Located in the center of NJ, Ocean Grove brings small town living to the Jersey Shore. At just one square mile, it's a family friendly town that offers relief from the crowds, noise and commercialism that can be found at other beaches. With its gingerbread cottages and quaint main street, Ocean Grove has a 1950's feel that makes it a great destination for families year round. For information on great small towns in North Jersey, check out our posts on Millburn, Nutley and Chester.
This bitterly cold winter has left many parents looking for ways to entertain their stir-crazy kids. On days when heading to the local park isn't an option, indoor play spaces can be a parents best friend. If your little monkeys are bouncing off of the walls, some of the indoor entertainment options listed below might just give you a few hours to catch your breath. For even more ideas, visit our Indoor Play and Rainy Day Activity Guide.
The fact that these apple chips are really easy to make and a great, healthy snack isn't even the best thing about them. With just a few minutes of prep, your home will start smelling like apple pie while they bake—and they taste just like apple pie too. They do take a while to bake slowly, so it's slightly delayed gratification, but I promise they are worth the wait.
There may not exactly be flowers blooming and birds chirping just yet, but lo and behold, spring events are starting to pop up on our radar! Get an early start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with festive parades in Seaside Heights and Asbury Park. Or take the kids to learn about the first signs of spring through nature with the Reptiles program at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, a Toddler Hike at Manasquan Reservoir or a Discovery Saturday at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, all about the first flowers of the season. And remember, you can find a full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
It’s that time of year again! March rolls around and all you want to do is drink green beer, eat corned-beef and cabbage and celebrate your Irish roots (even if you don’t officially have any). But, are there any child-friendly St. Pat’s Day activities in NJ? You bet your lucky charms! Grab your little leprechauns and march on over to any of these great family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations for NJ kids and families or check out our March Go List with activities and events across the whole state.
For most of the country this winter seems to be never-ending. If we have to put up with permafrost, we might as well try to get something out of it. Making an icicle sun catcher studded with natural materials is a favorite winter activity for my son. With just a some water, natural materials, freezing temperatures and a little time, kids can create an unexpected, glistening decoration to brighten up the doldrums of winter inside your home or out in the yard. It isn't just pretty, this simple project offers some great added benefits. Searching for the leaves and twigs will force the kids to leave the house and venture outside on a gloomy winter day and waiting for the project to freeze hard is a great way for them to experience delayed gratification. If you don't have freezing temps (lucky) you can also just toss this in the freezer.
I always enjoyed live theatrical performances as a child and am so grateful my parents took the time to take me to various productions—from the circus to community theater. Now, as an adult and a mom, I’m excited to share the power of performance with my daughter—seeing family-friendly shows is a great way for loved ones to bond over the arts. Here’s a list of March 2014 live shows the family can appreciate and enjoy these next few weeks.
There's something about pom poms that just brings out the inner child in all of us. I have no idea what it is about these balls of fluff, but somehow they can make just about anyone stop, drop, and play. Little kids (and big ones too!) will love getting to make something so fun basically on their own. Turning these adorable pom poms into cool creatures that you can play with for ages is just the icing on the cake.
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