Skip to main content

Summer time. That means trips to the beach, outdoor concerts, flip flops — and, on some days, extreme heat. When the temperature seems to be in the triple digits and you don’t want to sit in traffic on the way to the shore or deal with crowds at the pool, there are plenty of indoor options in the Montclair and du Essex County to help keep you cool – and we’ve rounded them up for the next NJ heat wave. Read on for the best ways to have fun while escaping the heat in the North Jersey area.

Hit the bull’s eye at Bury the Hatchet I 672 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield

(Photo credit: @burythehatchetmain)

When you want to hang out with friends and let off steam, ax throwing is a fun way to get competitive with your best friends and get some exercise at the same time. If you’re in the mood for tag team competition, Bury the Hatchet offers multiple throwing lanes. You can also have a drink and a bite to eat while waiting for your turn.

Make your own beads at Charmed Beading Studios I 41 Church Street, Montclair

Charmed Beading Studios Montclair

(Photo credit: @charmedbeading)

If you’re looking for a great activity for a birthday party or a girl’s night out, look no further than Charmed Beading Studio. You can go to the website, book your time, and choose a craft item to create for the guests. Options include necklaces, earrings, bookmarks and key rings. When the party is over, your guests have a craft creation to take home. For those flying solo, you can drop in and make a wristband for $10.

Read more: A guide for teens: Things to do in the Montclair area

Go Ice Skating at Codey Arena | 560 Northfield Avenue, Orange West

When it comes to beating the heat, there’s nothing better than ice skating – yes, even in the summer. This indoor arena in West Orange offers public skate sessions, family stick + puck sessions, senior skate sessions, and more. It’s a great way to protect yourself from the sun, cool off and have fun at the same time. You can find the calendar of events here.

Watch a movie at The Clairidge I 486 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

film montclair clairidge cinemas

Thanks to the nonprofit status of this Bloomfield Avenue staple, you’ll be supporting a good cause — the Montclair Film Festival — when you watch a show on one of the six screens. There’s a film for everyone, from independent films to documentaries to Hollywood blockbusters. After the show, we recommend some of the Mamma Giuseppina’s famous meatballs at Franco’s fresco or a few orange blossom hazelnut financiers Jayce Baudry French Pastry. Or you can simply marvel at the cool Bedlam on display in the lobby.

Express your artistic side at Doin’ Dishes I 50 Church Street, Montclair

dishes to make montclair

(Photo credit: @doindishesmontclairnj)

This vibrant and welcoming studio is a great place to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind sandstones that you can keep for yourself or gift to someone. You can choose from an assortment of bowls, large coffee mugs, decorative plates and more. Brods, sponges, stamps, stencils and of course paint are provided. Leave your creation behind for frosting and baking, and you can come back in a week to pick it up. You can also get a to-go kit to keep on hand for a rainy day activity.

Try an Escape Room | Multiple locations

There’s no denying that escape rooms can be a lot of fun. Whether you’re going with family, friends, or on a date, escape rooms are a great way to exercise your mind, bond with others, and have a wonderful summer day outdoors. inside. There are escape rooms everywhere these days. Trap Door Escape Game in Morristown, Puzzle Out Escape Room in Newark, Escape Garden State in Fairfieldand NJ Escape Room in Madison are just a few in the North Jersey area to try.

Stroll through the galleries of the Montclair Art Museum I 3 S Mountain Avenue, Montclair

montclair art museum

(Photo credit: @mammontclair)

In addition to the world-class collection of American and Native American art, MAM offers art workshops for adults and SummerArt sessions for children and teens. For those looking for family time, the Family Learning Lab brings exhibits for all ages to life with activity prompts and tools. The Learning Lab is free with admission to the Museum.

See More: Things To Do In Jersey City Besides Drinking

See a show at SOPAC | 1 SOPAC lane, Orange South

sopac

(Photo credit: @sopacnow)

SOPAC gives locals the chance to sit in a comfortable environment and enjoy great theater right here in South Orange. Until the beginning of August, a political musical satire entitled The last supper is underway and tickets are available for purchase. For the full schedule of upcoming events and performances, you can click on here.

Treat yourself to personal care at Woodhouse Day Spa I 56 S Park Street, Montclair

wooden day spa

(Photo credit: @woodhouse_spa_)

Away from the music and chatter of Church Street lies an oasis of serenity. While you wait for your treatment, guests are seated in the quiet room where they can enjoy a soothing cup of tea or lemon water. Here you will find comfortable seating, salt lamps and dim lighting. If you sign up for the Signature Meditative Mood Soak, you will be pampered with a dry brush bath, body balance massage and sea mineral sensory bath. You will find your zen in no time.

read more button