When it comes to children’s books, I love collecting vintage classics such as The Snowy Day, The Velveteen Rabbit, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Caps for Sale, and more. There are many “hidden gems” out there that may not be as popular or as mainstream as the literary classics, but are still heartwarming in their own special way. (My favorite children’s book will always be Russell Hobson’s A Bargain For Frances, which I cannot wait to read to my daughter when she’s a bit older.) This holiday season, give a great gift and read a new book to the children in your life—it’s precious bonding time they’ll cherish. Or encourage a tween to read more, for pleasure, school, or both!
Below is a list of newly-released children’s books. I hope the children in your life enjoy reading these “hidden gems” and personalized books as much as I enjoyed writing about them.
Ho, ho, ho! It’s that time of year when Santa Claus starts making his list and checking it twice. Don’t miss the chance for your children to sit down with the Big Guy and share their Christmas wish lists. NJ has lots of great Santa breakfasts to get everyone in a festive mood. Enjoy some delicious food and pose for holiday photos with St. Nick! Read on for our roundup of fabulous breakfast events happening this December. And for more holiday activities, check out our Holiday Fun Guide.
By now, you’ve probably had your fair share of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce leftovers- not to mention tons of latkes! With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah already over, Christmas events are taking center stage in New Jersey. Meet the Big Man himself at Alstede Farm’s Country Christmas or at the Santa Fly-In at the Aviation Hall of Fame. And of course, you can check out the awesome annual holiday lights at Turtle Back Zoo. And if you’re not quite ready for a full on dose of the holidays, you can engage your inner geologist at Newark Museum’s Dynamic Earth or even Meet a Penguin at Manasquan Reservoir. And remember, you can find a full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
Now that the turkey has been stuffed, carved, and eaten, it’s time to look forward to Christmas. With Thanksgiving coming so late, the holiday season is already in full swing. New Jersey kids are so lucky; there are so many activities and events. The only problem is there isn’t enough time! Get your calendars out and choose something fun from these 25 best holiday 2013 activities.
With only 24 days until Christmas, the holiday season is already in full swing. The shopping, music, decorating, parties, potlucks…your list of “to-dos” and “must-attends” are building exponentially!
Before you bust at the seams, visit one of the historic holiday events in New Jersey. It will transport you to a more simple, yet festive time. Many of New Jersey's local museums, homes, venues and towns are celebrating the holidays in the spirit of yesteryear. Whether you are a history buff or a holiday fiend, we’re sure you will find many ways to go back in time to experience the Historic Holidays here in the Garden State.
Most of our weekend plans probably include a huge plate of mouth watering Thanksgiving leftovers. But if you’re looking to burn off some of that turkey and stuffing (or entertain the family you’ve still got in town), New Jersey definitely has some great things going on. For an early dose of holiday cheer, check out Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Palace or Breakfast with Santa at Imagine That! You can also get scientific at the Rock and Mineral Weekend at Morris Museum, or brave chilly temps with a Guided Nature Hike at Tenafly Nature Center. And remember, you can find a full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
Many NJ families journey into Manhattan to adore the towering Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center each year. This week, NYC welcomed a 76-foot Norway spruce from Shelton, Connecticut. Though you may not be in the market for a 76-footer this year, rest assured – there are plenty of sizes to go around. Before you get down to decking the halls or stealing a kiss from underneath the mistletoe, check out our list of Christmas tree farms and find the perfect tree for your very own merry little Christmas. If you are already feeling the holiday spirit, take a look at our post on best family-friendly Hanukkah events in NJ or take in a holiday-themed show with the kiddos. 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!
While we make it a point to encourage our readers to buy local whenever possible, we realize that doing holiday shopping online helps you avoid crowds and stress - while staying in your PJs. In addition to offering cool incentives like discounts and free shipping, many online retailers also give back to those in need during the holiday season by donating a portion of their proceeds to various charities. The opportunities to "shop for a cause" at this time of year are almost limitless, so we've highlighted ten of our favorites that we think are particularly great for families. So go ahead and spoil the ones you love and feel good about it!
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