If you'd like to introduce your kids to the magic of theater, check out the 20+ performances and theater-related activities that are part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival. With over 120 performances, workshops, classes, and camp samplers offered throughout New Jersey free or at low cost, The Stages Festival is the perfect introduction to professional theatre for children of all ages. All events are produced by the professional theaters of New Jersey.
The tiny town of Boonton, New Jersey just might have it all. This bedroom community, located in Morris County, is known for its beautiful open spaces and rural character. Throw in a vibrant downtown (named one of NJ's Best Downtowns by New Jersey Monthly Magazine), streets lined with 18th and 19th century homes, views of New York City and an actual waterfall and you can see why Boonton is a day trippers dream. Once a thriving factory town, Boonton has gone through a revival in the past several decades, morphing into one of New Jersey's coolest destinations. Read on to learn more about what makes Boonton so special. For even more great small towns in Northern New Jersey, check out our Small Towns Guide.
If you’re looking for an interactive museum experience the whole family will enjoy, head over to The Morris Museum, located in a quiet residential neighborhood near Morristown’s historic district. While smaller and simpler than a big city institution, the museum, housed in an old mansion, features an eclectic showing of family-friendly exhibits. My family recently visited the museum for the first time, and we’re all looking forward to a return visit; the dollhouse collection, musical instruments and brand new Family Discovery Center were big hits with my kids. Aside from hands-on exhibits, the museum also features a gift shop, children’s theater and various programs and events. Morris Museum is #13 on our list of 100 Things to Do in NJ with Kids.
It may only be February, 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.
Shopping for children's clothes can be so much fun--it's hard to resist little tutus, sailor suits, and appliqued tops for 2-year-olds. However, if you're looking to buy brand-names clothes or toys, but don't want to pay full price, consider purchasing items on consignment. See below for consignment shops in South Jersey that sell and buy children's consignment items and don't forget to check out our posts on consignment shops in Northern and Central NJ and Philadephia.
It’s time to start anew and sweep out all the bad luck of 2014. 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 Sheep the right way, with dance, family workshops, music or stay home for cleaning, food, crafts and more!
This year, Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday; making it an extra-special holiday since it's on the weekend. Ok, it's already a fantastic holiday because Valentine's Day involves romance, flowers, and cards that make you blush. But for kids, it often involves first crushes (maybe?) and...sweets, of course, especially chocolate. If you want to bring your little monkeys some yummy goodness this Valentine's Day, check out what these New Jersey bakeries are offering that will tickle their taste buds!
Roses are red, violets are blue. We now have three kids, what are we to do? Right behind New Year’s, Valentine’s Day is the second most celebrated holiday around the world. Originally known for its romantic themes, parenthood gives new meaning to this holiday. If you're looking to go kid-free, we've already told you about great NJ Valentine's Day Drop-Off venues, but what if you want to go all-family on Love Day? Well, then, NJ offers many family-friendly alternatives!
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