I’ve always enjoyed live theatrical performances as a child, and am so grateful my parents took the time to take me to various productions—from the circus to community theater. Now, as an adult and a mom, I’m excited to share the power of performance with my daughter—seeing family-friendly shows is a great way for loved ones to bond over the arts. Here’s a list of February 2014 live shows the family can appreciate and enjoy these next few weeks. See you in March!
When I was a little kid, I used to love to squirt lines of glue across construction paper, then pour on pencil shavings and see my “designs” turn into a fuzzy wooden work of art. This is a version of that same craft using salt instead of pencil shavings. Salt is easier to come by, and it allows for a neat scientific twist!
By adding a small drop of watercolors to a squiggle of salt, you can demonstrate capillary action. This is the property of liquids that allows them to move in small spaces without external help. The same principle is shown when water “spreads out” on a paper towel, or a flower in colored water takes on the color of the water. The water colors aren’t only a science lesson, they’re super pretty!
Roses are red, violets are blue. We now have three kids, what are we to do? Right behind New Year’s, Valentine’s Day is the second most celebrated holiday around the world. Originally known for its romantic themes, parenthood gives new meaning to this holiday. If you're looking to go kid-free, we've already told you about great NJ Valentine's Day Drop-Off venues, but what if you want to go all-family on Love Day? Well, then, NJ offers many family-friendly alternatives!
I adore these cute little animals made from upcycled toilet paper or paper towel rolls. So simple to make, you can turn them into little favor boxes with treats inside, finger puppets, or just use them for imaginative play. We filled them with candy and glued hearts to the bottom of ours for a sweet Valentine's Day gift. What will you do with yours?
Over the years, I've learned that it's the little things that make a big impression on kids. Since Valentine's Day is all about making our loved ones feel special, it's the perfect time to surprise the with an out of the ordinary breakfast treat. This super easy Valentine's Day parfait will wow your kids and you can still get your beauty rest. And it's healthy enough to become a new morning staple.
Valentine’s Day might be a time for couples to celebrate their love, but in case you hadn’t noticed, kids absolutely adore this festive holiday (maybe because it’s only second to Halloween in sugar consumption!). If you’re looking for some family-friendly V-Day fun, check out the delicious Chocolate Festival at Morris Museum, get crafty with Collage Valentines at Poricy Park or sign up to make your own Valentine Chocolates at Montclair Art Museum. If you’re up for a little winter wilderness you can head to the Reeves-Reed Arboretum for a class in Backyard Birding or take a beginner’s crash course in Snowshoeing at Pyramid Mountain. And remember, you can find a full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
Whether you jump the moguls like an Olympiad or hang on for dear life traversing the bunny hill, 'tis the season for all things skiing and we Jersey folk just happen to live next to an entire state of amazing resorts. We love to let you know about cool stuff, and the incredible travel and winter recreation opportunities of the 21 sports areas in the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA) fit the bill; from a special program that lets 4th and 5th graders ski for free with their parents, to midweek skiing deals, read on to find out about all the locations and opportunities in the Keystone State!
As far as my son is concerned, school knows how to ruin everything, even love. Take how Valentine's Day is celebrated in school, for instance. Since many schools require kids to give every other student a Valentine's Day Card, it turns what should be a day of romance into another mundane obligation. Way to make young love feel like a 50 year old marriage, School.
Luckily, we've got a cute and easy way to pop out a few dozen unique Valentines Day cards, no artistic talent required. It might even warm the heart of my little Valentine's Day Grinch.
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