Mount Laurel, New Jersey, is a suburban area approximately 20 miles east of Philadelphia. The township prides itself on preserving open space for parks, such as the award-winning Laurel Acres Park, where children can enjoy playgrounds, fields, walking trails, a fishing lake and a sledding hill. Along with its various parks, Mount Laurel is also home to several other child-friendly organizations and programs.
Mount Laurel is home to a 55,000-square-foot, indoor water park and resort, Coco Key Water Resort (mtlaurelcocokey.com). The water park has slides and pools for children of all ages, from thrill slides that maneuver you around loops and turns in complete darkness, to a wading pool perfect for infants and toddlers. The resort also contains a lazy river, a relaxing spa, an activity pool that tests your balance and strength, and water basketball.
Children can enjoy the variety of amusement activities available at The Funplex (funplexmountlaurel.com) and Kid Junction (kidjunction.com). The Funplex offers both indoor and outdoor attractions, such as bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag, bowling, a tilt-a-whirl, a swimming pool, a water park and miniature golf. Kid Junction houses two levels of obstacles that include tunnels, slides and bridges. There is also a role-playing room with a child-sized pizza shop, exercise room, post office and costume shop.
Paws Farm Nature Center (pawsfarm.com) provides an environment where children can learn about and interact with more than 80 species of animals, including chinchillas, turtles, snakes, bearded dragons, deer, birds of prey, sheep and goats. During a visit to Paws Farm, children may have the opportunity to pet, feed or help groom some of the animals. The farm also hosts special classes, workshops and story times to assist in further educating children about the various animals.
During the school year, the Mount Laurel Library hosts a monthly Lego League club for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Club participants are organized into groups, based on their grade levels, and asked to create an assigned Lego structure, such as skyscrapers, farms, vehicles, animals and medieval scenes. At the end of the session, groups present and discuss their structures with the other groups.
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