If Thomas, Percy and James are a part of your daily conversations, take advantage of the many New Jersey train and railroad attractions. Located throughout the garden state, each location offers a different experience, but will surely put a smile on any train lovers face. If you're looking for the Easter Express, the Polar Express, or just a basic train-lovin' experience, these are the hot spots, guaranteed.
Thanksgiving dinner is a big undertaking. There’s the turkey, the stuffing and all that dessert! And let’s not forget about the massive after-dinner cleanup. It’s hard enough to be a mom, work and take care of the house -- let alone get a complex and time-consuming dinner on the table for Turkey Day. Luckily, you don’t have to! Be thankful, because there are lots of restaurants open in NJ on Turkey Day. So, sit back and enjoy your meal…don’t worry, they won’t make you do the dishes. And if you’d just rather be home, but don’t want the hassle of cooking, make some Thanksgiving crafts with the family and try one of these places for turkey takeout!
My kids have come down from the excitement (and candy overload) of Halloween and are starting to settle into the season of giving thanks. Actually, if I'm being honest, they are looking PAST the season giving thanks, already asking about letters to Santa. I happen to like Thanksgiving. There's no frenzy over gifts or costumes, just lots of good food and family gatherings...and football. Plus it's a perfect excuse to reinforce lessons in being grateful and giving back. So I try to find ways to help my kids appreciate the season and slow down a bit before we head into the holiday mayhem of Christmas. Crafts are usually a hit with my kids, so I like to start there.
I'm no Martha Stewart, but my kids love doing crafts, and the more glue and glitter, the better (according to them). So I've obliged, but on my own terms--they have to be quick and relatively easy. To help get in the Thanksgiving spirit, we've got some fun craft ideas for the family that fit my criteria. These crafts are also a fun way for kids to artistically show what (and who) they are grateful for, which can make it a more lasting lesson. Enjoy!
Halloween is a time of year when we search for new and fun things to do with our NJ kids. There are plenty of spooky events, but why not try something unique this year? Sling a pumpkin with the family, go on a hunt with Scooby-Doo, settle in for some classic ghostly tales or grab a flashlight and search out the mighty T-Rex…in the dark! If you are in the mood for something different this Halloween, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of “off the beaten path” Halloween events for NJ kids and families.
The kids are excitedly preparing for Halloween, with visions of candy, costumes and pumpkins dancing in their heads. Now is the time to make all their pumpkin dreams come true! NJ is home to many wonderful farms and museums hosting family-friendly events, from over-the-top pumpkin displays to carving competitions to good ol' fashioned pumpkin picking and decorating. Read on for our top picks and check out our Halloween Guide for more fun events.
Halloween is in the air, and it's one of my favorite holidays! I love the spookiness and silliness of the season and seeing my kids dressed up in their costumes, their imaginations running wild as they transform into princesses, devils, ladybugs, and vampires.
Last week we told you about Halloween costume swaps for kids. Now we've got five fun and EASY Halloween crafts, so even tots can join the fun. So grab your glitter, googly eyes, and scissors (and newspaper to protect your table) and enjoy these Halloween crafts.
Boo! Halloween and hayrides go hand-in-hand, but you may not have heard of a Halloween train. Adding a creepy factor to a train ride really enhances the whole spooky vibe of Halloween. Throughout New Jersey, various railroads can take your entire family on an adventure. Read below for some great ones; some are scary, some just take you to a pumpkin farm but, regardless, these trains bring on the fun!
“On Autumn Days, it's always nice to take a soothing nature walk, through the crisp Autumn forest...” Paige, my six year old.
Oh Autumn, my absolute favorite season. Farmers markets filled with pumpkins and the smell of hot apple cider wafting through the air as you pull your wool cardigan a wee bit tighter around you... New Jersey is beautiful during the fall and it's the perfect time to get out with your young ones to hike and explore nature. The temperature is ideal (no hauling sweaty three year olds up a hill) and the foliage will take your breath away. Here are our favorite hiking spots for the under 10 crowd.
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