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.
We're having a big blizzard (supposedly) here on the east coast, but even if you live in warmer climates, you can have a bit of winter fun with this super simple ice experiment. Melting ice with salt is an easy activity that even a preschool scientist (or future Snow Queen) can undertake. Children will delight watching how the salt melts the ice -- and can try to make sculptures, too. Don't let the cold weather bother you; experimenting with these frozen fractals indoors is a lot of fun!
Whenever the weatherman predicts a big snow, you can almost hear the collective cries of joy from children, and the sighs of resignation from the adults who know they’re going to have stir crazy kids at home to deal with. Somehow the initial excitement always seems to wear off way too early in the day, leaving hours still to be filled. Before your brood drives you batty, scan through this list of things to do. We think you’ll find enough ideas to keep them happily entertained until the school bus pulls up again. Have fun and good luck!
Baby, it’s cold outside! The winter months can be tough, especially when it’s just too frigid to play outdoors. The kiddos are probably going stir-crazy and there are only so many craft projects they can do and movies they can watch. We’re here to help with 20 fabulous activities to keep the family busy all winter long. With everything from story times to music events to fun with animals, kids will have a blast all season long. And go ahead and supplement your idea list with our Indoor Activities: 25 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in NJ.
Sometimes a cold winter day calls for a special treat. These hot chocolate treats are easy to make and will definitely warm someone's heart as well as hands. They also make a great hostess or Valentine's Day gift. There's barely any cooking involved, so kids can make them on their own or with a little help.
There’s definitely something to be said about a cozy weekend spent at home during the chilly month of January. But if you’re growing just a wee bit tired of “Mooom, I’m bored!”, it might be time to plan an outing for the whole gang and get out of the house! Lots of great performances going on in Jersey this weekend: check out the Laurie Berkner Band and her high-energy dance songs at the McCarter Theater, Ivy + Bean The Musical at South Orange Performance Arts Center or Sid the Science Kid Live at BPAC. For some hands-on fun and learning, sign up for one of Great Swamp’s popular Maple Sugaring Demos during their peak season or take a crash course in Backyard Birding at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum. For even more weekend fun, check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
Now that New Jersey's in a deep freeze, is anyone itching for warm weather, beaches and swimming? While there are plenty of fun winter activities, I can’t help feeling like Olaf and dreaming of everything summer. Don’t let the cold keep you indoors and stop you from doing those summer activities you love. With warm clothing and a little imagination, there are ways to experience summer-type fun in the winter. So get out your bathing suit (perhaps covered with your winter coat), and pretend it’s summer in January.
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