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Find Tutors in NYC and NJ with the New GooRoo App

A new NYC-based app, GooRoo, is connecting students (and their parents) with pre-screened tutors. It launched last spring from its home base on the Upper West Side, drawing on tutors from Columbia University, but has since expanded into all five boroughs, and more recently, Northern New Jersey, with tutors serving Bergen County, Jersey City, and Hoboken.

It’s a time-saver for busy parents, because each tutor has been interviewed in-person about his or her teaching style and passed a background check. Parents can peruse tutor ratings, pictures, and even videos. Read on for our review of this new app, and be sure to peruse the NYC Classes Guide or NJ Classes Guide to find more local enrichment options for your kids.

Top Indie Bookstores for New Jersey Families

New Jersey has many wonderful independent bookstores run by dedicated bibliophiles that offer children's programs, storytimes, indoor activities, and books galore for mom, dad, the tween, the toddler and the middle school age kid. Stop in during the holiday season to shop local, or year-round for children's birthdays. We know we don't need to tell you, dear reader, but there is nothing quite like a good book. 

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.

After-School Programs in New Jersey with an Academic Focus

Back to school means a return to classes, tests, homework, and book reports. It can be stressful when kids struggle with the curriculum, especially for full-time working parents. Students might be learning new concepts in math and language arts with which parents aren't familiar. If you are concerned about your kids falling behind academically, or just want to give them a leg up on the new school year, you are in luck. New Jersey is home to a bunch of great after-school academic programs. Check out some of our top picks below. 

For some great tutoring options, read our post on New Jersey Tutoring Centers, or find more great enrichment programs in our Classes Directory.

Fun Classes in Hudson County for Kids of Every Age

Tired of driving your kids all over town to their various age-related activities? How about choosing a venue where all your kids can be satisfied (and maybe even their parents?) Ranging from age-combined classes to back-to-back options for various age groups, here are some fun and fantastic options in Hudson County. A lot of these facilities will offer you a free trial class, so be sure to check out each facility’s website for further information.

Find more NJ kid classes in our Classes Guide and comprehensive NJ Directory.

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.

Aether Game Cafe Opens in Hoboken

I love board games, so imagine my excitement when I spied a new venue in Hoboken: a cafe devoted entirely to sitting around and playing Scrabble. And Pictionary. And Clue. And... well, you name it, and the Aether Game Cafe has it. Read on for my review of this delightful spot for gathering, eating snacks, and playing Monopoly. And Dominion. And Dungeons and Dragons. And... well, you get the idea.

Outdoor Fitness with Babies and Toddlers in Northern New Jersey

We want to spend as much time as possible with our kids. They grow up so fast; we don’t want to miss a thing. Sometimes that means sacrificing the gym for time with our little munchkins. However, since we all still need to burn those extra calories before our skinny jeans become a distant memory, here are some ways get your heart pumping without losing out on those precious moments.  

NYC's Best Indoor Water Play Spots for Preschoolers

Few preschoolers can resist the lure of a water table where they can dunk their toys and hands in, fill containers just to spill them out again and of course, splash around. Not many of us have space for such messy playthings in our tiny New York apartments (nor do we want one, right?!) So we rounded up the handful of NYC indoor play spaces that offer water-based sensory stations. No bathing suits or parental cleanup required.

Best of all, these soggy attractions are open year-round, even in summer just in case you can't face another sweltering day in the playground. So for those who beg to play in water (or the sandbox) long after the lifeguards go home, there are options beyond the bathtub.

Best Fashion Classes for NJ Kids and Teens

Kids can be little trendsetters and fashionistas, and when it comes to their wardrobe, they definitely what they like and don't like. If your child has a keen interest in fashion and sewing, and vows to attend a fashion-oriented college someday, perhaps they'd be interested in one of New Jersey's kid-friendly fashion design classes. Here's a list of the top programs that your budding Rachel Roy or Zac Posen (Hey, you never know, right?!) may find engaging and informative. It's fun for kids to tap into their creativity-- and they can get their paint on, too!

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