After Thanksgiving (and after you've had a day to relax), consider spending some quality time with your family celebrating "Small Business Saturday", (November 29th) supporting the local "mom and pop" shops in your neighborhood. Some NJ towns, such as Haddonfield and Red Bank, go all out on Small Business Saturday, involve the whole town, and really make the day something memorable. Don't forget to check out MommyPoppins.com's Fun Holiday Activity Guide, too.
Hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner, which means holiday shows, visiting Santa, snowy sleigh rides and of course, checking out the amazing light displays. Many towns in New Jersey have their own tree lighting celebrations but we've rounded up the biggies here. These spectacular displays are sure to wow even the Scrooge in your family. Bundle up the kids and head out to one of these illuminating shows soon! For more holiday fun, visit the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide.
The holiday season has finally arrived! It’s time for festive shows, visits with Santa Claus and spectacular light displays. All the hustle and bustle is great fun but it can also be a strain on the wallet. We’ve rounded up 25 free events taking place in New Jersey this time of year, so relax and enjoy some seasonal fun with your family. And for more wonderful activities, visit our Mommy Poppins New Jersey Holiday Fun Guide.
Atlantic Highlands, often referred to as the "Jewel of the Bayshore", is one of New Jersey's most unique small towns. This charming Victorian town on the Jersey Shore overlooks the New York Bay, Manhattan and the Atlantic Ocean. The town's hills include the highest point on the East Coast south of Maine. In addition to its great location and rich history, Atlantic Highlands is home to delightful restaurants, theaters and one-of-a-kind shops. Read on to learn why you should take a day trip to this adorable slice of Victorian America. For even more day trip destinations in Monmouth County, check out our Small Town Posts on Matawan and Aberdeen, Red Bank and Ocean Grove.
'Tis the season for many things—including the spread of cold and flu germs. With school back in session and the colder weather upon us, it’s no surprise kids get sick more often. With the holidays coming up, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everyone's kids stay healthy, but both of my sons have already battled the common cold, as well as a crummy case of the croup.
And while traveling to the pediatrician’s office is part of being a parent, there are times when I wish there was another option. I not only dread the drive in bad weather, but I also worry about exposing my kids to a waiting room filled with even sicker children. Last year, I took my older son to the pediatrician with a simple cough (with my younger, healthier son in tow), and a week later they both came down with a whole new nasty virus. So when I found out about our sponsor KidsHousecalls, which sends a board certified pediatrician to your home to treat your child, I was all ears.
Birthday party planning is never simple. Throw in the added fun of planning a party during the holidays and busy parents might lose their minds. Unfortunately, it's all too easy for November and December birthdays to get lost among all of the other holiday celebrations. Luckily, New Jersey offers some great ways to make your little one's birthday special no matter when it is. We have some great birthday ideas that will make your kids happy to celebrate their special day during the holiday season. For more great year round birthday party ideas check out our Birthday Party Guide.
So often we are pulled in so many different directions from work to school to social activities, family togetherness gets put onto the back burner. It's awesome to do holiday activities together, but one sure way to help stay connected during the holidays is for parents and kids to volunteer for community projects. Not only will volunteering create a positive learning experience, but will teach compassion, create a sense of pride and foster the value of community service.
Christmas Eve often takes a backseat to the 25th, but personally, I prefer the laid back day-before. You don’t have to worry about a big meal (unless you really want to), plus most people don’t have to work and kids start Christmas break. Plus plus, it’s Santa’s big night! Christmas Eve is the perfect time to remember old traditions or to start new ones with your family. After you have gone out for Breakfast with Santa and attended a quirky NJ Christmas event -- Here’s a list of 11 fun things to do with your kids from tracking Santa to baking cookies to holiday crafts and more!
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