Established in 1850, Ocean County has become one of the fastest growing areas in the state. In close proximity to NYC, Philadelphia and Atlantic City, this area has appeal to vacationers and potential residents with its laid-back beach communities, great restaurants and playful hangouts. Take a look at this list of our top picks for NJ kids and families in Ocean County and plan some family fun! And for more shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.
What comes to mind when you think of the Jersey Shore? Beaches, boardwalks, ice cream, maybe a certain MTV show? How about children's theater? That's right, there’s no need to head to NYC when there are so many wonderful options close to home. From plays to musicals to puppet shows, there is something to entertain kids of all ages at the Shore. And for more shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.
New moms should always remember that they are not alone! There's always another mom nearby also looking for a specific parenting course, or just hoping to meet another mom as cool--and perhaps as frazzled!--as they are. New Jersey is home to a wonderful array of really specialized baby classes and meet-ups such as adventures in baby-wearing, stroller fitness and more. Below is a list of some extra-special baby classes that may pique your interest.
During the summer months, it’s great to spend time out in the sun. But what about when the weather doesn't cooperate? Rain - or even extreme heat - can really put a damper on plans, and those are the days when an indoor bounce place is a mom and dad’s dream come true. Kids can have a ball jumping and running around, and parents don’t have to worry about their children being outside in the elements. For New Jersey residents, Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Village Cottage, NY, is a short car ride away and a perfect day trip when the kids need to be kept occupied (because keeping them in the house will drive both parents and kids crazy!).
What do you get when you cross an amusement park with an arcade with a sit-down restaurant with laser tag with a concert hall with a "cool in the summer and warm in the winter" indoor space? Well, you get iPlay America, of course. I was recently invited to spend a day with my family at this fun amalgam of kid-friendly activities in Freehold, NJ, so read on for all the info - and then head out and youPlay at iPlay!
Sure, playgrounds are great, but wondering where to take the kids on a miserably rainy, super cold or too hot day? We’ve got you covered with eight great choices for indoor play in Camden and Cumberland Counties. Whether they want to bounce, bowl, skate or climb, there is something to make everyone happy on this list. Read on for our top picks and visit our Indoor Play & Rainy Day Activity Guide for additional suggestions.
Last fall, we asked our readers to take a short survey and share their thoughts about how to improve our Summer Camp Guide. Overwhelmingly, we heard that you wanted a combination of our editorial recommendations, plus the ability to search listings and find recommendations from other parents.
I always enjoyed live theatrical performances as a child and am so grateful my parents took the time to take me to various productions—from the circus to community theater. Now, as an adult and a mom, I’m excited to share the power of performance with my daughter—seeing family-friendly shows is a great way for loved ones to bond over the arts. Here’s a list of March 2014 live shows the family can appreciate and enjoy these next few weeks.
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