My daughter has tried everything from dance lessons to cooking classes, but the one activity that has kept her interest for the past 6 years is being a Girl Scout. We started the scouting journey together when she was in kindergarten. She was an adorable Daisy Scout and I became an enthusiastic troop leader. For the past 6 years I have had the pleasure of watching a group of girls mature from wild 5 year olds, who spent meetings crafting and giggling, to enthusiastic young ladies who have learned the values of friendship, the outdoors and community service. Just this year, the girls in our troop earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for creating an organic garden and donating the crop to the local food pantry. In addition to teaching valuable lessons, Girl Scouting is just plain fun. Who doesn't love earning patches, selling cookies and making new friends? Read on for some great information on getting involved with Girl Scouts in New Jersey. For more great after school activities, check out our Classes and Activities Guide.
My husband shows off his Green Lantern ring the way a newly engaged woman displays her engagement band. So it was no surprise that he was as excited about seeing Marvel Universe Live! as our nine-year-old daughter (she's also a superhero fan). While there were certainly a lot of families at this live-action superhero spectacle, which is hitting New Jersey, Brooklyn and Long Island on its arena tour, it was clearly created with fans of all ages in mind.
Spidey swinging, Black Widow kicking, Captain America motorcycling, the Hulk smashing—this Marvel mash-up has lots of awesome stunts to please even the littlest superhero lovers. However, there are potentially scary bits, too. Here's how my family fared at Marvel Universe Live!.
Looking for an enriching activity for the kids this fall? Why not sign them up for a language class? Early exposure to a foreign language can be a rewarding and fun experience for a young child. Fortunately there are many programs throughout New Jersey, representing a wide variety of languages and cultures. Read on for our picks of the best options available—everything ranging from Mommy & Me programs for the little ones to group or private lessons for older children. And for more great class options, visit our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for NJ Kids.
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.
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