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Amazing Corn Mazes at New Jersey Farms

Get ready….get set….get lost in an amazing New Jersey corn maze! The Garden State is home to oodles of spectacular corn mazes, ranging from massive 10-acre labyrinths to simpler, child-friendly courses, including hay bale mazes just right for toddlers and preschoolers. Games, clues and even techie bonuses enhance many of the more elaborate maze experiences. Got a tween or teen? Check out those courses open after hours for a nighttime and sometimes spooky adventure.

Many of these 15 corn mazes we've rounded up are day trip worthy on their own, but you'll also likely find apple and pumpkin picking options, hayrides and even fall festivals, plus petting zoos in some instances. So get out your fall to-do list, and navigate your way through one of these great New Jersey corn mazes. Hope you find your way out.

Cool Pumpkin Displays, Decorating, and Carving Events in NJ

Are the kids already preparing for Halloween, with visions of candy, costumes, and pumpkins dancing in their heads? Well, kick off the season in New Jersey with one of the many wonderful pumpkin-themed events coming up, everything from elaborate pumpkin exhibits to carving competitions to good old-fashioned pumpkin picking and decorating.

Read on for our top picks, including a special newcomer to the scene, and find more seasonal events in the Mommy Poppins Fall Fun Guide for NJ Families.

Harvest Festivals, Hayrides and Fall Fair Fun in New Jersey

Summer festivals may be retired for the year, but lucky us, it's harvest time! We've already celebrated a number of great family fairs in New Jersey this September, but the real-deal harvest celebrations are just gearing up.

From hayrides to pumpkin decorating (and picking), pie contests to scarecrow-building, live animals to live music, these local fall-tastic fairs offer something for everyone in the family. Some even incorporate a little early Halloween fun. Read on for nearly 20 great harvest fests in New Jersey, including the Harvest Home Festival at the Historic Longstreet Farm, a Pumpkin Palooza in Cherry Hill, and the annual Hoboken Harvest Festival.

For an unconventional fall adventure on wheels, be sure to check out our list of Halloween and Fall Train Rides, as well as our Fall Fun Guide for more seasonal activities around the Garden State.

Me Too! 10 NJ Outings to Appeal to Siblings of Different Ages

The wants and needs of toddlers versus teens couldn’t be more different. One is begging for toy cars while the other is eyeing up the keys to your SUV. When it comes to spending quality family time together, everyone can agree that day trips must be fun for siblings of all ages. Luckily, New Jersey has several destinations on the docket that will have your whole family cheering for more.

Best Events This Fall for New Jersey Preschoolers

As sad as it is to say goodbye to summer, fall is an amazing time of year for all, including New Jersey’s youngest residents. Get outside with your preschoolers, and enjoy the beautiful weather and colors at events like Terhune Orchards’ Fall Family Weekends and Hefty Harvest and Scary Scarecrows at Camden Children’s Garden. Catch big names at these preschool-friendly performances: Peppa Pig’s Big SplashSesame Street Live!, the Wiggles, and Octonauts Live

So, read on for almost two dozen great fall 2016 events all over NJ that are perfect for the preschool set. And don't forget to check out our Fall Fun Guide and Events Calendar to find even more great things to do. 

100 Things to Do in New Jersey with Kids Before They Grow Up

Now that my oldest child is a 'tween, I understand that phrase I heard often during those difficult baby/toddler times, "The days are long, but the years are short."  Thankfully, filling those short years with quality bonding time is even easier with our top 100 not-to-be-missed family activities right here in New Jersey. From indoor play to awesome zoos, and from quiet fun to thrill-seeking adventures, there's tons of incredible stuff to make memories that will last forever! We have beautiful forests for hiking, beaches for lounging, and so much more. Read on for our 100 best things to do right now in NJ.

Best Fall Fairs and Festivals for NJ Families in September

September is almost here and the carefree days of summer are drawing to a close. Fortunately there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Garden State, with many great fairs and festivals on the calendar this month. Explore nature at the NJ Wild Outdoor Expo, chow down on delicious seafood at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival, or listen to some exciting tales at the NJ Storytelling Festival.

Check out this dozen-plus awesome festivals, and visit our Events Calendar and September GoList for more fabulous ideas.

Please note that events marked FREE have no admission charge, but fees for some activities may apply.

Immersion Preschools in Northern and Central New Jersey

With brains like sponges, preschoolers are the perfect age to begin learning a second language. Studies have shown that kids who learn a second language during the preschool years go on to speak more fluently than those who begin to learn at an older age. In addition, bi-lingual children tend to be more creative, have better critical thinking skills and a better understanding of humanity and culture.  One of the reasons young children learn a new language so easily is because they learn through exploration and play. By immersing them in one of these outstanding foreign language preschools, you will be giving them them a lifelong gift that will allow them to succeed in the global economy of tomorrow. If you're looking for some after school language programs for kids of all ages, check out these Language Classes for NJ Kids.

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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.

South Mountain Reservation for Kids: Swings, Zoo, Fairy Trail

For an easy day hike with the kids, New Jersey’s local “reservations,” essentially mini state forests and parks, are my family’s go-to. The 2,110-acre South Mountain Reservation in Essex County is one of our favorites. The recreation complex includes hiking trails, but also a zoo, mini golf, and a fantastic playground.

Read on for our best family bets for this Jersey green space, or check out some of our other favorite NJ reservations like nearby Watchung, or day trip ideas.

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