5 GROSS Places to take Kids in New Jersey

Posted on: January 6th, 2019 by

Zuru Smashers Series 2 is a new gross toy for kids. We were hired by Zuru Toys to introduce you to gross ways to have fun with your kids in New Jersey and the new Smashers Series 2 – Gross.


Do your kids like to get grossed out? Do they make slime and play with bugs?


Get grossed out with Zuru Smashers Series 2

Recently, we were asked to test out and introduce Zuru Smashers to you. This new toy has everything gross kids love.. slime, bugs, ooze dudes, filthy food, and icky insects. Can it get better? Yes! To play with Zuru Smashers kids have to SMASH the eyeball balls to reveal what grossness is inside. Eww for me, but fun for my sons. Take a look at how they work and the hilarious fun that broke out as two of my sons SMASHED eyeballs from the new Zuru Smashers Series 2 Gross collection.


Watch how Zuru Smashers Series 2 Gross Smashballs work


About Smashers Series 2 – Gross!

Smashers are the latest collectible toys from ZURU that kids are sure to love! The innovative Smashball puts the action right in your hands. What’s inside the new series of Smashers Smashballs? Just throw and smash your eyeball to reveal your surprise of 1 of over 100 gross characters inside! Rebuild and re-smash your Smashball anytime! Keep track of your entire collection with the free Collector’s Guide inside ever pack or download the Smashers app. The Smashers app allows you to play games, interact with your collection, and collect Smash Points to become the ultimate Smashers champion.

For more information or to learn where to buy Zuru Smashers Series 2 – Gross visit smashersworld.zuru.com.


Two boys look over the Zuru Smashers Series 2 – Gross poster of figures.

Nothing gross here… Just my boys playing together nicely as they study the collection of Smashers Series 2 – Gross and predict which ones they will get.


What my boys collected in 2 of the Zuru Smashers Series 2 – Gross 8 packs

Not all figures are pictured.



Now, all this grossness had me thinking about New Jersey. We have so many fun family attractions and plenty of them offer a level of grossness that every kid can appreciate. Just like the Zuru Smashers Series 2 Gross offers different collections of grossness so do some of our favorite places to visit in New Jersey.


Zuru Smashers Series 2 Gross Collections

  • Filthy Food
  • Odd Bodies
  • Icky Insects
  • Smash Trash
  • Toilet Humor
  • Rare Awful Animals
  • Ultra Rare Ooze Dudes
  • Glow in the Dark
  • Exclusives


A poster of the entire Zuru Smashers Series 2 – Gross collection comes with every 8 pack.

A poster of the entire Zuru Smashers Series 2 – Gross collection comes with every 8 pack. There are 100 different GROSS Smashers your kids can collect. Store them on a shelf or rebuild the Smashers to smash again another day.


Take a look at some of the grossest, yet fun, places to visit in New Jersey with kids.


Gross places can be fun for kids and we're sharing 5 GROSS Places to take Kids in New Jersey


5 GROSS Places to take Kids in New Jersey


Atlantic County Utilities Authority, where poopy water gets clean

2 of the Zuru Smashers Series 2 – Gross figures from the Smash Trash collection.

You may not find these Smash Trash figures from the Zuru Smashers Series 2 – Gross collection at the ACUA, but you will find some smelly trash and gross wastewater.

Located in Egg Harbor Township, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority makes what would normally be gross, fun and educational. The 360 acre property offers public tours for individuals and groups. We’ve taken them both as a family during their Earth Day event and planned group outings for our readers. On the tours, kids can learn how the ACUA machines Smash Trash and where poopy water goes when we flush it down the drain. You may never think about Toilet Humor the same when you’re standing next to the tanks that clean 28 MILLION gallons of wastewater a day at the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Learn more about visiting the ACUA at their website or call 609-272-6950.


Watch how the ACUA makes GROSS water clean again.


Insectropolis, where kids can touch Icky Insects

The Zuru Smashers Series 2 Gross Icky Insects collection may look like real bugs but you can touch the real thing at the Insectroplis in Toms, New Jersey. View thousands of beautiful and bizarre exotic insects from all over the world if you dare. Kids can play bug games on touch-screen computers or pretend to be a termite and crawl through a mudtube. See how ants forage for food and build tunnels in a live ant nest. There’s not just one type of bug you can touch at the Insectropolis, there’s a multitude. Touch a live tarantula, scorpion, millipede, and a hissing cockroach before you leave. Don’t worry moms, if you don’t want to get grossed out by seeing icky insects up close you can look at the insects from a distance too. Learn more at their website insectropolis.com or call (732) 349-7090.


Two of the icky Insects from the Smashers Series 2 – Gross collection from Zuru toys.

Find these icky insects inside some Zuru Smashers Series 2 – Gross 8 packs. Find REAL icky insects at the Insectropolis in Toms River.


