The Garden State is home to many children's writers who introduce educational and whimsical new stories to today's kids. As we continue to ease into Spring, why not head to your local library, bookstore, or Web site and surprise your children with a cherished book written by a NJ-based parent? These new releases are fun reads for the whole family and delving into them will support those nearest and dearest to us--our fellow New Jerseyans.
Making ice cream is one thing everyone can participate in and enjoy. That's certainly what the folks at Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn believe. Since starting their local ice cream shop, they've included the entire family in the ice cream making process. Their kids help break cookies, mix ingredients and of course taste and create new flavors.
Read on as Nonna Kai and Kaleo, the children of Ample Hills Creamery co-owner Jackie Cuscuna, teach us how to make Bananamon ice cream, one of their favorite flavors. With fresh ripe bananas and cinnamon it appeals to both kids and adults.
We’re in full on spring mode here in New Jersey and it sure does feel wonderful! Our state has a ton of family-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day so check out Liberty State Park’s “Green Cities” fair, Wild Earth Fest at Trailside Nature Center or Daffodil Day at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum. For more springtime fun, sign up for a muddy Farm Run at Fernbrook Farm, attend a Teddy Bear Picnic at High Point State Park or sit back and enjoy a performance of Sid the Science Kid – Live! at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, or find a full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar.
Do you have a crafty kid in your home? It might be time to introduce them to the wonderful world of sewing. By learning to use a sewing machine, children can begin to design their own clothes, stuffed animals and accessories. In addition, sewing helps kids develop problem solving skills, strong motor skills and attention to detail. Central NJ is home to some wonderful sewing schools that offer after school classes and summer camps. For more summer camp ideas for creative kids, check out our post on Central New Jersey Summer Art Camps.
One of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday is by getting my family all dressed up and going out for a great brunch. My husband and children are what you might call "foodies", and giving them the opportunity to pick and choose from a bountiful buffet or design their own omelets (none of which I have to prepare) makes for an enjoyable outing for all of us. New Jersey is home to tons of great brunch spots, but some of the best brunches in the state are located in our beautiful hotels. Great customer service, a bountiful menu and beautiful decor make these hotel brunches standouts. Just in time for Mother's Day, our list features some great hotel brunches throughout the Garden State. If you are interested in heading into New York City for brunch, check out our post on New York City Hotel Brunches.
Founded in 1857, the historic town of Cape May is known as the nation's oldest seaside resort. Travelers from all over the world flock to Cape May in the summer months. However, this charming little town, on the southern most tip of the Jersey shore, is not just a summer destination. Year round attractions and events make it a perfect getaway any time of the year. If you are looking for a weekend getaway or a day trip, why not head down the Parkway to Exit Zero and fall in love with the Victorian seaside gem known as Cape May. To learn about another great small town near the Jersey Shore, check out our post on Ocean Grove.
I am constantly hearing the term STEM when it comes to my kids education. An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM refers to the increased focus on these subjects in school. Beginning as early as kindergarten, kids are using technology in their classrooms and learning new ways to solve problems. If your son or daughter enjoys math and science, they would probably love an extracurricular activity that incorporates STEM in fun and creative ways. Check out some of the great places in central New Jersey that offer classes on robotics, computers and science. For days when you are home with your budding engineer, check out our list of great toys that teach STEM skills through play.
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