It’s hard to believe Labor Day weekend is upon us and soon we’ll be picking out pumpkins and Halloween costumes. This is usually seen as summer’s last hurrah, before the back to school routine bogs us all down. Plan a getaway to celebrate the last unofficial weekend of summer and let your New Jersey kids soak up one last summer memory, while we still have great weather! And for more quick family outings, check out our NJ Day Trip Guide.
My daughter has tried everything from dance lessons to cooking classes, but the one activity that has kept her interest for the past 6 years is being a Girl Scout. We started the scouting journey together when she was in kindergarten. She was an adorable Daisy Scout and I became an enthusiastic troop leader. For the past 6 years I have had the pleasure of watching a group of girls mature from wild 5 year olds, who spent meetings crafting and giggling, to enthusiastic young ladies who have learned the values of friendship, the outdoors and community service. Just this year, the girls in our troop earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for creating an organic garden and donating the crop to the local food pantry. In addition to teaching valuable lessons, Girl Scouting is just plain fun. Who doesn't love earning patches, selling cookies and making new friends? Read on for some great information on getting involved with Girl Scouts in New Jersey. For more great after school activities, check out our Classes and Activities Guide.
When my girls were toddlers, I put a lot of time and energy into coming up with fun activities to keep them (and me) busy. And I soon discovered how many wonderful places and events New Jersey has to offer little ones. Now that my kids are entering kindergarten, the days of mommy-and-me classes, story times and playgrounds will be replaced by soccer games, dance lessons and homework. Take advantage of these great opportunities throughout New Jersey while your preschoolers are young enough to appreciate them. For more cant-miss Garden State destinations, check out 100 Things to Do in New Jersey with Kids Before They Grow Up.
Dining out should be a enjoyable, bonding experience for the family. However, kids and restaurants don’t always mix. Waiting for food or sitting still at the table can be a challenge for little ones. When crayons just don’t cut it, bring the gang to one of these family-friendly favorites on their scheduled “kid’s night”. From magicians to characters to balloon animals, the following restaurants offer fun entertainment and events for kids during the week. Also, check out restaurants that offer Kids Eat Free specials.
Not so long ago, we ran an article about our favorite little mom-and-pop amusement parks in NJ and oops! we missed a few. Thanks to our faithful readers for catching our oversights! Here they are, ladies and gents, for your roller-coaster and cotton-candy enjoyment, and for more excitement, check out our Top 20 Things To Do With Thrill-Seeking Kids.
A party's not really a party unless there is some type of music, right? New Jersey is home to many professional DJs who bring on the rhythm and the fun. Music makes or breaks a party, so when planning a birthday party for your kids, at home or in a private party room, consider booking one of these local DJs. And for more party fun, check out our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
So we're a few weeks into the school year; how's lunch going? If you're packing a lunch from home, chances are you started off the year full of terrific ideas (perhaps from our Back-to-School Guide?), and chances are that by now you've had several of these healthy, well-packed lunches delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the end of the day. There should be a special name for the heartbreak one endures at the words "I told you I hate peanut-butter and jelly," when not only is this the first you're hearing of it, but you spent extra money on organic jelly and peanut butter not on the recall list. Besides - if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 30 answers to that question!
Imagine an overnight camping adventure without the worries of bugs and bad weather. Our list of camp-in destinations offers memorable adventures that are sure to please the entire family. From sleeping with sharks to bunking on a real battleship, these overnight getaways will create memories that will last a lifetime. For even more nearby camp-in destinations, check out our post on Museum Sleepovers in Long Island.
Sometimes Mom and Dad's ideas for summertime play involve hopping in the car and getting out of Dodge. Many of us have fond childhood memories of family road trips taken with our own parents, but now that we're grown up, we sometimes forget how boring the backseat can be. A great SUMMER OF PLAY should involve games that can be played inside, not just outside, and definitely within the confines of a car. So put away the electronics this road trip, and try some of these fun games that keep everyone in the car playing together.
Are the dog days of August starting to wear you down? As much I love summery outdoor fun, there are days when I need a break from chasing sweaty kids, globbing on lotion and cleaning sand from the car. If you need an escape from the August heat or rain, chill out indoors at these fun, air-conditioned events and activities. If your budget’s tight after camp and summer vacation, don’t sweat it. Everything on this list is free! And for more ideas to finish off the summer, check out the New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
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