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5 Revolutionary War Sites in New Jersey to Visit with Kids

In certain parts of New Jersey, it seems like you can’t walk more than a few feet without stumbling upon a spot where George Washington and the Continental Army made history during the Revolutionary War. Indeed, New Jersey is known as “The Crossroads of the American Revolution,” and Washington spent more time in our strategically located state than anywhere else during the war. It’s pretty incredible when you think about it: the Revolutionary War happened all around us.

Whether you're looking to put a little educational spin on your next family day trip or your child is suddenly turning into a budding historian, a visit to one of these historic spots can make a great way to spend a morning or afternoon in New Jersey. You'll see old barracks and monuments, hike along nature trails, and even enjoy hands-on activities and demonstrations at places like the Princeton Battlefield State Park. 

Read on for five of the best sites in NJ for kids to soak up a little American history.

Days and Times for FREE Admission to Houston's Museums

For tourists and locals alike, Houston provides a culturally diverse selection of museums, art centers, and gardens. However, many individuals may not know that these locales are completely free or offer free admission on certain days and times. Keep this list nearby when planning your next visit. 

7 Long Island Historic Sites That Kids Will Love

History is plentiful here on Long Island, you just have to know where to find it. Famous residents have included poets and presidents, and there is no shortage of Gold Coast mansions and military installations as well. This all adds up to an impressive roster of historic sites, many which offer great photo opportunities and fun for kids.

For more educational spaces on Long Island, check out our Museum Guide.

The Butterfly Pavilion Returns to the Natural History Museum

Everyone's all a-flutter at the Natural History Museum. The much anticipated, grand re-opening of the Butterfly Pavilion took place over the weekend, giving us all a month's access to the unfettered joy that is an afternoon among the butterflies. The old pavilion has been replaced by an entirely new screened structure, still on the museum’s South Lawn, and the doors have opened just in time to eek out a little flutterby time before the other kind of eeking starts— when the creepy Spider Pavilion tenants move in. For now, we can extend the dream of summer a little longer. From chrysalis to butterfly, the pavilion is full of magical moments, which is why it rates as one of our 100 things to do with LA kids before they grow up.

Check Out a Free Museum or Zoo Membership Pass at your Local Suburban Library

Looking for something cheap or free to do to entertain the kiddos? If you live in the suburbs, go to your local library and you can check out passes for you and your family to visit a number of great nearby museums, zoos, and gardens. Each library has different policies when it comes to checking out library passes, so be sure to call or check in at your local branch before reserving. To search and see what's available, use the keywords "Museum Pass" in your library's catalog search. You'll only be able to check out passes in your county with your library card, so scroll down to your county to see what great passes you can find.

The Woodlands Children's Museum: Little Kid Heaven

The Houston Children's Museum is great, but it can be a bit overwhelming for younger children. The last time I took my toddler I could see the fear in his eyes as I tried to herd him and his cousin through seas of big kids. It's why I love The Woodlands Children's Museum because it is perfect for my family right now. The 11,000-square-foot facility is geared toward children up to age 10, and the best part is it is just small enough that I can sit in one spot for a good 5-10 minutes and still have my toddler in sight.

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