It seems to happen overnight. One day your kid is thrilled when you take her to open bounce time at your local bouncy house, and the next day she looks at you as if you're crazy for even suggesting it. When kids hit those tween years it can be tough to think of fun things to do with them. Fortunately for parents, your tween's sophisticated new attitude also means that they are mature enough to do things that you can really enjoy with them. Check out our list below for some great tween friendly activities. If your kids are on the younger side, be sure to check out our list of 25 Things to do with Preschoolers before they turn 5. And for some excellent Halloween fun for kids of all ages, be sure to check out our New Jersey Halloween Guide.
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.
Imagine an overnight camping adventure without the worries of bugs and bad weather. Our list of camp-in destinations offers memorable adventures that are sure to please the entire family. From sleeping with sharks to bunking on a real battleship, these overnight getaways will create memories that will last a lifetime. For even more nearby camp-in destinations, check out our post on Museum Sleepovers in Long Island.
The late great James Brown once said “The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.” From tap to jazz; ballet to funk; dance lessons are a wonderful way to express emotion while learning new skills. For those looking a bit outside of the "kids' dance class" box, ballroom dancing is a unique option that teaches children to respect one another and work together as partners. And don't forget to check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for NJ Kids!
From Ol’ Blue Eyes to Bob Marley, babies respond to music immediately and with beneficial results. Then, it’s on to the toddler stage; Old MacDonald this and Itsy Bitsy Spider that, and if the wheels on the bus keep going ‘round and ‘round, maybe it’s time for Mommy & Me music classes. And by the time they're preschoolers--rock and roll! These NJ classes will not only inspire your little Beethovens, but are great bonding experiences between parent and child. Play on! And don't forget to check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities for NJ Kids Guide.
Airborne! Trampolines are so beloved by many kids--they're not only fun and a great way to stay active, but feeling the body rise off the ground is exciting. Plus, let's face it--kids just love to jump. New Jersey has a number of trampoline venues and below is a listing of ones you should check out this summer with the whole family. And if you're looking for more summer fun in NJ, check out our New Jersey 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!
Children are born scientists. They're always experimenting with something, whether they're throwing a plate of spaghetti on the wall, blowing bubbles in the bath water or stacking blocks into an intricate tower only to destroy it in one big swipe. As they get older, you may decide to enroll them in one of NYC's enriching science program to continue their studies. But you can actually do some pretty mind-blowing science experiments at home using stuff you probably have lying around the house.
Don't worry if you never made it past biology: These 50 science activities are super-easy and a lot of fun to boot, as kids are exposed to a wide variety of scientific concepts. It's a great way to spend quality time together as a family and who knows, mom and dad may end up learning a new thing or two, too.
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