The humidity has dropped, high temps are just reaching the low 70s and the official start of fall is around the corner. Enjoy this sweet spot of the year before it gets too chilly with an outdoor activity: pick some juicy ripe apples during Fall Family Fun Days at Alstede Farms, sample schnitzel and listen to authentic German music at the Crystal Springs Oktoberfest or take the kiddos out to a minor league ballgame at TD Bank Ball Park. For more fresh air fun, check out the NJ Storytelling Festival at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture or take a Migration Walk at Stony Brook-Millstone Reserve. And remember, you can check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
Choosing the right birthday party entertainment can be tricky. The ideal performer will keep kids happy and encourage participation, without overwhelming hesitant little ones. New Jersey is home to many wonderful clowns who can bring that extra spark to your child’s next party with magic, balloons, face painting and more. Read on for our picks of the state’s best entertainers, and for additional birthday party services, visit Mommy Poppins NJ’s Birthday Party Guide.
One of the biggest pleasures of fall is watching the leaves turn a variety of vibrant colors. While you can see gorgeous fall foliage all over the Northeast, from New York City to New Jersey and beyond, the Delaware Water Gap is one of the best spots around for hue-filled hikes for families.
Located on the border of NJ and Pennsylvania, the Delaware Water Gap is less than a two-hour drive from NYC so it's close enough to make a great autumn daycation. To find the best family-friendly hiking trails in the area, we turned to the experts: local parents Cheryl and William de Jong-Lambert, who regularly blog about their excursions at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Kids Outdoors New York City, a FREE online community for families featuring alfresco activities in the tri-state area. The trees should start changing any day now so keep these outings in mind for the upcoming school holidays like Columbus Day weekend.
When you think of the fall, you think of crisp weather, vibrant colors, pumpkins and hay rides. If your child has a fall birthday, celebrate with all the best elements of the season at a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. New Jersey is home to great pumpkin farms throughout the state, and many offer party packages jam-packed with seasonal activities, such as hay rides and corn mazes. Pumpkin parties are typically offered September through November and tend to book up early. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, some pumpkin farms offer indoor options or date changes; see individual websites for rain policies. Enjoy all the fun of the fall at these Garden State pumpkin farms. And for all kinds of party ideas, visit Mommy Poppins NJ’s Birthday Party Guide.
You just shelled out the big bucks for summer camps and back-to-school shopping. The countdown to Christmas has already begun. Money, money, money. Save a few bucks by selecting an offbeat night to eat at a fun restaurant with the kiddos. You can still enjoy a night out and you don’t have to pay a babysitter… Win-Win. And if you happen to be hauling the munchkins a bit farther south, check out our Kids Eat Free in Central New Jersey.
Is that a chill in the air? The bright, sunny days of summer will slowly be giving way to shorter, cooler days as we near fall. This can be a beautiful time of year to explore the outdoors and spend some quality family time together. So pull on those sweaters and check out all that Jersey has to offer this weekend like the much loved Apple Day at Terhune Orchards, a cozy Fall Crafters’ Market at Allaire Village or the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with live music at Boyd Park. And for one last summer hurrah, head down to Atlantic City for their huge seafood festival! And remember, you can check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
There is a perfect pick your own pumpkin farm for everyone in the Garden State! Whether you’re looking for pumpkin picking adventures for preschoolers, a pick your own pumpkin patch that won't bore your 10 year old, a pumpkin picking group tour, or just a quiet old-fashioned farm without all the gimmicks, you can find it all in New Jersey. And we've narrowed down the search for you.
There's a chill in the air, the kids are back in school, and you know what all that means... That's right, it’s finally apple-picking time! Here are some of the best apple picking farms in New York and New Jersey that are fun for the whole family. And check back here at Mommy Poppins NJ often over the next few weeks for more Apple Info, such as organic apple picking farms, where to find the best apple pie in NJ, and apple recipes. Mmmmmm.
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