Christmas Eve often takes a backseat to the 25th, but personally, I prefer the laid back day-before. You don’t have to worry about a big meal (unless you really want to), plus most people don’t have to work and kids start Christmas break. Plus plus, it’s Santa’s big night! Christmas Eve is the perfect time to remember old traditions or to start new ones with your family. After you have gone out for Breakfast with Santa, experienced some free holiday fun and attended a quirky NJ Christmas event -- Here’s a list of 11 fun things to do with your kids from tracking Santa to baking cookies to holiday crafts and more!
Hanukkah is almost here! This year, it begins the evening of Tuesday, December 16th and ends the evening of Wednesday, December 24th. Here in New Jersey there are many Menorah Lightings and musical events that are fun for the whole family these next few days, so check one out and enjoy the Festival of Lights. Also, click here for more wonderful events in the Garden State as 2014 gradually comes to a close and we usher in a new year.
It’s hard to believe we’re two weeks away from the big day. Everything's rolling, from shopping to pictures, parties to decorating, annual light displays to Breakfast with Santa to free holiday fun. All good stuff, to be sure. But if you're thinking you might like to mix up your holiday adventures a bit, check out some of these, shall we say, "off the beaten path" celebratory ideas. Some are out of state; some are at your local garden center. Because sometimes parents need to throw something new into the mix to keep these kids on their toes.
Add a little jingle to your holiday cheer. These egg carton bells are so easy to make that you will be jingling all the way in no time at all. You can make a lot of bells and deck your halls, or make a couple and start your own bell choir. Or use them to add a personal touch to presents as a homemade gift topper. Whatever way you shake it, let these sweet little bells jingle their way into your home and become a family classic.
'Tis the season to go shopping! The busiest shopping period of the year has arrived, and as much as you may want to dodge the malls, sometimes a holiday shopping trip is a necessary evil. And what’s even more stressful than fighting for parking, navigating crowds, and standing in mile-long lines? Doing it with the kids in tow. With the right planning, a trip to one of New Jersey’s 25+ malls can be a downright enjoyable experience during the holidays. We’ve rounded up some of New Jersey’s more child-friendly malls, which feature play areas, food courts, toy stores, events and interactive holiday displays, so bring the family for some fun, meltdown-free shopping.
Of course we love ice skating and all manner of indoor and outdoor winter fun, but when it comes to frosty sports, snow tubing is a fantastic winter activity the whole family can enjoy. No experience is necessary and you can tube alone or in groups. In fact, tubing is a lot like sledding, but a whole bunch easier. Barrel down the snowy slope at thrilling speeds without having to hike back up the hill. It’s done it for you! Now that's the kind of winter sport we can handle, right?
Why does such a seemingly simple thing as a holiday card become so fraught? These adorable homemade holiday cards are the perfect solution. You don't need a professional family photo or much more than a cotton swab, white ink, and your thumbs to make a unique snowman holiday card each member of the family, no matter how small, can literally put his or her stamp on.
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