Middlesex County has an abundance of fun things to do with kids.   From Rebounderz and Kidz Village, to history with Thomas Edison and the Stone Museum, and farm fun at VonThun or Giamarese Farms, there are so many ways to release that energy.  Several of the places on this list are free or low cost, making fun affordable!  

  1. Rebounderz of Edison – Visit their huge 42,000 square foot state-of-the-art indoor trampoline arena.  They have two separate arena-style trampoline arenas with over 21,000 square feet of rebounding surface, as well as an elevated two-lane foam pit and a high-flying Basketball Slam Jumper. 76 Carter Drive, Edison; 732.902.6987

  2. Kidz Village - Kidz Village is an exciting indoor playground and ultimate kids’ fun center where kids ages 10 and under can climb, play, explore, interact with slides and bridges, kids’ fun and games, and creative theme rooms where their imaginations can take flight. 507 King Georges Rd. Woodbridge; 732.826.8577

  3. George Street Playhouse - The mission of George Street Playhouse is to enrich people’s lives by producing world-class theatre. They are currently showing, “My Name is Asher Lev.”   It is an award-winning play by Aaron Posner is based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok.   9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick; 732.246.7717

  4. Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park  - You can view original artifacts, listen to 100+ year old Edison Phonographs, and learn about the wonders that took place at Thomas Edison’s historic Menlo Park. Enjoy a walk on the guided nature trail through their lovely 36-acre state park.   37 Christie St, Edison; 732-549-3299

  5. New Jersey Convention Center – Located in Edison, they host a wide variety of shows from the NJ Flower Show, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Expo, Super Pet Expo, Greenberg Train & Toy Show, Baby Shower Expo, and many more. 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison; 732.417.1400 

  6. Crystal Springs Family Aquatic Center – This state-of-the-art aquatic facility includes seven water amenities: Recreational Pool, Lap Pool, Splash Pad, Kiddie Pool, Activity Pool, Lazy River and Water Slides. The Water's Edge food concession is also available for snacks and lunch fares.  380 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick; 732.390.6833 

  7. Giamarese Farm & Orchard - The Giamarese Family has been farming for over seven decades. They are open from May through December and grow a variety of fruits and vegetables that are available in their farm market or for Pick-Your-Own. They have lots of fun activities such as Fall Harvest Weekends and seasonal events.  155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick; 732-821-9494 

  8. Cornelius Low House - The Cornelius Low House was built in 1741 as the home of a wealthy merchant of Dutch ancestry, this two-story stone house is now the Middlesex County Museum, presenting changing exhibits about state and local history, with related school, outreach, and public programs. 1225 River Road, Piscataway; 732.745.4177

  9. VonThun’s Country Farm – VonThun Farms holds a number of family fun days throughout the year such as Kids Day at the Farm (May 7) & a Strawberry Festival (June 4 & 5).  Along with growing thousands of fall mums, thousands of pansies, an apple orchard, and acres and acres of pumpkins, VonThun Farms does hayrides, a corn MAiZE, and an annual Fall Harvest weekends. 519 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction; 732.329.8656    

  10. Stone Museum – They are a museum of minerals and fossils with a host of indoor and outdoor displays that are “hands on”, enabling people of all ages to actually touch specimens from 80 countries. One of the most popular exhibits is the Fluorescent Room, where you witness a display of hundreds of rocks (most from the Garden State) that glow in a vibrant array of colors.   Best part is free admission.  608 Spotswood-Englishtown Road, Monroe Township; 732.656.3333

  11. Rutgers Garden - Rutgers Gardens encompass nearly 180 acres of maintained and natural areas.  The Gardens have expanded and not only feature beautiful flora, but a number of programs and facilities for the local community, as well as the university faculty and students to, enjoy and explore.  They are hosting an open house July 30 with free tours and activities for all ages.  112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick; 732.932.8451

  12. Rutgers University Geology Museum - The collections of the Rutgers Geology Museum date from 1836 and document the transition of science from natural philosophy to today's data driven disciplines. The collections include minerals, fossils, and geologic specimens and emphasize the geology of New Jersey and surrounding states. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Geology Hall, 2nd Floor 85 Somerset Street, New Brunswick;  848-932-7243  

  13. State Theatre - State Theatre hosts a several family friendly shows throughout the year including the Hub City Carnivale, the NJ Blues & Jazz Festival, and Family Day, on top of a full season line-up of Broadway, dance, orchestra, concerts, family events, comedy, and live music. 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick; 732.246.7469   

  14. Zimmerli Art Museum - The museum is headquartered in a 70,000-square-foot facility and has a collection of 60,000 objects ranging from ancient to contemporary art and featuring particularly rich holdings in the areas of French art of the nineteenth century, Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, and American and European works on paper, including prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. Admission is free. 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick; 848.932.7237

  15. Johnson Park Zoo - Located on the banks of the Raritan River in Piscataway and Highland Park, this 473 acre park is extremely popular and filled with activity all year long. Everything from picnic groves and sports fields to an animal haven, and even a restored 18th century village can be found in Johnson Park. A wide variety of farm and exotic animals are on display within fenced-in areas at the animal haven which is open from dawn to dusk daily. Interpretive signage is displayed to provide an educational as well as a fun experience and best of all - its free! You will see pigs, goats, an emu, deer, a mini horse, and many other exciting animals.