As a mom of a 10 and 7 year old, I have been to Jenkinson's Aquarium more than a few times. While not nearly as grandiose as Camden's Adventure Aquarium, this little aquarium on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant is certainly worth a few hours of your time. What it lacks in size, Jenkinson's makes up for in charm, accessibility and overall kid-friendliness. Perfect for families with small children, Jenkinson's Aquarium houses a variety of ocean creatures, eye-catching tanks and educational displays. Whether you are looking for an air-conditioned escape during a day at the beach or a warm, indoor activity on a winter day (that's right, it's open year round), Jenkinson's is sure to please.
Something happens when the calendar turns the page from February to March- the days start getting a little longer, the birds start singing a little sweeter - it is not be official spring yet, but Spring Fever has definitely set in. These little egg carton flowers do just the trick. One egg carton can give you a dozen red roses, yellow daffodils, delicate white snowdrops, or whatever flower you can dream up. In just three easy steps your little one can make a beautiful bouquet.
Don't faint--the dead of winter is when parents start thinking and planning for (gulp) summer camp. Lanyards, hand games, swimming, s'mores... if you’re wondering where your kids are going to be doing these things in the hot, school-less weather, check out an upcoming Summer Camp Fair or Open House. Whether you want to stay in NJ, venture into NY or try a sleep-away camp out of state, a camp fair or open house will allow you to meet camp directors, chat, tour the facilities and make an educated decision. Considering that New Jersey has about a billion (only a slight exaggeration) camp options, hopefully this list will help you narrow it down. We will be updating our NJ Summer Camp Guide throughout the winter, so stay tuned!
Eating outside in the summer months is peaceful, warm, great for people-watching, and an event that really makes summer feel like, well, summer! These last few weeks of 'lazy days' are a great time for the whole family to enjoy some outdoor dining, whether it be low-key like pizza or fancy-shmancy lobster-on-the-terrace. Check out these venues, and let us know your faves!
It’s that time of year again! March rolls around and all you want to do is drink green beer, eat corned-beef and cabbage and celebrate your Irish roots (even if you don’t officially have any). But are there any child-friendly St. Pat’s Day activities in NJ? You bet your lucky charms, there are. March on over to any of these great family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebrations for NJ kids and families or check out our March Go List with activities and events across the whole state.
March is an in-between month, with winter winding down but the mild weather of spring still a few weeks away. Luckily, there are plenty of events in NJ to keep families busy as we wait out the last of the snow and cold. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and the festivities and parades are already starting: head down the shore and check out the Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade or the Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade. For some fun mixed in with learning, drop by Manasquan Reservoir for a slithery Snake Meet & Greet, visit Sesame Street Presents: The Body at Liberty Science Center or sign up to help create the city of Montclair out of LEGOs during the Building Montclair workshop at MAM. For even more weekend fun, check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
If you’re looking for an enjoyable amusement park experience minus crazy thrill rides and super-sized crowds, take a day trip to Storybook Land in Egg Harbor. When you enter Storybook Land, you feel like you stepped into a fairy tale. All the rides and attractions focus on classic children’s tales and nursery rhymes, like Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella. Storybook Land was created with younger children in mind; the rides and attractions are all geared towards the under 10 crowd. The park is compact, easy to navigate, clean and shady, which is always a plus in the summer. My girls were four when we took our first day trip there and are looking forward returning this summer. Storybook Land is #5 on our list of 100 Things to Do with NJ Kids and #1 on our list of 25 Things to Do with NJ Preschoolers (plus the cover photo).
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