New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays that changes drastically once you become a parent. Any kind of grown-up fun usually involves weeks of planning. Who can babysit? How much do we pay on New Year’s Eve? Do we let the 'tweens stay up until we get home? So unless you truly need an adult night out (in which case, GO for it!), how about a happy compromise? Read on to get the scoop on several great events in NJ for families who want to ring in the New Year together.
Basic salt dough only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard. Despite its simplicity, salt dough makes perfect keepsake-worthy ornaments. Start a tradition and each year your ornament will remind you of back when your child's hand was 'just so big'. These holiday ornaments aren't just great memory-makers for your family, they make wonderful gifts too. Baby footprints, handprints, thumbprint hearts...your ornaments are sure to impress.
There is nothing cookie-cutter about these colorful ornaments. Christmas cookies and ornaments are a holiday staple, so why not combine these two institutions and create your own cookie cutter ornaments!
If you have the cutters out, and your oven on, you are already halfway to making these treasures. Create this craft by adding Perler, or fusible, beads to metal cookie cutters. Perler beads are inexpensive little plastic beads that stick together like magic with a little bit of heat. The end result is stainedglass-like ornaments that will look as pretty catching light in your window as they will on your tree.
The endlessly entertaining Liberty Science Center has unveiled its brand-new Infinity Climber just in time for the holiday break. Suspended like a pristine spider web 35 feet above the Center's atrium floor, the Climber is the world’s first suspended climbing play space. Even better: It is an activity that parents and children can enjoy together. My kids and I were lucky enough to be invited to experience Infinity firsthand—and it did not disappoint.
Christmas Eve often takes a backseat to the 25th, but personally, I prefer the laid back day-before. You don’t have to worry about a big meal (unless you really want to), plus most people don’t have to work and kids start Christmas break. Plus plus, it’s Santa’s big night! Christmas Eve is the perfect time to remember old traditions or to start new ones with your family. After you have gone out for Breakfast with Santa, experienced some free holiday fun and attended a quirky NJ Christmas event -- Here’s a list of 11 fun things to do with your kids from tracking Santa to baking cookies to holiday crafts and more!
Hanukkah is almost here! This year, it begins the evening of Tuesday, December 16th and ends the evening of Wednesday, December 24th. Here in New Jersey there are many Menorah Lightings and musical events that are fun for the whole family these next few days, so check one out and enjoy the Festival of Lights. Also, click here for more wonderful events in the Garden State as 2014 gradually comes to a close and we usher in a new year.
It’s hard to believe we’re two weeks away from the big day. Everything's rolling, from shopping to pictures, parties to decorating, annual light displays to Breakfast with Santa to free holiday fun. All good stuff, to be sure. But if you're thinking you might like to mix up your holiday adventures a bit, check out some of these, shall we say, "off the beaten path" celebratory ideas. Some are out of state; some are at your local garden center. Because sometimes parents need to throw something new into the mix to keep these kids on their toes.
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