When the grass turns green and the temperatures warm up many New Jersey moms and dads grab their golf clubs and hit the links. This summer, why not get the kids in on the fun? The game of golf teaches skill, logic and honesty, and it happens to be a great way for kids to pass the time during the summer months. With some of the best golf courses in the country, New Jersey is the perfect place to introduce kids to this fantastic sport. Start them swinging by enrolling them in one of these great kids golf programs. Check out our post on the Best Miniature Golf Courses in New Jersey for more fun golf options this spring and summer.
How stressful is the end of the school year? Let me count the ways... Oh, sure, there's the silver lining coming of not driving to school or arguing about homework for 10 blissful weeks; but blissful loses its luster pretty quickly in the face of "What are we going to do today?" - particularly if you already know that what YOU have to do today doesn't involve sprinklers, beaches or day trips. We know we should have figured out summer camp by now, really, we do. Except we don't. So here's something for us, um, slackers in NJ.
Give most children a stick, and inevitably it will become a sword. My children love battling it out with everything from wrapping paper tubes to broomsticks. Why not turn that love of battle into a great form of exercise for your kids? As a mother of a fairly coordinated kid who hates the idea of baseball, soccer, and football, I've come to realize that classes in an individual sports like karate or fencing might be the best way to get him sweating. Fencing is just the right mix of imagination and sport; kids love the cool swordplay, and parents love the discipline, coordination, and logical thinking that fencing lessons provide. If you are looking for a fun new sport for your kids, take a stab at fencing at one of these amazing fencing schools right here in New Jersey. For more great summer camps, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.
Do you have a crafty kid in your home? It might be time to introduce them to the wonderful world of sewing. By learning to use a sewing machine, children can begin to design their own clothes, stuffed animals and accessories. In addition, sewing helps kids develop problem solving skills, strong motor skills and attention to detail. Central NJ is home to some wonderful sewing schools that offer after school classes and summer camps. For more summer camp ideas for creative kids, check out our post on Central New Jersey Summer Art Camps.
Kids generally spend their summer camp days participating in an array of structured activities; some camps, however, are switching things up and allowing children to pick and choose the activities where they'd like to place more of their focus. These customizable, "pick-your-own-program" camps give kids a sense of responsibility and accountability, because they have some say in their camp scheduling and can choose a little tennis, a lot of horseback riding, or a whole bunch of theater games. And to find a full range of summer camp options in our fair state, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.
Last fall, we asked our readers to take a short survey and share their thoughts about how to improve our Summer Camp Guide. Overwhelmingly, we heard that you wanted a combination of our editorial recommendations, plus the ability to search listings and find recommendations from other parents.
Summer camps in NJ vary wildly in price and very few of them are free, so it’s important to choose a camp that’s right for your child and your pocketbook. Day camps can be an affordable alternative to sleep away camps and often offer just as many activities. The cost of certain camps can be applied against the child care tax credit for children of single parents/two working parents and some camps offer financial assistance, especially ones that get money from donors. Here are some affordable day camp options for NJ kids! And to find out all the day camp options in NJ, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.
In today’s digital world—which most kids know quite well!—more and more camps are catering to aspiring game designers and engineers. Not only are these camps informative, but they help prepare tweens and teens for real-world jobs at a young age—digital media is always booming, so why not send your tech-savvy kids to a camp that meets their interests? Below is a list of design camps in New Jersey for the gamer in your life.
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