It can be difficult to explain the events of September 11, 2001 to our children; they're still hard for us to fully grasp. As we near the 13th anniversary of the day that changed our country forever, here are some helpful ways to commemorate with your family. Visit a memorial site or exhibit, volunteer together, read a book to younger kids to help them understand or even visit the new 9/11 Memorial in downtown NYC. There are many ways to mark the day together.
School is upon us. That means the internet is drowning in after-school snack and breakfast recipes guaranteed to make most of us mere mortals feel inadequate. But my idea of the the perfect afterschool snack recipe is one that I can whip up in under ten minutes and makes more than one day's worth (cause, let's face it, I'm not doing this every day, folks), not fruit skewers shaped like cute animals or pizzas on a stick. A wallop of protein is a plus to recharge their engines for after school activities. Oh yeah, and it's gotta be good on the go, since we always are.
Abandoning the internet after becoming thoroughly discouraged by homemade owl crackers that probably teach your kids French, we headed to the kitchen and created this healthier rice crispies bar recipe. This protein boosted twist on the classic rice crispies treat are sure to be the perfect way to welcome a kid after a hard day's at school. You could even serve them as a sweet breakfast bar on the go. And it's a great no-bake recipe that even little kids can help make.
September is almost here and the carefree days of summer are drawing to a close. Fortunately there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Garden State, with many great fairs and festivals on the calendar this month. Explore nature at the NJ Wild Outdoor Expo, chow down on delicious seafood at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival or listen to some exciting tales at the NJ Storytelling Festival. Check out these eight not-to-be-missed festivals and visit our Events Calendar for more fabulous ideas.
The unofficial last weekend of summer is here, Jersey, and it’s time to enjoy one final carefree family outing before diving into school, schedules and busy September. If you've decided to stick around town, there's some great events to keep the whole gang happy! Check out the last weekend of the awesome Lightning Show at Liberty Science Center, bring the kiddos to see the NJ State Museum's new exhibit Wonderful World's Fair or take a guided tour and have a picnic at the Botanical Gardens. If you're spending one last weekend down the shore and need a little break from the heat, book your tickets to see the kid-friendly Beauty & the Beast, Jr. at Surflight Theatre. Also, you can check out the full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar and don't miss our Summer of Play Guide with 100s of ideas for a fun, playful, and tech-free summer!
My daughter has tried everything from dance lessons to cooking classes, but the one activity that has kept her interest for the past 6 years is being a Girl Scout. We started the scouting journey together when she was in kindergarten. She was an adorable Daisy Scout and I became an enthusiastic troop leader. For the past 6 years I have had the pleasure of watching a group of girls mature from wild 5 year olds, who spent meetings crafting and giggling, to enthusiastic young ladies who have learned the values of friendship, the outdoors and community service. Just this year, the girls in our troop earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for creating an organic garden and donating the crop to the local food pantry. In addition to teaching valuable lessons, Girl Scouting is just plain fun. Who doesn't love earning patches, selling cookies and making new friends? Read on for some great information on getting involved with Girl Scouts in New Jersey. For more great after school activities, check out our Classes and Activities Guide.
September may be just around the corner, but we still have a few summer weekends left to squeeze in warm weather outings! Don’t let the month of August go by without checking out one of the great festivals in NJ, like the Canal Day Music & Craft Festival or the Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival. Duck indoors for a few hours and take in a production of the kid-friendly musical Willy Wonka Jr. at the Surflight Theatre or soak up all you can of the great outdoors with Bats for Beginners at Tenafly Nature Center or a Guided Hike at the NJ Botanical Gardens. Also, you can check out the full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar and don't miss our Summer of Play Guide with 100s of ideas for a fun, playful, and tech-free summer!
My favorite thing about summer is how much time we spend outdoors, enjoying nature. These nature wands help keep the magic of summer alive a little longer. Nature wands are perfect for inspiring a little creativity and imaginative play.
Got a stick? Then you have a Nature Wand! We used sticks that we had collected on a recent walk through the woods. We also collected some leaves, flowers, seeds, and grasses. We added a bit of extra sparkle to our wands by sorting through our left over craft materials and having a wee bit of fun with glitter, paint, ribbon and stickers.
Made with creativity and loaded with the magic of nature, what could possibly be more powerful? Hazzah!
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