With all the crazy thrill rides found in theme parks these days, there’s something magical about taking a spin on an old-fashioned carousel. Carousels are often a child’s first ride and provide fun for all ages. New Jersey is home to both traditional and sophisticated carousels, and you don’t have to trek to a theme park to find one. Hop on a carousel at one of the area malls for a year-round shopping distraction, or catch views of the Atlantic from a Jersey shore carousel. We’ve rounded up some of the state’s best and most unique carousels, so come give it a whirl.
We’re at that halfway point of summer and hopefully you’ve filled your days with some quality family time, both indoors and out! If you’ve still got a bucket list full of summer must dos, New Jersey has some great events going on this weekend. Treat your little train lover to a railroad ride during A Day Out with Thomas, stuff yourself silly with sweets at the NJ State Ice Cream Festival in Toms River or set sail along the beautiful Palisades during a Rock’n River Sail excursion. And if you’re looking to take in some awesome summer theater with the kiddos, get tickets to see Aladdin at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman or the pirate adventure Treasure Island at the Somerset Playhouse. Also, you can check out the full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar and don't miss our Summer of Play Guide with 100s of ideas for a fun, playful, and tech-free summer!
It can be all too easy to start complaining about 90-degree temps and through-the-roof humidity with July upon us, but now is the time to savor the warm and lazy days of the season before it’s over! For some classic summer fun, head down the shore to the Ocean County Fair, take a guided tour of the NJ Botanical Gardens, or sign up for a Family Campfire & Moon Watch at Stony Brook-Millstone Reserve. And if you’re looking to duck inside away from the heat for a few hours, we’ve got you covered there too: take in a kid-friendly performance of Beauty and the Beast Jr. at Surflight Theatre or belt out "Let It Go" for the hundredth time during the Frozen Sing-a-Long at the Kelsey Theatre. Also, you can check out the full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar.
After the big family barbecues and firework shows that mark our 4th of July celebrations, you might be tempted to just put your feet up and relax a bit this coming weekend. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, if you’re looking for more family fun (or a way to entertain the restless kiddos) Jersey still has some great events going on. Check out the always popular Blueberry Bash at Terhune Orchards, bring your little ones to explore the Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibit at Liberty Science Center or take a laid back summer hike at Tenafly Nature Center.
Also, you can check out the full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar, and don't forget, we've declared this summer to be the Summer of Play! So what are you waiting for? Get out there, make playhouses out of cardboard, count birds and flowers on your street, paint masterpieces with sidewalk chalk, and turn your lawn into a gameboard. Looking for some inspiration? We can get you started with a list of 100 Ways to Play.
Now, play is its own reward, but there’s no reason we can’t sweeten the pot. Share your summer fun ideas, photos, and tips on social media and we just might return the favor with some fun-makin' gear. Let the hashtags begin!
Hmmm, what to do in July, besides eat barbecue and watch fireworks? Oh, so much... Every month, we select a handful to two handfuls of our favorite events and this month, there are blueberries to be picked (and eaten), ice cream to be sampled (and eaten with really big spoons), a free family fair, and a huge ballooning festival with hundreds of hot air balloons floating heavenward. Have a great, fun, not too hot July, NJ!
Now that everyone is officially done with school and 80 degree weather is upon us, those lazy and fun days of summer are here! Festivals abound this time of year in Jersey so get out there and celebrate all things Italian down the shore at the Italian-American Festival in North Wildwood or get in touch with your Puerto Rican roots at Camden Children’s Garden Festival de Aibonito. For more outdoor adventure, check out the crowded, loud and fun NJ State Fair in the Meadowlands or dress up the kiddos for Hoboken’s 13th Annual Baby Parade. Check out the full list of weekend activities on our Event Calendar.
Can’t wait for vacation? Kids bored with the same park every day? Take a mini-trip without even leaving the state! Hop in the car and head to one of these great NJ day trip destinations. Pick fresh fruit and let the kids pet some barnyard animals; check out a national monument; visit NJ's own Victorian seaside town; head to a giant lake water park; or visit the beach, boardwalk and aquarium all in one day. Enjoy our list of fun day trips for this summer! Looking for more summer fun? Check out our Ultimate Summer Play List!
Fantastic news, New Jerseyans! Macy’s may be moving its July 4th fireworks display to the East River, but no need to hop on a subway or park in front of the television. New Jersey will host several of its own amazing fireworks spectaculars, including one right over the Hudson River. Jersey City will present the Freedom and Fireworks Festival on the Hudson, continuing Northern New Jersey’s patriotic celebration. In addition to Jersey City’s extravaganza, check out these other great Independence Day festivities throughout the state. And for more ideas to keep little ones busy over the long holiday weekend, visit the New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
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