Fun in the cold can be had in Monmouth County.
Summer fun in a shore town is easy to find at the beach and through associated water activities. The challenge lies in finding exciting things to do when the summer season is over and the cold weather moves in. Monmouth County, New Jersey is one such location that is active in the summer. However, it also has its fair share of cold-weather activities perfect for kids to enjoy.
One fun center in Monmouth County is FunTime America (funtimeamerica.com), an indoor amusement park located in the Cliffwood community. Activities at FunTime America include laser tag, rock climbing, rides and bumper cars. A science center and arts and crafts area are also on site. Another fun center in Monmouth is Party Gym (partygym.com) in Matawan. Party Gym offers an indoor playground with slides, tunnels and a ball pit.
The Silverball Musuem and Pinball Hall of Fame (silverballmuseum.com) is located on the Asbury Park Boardwalk is a combination of a museum and arcades. Over 200 pinball machines dating as far back as the 1930s are on display to look at and play with. Another museum in Monmouth County is The Monmouth Museum (monmouthmuseum.org) located in Lincroft. This is a natural and cultural educational museum with changing exhibits. There are exhibits for all ages, including a separate area for children under 6.
For an indoor sports activity, head over to the Red Bank Armory Ice Complex (redbankarmory.com) located in Red Bank, New Jersey. Here you can go ice skating, perfect for the cold. Another location for ice skating is the Gold Coast Arena (goldcoastarena.com) in Farmingdale. They also have laser tag and arcades. For an outdoor sport, try paintball at Top Gun Paintball (topgunpaintball.com) located in Cream Ridge. They are open Wednesdays through Sundays; players must be at least 10 years old.
At the Allaire State Park (state.nj.us) you can go horseback riding, hiking and picnicking in cooler weather. Also, there is a historic village and an old railroad within the park. The Monmouth Battlefield State Park (state.nj.us) is another place where nature and history join together for an exciting activity. The park has picnic areas, playgrounds and an interpretive center. Both parks are open year round.