GIVEAWAY! Our interview with NJ Playgrounds & WIN a copy of NJ Playgrounds Guide!

Let’s face it; our days of bar hopping are over.  To take their place, we have discovered a new way to fill our weekends: park hopping.  New Jersey has some of the coolest playgrounds for kids and over the years my family has become a connoisseur of parks, if you will. We can turn park hopping into a full day event then stop at a great pizza or burger joint and rate the parks we visit. Read on for our interview with the moms behind the website NJ Playgrounds and a chance to win a FREE NJ Playground Guide!

Mostly Free and Fun Things To Do With NJ Kids This Weekend April 28-29

True, last weekend's rain ruined a lot of outdoor events, but this weekend is literally BURSTING with festivals, fairs and outdoor celebrations so you and your NJ kids can get out there and soak in the springtime fun! Some of the highlights are Rutgers Day 2012, Sheep Shearing, Big Truck Day, and Communiversity of the Arts.  Read on for our picks and you can always find a listing of all NJ activities for kids in our Event Calendar. Enjoy this last weekend in April, NJ!

Top Five Family Friendly Burgers in Northern NJ

The hot weather is approaching, which means endless days of potato salad, hot dogs and of course, the perennial favorite, hamburgers. Before you gas up your own grill, check out some of New Jersey’s best family-friendly burger joints, all with an added bonus factor, such as a great kids' meal deal or the ability to get your burger wrapped in lettuce for a few saved calories. You’ll be inspired all summer long!

Mostly Free and Fun Things To Do With NJ Kids This Earth Day Weekend April 21-22

I know Spring's really in the air with the plethora of gardening activities and Earth Day celebrations going on (or it could just be the high pollen count). This weekend is jam-packed with Springy goodness, such as Record Store Day with a FREE concert by They Might be Giants!, the 2012 Great Cloth Diaper Change, Bloomfest and Party for the Planet. Read on for our top picks and you can always find a complete listing of all NJ activities for kids in our Event Calendar. Enjoy, NJ!

Day Trips in NJ: Stephens State Park

Flowering trees, babbling brooks, and baby animals, Oh My! Are you up for some free outdoor fun with your NJ kids? Located in scenic Allamuchy right off Route 80, Stephens State Park is a hidden gem in Warren County.  About an hour's drive from most NJ locations, it is toddler/kid friendly and offers nature fun for everyone. There are six miles of marked trails ready for walking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Bring your jogging stroller, butterfly nets, and baby backpacks!

Enjoy Spring Cooking with Fresh Finds at NJ Farmers' Markets

I really enjoy spring cooking. It beats spring cleaning, and the fresh flavors of ramps, asparagus, tiny potatoes and tangy rhubarb offer a nice light palate after the heavy, robust dishes that dominate winter. New Jersey has hundreds of Farmers' Markets offering everything from honey to local crafts, and loads of veggies and fruit. Now if your kids are anything like mine, the beauty of a local farmer's market is as much about the cookie selection as it is about the 'what's this' when examining the kohlrabi. These mixed feelings extend to dinners during which they laboriously extract every speck of green from their plates, but the following recipes for homemade pizzas, simple chicken dishes, and salads often help temper the finicky-ness. Of course, there's always the option of putting them to bed and making your own beautiful dinner, eaten in peace, with no dropped forks or ketchup. Now, that's a blissful spring meal!

Geocaching for NJ Kids and Families

With the spring weather warming up, we are all searching for outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy. Who doesn’t love to find hidden treasure? I was excited to bring my son along and go on our first geocaching adventure together as research for this post! Check out some information about geocaching in New Jersey and join the NJ kids and families that are already out there treasure hunting!

Things To Do With NJ Kids This Weekend April 14-15: Seeing Eye Dogs, Princyclopedia 2012, Family Fun Day, Penguins & more!

Now that we've all (hopefully) recovered from our spring candy sugar coma, I'm sure getting out there to enjoy a beautiful weekend with your kids is at the top of your to-do list. We've got tons of activities to get you started; like a bug and dino festival, a birthday party for wolves, a seeing eye dog demonstration, and a day at the fair. Read on for our picks and remember, you can always find a full list of all NJ weekend activities for kids in our Event Calendar.  Enjoy this springtime weekend, NJ!

The NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide is Live!

All of us here at Mommy Poppins New Jersey have been working hard and birthday-partying like crazy and we're proud to finally introduce our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide! Chock-full of tips, ideas, locations, pricing, and personal experience, we hope our Birthday Party Guide will take some of the stress and legwork out of your planning and let you just enjoy your special boy or girl's big day. We'll be updating our Guide continually, so check back often for the skinny, gathered by our Mommy Poppins partiers. Enjoy!

"Mirror Mirror': A Fun Take on Snow White for NJ Kids and Families

I think it's safe to assume that most of us have watched, and rewatched, a slew of princess movies, and read our share of treatises on the impact these movies have on our daughters' young minds. In a culture where rich and pretty is becoming the ultimate goal, I understand the concern. However, my children have seen them all, and so far remain fairly logical when it comes to their chances of a royal title any time soon. Mirror Mirror, a re-imagining of Snow White, tries, and is mostly successful, to give Snow some personality and a story that is as much about finding herself, as finding her Prince.


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