SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY - AUG 17: Jenkinsons Boardwalk at Point Pleasant Beach at Jersey Shore in New Jersey, as seen on August 17, 2014. The boardwalk is almost 1 mile long.

How to Have Fun on Father’s Day in New Jersey

‘Tis the season for water parks and summer adventures! This year, we’re  thankful for Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks for providing us with a perfect Summer getaway location! We’ll be visiting this weekend to celebrate Father’s Day and there is a ton of stuff to do – for the whole family! We are going to stay at the Pan American Hotel where they have a great bistro called Alosi’s Bistro where we’ll be stopping for breakfast!  There are two new amazing attractions at Morey’s including KONG and artBOX:LAB.

Kong was an iconic boardwalk landmark in the early 1970s one of the original rides until it was demolished in 1980. But Kong is back!  The new gorilla-themed amusement ride is now open on Surfside Pier. KONG, who you’ll see snorting smoke and fog, sports an “I Love Wildwood” t-shirt (who wouldn’t?) and clutches one of Wildwood’s well-known tram cars while hanging from the 60-foot tall lighthouse at the ride’s center – sounds awesome! Eight vintage shark themed ride vehicles will duck and dive around the infamous gorilla, bringing riders 26 feet in the air. After sunset, KONG lights up the night sky with a rotating light on top of the lighthouse and enhanced LED lighting outlining each ride vehicle. This looks like it will be a great ride for us to try out this weekend while we celebrate Father’s Day!

Underneath the ride is Kong & Co. a new 3,000 square foot retail space offering charging stations and comfy chairs, as well as chocolate-covered frozen bananas and merchandise for purchase. Besides there being snacks and merchandise, the charging stations is such a great idea. Sometimes large families like to split off during their vacation, and if your phone is dying, it can be nearly impossible to find the rest of the family! These charging stations are really convenient!

artBOX:LAB is an interactive workshop for kids. The resident artist, David Macomber, leads the class and allows kids of all ages to create their own spins on works of art to take home! There is a rotation of guest artists all summer long, so you’ll be able to experience a lot of different artistic perspectives and more! Classes include block printing, origami, painting, and even jewelry making! It’s a GREAT wind-down activity for the kids after all day at a water park! There are no appointments necessary and class prices are anywhere from FREE to $35!

If you’re not used to the weather in Wildwood, NJ, it’s pretty warm during the summer. In June, the temperatures can reach the low 80’s.  Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and most importantly—your bathing suits!

This post originally appeared on Real Mom Media.

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