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Maple Sugaring 2014 and A special look at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, Chatham NJ

2014 UPDATE:

Snowy days have not been great on my updating timeliness! Want to know where the latest maple sugaring events are happening what’s left of February 2014 and March? Here are a few links to some great nature/environmental centers:

Bergen county:

Tenafly Nature Center Maple Sugaring- LINK here to register ($5/Member $10/Non-members (Children under

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Essex Environmental Center- Roseland, NJ

Essex Environmental Center is located on 621 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ.

From their website: ” The Essex County Environmental Center is located in the western section of Essex County at West Essex Park. West Essex Park is 1,360 acres of wetlands preserve which remains almost entirely undeveloped. It stretches along six miles of the

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Liberty Science Center for the Pre-schoolers

Liberty Science Center is located on 222 Jersey City Boulevard Jersey City, (GPS users may need to use old address 251 Phillip St. to get there).

Click here for our newest post Dec/2015

For driving directions, check out their website here.

We recently visited this place with some friends with our young ones, ages

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Cutie Patooties, Englewood NJ

***UPDATE****- Cutie Patooties has closed its doors at their current location, however to find out where they will reopen, check out their still active facebook page here. (You can also show your support too, it was a great space):

From Dec, 2012: “Cutie Patooties Play Space: We have not found a permanent location yet,

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Power Play Gaming, Denville, NJ

Located on Diamond Spring Road in downtown Denville, Power Play Gaming is the next generation of video arcade and entertainment centers.

Inside you’ll find an array of flat screen TVs and leather gaming chairs with surround sound speakers built into the backs and arms. Every game imaginable for the Wii, Playstation and Xbox systems is

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Camp Iliff Rockaway Mall, Rockaway, NJ

PERMANENTLY CLOSED!!! THIS POST IS HERE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES!!! Camp Iliff in Newton is still around but only for CHILD CARE!!!

During a recent trip to the Rockaway Mall, Eddie and I decided to check out the new Camp Iliff indoor playground and play place which is right next to JC Penney and the

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Monkeydoodles, Lake Hopatcong NJ

Please note Monkeydoodles is permanently closed. Thanks to the owner for all the fun we had there!!!! For historical purposes we left the review below

Monkeydoodles Playroom is a brightly colored and spotless brand spanking new (as of Jan 2012) play place dedicated exclusively to children up to 5 years old at 832 Route 15S

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Clown Around- Flanders, NJ

Editor’s Note: We are ecstatic to start off 2012, with our NJ indoor playground tour! We had an awesome time at Clown Around, check out our review below. If you know of a great place to play in Morris County and it hasn’t been listed, comment on our NJ Playgrounds facebook page here!


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The Funplex, East Hanover, NJ

The Funplex is an amazing indoor (and outdoor) amusement center with a little something for everyone. The center in East Hanover features a large arcade with skill-based full redemption games and win to play games for the younger kids. There are also indoor “rides” like a 4D movie theater (must be 40″ or taller) two sets of bumper cars (one for those at least 36″ tall and one for those 42″ and taller) and “Free Fall” (38″ with adult, 42″ solo. ) They also have Go-Karts, a Foam Frenzy, Magic Quest and indoor Lazer Tag! Not to mention a great outdoor pool and coming soon… the “Splashplex” an outdoor water park!

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Morris Museum, Morristown NJ

The Morris Museum is a great spot to visit with family and friends on any given day or especially when the museum is hosting one of their special events. It is home to the Bickford Theatre which offers a children’s theatre series and hosts the Brightest Star School of Performing Arts. The museum is conveniently located at 6 Normandy Heights Road which is just off of Routes 24 and 287. The main phone number is 973.971.3700. They are open Wed thru Sunday and admission is $10 per adult and $7 per child and they also offer an affordable family membership. For information on their current exhibitions, hours, admission, membership, special events, theatre schedule and special programs like camps and birthday parties visit their website. The museum also has a great little gift shop with unique items and specialty books. There are several permanent exhibits at the museum that will appeal to kids of all ages. On the main floor you will learn all about rocks and minerals and mammals. Beware of the big bear in the mammal exhibit! You can also plan to spend a good amount of time in the Musical Machines & Living Dolls exhibition as little ones strive to create their own music and experience musical machines and mechanical dolls and toys from long ago.

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Glow House Kids, Butler NJ

Sheila and I (and Eddie!) just visited a brand new and incredibly unique place to play! It’s in Butler, NJ on Route 23 just off Route 287. Their phone is 973-850-6366 , e-mail is and you can find them at 1510 Route 23 North in Butler, NJ 07405. Visit their website here. Called the “Glow House” this indoor play and birthday party venue literally glows. The entire facility is lit with black light and most of the furniture, toys, murals, play things and items worn by the staff are black light reactive and GLOW! Eddie had SO much fun playing freeze dance and glow in the dark basketball, painting and doing glow in the dark puzzles.

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Jump On In, Boonton

When your kids (and maybe even you too!) need a place to burn off restless energy or are looking for some good healthy indoor fun, check out Jump On In in Boonton NJ. This facility is just a few years old and impeccably maintained. There are two rooms with fun inflatables. The first room has basketball, a cool horizontal ladder climb, a traditional bounce house, big slide and a double maze with their own fun slides. The second room has another maze with tunnels and slides that is geared more towards the younger kids, a very large basketball arena, t-ball, volleyball, air hockey and foosball.

