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What to Do With Kids on a Jersey Shore Rainy Day

Shore trip thwarted by stormy skies ? Bookmark our list of fun indoor kids' activities and you'll never be bored again.

We all know nothing prompts an “I’m boooooored” from the kids like a drizzly day at the beach. Now, your search for rainy day Jersey Shore kids’ activities is over: grab your umbrellas and jump in the car for some fun that will make you forget all about the weather. You might even want to hit some of these locations when the sun is shining.

Museums and more

If you can’t splash around in the ocean, you can still check out some cool sea life. The Atlantic City Aquarium is home to more than 100 varieties of marine creatures such as eels, turtles, seahorses, jellyfish, sharks, tropical fish, and more. Little ones love the interactive touch tank with baby stingrays and bottom-dwelling sharks.


Squeeze in some astronomy lessons at The Novins Planetarium at Ocean County College in Toms River (just 15 minutes from Seaside Heights). The planetarium offers public shows on the weekends, and there are programs suitable for all ages of stargazers, including animated tales for ages 10 and younger.


To learn more about your favorite shore towns’ histories, check out the Ocean City Historical Museum, located in the Ocean City Community Center, or the Wildwood Crest Historical Museum in the Crest Pier Building. Both include interesting vintage photo collections, antique maps, and other artifacts showcasing these cherished vacation spots.


If you’re feeling creative on a dreary day, try the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. The whole family can take a ceramics class, or the kids can explore writing and other activities (there are camps, too).


The Noyes Museum of Art at Stockton College in Oceanville (15 minutes from Atlantic City) is South Jersey’s only fine art museum and houses a collection of paintings, sculptures, and folk art items. Children 6 and younger are free, and families can visit Creation Station, a hands-on activity area for children.


While you might think of strolling the boardwalk as more of an outdoor activity, indoor attractions make it worth your while to visit on a rainy day, too.


Atlantic City in particular features a plethora of inside options on its boardwalk (and not just casinos and bars). Kids will love grabbing lunch at the Rainforest Cafe with its jungle atmosphere, or stop by one of the many dining options at The Playground at Caesars before browsing the upscale stores. Don’t miss IT’SUGAR, a candy wonderland with everything a kid could desire (there are outposts in Wildwood and Ocean City, too). Besides great shopping, the pier offers a free fountain show and a stretch of indoor sand with Adirondack chairs to look out and watch the ocean. Next, visit Ripley’s Believe it or Not on the boardwalk, featuring more than 400 oddball exhibits that will thrill kids.


Wildwood’s boardwalk is home to Wildwood Mirror Maze, which includes the Adventure Maze, a crazy, family-friendly indoor maze designed in conjunction with the former president of Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and Laser Maze, where you’ll need agility and spy skills to duck under laser beams without getting hit. You can check out some sea creatures at Seaport Aquarium, which also houses marmoset monkeys, snakes, and more.


JiLLy’s Arcade in Ocean City is another favorite, with classics like skeeball and air hockey, plus plenty of video games. Encounters is another maze center, with mirror and lazer mazes.


In Stone Harbor, visitors love RiGi’s Amusement Center.


Got a favorite spot that’s not on our list? Help out your fellow parents and add them in the comments!


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  • JM @ The Bethwood June 3, 2013

    These are great recommendations! Rain or shine, people should be able to enjoy the area as there as so much to see and experience. Cheers!

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