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.
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.
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!
Taking my son to Paramount Studios on a school night to see the new SpongeBob movie is one of those little treats I enjoy being able to dole out as an LA parent. I knew I was scoring some high quality Mom Points, and I was not remotely surprised that my 11-year-old loved the film. What did surprise me was that I really enjoyed it, too! And I'll be brutally honest: I don't think I've ever uttered the name SpongeBob without making some kind of pained facial expression. I have a dad friend who has tried tirelessly to convert me to the Square Pants team, even citing parallels to Commedia dell'Arte, but the best I've ever managed is a polite smile. So with THAT context and background, it means a lot when I tell you that I really enjoyed The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Is it your family's cup of sea? I'll try to give you just enough info to help you decide, without spoiling any of the guffaws.
Whether you are a new parent or a seasoned professional, we all need a night off. Especially when it comes to a night dedicated to romance. A date night for V-Day doesn’t have to be a distant memory! Check out one of these fab NJ places offering drop-off services and Valentine’s Day fun on and around the big day for the kiddos and slow down for a much-needed break with your Valentine. And for other fun stuff this month, check out our February GoList.
Send your little equestrian to horse camp this summer….even if he or she is just a wannabe and totally new to riding! Lots of New Jersey barns offer camps that not only teach riding skills, but horse grooming, tacking up and equipment care. Many of the horse camps also offer other traditional summer camp activities, such as swimming and arts/crafts, but if the sound of neighing is music to your ears, these are the camps for you! And to find out all the day camp options in NJ, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.
Somehow we made it to February, so yay for polar vortex-surviving us! Luckily, we live in a state where there are incredibly fun activities in every season, and this month is no exception. Whoop it up indoors at a Chocolate Festival or MP fave kids' band, The Fuzzy Lemons' 7th Birthday Bash, or brave the outdoors with maple sugaring or a summer camp (yes, you read that right) open house. Happy February, NJ!
My kids are gamers. I'll admit it, they cherish every second they can get on their Xbox, computer or iPad. Like most moms, I try to limit their screen time, but I've also come to realize that gaming is a big part of how they socialize with their friends. Recent studies have even shown that moderate gaming leads to improved performance in perception, attention and cognition. During these cold winter months, it's nice to find an indoor space where my kids and their friends can get together and play (that isn't my house). We've put together a list of New Jersey gaming lounges where kids can gather to mine, race and battle. For more great opportunities for gamers and tech savvy kids, check out our post on STEM classes in New Jersey, where your kids can learn to program and design their own games.
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