When we first visited the Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, we fell madly in love. During the 18 months the museum was closed for inventory, we pined for it to reopen. You may be thinking, “Really? What’s so great about a bunch of old stoves?” OK, there are a few old stoves (which are actually pretty cool), but the museum offers a surprisingly wide variety of exhibits and fun, hands-on activities for families.
When the Culinary Arts Museum reopened this fall, we fell in love all over again. The staff showed us around, pointing out the newest additions to the collections. Thankfully, all of our old favorites are still there too. Read on for highlights, what's new, and tips for getting the most out of your visit to this gem of a museum.
With the gorgeous fall foliage comes the cool, changing weather. As we lumber toward winter and even cooler temperatures, families may be looking for playground alternatives for their kids to burn off a little steam. No worries--Westchester offers many great options for indoor play! We've written about indoor play places throughout the county but there's still more fun to be found! We've rounded up seven fun-filled kids gyms (many with more than one location) that offer everything from classes and camps to free play and more.
So whether you're looking to drop the older kids off for a class, join in with the little ones during a Mommy-and-Me, or simply sit and enjoy a nice break while the tots get their sillies out, these gyms are sure to please both kids and their parents. Read on for more details on seven indoor kids gyms in Westchester. And be sure to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter to have all our latest posts delivered straight to your inbox!
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.
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