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:

Next Level Sports

426 Case Boulevard, Flemington

If your child is a diehard fan of the American Ninja Warrior television show, then check out Next Level Sports Ninja obstacle course. Drop in classes are offered throughout the week and weekend. Cost start at $15 per child.

Bounce City

176 Route 202, Ringoes

Jump, climb or slide, Bounce City’s open bounce is a great way to get out of the house and exert that pent up energy on rainy or cold days. There’s a toddler area for your littlest bouncers, and token-based arcade.


495 Route 202, Flemington

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.

Black River & Western Railroad (Photo from Facebook)

Black River and Western Railroad

108 John Ringo Road, Ringoes
(908) 782-6622

After a reading of The Little Engine that Could, take a ride on a real locomotive courtesy of Black River and Western.  On Saturday, Dec. 28, the railroad is hosting a Cabin Fever party, with cookies and hot cocoa included in the ticket price.

West Hunterdon Lanes

1089 Route 12, Frenchtown

Hunterdon Happening List Finalist for Best Amusement, West Hunterdon Lanes offers a snack bar, light shows, bumpers for beginning bowlers (say goodbye to gutter balls!), party facilities and a game room.

The Paint Party Studio

48 Main Street, Flemington

Consider booking a paint party for your kids and their friends at this Hunterdon Happening List Finalist for Best Group Activity. Or take part in the Winter Barn painting class slated for Saturday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

ACME Screening Room

25 S Union Street, Lambertville

Hunterdon Happening List Winner for best moviehouse, the ACME screening room is currently hosting  Animation Show of Shows, “an exciting array of clever, touching and funny animated short films” according to its Web site, through Dec. 21.

Red Mill Museum

58 Main Street, Clinton

Before there were cell phones, computers and tablets, there was radio, the “most important invention of the 20th century,”  according the the Red Mill Museum Web site. Check out its Sound of the Times exhibit, featuring radios collected by enthusiast Michael Molnar.

Flemington Ice

426 Case Blvd, Flemington

There’s no need to wait for cold weather to ice skate. Try a public skating session at Flemington Ice, which offers beginner lessons.

Branchburg Sports Complex

47 Readington Road, Branchburg

Offering laser tag, a Playmaze for children ages 3 to 12 and an arcade that gives away fun prizes, the center has specials on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights worth checking out.

Frenchtown Roller Rink

2998 Route 29, Frenchtown

Skate on a beautiful maple wood floor, then grab a snack at the snack bar which offers hot dogs, pizza, and soft drinks. Play the hokey pokey and laugh about it all the way home. Admission is $8 per person.

Bucks County Children’s Museum (Photo by Michelle Reese)

Bucks County Children’s Museum

500 Union Square Drive, New Hope

The Bucks County Children’s Museum is just a few minutes away from Lambertville (you can even walk over the bridge) in New Hope. It’s a great spot for curious toddlers and younger school age children, offering different themed areas to pretend, play and explore. Note: The Museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. They do, however, offer a special Countdown to Noon event on New Year’s Eve!


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