Kids Activities in Short Hills

Up to 55% Off Open-Play Bounce Visits

Screamin' Parties

Multiple Locations

$62 $29

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Inflatable playground includes 20 ft. shark slide, interactive games, and obstacle course; roller coaster simulator offers lifelike thrills

Up to 60% Off Indoor Baseball

The Ballpark

Springfield

$25 $12

Indoor baseball and softball sessions offer batting-cage practice and classic stadium fare including drinks and popcorn

Half Off Silver Music Membership with Private Lessons

So.i.Heard House of Music

Millburn

$300 $150

Learn fundamental music techniques on instruments including guitar and bass; iPads with GarageBand aid in production and composition

Up to 68% Off at Gamers Baseball Academy

Gamers Baseball Academy

Kenilworth

$60 $19

Baseball and softball batting cages help batters hone skills with speeds ranging from little-league- to college-level pitches

Up to 54% Off Imagine That!!! Kids' Museum Visit or Birthday

Imagine That!!!

Florham Park

$21.90 $11

Kids explore more than 50 interactive exhibits in this 16,000 sq. ft. space or enjoy themed activities as they celebrate a birthday

Up to 74% Off Kids' Basketball Camp

Starting 5ive Basketball

Ridgedale Middle School

$325 $99

During this basketball camp led by former collegiate baller Tarik Beasley, youngsters improve their games throughout the course of a week

Up to 60% Off Admissions to Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Madison

$20 $9.99

Museum dedicated to pre-Industrial America showcases tools, crafts, and trades inside a historic building from 1900

Liberty Hall Museum – Up to 58% Off Membership

Liberty Hall Museum

Union

$25 $12

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Victorian fashions and antique furniture fill the rooms of this 200-year-old home where George Washington and General Grant once stayed

Up to 62% Off Kids' Summer Course or Camp

Eldridge Overton Educational Programs

Multiple Locations

$300 $129

Instructors target individual attention to each student in small classes with hands-on projects and coursework

Up to 55% Off Ice Skating

Aspen Ice at Flemington

Raritan

$32 $15

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Full-size NHL rink with arcade hosts groups for open-skate sessions that include snacks, drinks, and a DJ on Friday nights

50% Off Kids' Camp

HealthQuest Fitness

Raritan

$300 $149

Kids can get before and after care, lunch, and an afternoon swim with the options bundle

Up to 57% Off Figure Skating Lessons

Edge Skate Shop

West Orange

$50 $25

Private 30-minute lessons teach students how to gracefully glide on the ice

Up to 60% Off Summer Camp at Pump It Up

Pump It Up

Roselle Park

$50 $25

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During camps, kids work on art projects, make crafts, play games, and bounce on supervised, indoor inflatables

Up to 72% Off Kids' Baseball Camp

Legends Baseball Instruction

Roseland

$265 $79

Kids learn fundamental baseball and sportsmanship skills during four-day instructional camps for ages 7–12

Up to 56% Off Kids' Party from Power Play Gaming

Power Play Gaming

Denville

$179 $79

Kids blast each other with water balloons or battle friends in laser tag at on-location parties, or enjoy in-store glamour sessions

Up to 61% Off Indoor-Playground Visits

Jump On In

Boonton

$100 $49

Kids clamber through giant inflatable obstacle courses, slip down slides, and burn extra energy bouncing and jumping

45% Off Musical Instrument Course

Bernardsville School Of Music

Bernardsville

$150 $83

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Up to 70% Off Bowling at Van Houten Lanes

Van Houten Lanes

Athenia

$82 $25

Sip soda or craft beer during friendly games at a bowling center with an on-site pizzeria

Up to 70% Off Music Lessons

School of Rock - Wayne

Wayne

$300 $99

Weekly private music lessons develop students' playing ability and understanding of music theory

Up to 58% Off Children's Birthday Party

Kid-den Around

Wayne

$375 $159

Parties for up to 12 children themed around dinosaurs, crafts, dancing, spa makeovers, or pirates

