On Saturday April 6th, the Ocean County Mall is holding a Grand Opening celebration for PLAY, a new state-of-the-art play area.

PLAY will include feature a forest theme, and include interactive play panels, a stone bridge, and animal elements catered towards children. The area will also feature some amenities for parents, including phone/tablet charging stations.

The Grand Opening runs from 11a-1p on April 6th, and will be a family-friendly event with prizes, face painting, balloon animals, a magic show, and goodie bags for the first 100 attendees.

Ocean County Mall in Toms River. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)

It's interesting to see how malls are adapting to survive in the online-shopping era, so bringing a new play area for kids is a good way to keep people coming to a physical location to shop.

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