Hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner, which means holiday shows, visiting Santa, snowy sleigh rides and of course, checking out the amazing light displays. Many towns in New Jersey have their own tree lighting celebrations but we've rounded up the biggies here. These spectacular displays are sure to wow even the Scrooge in your family. Bundle up the kids and head out to one of these illuminating shows soon! For more holiday fun, visit the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide.
I don’t know about you, but our family pretty much steers clear of New Jersey shopping malls from Novemberthrough early January. We treat any holiday excursions like military missions, get in, get the job done and get out! But once the holiday shopping is over, I visit the malls with my husband and daughter again, where we enjoy leisurely browsing, relaxing late lunches, and even hop on a carousel or two. So load up the SUV, get out of the cold and gear up for an outing at these family-friendly New Jersey malls.
The holiday season has finally arrived! It’s time for festive shows, visits with Santa Claus and spectacular light displays. All the hustle and bustle is great fun but it can also be a strain on the wallet. We’ve rounded up 25 free events taking place in New Jersey this time of year, so relax and enjoy some seasonal fun with your family. And for more wonderful activities, visit our Mommy Poppins New Jersey Holiday Fun Guide.
Atlantic Highlands, often referred to as the "Jewel of the Bayshore", is one of New Jersey's most unique small towns. This charming Victorian town on the Jersey Shore overlooks the New York Bay, Manhattan and the Atlantic Ocean. The town's hills include the highest point on the East Coast south of Maine. In addition to its great location and rich history, Atlantic Highlands is home to delightful restaurants, theaters and one-of-a-kind shops. Read on to learn why you should take a day trip to this adorable slice of Victorian America. For even more day trip destinations in Monmouth County, check out our Small Town Posts on Matawan and Aberdeen, Red Bank and Ocean Grove.
'Tis the season for many things—including the spread of cold and flu germs. With school back in session and the colder weather upon us, it’s no surprise kids get sick more often. With the holidays coming up, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everyone's kids stay healthy, but both of my sons have already battled the common cold, as well as a crummy case of the croup.
And while traveling to the pediatrician’s office is part of being a parent, there are times when I wish there was another option. I not only dread the drive in bad weather, but I also worry about exposing my kids to a waiting room filled with even sicker children. Last year, I took my older son to the pediatrician with a simple cough (with my younger, healthier son in tow), and a week later they both came down with a whole new nasty virus. So when I found out about our sponsor KidsHousecalls, which sends a board certified pediatrician to your home to treat your child, I was all ears.
Birthday party planning is never simple. Throw in the added fun of planning a party during the holidays and busy parents might lose their minds. Unfortunately, it's all too easy for November and December birthdays to get lost among all of the other holiday celebrations. Luckily, New Jersey offers some great ways to make your little one's birthday special no matter when it is. We have some great birthday ideas that will make your kids happy to celebrate their special day during the holiday season. For more great year round birthday party ideas check out our Birthday Party Guide.
So often we are pulled in so many different directions from work to school to social activities, family togetherness gets put onto the back burner. It's awesome to do holiday activities together, but one sure way to help stay connected during the holidays is for parents and kids to volunteer for community projects. Not only will volunteering create a positive learning experience, but will teach compassion, create a sense of pride and foster the value of community service.
The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year, and as always it's one of New York City's top seasonal attractions for families. Little electric trains go whizzing by more than 150 NYC landmarks made out of acorns, twigs, bark, berries and leaves. My family and I make it a point to go every year—it's truly a quintessential New York holiday experience. There's a reason it's No. 52 on our list of the top 100 things to do with kids in NYC.
For this edition of the annual spectacle, visitors will find more trains than ever before (nearly a quarter-mile of track!), a new slate of kids' activities and other enhancements. We've got great pics, important tips and the overall scoop on everything there is to see and do at the 2014 Holiday Train Show, which opens Saturday, November 15, plus info on other seasonal train exhibits in NYC. You can find even more fun in our Holiday Fun Guide.
Turkey trots and turkey races are a fun activity for Thanksgiving Day morning. Before you sit down to that delicious Thanksgiving meal, take the family out and trot like a turkey! Running is a sport everyone can participate in…it encourages health and fitness, can benefit a charity and doesn’t require great skill or practice. There are many “Turkey Trots” across the state of New Jersey, all of which are family friendly. Check out one close to you and burn some calories before you add more.
Thanksgiving dinner is a big undertaking. There’s the turkey, the stuffing and all that dessert! And let’s not forget about the massive after-dinner cleanup. It’s hard enough to be a mom, work and take care of the kids -- let alone get a complex and time-consuming holiday dinner on the table. Luckily, you don’t have to! Be thankful, because there are lots of restaurants open in NJ on Turkey Day. So, sit back and enjoy the party… don’t worry, they won’t make you do the dishes. And if you’d rather be home, but don’t want the hassle of cooking, make some Thanksgiving crafts with the family and try one of these places for turkey takeout!
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