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The Best Indoor Waterparks, Amusement Parks & Fun Zones near NYC

With mid-winter break rolling around and NYC weather being true to form, indoor activities are high on many people’s search list. You don’t have to wait until the weather warms up to enjoy amusement, waterparks and the tons of play areas that are right outside (or in) the city. Check out this list below for some ideas on indoor fun near NYC.

American Dream

At over 3 million square feet, attractions open now at American Dream include the fully-enclosed Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, Big SNOW American Dream – North America’s only indoor snow park, and The Rink – an NHL-regulation sized ice rink.

American Dream is less than an hour from NYC.

The Kartrite Resort

It is always in the 80s at New Yorks largest indoor waterpark. The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark is thus far our favorite indoor waterpark location. On top of the waterpark they have an arcade, bowling, an indoor ropes and zipline course and countless activities in their calendar for the whole family! You can easily spend a few days at the Kartrite without wanting to leave.

The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark is about 2 hours from NYC.

Launch Trampoline Park

Up until last year, to travel to Launch Trampoline Park you had to leave the 5 boroughs. However in 2019 Launch opened their first Queens location and it was exactly what the city needed! We go here for Toddler Time, afterschool and days off. They have staggered jump times so it’s never TOO crowded and they have separate jumping areas for little ones. It’s become a family favorite.

Launch Trampoline Park is located in Queens, NY.

Shipwrecked

We haven’t been to shipwrecked yet, but the reviews on Yelp are amazing. My 5 year old thinks he’s Tiger Woods. So if miniature golf is your thing, this indoor option seems like a ton of fun. AND it’s pirate themed down to the layout. Who can resist a good theme?

Shipwrecked is located in Brooklyn, NY.

Laser Bounce

Laser Bounce is an arcade, bounce house, laser tag arena that we honestly discovered by going to their long island location as adults to play laser tag. They do have a location in Queens now and frequently run specials. With mid-winter break coming up I’m sure they will have extended hours as well!

Laser Bounce is located in Queens, NY.

In addition to the list above, there are a ton of places spaces for toddlers, childrens musuems and activity centers within the city. If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day, check out this post full of ideas. What is your favorite place to go for indoor fun near NYC? Do you prefer indoor or outdoor place spaces?

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LAUNCH Trampoline Park is Open in Queens and It’s Everything We Needed! – #launchtrampolinepark

My family and I received a free jump session at the newly opened LAUNCH Trampoline Park in Queens, NY. All opinions expressed are my own.  

FINALLY! LAUNCH Trampoline Park has come to Queens and it is everything we needed in the boroughs! I loved indoor trampoline parks BEFORE I had kids but now, they’re a whole different kind of experience. An experience that I definitely appreciate but one that I just couldn’t drag myself all the way out to exit 800839924 on the LIE for, not with two toddlers. 

Soooooo when I saw LAUNCH was opening up right in Queens I COULD. NOT. WAIT. Y’all know RJ is ACTIVE and I knew this would be right up their alley, so I was excited we got to head in Tuesday night to check out the facilities and get in a 90 minute jump session. 

If you’ve been to an indoor trampoline park before, then you’re aware that when you arrive you come in, and sign waivers before you head to the counter and pay for your jump session. The waiver and check in process was seamless for us as it wasn’t too busy, but it does look like they have the front area set up in a controlled manner for when the chaos does kick in (like next week when theres no school!). If you want to expedite that process even further, you could always fill out your waiver before hand online and that would definitely save you time on a busy afternoon. After waivers, you get socks, pay for your session and then you head up to the jump area which is HUGE.

With a huge main main jump arena, LAUNCH has plenty of space for jumpers of all ages. The boys were able to run and jump freely without being in the way of any of the bigger kids (and adults) that were jumping a little more…. exuberantly (LOL) than they were. They also have multiple dodgeball courts, a jump basketball arena for adults (and multiple heights for kids in the main arena), a rock climbing wall, a battle beam AND a obstacle course. When you add that in with the arcade games and concession area, LAUNCH truly has something for everybody. You could easily spend the day here if your children have the same endless energy mine do. Check out more pictures from our evening at the park, and to see more of the facilities.

I am so happy LAUNCH came to queens and it is definitely the perfect place for families, especially with temperatures starting to drop in NYC. If you head over to their website, you can sign up for a session online and receive 10% off your first jump! Also, if you aren’t already, follow me on Instagram and check out my NYC and Mom Life highlights & you can check out some adorable kiddie videos from our night there.

So what do you think? Are you going to be heading to LAUNCH? Have you been there already?