Go back in time to discover Rare Awful Animals at Field Station Dinosaurs

Want to hunt for a Trex in the dark? Or pet a baby dinosaur with the help of a paleontologist? Whether you find dinosaurs to be rare awful animals or really cool creatures, you can visit with them at Field Station Dinosaurs in Leonia, New Jersey.  Part scientific expedition, part creative artistry put to work, Field Station Dinosaurs brings over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs to life every June through October in Bergen County’s beautiful Overpeck Park. Scientists have worked to ensure that the exhibition encompasses the latest theories and discoveries in the fields of paleontology, geology, and environmental studies. There’s more to this NJ family attraction that seeing the dinosaurs.


What makes this one of the gross places to take kids in New Jersey? When you visit you’ll learn some pretty gross facts about dinosaurs like what their poop looks like and how to tell what they eat by examining it. Learn more at their website fieldstationdinosaurs.com or call (973)748-4317 or read about our visits to the Field Station Dinosaurs. Find more local places to find dinosaurs in this article, Places to See Dinosaurs in New Jersey (and Beyond).


A T Rex dinosaur robot in the dark at Field Station dinosaurs.

During Field Station Dinosaurs after dark events you can go on an expedition for a T Rex.


Battle against Odd Bodies and gross germs in the Liberty Science Center Microbes Rule! Exhibit.

At the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey the grossest exhibit they have is the Microbes Rule! It’s an interactive exhibit where guests can interact with odd bodies in a number of ways.

  • Build a microbe.
  • Battle body invaders.
Picture from inside the Microbes Rule! exhibit at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City New Jersey

Are you ready to battle odd bodies and body invaders at the Liberty Science Center’s Microbes Rule! exhibit?

  • Discover a glowing microbial art made by microbiologists, synthetic biologists, and artist.
  • Create a virtual microbe painting at an interactive touch table.
  • Listen to a soundtrack of “microbe beats” created by MIT Synthetic Biologist David Sun Kong
  • Smell the earthy scent of Streptomyces griseus, a microbe with significant historical importance to New Jersey
  • Touch a giant version of a Streptomyces griseus colony.

But that’s not all the Liberty Science Center offers that could be considered gross. There are bees buzzing in a bee hive on the third floor, an area where you can walk through the brain, and tanks full of creatures that call the Hudson River home. Learn more about the Liberty Science Center in these articles or by visiting their site https://lsc.org or calling (201) 200-1000.


Figures from the odd bodies of the Zuru Smashers Series 2 Gross collection.

These Odd Bodies are just as gross as some of the germs in our body that we’ve learned about at the Liberty Science Center.


Go deep at the Adventure Aquarium to discover Glow in the Dark creatures

You won’t find any glow-in-the-dark dirty diapers or rotten feet at the Adventure Aquarium, but you can find a number of luminescent creatures that live in the sea. Making it the last of the GROSS places to take kids in New Jersey that we’re recommending. The Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 15,000 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water.

Two of the figures from the Zuru Smashers Series 2 – Gross Glow in the Dark collection are Dirty Diapers and Rotten Foot.

Two of the figures from the Zuru Smashers Series 2 – Gross Glow in the Dark collection are Dirty Diapers and Rotten Foot.


The extensive collection includes a tank of Pacific Sea Nettle, jellyfish that seem to glow in the dark. This unique species of aquatic invertebrates have a distinctive gold-brown bell with reddish tentacles. They can typically grow up to 12 inches in diameter. In addition, they have four arms attached to their mouths, with tentacles along the body capable of extending many feet. Eww.. it glows in the dark and is gross. Learn more about the gross, unique, and rare animals at the Adventure Aquarium by reading our articles or visiting their website www.adventureaquarium.com or call 844-474-FISH (3474).

glow in the dark jellyfish at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey

To see real glow in the dark animals visit the Adventure Aquarium. Photo shared with permission from K. Mastro.


Want more GROSS fun?

While there’s no one regular place that offers slime-making fun, from time to time there are events across New Jersey where kids can make slime. Visit our Calendar of Events or watch the calendar at these local businesses who have been known to offer slime-making events.

  • Michael’s
  • A.C. Moore
  • Tuckerton Seaport

and don’t forget when your kids smash an eyeball from a Zuru Smashers Series 2 Gross 8 pack they may get a surprise of slime! We found 1 in each of our 8 packs. But don’t worry moms! The slime doesn’t explode when the Smashballs are smashed. The slime is contained in a packet inside the eyeball. Once you open the foil packet the slime oozes out to reveal a figure from the Gross collection. For my boys, one got the glow-in-the-dark dirty diaper and the other got the rotten foot.


Some Smashers Series 2 – Gross 8 packs include packets of slime in the eyeball.

We were slimed!


For more information or to learn where to buy Zuru Smashers Series 2 – Gross visit smashersworld.zuru.com.


Where’s the grossest place your kids have been to in New Jersey?


Posted in: All, Things to do in Central Jersey, Things to do in New Jersey, Things to do in North Jersey, Things to do in South Jersey

Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 35+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 15+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

4 thoughts on “5 GROSS Places to take Kids in New Jersey

  1. Tracy says:

    My kids love Insectopolis!! I want to take them to the field station dinosaurs when we come up to visit this summer.

  2. Ellen LaFleche-Christian says:

    My son would love these!

  3. Andi says:

    What a cool post! I’m an aunt and always looking for unique ways to interact with the kids in my family!

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