It hasn't snowed yet, but ski resorts are up and running! With a reservation for ski school in hand, NJ kids can begin to develop a lifelong love of skiing, snowboarding, tubing and all other snowy sports. Here are some quality ski schools in the NJ area and some safety tips for skiing and snowboarding from respected professionals so you can load up the SUV and head out to the slopes with confidence! And for more wintry fun, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.
The colder weather is approaching and soon we’ll be facing the stir-crazy days of winter. It’s that time of year when indoor spaces are a blessing to every harried mom and dad. Looking for some new places to entertain (and hopefully exhaust) your kids? Why not check out one of these wonderful museums? Touch an insect, ride a vintage train or even view a shrunken head. Whatever you choose, your kids will be happy… and should they fall asleep on the way home, so be it.
While you're enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey, you might be dreaming of the next holiday on the horizon. So digest, and head out soon to find that perfect tree, because most of the farms open this very weekend! Check out our list of Christmas tree farms and don’t forget to check the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide for even more festive ideas to get you and your family into the holiday mood!
Every year on Thanksgiving we go around the table and say what we are thankful for. But talk is cheap. To really show our children the meaning of gratitude it's important to also do something to show our thanks. With older kids we can volunteer, but with little ones the options are limited. This simple project is a sweet way to get little ones involved in some giving back in an age appropriate manner.
Ok, so you can’t quite make it to the North Pole, although that would be pretty cool. Good thing in New Jersey the North Pole can come to you—on wheels, no less! Check out these holiday train rides with Santa Claus and book your tickets as soon as possible to ensure your spot on these special train rides--they sell out incredibly fast. And don't forget to check out our fun Holiday Activity Guide, too.
Before I had children, I spent the weekends exploring the wildlife of Paramus malls (the Manolos, the Choos, the Louis Vuittons). Now that time is spent with my own wildlife, my kids, and at least one weekend a month we go to a state park. Why? One, because sticks and rocks can occupy my children longer than any toy we have in our house. And two, because there are so many beautiful state parks to explore in our little state. Most outsiders do not equate “New Jersey” with “beautiful state parks”, but exploring at least one of our 36 state parks and 13 state forests should be on your summer fun to-do list with your kids. They’re the perfect venue for a fun-filled day trip in New Jersey offering hiking, sightseeing, geocaching, swimming, fishing, picnicking and sometimes even overnight camping, if a day trip just isn’t long enough.
After Thanksgiving (and after you've had a day to relax), consider spending some quality time with your family celebrating "Small Business Saturday", (November 29th) supporting the local "mom and pop" shops in your neighborhood. Some NJ towns, such as Haddonfield and Red Bank, go all out on Small Business Saturday, involve the whole town, and really make the day something memorable. Don't forget to check out MommyPoppins.com's Fun Holiday Activity Guide, too.
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