There are so many exciting activities in Hoboken and our neighboring areas. Here is just a sampling of some popular options*…
Age Group Representatives
If you are new to Hoboken or your child is entering a new age group and you would like to talk to someone about what’s going on in Hoboken, your HFA Age Group Rep may be able to help – email them with your questions!
1-2yrs – Laurie Katz – Laurie.email@example.com
2-3yrs – Cindy Altberger – firstname.lastname@example.org
3-4yrs – OPEN
4-5yrs+ – Irene Sobolov – email@example.com
Multiples – Kristie Stephan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for a list of Summer Camp options
Hoboken Public Library
500 Park Avenue, 201-420-2348
Music and storytime events. Call for detailed information and to register. No fees required.
INDOOR ACTIVITIES, OUTSIDE HOBOKEN
30 North Van Brunt St, Englewood, New Jersey, 07631
Office: (201) 816-8160. Box Office: (201) 227-1030
Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) is a theater of and for the community that it serves throughout northern New Jersey, by being a creative focus, educational resource, and engine of economic vitality. A not-for-profit organization, bergenPAC’s mission is to make the live performing arts accessible to the entire population – building a creative home that guides and liberates the imagination of our young, inspires and expands the lives of our adults, and attracts established and emerging artists of excellence and relevance.
Chelsea Piers, NYC
Toddler gym program. Call for class schedule and fees or visit their website www.chelseapiers.com Pre-registration is not necessary.
Floyd Hall Arena Indoor Ice Skating Rink
at Montclair State University
(off rt. 3/46 in Montclair about 20-25 minutes from Hoboken)
Visit www.floydhallarena.com or call 973-746-7744 for schedule of public skate times and fees. Rentals available for all sizes (including kids) They also have “ice walkers” available to rent for kids learning to skate. Children take them on the ice and hold onto in front of them for support and balance.
Secaucus Skating Rink
1203 Patterson Plank Road 201-867-8923
(about 10 min from Hoboken right off rt. 3 (east) opposite the Mill Creek Mall)
This is an open air rink with a roof. Skate rentals available – (check for kids)
49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
The Newark Museum The Newark Museum, established as the largest New Jersey museum, invites you to enjoy unforgettable experiences in the arts and natural sciences. Take an inspirational journey through 80 galleries of world-class collections including American, Asian, African and Classical.
Home also to the Mini Zoo… more than 100 live animals reside in 13 indoor exhibits. Some of the animals on display have been injured in the wild and rehabilitated, but are unable to be released back into the wild. At this zoo, these animals can live out their lives while their minds, as well as their bodies, are cared for.
Kidz Village is a new and exciting children’s play facility created for kids ages 10 and under. With an indoor playground and other kids fun and games, it was designed to stimulate children’s imagination, learning and social interaction while they have fun.
The “village” is in a safe and secure large open area allowing parents to relax in the “center of town” while watching their children have a blast climbing the multi-level indoor playground or exploring the comic book store, supermarket, dance academy, movie theater, tool shop, salon, under the sea, 50′s style diner, or pretending to be a knight in our unique ball launching castle.
149 Polito Ave
Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071
Welcome to the 11th century! Just beyond the great doors of our Hall of Arms waits the celebration arena, the heart of each of Medieval Times’ nine castles. From high above King Philippe and his daughter-in-law, Princess Leonore, preside over a four-course feast. Below, privileged royal guests are transported to faraway lands including a romantic snowy rendezvous in the woods and an authentic medieval tournament for the Battle of Champions ® — with the help of Hollywood-caliber special effects, of course.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, OUTSIDE HOBOKEN
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
443 Van Nostrand Avenue, Englewood, NJ 201-567-1265
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center is a 150-acre preserve and education center situated on the western slope of the Palisades in Englewood, New Jersey. The Center was established in 1973 by citizens who were deeply committed to land conservation and environmental education.
For a full list of programs, click here.
The Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670
Dedicated to preservation and education, the Tenafly Nature Center Association is a private non-profit, member-supported organization committed to the environment. Seasonal nature related programs intended for families, adults, and children. Registration is required for most programs.
Terhune Orchard – 609-924-2310
Terhune Orchards grows over 35 crops on 185 acres. About half the farm is devoted to orchards. We grow about 30 varieties of apples, 28 varieties of peaches and 7 varieties of pears.
Terhune Orchards has its own farm-fresh seasonal produce, fruit, and flowers.
You may also want to look at our Pick-Your-Own Schedule.
Bergen County Zoological Park
Van Saun County Park, 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ
The Bergen County Zoo is a little different from other bigger zoos, because it only exhibits animals which are native to North and South America. The zoo has mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, amphibians and invertebrates. This is a wonderful place for school and troop field trips, they offer so many educational programs for pre-school through high school students. And if you can’t bring your school or scout troop to the zoo, don’t worry – they will bring the programs to you!
Space Farms Zoo and Museum
218 Route 519 in Sussex, NJ
Space Farms Zoo and Museum is a homespun destination for family fun. It was established in 1927 by Ralph and Elizabeth Space and it’s still family owned and operated. Located on 100 acres in the green hills of Sussex County, the zoo features over 500 animals of 100 different species and is internationally recognized for its bear and lion cub breeding programs. Visitors have traveled to Space Farms for over eight decades to view animals from far away lands from just inches away. The museum contains over 50,000 artifacts, including antique cars and the second largest privately owned collection of antique firearms in the US. Upcoming events include scavenger hunt day, safari day, and junior zookeeper day. A walk through the Space Farms Museum is a walk through time.
Space Farms is located on Route 519 in Sussex, NJ (90 minutes outside of NYC) and is open daily April 2 through October 31.
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ
The Turtle Back Zoo opened in 1963, and in September 2006, it was granted accreditation by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. This distinct honor places Turtle Back Zoo among the elite zoos and aquaria of the United States and means that the zoo adheres to the highest standards for zoos in the country. Read about the exciting history of the zoo, including how it received its name, its connection to the great children’s story teller, Hans Christian Anderson, and the continuing Master Plan for its future.
With tons of exhibits, including alligators, prairie dogs, wolves and penguins, there is something for everyone at this zoo. The zoo runs events every month; exciting workshops, awareness weeks, live animal presentations and so much more. The Zoo Keys and Story Boxes provide two different messages depending on how the key is inserted. One side plays a jingle about the animal, and the other side contains a brief description of the animal and some key conservation facts.
The HFA website contains listings from various classes, activities and vendors that should not be considered recommendations. All information is deemed accurate, but is subject to change. HFA assumes no liability for posting information. Families are encouraged to do their due diligence before engaging an entertainer or signing up for an activity.