Hurricane Sandy devastated our precious Jersey Shore. Beaches were battered, boardwalks destroyed and people displaced. The Star Jet roller coaster in Seaside Heights, which still sits in the Atlantic Ocean, is an eerie reminder of the landscape- and life-changing storm. It has taken some time, but the shore is rebuilding and coming back in a major way. Many businesses are open or beginning to open and most beaches plan on being open to the public by Memorial Day weekend. Here’s some information to help your NJ family plan for a spring and summer at the Jersey Shore plus resources on how to help. Let’s all lend a hand in “restoring the shore!”
Sometimes you want to go where no one knows your name, but alas, you have to take the kids with you, so why not have some fun! Going away in the winter is a lovely diversion from the routine that seems all the more routine when it’s dark and cold, and I do love the time away with my sweet family, even if I still have to wipe noses and cut up their meat. The conversations are often more lively, the whining more specific, the happy faces more frequent. It’s a good life.
Summer’s been good to my family. We’ve spent lazy Sundays at the park, gone for after dinner swims until the sun set over the pool and eaten just about as many strawberries and tomatoes as we can stuff our faces with. It’s hard to believe Labor Day weekend is upon us and soon we’ll be picking out pumpkins and Halloween costumes. And while I’d love to plan a getaway to celebrate the last unofficial weekend of summer, the reality is that like most families, we need to dive right into school, sports and homework right after the holiday. So if committing to a full-blown summer vacation seems a bit overwhelming, how about piling the family into the car this weekend to enjoy a great day trip? Check out these five destinations where New Jersey kids and their parents can soak up one last summer memory.
Whether you hail from the Garden State, are visiting for the weekend or need a break from the city, this welcoming, eclectic NYC neighbor has tons to offer. Looking for culture? Spend a day in an art museum. Like the great indoors, but art makes you yawn? Try this great family games complex. And if you want nature, well, NJ is crazy with camping, mountain reservations, beaches, and zoos. So whether you fish, dig for fossils or your idea of a fun day is a Free day, we've got you covered with the best of New Jersey Day Trips. And if you're feeling very adventurous and want to try a (gasp!) weekend trip or a full-on family vacation, be sure to check out Mommy Poppins NYC Family Vacations Resort and Travel Guide. Have a nice day, NJ!
No, we do not have a gambling problem and no, we're not the only Mommy Poppins family to bring kids to Atlantic City. My husband received a coupon for 2 free nights in Atlantic City and since we don't like to spend too much time away from our kids, we decided to make a family trip out of the offer and see just how “FREE” we could actually manage. So, we booked a stay at Bally’s, loaded up the car, and hit the parkway! Is Atlantic City kid-friendly? See for yourself!
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