Looking for creative ways to celebrate Father’s Day this year? There are tons of family-friendly activities happening all over the state, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top ten picks. There’s something to suit every type of father, so whether he's a sports fiend, outdoorsy, a train fanatic or just wants to relax with a glass of wine, we’ve got him covered. Happy Father’s Day to all of NJ’s wonderful dads! For more ways to have fun with fathers throughout the month, check out our Event Calendar and our roundup of family festivals.
Summer is almost here, and festivals are kicking into high gear. There’s something to delight everyone this month, whether your family loves history, food, nature or a good, old-fashioned carnival. Highlights include the Privateers & Pirates Festival at Tuckerton Seaport, Chatham’s Fishawack Festival and the Strawberry Harvest Festival at Alstede Farms. You can’t go wrong with any of these awesome outings. So grab the family, slap on some sunscreen and start your season of fun at one (or more!) of these 15 fabulous fests. Check out our Event Calendar for even more wonderful family happenings this month.
Growing up in Monmouth County, I visited Allaire State Park frequently with my family as a child. Those day trips were filled with playground time, trains rides and old-fashioned candy purchased at the village’s general store. With 3,000 acres of nature, activity and history, Allaire continues to be a popular destination for NJ families, and now I take my kids there, just like my parents did me.
Allaire is easily accessible from the Garden State Parkway, close to the shore, and bursting with outdoor fun like hiking, biking, picnicking and outdoor play. But what sets the park apart from other bucolic green spaces are its historic village and working steam train. With so much to do, Allaire State Park is the perfect spot for a busy, yet also serene, family outing.
With all of our modern technology and conveniences, today's kids (and grown-ups!) have a hard time imagining what life was like in the U.S. in the 18th and 19th centuries. Luckily, NJ kids don't have to learn about life long ago just from books—they can experience it firsthand at one of the state's many historic villages.
From working farms to blacksmith shops, general stores to cottages, these villages offer plenty to see for day-tripping families. Whether you are looking for an authentic old-school outing or an afternoon of quaint shopping, we've got you covered. This spring, unplug the family and step back in time at one of these historic New Jersey villages that are fun for kids and adults alike.
I used to run screaming when I came across bugs, spiders and bees. However, something recently happened that made me look at these creepy crawlies in a whole new way: my 7-year-old son became fascinated by them. He started spending hours hunting for ants in our backyard, digging for worms in our garden and researching different types of spiders on the Internet. Convinced he will one day be an award-winning entomologist, I set out to find ways to encourage his new hobby and discovered the perfect destination for bug lovin' NJ kids: Insectropolis in Toms River. This cozy museum is housed in an unassuming warehouse, and it's filled with insects and spiders from around the globe. If your child (or you!) is as obsessed with insects as mine, this bugseum makes for an awesome and relatively inexpensive outing for the entire family.
If locally-grown food and warm-weather day trips are things your family enjoys, grab the little ones and take them strawberry picking! It’s an outdoor adventure with a sweet reward—what kid doesn’t love red, ripe strawberries? New Jersey may be known for its tomatoes and blueberries, but we’ve also got some great places to pick your own strawberries once the season starts in late May. Looking for more outdoor fun in NJ? Check out our roundups of May festivals and 25 things to do this spring with kids.
If you’ve got a little one under the age of four, you know that toddlers and preschoolers are an energetic, curious and spirited bunch! After a long winter cooped up indoors, it’s time to get our wee ones out of the house for some fun and learning. Lace up your sneakers, pack some snacks and get ready to make great family memories by trying one (or more!) of these awesome outdoor activities in New Jersey. For more seasonal fun, don't forget to check out our list of 25 Things We Can't Wait to Do with Kids This Spring in NJ.
When you want to do something incredibly wonderful, outrageously over-the-top, and totally unique for the special child in your life, you have a plethora of options in New Jersey. While some of the experiences listed below may seem a wee bit extravagant, just remember—you're only a kid once! So if you're wondering where to host an out-of-this-world kids' party or playdate in NJ, look no further than this roundup of amazing Garden State attractions.
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