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.
Bring out your child's inner speed demon at Pole Position Raceway in Jersey City, New Jersey. Pole Position packs a wallop of exhilarating fun in an awesome setting for kids and parents. Authenticity, acceleration and safety are the core values of this family-owned and inspired indoor electric go-karting experience. Easily accessible from Manhattan, Pole Position offers more than just racing!
The truth is, I love a rainy day. It's stressful to have to think of something to do every single sunny day, and I'm running out of chairs to hang bathing suits on. Of course, after a few hours inside listening to the storms and wondering if my car has floated into the Hudson, it's nice to get out and take advantage of some of the great indoor adventures that NJ has to offer. Here's a bunch of our favorites, with a few at-home ideas thrown in.
A warm, relaxing cup of tea and good conversation…what a wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon, especially if you're chatting with your favorite boy or girl. If you’re looking for a unique bonding experience, New Jersey is home to many local tea rooms. From the fine china to the finger sandwiches to the tempting sweets, your little one will be enchanted during their special one-on-one mommy time.
Whether you’re ultra competitive or just looking to spend a day with the family, New Jersey is home to an array of paintball and laser tag facilities. You and your NJ kids can run through rough terrain racing for the flag while being pegged with paint pellets, or take the kinder, gentler route of being "tagged" with a infrared light--however you slice it, here are some of the best paintball and laser tag venues in our play-happy state.
Is any summer vacation complete without a round of miniature golf? If that thought gets you revved up, how about getting started now? New Jersey has a few indoor mini golf courses, ranging from quiet putting practice to standard windmills and waterfalls, to full-on glow-in-the-dark monsters and music, so brush up on your stroke, have some fun, and prepare yourself for the great outdoors!
Are your kids climbing the walls and jumping from couch to couch? When it's too cold for your favorite park there are plenty of places to blow off steam indoors in Northwestern New Jersey. Many of these venues offer open play or classes geared from little ones to tweens and most offer birthday party packages as well. Each is $10 or less per child and most offer group rates. The mommy bonus of indoor open play? Bring a box of joe and some juice boxes and make your own party- without the clean up!
Welcome to Mommy Poppins New Jersey! The free online resource for parents and kids where you’ll get the scoop on what’s fun, unique, outdoorsy, indoorsy, artsy, bouncy, sassy and splashy in the Garden State. Come play with us, won’t you?