Earth Day isn’t just a celebration of all things green, it’s a movement. By creating awareness and demonstrating support for environmental protection, Earth Day is helping to shape a green generation. From hiking beautiful New Jersey trails to visiting local farmers markets, our little ones appreciate Mother Earth for all she has to offer. Check some of the local events celebrating this annual April holiday.
What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than a family nature hike. Central New Jersey’s hiking trails pass through a diversity of beautiful surroundings that include forests, lakes, animal habitats, waterfalls and even historical landmarks. Hiking is a fun way for families to get fresh air, exercise and explore the great outdoors together. Many of the hiking locations also have playgrounds, nature centers and picnic areas, so plan to make a day of it. Pack up the snacks, the camera, a trail map, and check out these five picks for family friendly hikes in Central New Jersey.
After the winter we've had this year, we are all desperately waiting for the weather to warm up (and itching to get out of the house), but you can get the whole family into a spring state-of-mind. What’s a better excuse for a day trip than a spring festival? As usual, NJ doesn’t disappoint. Check out these great April spring festivals for NJ kids and families to enjoy, and check back in next month for May festivals! If you're still looking for spring time fun, take a look at some classic NJ train rides with the Easter Bunny or the best spring museum exhibits for NJ kids.
“Pink petals passing, scents above so high, Painted porcelain perfection, blossoms caress the sky…” Wow. Reminds you of....Newark? Hey, stop snickering! Branch Brook Park in Newark, NJ is home to the largest Cherry Blossom Festival on the East Coast and one of the most famous in the country. With a fun-packed slate of events like the Cherry Blossom 10K Race, Cherry Blossom Challenge Bike Race, Family Fun Day, and Bloomfest, this is a spring extravaganza that you don't want to miss!
Spring is almost here! Hard to believe, right? But yes, it’s time to get out of the house and breathe in some fresh air. What better way to kick off spring than visiting a farm with real live baby animals. Your children can crack corn, collect eggs, see baby pigs, goats and sheep and even see how cheese and bread are made. Here some of our favorite farms with baby animals in NJ. If you are looking for more fun for your kids, check out our March GO List.
For most of the country this winter seems to be never-ending. If we have to put up with permafrost, we might as well try to get something out of it. Making an icicle sun catcher studded with natural materials is a favorite winter activity for my son. With just a some water, natural materials, freezing temperatures and a little time, kids can create an unexpected, glistening decoration to brighten up the doldrums of winter inside your home or out in the yard. It isn't just pretty, this simple project offers some great added benefits. Searching for the leaves and twigs will force the kids to leave the house and venture outside on a gloomy winter day and waiting for the project to freeze hard is a great way for them to experience delayed gratification. If you don't have freezing temps (lucky) you can also just toss this in the freezer.
When it comes to choosing a summer camp, you hope for an amazing experience for your child, full of love, fun, creativity, learning, and “family.” Add some gorgeous horses into this mix, and you have the recipe for Kamp Kierson, the summer camp run by Mike and Jessie Richardson of Kierson Farm. Read on to find out more about this charming horse farm and its wonderful summer camp experience in the heart of Flemington, NJ, just one hour west of New York City.
Whether you jump the moguls like an Olympiad or hang on for dear life traversing the bunny hill, 'tis the season for all things skiing and we Jersey folk just happen to live next to an entire state of amazing resorts. We love to let you know about cool stuff, and the incredible travel and winter recreation opportunities of the 21 sports areas in the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA) fit the bill; from a special program that lets 4th and 5th graders ski for free with their parents, to midweek skiing deals, read on to find out about all the locations and opportunities in the Keystone State!
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