September is almost here and the carefree days of summer are drawing to a close. Fortunately there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Garden State, with many great fairs and festivals on the calendar. Cavort with butterflies at the Monarch Festival, chow down on delicious seafood at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival or listen to fabulous tales at the NJ Storytelling Festival. Check out these eight not-to-be-missed festivals and visit our Events Calendar for more suggestions.
With three year old twin boys, our criteria for summer outings have strict criteria: Family friendly amusement park? Caters to children 12 and under? Water rides? Lunch under $20? Friendly Staff? We opened up our NJ day trips guide and sorted through our options. With five checks off our list, we strapped the boys into their car seats and headed towards the Delaware Water Gap to the magical-sounding Land of Make Believe.
When my family first heard I planned on homeschooling my two children they were baffled; why would I want to take on such a task, when I could “get rid” of them for six hours a day. Luckily my “crazy plan” isn't sounding too crazy, as more and more parents are ditching the school system and teaching their kids at home. New Jersey is an amazing state to homeschool in – no regulations, dozens of homeschool co-ops and groups and plenty to do. During the hours of 9-3 September through June my kids participate in nature studies, sports classes, and learning opportunities designed for homeschoolers that are either free, or extremely affordable. It's been such an amazing journey for us, and I'm excited to share some of my favorite homeschoolin' haunts.
Summer is the season when most people are on the prowl for fresh seafood, so enjoy these last few weeks donning a plastic lobster bib with your shell cracker in hand. The Jersey Shore offers everything from upscale seafood dining (places you may not want to bring an unruly toddler) to place with newspaper on the table. There are a lot of family-friendly places to get a great seafood feast. So, avoid Red Lobster and check out my picks for the best places for the whole family to enjoy a fresh seafood meal.
Seasickness runs in my family, but thankfully that little gift has passed me up. I love being out on the water (more than I like being in the water), so I love a good boat ride. So when the Classic Harbor Line came to my very own home town of Hoboken, I jumped at the chance to take a short cruise down the river and around the tip of Manhattan. Read on for all the info to hit the Hudson before summer's end!
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