Somehow we made it to February, so yay for polar vortex-surviving us! Luckily, we live in a state where there are incredibly fun activities in every season, and this month is no exception. Whoop it up indoors at a Chocolate Festival or MP fave kids' band, The Fuzzy Lemons' 7th Birthday Bash, or brave the outdoors with maple sugaring or a summer camp (yes, you read that right) open house. Happy February, NJ!
Whenever the weatherman predicts a big snow, you can almost hear the collective cries of joy from children, and the sighs of resignation from the adults who know they’re going to have stir crazy kids at home to deal with. Somehow the initial excitement always seems to wear off way too early in the day, leaving hours still to be filled. Before your brood drives you batty, scan through this list of things to do. We think you’ll find enough ideas to keep them happily entertained until the school bus pulls up again. Have fun and good luck!
Baby, it’s cold outside! The winter months can be tough, especially when it’s just too frigid to play outdoors. The kiddos are probably going stir-crazy and there are only so many craft projects they can do and movies they can watch. We’re here to help with 20 fabulous activities to keep the family busy all winter long. With everything from story times to music events to fun with animals, kids will have a blast all season long. And go ahead and supplement your idea list with our Indoor Activities: 25 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in NJ.
Now that New Jersey's in a deep freeze, is anyone itching for warm weather, beaches and swimming? While there are plenty of fun winter activities, I can’t help feeling like Olaf and dreaming of everything summer. Don’t let the cold keep you indoors and stop you from doing those summer activities you love. With warm clothing and a little imagination, there are ways to experience summer-type fun in the winter. So get out your bathing suit (perhaps covered with your winter coat), and pretend it’s summer in January.
With a rich history and a great location, the small town of Lambertville has become a favorite destination for day-tripping New Jersey families. Founded in 1705, Lambertville is one of the oldest communities in Hunterdon County. Once a bustling factory village, Lambertville has evolved into a charming town filled with unique shops, great restaurants and historical homes. If you're looking for a great place to spend the day, head to the banks of the scenic Delaware River and discover Lambertville. On your way home, be sure to stop in Frenchtown, another great Hunterdon County small town.
Looking for a winter outdoor activity for the whole family? Despite the somewhat challenging weather of our fair state, there are a number of outdoor rinks in NJ with some great activities and programs. Take a family lesson, play some hockey or just grab a hot chocolate and skate during a public session. Of course, if you feel like staying indoors, you can always check out our list of the Best Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in NJ, and for more wintry sport, try our Ski & Snow Guide.
I've lived in New Jersey my entire life, but just recently discovered the Victorian Village on the Delaware known as Frenchtown. This picturesque town is tiny (just over one square mile), but packed with plenty to do for nature lovers, shoppers, foodies and families. We've highlighted some of the best reasons to visit this great little town. With a perfect location and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants we promise you won't be disappointed. Take a day trip to Frenchtown and find out why it might just be New Jersey's best kept secret. For even more great small town destinations, check out our Small Towns Guide.
Dreary January weather always inspires me to get crafty and creative with my kids. I break out the play dough, glitter glue and dress up bin. Heck, I’ve even used masking tape to make hop scotch on our hallway floor. But then it dawns on me that I’ve got two little ones to entertain (indoors) for at least a couple of months to come and my limited craft skills can only take us so far! Some days, we just need to get out of the house – an engaging activity for the kids and a cup of coffee for mom do wonders to beat the winter doldrums! Here are a list of stores that offer story time/play time to keep NJ kids entertained and parents sane.
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!
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