Up to 53% Off Youth Football Camps

JF Camps LLC

Multiple Locations

$240 $119

Chris Snee leads lineman camp; kids learn the basics during instructional camps

50% Off a One-Day Football Clinic

Sports International Football Camps

William Patterson University

$199.97 $99

Kids receive intensive position-specific training at a specialty clinic run by hand-selected football coaches

44% Off Guitar Lessons

Gahanmusic

Jersey City

$50 $28

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Up to 54% Off at Yellow Frog Guitar Classes

Yellow Frog Guitar Classes

The Waterfront

$149 $69

Experienced guitar instructor teaches the instrument's fundamentals during group classes designed for beginners

Up to 64% Off Private Drum Lessons

American One Productions

West Paterson

$70 $25

Instructors pound out the basics of rhythm and technique during one-on-one drumming lessons

Up to 86% Off Visits to Inflatables Playground

JUMPnasium

Fairfield

$69.90 $10

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Gigantic inflatables include a sports complex, soccer, trampoline-basketball, bounce houses; arcade with video games and air hockey

Up to 61% Off Visit to Indoor Playground for Kids and Parents

Funtime Junction

Fairfield

$44.98 $19

Kids leap on inflatables, explore jungle gyms, and play games with tokens; each visit includes rides on mini helicopters or laser tag

Up to 59% Off Structured Playtime for Kids

Clicks & Bricks Learning Center

Metuchen

$36 $15

Classes can teach kids how to build robots and simple machines out of plastic blocks, improving problem-solving and communication skills

Up to 54% Off Kids' Enrichment Programs

Kids Blvd

Warren

$75 $39

Children exercise their minds and bodies with toys, interactive games, a creative arts station, and a sensory gym

Up to 56% Off a Weekend Corn-Maze Visit at Stony Hill Farms

Stony Hill Farms

Chester

$41.98 $22

Families wind through corn mazes and trundle along in a hayride before enjoying cups of cider and donuts

Up to 62% Off Music Lessons

B Natural Pianos and Music School

Rockaway

$165 $65

Instructors illuminate the basics of musicianship during private lessons and semi-private lessons

Up to 52% Off a Campsite and Boat Rental

Panther Lake Camping Resort

Andover

$150 $75

Camping resort has a pool, tennis and basketball courts, and electric and cable-TV hookups; explore the lake with a canoe, kayak, or rowboat

Up to 58% Off Children's Lego Day Camp

Bricks 4 Kidz

Hoboken

$50 $25

Kids explore their creativity and learn engineering fundamentals through guided projects incorporating Lego blocks

Up to 51% Off Bowling Packages at Lodi Lanes

Lodi Lanes

Lodi

$57 $29

Bowl through two-hours of lane time with package that includes shoe rental, soft drinks and pizza appetizers

Sky Zone – Up to 40% Off Trampolining

Sky Zone

Sky Zone Pine Brook

$40 $24

Bound across a brand new trampoline arena, leap into a pit of 10,000 foam cubes, and play bouncy versions of dodgeball and basketball

Up to 75%% Off Music Lessons

Leading Kids Academy

Montville

$120 $39

Kids learn new skills in cello, piano, flute, or violin classes; private sessions allow them to focus on areas they're most interested in

Up to 44% Off Children's Music Programs

Lindeblad School of Music

Montville

$140 $79

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Students pair with piano, theory, theater, and other instructors who have excelled in their field; emphasizes practice and performance

50% Off Music Lessons

Violin Lessons

On Location

$400 $200

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82% Off One Year of Online Guitar Lessons

Center Stage Guitar Academy

Online Deal

$108 $19

Bryan Billhimer leads lessons organized by skill level, covering technique and song learning in high-quality videos shot from many angles

Up to 61% Off Virtual Music Lessons

Peace of Mind Music Lessons

Redeem from Home

$20 $10

Communicating via Skype, instructors work with students during music classes that focus on subjects such as vocals, guitar, and theory

