75+ things for tweens and teens to do offline

In NJ and NY

By Jessica Kline, Publisher and Editor Macaroni Kid Clifton-Montclair September 14, 2021

Did you know that we are more than just a resource for families with little tykes? We rounded up great ideas for kids 10 and older in both NJ and NY. We hope you (and your kids) find something on our list that you hadn't thought of and don't forget to share with your friends too!

  1. Have a craft party
  2. Visit Art Factory Studios
  3. Visit Dave and Busters
  4. Learn to sew and make clothes Sew Montclair
  5. Visit Brighton Asylum haunted house
  6. Head out to the batting cages
  7. Take a class at Montclair Film
  8. Play a sport at SDA Indoor Sports Facility
  9. Join a league at Centercourt Montclair
  10. Build your way through Genius Gems
  11. Take a cooking class
  12. Visit Turtle Back Zoo's Treetop Adventure Course 
  13. Join a house band or learn to play an instrument at School of Rock
  14. Visit Edison’s Lab in West Orange and Dey Mansion - Washington's HQ in Wayne
  15. Visit the Statue of Liberty (take ferry from Liberty State Park)
  16. Visit the Empire State Building (take DeCamp Bus)
  17. Visit the Great Falls of the Passaic in Paterson and the Museum (submarine, steam locomotive, Colt revolvers)
  18. Visit the Newark Museum of Art
  19. Visit the Lakota Wolf Preserve
  20. Sign up for an Escape Room
  21. Sign up for tennis clinics
  22. Sign up for a skateboarding lesson
  23. Take an evening yoga class
  24. Eat at La Fortaleza
  25. Get CPR certified
  26. Hang out at the beautiful Van Vleck House & Gardens
  27. Go for a bike ride
  28. Visit a local book shop
  29. Try a spinning class
  30. Shop locally at places like Nouvelle, Pink Bungalow, the Underground Skate Shop, and support local
  31. Go bowling at Humdingers
  32. Visit Rand Park’s skate park any day of the week and try your hand at skateboarding
  33. Schedule a (horse) riding lesson
  34. Volunteer/visit City Green
  35. Volunteer/visit Montclair Community Farm
  36. Check out what’s happening at The Wellmont Theater
  37. Take a hike
  38. Paint at Doin' Dishes or Pinot's Pallete
  39. Rock climb at The Gravity Vault
  40. Shop for vintage clothes
  41. Try all of the local ice cream shops
  42. Visit the American Dream Mall (ski, ice skate, aquarium)
  43. Visit the Yogi Berra museum
  44. Roller skate in Branch Brook park 
  45. Take your own Soprano’s Tour
  46. "Sky Dive" at iFly
  47. Visit Top Golf in Edison
  48. Head down the shore, Asbury Park is always a favorite
  49. Visit Jersey City’s view of NY skyline
  50. Go to Six Flags
  51. Delaware river tubing
  52. Farmer's Market
  53. Get involved in a Charity or Volunteer
  54. Visit the Funplex in East Hanover
  55. Head to the Medieval Times for dinner and a tournament

A few ideas for time spent in NYC

reminder: anyone over the age of 12 most likely needs to bring proof of vaccination in NYC

  1. Get tickets to visit the Sloomoo Institute
  2. Sign up and visit the Museum of ice cream
  3. Sign up for a free visit to the High Line
  4. Take a stroll through Central Park
  5. Get a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity
  6. Browse Bloomingdale’s
  7. Book your entry and visit Little Island
  8. Visit the 9/11 Memorial
  9. Walk around Times Square
  10. Get tickets for a Broadway Show
  11. Visit Ellis Island
  12. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  13. Visit the Intrepid Museum
  14. Visit the Bronx Zoo (eat on Arthur Ave after)
  15. Visit the Cloisters
  16. Visit the Museum of Natural History (did you know that if you are part of a local library you can get free admission into museums?)
  17. Visit The Whitney Museum
  18. Visit The Met
  19. Visit The Guggenheim
  20. Visit the Museum of Illusions
  21. Visit the Math Museum
  22. Get tickets for an Alvin Ailey performance

Keep finding your family fun!