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The best indoor amusement parks near NYC

Indoor amusement parks — arcades, mini-golf, laser tag and more — offer year-round fun no matter the weather.

Allie Early
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Allie Early
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Oliver Strand
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New York City is awash with playgrounds and other outdoor activities where kids can burn off energy. But when the weather isn’t cooperating, where do you go? Of all the amazing indoor activities for kids, there’s nothing quite like indoor amusement parks for year-round family fun whatever the weather.

Kids (and, admit it, you too) will love mini golf, arcade games, slamming into each other with bumper cars and running around with their fave cartoon characters. They’re sure to be worn out after all that madness.

For more family-friendly fun that can be had indoors, check out the best indoor water parks near the city, the best museums for kids or the best kid-friendly cooking classes. Once playtime is over, treat the family to a meal at these family-friendly restaurants, then treat yourself to a cocktail at one of NYC’s best bars.

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Indoor amusement parks near NYC

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  • Birthday parties
  • Red Hook

Put-put, ahoy! At this theatrical Brooklyn playland, kids embarkon a voyage around 18 holes of colorful pirate-themed minigolf, complete with sound effects, special lighting and other fun surprises. The custom-built arcade is home to 50 classic games like Pac-Man, Frogger and Donkey Kong.

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This Westchester center boasts a total of 3 million Lego blocks that make up its attractions, from functioning Lego vehicles, interactive displays, and exhibits like Merlin's wizarding workshop to a Lego-themed cinema, where you can catch a 4D movie. Kids can learn how the colorful plastic bricks are made, take classes with master Lego-builders and even go on two Lego-themed rides. The expansive center also houses Miniland, which features replicas of landmarks and buildings in both New York City and the Westchester area.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Midtown West
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The behemoth food-entertainment venue offers virtual-reality simulators and Skee-Ball—plus Philly cheese steaks, salads and burgers. Dave and Buster's Times Square is a combination bar, restaurant and arcade. The venue is part of the nationwide Dave and Buster's chain, founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, when a restaurant owner (Buster) and arcade owner (Dave) decided to combine the services of their neighboring establishments.

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  • South Brooklyn

This DUMBO space promises a healthy dose of competition. Suit up for an adventure in a darkened, dual-level basement where you and friends can aim for one another and try to claim victory. Events and parties welcome! All ages are welcome, provided participants are able to handle the laser gun.

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This indoor amusement center boasts 100-plus arcade games (a combination of classic and new selections), plus bumper cars, an interactive XD theater and electric go karts. Little visitors will go crazy for Foam Frenzy, a three-level play space where kids and shoot foam balls from air cannons/blasters, and laser tag. Last but not least, there are also free-fall rides and a Super Twister gravity ride.

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  • price 2 of 4

Enjoy this 90,000-square-foot space with 48 lanes of black light bowling with HD video walls, seven new bowling lounges (with themes like Art Deco, Speakeasy, Pop Art, Central Park or Coney Island), a cool sports bar (for the parents!) and a new state-of-the-art dining space for guests. There’s also a sweet arcade in case you’re feeling competitive.

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No reservations are needed for Kidz Village’s two locations in New Jersey! Children ten and under can explore an engaging multilevel indoor playground and play areas that include a tool shop, movie theater and beauty salon, to name a few. There are also arcade games to try (DDR, Air Hockey, Skeeball and more). Kenilworth’s location includes a 1950s-style play diner with Elvis memorabilia, and Woodbridge offers a mini racetrack with pedal cars.

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