Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to…we all know the song, and now as parents, we all now the expense that comes along with birthday celebrations. This year, take advantage of one of the many free birthday clubs available for kids (and adults)! Below is your A to Z of birthday discounts, free treats and special deals and don't forget to check out our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Guide for all your planning and fun-ning needs!
NJ is home to many wonderful places for kids—the state’s museums, zoos, farms and lighthouses are all great venues for family outings. The only downside? Visiting all these attractions can get pricey, especially if there are multiple kids in your family. To lighten the blow to your wallet, plan a trip to one of the destinations listed below, all which offer free admission for children under certain ages. Keep this page handy and make sure to strategically plan your visit before your child's next birthday!
Note: The cut-off ages imply that once children reach that age, they no longer qualify for free entry.
“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.
As much as I love summer, I find myself looking forward to fall's arrival more and more every year. The cooler weather, crunching of leaves underfoot and pumpkin-flavored everything are all highlights of the season for me. And let’s not forget Halloween! New Jersey has many wonderful fairs and festivals for your family to enjoy this autumn—grab the kids (and a jacket) and check out these fall events coming to a town near you.
Every time I saw Lorelai and Rory Gilmore stroll the streets of Stars Hollow I felt a ping of jealousy. This picturesque small town may have only been located on TV, but its local restaurants, town center, quirky shops and hopping Main Street gave it a remarkable hometown charm. New Jersey is home to many of the country’s oldest communities, so today we start a new series on Mommy Poppins New Jersey, "Great Small Towns in NJ". With summer destinations like Cape May, distinctive college towns like Princeton and more, the garden state represents small town USA from Sussex County down to Salem County.
New Jersey has fairs and festivals galore this August. We've already highlighted some offbeat options for your family to enjoy. But wait, there's more! Flutter over to Pennington for a Butterfly Festival, camp out at Sunrise Lake or indulge in rides and games at a classic county fair. With so many options, your calendar will be packed all month long. Read on for our top picks, and squeeze in as many as you can—Labor Day will be here before you know it.
If you’re looking for a break from the oppressive heat, nature centers can be a great option for a summer day. Located in parks throughout the state, these educational facilities combine both indoor and outdoor fun for kids of all ages. Spend some time exploring nature, then duck inside to cool off with hands-on exhibits and activities that tie it all together. Read on for our overview of seven nature centers in New Jersey that offer wonderful programs all year long.
Let's face it, "free fun" and "New Jersey" are not often uttered in the same breath. But truth be told, the Garden State has many offerings that families can enjoy without breaking the bank! From movies to concerts to festivals with a couple of zoos and museums thrown in, there is much fun that will only cost you some gas to get there. Have an inexpensive and wonderful summer, New Jersey!
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