There are many old and charming small towns in the great state of New Jersey. With memorable summer destinations, college towns and sleepy suburbs, the garden state represents small town USA from Sussex County down to Salem County. Here is our second installment in the ongoing series on Mommy Poppins New Jersey, Great Small Towns in NJ. Check out our first installment on Chester, NJ and let's hear it for wonderful small towns!
October is here and you know what that means – time to pick out pumpkins and Halloween costumes! Get in the autumn spirit at Heaven Hill Farm’s Great Pumpkin Festival or Harvest Fest at the NJ State Botanical Gardens. If you’re looking for a little non-pumpkin action, bring the family to the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert or check out birds of prey at Palisades Interstate Park’s Hawks over the Hudson. And remember, you can find a full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
While socialization comes naturally to some kids, others may need help developing the skills necessary to make and keep friends. If you’re concerned about your child’s ability to socialize with peers, you may want to consider a social skills group which fosters self-confidence through activities such as role-playing, cooperative games and group interactions. They’ll learn important skills such as sharing, taking turns and resolving conflict, and most importantly, they’ll have fun doing it!
My eight-year-old daughter is the Imelda Marcos of costumes. Every Halloween she's invited to a terrifying number of celebrations and she insists on a different outfit for each one. I happen to love dressing up, too, so, I admit, I indulge her. Trouble is, she outgrows her costumes much more quickly than I do mine—we never get more than one Halloween season out of them.
Instead of throwing all of those barely used costumes into the donation bin (or worse, the landfill), we've found a better, eco-friendly option that saves us money and is actually pretty fun: Halloween costume swaps. At these community events, you trade your child's old costumes for new-to-you outfits. My daughter enjoys tearing through tables piled high with outlandish getups, and I love hanging on to my cash.
Costume swaps have really taken off in popularity in recent years as families become ever more frugal and environmentally aware. In fact, there's even an annual National Costume Swap Day! This year's edition officially takes place on Saturday, October 12, but local community organizations across the country hold costume swaps on various dates throughout the month. We've got the scoop on how to find costume swaps in your area and tips on how to host your own.
It's October (already!) and the Garden State is hopping and popping with harvest festivals, pumpkin-y events, Halloween fun and so much more. As usual we've selected our favorite eight to ten activities from our most trusted venues, events we've experienced or things that sound just too delightful to miss. Even if being scared at Halloween fests is not your thing, there's still plenty to choose from, so put on your sweaters/raincoats/costumes and GO, New Jersey!
“On Autumn Days, it's always nice to take a soothing nature walk, through the crisp Autumn forest...” Paige, my six year old.
Oh Autumn, my absolute favorite season. Farmers markets filled with pumpkins and the smell of hot apple cider wafting through the air as you pull your wool cardigan a wee bit tighter around you... New Jersey is beautiful during the fall and it's the perfect time to get out with your young ones to hike and explore nature. The temperature is ideal (no hauling sweaty three year olds up a hill) and the foliage will take your breath away. Here are our favorite hiking spots for the under 10 crowd.
It’s already the last weekend in September and now’s the time to jump right in and enjoy some awesome fall weather and activities, if you haven’t already! Learn all about autumn animals at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum’s Fall Festival, make your own family scarecrow at Leonard J. Buck Garden or kick back to some music and browse arts & crafts at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival. And remember, you can find a full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
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 Autumn 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. Here’s a list of our favorite New Jersey pumpkin picking farms.
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