We've already told you about some fun things to do with the kids next week when they’re home with you 24/7, but we have a few more up our sleeve, everything from special stuff you can do together to cool spots where you can drop them off and enjoy some alone time. Read on for our top picks, including museum adventures, day trips and several mini-camps to keep 'em busy.
Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Go ice skating! There are many rinks located all over NJ with some great activities and programs. Take a family lesson, play some hockey or just grab a hot chocolate and skate during a public session. Ice skating is an activity that will wear your kids out and help you burn calories from all that holiday food. Best of all – it’s fun! Here’s a listing of indoor rinks by county for NJ families.
Well, NJ, for the second year in a row, we’re facing a whole lot of “indoor time” with our kids due to freakish weather. We will say nothing about global warming in this post (ahem), only give you some great ideas for fun stuff to do inside while Sandy rages outside. Check out the tips from our own NJ writers, or hope over to NYC Mommy Poppins for a more extensive list of don’t-go-crazy ideas. Stay safe, NJ!
Culture. We all want it — and not just in our yogurt. We live next to one of the best museum cities in the world, but our dear NJ also has much to offer in the 'get smart' department. From the wonderfully curated Newark Museum, to lovely small spaces like Monmouth Museum, there's an array of exhibits and activities for the whole family. And NJ museums don't take all day, so get cultured up until lunchtime, then go for a hike, have a picnic, or hit another gallery. You'll be more interesting by dinnertime.
The colder weather is approaching and soon we’ll be facing the stir-crazy days of winter. It’s that time of year when indoor spaces are a blessing to every harried mom and dad. Looking for some new places to entertain (and hopefully exhaust) your kids? Why not check out one of these wonderful museums? Touch an insect, ride a vintage train or even view a shrunken head. Whatever you choose, your kids will be happy…and should they fall asleep on the way home, so be it.
Star light, star bright…Mommy, I want to see the stars tonight! If you have a little Galileo on your hands, fear not. New Jersey is home to a myriad of majestic outdoor star gazing locations, as well as many public observatories and, yes, even astronomy clubs for the truly dedicated. With the proper equipment, information and planning, your family will get an up-close look at planets, star clusters and the Moon. Happy star-gazing, NJ!
Jersey City is popular with families for its great neighborhoods, walkability and proximity to New York City. But who knew there was so much to do in this city with kids? (I sure didn’t when we moved here four years ago!) From neighborhood hang-outs to super-fun classes to beautiful parks and playgrounds, JC is full of wonderful options for families. Read on for our top 25 picks—they should keep you busy for awhile.
Small Factory Productions is a little studio nestled in Fair Haven, NJ that is producing some of today’s most innovative work in art, design and animation, even winning an Emmy in recognition of their efforts. So what makes them different from other television or music studios? At Small Factory, all of the directors, producers and designers are children. This unique facility allows kids to create music, art, cartoons and more through interactive programs that spark the imagination. Read on to learn more about Small Factory and how you can receive a special discount at one of their upcoming Factory Nights.
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