By Liz Johnson
Keeping kids busy over the holiday vacation week can be a challenge for any parent. Luckily, Hunterdon County is home to several indoor play arenas that offer a variety of activities to keep children busy and parents happy. Here are a few of the more popular go-to choices:
186 Center St.
From December 24th through the 31st, Tumbles gym in Clinton is hosting an open gym week, where kids can play for two-hour sessions. Open Gym is Monday through Friday (closed Christmas Day) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. It’s open to both members and nonmembers, although members enrolled in classes for December can attend free of charge. Nonmembers pay $10.
Edge Sports Center
19 Royal Rd.
From Ninja training to archery tag to bubble balls, there’s plenty for active kids to do at The Edge Sports Center in Flemington. On Friday, Dec. 28 the gym is hosting a Ninja Warrior Clinic, focusing on building strength, balance and obstacle efficiency. Click here for more information. Or if you’re looking for a gift for your rambunctious youngster, try a three-month unlimited membership which the gym is offering at a discount. Edge Sports Center is a 2018 Happening List Winner for Children’s Play Center or Gym.
176 Route 202
If your child has “tops made out of rubber and bottoms made out of springs” like Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, then Aerozone’s open bounce is a must-go. Jump, climb or slide, it’s a great way to get out of the house and exert that pent up energy on rainy or cold days. At night, kids can take part in Glow’n Bounce where neon or white clothes are recommended to get the full effect. From December 26th until December 28th, Aerozone is offering a $24 special for bounce, laser tag and video games. Call for more details.
495 Route 202
Northlandz is in the Guinness Book of World’s Records for being the world’s largest model railroad with more than 8 miles of track and hundreds of tunnels and canyons reaching 3 ½ stories high in a 52,000 square foot building. It also boasts a 94-room dollhouse. Open 7 days a week, the train museum offers longer opening times over the holiday.