At this point in the winter, we’re trudging along, dreaming of mild spring days and even a flower or two (heck, most of us would settle for not having to shovel snow). Luckily, New Jersey is full of family fun this weekend, with activities to help you beat the end of winter blues. Get a dose of culture and celebrate the Chinese New Year at Garden State Discovery Museum, take your little Superman to check out the awesome Superhero Filmmaking program at Montclair Art Museum or sit down to a dainty meal during Matilda’s Tea Party at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. For some outdoor winter fun, check out the Nature Kids Discovery Day at Schiff Natural Lands or learn about maple sugaring at Tenafly Nature Center. For even more weekend fun, check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
Shopping for children's clothes can be so much fun--it's hard to resist little tutus, sailor suits, and appliqued tops for 2-year-olds. However, if you're looking to buy brand-names clothes or toys, but don't want to pay full price, consider purchasing items on consignment. See below for consignment shops in South Jersey that sell and buy children's consignment items and don't forget to check out our posts on consignment shops in Northern and Central NJ and Philadephia.
Sugar cubes aren't just good for tea and coffee; kids can use them to construct an igloo, ice castle, tower, or anything they can imagine. Forget Legos; on winter days that have you cooped up inside, keep little hands busy building a winter wonderland. In just three steps they can be building away. And if too many sugar cubes get eaten, just consider it fuel for imagination.
Until recently, the sport of archery was relegated to the arena of nerdy gym-class alternative. These days, however, one of the world's oldest sports is suddenly popular and downright hip, thanks to some pop culture heroes and heroines. With characters such as Merida in Disney’s Brave, Katniss in The Hunger Games, and Hawkeye in The Avengers wielding a bow and arrow, more New Jersey kids are looking to give archery a try. Here are four school in NJ that parents can "target". For even more great classes for kids, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide.
This week kicks off with President’s Day. How are you going to keep the little ones busy on their day off from school? Check out the many opportunities for a Monday fun day, including the busy, and free, Family Day at State Theatre and Trailside’s Fantasy, Illusion and Magic Show. Celebrate another festive day, Chinese New Year, at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Plus, take advantage of opportunities for grown-up time while the kids are entertained at Hip Mom Hangout or Small Factory’s Kids' Night Out. And don’t forget to check out our event calendar for even more President’s Day, weekday and weekend events.
Summer is the perfect time of year for artists to express themselves. Summer art camps allow children the opportunity to build confidence, enhance creativity and have fun. With its close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia, central New Jersey is home to a wealth of talented artists hoping to educate and inspire children of all ages. Here are a few summer camp options for parents looking to inspire their little Da Vinci during the long hot days of summer vacation. And to find out all the day camp options in NJ, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.
It’s time to start anew and sweep out all the bad luck of 2014. Celebrating Chinese New Year with your family can be a blast, not to mention cleansing! Of course, New York City's celebrations are wonderful, but there is a ton of fun to be had in New Jersey as well. Bring in the Year of the Sheep the right way, with dance, family workshops, music or stay home for cleaning, food, crafts and more!
I confess: I wasn’t a very coordinated tween, but that didn’t stop me from roller skating at my local roller rink in New York. It closed down twenty years ago taking teenage memories of first kisses, birthday parties, and laughter, with it. As a teen, few events beat the thrill of zipping around a roller rink with friends—and crushes! Luckily, the Garden State is still home to many old-fashioned (and newer) roller rinks that provide fun for the whole family. (I can’t promise you they all play 80’s music, though…)
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