Fitting in quality family time seems more like a chore than an option these days. So instead of running errands, try packing up a basket for a family picnic at one of the many Northern New Jersey parks listed below or more choices throughout the state. Heck, why not even try having a picnic birthday party? And for even more summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
For some reason certain crafts can be mesmerizing. I guess it's like knitting, you just keep going and going. Making these paper chains is one of those. Once you start it's just hard to stop. It doesn't require any skills except for folding and tearing, and, if your house is anything like ours, you have tons of the materials lying around already. We have stacks of magazines on just about every surface, just waiting to be put to use. These simple paper chains are fun to make for all ages, so grab some paper and get folding!
Looking for a great summer outing that’ll float the family’s boat? Take them on a paddle boat ride. Paddle boat rentals are available throughout the state and offer panoramic views of New Jersey’s scenic parks and lakes. Paddle boats (sometimes called pedal boats) are great exercise for mom and dad and an opportunity for family-time that may actually be peaceful. A couple of paddling essentials include life jackets, available at the boat-renting facilities, and sunscreen. Check the specific paddling locations for any age or weight restrictions, then sit back and enjoy the ride. For more outdoor family activities, learn about New Jersey's mini golf courses and playgrounds with zoos.
Summer is the perfect time to hit some amusement parks. Unfortunately, crowds + extreme heat = cranky kids and adults. The solution? An amusement park filled with gallons and gallons of water! New Jersey has some fantastic water parks to offer. From big name parks to boardwalk favorites to the first municipal water park in the state – here are six of New Jersey’s best water parks and a overview of what to expect from each one. And for more summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
Summertime means swimming–the kids cool off, get exercise, and are entertained all at once–triple bonus! While NJ abounds with beaches and lakes, many of us prefer the plain old comfort of a chlorine-enhanced, lifeguard-protected swimming pool. For you, the pool-lover, we’ve assembled a list of NJ swimming pool options—some public, some private, summer-only, year-round, indoor, outdoor....take your pick—and then, take the plunge! And for more summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
The Jersey Shore may have a bad reality TV rap, but it boasts some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. From a beachy national park to miles of boards to be strolled, to towering lighthouses – whether you’re planning a day trip or a long weekend, the summer possibilities are endless. Here are some highlights of NJ Shore beaches from north to south. Make your NJ kid a beach baby and head on “down the shore.” And for other Shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.
We love June, don't you? After a long, cold winter and a seemingly longer, colder spring, we finally break into summer with the end of school, miniature golf, Fairs and Festivals, strawberry picking, fireflies; you name it, June has it (even a Renaissance Faire with turkey legs and a roving Shakespeare!) We've picked our favorite events of the month, so pack up your kids and GO, New Jersey. Enjoy the start of summer and Happy June!
Summer is here; let the festivals begin! There’s something on the calendar to please everyone this month, whether your family loves music, food, nature or a good old-fashioned carnival. Highlights include the Privateers & Pirates Festival at Tuckerton Seaport, Chatham’s Fishawack Festival and the Annual Blueberry Festival in Whitesbog Village. You can’t go wrong with any of these awesome activities. So grab the family, slap on some sunscreen and kick off summer at one of these 15 fab events. Visit our Events Calendar to find even more wonderful happenings this month.
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