Sick of going to Toys ‘R Us and Kohls, and all the stores during the Christmas season?  Fear not, we have some great ideas that you can get delivered to your home that will make the kids happy and active!  First full disclosure:  “NJ Playgrounds is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to and 


You can swing inside!

1) My friend got a similar one of these, this is an Indoor Gym for kids that basically uses your door frame, and the kids can swing, climb and have a great time and be active even when a noreaster is coming!

Indoor Gym by Playaway Toys

Indoor Gym by Playaway Toys

Here’s the link: Indoor Trapeze Bar and Swing Set for Kids – Perfect Rainy Day Activity


Bounce that Energy Away!

2) This is pretty cool for the house that has a spacious basement, or if you are ok with moving the furniture temporarily to make room for a cold day indoors.

SkyBound(TM) Super 7 Trampoline. The Perfect Kid’s Indoor/Outdoor Trampoline Measuring 7 Ft.

Little Bouncers will LOVE this!

3) Indoor Bounce House for toddlers and pre-schoolers! Our family loves to bounce, but beware if you have bigger kids, this may be a strain on the motor, according to some of the reviews on here. This is rated for indoor/outdoor use, so it’s perfect for getting the kids’ energy used up when they are cooped up in the winter.

indoor bouncer
Blast Zone Little Bopper Inflatable Bouncer by Blast Zone

Don’t need something that huge in your room, this is a favorite for the smaller space!


The Original Toy Company Fold & Go Trampoline (TM)

Support your local zoos and museums!

4) Memberships to Zoos/Museums. From Turtle Back Zoo to Imagine That’s Value packs, check out the list below on some great deals for gift certificates and memberships to great places.

Shady and Refreshing Train Ride

Shady and Refreshing Train Ride

We love the Turtle Back Zoo, they always have some great stuff going on, including their Holiday Lights and new exhibits even when the weather gets cold, our review has a great write up.  During the summer months, we love the train ride (included with admission) and the petting zoo.  All memberships include:

Unlimited free admission to the zoo for one year
Free admission to members only “Night Moves” events
10% discount at the Turtle Back Zoo Gift Shop
Free subscription to the Society’s newsletter, “Turtle Talk”
Reciprocal privileges with more than 110 affiliated zoos and aquariums across the country.

(Please note that the list of zoos with which we have reciprocity is subject to change at any time.) For a list of participating zoos, see the following link: Reciprocal Zoo List — 2014

Imagine That Museum has Gift Certificates and Value Books

Imagine That Museum has Gift Certificates and Value Books

One of our favorite places to play has been Imagine That Museum in Florham Park NJ.

Check out their exhibit map to get a quick peek, or you can see our review here!

Imagine That has alot to offer including their amazing vehicle showroom, where the kids can climb in a fire engine, pilot a plane, and let their imagination go wild.

For gift certificates, check out their store here.

Support your local businesses and give the Gift of Play!

5) Pay for their Open Play. So this is a perfect gift for friends and family that don’t need more toys, give them a gift of play and a memorable experience at a play place near them! Check out the current groupons below!

CityPlace NameDeal (clickable link)Comment
BlackwoodBounce U - Blackwood$20 for five open bounce sessions ($40 value)
Bridgewater, NJBridgewater Sports Arena$11 for one game of laser tag for two and $10 worth of arcade tokens (a $22 value)
Eatontown, NJFuntime America
$22.50 For 1 Large Pizza, 1 Pitcher Of Soda, 20 Game Tokens & Two 2-Hour Bounce Wristbands (Reg. $45)
Need to update our review (have old cliffwood location)
Edison, NJRebounderz$30 for Two 90-Min Jump Pass with Socks and Two Bottles of Water — Valid Anytime (Value $66) Link to our review on
Florham Park NJImagine That!!! A NJ Children's MuseumBuy One Get One via coupons for funLink to our review on
Kenilworth, NJKidz Village
$27.50 For 5 All-Day Play Passes (Reg. $54.95)
Link to our review on
Lakewood, NJBounce U-Lakewood$20 for five open bounce sessions ($40 value)
Randolph, NJMt. Freedom (Mini Golf)$6 for mini golf for two ($12 value)Laser Mini-Golf Fridays!
Somerville, NJTee-rific (Mini Golf)$8 for a round of mini golf for two (up to a $16 value)
South Plainfield, NJSky Zone$18 for two 60-minute Jump Passes, valid Tuesday–Friday ($36 value)