It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to meet the Muppets at this Queens' museum all right!
It's the last weekend in July, and summer 2017 is flying! Don't miss a minute of warm-weather fun this weekend with a movie on the beach, a concert at the park, or a visit to the Monmouth County Fair.
You'll find more options in our Summer Fun Guide, featuring the best family-friendly beaches, top water parks in NJ, and 100 free things to do this summer. And be sure to check out our Calendar of Events for a comprehensive listing of the weekend's events, plus a look at the fun coming up in August.
Due to a recent shift in my career path, I'm staying home with my kids this summer—all 10 weeks of it! There will be no camp to tire them out or sitter to entertain them. Luckily, we have access to one thing really works for filling out long summer days: water. My kids—and yours, I bet—like to get wet.
Our family started a Boredom Busters jar: a painted Mason jar full of ideas to keep the kiddies busy. Anyone complaining of boredom can open it and pick out an activity. Many of the ideas come from the Mommy Poppins' 100 Summer Play Activities List and a few from the list of '70s Outdoor Games. But their absolute favorites are water-based, like the 25 cool and splishy-splashy activities below.
While you might not normally think about paintball as a great way to get into the "great outdoors" the fact of the matter is, paintball parks are typically acres of land where your kids will basically get a chance to play an epic game of hide-and-seek with some hilarious, if slightly painful, consequences. Your teen or tween may already be a fan, or you might be trying to find some way to burn off their excessive energy. Either way, you are in luck because the Philadelphia suburbs has some great fields, many of which are family-friendly.
What's better than a fun boat ride around historic Galveston Bay? Easy - a fun boat ride around Galveston Bay where you can see dolphins in their natural environment! That's exactly what we got when we decided to end a day of fun in the sun in Galveston with a dolphin tour. The tour is entertaining for both adults and kids.
What’s small and plastic, hides in your wallet, and comes packed with free surprises for the whole family? You may think your Los Angeles Public Library card is all about books—and that’s certainly one of its charms—but it also contains some little-known perks that can save you money and entertain a few restless kiddos. Bonus: Many of these freebies can be enjoyed 24/7, from the comfort of your own couch.
Not your typical suburban playground, Hoboken’s Pier C Park has a decidedly urban vibe that will delight little and big kids alike—and adults, too! With the Manhattan skyline as a gorgeous backdrop, this amoeba-shaped oasis sits on a two-and-a-half-acre pier off the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, between Third and Fourth Streets in downtown Hoboken.
The park is separated into two playgrounds and also offers sand and water play. You won’t find any of your standard, primary-colored play equipment here, nor any swings. The landscape has an old-fashioned feel, with lots of rustic wood and metal touches. The promenade, along the eastern edge of the pier, provides grassy lawn areas for families to picnic, play games, and soak in the sights. Use this day trip–worthy park as a launch pad to enjoy all that Hoboken has to offer.
It might please moms and dads to know the East End offers an assortment of family-friendly eateries. These spots offer everything from the traditional lobster roll to a "guppy" menu, ideal for young appetites.
Some of these locations even offer outdoor dining with stunning views, so it's a good idea to venture out early to avoid the crowds. We've rounded our favorite family-friendly locations, where you can sample the catch of the day (or most anything else) and eat with boats shimmering in the marina behind you. (Did we say summer photo-op?)
Before heading out to the East End, be sure to check our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork to help plan your visit. In addition, check out our list of 50 Things to Do with Kids in the Hamptons and North Fork. Bring your appetite, because delicious options are waiting.