New Jersey

Fun & Mostly FREE Things To Do With Kids This Weekend in NJ Mar 10-11: Craft Festival, Archery, Montclair LEGO Build & More!

March is already in full swing and there's a TON of fun kids events happening throughout New Jersey. You can THINK SPRING while visiting Peter Rabbit, or get your craft on at the Sugarloaf Craft festival, or join thousands of others in Morristown at New Jersey's largest family oriented St. Patrick's Day parade. Read on for all of our picks and remember, you can always find a list of all NJ weekend activities for kids in our Event Calendar. Enjoy "springing ahead" this weekend, NJ!

14 Best Places to Get Scientific with Kids in NYC

The bankers and the artists may get all the press, but NYC is a great city for science too. There are many wondrous places in New York where kids can soak up, explore and create scientific knowledge for themselves. From science museums, programs, shops and more, we've rounded up the best places for kids to get scientific in New York City.

Find more great geeky ideas in our Tech & Science Guide.

10 Great Independent Baby Boutiques in New Jersey

New Jersey is known for its outlets, its malls and of course, its mini-malls. Although we can all find some bargains and good deals at chain and departments stores, sometimes we need a unique touch. The garden state has an abundance of independent baby boutiques. So you if you’re looking for a special gift for your niece or just a stand-out look for your own tot, visit one of the many shops open in our area.

Things To Do With Kids This Weekend in NJ March 3-4: Maple Sugaring Festival, Pinkalicious, St. Patrick's Day Parade & More!

Hello there, March! Thrilled to see you and all the Spring-y goodness that awaits in the wings. Although we're still in the "Lion" part of the month, there's tons of fun to be had this weekend in NJ. Perhaps the Dr. Seuss Birthday Party at the NJ Children's Museum, or the Maple Sugaring Festival at the Great Swamp or maybe an early St. Patrick's Day in Belmar? Read on for all of our picks and you can always find more weekend activities in our Event Calendar. Enjoy welcoming March in style, NJ!

Things To Do With Kids This Weekend in NJ February 25-26: Dr. Seuss Storytime, The Little Mermaid, Family Night of Art & More!

For such a short month, February sure packs a punch with all of its holidays and celebrations. Now that we've said farewell to the 100th day of school, Groundhog Day, Super Bowl, Presidents' Day, and Mardi Gras - oh, what's a family with kids to do!?!? Well, thankfully there's still plenty happening in New Jersey to keep you and your kids occupied until the official spring thaw arrives, such as Science Saturday with Slime, Wetland Habitats, Peking Acrobats, or a Family Winter Nature Walk. Read on for all of our picks and remember, you can always find even more weekend activities in our Event Calendar. Enjoy these last few days of February, New Jersey!

Indoor Playspaces in the Skylands: Winter Fun in Northwestern NJ

Are your kids climbing the walls and jumping from couch to couch? When it's too cold for your favorite park there are plenty of places to blow off steam indoors in Northwestern New Jersey.  Many of these venues offer open play or classes geared from little ones to tweens and most offer birthday party packages as well. Each is $10 or less per child and most offer group rates. The mommy bonus of indoor open play? Bring a box of joe and some juice boxes and make your own party- without the clean up!

Review of Family Film: "The Secret World of Arrietty"

As fans of movies from Studio Ghibli, particularly those directed by anime master Hayao Miyazaki — Ponyo, Kiki's Delivery Service and Castle in the Sky so far — my daughter Violet and I were excited to see The Secret World of Arrietty (opening today in 9 NJ locations). Arrietty is written and supervised by Miyazaki, but directed by first timer Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The film's glorious color palette, attention to nature, and charming details are enchanting, particularly since Arrietty (voiced by Bridgit Mendler) is a Borrower, and very tiny. The pair of earrings used as climbing tools, sticky double-sided tape for scaling a cupboard, and rain drops that cling to Arrietty's clothes like snow globes, are quite captivating, as is Arrietty herself, with her scrappy personality, cute dresses and Julia Roberts' hair. The story, however, never brings the magic.

GIVEAWAY! Tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents "Dragons"!

It's just our humble opinion, but we think that every kid should see the circus at least once in their lifetime. Even in this age of interactive video games and 3-D movies, the spectacle of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is surprising and captivating, inspiring a jaw-drop on the most jaded of juveniles. It is our pleasure here at Mommy Poppins to be able to offer a family four-pack of tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS.  Read on for how to enter this great giveaway contest!

Things To Do With Kids This Weekend in NJ Feb 11-12: Mini Golf Tournament, Chocolate Fest, Valentine's Day Festivities & More!

Now that we're done celebrating our big football win, let's move on to all that is red, pink and puffy-hearted this pre-Valentine's weekend in NJ. Get out there and have some family fun at these great events like the Camp Rock musical (I'm so there!), Morris Museum's Chocolate Festival, Art for Two at the Hunterdon Art Museum and more. Read on for all of our picks and remember, you can always find additional weekend activities in our Event Calendar. Enjoy those Valentine's Day festivities, New Jersey!

Nuclear Cowboyz: Get Revved Up for this FMX Motocross Extravaganza

   I have to admit that motocross really isn't my thing. I'm much more likely to get excited by the idea of spending an evening curled up with a copy of Pride and Prejudice than sitting in an arena watching motorcycles fly through the air to heavy metal music. But I'm always up for trying something new—especially when the prospect makes my kids go wild. So when we were invited to check out Nuclear Cowboyz, the FMX (freestyle motocross) extravaganza, I put on my best tweeds and went to see what surprises a pyrotechnic motocross show might hold for us.

After watching the promo video, I became intrigued. The footage promised daring tricks, fire and lasers. Is Nuclear Cowboyz the Cirque du Soleil of motocross?


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