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The Connection, Summit NJ

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Birgit for sending me the latest information on this place. I did not realize that they held an open swim for non-members! That’s pretty neat especially during the winter time 🙂

The Connection for Women and Families located on 79 Maple Street in Summit NJ, holds open gym/open swim for

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My Gym Review, Howell, NJ


My Gym, in Howell is located on 2205 Route 9 North, in the Regal Shopping Center next to the White Castle. A great play area for young kids, with opportunities to climb, hang and tumble.

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Pump It Up, Secaucus

Sheila and I and my three kids enjoyed a great afternoon with owner Henry Lee at his new Secaucus location of Pump it Up. Located at 301 Penhorn Avenue in Unit #5 in Secaucus, NJ 07094. You can reach them at (201) 865-JUMP (5867) or find more information online

See a great video of

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Play Your Way, Riverdale


A new indoor play place opened up in Riverdale NJ — Play Your Way

Family owned and operated by Mimi Hannon and family, this brightly colored, super clean and fun new spot is sure to keep your infant,

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Kidz Village, Woodbridge

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Sheila and I visited the BRAND NEW Kidz Village location in Woodbridge on a hot sunny day in June.

It’s GORGEOUS! You can find them at 507 King Georges Road, Woodbridge, NJ. Call 732-826-8577 for the latest information or visit them at They have a location in Kenilworth

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Junglerrrific, Howell, NJ


Junglerrrific located on 2226 Route 9 South, Howell NJ was recommended to us a while back by a fan on our facebook page. We received more positive feedback, and had to take a look for

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Kids Kingdom, Northvale, NJ – CLOSED

271 Livingston St., Northvale NJ in Strip Mall.


So sad to see it go…


Huge Jungle Gym for the older kids including ball-shooter on 2 levels. 3 and under toddler area in separate section with ball pit and smaller jungle gym. Snack area, and also

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JumpNasium, Fairfield, NJ

204 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield, New Jersey 07004. Tel 973-808-1700 website:

Open Jump Schedule

** RARE Open Jumps are 40 minutes in stadium A and then 30 minutes in stadium B**

*All other Open Jumps are 55 minutes in Stadium B followed by 55 minutes in stadium B

Reservations are required as

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Funtime Junction, Fairfield, NJ

400 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ. $9.75/admission. Free internet access (wireless)!

Purchase Deal:

$15 For A Family Fun Package (Reg. $30)

Ball pits, with their bright primary colors and inviting crayon smells are a human child’s natural environment. Release yours back into the wild with this super offer: you’ll get 2 children’s admissions and 1 adult

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Community Children’s Museum, Dover NJ

**UNFORTUNATELY, THE COMMUNITY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN DOVER NJ HAS CLOSED PERMANENTLY** **INFORMATION BELOW IS ONLY FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES** Have you checked out all our other indoor play areas? We have included a map of all NJ indoor playgrounds, NJ children museums, even mcdonalds playlands and chuck e. cheeses in NJ and all your recommendations

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Is your favorite NJ indoor play area missing on our list?

It probably is. We just started to focus on some rainy day destinations and want to improve what we have on our site. We already have an Indoor Playgrounds section but would like to beef it up.

Here is a list of some of our favorites and a map to go with it. We

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NJ Children’s Museum, Paramus *not free*

CLOSED FOREVER!!! NJ Childrens Museum last day was September 1, 2014. They were renting the building, and the building got sold to Valley Hospital. So sad!! Thanks to NJCM for all the fun times! We will leave this post up for historical reference.

For other indoor places to play, visit our indoor page


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Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor Water Park, West Berlin

535 N. Route 73 West Berlin, NJ 08091

EDIT: Originally we posted only mommypoppins review on Sahara Sams, but we finally visited and enjoyed it. My five year old did not want to leave! My four year old hates the water so we spent some time in the arcade, this multiple children with their

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Trailside Nature and Science Center, Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ

452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ. The Trailside Nature and Science Center is a hidden gem, free to everyone, located in Watchung Reservation, Trailside is a three level nature center with a Discovery Room in the lower level (where we took most of our pictures). I highly recommend visiting, as well as picking up literature

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Giggles Play Station, Rockaway, NJ

350 US Route 46 East, Rockaway NJ.

AS OF MAY 2015, GIGGLES PLAYSTATION IS CLOSED!!! This review is for historical purposes only….

Somehow my GPS didn’t do a good job finding this place, so we called for assistance. Here is their website for help in directions: Giggles Playstation- Birthday Parties Galore (It is

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Kidnetic, Montville NJ

2 Changebridge Road, Bldg E, Montville, NJ. Love this place, if I lived closer would go more often. I am not a photographer, so excuse the bad photostitching but even my poor attempt shows what an open area it is, and how ideal it is for parents whose children outnumber them. I brought my 2

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Funtime America, Cliffwood, NJ



111 Highway 35 South, Cliffwood, New Jersey. After looking at their website, it looks huge, and definitely we will put it on our list. Enough space to have a few rides including a train, bumper cars, carousel and

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Funtime Junction, Fairfield, NJ.

400 Fairfield Road. Fairfield, NJ. Personally I have not visited this place, but got a recommendation from EEEPNJ from city-data. From the virtual tour on the website I can see my kids having a great time in this place.

according to website as of 11/30/08- Price: $9.75/child; $1.25/adult

See website for virtual tours and details

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