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.
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.
Until recently, the sport of archery was relegated to the arena of nerdy gym-class alternative. These days, however, one of the world's oldest sports is suddenly popular and downright hip, thanks to some pop culture heroes and heroines. With characters such as Merida in Disney’s Brave, Katniss in The Hunger Games, and Hawkeye in The Avengers wielding a bow and arrow, more New Jersey kids are looking to give archery a try. Here are four school in NJ that parents can "target". For even more great classes for kids, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide.
Summer is the perfect time of year for artists to express themselves. Summer art camps allow children the opportunity to build confidence, enhance creativity and have fun. With its close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia, central New Jersey is home to a wealth of talented artists hoping to educate and inspire children of all ages. Here are a few summer camp options for parents looking to inspire their little Da Vinci during the long hot days of summer vacation. 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!
I confess: I wasn’t a very coordinated tween, but that didn’t stop me from roller skating at my local roller rink in New York. It closed down twenty years ago taking teenage memories of first kisses, birthday parties, and laughter, with it. As a teen, few events beat the thrill of zipping around a roller rink with friends—and crushes! Luckily, the Garden State is still home to many old-fashioned (and newer) roller rinks that provide fun for the whole family. (I can’t promise you they all play 80’s music, though…)
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!
If you have kids in the 7-18 age range, I'll bet you've heard of Minecraft. When I asked my daughter to define it, she said, "Mom, it's basically a game about placing blocks to build anything your brain can imagine." I was not sold right off the bat, but as she played, I saw that there could be educational benefits--as long as parents set playing guidelines. Here are some great classes, clubs and camps that will get you revved up for Minecraft Madness in New Jersey.
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