Look out, NJ—spring fever is about to hit hard! After a brutally cold winter, we never thought we’d see green grass, sunshine and temps above 40 degrees again, but it’s time to trade in our snow boots, shovels and slush for fresh air, outdoor fun and festivals. What are you and your kids most excited to do this spring? Here are 25 fantastic activities we're looking forward to enjoying in the coming weeks:
My family has been raising children in New Jersey for generations. While the times, not to mention the landscape, have changed, NJ consistently ranks as one of the best states in the nation to raise kids. Growing up as a child in the '80s, I took advantage of my home state's great roller rinks, art classes and parks, and went to concerts, the Jersey shore and nearby NYC.
Now, as a parent, I appreciate so many more things about living here. From great schools to top-notch doctors and orthodontists, the Garden State has everything parents could ask for. Whether you're raising preschoolers or tweens, New Jersey has tons of attractions that will make your job easier and your family life richer.
Easter is a few weeks away, but we’re still excited for the festivities and the warm weather. From train rides to photo shoots, the Bunny is making his way through the Garden State. And just as there are a million stories in the big city, there are a million Easter Egg Hunts in NJ. But we’re here to bring you the best of the best, so Happy Easter and Happy Hunting!
Why should Christmas have all the fun? Forget the Polar Express and hop on the Easter Express! Five NJ railroad museums not only offer you a fun glimpse into the historic past of railroads and trains, but kids of all ages can also catch a train ride and enjoy an on-board visit with the Easter Bunny himself. Some rides even include a trip through the museum or Easter Egg Hunt at the final destination. Of course, photo ops and Easter treats for all. Easter bonnets not required.
Summer camps in NJ vary wildly in price and very few of them are free, so it’s important to choose a camp that’s right for your child and your pocketbook. Day camps can be an affordable alternative to sleep away camps and often offer just as many activities. The cost of certain camps can be applied against the child care tax credit for children of single parents/two working parents and some camps offer financial assistance, especially ones that get money from donors. Here are some affordable day camp options for NJ kids! And to find out all the day camp options in NJ, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.
New Jersey is known for its rich musical history. Birthplace of both Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, the state has deep rock n' roll roots. It's no surprise that New Jersey kids love to rock out too. We've found some great New Jersey kids bands and performers that are sure to entertain your little music lovers. From rock to pop to folk our picks know just how to keep your little ones jamming. Whether you're looking to book some entertainment for a birthday party, or just catch a great public performance, our list below has you covered. If your child is a budding musician who wants to be the star of the show, check out our post on the Best Music Classes for NJ Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers.
As a mom of a 10 and 7 year old, I have been to Jenkinson's Aquarium more than a few times. While not nearly as grandiose as Camden's Adventure Aquarium, this little aquarium on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant is certainly worth a few hours of your time. What it lacks in size, Jenkinson's makes up for in charm, accessibility and overall kid-friendliness. Perfect for families with small children, Jenkinson's Aquarium houses a variety of ocean creatures, eye-catching tanks and educational displays. Whether you are looking for an air-conditioned escape during a day at the beach or a warm, indoor activity on a winter day (that's right, it's open year round), Jenkinson's is sure to please.
Don't faint--the dead of winter is when parents start thinking and planning for (gulp) summer camp. Lanyards, hand games, swimming, s'mores... if you’re wondering where your kids are going to be doing these things in the hot, school-less weather, check out an upcoming Summer Camp Fair or Open House. Whether you want to stay in NJ, venture into NY or try a sleep-away camp out of state, a camp fair or open house will allow you to meet camp directors, chat, tour the facilities and make an educated decision. Considering that New Jersey has about a billion (only a slight exaggeration) camp options, hopefully this list will help you narrow it down. We will be updating our NJ Summer Camp Guide throughout the winter, so stay tuned!
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