With a rich history and a great location, the small town of Lambertville has become a favorite destination for day-tripping New Jersey families. Founded in 1705, Lambertville is one of the oldest communities in Hunterdon County. Once a bustling factory village, Lambertville has evolved into a charming town filled with unique shops, great restaurants and historical homes. If you're looking for a great place to spend the day, head to the banks of the scenic Delaware River and discover Lambertville. On your way home, be sure to stop in Frenchtown, another great Hunterdon County small town.
Although I’m a proponent of STEM education, I’ll admit I was reluctant to jump on the “kids need to learn to code” bandwagon. Then my kids started learning to code, and I realized it was about more than becoming the creator of the next Angry Birds or Candy Crush.
Learning basic computer programming encourages creative problem solving and logical thinking, and can be a key that opens doors of opportunity for kids. However, there’s a big gender gap, with girls shying away from computer science. Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization, is working to change that with its free Summer Immersion Program for girls. Keep reading to find out when and where the program is happening this summer, who is eligible, and how to apply - starting this week.
Looking for a winter outdoor activity for the whole family? Despite the somewhat challenging weather of our fair state, there are a number of outdoor rinks in NJ with some great activities and programs. Take a family lesson, play some hockey or just grab a hot chocolate and skate during a public session. Of course, if you feel like staying indoors, you can always check out our list of the Best Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in NJ, and for more wintry sport, try our Ski & Snow Guide.
I've lived in New Jersey my entire life, but just recently discovered the Victorian Village on the Delaware known as Frenchtown. This picturesque town is tiny (just over one square mile), but packed with plenty to do for nature lovers, shoppers, foodies and families. We've highlighted some of the best reasons to visit this great little town. With a perfect location and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants we promise you won't be disappointed. Take a day trip to Frenchtown and find out why it might just be New Jersey's best kept secret. For even more great small town destinations, check out our Small Towns Guide.
From ice fishing and tubing to skiing and snowboarding, families can make the best of the frigid temperatures. And if you are looking to beat cabin fever (before it sets in!), try ice skating! There are many indoor ice skating rinks located across the great Garden State. Take a family lesson, play some hockey or just grab a hot chocolate and skate during a public session. Here’s a listing of indoor rinks by county for NJ families, and for all wintry sports, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.
Is any summer vacation complete without a round of miniature golf? If that thought gets you revved up, how about getting started now? NJ has a few indoor mini golf courses, ranging from quiet putting practice to standard windmills and waterfalls, to full-on glow-in-the-dark monsters and music, so brush up on your stroke and prepare yourself for the great outdoors! And for more indoor fun, check out our Indoor Play Spaces, Sports Centers and Fun Zones Guide.
As a diehard musical theater fanatic who's raising my nine-year-old daughter to be one, too, I'd been planning for months to take her to see Into the Woods on opening day. (Luckily, we scored an invite to an advance screening.) That said, having seen two different stage mountings of the show plus the American Playhouse recording of the original Broadway cast, I kept thinking, Into the Woods really isn't for kids. Stephen Sondheim's satirical take on familiar fairy tales explores what happens after the happily ever after, and it's as grown-up as it gets. Multiple characters die, others engage in infidelity, and there are undercurrents of violence and sexuality (not unlike those Brothers Grimm originals). And yet, this star-studded cinematic adaptation is Disney's big Christmas movie release. So, has the subject matter been completely sanitized in order to attract families?
New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays that changes drastically once you become a parent. Any kind of grown-up fun usually involves weeks of planning. Who can babysit? How much do we pay on New Year’s Eve? Do we let the 'tweens stay up until we get home? So unless you truly need an adult night out (in which case, GO for it!), how about a happy compromise? Read on to get the scoop on several great events in NJ for families who want to ring in the New Year together.
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, experienced some free holiday fun 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!
It’s hard to believe we’re two weeks away from the big day. Everything's rolling, from shopping to pictures, parties to decorating, annual light displays to Breakfast with Santa to free holiday fun. All good stuff, to be sure. But if you're thinking you might like to mix up your holiday adventures a bit, check out some of these, shall we say, "off the beaten path" celebratory ideas. Some are out of state; some are at your local garden center. Because sometimes parents need to throw something new into the mix to keep these kids on their toes.
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