Now that my oldest child is ten (gasp!), I understand that annoying phrase I heard often during those difficult baby/toddler times, "The days are long, but the years are short". Thankfully, filling those short years with quality bonding time will be even easier with our Top 100 not-to-be-missed family activities right here in the Garden State. Yes, we have two fantastic large cities within driving distance, but there's tons of incredible stuff right here in Jersey to make memories that will last forever!
Before you sit down to that delicious Thanksgiving meal, take the family out and trot like a turkey! Running is a sport everyone can participate in…it encourages health and fitness, and doesn’t require great skill or practice. There are many “Turkey Trots” across the state of New Jersey, all of which are family friendly. Check out one close to you and burn some calories before you add more.
Culture. We all want it — and not just in our yogurt. We live next to one of the best museum cities in the world, but our dear NJ also has much to offer in the 'get smart' department. From the wonderfully curated Newark Museum, to lovely small spaces like Monmouth Museum, there's an array of exhibits and activities for the whole family. And NJ museums don't take all day, so get cultured up until lunchtime, then go for a hike, have a picnic, or hit another gallery. You'll be more interesting by dinnertime.
Halloween is a time of year when we search for new and fun things to do with our NJ kids. There are plenty of spooky events, but why not try something unique this year? Sling a pumpkin with the family, settle in for some classic ghostly tales or grab a flashlight and search out the mighty T-Rex…in the dark! If you are in the mood for something different this Halloween, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of “off the beaten path” Halloween events for NJ kids and families.
The kids are excitedly preparing for Halloween, with visions of candy, costumes and pumpkins dancing in their heads. Now is the time to make all their pumpkin dreams come true! NJ is home to many wonderful farms and museums hosting family-friendly events, from magnificent pumpkin displays to carving competitions to good ol' fashioned pumpkin painting. And no need to leave the littlest ones at home—unlike scarier Halloween activities, pumpkin fun is for kids of all ages.
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