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Weekend Events in New Jersey, March 26-27: Waffles and Washington, Seals, seashells and School-House Rock–Mostly FREE!

What a weekend we have for you!  Seals’ birthdays on the boardwalk, a Swedish Waffle Party, puppets galore, and a School-House Rock Performance to start with...If you’re ready to get back into nature, create kites in Holmdel;  run for a great reason in Parsippany;  or search for seashells in the Highlands.  March Madness hoops have your home captivated? Then Newark’s your destination for an all-out NCAA celebration.  Indoors, outdoors, all-around—it’s March at its best for families in New Jersey.

Children's Modeling: The Reality

Your child wants to model? Easy, right? There’s agencies and photographers everywhere, reality show castings, extra opportunities…shouldn’t be too difficult, right? Well, think again.  The good news is we’ll give you the inside track on how to get your little top model into the industry; the bad news is that there are more scams and rip-off artists lurking in wait than ever before.  So…read on, and ready yourself for the rocky road to the runway.

Weekend Events in NJ March 19-20: Storytelling, Springfest, Greenfest, and a whole lotta Frogs

Just a few days ‘til Spring officially starts, and there are Springfests, Greenfests and frogs to prove it. Many frogs. All over Jersey. So if your idea of celebrating the end of a long winter is hunting for slimy green animals, this is your weekend to par-tay. If not, you can take in a cool Storytelling festival or watch a defining moment in history with Living Voices theater troupe or a myriad of other non-frog events. Enjoy!

Atlantic City, the Rodeo and Lots More Family Fun

 If you thought Atlantic City was only slot machines and cocktail waitresses, think again.  This South Jersey seaside city is reinventing itself as a family destination. 

My kids and I took an overnight vacation to Atlantic City last spring, with winning results.  The kids were excited to walk the actual streets whose names they recognized from frequent games of Monopoly.  We headed over to the boardwalk, and though it was too cold to swim, there were lots of activities to keep the kids entertained.  We had a great time visiting the emporium of the weird and freaky, Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum.  We hit the famed amusement park, the Steel Pier, and had a ball on the rides and trying our luck at the arcade games. 

Spring Fling! Early Spring Activities in NJ

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

Oh Mark, you were so wise. Spring is trailing your hand along the baby grass, breathing in that intoxicating smell of possibility, of ditching coats for sundresses, leaving slush behind for the kick-up of magnolia blossoms on the walk to school. It's its own thing, spring, and it needs celebrating. Our Garden State has a slew of great activities from cherry blossom madness to a bluebird meet and greet. Dig in, fellow mothers. We've earned it this year.

NJ Weekend March 12-13: Pi, Pirates, Penguins & St. Patrick's

This weekend, feast on some pi. And no, I didn't forget the 'e'. Princeton is celebrating Einstein's birthday with a Pi party (and there actually will be 'pie' there) and pi-rates are cavorting on Pirate Adventure Day. And if you can stand any more alliteration, there's also a Proper Pets workshop at Turtle Back, a penguin spa at Jenkinson's Aquarium, and of course, more St. Patrick's fun. There's other good stuff too, but none of it starts with 'p', so you'll have to keep reading. Have fun!

FREE & Cheap Theater & Workshops during Family Week at the Theater

During the entire month of March, the New Jersey Theater Alliance offers The Stages Festival, an opportunity for young people to enjoy free theater performances, classes and workshops. That also happens to include Family Week at the Theater, which launches this week with FREE (or deeply discounted) fun events for kids. The website has a great search engine so you can find performances based upon your county and the ages of your kids. Here are some of our favorite picks:

Weekend Events in New Jersey, March 5-6: Mardi Gras, Mountains, Movies and More, Mostly FREE!

Bring out the beads, masks and music–it’s Mardi Gras Weekend!  No masks? No worries! Make your own at one of the cool events we’ve corralled. Or if you’re ready to get outside and mix it up instead, there’s parks to be cleaned, arboretums to be explored and mountains to be hiked.  If relaxing entertainment is more your thing, take in some classic cartoons, science films or a touching play this weekend.  With the whirlwind of activities, March is certainly coming in like a lion, not a lamb!

NJ Weekend February 26-27: Circus Fun

The Circus is in town! This weekend there are three spectacularly different circus shows in New Jersey, including The Greatest Show on Earth, 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes, and the Peking Acrobats. For those who are afraid of clowns and are more excited that Spring is in the air, there is a Maple Sugar Festival and a Bird House Making Bonanza. Finally, Justin Roberts rocks the stage with some funny kiddie tunes. Meltdowns set to music, anyone?

16 Things to Do to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' 107th Birthday in New York City

There once was a man who created a cat.  Atop the cat's head was a red and white hat.  He made up an elephant, and a fox that could rhyme and a grouchy green guy who will live for all time.  That man is no longer.  That man isn’t here.  The Doctor named Seuss would be 107 this year.  Blow out some candles, eat green eggs and ham.  His birthday is Wednesday.  Do you have a plan?

In other words, celebrate the 107th birthday of the incomparable Dr. Seuss with these fun family events going on in NYC:

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