These indoor amusement parks and fun zones near New York City are a great fit for restless kids! Sometimes the weather just doesn’t permit a visit to Luna Park, so options like Kidz Village in New Jersey or Bowlmor Times Square can sate your crew’s craving for adventure (at least for an afternoon).
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Best indoor amusement parks and fun centers
Travel time: 1hr by car from NYC
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. 131 31st St, Kenilworth, NJ (908-445-7220); 507 King Georges Rd, Woodbridge, NJ (732-826-8577, kidzvillage.com). Free all-day admission (for adults); children 2 and up $11, 2 and under $8. Children are required to wear socks. Ages 10 and under.
Travel time: 1hr 45min by car from NYC
Whether you’re visiting solely for the 28-player glow-in-the-dark city-themed laser tag arena or you’re interested in scaling a four-sided 20-foot rock-climbing wall, kids are sure to leave FunTime ready for a nap. The facility includes a Ninja Challenge obstacle course bounce house and a more low-key club bounce house, plus an arcade with Jurassic Park, Guitar Hero, Batman, Fast & Furious and House of the Dead. Also, if you’re in the market for real rides, you’ll find classic bumper cars (min height 42”), an apache helicopter ride, Monkey Mayhem (spinning buckets) and a hurricane simulator. 269 Route 35, Eatontown, NJ (732-460-0700, funtimeamerica.com). Individual prices $5.95–$12, packages $7.95–$16.95, presidential package $75. Coupons available. All ages.
Travel time: 1hr 15min by car from NYC
You name it—they’ve got it. Head to FunFuzion for arcade games, bumper cars, kiddie rides (helicopter, frog hopper, carousel, mini whip), a Mexican jungle-themed mini golf course and laser tag in a glow-in-the-dark arena. Families who are just interested in bowling will also find an awesome time at FunFuzion, since the Roc n’ Bowl offers 17 lanes and glow bowling, pls a full-service bar for adults (and snack bar for everyone)! 29 LeCount Place, New Rochelle (914-637-7575, funfuziononline.com). Prices vary. All ages.
Travel time: 1hr 35min by car from NYC
This indoor amusement center offers more than 100 arcade games (classic and new), plus bumper cars, an interactive XD theater and electric go karts with adjustable speed settings depending on experience. You’ll also find 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. For those looking for outdoor fun as well, FunPlex’s Splashplex (an outdoor water park) opened its doors (or shall we say pools!) in 2016 and operates in summertime. 182 NJ-10, East Hanover, NJ (973-428-1166, funplexeasthanoer.com). Wristbands $20–$32. All ages.
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.
Enjoy fully renovated 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. Prices vary. All ages.