It’s rare that major, family trip-worthy attractions open in the area, but as of last Friday, we have a brand-new one in the Poconos: Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. Camelback Mountain Resort is already one of the leading getaway destinations near NYC and Philadelphia for skiing and winter sports. In summer, it transforms into Camelback Beach and Camelback Mountain Adventures, which offer loads of outdoor fun including a water park, zip-lining, an alpine coaster and a treetop adventure course. Now, with the opening of Aquatopia, the largest indoor water park in the northeast, Camelback Resort offers even more year-round fun.
I was invited for a sneak peek of everything Aquatopia has to offer, and can share my been-there, done-that report as well as plenty of photos of what’s in store if you decide to visit. Plus, find out about some limited time grand opening deals you don’t want to miss.
As a mom of a 10 and 7 year old, I have been to Jenkinson's Aquarium more than a few times. While not nearly as grandiose as Camden's Adventure Aquarium, this little aquarium on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant is certainly worth a few hours of your time. What it lacks in size, Jenkinson's makes up for in charm, accessibility and overall kid-friendliness. Perfect for families with small children, Jenkinson's Aquarium houses a variety of ocean creatures, eye-catching tanks and educational displays. Whether you are looking for an air-conditioned escape during a day at the beach or a warm, indoor activity on a winter day (that's right, it's open year round), Jenkinson's is sure to please.
I confess: I wasn’t a very coordinated tween, but that didn’t stop me from roller skating at my local roller rink in New York. It closed down twenty years ago taking teenage memories of first kisses, birthday parties, and laughter, with it. As a teen, few events beat the thrill of zipping around a roller rink with friends—and crushes! Luckily, the Garden State is still home to many old-fashioned (and newer) roller rinks that provide fun for the whole family. (I can’t promise you they all play 80’s music, though…)
If you have kids in the 7-18 age range, I'll bet you've heard of Minecraft. When I asked my daughter to define it, she said, "Mom, it's basically a game about placing blocks to build anything your brain can imagine." I was not sold right off the bat, but as she played, I saw that there could be educational benefits--as long as parents set playing guidelines. Here are some great classes, clubs and camps that will get you revved up for Minecraft Madness in New Jersey.
Roses are red, violets are blue. We now have three kids, what are we to do? Right behind New Year’s, Valentine’s Day is the second most celebrated holiday around the world. Originally known for its romantic themes, parenthood gives new meaning to this holiday. If you're looking to go kid-free, we've already told you about great NJ Valentine's Day Drop-Off venues, but what if you want to go all-family on Love Day? Well, then, NJ offers many family-friendly alternatives!
One of my favorite things about being a mom is that I get to experience so many wonderful things with my kids and rediscover curiosity, joy and beauty through a child's eye. And while we can't stop our little ones from growing up, we can do our best to share meaningful experiences with them, expose them to some of our interests and encourage their budding passions.
To that end, Mommy Poppins Westchester offers up our top 100 things to do with kids in and around Westchester. Whether it's browsing a whimsical toy store, visiting a local museum or romping in a beautiful park, these activities are sure to create lasting memories and quality family fun. You've probably already experienced several of our picks, however, chances are you haven't gotten to them all just yet. Why not start this weekend?
Read on for 100 must-do, family-friendly activities throughout Westchester with kids (in no particular order).
Whenever the weatherman predicts a big snow, you can almost hear the collective cries of joy from children, and the sighs of resignation from the adults who know they’re going to have stir crazy kids at home to deal with. Somehow the initial excitement always seems to wear off way too early in the day, leaving hours still to be filled. Before your brood drives you batty, scan through this list of things to do. We think you’ll find enough ideas to keep them happily entertained until the school bus pulls up again. Have fun and good luck!
Baby, it’s cold outside! The winter months can be tough, especially when it’s just too frigid to play outdoors. The kiddos are probably going stir-crazy and there are only so many craft projects they can do and movies they can watch. We’re here to help with 20 fabulous activities to keep the family busy all winter long. With everything from story times to music events to fun with animals, kids will have a blast all season long. And go ahead and supplement your idea list with our Indoor Activities: 25 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in NJ.
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