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From the Victoria Carter Group:

With the heat and humidity that comes with the end of summer, families will be looking for fun ways to stay cool. New Jersey offers a plethora of family-friendly inland sites that facilitate a half- or full-day adventure. From shopping and entertainment to educational and sporting experiences, families have countless ways to stay busy until the fall school days begin.

Here are 5 indoor activities to beat the heat in New Jersey.

1. Freedom Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey

Home to the nation’s largest planetarium, the Liberty Science Center (LSC) offers a variety of interactive science exhibits. The LSC is home to 12 museum exhibit halls, a 3D theater, hurricane and tornado force wind simulators, and several live learning labs. Current attractions include Minecraft: The Exhibition, Dino Dig Adventure and Infinity Climber, the world’s first suspended climbing play area. The center also features over 100 species of animals, which visitors can view in the Wild About Animals exhibit.

2. Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center in Newark, New Jersey

If you are a fan of stranger things, this activity is definitely for you! Did you know that the Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center is one of the largest skating facilities in the tri-state area? Skaters can revel in live music and disco lighting on an old-fashioned wooden rink. The center also offers special themed adult events like R&B or Caribbean Skate Nights and family skate sessions.

3. AR workshop in Westfield, New Jersey

AR Workshop offers DIY workshops and hands-on classes for all craft skill levels. Crafters can craft anything from pillow covers and tubs to custom lazy Susans and board panels. In addition to creating personalized pieces, visitors can discover various gifts selected by local artisans. The workshop-boutique even hosts half-day summer sessions for kids or group events like birthday parties and bridal showers.

4. Morristown Game Vault in Morristown, New Jersey

Morristown Game Vault is another popular throwback location. Families can play over 100 retro video games and pinball machines dating back over 35 years. The arcade occupies a former bank building which retains the original vault, the inspiration behind the name of the place. Players can enjoy classics like Ms. Pac-Man, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Mortal Kombat, and Q-Bert. Games are set to “free play”, so visitors never need shifts and simply pay by the hour.

5. Jersey Gardens Windmills in Elizabeth, New Jersey

The Mills at Jersey Gardens is New Jersey’s largest shopping and retail center with over 200 stores and restaurants. Brands include Burlington Coat Factory, True Religion, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sephora and more. Families can take advantage of duty-free clothing shopping and reduced sales tax on non-clothing items, as Elizabeth operates as an urban business area. The mall is also home to the largest Tommy Hilfiger in the United States and a 20-screen AMC theater with IMAX experiences.

Are you interested in learning more about the homes, communities or recreation our Northern New Jersey communities have to offer? I would like to help you. Contact Victoria Carter at (973) 220-3050 or email [email protected]