Best indoor amusement parks and fun centers
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.
Travel time: 1.5 hours by car from NYC
This indoor amusement center boasts 100+ 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. For those in search of outdoor activities, 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–$34. All ages.
Travel time: 1 hour by car from NYC
If you're a parent to a child or teen that has plenty of extra energy to burn, you'll want to make a trip to Launch Trampoline Park in Linden, NJ ASAP. The new facility offers open jump on huge trampolines with trampoline games, and it also has laser tag. Check the venue's events calendar for the most up to date information, including family nights, toddlers-only time and other great stuff. 1601 W Edgar Rd #7A, Linden, NJ (908-357-2908, launchlinde.com).
At this cool indoor play center, kids can dive into all kinds of super cool activities. There's a massive bouncy slide with climbing elements, a game called Wipeout that's similar to American Ninja Warrior and laser tag, among other attractions. Plus, there are swipe-card arcade games to enjoy (no need to worry about change). All ages.
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.
Travel time: 1 hour 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: 1 hour 15 min 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.