I've never been much of a clown lover--but then I'd never met a cool, laid-back clown with a gift for glorious and crazy air-filled creations. Meet Archie Cobblepot, professional clown, balloon artist and self-proclaimed nincompoop. I hired Archie as part of a whole slate of activities for my 7-year old son's birthday party, and needn't have bothered with anything else--Archie and his balloons were the star of the show, for both the kids and their impressed parents. And for more ideas for fab bashes, check out our Mommy Poppins NJ Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
After the winter we've had this year, we are all desperately waiting for the weather to warm up (and itching to get out of the house), but you can get the whole family into a spring state-of-mind. What’s a better excuse for a day trip than a spring festival? As usual, NJ doesn’t disappoint. Check out these great April spring festivals for NJ kids and families to enjoy, and check back in next month for May festivals! If you're still looking for spring time fun, take a look at some classic NJ train rides with the Easter Bunny or the best spring museum exhibits for NJ kids.
This cookie decorating is so clever and simple you'll slap your forehead that you didn't think of it earlier. I certainly did. By pressing toys into sugar cookie dough, you can turn ordinary cookies into archeological finds. You can even use pre-made dough a truly no-fuss treat. What types of fossil cookies will you make?
Easter is a few weeks away, but we’re still excited for the festivities and the (possible) warm weather. From train rides to photo shoots, the Easter Bunny is making his way through the Garden State. And just as there are a million stories in the big city, there are a million Easter Egg Hunts for kids in NJ. But, as usual, we’re here to bring you the best of the best, so Happy Easter and Happy Hunting!
Well, Mommy Poppins has given you the skinny on birthday parties from ice cream bashes to museum shindigs and now we're chatting about at-home fun, beginning with yesterday's party vendors that come to you. And many moons ago, before I decided that having a party at a bowling alley was the easiest birthday party known to man, I used to throw really fun, theme-y birthday parties for my kids at home and I'll let you in on a few things I learned.
Sometimes it's hard to plan parties for our winter babies. I actually had a party in December at my house (GASP!). It was successful but what was I thinking having sugar-crazed 7-year olds in my home the week before Christmas?! It's February and I'm still finding candy canes in the couch and glitter in places no one wants to find glitter. Needless to say, I'm already thinking about how to avoid that experience next year, so here are 5 awesome, off-the-beaten-path winter birthday venues. For more great, year-round party options, visit our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
I love piggy banks! There is nothing more exciting than the anticipation of watching it fill up and day dreaming about what you will do with your extra cash. Kill two birds with one stone... teach kids with this super easy and affordable craft about saving money and how cool it is to recycle. Here's an easy project that is not going to break the bank (sorry).
Every year for our daughter’s birthday, I strive to come up with a party that is unique yet affordable. We go to so many parties it's difficult to find something that hasn’t already been done, but it seems that the days of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey in your living room are officially gone. Today’s parties are action-packed, craft-oriented, and even educational! For fun party ideas throughout New Jersey, check out the NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide. Here are some great ones in and around Somerset County.
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