Due to a recent shift in my career path, I'm staying home with my kids this summer—all 10 weeks of it! There will be no camp to tire them out or nanny to occupy their time. Just one big SUMMER OF PLAY. And one thing that really works for summer play is water; those kids are going to want to get wet!
You may already be navigating your summer days using our SUMMER FUN LIST GENERATOR. Our family started a Boredom Busters jar: a painted Mason jar full of ideas to keep the kiddies busy. Anyone complaining of boredom can open it and pick out an activity. Many of the ideas come from the Mommy Poppins' 100 Summer Play Activities List. And many more are water-based, like the 25 cool and splishy-splashy water activities below.
What's better than a cool dip on a hot day? New Jersey is known for its outstanding beaches, but it also has some of the best lakes for swimming in the Northeast. This summer, if you're sick of the pounding waves, dive into the calm waters of one of these beautiful New Jersey lakes. For even more fun swimming alternatives, check out our post on Secret Natural Swimming Holes in New Jersey and for more water (and dry) summer fun, check out our NJ Kids Summer Activities Guide.
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!
I absolutely love summer, but do find myself scouting out restaurants and stores with air conditioning as we slowly move into August. Thankfully, New Jersey has many (cool!) family-friendly activities for the whole family during the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Do check out even more activities in our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
Summer is the perfect time to hit some amusement parks. Unfortunately, crowds + extreme heat = cranky kids and adults. The solution? An amusement park filled with gallons and gallons of water! New Jersey has some fantastic water parks to offer. From big name parks to boardwalk favorites to the first municipal water park in the state – here are six of New Jersey’s best water parks and a overview of what to expect from each one. And for more summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
The Jersey Shore may have a bad reality TV rap, but it boasts some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. From a beachy national park to miles of boards to be strolled, to towering lighthouses – whether you’re planning a day trip or a long weekend, the summer possibilities are endless. Here are some highlights of NJ Shore beaches from north to south. Make your NJ kid a beach baby and head on “down the shore.” And for other Shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.
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