Jersey is known for its beaches, but sometimes rain ruins your family’s plans to spend a day down at the shore. So, we’ve compiled a list of fun indoor amusement centers in Hoboken for you and your kids to enjoy.
PLAYDAY is an art-focused activity center in Hoboken that offers over twenty activities for children ages 18 months and up, including painting, architectural design, printmaking, fiber art, and cartooning. PLAYDAY's afterschool program, day camp, and art classes provide children with a space to build confidence and develop self-awareness.
PLAYDAY's indoor and outdoor exploratory art programs promote focus, patience, forgiveness, sharing, dynamic problem-solving skills, and creativity. The activities are taught by highly trained art educators who guide children to explore their creativity and learn relevant art history.
2. Puzzle Out
Puzzle Out is a live escape game for children ages 8 and up. Puzzle Out's Codebreakers escape room in Hoboken challenges your team to solve puzzles and decipher the clues of a World War I maze to escape the room in an hour.
Escape rooms like Puzzle Out are more than just a fun way for families to make memories; they can also be educational. Escape rooms can help children develop their lateral thinking, problem-solving, time management, and social skills.
Urban Jungle Play is a preschool and indoor play space in Hoboken. Urban Jungle Play offers Open Play sessions in its indoor playground for children ages 6 months and up. Open Play sessions let the children learn through play in a safe environment that includes an aquarium, a chalkboard wall, sensory toys, a soft play area for children to crawl on, a ball pit, and more.
Open Play sessions do not require a membership, and walk-in clients are welcome. Interested clients may book a session online, to reduce the wait time.
The Gravity Vault is an indoor rock climbing gym in Hoboken for children ages 5 years and up. The Gravity Vault offers classes for children of all ages and skill levels that teach climbing techniques and help children build strength and confidence.
The Gravity Vault provides afterschool programs that teach basic techniques and climbing fundamentals to children ages 7 to 13. They also offer a week-long summer camp for children ages 7 to 14 and two-hour camps throughout the year on school breaks.
The Hoboken Fire Department Museum at the former fire station at 213 Bloomfield Street is an exhibit of the Hoboken Historical Museum. At the Hoboken Fire Department Museum, children can have their picture taken on the driver's seat of a restored, shiny red Ahrens Fox fire engine, circa 1932.
The Hoboken Fire Department Museum also features exhibits that include postcards dating back to the early 1900s and document the evolution of tools and techniques that the Hoboken’s firefighters used. The museum is open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12.
The Inner Athlete is a sports education program in Hoboken for children ages 18 months and up. The Inner Athlete offers classes at the Monroe Center for children of all ages, an outdoor summer camp at Maxwell Pier park for children ages 2½ to 6, and an indoor/outdoor summer camp at the Monroe Center for children ages 4 to 7.
The Inner Athlete's classes help children develop coordination, strength, balance, and locomotor skills. Sports include hockey, basketball, tennis, bowling, volleyball, soccer, track and field, baseball, and more.
The Inner Athlete also provides a drop-off soccer class for children of all ages. The soccer class teaches children the fundamentals of soccer: gameplay, passing, shooting, throwing, dribbling, teamwork, and defense. Children are taught a new skill every two weeks. Each skill builds self-confidence and boosts children's physical conditioning and strength. Skills are consistently reinforced, and sportsmanship is always emphasized during bi-weekly scrimmages.
School of Rock in Hoboken offers music programs for children ages 3 to 17 that combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices.
School of Rock's music camps and workshops teach children to play in a band and write songs. The camps and workshops are perfect for children of any skill level who want to learn to sing or play guitar, bass, drums, or keyboard.
The Little Play Co. is a play space in Hoboken that offers two-hour Open Play and private playdates for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. The Little Play Co. play space is modeled after the city of Hoboken. Each playhouse is designed down to the smallest detail and is outfitted with costumes, furnishings, and toys so that children can explore, discover, imagine and play.
The Little Play Co. offers a Learning Series program for 2 to 3-year-olds. The program guides children through social and emotional development through imaginative play, art, music, and story time. The program also helps children gain the tools to solve problems, build relationships, and develop the fine and gross motor skills needed to succeed in preschool and beyond.
At Play! Hoboken, a game cafe in Hoboken, visitors can play billiards, chess, darts, Dungeons and Dragons, Pokémon, Magic the Gathering, and a host of video games, including Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Apex Legends, a golf simulator, and more. They also offer private chess lessons for players ages 3 and up and chess classes for children ages 3 to 12.
Diamond Gymnastics is the largest full-scale training facility in Hoboken. They teach children of all ages the foundations of the sport of gymnastics.
Diamond Gymnastics offers classes to children ages 15 months and up, including Mom & Me preschool programs for children up to 5 years old. They also offer evening workshops for enrolled students, a camp throughout the year on school breaks, and a summer camp.
Children’s Amusement Centers in Hoboken
A rainy day won’t stop the fun. Try an indoor activity at one of these exciting programs in Hoboken and keep the kids entertained.