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Monmouth County Highlights for NJ Families

The northernmost county of the Jersey Shore, Monmouth County is home to more than 50 miles of beautiful ocean and bay beaches, sprawling parks, fantastic restaurants, unique coastal culture and much more! It is the perfect place for New Jersey kids and families to have fun -  year-round! Here are some of our top picks to get you started with exploring this great County. And for even more shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.

Best Indoor Play Spaces in Bergen County

The winter months can be a challenging time for parents. Keeping your kids busy when it’s too cold to play outdoors is never an easy feat. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 10 great indoor spots in Bergen County to bounce around, create art, play mini golf or make a museum visit—there are plenty of options to keep them entertained (and ensure your sanity). And check out our Indoor Play Spaces articles for Hudson County and Essex County!

Indoor Play Spaces in Hudson County

There are tons of great parks in Hudson County, but once winter arrives, some days are better spent indoors. There are some great places in the area to play or dance or bowl or bounce inside. We’ve even included all the wonderful libraries in Hudson County for your little inside reader. Get your coats on, get out of the house and get into someone else’s indoors. And check out our Indoor Playspaces posts for Bergen and Essex counties!

The Best Indoor Shopping Malls for Families in New Jersey

Our family pretty much steers clear of New Jersey shopping malls from November through early January; we treat any holiday excursions like military missions, get in, get the job done and get out! But once the holiday shopping is over, I visit the malls with my husband and daughter again, where we enjoy leisurely browsing, relaxing late lunches, and even hop on a carousel or two. So load up the SUV, get out of the cold and gear up for an outing at these family-friendly New Jersey malls.

6 Awesome New Jersey Water Parks

Summer is the perfect time to hit some amusement parks. Unfortunately, crowds + extreme heat = cranky kids and adults. The solution? An amusement park filled with gallons and gallons of water! New Jersey has some fantastic water parks to offer. From big name parks to boardwalk favorites to the first municipal water park in the state – here are six of New Jersey’s best water parks and a overview of what to expect from each one. Of course, if you're looking for water on a slightly cheaper scale, try our Best Water Playgrounds and Splash Pads round-up, and for all summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.

Bundle Up! Winter Classes at New Jersey Nature Centers

Now that the holiday season is behind us (and maybe the kids are already a wee bit bored with their presents), it might be time for adventure to keep everyone entertained in the chilly months ahead. And while it's fun to stay inside and build cozy forts, we all start to go a little stir crazy come January and February. How about an outing that promises fresh air, exercise and even some learning thrown in? Bundle up and check out these awesome winter classes at nearby outdoor centers and beat the January blues. And remember, you can find a full listing of New Jersey classes in our Enrichment Classes and Activities Guide.

10 Free Family Activities in New Haven County

FREE! FREE! FREE!  I know we are all looking for ways to save a little money, and still have a great time. I’ve come up with great family-friendly activities that everyone can enjoy and still leave a little something left over in our wallets. Here are 10 free things to do in New Haven County with the whole family. This part of Connecticut has something for everyone-- from the nature enthusiast to the space buff.  Many activities are year-round and some will start back up in September.  Also check out free summer activities in Hartford County or visit some of the fairs, festivals, and carnivals in New Haven County, many with free admission.

Ice Fishing and Eagle Watching With Kids in Hartford County, CT

If you think the bitter cold days of winter are restricting your family to a season of hibernation…think again. Bundle the kids up in their warmest winter gear for an adventurous day out ice fishing. It’s definitely a fun outdoor experience to share with a child of any age! Eagle watching is another fun winter activity and we've got some tips on where you can go to spot them.

15 Fun Things to do in Montclair, NJ

Nestled in Essex County, Montclair is located just 12 miles outside of Manhattan. This walkable suburb is home to Montclair State University, the Presby Iris Gardens and the Montclair Art Museum. There are eighteen public parks and two nature preserves within the town borders. From the Upper Montclair shopping area to Church Street’s shops, its eclectic restaurants and kid-friendly activities make this a fun day trip for anyone in Northern New Jersey.

Best Indoor Play Spaces on Long Island: Suffolk County

It’s too cold or rainy to play outdoors and your exuberant kids are rampaging through the living room. It's time to go out and play! But where? Here are some fun indoor play spaces we’ve found in Suffolk County (and check out our list of places in Nassau County). Many are also party spaces, so be sure to call them before heading over to be sure they are open for public play. And don’t forget your cozy socks—many of these spaces do not allow shoes, even on non-bouncing adults. And also take a look at 5 More Indoor Play Spaces on Long Island.

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