Preschoolers

Best Places for Ice Skating Lessons in NJ

It's the perfect time of year to lace up those skates and hit the ice. New Jersey is home to some great outdoor ice rinks as well as plenty of indoor skating arenas. If your kids are dreaming of becoming Olympic figure skaters or professional hockey players, you might be thinking of signing them up for skating lessons. We've found some great skating programs across the state that will have your kids going for the gold, or at least not falling down as much. From Mommy and Me classes to advanced figure skating and hockey lessons, your kids will be ready to compete, or just show off, in no time.

The Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in NJ

Looking for a winter outdoor activity for the whole family? Despite the somewhat challenging weather of our fair state, there are a number of outdoor rinks in NJ with some great activities and programs. Take a skating lesson, play some hockey or just grab a hot chocolate and skate during a public session. Of course, if you feel like staying indoors, you can always check out our list of the Best Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in NJ, and for more wintry sport, try our Ski & Snow Guide.

Best Birthday Cake and Cupcake Bakeries in Central New Jersey

Planning a birthday party is no easy task these days.  From choosing a theme to finding a venue, the checklist seems endless.  One way to lighten the load is by finding a great bakery to customize the cake.  Cakes and cupcakes have become the centerpiece of most parties.  If you really want to make your guests smile, a fun, tasty cake is the way to do it.  Whether you are looking for that perfect themed cake, or some outstanding cupcakes, we've got you covered.  Check out our list of great bakeries in Central NJ.  For even more information on throwing the perfect party, check out our NJ Kid's Birthday Party Ideas Guide.

Moms Meeting Moms: Finding Parenting Groups in New Jersey

Whether you're a mom, a dad, a guardian, or a babysitter, one thing's for certain--it can be hard to meet other caretakers in a comfortable social setting. Suddenly, you turn shy and wonder if you're saying the wrong things; it feels like high school all over again! I've been there. When my daughter was born, I hesitated to make new mom friends because I was scared they'd judge me. I ended up meeting some wonderful local parents, and you will too! Below is a helpful listing of parenting groups for all new and not-so-new parents out there in New Jersey.

Snow Tubing for New Jersey Families

Of course we love ice skating and all manner of indoor and outdoor winter fun, but when it comes to frosty sports, snow tubing is a fantastic winter activity the whole family can enjoy. No experience is necessary and you can tube alone or in groups. In fact, tubing is a lot like sledding, but a whole bunch easier. Barrel down the snowy slope at thrilling speeds without having to hike back up the hill. It’s done it for you! Now that's the kind of winter sport we can handle, right?

Mommy and Me Swim Classes for NJ Kids

Looking for a way to introduce your baby to the pool? Parent-child swim classes are a great way to help our NJ kids develop a love of swimming and instill confidence around the water. Most programs allow children as young as 6 months to begin classes, and teach comfort with water in a safe and age appropriate way. Yes, it's hard to don that bikini so soon after having baby, but the rewards for your child are well worth the sacrifice! And for more enrichment choices, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities for NJ Kids Guide.

25 Fun Things To Do in Hoboken, New Jersey

Home sweet Hoboken. You're very small, with wildly uneven sidewalks, but it's hard to beat your warmth, your people, or your mutz. And for all the small towns in New Jersey, you rank amongst our absolute faves. Here's 25 fun, and mostly FREE things to do in my favorite small town urban area. 

Best Museums for Kids in Central and Southern New Jersey

It’s that time of year when indoor spaces are a blessing to every harried mom and dad. Looking for some new places to entertain (and hopefully exhaust) your kids? Why not check out one of these wonderful museums? Touch an insect, ride a vintage train or even view a shrunken head. Whatever you choose, your kids will be happy… and should they fall asleep on the way home, so be it.

25 Fun Things To Do in Morristown, NJ

Just 25 miles west of NYC, Morristown is rich in history, culture, and offers lots of fun for families. Where else can you walk alongside a seeing eye dog in training, shop at one of the best chocolate shops in the area, catch a kid friendly theater performance and visit a few places where George Washington actually DID sleep! I've had a blast exploring Morristown for over a decade with my brood and compiled my top 25 fun, and mostly FREE things to do in this great suburban town.

NJ Family Skiing and Snowboarding Spots

With a reservation for ski school in hand, NJ kids can begin to develop a lifelong love of skiing, snowboarding, tubing and all other snowy sports. Here are some quality ski schools in the NJ area and some safety tips for skiing and snowboarding from respected professionals so you can load up the SUV and head out to the slopes with confidence! And for more wintry fun, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.

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