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10 Fun Ice Cream Joints in New Jersey

What is it about summer that makes even the most uptight parent want to bend the rules a bit? Like healthy dinner rules? How about ice cream for dinner? Go ahead....we won't tell. As temperatures sore to sweltering heights, and we look for new ways to cool down, ice cream has become a must-have. And as luck would have it, our state has some delicious ice cream joints!

Whether you’re looking to dazzle your taste buds with a quirky flavor or go for an old-fashioned milkshake, we've rounded up a list of amazing ice cream shops that will have New Jersey kids and parents celebrating all that is summer.

Tips for Visiting the Boston Public Market with Kids

After more than a decade of planning and preparation, the Boston Public Market finally opened in 2015. And it’s been a huge hit ever since. It’s essentially a year-round farmers market where you can also get a great meal from one of the prepared food vendors. The market is a terrific place to take kids for a special treat (think locally made doughnuts or ice cream), an event, a cooking class, or just to explore. Make a day of it by heading to nearby Christopher Columbus Park, which has one of the best playgrounds in Boston.

Restaurants Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art for Families

Whether you live in NYC or are just visiting, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is probably on your list of places to explore with kids. In addition to its engaging exhibits, the Met is known for its top-notch family programs and drop-in art-making opportunities for all ages.

Of course, all that walking, looking and sketching makes you tired and hungry. While the Met is located on the kid-friendly Upper East Side, many of the nearby restaurants are better suited to date night than a casual family meal. That's why we've rounded up a dozen spots within walking distance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that welcome families.

15 Coney Island & Brighton Beach Family-Friendly Restaurants

If you're day tripping to Coney Island or Brighton Beach with the kids for the subway-accessible beach, amusement park rides, aquarium, or just to enjoy the ocean breeze, you'll likely need to stop to eat at some point. You're sure to find more traditional family restaurants, serving up kid-pleasers such as pizza, hot dogs, burgers, and shakes in a casual atmosphere along the Coney boardwalk, and because Brighton has a large Russian population, restaurants there will be family-friendly, too, but in a different way. There are many upscale spots where kids contact exotic foods, adult conversation and, alas, cigarette smoke. I realize this may be a deal breaker for some, but you'll still see plenty of children in these restaurants, even at midnight, chowing down on delicacies such as cow's tongue, pickled cabbage, or, if they're picky, fried potatoes and bread.

And in recent years, chains such as Checkers, Johnny Rockets, Wendy's, Popeyes Chicken, and Applebee's have moved into the area. There's even a Wahlburgers, but since this one has cool, outdoor roof seating, we'll give it a pass. As a longtime local, I'm rounding up some of the best eats for families in the area, whether you're looking for an immersive Russian cultural experience or just want a quick meal that doesn't have a logo on it.

Find more great NYC eats in our Family-Friendly Restaurant Guide.

 

The Tastiest Ice Cream Shops in Queens

Craft ice cream is all the rage across NYC, including in Queens, where new independent ice cream shops have opened and old favorites test out new ingredients like pretzel cones and exotic flavors. In the diverse borough of Queens, you'll find Peruvian-inspired cones at Creme & Sugar, all the fixings at NYC-fave Ample Hills, vintage appeal at Eddie's Sweet Shop, and even the trendy Thai-style rolled ice cream at the brand-new Snow Story shop.

So check out some of these Queens hot spots—or, shall we say, cold spots—to satisfy your sweet teeth before summer winds down.

A Visit to Alice in the Village Tea Room

As if there were not already enough reasons to love Mystic, a new tea house opened in town, bringing with it some British deliciousness and an atmosphere sure to please any Alice in Wonderland fan – or anyone looking for a few sweet bites and a comforting cup of tea.

The Best Local Ice Cream Shops in Westchester

Summer's in full swing! We hope you're surviving this heat wave and are having fun making your way around town, checking out all the great things to do in Westchester. While you're out and about, one must-have piece of knowledge is where to find some frozen goodness.

Sure you can hit up some of the big chains or ice cream trucks, but there's just something about a good old-fashioned neighborhood ice cream shop. We're lucky to have lots of great spots, so ride out the summer days and stay cool at one of Westchester's local shops.

12 Outstanding Outdoor Dining Spots for You and the Kids in Fairfield County

There are two things that every child needs to thrive: fresh air and food. Sure, they also need unconditional love, education, support, etc, etc, etc, but lucky for us, fresh air and food are pretty easy to come by in Fairfield County.  

Some of our first family dining experiences were at outdoor restaurants - the atmosphere just seemed a little bit more relaxed than being stuck inside with a screaming infant.  Take advantage of the extra hours of light this summer by enjoying these outdoor dining experiences. From the traditional lobster roll, to the not-so-traditional walking nachos, to lakefront, to beachfront, Fairfield County has a little bit of everything.  Make sure you check out the Facebook and Instagram accounts of these restaurants to take advantage of special events and menus.

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