It's time for our GO NJ List, a carefully curated roundup of the absolute best things to do with kids in NJ for the upcoming month. It's a month of groundhogs and talking (and skating) mice and Name That Chocolate; there's even a Cabin Fever party to break you out of your winter doldrums. Check out our faves and remember, we always have our Event Calendar for all the fun family-friendly events throughout our state. Happy February, NJ!
Growing up in South Florida amidst the palm trees, there were certain things that never crossed my mind; basically anything having to do with snow. Snow angels, sledding, snowball fights, skiing, skating, snow shoveling…you get the picture. But one job interview, a moving truck and about 148 boxes later, my family and I became official residents of New Jersey, braving our first winter. I also never thought much about maple syrup. Sure, I knew it came from trees, maybe up somewhere in the mountains of Vermont. But lo and behold, New Jersey actually has a maple sugaring industry and this is the perfect time of year to bundle up the family and take a day trip to a demo at one of our state’s many nature preserves.
If you ever look at craft projects on Pinterest and envy gorgeous crafts that no normal human being could ever create, then this project is for you. This incredibly simple kids craft is basically fool-proof. No special artistic ability is needed to make these adorable little creatures and it turns your child's artwork into Pinterest-worthy playthings.
I don't know about you, but, in our household, mornings are the hardest time of day. If the morning scramble weren't enough, my kids need a hearty breakfast to make it through the school day. Cereal doesn't cut it, and I'm not good enough to whip up pancakes on a weekday.
My go-to breakfast is the smoothie. So simple, so good. There are lots of fancy smoothie recipes online, but this basic smoothie can be whipped up in seconds and makes for a healthy and filling breakfast. Share your favorite variation in the comments.
NJ is home to many wonderful places for kids—the state’s museums, zoos, farms and lighthouses are all great venues for family outings. The only downside? Visiting all these attractions can get pricey, especially if there are multiple kids in your family. To lighten the blow to your wallet, plan a trip to one of the destinations listed below, all which offer free admission for children under certain ages. Keep this page handy and make sure to strategically plan your visit before your child's next birthday!
Note: The cut-off ages imply that once children reach that age, they no longer qualify for free entry.
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