Let's face it, "free fun" and "New Jersey" are not often uttered in the same breath. But truth be told, the Garden State has many offerings that families can enjoy without breaking the bank! From movies to concerts to festivals with a couple of zoos, nature centers and museums thrown in, there is much fun that will only cost you some gas to get there. Have an inexpensive and wonderful summer, New Jersey! And don't forget to check out all kinds of summer fun in The New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
Can’t wait for vacation? Kids bored with the same park every day? Take a mini-trip without even leaving the state! Hop in the car and head to one of these great NJ day trip destinations. Pick fresh fruit and let the kids pet some barnyard animals; check out a national monument; visit NJ's own Victorian seaside town; head to a giant lake water park; or visit the beach, boardwalk and aquarium all in one day. Enjoy our list of fun day trips for this summer! Looking for more summer fun? Check out our Ultimate Summer Play List!
MAIL CALL! Everyone loves to receive mail, whether at camp or not. Summer is a great time to hone those letter writing skills. Make it more fun with some home made stationery. Send a letter to granny. Or put your address and stamps on some envelopes before sending them off to camp to increase your odds of actually getting a letter home this summer.
Yesterday we kicked off our SUMMER OF PLAY, a season-long initiative to get families up and playing throughout the school break. To help get you started, we've come up with the ultimate summer play list: 100 (mostly) FREE ways you can pack more play into your day. These ideas aren't just for the kids—they're fun and engaging activities for the whole family. After all, grown-ups need time to play, too.
Check out our roundup of creative games, crafts, experiments and other activities, and then add your favorites to your summer fun list generator so you remember to break them out at your next play date or family gathering. We've included classics, fresh takes on old standards and offbeat play ideas that may inspire variations of your own.
Fantastic news, New Jerseyans! Macy’s may be moving its July 4th fireworks display to the East River, but no need to hop on a subway or park in front of the television. New Jersey will host several of its own amazing fireworks spectaculars, including one right over the Hudson River. Jersey City will present the Freedom and Fireworks Festival on the Hudson, continuing Northern New Jersey’s patriotic celebration. In addition to Jersey City’s extravaganza, check out these other great Independence Day festivities throughout the state. And for more ideas to keep little ones busy over the long holiday weekend, visit the New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
School’s out for summer! Now that the kids are home full-time, it can be somewhat challenging to find new ways to keep them busy every day. Yes, there’s always the playground and the beach, but those looking for something different this summer will find that New Jersey is full of surprises. How about visiting the six-story tall elephant in Atlantic County? Or getting up close and personal with wolves in Warren County? Here’s the scoop on seven of New Jersey’s most unique destinations…there are plenty of fun ways to occupy everyone until September rolls around! And for even more summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
I will never forget my first bike—it was a yellow Schwinn with pink ribbons around the handlebars. My patient father showed me how to cycle around our suburban New York neighborhood when I was seven! New Jersey is a very active state for bike enthusiasts of all ages. Below is a list of bike shops in New Jersey that sell bikes for girls and boys of all ages—with and without training wheels. And, of course, do NOT forget your helmets when bike riding with family and friendly. Safety first; no exceptions! For even more summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.
Painting is fun, but puffy painting is so much more so! Not only do you get to bring your ideas to life on paper (or in this case, cardboard), you also get to turn your art into a puffy masterpiece! This DIY is a cheap alternative to buying expensive paints at a craft store, plus you can find find all the ingredients in your own kitchen. Get painting!
Welcome to Mommy Poppins New Jersey! The free online resource for parents and kids where you’ll get the scoop on what’s fun, unique, outdoorsy, indoorsy, artsy, bouncy, sassy and splashy in the Garden State. Come play with us, won’t you?