If bad weather strikes on your beach vacation, don't despair. We have a list of great things to do to keep you from climbing the walls of your condo. From Atlantic City to Cape May, there are plenty of fun places to go at the shore with the kids besides the beach. So whether the rain is spoiling your beach day, you need a day out of the sun or just a change from the sand and surf, we have you covered.
New Jersey families are probably already big fans of our sponsor iPlay America, the indoor amusement park and arcade in Freehold. From the Extreme Laser Tag Experience and iPA Go-Kart Speedway to the multi-sensory 4D Movie Theater Experience (and these are just the tip of the iceberg), it’s a guaranteed good time for kids of all ages, including Mom and Dad! So it’s no surprise that it also happens to be an awesome place to host a special event. Whether it’s a child’s birthday celebration or a more formal party, there is a package to fit everyone’s needs and—most importantly—budgets.
So, your kids are longing for swimsuits, sprinklers and slides. Make their dreams come true, whether the weather is cooperating or not. Load up the iPod, the towels and the kids and take a short road trip to Sahara Sam’s Oasis in West Berlin, N.J. This (mostly) indoor water park is less than two hours from New York City and the 286,000 gallons of water keep 11 rides and tons of kids wet and wildly entertained, rain or shine!
We traveled with four parents, three boys and three girls ranging from 2 to 8 years old, so believe me, the place was well-tested. The kids were awed into silence (SILENCE, I SAY ) as we stepped through the door. But after those two seconds, they immediately got busy.
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!
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