Winter is coming, and with it is the need to entertain your kids regardless of the weather outside. All of these indoor play spaces will help you exercise kids’ minds and bodies even when the weather is cold, wet, or the dreaded “wintry mix.” Here are 8 great indoor play places that are almost as good as the great outdoors.

All it takes is one step into iPlay America to discover the WOW factor. Imagine the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore brought inland and blended with a New York City street complete with Brownstones and quaint shops, all energized by the excitement of indoor rides and attractions.  It’s not every day you can ride speedy go karts, the Kite Flyer, Skyscraper, Freedom Coaster, Sky Trail ropes course, bumper cars, and play 2-level laser tag – all indoors so weather is never an issue. What’s more, at iPlay America you can sit down to great service and a delicious American-style menu at iPlay America's Game Time Bar & Grill.

Imagine That!!! boasts over 50 different exhibits including a real fire truck, a real airplane, a real motorcycle and other vehicles that children can play on. They have a sensory exploration area, a shadow room, play grocery store, arts & crafts area, music room, pirate ship and a multicultural area that features items from all around the world.  4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park NJ Morris;

Branchburg Sports Complex features 78,000 square feet of action packed sports and activities, BSC is one of the area's largest and most exciting indoor recreation destinations.  With sports leagues, camps, 3 Turf Fields, 4 batting cages, a 3,100 square foot Training Center, a multi-level PlayMaze, arcade with redemption center and a 9,000 square foot interactive fantasy-themed laser tag arena, BSC provides fun and excitement for the whole family.  47 Readington Road, Branchburg;

Jump the day away at Jump On In! It is a fun, safe, supervised indoor inflatable and jumping facility featuring giant interactive inflatable structures such as slides, obstacle courses, and bouncers. Other activities include air blaster cannonball, air hockey, foosball, and trampoline basketball game. 69 Rt. 17 South, Hasbrouck Heights;

Kid•netic is a fun retreat for young kids and parents alike. Kidnetic is a safe and clean indoor playground for kids. They have over 4,000 square foot play area including a 3-level play structure, a toddler play structure and ball pit, a mat filled floor of all shapes & sizes, a zip line, and a rock climb wall.  2 Changebridge Rd Unit E, Montville;

The Jumpin Jax Center combines a licensed Early Learning Center and an Indoor Playground all in the same location.  The crawling area is specifically designed for their youngest visitors.  Across the way, is a fantastic market area, as well as a castle dress-up section to spark young children’s imagination with dramatic play.  For the older visitors, the large Lego building area, the foam ball shooters, rock climbing wall and hand peddled cars provides fun experiences. The open layout and high ceilings make for a perfect space to house the incredible jungle gym complete with a zip line and 20 foot wave slides.  600 Winters Ave. Paramus;

Kidz Village is an enchanting indoor playground and fun center where kids ages 10 and under play, interact, and explore. They offer a fun variety of themed play rooms within a kid-sized town, like a 50’s style diner, grocery store, beauty salon, tool shop, movie theatre, and castle, just to name a few. Kids love to play, jump, and climb in our huge multi-level playground. Let them test their skills on the video games and arcade area, and explore through a village made just for their size.  2 locations: 507 King Georges Road, Woodbridge & 131 S 31st Street, Kenilworth;

Kidoolo Play Club is the elevated kids' spot that blends an amplified play experience of laser tag + video games + dance floor + indoor climbing, with a modern, ultra-clean and ultra-safe space. They offer spectacular, private kids’ birthday parties, laser tag battles and open play for toddlers.  Kidoolo turns up the fun with a variety of kids’ favorite play attractions to provide endless hours of high-energy enjoyment for toddlers, school-aged kids and beyond. 355 Route 22 East, Springfield;