Ok, let’s admit it: Boat parties are awesome. They’re unique, they’re memorable, they’re different. Good to know: Most party boat rentals involve some type of fishing. Not all, but some. Note: If your child is interested in a boat party, it’s strongly advised to strap them into a life preserver. Most marinas have life vests for children, but it may be wise to invest in a floatation device for every child. Here are five NJ-based marinas that offer some boat-riding fun for the whole family.
Hands down, May is my family’s favorite month. Gorgeous weather and outdoor events make for perfect late-spring weekends. Got a truck lover in your life? Head to Nutley’s Big Truck Day. Princess in the house? Try the Afternoon Doll Tea at Just Bead Yourself. And for the whole gang, there's Smithville Village’s Mayfest or a Woodland Walk at the NJ Botanical Gardens. Read on for our top picks and find a listing of all NJ activities in our Event Calendar.
There is a gem nestled inside Essex County: Turtle Back Zoo. Part of the South Mountain Recreation Complex, TBZ is a lovely little zoo with a big commitment to wildlife education and conservation. With the added perk of being smack in the middle of a treetop obstacle course, an indoor skating rink and a mini golf course, the TBZ is an amazing day trip for anyone in Northern New Jersey and worth the trip for any family in the whole state. Read on for all the highlights!
Once spring hits I could jump for joy; no more germ ridden, crowded indoor play-spaces! After my joyous display of enthusiasm, my kids and I sit down and make our spring and summer bucket list; places we want to visit before the weather gets chilly. Skylands Botanical garden is on the list every year, and we go as many times as possible.
If you need a simple activity as the weather warms up but before swim lessons start, look no further than your own town station. A fun and family-friendly (and wallet-friendly) trip in between a staycation and a vacation, is a traincation! Here are four towns, Summit, Chatham, Madison and Morristown along the Midtown Direct to Penn Station, and some great walkable activities. Ditch your car and shout it with us, “All-aboard!”
May is a pretty awesome month, with beautiful weather for festivals, parks and picnics. Celebrate that very special woman in your life with a Mother & Daughter Tea at Acorn Hall or a laid back Mother’s Day hike at Tenafly Nature Center. And check out our article about the Mommy Poppins-sponsored show, Listen To Your Mother, at Symphony Space in Manhattan! You can also soak in even more spring with the Butterfly Festival at the Camden Children’s Garden or the Scavenger Hunt and Grill Out at the Great Swamp Outdoor Center. Read on for our top picks and remember, you can always find a listing of all NJ activities in our Event Calendar.
As New Jersey editor, I am very excited to tell you about something that I'm doing--in New York City. If you're looking for a wonderful and unusual way to spend Mother's Day, consider coming out to the "Listen To Your Mother" reading series at Symphony Space! Showcasing moving, socially relevant and hilarious stories about motherhood from moms, non-moms and even a couple of dudes, "Listen To Your Mother" will be a memory-making end to the day that honors mothers everywhere. (Which means New Jersey, too, as there are five NJ writer/performers in the show!) Read on for all the exciting details about this Mommy Poppins-sponsored show.
If locally-grown foods and warm weather daytrips are things that your family enjoys – grab the small ones and take them strawberry picking! It’s like an outdoor adventure with a sweet reward, and what kid doesn’t love red, ripe strawberries. New Jersey may be known for its tomatoes and blueberries, but we’ve also got some great places to pick-your-own strawberries, most of which start in late May. Check out some of the best spots to take your NJ kids strawberry picking.
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