Up to 73% Off Survival School in Central Park

Vertically Inclined

Online Deal

$65 $22

Wilderness guides cover basic map and compass skills and what should be in your day pack, including gear with multiple uses

50% Off Superhero or Princess Party Visit

NYC pARTy Kids

On Location

$300 $149

Entertainers dressed as Spiderman, Batman, or a Princess liven up children's birthday parties

83% Off Online Guitar Lessons

iPerform3D Online Guitar Lessons

Online Deal

$168.85 $29

Online lessons use 3D tech with video, tabs and backing tracks to let users follow along from any angle and create customizable lesson plans

50% Off from Empire State Gaming

Empire State Gaming

Redeem from Home

$300 $149

Staffers bring a video game and monitor to the location of your choice and run tournament play for up to 10

64% Off Premium Baseball Lessons at ProPlayer Baseball Academy

Proplayer Baseball Academy

Hawthorne

$220 $79

Pro player instructors teach young students the fundamentals of fielding, catching, hitting, and pitching with private indoor lessons

"Body Worlds" – Up to 46% Off Exhibit

"Body Worlds"

Discovery Times Square

$23.41 $13

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Exquisitely preserved specimens show the inner workings of human anatomy, letting guests gaze at real muscles, nerves, and blood vessels

Up to 54% Off Magic Show

Magic Show

Broadway Comedy Club

$63 $29

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The magic show may include mind-reading tricks inside a lauded comedy club

Gazillion Bubble Show – Up to 47% Off

Gazillion Bubble Show

New World Stages

$84.50 $45

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A family who has honed its show for more than 20 years creates and layers dazzling bubbles amid colorful lasers

The Berenstain Bears – Up to 55% Off

"The Berenstain Bears LIVE!"

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

$49.95 $26

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Adapted from beloved children's books, the show teaches kids valuable lessons through fun songs and dances before postshow meet and greet

Up to 56% Off Ice Skating and Snacks in Brooklyn

Aviator Sports and Events Center

Brooklyn

$40 $19

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Skaters don pairs of skates & step onto the NHL-regulation arena for open skates & refuel with snacks & drinks

Up to 56% Off at Museum of Tolerance New York

Museum of Tolerance New York

Mid Town

$30 $17

Interactive exhibits on the Holocaust and contemporary human-rights violations illustrate the consequences of intolerance

Up to 45% Off BYOB Ceramics Painting at Make Meaning

Make Meaning

Multiple Locations

$50 $29

Guests paint ceramics such as picture frames, bowls, and trays while enjoying drinks

Museum Of The Moving Image – Up to 50% Off Visit or Membership

Museum Of The Moving Image

Astoria

$24 $14

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Newly renovated museum with more than 1,400 artifacts on display; events have featured Martin Scorsese, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Rachel Weisz

45% Off Musical Instrument Course

Ryan Cantwell Music Coaching & Recording

New York

$100 $55

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Museum of American Finance – Up to 58% Off Visits

Museum of American Finance

Financial District

$16 $8

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The story of American finance told through collections of historic documents and interactive exhibits

Galli Theatre – Up to 49% Off "The Little Mermaid"

"The Little Mermaid"

Galli Theater

$35 $18

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Colorful costumes and an aquatic set bring Hans Christian Anderson's tragic tale to life

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

The Stone Street Bars

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

Up to 55% Off Kids' Music and Movement Classes

ABC Do-Re-ME!

