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Where to Play Indoors

Well, we went from winter to summer REAL quick and while it's great that the parks are open, sometimes we need a break from the heat. Take a look at this list on the next rainy or sweltering day.



Here is a list of some great local playspaces or cafe's with kid's areas:


1. First up, the newcomer Village Tree House. The Village Tree House is an adorable and spacious play space downtown between 1st & 2nd on Monroe. It is perfect for toddlers, and little ones ranging from crawlers up to around five. My 2.5 & 5.5 year old daughters had a BLAST there. It is mostly Open Play, with activities like a Lego wall, a mini rock climbing wall, rope swings, supermarket section, doctor's office, and more.


Open Play: Yes. Reservations Required

Food or Drink: No

Classes: Coming Soon


2. The Hive. This much-needed coffee + hangout haven opened it's doors in the old Truglio's about a year ago and has become a favorite of mine (and my children's). Inside, the back sectioned-off area houses an absolutely adorable play area for kids. The ideal ages would be early walker to five or six years old. You'll find an adorable wooden play house, kitchen setup, books, ride-on firetruck, montessori slide + ladder, and more screen-free activities like books & toys. Reservations are required at the moment. Register for a time slot (up to 6 people) here


Open Play: Yes. Reservations Required

Food or Drink: Coffee & Baked Goods

Classes: No


3. The Little Play Co. is a beautiful escape in uptown Hoboken, with little sectioned-off areas for imaginative play. Your kid(s) can play inside of a bakery, construction site, train station, and more. They also offer camps, classes, birthday parties, and other events. You can also reserve the space for private play dates.


Open Play: Yes, during regular business hours

Food or Drink: No

Classes: Yes


4. Urban Jungle is one of our favorite indoor spots for obvious reasons. Aside from the massive indoor play structure (with a VERY fast slide btw) it has a ton of fun things to keep bigs and littles occupied. One side has softer mats and cubes which is perfect for babies and toddlers, while the other side has larger soft building blocks, a hammock, light up floor and more. They also offer preschool and other classes.


Open Play: Yes

Food or Drink: No

Classes: Yes


5. The Village Edgewater is an adorable option close by in Edgewater, NJ. You can sip a coffee and maybe even treat yourself to a croissant in peace while your little one plays. They offer classes, story time, open play, and more. Currently they are only offering private playgroups by appointment only. Visit their website for more info.


Open Play: Yes. Reservations Required

Food or Drink: Coffee & Baked Goods

Classes: Yes







6. Hudson's House of Play is an adorable space in West New York (right on Riverwalk Place) with tons of imaginative play scenes and a separate baby area as well. Open play requires prior registration which you can find here.


Open Play: Yes. Reservations Required

Food or Drink: Water, Juice, & Snacks

Classes: Yes


7. Hudson Play - Temporarily Closed. For more information, visit their website or social media account.


8. Play! Hoboken is geared towards older kids with options like golf, billiards, chess, board games, table tennis and more. They have private party options, semi private gaming pods, and semi private space reservations which you can make here.


Open Play: Yes. Reservations Required

Food or Drink: No

Classes: No



9. Lily + Liam is a bit further out if you're game for taking a car ride. Located in Englewood, NJ Lily + Liam is a great option if you're looking for a larger playspace with an area for the adults to chat and relax. They have plenty of options for open play, parties, and more.


Open Play: Yes. Reservations Required

Food or Drink: Yes. No outside food.

Classes: No



This is not an exhaustive list by any means, and we will continue to keep you posted on fun things to do on these hot summer days. Stay cool everyone!