Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s tasty, easily accessible and comes in varieties that’ll satisfy the pickiest palates. Pizza night at your favorite pizzeria makes for a fun and inexpensive family outing. With tomato sauce and perhaps a veggie topping, you can even count it as somewhat nutritious (I do). The following are family-friendly pizza joints in Central New Jersey. Aside from yummy pies, these places offer child-friendly options like kid portions, quick service or gimmicky fun, without noise being a factor. Grab a slice and enjoy!
An icebox cake actually doesn’t have any cake in it all. It’s a combination of cookies with cream, or pudding, which is assembled and placed in the refrigerator. For you youngsters, before people had refrigerators, they kept food chilled in an icebox.
In this version the cookies are layered with vanilla pudding, strawberries and blueberries for a patriotic twist. The coolest thing about it is you won't overheat your house from the oven and it's safe for the littlest helpers to do from start to finish.
This has to be the easiest muffin recipe. It may seem crazy, but if you think about it, it actually makes sense. After all, ice cream is pretty much the same ingredients we usually use for baking: eggs, sugar and cream (which turns into butter if you churn). Add that to self-rising flour and you've got all the makings of muffins. Not only is it easy enough for a toddler to mix up, they'll love baking with ice cream, too!
Fitting in quality family time seems more like a chore than an option these days. So instead of running errands, try packing up a basket for a family picnic at one of the many Northern New Jersey parks listed below or more choices throughout the state. Heck, why not even try having a picnic birthday party? And for even more summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
Summer is here; let the festivals begin! There’s something on the calendar to please everyone this month, whether your family loves music, food, nature or a good old-fashioned carnival. Highlights include the Privateers & Pirates Festival at Tuckerton Seaport, Chatham’s Fishawack Festival and the Annual Blueberry Festival in Whitesbog Village. You can’t go wrong with any of these awesome activities. So grab the family, slap on some sunscreen and kick off summer at one of these 15 fab events. Visit our Events Calendar to find even more wonderful happenings this month.
If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen my proclamation this weekend that my family and I are trying the 10 Day Fed Up Challenge, a pledge to try to give up all sugar, sugar substitutes and refined flour for ten days, inspired by the new documentary by Katie Couric.
I'll be posting more about our experience with the Fed Up Challenge on social media, but in the meantime, here's a great new recipe I discovered looking for flour-free pancake recipes. I did not know how these would turn out at all but was pleasantly surprised at how similar they were to regular pancakes. And my kids loved them too. Plus they are much easier to make from scratch.
Nothing will make your family hungrier than a day of fun in the sun at the beach. Whether you are taking your NJ kids on a day trip or for vacation – the Jersey Shore is a great place to visit for the whole family. Finding a kid-friendly place to dine can sometimes be a challenge, however, especially if you're not familiar with the area. Here are some of my personal favorite Jersey Shore eateries (including ice cream!) that are great for kids of all ages! And for more shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.
If you live in New Jersey, you know that our state is often referred to as “the diner capital of the world", with more than 600 joints! So, what makes a good diner? This subject is always up for debate, especially at the Jersey Shore. Some think it’s the coffee that says it all. Others feel that home fries should be the crown jewel. Or is it the pancakes? Whatever your preference, here are some of the best diners for NJ families and for even more shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.
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