It’s official- summer kicks off this weekend! The kids are done with school, camp’s around the corner and parents need some warm-weather fun to fill the gap. Look no further. Mommy Poppins has the recipe for a jam-packed weekend. Blast off the summer at the Meadowlands energetic New Jersey State Fair. Brighten up the weekend at Terhune Orchards’ Firefly Festival. Put on your party hats and Celebrate New Jersey’s 350th Birthday at the New Jersey State Museum and Planetarium. Chill out at the theatre with family-friendly performances of The Little Engine That Could or the Frozen Movie Sing-A-Long, where it’s okay for kids (and adults) to belt out “Let It Go.” Check out the full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar.
Your kids will love turning the husks from the corn at your next summer BBQ into pretty paper that they can paint on or even make into a sketch book cover. There's no messy blender involved like regular papermaking. Corn paper turns out a little bit like papyrus, so it would be perfect for a project for Ancient Egypt in school too.
Not only is watching movies under the stars a wonderful way for the family to bond, away from iPads and iPhones, but how cool is it to watch your fave flicks outdoors? Below is a list of parks in New Jersey that show outdoor movies all summer long. I cant wait to watch Frozen outdoors with my little gal! So BYOC--Bring Your Own Chairs--munchies, blankets, and savor the magic of the movies. And for more summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
This has to be the easiest muffin recipe. It may seem crazy, but if you think about it, it actually makes sense. After all, ice cream is pretty much the same ingredients we usually use for baking: eggs, sugar and cream (which turns into butter if you churn). Add that to self-rising flour and you've got all the makings of muffins. Not only is it easy enough for a toddler to mix up, they'll love baking with ice cream, too!
My husband and I are big fans of Lancaster County's family amusement park Dutch Wonderland, and dread the day our nine-year-old outgrows this sweet Kingdom for Kids. We take at least one road trip here every summer but this year we were invited to visit on opening weekend to check out the park's brand-new dinosaur attraction, Exploration Island.
With so many other animatronic dinosaur spots around, like the Bronx Zoo's Dinosaur Safari and New Jersey's Field Station: Dinosaurs, plus the show Walking with Dinosaurs set to stomp into Brooklyn's Barclays Center this July, you might think my son would have soured on the saurs. But he's as fascinated by the prehistoric creatures as ever. And since the rest of Dutch Wonderland's 43 bucolic acres features a nice variety of safe and clean family rides, live shows and strolling performers, it makes for a great weekend getaway.
Children are born scientists. They're always experimenting with something, whether they're throwing a plate of spaghetti on the wall, blowing bubbles in the bath water or stacking blocks into an intricate tower only to destroy it in one big swipe. As they get older, you may decide to enroll them in one of NYC's enriching science program to continue their studies. But you can actually do some pretty mind-blowing science experiments at home using stuff you probably have lying around the house.
Don't worry if you never made it past biology: These 50 science activities are super-easy and a lot of fun to boot, as kids are exposed to a wide variety of scientific concepts. It's a great way to spend quality time together as a family and who knows, mom and dad may end up learning a new thing or two, too.
Cape May County is hard to beat when it comes to family fun! During the summer months, a trip to New Jersey's southern most county is sure to be a hit for both teens and toddlers alike. Cape May County boasts fabulous beaches as well as family friendly, unique attractions. Check out our list of can't miss hot spots that are sure to please the entire family. For even more to do in our southern beach towns, check out our small town posts on Cape May and Stone Harbor.
Welcome to Mommy Poppins New Jersey! The free online resource for parents and kids where you’ll get the scoop on what’s fun, unique, outdoorsy, indoorsy, artsy, bouncy, sassy and splashy in the Garden State. Come play with us, won’t you?