It's official, Kid-Netic is 4,000 square feet of F-U-N! With multiple play structures, a ball pit, rock climbing wall, mini zip line and an endless amounts of "foamnasium" equipment, you could spend hours at this place. And trust me when I say we did.
One overcast morning I caught myself singing 'rain, rain go away...' to the tune of 'incy wincy spider' (go ahead and give it a try) and it became clear to me that it was time for us to fly the coop! It was one of the first chilly days of fall in NJ and I knew Shep and I would go stir crazy if we didn't hop in the car right then and there and find some good times.
A half hour later we arrived at Kid-Netic. It would have taken twenty-five minutes but finding the entrance is no small feat. To say it is hidden in the back of a building complex is an understatement but don't give up...you can do it! You will find the gym and your kids will cheer because they will love it inside...once you actually get inside.
Admission is $12.95 per child for an all day pass, which means you can come and go as you like. Adults are free (Wahoooo!) I love that they don't charge adults (like some other places) to accompany their kid while he or she goes nuts in a jungle of gyms.
After two hours of crouching and crawling we were wiped. Shep is 18 months old so two hours is usually our time limit before hunger strikes and/or tiredness ensues. Honestly, two hours is this mom's limit too. I can't last longer than that. I can only climb through so many foamnasium obstacle course in one day you know what I'm saying?
Indoor gyms like Kid-Netic are perfect for the toddler set, but parents should be forewarned, depending on your child's playground prowess, you may end up shadowing your kid though it all. If you have a little one under two, this will be a workout for everyone involved so remember to dress comfortably. Shoes are checked at the door so no worries on wearing sneakers, but socks are required -- whatever you do, don't forget socks!
Alternatively, at three, Shep's cousin Levi is a big boy and can climb everything himself! That meant my sis-in-law could prop her wee-one Gus up in the open gym area and keep an eye on Levi in the distance. Case in point? Kid-Netic is in fact a great place for ages 6 months and up!
There's a lot of climbing over foam mats and navigating through more foam things to get to other foam stuff. There is ball pit fun to be had and slides galore. Shep followed Levi everywhere and I followed Shep. Perhaps I am overprotective when it comes to these big play structures but just like at the playground, Shep wanted to climb in the bigger area (there is a toddler structure perfect for little ones) and there are one or two areas (just like at the playgroun) where the ladders open up and littles can fall through. But, as we know, my son is also a daredevil. So, for now, I am that mom crawling around...and around.
Although I will say that it was nice to be at Kidnetic on a weekday when the bigger kids were in school, we have gone on the weekend and have had to contend with a more fast paced race through the play areas. However, it's never been out of control. There is more than enough room for everyone. There are also toys (Cozy Coupe, Ride-Alongs, BBall Hoop) placed about for added fun.
Kid-Netic has a nice little assortment of snackies at the register. There were quite a few little ones chowing down on chocolate milk and Annie's bunnies. They don't really enforce a 'no snacks from home allowed' rule so we brought our own goldfish. Apparently on the weekend they serve pizza and fast-food fare. We were there on a weekday so no such luck.
Shep and I stayed until noon then found a little family pub called Harrigans to chow down at. He fell asleep in the car ride home and nap time was ON for over 2 hours! Three cheers for Kid-Netic the perfect winter escape. We will be going back monthly because...the first Tuesday of every month is a Mom's Group special: $10.95/child. See you there!