They don't call it the Garden State for nothing. New Jersey is filled with zoos, aquariums, and other places to get up close and personal with the animals. You can check out the prairie dogs, bears, and even some wolves and hawks. And when you need something more summer-like and aquatic it's time to swim with the sharks. Hop in the car now for a family day trip and check out some of the best zoos, aquariums and animal preserves in NJ.
For my family, summer is all about a change in our routine, a break from the normal day to day grind. And as much as I enjoy a big city getaway or weekend on some far flung tropical island, with three kids under six and juggling work schedules (not to mention our budget!), it isn’t always possible to get away. Instead, we’ve decided to explore some great towns right here in New Jersey! Just an hour or two drive away can feel like a mini-vacation as you discover new art museums, funky bookstores, delicious cafes serving up local eats, and more. Check out five family-friendly, walkable towns, where you can make summertime memories without leaving our state.
After the big barbecues and fireworks of July 4th weekend, it’s time to kick back, relax and just enjoy these lazy days of summer! Blueberries are the official state fruit of New Jersey and you can get your fill of them during Blueberry Bash at Terhune Orchards or the BlueBeary Blast at Camden Children’s Garden. For even more great family outings, check out awesome LEGO creations at Brick Fest Live, listen to live tunes during the Front Porch Bluegrass Festival or snap your pic with Ironman during Superhero Day at the Lakewood Blueclaws minor league baseball game.
Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.
If bad weather strikes on your beach vacation, don't despair. We have a list of great things to do to keep you from climbing the walls of your condo. From Atlantic City to Cape May, there are plenty of fun places to go at the shore with the kids besides the beach. So whether the rain is spoiling your beach day, you need a day out of the sun or just a change from the sand and surf, we have you covered.
New Jersey families are probably already big fans of our sponsor iPlay America, the indoor amusement park and arcade in Freehold. From the Extreme Laser Tag Experience and iPA Go-Kart Speedway to the multi-sensory 4D Movie Theater Experience (and these are just the tip of the iceberg), it’s a guaranteed good time for kids of all ages, including Mom and Dad! So it’s no surprise that it also happens to be an awesome place to host a special event. Whether it’s a child’s birthday celebration or a more formal party, there is a package to fit everyone’s needs and—most importantly—budgets.
Get ready, get set, get wet at New Jersey’s newest spraygrounds! Water playgrounds have been making a splash in the Garden State over the past several years, providing cheap (or free), refreshing summer fun. As spraygrounds and splash pads grow in popularity, new ones have been popping up throughout the state. Check out these newcomers in the New Jersey splash pads scene. Best part of all -- every destination on this list is free!
New Jersey earns its "Garden State" nickname with an abundance of pick your own fruit and veggies available throughout the summer months. Whether berries, peaches or even flowers strike your fancy, there are plenty of wonderful places to take the kids for a fun hands-on activity. Picking their own produce is the perfect opportunity for children to see where food comes from, eat locally and have a great time too. The NJ picking season starts at the end of May and runs through the fall months. Read on for the skinny on seven pick-your-own locations. And remember to always call ahead before visiting to check availability. Happy picking!
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?