Congratulations, Mom! You’ve survived another year – 365 days filled with gymnastics, soccer, parent/teacher nights, stomach bugs and endless birthday celebrations. You now have a full 24 hours dedicated to you. Sunday, May 11th marks a celebration honoring mothers, motherhood and all things maternal. New Jersey offers several unique ways of celebrating. From crafting to wine tasting to dance, today is your day.
Don your sombrero, dust off the marimba, and head out for some Cinco de Mayo family fun! There’s music to dance to, food and drink to consume, Monarch butterfly celebrations and more. With all this going on, your kids will surely siesta well, and you can mix up that margarita you so richly deserve. And if this is just not enough celebration for you, check out our round-up of May Fairs and Festivals for all things fest-y and fun.
Nestled in the northern most part of Somerset County, Bernardsville is a charming town that boasts scenic landscapes and a peaceful ambiance. Rich in historical significance, the town has had several notable residents including Brook Astor, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis and Meryl Streep. Today, abundant parks and playgrounds as well as annual events and a lovely downtown make Bernardsville a great destination year round. Below are a few great reasons to check out this wonderful little town. For more great small towns in New Jersey, check out the rest of our Great Small Towns series including posts on Chester and Nutley.
The Garden State is home to many children's writers who introduce educational and whimsical new stories to today's kids. As we continue to ease into Spring, why not head to your local library, bookstore, or Web site and surprise your children with a cherished book written by a NJ-based parent? These new releases are fun reads for the whole family and delving into them will support those nearest and dearest to us--our fellow New Jerseyans.
One of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday is by getting my family all dressed up and going out for a great brunch. My husband and children are what you might call "foodies", and giving them the opportunity to pick and choose from a bountiful buffet or design their own omelets (none of which I have to prepare) makes for an enjoyable outing for all of us. New Jersey is home to tons of great brunch spots, but some of the best brunches in the state are located in our beautiful hotels. Great customer service, a bountiful menu and beautiful decor make these hotel brunches standouts. Just in time for Mother's Day, our list features some great hotel brunches throughout the Garden State. If you are interested in heading into New York City for brunch, check out our post on New York City Hotel Brunches.
Founded in 1857, the historic town of Cape May is known as the nation's oldest seaside resort. Travelers from all over the world flock to Cape May in the summer months. However, this charming little town, on the southern most tip of the Jersey shore, is not just a summer destination. Year round attractions and events make it a perfect getaway any time of the year. If you are looking for a weekend getaway or a day trip, why not head down the Parkway to Exit Zero and fall in love with the Victorian seaside gem known as Cape May. To learn about another great small town near the Jersey Shore, check out our post on Ocean Grove.
Love them or hate them, party favors are still an essential part of most children’s birthday celebrations. Personally this is one of my favorite parts of party planning—I love coming up with unique ways to tie in the festivity’s theme. Read on for ten creative ideas that help you to think outside the (goody) bag. And for more great ideas, visit our NJ Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas Guide. From face painters to party facilities, we’ve got the scoop on everything you need to plan the perfect celebration!
Nothing says weekend mornings like a big stack of fluffy pancakes. When else can you get away with chocolate and whipped cream for breakfast? Although a morning staple, pancakes can be eaten any for any time of the day. New Jersey is home to many delicious and family-friendly pancake restaurants, with varieties that range from sweet, like chocolate chips and fruit, to savory, like bacon and cheddar cheese. With portions as big as your plate, you won't leave hungry, nor empty-handed. Pancake restaurants are often a road-trip destination for my family. From diners to specialty houses, here’s how New Jersey’s best pancake joints stack up:
Earth Day isn’t just a celebration of all things green, it’s a movement. By creating awareness and demonstrating support for environmental protection, Earth Day is helping to shape a green generation. From hiking beautiful New Jersey trails to visiting local farmers markets, our little ones appreciate Mother Earth for all she has to offer. Check some of the local events celebrating this annual April holiday.
What do you get when you cross an amusement park with an arcade with a sit-down restaurant with laser tag with a concert hall with a "cool in the summer and warm in the winter" indoor space? Well, you get iPlay America, of course. I was recently invited to spend a day with my family at this fun amalgam of kid-friendly activities in Freehold, NJ, so read on for all the info - and then head out and youPlay at iPlay!
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