With all the choices out there these days, it’s hard to decide on just one class for your little one. “Mommy and me” classes are a great option because you get to join in on the fun! If you have a young music fanatic on your hands, this is the class you’ve been looking for. With live guitars, singing, drumming and interactive musical play (and stellar birthday parties) – Preschool of Rock helps NJ kids and families rock out.
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 I peeked over my laptop as she played, I saw that there could be educational benefits--as long as parents set playing guidelines. Here are some great classes and clubs that will get you revved up for Minecraft Madness in New Jersey.
It's one day until spring--huh?? The east coast has endured some crazy weather in recent weeks, so we wise and hardy NJ moms know there is no guarantee that warm weather will be here anytime soon. Luckily, New Jersey has plenty of fun and exciting indoor play spaces to take the kids. Pack a bag, put on your snow boots, and head out to try out some of these awesome places in Mercer and Somerset counties.
There’s no denying the fact that NYC has some pretty spectacular children’s museums – and we New Jersey-ites can trek into the city by car, train or boat to explore all that Manhattan has to offer. But what about this side of the Hudson? What’s a NJ kid to do when mom & dad are looking to stay local? Enter the Liberty Science Center. This 4 story gem is packed with educational exhibits, special events and even an IMAX theater. Best of all, there's something for each age group: On a recent rainy Friday morning visit, my 10 month old played peek-a-boo in a mirrored toy at the Curious George exhibit, my 3 year old experimented with measurement at a gigantic rice-filled table and I even learned a thing or two about the complex ecology system happening right in the Hudson River (despite my often fuzzy 'mom brain')! So indulge your inner science geek and check out these must-see exhibits at New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center.
After being stuck indoors for months now with your kids, this time of year can seem like a never ending saga, leaving even the most innovative parents desperate for new and interesting things to do. Plus, it can be challenging to find something suitable for the younger crowd. If you've got a kid that perks up every time Mom pulls out a mixing bowl, or even if you just want to shake things up a bit for your non-foodies, head over to Bambino Chef and take a cooking class!
How many times can you ask yourself “What are we going to do today?!" The cold and rainy/snowy weather doesn’t allow you to venture to a local park to burn off that endless energy, the trips to the museum, movies and bouncy houses can add up, and you've basically just run out of ideas. To keep your little ones entertained, invest in one of many craft box deliveries. It's cheap. It’s easy. And best of all, it's delivered!
"10,000 Stars!" was the rating my daughter gave WOW: World of Wings. A combination museum, atrium and indoor playspace, WOW is 2 levels of non-stop fun and exploration, and a one of a kind New Jersey kid funtastic experience. We have visited many indoor playspaces in New Jersey, but this is quite different than your average museum; have you ever been allowed to blow giant bubbles indoors or seen cockroaches participating in their own Olympics? If your child is an entomologist or zoologist in training, WOW is the place for you!
Now that my oldest child is ten (gasp!), I understand that annoying phrase I heard often during those difficult baby/toddler times, "The days are long, but the years are short". Thankfully, filling those short years with quality bonding time will be even easier with our Top 100 not-to-be-missed family activities right here in the Garden State. Yes, we have two fantastic large cities within driving distance, but there's tons of incredible stuff right here in Jersey to make memories that will last forever!
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