This season, we're partnering with KaBOOM! to promote a SUMMER OF PLAY. A few months back, KaBOOM!, the nonprofit dedicated to bringing play to all children, held a nationwide contest with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to find America's Most Playful Family. Families all over the country shared the different ways they like to play, often illustrating that you don't need lots of toys or organized activities to have a great time. Play ideas can come from people of all ages, even caring adults who ensure kids get the balanced and active play they need to thrive.
You can't help but be inspired by America's Most Playful Family contest winners, the Thomases from Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. Even though they don't have playgrounds in their community or fancy playthings, they invent games that incorporate cultural traditions and all three generations of family. Watch the video family portrait that won them the title, and then read about some of their fun games that you can try at home—no batteries needed.
Fairs and festivals and feasts, oh my! It’s non-stop action in NJ this month—read on for our recommendations and choose a favorite! With everything from county fairs to music and food festivals, there’s an activity to entertain every member of the family. Some highlights include the New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival (yum!) and City of Water Day. Mark the calendar now and have a blast all month long. For more summer fun, visit our Summer Activities Guide.
Take a mini break from the beach and the pool and enjoy some family-friendly live theater this summer. Sometimes we need a little nudge (here's your nudge...) to remind us about the creative power of live performances. There are some great shows playing in July and August--be sure to check one out and sing along! And for even more summer fun, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
Let's face it, "free fun" and "New Jersey" are not often uttered in the same breath. But truth be told, the Garden State has many offerings that families can enjoy without breaking the bank! From movies to concerts to festivals with a couple of zoos, nature centers and museums thrown in, there is much fun that will only cost you some gas to get there. Have an inexpensive and wonderful summer, New Jersey! And don't forget to check out all kinds of summer fun in The New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
The 4th of July is my favorite holiday. You see, there’s no expectation of gifts like Christmas, no huge feast to slave over like Thanksgiving and no overpriced chocolates and flowers like Valentine's Day. Instead, just a balmy summer evening with cookouts, kids running around with sparklers and lots of relaxed time with family and friends. While a backyard shindig for the 4th can be nice, how about packing your bags for a last minute getaway? No need to orchestrate an elaborate vacation - check out these local and easy weekend jaunts that you can enjoy right in our great state. And for the rest of your fab summer, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
Now that everyone is officially done with school and 80 degree weather is upon us, those lazy and fun days of summer are here! Festivals abound this time of year in Jersey so get out there and celebrate all things Italian down the shore at the Italian-American Festival in North Wildwood or get in touch with your Puerto Rican roots at Camden Children’s Garden Festival de Aibonito. For more outdoor adventure, check out the crowded, loud and fun NJ State Fair in the Meadowlands or dress up the kiddos for Hoboken’s 13th Annual Baby Parade. Check out the full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar.
It couldn't be easier to make this pom-pom garland; great for decorating a child's room or a party. It's so adorable you'll want to keep making it longer and longer. We used ready made pom poms, but you can make your own pom poms too!
Can’t wait for vacation? Kids bored with the same park every day? Take a mini-trip without even leaving the state! Hop in the car and head to one of these great NJ day trip destinations. Pick fresh fruit and let the kids pet some barnyard animals; check out a national monument; visit NJ's own Victorian seaside town; head to a giant lake water park; or visit the beach, boardwalk and aquarium all in one day. Enjoy our list of fun day trips for this summer! Looking for more summer fun? Check out our Ultimate Summer Play List!
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