Last weekend, Mommy Poppins sponsored a preschool fair in New York City where families were able to meet dozens of directors from neighborhood preschool programs. Parents said it was immensely helpful to talk to NYC preschool directors in person because it demystified the often fraught admissions process. It’s understandable that applying to preschool is nerve-racking: It’s one of the first decisions you make for your child’s education. But at Mommy Poppins, we believe that applying to preschool can be a sane experience, and we want to do what we can to dispel some of the anxiety. So we're sharing the inside scoop from our preschool fair, including expert tips from directors about the admissions process. After all, who knows it better than the people who make the decisions?
We sit through three meals a day, seven days a week. So sometimes we just need to shake it up a bit and do something out of the house that promises fun along with the food. From knights and horses to magicians to locomotives, from Northern NJ all the way down to the Shore, there are many ‘interactive’ dining experiences for the entire family. Bon appetit!
You may have heard of marble painting before. This unique spin on it is perfect for fall and brings a little nature into play. It's a fun activity to make some beautifully abstract prints and easy enough to do with a toddler or preschooler. The only ones who won't like it will be the squirrels.
As busy mamas, we cherish those oh-so-rare moments when we have a few hours (if we're super lucky!) to do whatever we want; whether it's sleeping, shopping, taking a class, or hitting the gym for an intense workout. It can be tricky to squeeze in a spin class when you're in full-time mommy mode, but there are many gyms in New Jersey that offer babysitting options so you can get in shape while your children stay safe. Below is a list of gyms that offer on-location daycare for fitness-oriented mamas.
For those who like a good fright before Halloween night, check out some of New Jersey's best haunted establishments. There are plenty of night-time haunts to please the older kids, some creepy walking tours to see an entire (possibly) haunted town, a scaredy-cat amusement park and even a few scare-free zones where kids can just trick or treat. And for more creepy/fun choices, check out our NJ Halloween Guide.
The kids are excitedly preparing for Halloween, with visions of candy, costumes and pumpkins dancing in their heads. New Jersey is home to many wonderful pumpkin-themed events this season, everything from elaborate pumpkin exhibits to carving competitions to good old-fashioned pumpkin picking and decorating. Read on for our top picks and check out the Mommy Poppins NJ Halloween Guide for more fun events.
There’s a sudden crispness to the air, the kids have gone back to school and our thoughts have turned to Fall, a beautiful time to get out and about in New Jersey. Looking for some autumnal activities? How about pumpkin picking? Hey, they don’t call this the Garden State for nothing! There are plenty of fantastic farms in NJ with activities from hay rides to corn mazes to pumpkin painting to birthday parties. Here’s a list of our favorite New Jersey pumpkin picking farms. Looking for other fall fun? Try our post on Fun Fall Harvest Festivals in NJ
The humidity has dropped, high temps are just reaching the low 70s and the official start of fall is around the corner. Enjoy this sweet spot of the year before it gets too chilly with an outdoor activity: pick some juicy ripe apples during Fall Family Fun Days at Alstede Farms, sample schnitzel and listen to authentic German music at the Crystal Springs Oktoberfest or take the kiddos out to a minor league ballgame at TD Bank Ball Park. For more fresh air fun, check out the NJ Storytelling Festival at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture or take a Migration Walk at Stony Brook-Millstone Reserve. And remember, you can check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
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