Multiple Locations

$25 $15

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Interactive classes blend music and dance to help youngsters develop social and cognitive skills

Up to 56% Off from The Amazing Fashion Race

The Amazing Fashion Race

New York

$40 $19

A fashion-centric scavenger hunt sends teams racing throughout New York City's shopping centers to benefit a nonprofit the helps teen girls

Up to 58% Off Trampoline Play

Rebounderz

Edison

$58 $30

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Floor-to-wall trampolines cover 21,000 sq. ft. over 3 jumping arenas with foam pit and basketball runners at recently expanded indoor park

57% Off Milano II Piano at Worldwide Piano

Worldwide Piano

Edison

$5,995 $2,599

Enrico Aquino III has kept his family tradition alive by embracing his father’s belief in friendly, encouraging instruction

Up to 64% Off Robotics and Computer Programs for Kids

Urban Tech Club

New York

$400 $179

Kids learn skills applicable to science, tech, engineering, computer programming and math skills while building cool robots

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

The Blind Pig

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

Up to 60% Off Arcade Play or Party at the Chinatown Fair

Chinatown Fair

Chinatown

$30 $15

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Arcade classics and contemporary favorites such as air hockey, skee-ball, basketball, DDRX3, BeatMania, car racing and ticketed prize games

Up to 49% Off at the Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum

Upper East Side

$15 $10

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Delve into art and Jewish culture with a 1-day admission or an annual membership, offering discounts, early access to exhibitions, and more

Up to 40% Off Adventures from Outdoor Connections

Outdoor Connections

James Farley Main Post Office

$410 $249

Tackle a 1,000-foot zip line, pair kayaking with Hudson Valley wines, or paddle through class II and III rapids in the Poconos

46% Off Music Lessons

Flute Lessons With Barbara Siesel

New York

$90 $49

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Museum of the City of New York – Up to 55% Off

Museum of the City of New York

Upper East Side

$20 $10

Museum with almost 90 years in its landmark building hosts events and exhibitions illuminating the past, present and future of New York City

Up to 50% Off Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum at Eldridge Street

Chinatown

$10 $5

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45% Off Music Lessons

Freddy Charles Music

New York

$450 $248

Three 45-minute guitar or drum lessons with recording artist Freddy Charles

Half Off Gangster-Museum Admission

Museum of The American Gangster

East Village

$40 $20

Museum profiling mob bosses, bank robbers, and gangsters in old St. Mark's speakeasy

El Museo del Barrio New York – Half Off Membership

El Museo del Barrio New York

Manhattan

$50 $25

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One year of admission and invitations to exhibition openings at a museum with 6,500 pieces of Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean art

50% Off Musical Instrument Course

Classical Guitar Nyc

New York

$260 $130

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45% Off Musical Instrument Course

Cool Guy Music Studios

New York

$400 $220

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Up to 57% Off at National Academy Museum & School

National Academy Museum & School

Upper East Side

$30 $15

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Inside a renovated 5th Ave. mansion, dating back to 1902, guests enjoy exhibits by American masters and contemporary artists and architects

Studio Museum – Up to 61% Off Membership

Studio Museum

Harlem

$50 $25

Dedicated to developing artists of African descent, the Museum celebrates contemporary art and Harlem’s rich cultural history

50% Off Musical Instrument Course

Brooklyn Guitar Lessons With Bryan Wade

New York

$240 $120

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Up to 53% Off Passes at Modern Pinball NYC

Modern Pinball NYC

Manhattan

$19 $9

Rack up points with unlimited play on 30+ pinball machines from the 70s to today; as seen on NBC's TODAY show, FOX News and Wall St. Journal

Up to 56% Off at City Treehouse

City Treehouse

Chelsea

$40 $20

Kids' expel energy in a nature-themed indoor play center or develop creative and motor skills in dance, art, language, and music classes

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The constant tug-of-war between education and fun finds middle ground inside this Central Jersey children’s museum, as entertaining exhibits and engaging staff members embed knowledge in each young visitor. Young guests can play veterinarian at the Pet Vet Center, read the news and see themselves on television at the TV News Room, or shed light on the complexities of the human body inside a replica doctor’s office outfitted with realistic equipment.

