While we make it a point to encourage our readers to buy local whenever possible, we realize that doing holiday shopping online helps you avoid crowds and stress - while staying in your PJs. In addition to offering cool incentives like discounts and free shipping, many online retailers also give back to those in need during the holiday season by donating a portion of their proceeds to various charities. The opportunities to "shop for a cause" at this time of year are almost limitless, so we've highlighted ten of our favorites that we think are particularly great for families. So go ahead and spoil the ones you love and feel good about it!
Dreary January weather always inspires me to get creative with my kids. I break out the play dough, glitter glue and dress up bin. Heck, I’ve even used masking tape to make hop scotch on our hallway floor. But then it dawns on me that I’ve got two little ones to entertain (indoors) for at least a couple of months to come and my limited craft skills can only take us so far! Some days, we just need to get out of the house – an engaging activity for the kids and a cup of coffee for mom do wonders to beat the winter doldrums! Here are a list of stores that offer story time/play time to keep NJ kids entertained and parents sane.
Parents who are looking for a way to score the hottest items for this holiday season in NJ can now take advantage of layaway programs at many of our most popular stores. Head out to the stores if you can or check out the various websites. Many of the programs are available online, and are all flexible enough to allow many of us stretch those hard earned dollars and bring home some great gifts for the holidays!
Jersey City is popular with families for its great neighborhoods, walkability and proximity to New York City. But who knew there was so much to do in this city with kids? (I sure didn’t when we moved here four years ago!) From neighborhood hang-outs to super-fun classes to beautiful parks and playgrounds, JC is full of wonderful options for families. Read on for our top 25 picks—they should keep you busy for awhile.
The Meadowlands, once a punch line to many NJ jokes, is now a beautifully landscaped, wild ecosystem. This Northern New Jersey destination has enchanted many visitors as an urban oasis. The transformation of the one-time landfill is a history, environmental and health lesson all rolled into one, a perfect balance of city life and wildlife…with a few highways in between. From hiking a short trail to visiting the outlets, exploring the Meadowlands is the perfect day trip for any local family.
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