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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

New Jersey Summer Camps for 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.

Summer Camp Open Houses Begin in New Jersey

One sure sign that winter is on its way out is when summer camps start hosting open houses. We've put together a list of more than a dozen upcoming events from our sponsors, including options for day and commuter camps, and even a weekday sleepaway camp. 

This is just the beginning. Whether you're looking for a STEM camp, preschool camp, art camp, or beyond, you can find many more New Jersey summer camps in our camp guide and full directory of listings

Happy hunting!

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, longer days, and other signs of spring. We've got a dozen more things to look forward to this month, from animal encounters and kid-friendly sporting events to live performances featuring Cinderella, Percy Jackson, and a grumpy dragon named Piff. You can make ooblek in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday or build an entire New Jersey town out of Lego. For a complete list of March happenings, be sure to check out our Event Calendar

19 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 Lego. We've rounded up 19 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

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Chocolate Fest, Zoo Fun, Winter on the Farm

Black History Month kicks off with an exciting event in New Jersey this weekend: the grand re-opening of the Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County. This weekend also offers opportunities to visit with creatures of the land and sea, with a Tots Program at Turtle Back Zoo and a Behind the Scenes Tour at Jenkinsons Aquarium.

Love is in the air with a couple of events heralding the arrival of Valentine's Day, including the Chocolate Festival at the Morris Museum in Morristown and a My Little Valentine craft workshop at the Crop Shop in Hoboken. For more midwinter fun, be sure to check out our February GoList, as well as our excellent list of 30 FREE indoor activities. And you can find all of this and more in our Event Calendar!

Also, don't forget to check out our New Jersey Camp Guide to find the perfect summer enrichment destination for your kid.

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

In honor of Valentine's Day, we've put together our top 14 picks for the month of February. Those with a sweet tooth might want to check out the Chocolate Festival at the Morris Museum or go maple sugaring at one of several spots around the state. You can celebrate winter at the Garden State Discovery Museum, then head to the Newark Museum to celebrate Black History Month. This month's selection of live performances is eclectic, to say the least, with options ranging from The Little Mermaid to the Peking Acrobats and the Harlem Globetrotters. And of course, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, including a Valentine-themed walk in the woods at Schiff Nature Center. Have a great month, you guys! And for a full list of happenings, be sure to check out our Event Calendar

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Disney on Ice, Pinkalicious, MLK Day

We honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with a federal holiday on Monday, and that means school will be closed. If you're trying to figure out how to spend the long weekend, you've got plenty of options, whether you want to take in a performance featuring ice skating princesses, take part in a celebration of Dr. King, or pretty much anything in between. You can have breakfast with the animals at Jenkinson's Aquarium and learn all about the Fire Department Museum in Hoboken; you can cure cabin fever with outdoor options that include a maple sugaring demonstration and an MLK Day of Service opportunity for teens at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. If you'd rather stay warm and toasty, check out one of NJ's many indoor play spaces and fun zones. Still looking? Find more fun things to do in our Calendar of Events and January GoList


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