It seems to happen overnight. One day your kid is thrilled when you take her to open bounce time at your local bouncy house, and the next day she looks at you as if you're crazy for even suggesting it. When kids hit those tween years it can be tough to think of fun things to do with them. Fortunately for parents, your tween's sophisticated new attitude also means that they are mature enough to do things that you can really enjoy with them. Check out our list below for some great tween friendly activities. If your kids are on the younger side, be sure to check out our list of 25 Things to do with Preschoolers before they turn 5. And for some excellent Halloween fun for kids of all ages, be sure to check out our New Jersey Halloween Guide.
New Jersey schools are closed November 6th and 7th for the annual New Jersey Education Association convention. Still have to work and wondering what to do with the kids for the day? Or just hoping to keep them occupied? We’ve got the skinny on ten fabulous camps and programs for NJ kids, whether they’re artsy, outdoorsy or athletic. And if you're planning to take the day off too, visit our NJ Staycation post to find lots of fun ideas for local adventures.
The kids are excitedly preparing for Halloween, with visions of candy, costumes and pumpkins dancing in their heads. New Jersey is home to many wonderful pumpkin-themed events this season, everything from elaborate pumpkin exhibits to carving competitions to good old-fashioned pumpkin picking and decorating. Read on for our top picks and check out the Mommy Poppins NJ Halloween Guide for more fun events.
You just shelled out the big bucks for summer camps and back-to-school shopping. The countdown to Christmas has already begun. Money, money, money. Save a few bucks by selecting an offbeat night to eat at a fun restaurant with the kiddos. You can still enjoy a night out and you don’t have to pay a babysitter… Win-Win. And if you happen to be hauling the munchkins a bit farther south, check out our Kids Eat Free in Central New Jersey.
So we're back in school. We're packing lunches, going to PTA meetings. and overseeing homework. And we're probably starting to wrap our minds around figuring out some enrichment classes to fill in the gaps and/or add some sparkle to the process. Open houses and free trial classes make the hunt for great classes a little more do-able, which is why we offer this list of 10 great places that offer chances to try it out for free, either in the coming weeks or - in many cases - all year long. And for more enrichment options, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide.
Dining out should be a enjoyable, bonding experience for the family. However, kids and restaurants don’t always mix. Waiting for food or sitting still at the table can be a challenge for little ones. When crayons just don’t cut it, bring the gang to one of these family-friendly favorites on their scheduled “kid’s night”. From magicians to characters to balloon animals, the following restaurants offer fun entertainment and events for kids during the week. Also, check out restaurants that offer Kids Eat Free specials.
Looking for an enriching activity for the kids this fall? Why not sign them up for a language class? Early exposure to a foreign language can be a rewarding and fun experience for a young child. Fortunately there are many programs throughout New Jersey, representing a wide variety of languages and cultures. Read on for our picks of the best options available—everything ranging from Mommy & Me programs for the little ones to group or private lessons for older children. And for more great class options, visit our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for NJ Kids.
From Ol’ Blue Eyes to Bob Marley, babies respond to music immediately and with beneficial results. Then, it’s on to the toddler stage; Old MacDonald this and Itsy Bitsy Spider that, and if the wheels on the bus keep going ‘round and ‘round, maybe it’s time for Mommy & Me music classes. And by the time they're preschoolers--rock and roll! These NJ classes will not only inspire your little Beethovens, but are great bonding experiences between parent and child. Play on! And don't forget to check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities for NJ Kids Guide.
While socialization comes naturally to some kids, others may need help developing the skills necessary to make and keep friends. If you’re concerned about your child’s ability to socialize with peers, you may want to consider a social skills group which fosters self-confidence through activities such as role-playing, cooperative games and group interactions. They’ll learn important skills such as sharing, taking turns and resolving conflict, and most importantly, they’ll have fun doing it! And for more enrichment opportunities, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for NJ Kids.
With all the crazy thrill rides found in theme parks these days, there’s something magical about taking a spin on an old-fashioned carousel. Carousels are often a child’s first ride and provide fun for all ages. New Jersey is home to both traditional and sophisticated carousels, and you don’t have to trek to a theme park to find one. Hop on a carousel at one of the area malls for a year-round shopping distraction, or catch views of the Atlantic from a Jersey shore carousel. We’ve rounded up some of the state’s best and most unique carousels, so come give it a whirl.
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