Activities for Kids in Maplewood, New Jersey

Looking for fun things for your children to do in Maplewood, New Jersey? Here are some local options:

  • Arts and Crafts Program: From funtography to drawing from nature, Maplewood has various arts and crafts programs for children ages 2-5. Click here to view the different programs; (973) 763-4202; register online through Community Pass or in person at the Recreation Office, 574 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040.
  • Baseball: South Orange-Maplewood baseball is administered by the South Orange Department of Recreation and has many different leagues. Click here to view details on each specific league. For a map and description of meeting locations, click here. You'll find registration information here.
  • Basketball: Maplewood offers various opportunities to play basketball, including recreational basketball, suburban travel basketball teams, boys preseason basketball clinics for suburban travel participants, and girls preseason basketball clinics for suburban travel participants. For details on costs and tryouts (where applicable), click here and scroll down to the basketball section.
  • Cooking Programs: Maplewood has many cooking programs for children ages 4 and older -- from Mini Chef to Junior Chef to Chef in Training; (973) 763-4202; Maplewood Community Center, 120 Burnett Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040. To learn more, click here
  • Cougar Soccer Club: This program offers additional professional training that is geared toward players who would like to make a greater commitment to develop their soccer skills at a higher level. For more information on the program, teams, and registration, visit the Cougar Soccer Club website.
  • Cougar Wrestling: This program for boys and girls in grades 2-8 is affiliated with the Maplewood Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs. For more information visit the MSO Cougar Youth Wrestling website
  • Express Yourself Studios: This art studio and art gallery is dedicated to being an outlet for children and adults to express themselves creatively via classes in the arts; (973) 763-5256; 1877 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040.
  • Golf: The US Sports Institute has programs to foster self-esteem, skill, and sportsmanship, among them Golf Squirts and Senior Squirts for children ages 4-8. Using the SNAG (Starting New At Golf) system, children use oversized, lightweight, clubs to master their grip and swing techniques; (732) 563-2520; group meets at Memorial Park - 580 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040; click here to view the schedule.
  • Hometown Ultimate Scrimmage: This co-ed recreational group for children in grades 6-8 is dedicated to safe and fun play of Ultimate Frisbee. Register by calling the Maplewood Recreation Department at (973) 763-4202 or through Community Pass; group meets at Maplecrest Park - 237 Oakland Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040. For more details and cost scroll down to the scrimmage section here.
  • Lacrosse - Boys: This US Sport Institute program is for boys ages 5-14. It has an emphasis on passing, catching, and scooping. Children learn to play lacrosse through a series of activities and then take part in small scrimmages to practice what they've learned(732) 563-2520; group meets at Memorial Park - 580 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040; click here to view the schedule.
  • Lacrosse - GirlsThis US Sport Institute program is for girls ages 5-14. It has an emphasis on passing, catching, and scooping. Children learn to play lacrosse through a series of activities and then take part in small scrimmages to practice what they've learned; (732) 563-2520; group meets at Memorial Park - 580 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040; click here to view the schedule.
  • Maplewood Lacrosse Club: The MLC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing boys the chance to have fun playing youth lacrosse. The Club is affiliated with US Lacrosse and strives to teach and encourage boys to learn the game and develop good sportsmanship. To view the various programs read through the Team Overview webpage; and to view the different meeting spots, click here. For additional information email maplewoodlax1957 [at] gmail.com.
  • Maplewood Memorial Library: The library has ongoing programming for kids and teens.  To learn more visit MaplewoodLibrary.org; please note the library has two branches: the main branch at 51 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040; (973) 762-1622, and at the Hilton branch at 1688 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040; (973) 762-1688.
  • Maplewood Theater: This retro-style facade of this movie theater and its art-deco script over a row of lights might conjure up nostalgia of simpler times but the movies are modern and the screens are too; (973) 763-3100; 155 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040.
  • Maplewood Village Alliance: This non-profit alliance, which works to promote and enhance the Maplewood Village, holds various events each year, including: a Chocolate Walk, Restaurant Week, Girls Night Out (with the family), Summer Sidewalk Sale, Art Walk and Music Festival, and Dickens Village, among others; for more information call (973) 762-4556 or email maplewoodvillagealliance [at] yahoo.com.
  • Softball: Maplewood-South Orange softball is administered by the Maplewood Department of Recreation and is open to all Maplewood and South Orange girls from kindergarten through 8th grade. For details on how to register, click here. For additional information on the softball program, click here.
  • Soccer - Parent & Me Squirts: This US Sport Institute program is for children ages 2-3 with a participating parent by their side. The goal is to stimulate a child's imagination, develop motor skills, and encourage social interaction. In this class, children learn basic soccer skills like dribbling, shooting, and passing the ball; (732) 563-2520; group meets at Memorial Park - 580 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040; click here to view the schedule.
  • Special Needs Activities: Maplewood has a Special Needs Program, which aims to expose children with special needs to a variety of activities in a structured and nurturing environment. For information on the different available programs, click here.
  • T-Ball - Parent & Me Squirts: This US Sport Institute program is also for children ages 2-3 with a participating parent by their side.  The goal is to stimulate a child's imagination, develop motor skills, and encourage social interaction. In addition, with the help from a parent, each child will develop their T-Ball skills in hitting, throwing, and fielding; (732) 563-2520; group meets at Memorial Park - 580 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040; click here to view the schedule.
  • T-Ball Squirts: This US Sport Institute program is for children ages 3-5. It uses fun games and activities to help develop each child's skills in hitting, throwing, and fielding. At the end of each session, children apply these skills onto a scrimmage; (732) 563-2520; group meets at Memorial Park - 580 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040; click here to view the schedule.
  • Tennis: Maplewood Tennis is run by local tennis pro, John Trinity, and his staff. There are several different classes to accommodate the skill levels of children ages 5 and older. Classes take place at the Memorial Park Tennis Courts at 580 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040. For more details visit MaplewodTennis.com.
  • Total Sports Squirts & Senior Squirts: This US Sport Institute program is for children ages 3-7. Participants have the opportunity to experience lacrosse, soccer, basketball, t-ball, floor hockey, and flag football in a safe and structured environment; (732) 563-2520; group meets at Memorial Park - 580 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040; click here to view the schedule.
  • Two-Towns Triathlon This annual event has children (ages 7-14) compete across different challenges and categories. It’s held with participation of South Orange residents; (973) 378-7754; view a past registration form here.