Beat the summer heat at one of New Jersey’s spectacular water playgrounds, known as spraygrounds. On a hot summer day, my kids last 10 minutes on a conventional playground. Add some water play to the mix and we have a low-cost, low-maintenance day of fun. Spray parks and splash pads are popping up all over the state. Most of these water playgrounds are free or inexpensive and can be enjoyed by all ages. Get wet at these Central and Southern New Jersey spraygrounds, including some newcomers. For more water fun throughout the state, check out the Best Water Playgrounds in NJ and 6 Awesome New Jersey Water Parks.
Add another item onto your Summer Day Trip list: The Delaware River. Whether it’s hiking to Sunrise Pond or floating quietly in a tube, there's a variety of activities to suit all members of your brood. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area offers fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, camping, and water sports. Enjoy local farms and eateries, or take in a historic landmark. Horseback riding, picnicking and bird watching are also options to make a full adventure complete!
Tired of driving your kids all over town to their various age-related activities? How about choosing a venue where all your kids can be satisfied (and maybe even their parents?) Ranging from age-combined classes to back-to-back options for various age groups, here are some fun and fantastic options in Hudson County. A lot of these facilities will offer you a free trial class, so be sure to check out each facility’s website for further information. And for more class and enrichment choices, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for NJ Kids Guide.
So your kids think they can dance? Is your little hoofer looking for a challenge beyond ballet or tap this fall? With the popularity of television shows geared towards singing and dancing, it seems that more and more little ones are hitting the dance floor. This fall, New Jersey dance studios are offering a variety of unique dance classes for girls and boys of all ages. And don't forget to check our Classes Guide for an ever-growing list of extra-curricular activities in NJ!
When I had my first child in the middle of winter, I was dying to get out of the house and meet other moms with babies the same age. Solution? A Mommy and Me class. Suddenly I was meeting moms who provided me with some adult conversation after weeks of being home alone with a screaming infant. Back then there weren't too many options, but now the choices are endless: music, art, yoga, foreign languages, nature, swimming... You are sure to find something that will interest both you and your baby! And check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for NJ Kids.
Before you run out to get head shots taken for your little thespian, why not enroll him or her in acting school? NJ offers a great assortment of studios, big and small, that should give your kids a taste of life on stage. If your child’s schedule is booked through the school year, don’t fret–most schools offer summer camp programs as well. So roll out the red carpet, focus the spotlight, and let your star shine! And for more classes and enrichment opportunities, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities for NJ Kids.
Looking for an enriching activity for the kids this fall? Why not sign them up for a language class? Early exposure to a foreign language can be a rewarding and fun experience for a young child. Fortunately there are many programs throughout New Jersey, representing a wide variety of languages and cultures. Read on for our picks of the best options available—everything ranging from Mommy & Me programs for the little ones to group or private lessons for older children. And for more great class options, visit our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for NJ Kids.
Looking for a way to introduce your baby to the pool? Parent-child swim classes are a great way to help our NJ kids develop a love of swimming and instill confidence around the water. Most programs allow children as young as 6 months to begin classes, and teach comfort with water in a safe and age appropriate way. Yes, it's hard to don that bikini so soon after having baby, but the rewards for your child are well worth the sacrifice! And for more enrichment choices, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities for NJ Kids Guide.
From Ol’ Blue Eyes to Bob Marley, babies respond to music immediately and with beneficial results. Then, it’s on to the toddler stage; Old MacDonald this and Itsy Bitsy Spider that, and if the wheels on the bus keep going ‘round and ‘round, maybe it’s time for Mommy & Me music classes. And by the time they're preschoolers--rock and roll! These NJ classes will not only inspire your little Beethovens, but are great bonding experiences between parent and child. Play on! And don't forget to check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities for NJ Kids Guide.
Now that the holiday season is behind us (and maybe the kids are already a wee bit bored with their presents), it might be time for adventure to keep everyone entertained in the chilly months ahead. And while it's fun to stay inside and build cozy forts, we all start to go a little stir crazy come January and February. How about an outing that promises fresh air, exercise and even some learning thrown in? Bundle up and check out these awesome winter classes at nearby outdoor centers and beat the January blues. And remember, you can find a full listing of New Jersey classes in our Enrichment Classes and Activities Guide.
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