Hey, howdy, hey, look at me! Ever since Toy Story made its way onto our Netflix queue, my boys have been fascinated with Woody. Buzz Lightyear was cool, but Woody was a cowboy, and what could be cooler than that! When we finally made our way to Toy Story 2 and met Jesse and Bullseye, it was all over… the wild west was here to stay. So, we took our little Wild Bills and headed to Wild West City.
Time to fire up that grill, kick back and have a welcome summer BBQ! But if charcoal's not your thing, there's lots of non-food related fun to be had with your NJ kids too. You can check out the Fit Family Festival at the Camden Children's Garden, take your little adventurer to Pirate Day at Blackbeard Cave or experience small town charm at the West Orange Downtown Street Fair. Craving a little bit of the great outdoors? Check out the Memorial Day Paddle at Essex County Environmental Center or go Stream Stomping at Plainsboro Preserve. Read on for our top picks and remember, you can always find a listing of all NJ activities in our Event Calendar.
Don’t have a green thumb? Critters spoiling you attempts at a garden again this year? Join a CSA farm. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a local farmer and the people who consume his/her fresh, often organic, produce. Members purchase a "share" of the farm's anticipated harvest. This partnership becomes a win/win situation to the CSA members by giving them the best quality, freshest, widest variety of locally grown produce while ensuring the survival of the farms by guaranteeing the farmer a fair return on his/her efforts. Members pay at the beginning of the season and the farmer delivers a weekly assortment of vegetables, herbs and sometimes fruit as they become available. Each of the farms runs a little differently, so check the websites and choose the program that best suits your family’s needs. And enjoy!
"Mom, I'm bored!" is a phrase that strikes dread into the hearts of moms during the summer. Trying to think of some great day trips to fill the hours? Look no further than PEEC: Pocono Environmental Education Center. PEEC is only a 90 minute drive from NYC or most New Jersey counties. It is located within the 77,000 acres of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area along the Delaware River and offers hands-on activities for all ages.
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.
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