A motorcycle, retired fire engine, and a grounded airplane shows visitors the wonders of mechanized travel in the Varoom!!! Vehicle Showroom, which leads to an enchanted castle outfitted with a wooden drawbridge, a faux moat, and a new level 3 train exhibit. Party rooms manned by helpful staffers merge learning and celebration, and the onsite gift shop coaxes homebound brain building with a selection of scientific toys.

4 Vreeland Rd
Florham Park,
NJ
US

Step into the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, and it's as if the Industrial Revolution never happened. The museum focuses on the life of farmers, builders, and other tradesman of the United State's pre-industrial age. The main floor thrusts visitors into the world of New Jersey farming families from the early 1800s to provide in-depth information about these peoples' lives as well as showcase woodworkers' planks and various hand tools. The lower level, meanwhile, celebrates the working lives of four tradesman from 1850, including a shoemaker and a distiller. While these permanent displays stand as time capsules of a bygone area, a special exhibit space rotates its features regularly. Only a small portion of the museum's artifacts is on display at a time, but visitors can make an appointment to see items from the full collection, which totals more than 8800 artifacts from 21 different trades.

Even without the artifacts, the museum stands as a piece of history, as it's housed within The James Library Building. The building was finished in 1900 and contains stained glass windows, carved stone and wood detailing, and vaulted ceilings that make it the perfect setting to imagine life before Henry Ford invented his flying car.

9 Main St
Madison,
NJ
US

Beyond its roaring arcade and indoor amusement park, The Funplex decrees that 8,000 of its 100,000-square-foot kingdom be annexed to the Realm where fantasy game MagiQuest disperses Magis on heroic adventurers through an interactive and spellbinding semivirtual lair. Carefully choose your Magi alias and grab your secret-yielding loaner wand (a $2 value) before embarking on a fantastical adventure filled with distinguished wizards, enchanting pixies, and cunning dragons. Seasoned with mystical spells and motion sensors, wands respond to trees, mountains, and flat screens sprinkled throughout the Realm, sharing clues so Magi can complete honorable tasks or surprise wicked goblins with an unexpected hug. With unlimited play (a $14.95 value), Magis can entreat the hours to swallow them into the transformative wormhole of role-playing bliss.

182 State Route 10
East Hanover,
NJ
US

At Essex Equestrian Center, more than 35 horses and ponies work together with an expert team of instructors to teach riding basics. Students can choose from the disciplines of hunter, jumper, dressage, and western riding for lessons that are conducted in private or group settings. Classes take place year-round as the center features both an outdoor ring and an Olympic-size indoor arena, perfect for when the weather calls for rain or Olympic-size hail.

12 Woodland Ave
West Orange,
NJ
US

The beastmasters of Turtle Back Zoo fill the troughs of their squawking menagerie with the help of donations through the Adopt-an-Animal program. A framable adoption certificate commemorates the adoption of Turtle Back Zoo's endangered African penguins⎯the noble butlers of the Southern Hemisphere⎯and the donation funds fish reserves, maintenance, and medical needs. Bird-benefactors also receive a photograph of the newest, most feathered member of their family and a bumper sticker with which to emblazon vehicles with a message championing the plight of penguin expatriates. Lodged near the entrance to the zoo, the Adopt-an-Animal Honor Roll Board proclaims the names of trans-species foster parents to visitors and those studious penguins who have learned to read.

560 Northfield Ave
West Orange,
NJ
US

Partygoers expect a little friendly competition at birthday parties, whether it's to see who can hit the pinata the hardest or who can eat their cake the slowest. FunKart Party Company amps up these games with the roar of tiny engines zipping around a track. After traveling to the party site, staff members set up a 12'x16' raceway with room for up to six remote control cars. Partygoers take control of the cars, which have no slots, so they're free to drive them as intensely as they want, cutting off their opponents, doing donuts at each turn, or driving backwards to see if the miles will come off the tiny odometer. Cars race at scale speeds of up to 200 mph and the raceway can be set up either indoors or out.

1120 Salem Avenue
Hillside,
NJ
US