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February Break Activities for NJ Kids

Did the recent snow days bring on cabin fever in your home? Get ready for more time off in February. Most New Jersey schools are closed for President’s Day, some longer- even the whole week! We’ve already brought you drop-off options for February break. Now we’ve gathered even more activities to keep the little ones busy, and your own sanity in check, on these wintery days off from school.

February Break Camps for NJ Kids

Just when you thought everyone was back on track from winter break-- bam! February break sneaks upon us. While some New Jersey schools are closed the Monday of President’s Day only, others have four day weekends or even that whole week off. If you’re in need of child care during the break, or just something to occupy the kiddos, don’t fear. Our list of February break camps is here. February breakers can spend their time off exploring nature, playing their favorite sports, learning science and even tubing down mountains. Check out these drop-off camps offered for various portions of February break.

Makerspaces for New Jersey Kids

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is not only a huge buzzword in education, but also with parents hoping to raise the next Steve Jobs. The term STEM has been around since 2003, but lately there's been a greater focus on education integration at an early age. Makerspaces are locations that foster the notions of STEM, where children and adults can build things, take risks, celebrate successes and failures, collaborate and most of all, have fun! Check out these great Makerspace locations. From 3D printers to sewing machines and software, each of these destinations is stocked with high-tech equipment that will help you and your kids turn ideas into reality. 

Chinese New Year: Celebrating The Year of the Monkey in New Jersey

It’s time to start anew and sweep out all the bad luck of 2015. Celebrating Chinese New Year with your family can be a blast, not to mention cleansing! Of course, New York City's celebrations are wonderful, but there is a ton of fun to be had in New Jersey as well. Bring in the Year of the Monkey the right way, with dance, family workshops, music or stay home for cleaning, food, crafts and more! 

DIY Chocolate: NJ Places Where Kids Can Make Candy

Warning: reading this piece may lead to a sugar rush. Buying candy is a treat for little ones. Making their own is even sweeter. Candy shops throughout NJ offer kids the opportunity to play chocolatier and make their very own candy. Creating custom goodies is a fun, hands-on activity for birthday parties, clubs and scout troops. Some of these shops even offer children’s classes on the art of chocolate design. Get your sweet tooth on at these NJ candy shops that offer make-your-own fun.

Top 35 Free Indoor Activities for a NJ Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside! The winter months can be tough and the kiddos are probably going stir-crazy because there are only so many craft projects they can do, right? Well, we’re here to help with 35 fabulous activities to keep the family busy all winter long. With everything from story times to music events to fun with animals, kids will have a blast all season long. And go ahead and supplement your idea list with our Indoor Activities: 25 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in NJ.

16 Great Summer Tennis Camps in NJ

It may be winter, but it’s never too early to start thinking about summer camp. From day camps to art camps to riding and horse camps, the options in New Jersey are endless. If you’re looking to get your little Serena Williams some fundamental instruction or give your beginner basic lessons, try a week long tennis camp for fitness, team play and overall summer fun! And to find out all the day camp options in NJ, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.

Winter Fun: 13 NJ Family Memberships Worth Buying

It looks like Old Man Winter has finally decided to rear his ugly head! We know that parents across the state are looking for some indoor fun that will keep the kids both happy and warm. While many parents love to try something new each week, some of us like the comfort of returning to a familiar spot where we know our kids will have a blast. Turns out, many places offer family memberships that will keep your entertainment costs down this winter. We've rounded up the best deals at 13 indoor destinations that are sure to please the entire family. We've even done the math so you know exactly how many visits it will take for your investment to pay off!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events in NJ

 Martin Luther King, Jr., the chief spokesperson for the civil rights movement, is memorialized annually on the third Monday of January. This floating holiday has evolved into just more than a day off from school. Now deemed as a National Day of Service, MLK Day encourages volunteers across the country to donate their time to make a difference. This day reminds us of hope, compassion and the ongoing potential of social change.

Play Spaces, Museums, and Aquariums: 10 Educational and Fun Winter Outings

The holidays are behind us but there are still a couple of months before spring is sprung, and it can be a challenge to fill up these lazy, winter days. As a mom to three young kids, I'm all for cozy afternoons watching movies, play-doh sessions in our pjs and finger painting to pass the hours. But sometimes, we need a change of scenery! A chance to get out of the house, explore, learn and fill another gray and chilly day. Fortunately, New Jersey offers up some awesome indoor activities. Bundle up, pile the gang into the car and check out our top 10 fun and educational picks.

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