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Archery Classes for New Jersey Kids

Until recently, the sport of archery was relegated to the arena of nerdy gym-class alternative. These days, however, one of the world's oldest sports is suddenly popular and downright hip, thanks to some pop culture heroes and heroines. With characters such as Katniss in The Hunger Games and Hawkeye in The Avengers wielding a bow and arrow, more New Jersey kids are looking to give archery a try. Here are five schools in NJ that parents can "target". For even more great classes for kids, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide.

Date Night! Valentine’s Day Drop-Off Fun For NJ Kids

Whether you are a new parent or a seasoned professional, we all need a night off. Especially when it comes to a night dedicated to romance. A date night for V-Day doesn’t have to be a distant memory! Check out one of these fab NJ places offering drop-off services and Valentine’s Day fun on and around the big day for the kiddos and slow down for a much-needed break with your Valentine. And for other fun stuff this month, check out our February GoList.

5 Family-Friendly Hikes in Central New Jersey

What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than a family nature hike. Central New Jersey’s hiking trails pass through a diversity of beautiful surroundings that include forests, lakes, animal habitats, waterfalls and even historical landmarks. Hiking is a fun way for families to get fresh air, exercise and explore the great outdoors together. Many of the hiking locations also have playgrounds, nature centers and picnic areas, so plan to make a day of it. Pack up the snacks, the camera, a trail map, and check out these five picks for family friendly hikes in Central New Jersey.

Best STEM classes in Central New Jersey

An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM refers to the increased focus on these subjects in school.  Beginning as early as kindergarten, kids are using technology in their classrooms and learning new ways to solve problems.  If your son or daughter enjoys math and science, they would probably love an extracurricular activity that incorporates STEM in fun and creative ways.  Check out some of the great places in central New Jersey that offer classes on robotics, computers and science.  For days when you are home with your budding engineer, check out our list of great toys that teach STEM skills through play.

Central New Jersey Summer Art Camps

Summer is the perfect time of year for artists to express themselves. Summer art camps allow children the opportunity to build confidence, enhance creativity and have fun.  With its close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia, central New Jersey is home to a wealth of talented artists hoping to educate and inspire children of all ages.  Here are a few summer camp options for parents looking to inspire their little Da Vinci during the long hot days of summer vacation. And to find out all the day camp options in NJ, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.

How Sweet It Is! Maple Sugaring in New Jersey

Growing up in South Florida amidst the palm trees, there were certain things that never crossed my mind; basically anything having to do with snow. Snow angels, sledding, snowball fights, skiing, skating, snow shoveling…you get the picture. But one job interview, a moving truck and about 148 boxes later, my family and I became official residents of New Jersey, braving our first winter. I also never thought much about maple syrup. Sure, I knew it came from trees, maybe up somewhere in the mountains of Vermont. But lo and behold, New Jersey actually has a maple sugaring industry and this is the perfect time of year to bundle up the family and take a day trip to a demo at one of our state’s many nature preserves.

Best Places for Ice Skating Lessons in NJ

It's the perfect time of year to lace up those skates and hit the ice. New Jersey is home to some great outdoor ice rinks as well as plenty of indoor skating arenas. If your kids are dreaming of becoming Olympic figure skaters or professional hockey players, you might be thinking of signing them up for skating lessons. We've found some great skating programs across the state that will have your kids going for the gold, or at least not falling down as much. From Mommy and Me classes to advanced figure skating and hockey lessons, your kids will be ready to compete, or just show off, in no time.

Best Birthday Cake and Cupcake Bakeries in Central New Jersey

Planning a birthday party is no easy task these days.  From choosing a theme to finding a venue, the checklist seems endless.  One way to lighten the load is by finding a great bakery to customize the cake.  Cakes and cupcakes have become the centerpiece of most parties.  If you really want to make your guests smile, a fun, tasty cake is the way to do it.  Whether you are looking for that perfect themed cake, or some outstanding cupcakes, we've got you covered.  Check out our list of great bakeries in Central NJ.  For even more information on throwing the perfect party, check out our NJ Kid's Birthday Party Ideas Guide.

The Best Indoor Shopping Malls for Families in New Jersey

Our family pretty much steers clear of New Jersey shopping malls from November through early January; we treat any holiday excursions like military missions, get in, get the job done and get out! But once the holiday shopping is over, I visit the malls with my husband and daughter again, where we enjoy leisurely browsing, relaxing late lunches, and even hop on a carousel or two. So load up the SUV, get out of the cold and gear up for an outing at these family-friendly New Jersey malls.

November Fairs and Festivals for NJ Families

Before the madness of the holiday season sets in, relax and enjoy autumn at these wonderful fairs and festivals taking place throughout NJ this month. Take a train ride, discover exciting new comic books, and explore rocks and minerals of all shapes and sizes. We’ve rounded up eight fabulous finds to keep you busy all November long. For more fun happenings every day of the month, visit our Events Calendar.

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