'Tis the season to go shopping! The busiest shopping period of the year has arrived, and as much as you may want to dodge the malls, sometimes a holiday shopping trip is a necessary evil. And what’s even more stressful than fighting for parking, navigating crowds, and standing in mile-long lines? Doing it with the kids in tow. With the right planning, a trip to one of New Jersey’s 25+ malls can be a downright enjoyable experience during the holidays. We’ve rounded up some of New Jersey’s more child-friendly malls, which feature play areas, food courts, toy stores, events and interactive holiday displays, so bring the family for some fun, meltdown-free shopping.
Of course we love ice skating and all manner of indoor and outdoor winter fun, but when it comes to frosty sports, snow tubing is a fantastic winter activity the whole family can enjoy. No experience is necessary and you can tube alone or in groups. In fact, tubing is a lot like sledding, but a whole bunch easier. Barrel down the snowy slope at thrilling speeds without having to hike back up the hill. It’s done it for you! Now that's the kind of winter sport we can handle, right?
Back when I was a kid, the only interactions I had with Santa Claus were sitting on his lap in the mall or mailing him letters at the North Pole (all of which, I suspect, my mother furtively snuck out of the mailbox before the postman arrived). Thanks to technology, families today have lots of newfangled ways to support Santa in his work. Parents can arrange a surprise phone call or a personalized video message from St. Nick, or hook the kids up with the big red guy in a live video chat. These services not only add to the magic of the holidays; some also help moms and dads by emailing them a copy of their child's wish list. And here's the best gift of all: Most of these special Santa experiences are FREE!
Ho, ho, ho! It’s that time of year when Santa Claus starts making his list and checking it twice. Don’t miss the chance for the kids to sit down with the Big Guy and share their Christmas wish lists. NJ has lots of great Santa breakfasts to get everyone in a festive mood. Enjoy some delicious food and pose for holiday photos with St. Nick! Read on for our roundup of fabulous breakfast events happening this December. And for more holiday activities, check out our Holiday Fun Guide.
Personalized gifts are so whimsical and fun; especially if you have a unique name. This holiday season, nab the special children in your life a personalized gift, such as a water bottle, hat, step stool, or even a toy chest. Below is a list of really fun shops that can help you select a name-adorned item kids will cherish. And don't forget to view our family-friendly 25 Best Things to Do in New Jersey for the Holidays list as you prep for end of year festivities.
Now that my oldest child is a 'tween, I understand that phrase I heard often during those difficult baby/toddler times, "The days are long, but the years are short." Thankfully, filling those short years with quality bonding time is even easier with our Top 100 not-to-be-missed family activities right here in the Garden State. From indoor play to awesome parks, and from quiet fun to thrill-seeking adventures, there's tons of incredible stuff to make memories that will last forever!
I look forward to December all year. I love the gift giving, the decorations and the all around merriment that the holidays provide. Unfortunately, the joy of the holiday season can disappear quickly when you're faced with the craziness and crowds of busy shopping malls. If you're looking for a more charming holiday experience, why not skip the mayhem and head to one of New Jersey's small towns? Small towns offer boutiques and specialty shops that are filled with one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. In addition, many small towns go out of their way to make your visit memorable with special events and entertainment for the entire family. Check out our list below for some great small town, can't-miss fun. To learn more about what New Jersey's small towns have to offer, check out our Guide to Great Small Towns in New Jersey.
Now that the turkey has been consumed, it’s time to look forward to Christmas, and Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve and all the fun that comes with them. The holiday season is already in full swing, and New Jersey kids have so many activities and events to choose from; the only problem is having enough time to get to them all! So get your calendars out and choose something fun from our 25 favorite 2014 holiday activities in NJ.
Do you know how many calories you can burn snow shoeing? Have you ever gone out on the ice not to skate, but to sit and fish and drink hot chocolate? If you're interested in winter sports beyond the realm of skiing and snowboarding and tubing, check out these fun for the family winter alternatives, and don't forget to check out our Winter Fun and Activities Guide for even more off the beaten path cold weather enjoyment!
It hasn't snowed yet, but ski resorts are up and running! With a reservation for ski school in hand, NJ kids can begin to develop a lifelong love of skiing, snowboarding, tubing and all other snowy sports. Here are some quality ski schools in the NJ area and some safety tips for skiing and snowboarding from respected professionals so you can load up the SUV and head out to the slopes with confidence! And for more wintry fun, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.
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