I have to admit that I'm a coupon queen and rarely spend full price on any piece of clothing for anyone in our family. However, Easter is the one time I splurge and dress my littles ones up to the "nines". I also have many friends with children making their first Communions in the next few months. Sure, you could go to a regular department store, but New Jersey is home to some fun Easter and Communion boutique finery, so why not make it special? And for more ideas for parties and special occasions, check out our Mommy Poppins New Jersey Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
Sometimes it's hard to plan parties for our winter babies. I actually had a party in December at my house (GASP!). It was successful but what was I thinking having sugar-crazed 7-year olds in my home the week before Christmas?! It's February and I'm still finding candy canes in the couch and glitter in places no one wants to find glitter. Needless to say, I'm already thinking about how to avoid that experience next year, so here are 5 awesome, off-the-beaten-path winter birthday venues. For more great, year-round party options, visit our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
Before you know it, the end of the school year will arrive and the panic will set in: “What the heck am I going to do with these small people I call 'my children' for the summer?" We’ve got you covered with the best of New Jersey-area summer camps, some with a bonus winter camp option! These camps take fun seriously—so much so that they plan the whole year round for the 8 weeks of summer when their sites are transformed into oases of good times, team spirit, water fun, crafts, day trips, and all things summer. Many camps listed have had entire generations of families pass through, and although some camps we mention are large, they offer great counselor to camper ratios, with additional support from adults supervising younger staff. Let’s face it, soon you’re going to be breaking out the sunscreen, so plan now. Then you and your family can enjoy a welcome break from the grueling school year—you deserve it! And to find out all the day camp options in NJ, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.
“We always want to go, but we always miss it!” Everyone says this about the Quik Chek Balloon Festival. This year, make sure you don’t miss out on one of New Jersey’s most highly anticipated family events of the summer. It has everything: beautiful hot air balloon ascensions, top notch performers, rides, freebies, great food, and a central New Jersey location. Balloon, balloons, everywhere!
"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.
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