We’re beginning to thaw out and it sure does feel good! St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so don your green outfits and get festive with parades in Morris County, Atlantic City and more. And for a dose of spring, sign the kids up for a Science of Gardening workshop at Newark Museum or take an outside Story Walk for beginner readers at Tenafly Nature Center. And remember, you can find a full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
This week we decided to shake things up a bit. Listening to the different noises that all the different recycled materials make is an amazing sensory experience for preschoolers. Instead of tossing your recyclables, let your kids explore the different musical properties of tin cans and yogurt tubs! Add in some pots and pans and you'll have a band.
We've been researching, crowd-sourcing and reminiscing like mad, and we're thrilled to be able to present our Guide To Great Small Towns in Northern NJ! The first of our Guides to small towns in the Garden State (Central NJ, you're next), our growing database of "sweet", "charming", and just plain old "great" little towns touches on our writers' favorites, from Chester to Nutley to my personal fave, Hoboken; and so many more. Check out our picks and feel free to tell us some of your beloved small towns in the comments!
Turn a typical flapjack into a finger food with this easy recipe. Customize with your favorite add-ins and the possibilities are endless. Better yet, toss them in the freezer and you've got a quick breakfast or snack for busy weekday mornings.
Regardless of whether your kids attend public, private or parochial, chances are their school is always looking for ways to raise much-needed funds to pay for enriching extras. Parents are often called upon to give money. But there are also lots of fun and easy ways for families to get involved in the fundraising process that involve donating your time and creativity, not your cold hard cash.
A few years back, I wrote a post featuring 7 successful large-scale fundraising projects I helped oversee at my son's school when I was PTA president. Today I'm sharing 9 simple fundraising ideas that can be implemented relatively quickly. In fact, inspired PTAs could get a couple of these off the ground before spring break arrives! You may have heard of some of these before (hello, bake sale) but I've included tips for ways to maximize profits and enjoyment.
Westfield, NJ is a Union County town that brings together small-town charm and metropolitan appeal. The downtown area is home to well-known retailers, trendy boutiques and an abundance of restaurants, from fine dining to casual eateries. Westfield is a family oriented community, and there’s no shortage of family restaurants to choose from. With popular chains as well as neighborhood establishments, there’s always something to satisfy hungry little ones. Here’s a taste of the many kid friendly dining options in Westfield.
This three-step project lets kids feed their backyard birds and create fun outdoor hanging decorations at the same time. Pick up some bird seeds at the hardware store and let the kiddos pick their favorite shapes. Even if you live in an urban area, you may be surprised at what little birdies will be attracted to your feeder hung prettily in your window.
Located in the center of NJ, Ocean Grove brings small town living to the Jersey Shore. At just one square mile, it's a family friendly town that offers relief from the crowds, noise and commercialism that can be found at other beaches. With its gingerbread cottages and quaint main street, Ocean Grove has a 1950's feel that makes it a great destination for families year round. For information on great small towns in North Jersey, check out our posts on Millburn, Nutley and Chester.
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