Dining out should be a enjoyable, bonding experience for the family. However, kids and restaurants don’t always mix. Waiting for food or sitting still at the table can be a challenge for little ones. When crayons just don’t cut it, bring the gang to one of these family-friendly favorites on their scheduled “kid’s night”. From magicians to characters to balloon animals, the following restaurants offer fun entertainment and events for kids during the week. Also, check out restaurants that offer Kids Eat Free specials.
Summertime means fresh berries. Whether you pick your own or pick them up fresh from the market, you may be looking for more ways to enjoy their naturally sweet goodness. Picking fresh blueberries is a fun way to spend some quality time with your child, and incorporate some hands-on learning! Listening to my daughter count the berries as she plucked them off the bush was precious. This summer, we took our love of pick-your-own and summer desert and created these super simple Blueberry Yogurt Pops.
New Jersey has fairs and festivals galore this August. Flutter over to Pennington for a Butterfly Festival, hang out with the firefighters in Manasquan or indulge in carnival rides and games at a classic county fair. With so many options, the family calendar will be super packed all month long. Read on for our top picks, and squeeze in as many as possible—Labor Day is just around the corner! For more summer fun, visit our Summer Activities Guide.
Who says there’s no such thing as a free meal? Restaurants throughout Central New Jersey offer free kid meal promotions nearly every night of the week. You’ll never cook again. Dining out is a fun way to spend time with the family, but the bills can eat into your budget. Visit your favorite establishment on a kids-eat-free night, and you won’t have to worry overspending on kids’ entrees, especially the ones that are barely touched. Check out some of these Central New Jersey restaurants that feature free kid meals on certain nights of the week.
Complimentary meals are with the purchase of an adult meal, unless otherwise noted.
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.
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