Whether you are a new parent or a seasoned professional, we all need a night off. Especially when it comes to a night dedicated to romance. A date night for V-Day doesn’t have to be a distant memory! Check out one of these fab NJ places offering drop-off services and Valentine’s Day fun on and around the big day for the kiddos and slow down for a much-needed break with your Valentine. And for other fun stuff this month, check out our February GoList.
I have always had a love affair with children’s books. In their best form, they have the capacity to shape how we see the world simply through a few words and illustrations. Red, a new book from our sponsor Harper Collins, is one of those special children’s books that should become a new classic.
Red tells the story of a crayon who has a red label, but is, in fact, blue. Red tries to be red, with the help of those around him, but no matter how hard he tries, he just can’t be red. The heartwarming story depicts, through adorable illustrations, how we are all best when we have the courage to let our true inner selves shine.
This sweet book inspired us to come up with a special crayon project ourselves. I love this simple activity that transforms any crayon drawing into a cool batik design that looks just like the complicated fabric technique. It’s fun to see the drawing change before your eyes, and it turns any child’s crayon drawing into a framable work of art or the perfect homemade Valentine. Here’s how you do it in three easy steps.
February kicks off with plenty of indoor fun to keep everyone warm and busy. Get a head start on Valentine’s Day with Valentine’s Storytime at Fire Me Up! Studio and free Valentine Card-Making at Pottery Barn Kids. Explore child-friendly museum activities at The New Jersey State Museum’s Hands-on Fun and The Hoboken Historical Museum’s Uptown Storytime. More snow in the forecast? Keep this list of snow day activities handy. And don’t forget to check out our event calendar for even more weekday and weekend events.
Although I'm generally the only adult wearing a helmet (due to my intense clumsiness), I do love ice skating with my family. There are numerous indoor and outdoor skating rinks in NJ, and we're trying to work our way through every one! First up, Newport Skates, the only outdoor rink in Jersey City and a sweet way to enjoy some winter sporting with the smaller folks (also in helmets.)
Somehow we made it to February, so yay for polar vortex-surviving us! Luckily, we live in a state where there are incredibly fun activities in every season, and this month is no exception. Whoop it up indoors at a Chocolate Festival or MP fave kids' band, The Fuzzy Lemons' 7th Birthday Bash, or brave the outdoors with maple sugaring or a summer camp (yes, you read that right) open house. Happy February, NJ!
What makes a perfect snack? How about simple, healthy and done in three easy steps? The fact that these yogurt covered strawberry hearts are also cute as a button is just a plus. So pop a tray of these in your freezer. The hardest part will be waiting for them to freeze.
After spending some time snowed in, it’s safe to say both kids and parents alike are ready to get out of the house! Bundle up the troops and take part in some of the great events NJ has to offer this weekend as we bid farewell to January and welcome the month of February. Think we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter? Check out the Watershed Reserve’s Groundhog Day Celebration or head to the Groundhog Prediction Party at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. For more outdoor adventure spend a Winter’s Day on the Farm at Fosterfields or grab your snow boots for a guided family walk at Tenafly Nature Center. And for some indoor fun, the whole gang will enjoy a fun-loving performance of Sister Act at the Mayo Performing Arts Center or take your little truck-lovers to the Monster Jam Truck Show at the IZOD Center. For even more weekend fun, check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
My kids are gamers. I'll admit it, they cherish every second they can get on their Xbox, computer or iPad. Like most moms, I try to limit their screen time, but I've also come to realize that gaming is a big part of how they socialize with their friends. Recent studies have even shown that moderate gaming leads to improved performance in perception, attention and cognition. During these cold winter months, it's nice to find an indoor space where my kids and their friends can get together and play (that isn't my house). We've put together a list of New Jersey gaming lounges where kids can gather to mine, race and battle. For more great opportunities for gamers and tech savvy kids, check out our post on STEM classes in New Jersey, where your kids can learn to program and design their own games.
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