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.
While many having been waiting for the warmer weather to get into their swim suits and play in the sun, I have been waiting to see fresh corn on the cob back in produce aisle. Not only have I been dying for the sweet, crunchy kernels to pop in my mouth, but I've been eager to try some projects that I needed corn husks for. The first one is these is these corn husk dolls. They are easy and fun and can be decorated when finished. If you don't have corn on hand. I have a little trick for making them without corn husks too.
After a rainy and chilly spring, I think it’s safe to say that most of us are jumping for joy that summer is finally here! Get a head start on summertime activities this weekend, whether you try your hand out with bait and a pole during My First Fish at Turkey Swamp Park, bring the whole gang to watch jugglers and sword fights at the NJ Renaissance Faire or venture down south to the Horseshoe Crab Festival in Fortescue. Looking for a little entertainment? Take in a performance of West Side Story at the State Theatre or jam to the Bobby Beetcut Family Concert at SOPAC, or find a full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar.
If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen my proclamation this weekend that my family and I are trying the 10 Day Fed Up Challenge, a pledge to try to give up all sugar, sugar substitutes and refined flour for ten days, inspired by the new documentary by Katie Couric.
I'll be posting more about our experience with the Fed Up Challenge on social media, but in the meantime, here's a great new recipe I discovered looking for flour-free pancake recipes. I did not know how these would turn out at all but was pleasantly surprised at how similar they were to regular pancakes. And my kids loved them too. Plus they are much easier to make from scratch.
Nothing says summer like a round of miniature golf. Growing up, I spent many a summer evening enjoying a game of putt-putt with my sisters. These days, I delight in the nostalgic feeling I get watching my kids fill out their scorecards with that tiny pencil. Whether you are headed down the shore, or are looking for a local activity, there is sure to be a great course nearby. New Jersey is home to more than 50 miniature golf courses, and we've highlighted a few of our favorites below. For more options, check out our original list of the Best Miniature Golf Courses in New Jersey.
Have fun with your little one creating these colorful magnetic clothespin keepers. They're great for pinning up kids artwork or reminders. Decorate with things you have lying around the house, like odd buttons. These would even make a great gift from a child to an adult.
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