New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays that changes drastically once you become a parent. Any kind of grown-up fun usually involves weeks of planning. Who can babysit? How much do we pay on New Year’s Eve? Do we let the 'tweens stay up until we get home? So unless you truly need an adult night out (in which case, GO for it!), how about a happy compromise? Read on to get the scoop on several great events in NJ for families who want to ring in the New Year together.
Christmas Eve often takes a backseat to the 25th, but personally, I prefer the laid back day-before. You don’t have to worry about a big meal (unless you really want to), plus most people don’t have to work and kids start Christmas break. Plus plus, it’s Santa’s big night! Christmas Eve is the perfect time to remember old traditions or to start new ones with your family. After you have gone out for Breakfast with Santa, experienced some free holiday fun and attended a quirky NJ Christmas event -- Here’s a list of 11 fun things to do with your kids from tracking Santa to baking cookies to holiday crafts and more!
It’s hard to believe we’re two weeks away from the big day. Everything's rolling, from shopping to pictures, parties to decorating, annual light displays to Breakfast with Santa to free holiday fun. All good stuff, to be sure. But if you're thinking you might like to mix up your holiday adventures a bit, check out some of these, shall we say, "off the beaten path" celebratory ideas. Some are out of state; some are at your local garden center. Because sometimes parents need to throw something new into the mix to keep these kids on their toes.
'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.
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.
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.
While you're enjoying your Thanksgiving turkey, you might be dreaming of the next holiday on the horizon. So digest, and head out soon to find that perfect tree, because most of the farms open this very weekend! Check out our list of Christmas tree farms and don’t forget to check the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide for even more festive ideas to get you and your family into the holiday mood!
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