Indoor Activities: 25 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in NJ

The truth is, I love a rainy day.  Winter or summer, fall or spring, there's much fun to be had when the showers are pouring down, so get out and take advantage of some of the great indoor adventures that NJ has to offer. Here's a bunch of our favorites, some for the warmer days of winter, some for the wetter days of summer, and with a few at-home ideas thrown in. Enjoy your inside time, New Jersey!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Carnivals, Pirates, and a Flying Trapeze, July 23-24

We're in the thick of it now: the hot days and humid nights, the complaints about boredom that start earlier and earlier every day, the begging for just one more You Tube video (it's not just my kids, right?). Some days it's more than a parent can bear. Happily, this weekend there's plenty to entertain the whole family, from a fun, free aerial trapeze show to a pirate adventure on Sheffield Island to a rocking beach-side concert—and there's even a candy coated drop off opportunity that gives busy parents a few hours to themselves.

If you're still looking for a summer time adventure, check out our guide to camping spots across the state, and if those seem a little ambitious, sign up for next weekend's family camp out on the grounds of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center (preregistation required so don't miss out).

Check the Mommy Poppins events calendar to see what else is happening this weekend (and beyond!). For the latest and best family-friendly events, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Have a great weekend!

LI Day Trip: The Little Red Barn in Jamesport

One of my favorite things to do with the kids over the summer is to take some day trips to the East End to enjoy everything it has to offer for families. From pick your own farms to frolicking on the area’s beautiful beaches, there is plenty to keep the kids occupied while school is out of session.

A few weeks ago, we got the chance to explore one of the North Fork’s gems: The Little Red Barn in Jamesport. Ten years ago, Kate Nickles and her husband bought 40 acres of land, including the barn that was the original home to the carousel that is now in Greenport. In addition to building their dream home on the property, Kate, a native to the area and a lifelong horse rider, decided to open The Little Red Barn to pass down her knowledge and love for horses and other farm animals to local and visiting children.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Italian Festival, Ducky Derby, Railroad Days

This July weekend is all about soaking up the sun! Make the most of these fleeting summertime weekends with big family fun including the Morris County 4-H Fair, St. Ann's Italian Festival and Allaire Village's annual Ducky Derby. Need a break from the heat? No problem! Check out the amazing works of Stan Munro at the Toothpick World exhibit at Morris Museum or take the kiddos to see Princeton Summer Theater's "The Owl and the Pussycat."

For more options, take a look at our full Event CalendarJuly GoList, and our Summer Fun Guide.

Morris-Jumel Mansion: Explore Manhattan’s Oldest House

If you've ever considered visiting Manhattan's highest point, you've probably contemplated a trip to One World Observatory, but if you want to keep your feet on the ground and still find a spectacular view, your best bet is to head to the southern edge of Washington Heights where you'll find Manhattan's oldest house, Morris-Jumel Mansion, perched atop Sugar Hill.

Built in 1765 as a summer villa for his family by British Colonel Roger Morris and his wife, Mary Philipse, the mansion stands today as a museum and member of the Historic House Trust of New York City. A visit brings sweeping views of the city, a glimpse into New York City's rich history, and puts you just a wee-bit closer to the Hamilton phenomenon.

Free Admission for Active Duty Military Families with Blue Star Museums

Free museum admission is not just for kids in the summer months. More than 2000 museums across the country have joined the Blue Star initiative, offering free admission to active military personnel and their families* all summer long, from Memorial Day (Monday May 30 through Labor Day (Monday September 5). Spread the word; if you don't have active military in your own family, let your friends know that from the GRAMMY Museum to the Santa Monica Aquarium and a whole slew in between, the men and women who protect all of our families can treat their families this summer.

Sailing, Kayaking, Duck Tours, and Other Fun Ways to Experience the Charles River With Kids

The banks of the Charles River are perfect places for families to walk, run, bike or play. The Esplanade, which lines the Boston side of the Charles, is even a perfect place to picnic. But there’s a lot of fun to be had on the water, too. From kayaking and sailing to riverboat cruises and Duck Tours, there are plenty of ways to get on the Charles with kids. Here are six of the best options to explore this summer.

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