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Affordable Summer Camps for New Jersey Kids

Summer camps in New Jersey vary wildly in price, so it’s important to choose a camp that’s right for your child AND your pocketbook. Many camps let you register by the week or even the day, so you don't have to commit to an entire summer. Other options, like three-day weeks and half-day camp, also allow you to keep costs down. The cost of certain camps can be applied against the child care tax credit for children of single parents/two working parents, and some camps offer financial assistance—especially ones that get money from donors. 

Here we've rounded up 15 affordable day camp options for NJ kids. To find more New Jersey summer camps, check out our Camp Guide and Full Directory of Listings

March GoList: The Best Things To Do with NJ Kids This Month

There's a lot to love about March, including St. Patrick's Day, train rides with the Easter Bunny, and other signs of spring. We've rounded up 21 things we're most looking forward to this month, from springtime celebrations to a huge selection of kids' shows. 

This month is packed with performances—the Sesame Street gang, Marvel superheroes, performing pets, the Runaway Bunny, taco-chomping dragons, and many more cool characters are coming to stages throughout NJ. You can celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with storytimes or a birthday partybuild an entire New Jersey town out of Lego; and celebrate the Holi Festival with a burst of color and music. And amusement parks are reopening for the season at the end of the month!

Read on to see all of our top picks for March awesomness. And for a complete list of this month's happenings, be sure to check out our Event Calendar. Happy (almost) spring!

A Dozen Museums for Kids and Families in Central and Southern NJ

Winter's not over yet, and if you're running out of ideas, don't despair—there's plenty of indoor fun to be found at museums throughout central and southern NJ. At these wonderful and varied spots, you can explore a battleship, learn all about insects, ride a vintage train, see the stars, and even see a shrunken head.

For more educational fun, check out our list of the best museums for kids in northern NJ, or take a ride across the river to check out one of the many excellent museums in Philadelphia.

February GoList: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

There's so much to celebrate in February! There's Valentine's Day, of course, as well as the Chinese New Year, President's Day (this month marks George Washington's 286th!), and Black History Month

Got a sweet tooth? Check out Morris Museum's Chocolate Family Day, or go maple sugaring at one of several spots around the state. You can revel in winter fun at the Garden State Discovery Museum's Frosty Ball, then head to the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum for the third annual Lunar New Year and Welcome Spring Celebration.

There are tons of kid-friendly performances this month, including staged versions of Good Night MoonThe Gruffalo, and Go, Dog. Go!, as well as Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and a prehistoric musical revue starring giant dinosaur puppets.  And of course, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, including Family Date Night at Jenkinson's and a My Little Man and Me party at Liberty Hall Museum.

For a full list of happenings, don't forget to check out our Event Calendar. Happy February, NJ!

Top 12 Indoor Play Spaces Across New Jersey

Looking for an indoor play space that makes your jaw drop and your kids jump for joy? We've rounded up a dozen of the biggest and best spots for playing, jumping, bouncing, climbing, and thrill-seeking throughout New Jersey. 

The Garden State is home to tons of awesome play spaces, and it was tough choosing just 12. We limited our list to those with major wow factor—places where you can tackle a Ninja Warrior–style obstacle course, play laser tag, climb on and through play mazes, bounce on inflatables and trampolines, play arcade games, scale rock walls, and even go roller skating or bowling. While most of these spots aren't specifically geared toward the smaller set, all have areas and/or times set aside just for them. 

Read on to find out which fun zones made the cut. And for even more options, check out our guide to indoor play spaces, where you'll find drop-in play for $15 or less, the best trampoline parks and bounce houses in NJ, and much more. 

Summer Camps for New Jersey Preschoolers

Before they grow up and want to go to sleepaway camp with their BFFs, preschoolers can get a taste of summer camp in a program created just for them. New Jersey is home to some wonderful day camps for the under-5 crowd, and we've rounded up more than a dozen of our favorites. In addition to low camper-counselor ratios, these programs offer developmentally appropriate fun for every interest, whether you want your little one to experience the great outdoors, bounce and tumble at a cool indoor spot, or delve into subjects like robotics, film, and fashion. 

To learn about more New Jersey summer camp options, check out our Camp Guide and Full Directory of Listings.

20 STEM Summer Camps for NJ Kids

When you think "summer camp," you might picture canoeing on a lake, playing capture the flag, and eating s'mores by a campfire. But camp can also be about coding, constructing robots, and building with Legos. We've rounded up 20 New Jersey STEM camps that promise a summer of fun for budding scientists, engineers, and computer programmers. Find more New Jersey summer camps in our Camp Guide and Full Directory of Listings


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