Go Inside and Play!

by Carol Anne Pagliotti

The holidays are over, the weather’s cold and the kids have watched too much TV. Local play centers, bowling alleys and skating rinks offer a healthy alternative to the couch. There, kids can climb, play, skate, bowl and even play video games. Here is a guide to area indoor fun.

Indoor Play Centers
It’s a good idea to call ahead as most centers host birthday parties and some or all attractions might be closed to the public.

Funplex, The, 3320-24 Rte. 38, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054. 856-273-9666, www.thefunplex.com. This venue is geared toward children ages 4 and older. It features both indoor and outdoor attractions. Indoor attractions include jr. bumper cars, electric go-karts, an arcade, laser tag and Foam Frenzy, a 2-level play unit for kids ages 4-12 with thousands of foam balls.

Hops-A-Lot, 660 Woodbury-Glassboro Rd., Ste. 26, Sewell, NJ 08080. 856-468-4FUN, www.hops-a-lot.com. Kids should be at least 34 inches tall to play on the 4 large inflatables. Kids 30 inches and taller are welcome to play on three of the inflatables, but children need to be at least 36 inches to play on the large obstacle course.

Jellybean Jungle, Crispin Square Shopping Center, 230 N. Maple Ave., Marlton, NJ 08053. 856-596-8889, www.jellybean-jungle.com. For children age 5 and younger, Jellybean Jungle offers a ball pit room, climbing maze and a carnival center complete with carousel.

Little Sport, 121 E. Kings Hwy., Unit 204, Maple Shade, NJ 08052. 856-234-6445, www.littlesport.net. Sports-themed center offers a mini alphabet track, sport cages, horse swings, ball room, an X-Games climbing area and a crawlers-only area.

Ocean ‘n Motion, Larchmont Commons Shopping Center, 3111 Rte. 38 W., Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054. 856-778-9778, www.oceannmotion.com. Ocean-themed center for kids age 5 & younger offers a sandbox, ball pit, slides and wooden boat for pretend play.

Pump It Up, 8 E. Stowe Rd., Ste. 160, Marlton, NJ 08053, 856-625-6187, www.PumpItUpParty.com. Fun for kids 34 inches tall to age 10. Gigantic inflatables, custom bounce houses, slides, obstacle courses. Family jump time.

Bowling
Ask for bumpers at the counter when checking in. Bumpers block the gutters so kids have a better opportunity to hit the pins. At most alleys rates are lower weekday mornings and afternoons.

Brunswick Zone, Locations throughout PA, NJ & DE, www.bowlbrunswick.com

La Martinique Lanes, 501 S. White Horse Pike, Stratford, NJ 08084. 856-783-0558, www.lamartiniquelanes.com

Laurel Lanes, 2825 Rte. 73 S., Maple Shade, NJ 08052. 856-778-7467, www.laurellanesnj.com

Playdrome Bowling & Entertainment Center, 1536 N. Kings Hwy., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. 856-429-0672; Rte. 49 & Pennsville Shopping Center, Pennsville, NJ 08070. 856-678-7272, www.playdromebowl.com

Skating
Call to check public skating hours, which often change from day to day. Most rinks offer open skating weekday mornings or afternoons, and weekend evenings.

Cherry Hill Skating Center (roller skating), 664 Deer Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.
856-795-1919, www.cherryhillskatingcenter.com

Deptford Skating & Fun Center (roller skating),
510 Deptford Ave., Westville, NJ 08093. 856-845-7353, www.deptfordskating.com

Flyers Skate Zone,
501 N.Albany Ave., Atlantic City, NJ, 609-441-1780;
6725 River Rd., Penn-sauken, NJ, 856-488-9300;
601 Laurel Oak Rd., Voor-hees, NJ. 856-309-4400.
www.flyersskatezone.com

Hollydell Ice Arena, 601 Hollydell Dr., Sewell, NJ 08080. 856-589-5599, www.hollydell.com

Millennium Skate World (roller skating), 1900 Carman St., Camden, NJ 08105.
856-757-9460, www.millenniumskateworld.com

Carol Anne Pagliotti is resources editor of MetroKids.