school-aged children (11 and under), there is also a separate area specifically for your toddlers. If you have a Family Membership to the Y, you can bring your children during Open Play times. With the new Family Plus memberships, babysitting is even available!
An indoor playground and cafe, there are open play times every day of the week (and weekend!) for your children ages 6 and under. You can purchase one time entries or bundles to save money. The cafe boasts coffee, espresso, tea, snacks and bottled beverages (whoever thought of this was a genius). TVPC also hosts special events and offers options if you want to have your child’s birthday party hosted here.
A craft studio for creative kids, this spot offers a multitude of classes and camps for ages 3-10. Some of these classes include Craft Stars, Little Crafters, Young Artists, and Studio Art. You can sign up for a mini camp during spring break or one of their many summer camp options! Guess what? Yes, there are birthday party options.
This local library has tons of fun activities for all ages! If you have a baby, there is a Baby Time class, with songs, stories, and fingerplays. Rhyme Time is for 16 months-5 years, with stories, songs, rhymes and BUBBLES. Preschool Explore is for your 2-5 year olds, who will be able to explore STEM concepts. There are also children’s yoga classes, grab and go crafts, read to a service dog opportunities, and even an advanced beginner/intermediate chess class! It’s all happening at the Madison Library.
This old-school roller rink should bring back a lot of nostalgia for the parents and a lot of FUN for the kids. There are public sessions on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays when you can just skate your heart out or private party options as well. Lessons are offered here or if your child wants to skate competitively, you can join the Florham Park Figure Skating Club.
Two words: Trampoline Park. There are 13 different activities for your kids here, including obstacle courses, augmented reality, sensory-friendly jumps, volleyball, rock climbing walls, glow nights, and MORE. Birthday parties, including Glow Packages (how fun!), are offered here. And you know trampoline parks bring out the crazy in your kids. Luckily, there is a special time devoted to toddlers on Tuesdays.
Have you always wanted to play with clay and make something of your own? Head to this studio ASAP! There are hand building (no pottery wheel needed) sessions every day, and pottery wheel classes for teens and adults. The Mud Clay Studio also offers “claydates” which are one-time wheel classes for ladies night, date nights, etc. Summer Camp is available to your children ages 7 and up. Experienced potters– you can become a studio member and take advantage of firing services.
This local family destination is a roadside market, with fresh produce, eggs, meats, and flowers. For the kids, there are also donkeys, chickens, goats, ducks, and a rabbit! And they are also known for their home baked pies and live Christmas trees around the holidays. If you can’t visit in person that day, but your kids are super curious about what the animals are up, you can check out their website for videos of what the furry friends are up to.
The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center is located in Chatham and gives your children an opportunity to experience nature at its finest. There are two miles of flat trails and boardwalk, with amazing views of the swamp, forest, meadows, and pond. The Visitors Center houses many interactive exhibits. There are also toddler treks, night walks, and summer camps offered for ages 2-18.
Morristown’s first indoor play space, there are many activities for your little ones including sensory toys, pretend play, and a 3-story soft climbing structure. Open play sessions are offered during the week and birthday parties can be booked on weekends. And YES, you can get a cup of coffee in the cafe.
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