New Jersey

Sneak Peak: Turtle Back Zoo's New Aquarium Exhibit

There’s something new at the zoo! (Besides the new face painting and glitter tattoo artist, of course). The charming Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange has been around since 1963, but it’s always re-inventing itself. In late September (date to be determined) Turtle Back will open its newest exhibit, “Worlds of Water” aquarium. Here I'll share details with you about the aquarium that will definitely be on your must visit list.


NJ Weekend Events August 28-29: OMG Glam Tea Party, Rockit! Live, Yo Gabba Gabba! and FREE Back to School Healthy Goodies!

If you’re looking for some NJ-centric activities this weekend, rumor has it that Miss New Jersey and Miss Teen New Jersey 2010 are going to be at the OMG! Glam Tea Party. Beauty contestants and Glam tea? Can’t get much more Jersey than that. If this is just too girly for your almost-last weekend of summer, Rockit! Live will have plenty of teenaged boys playing electric guitars, and the St. Sebastian Feast statue will definitely be male. Or just go unisex and enjoy chocolate and vanilla treats at Camden Children’s Garden or haul bootie all the way down to Philly to see the immensely popular Yo Gabba Gabba Live. However you slice it, enjoy your last weekend of August!

Weekend Events in NJ August 21-22: Kids Bike Races and more!

Our top pick for this summery weekend is Essex County's very first kids-only bike race!  For a more relaxing family afternoon, enjoy Jazz and Bluegrass festivals either in the park or along the canal.  Kids can pan for gold or make pebble pets at local environmental centers this weekend.  Or perhaps a family outing to see the New Jersey Jackals play is in order: this Sunday they are hosting a family fun day.

Weekend Events in NJ August 14-15: FREE fishing derby and hula hoop contest, Princess/Pirate Party & the NY Renaissance Faire!

Only three weeks to Labor Day and the start of the school year, so let’s party in NJ this weekend! You can fish, hula hoop, be a princess eating a peach, or eat ribs and listen to rock’n’roll. You can even enter the Empire State to attend the famous New York Renaissance Faire (because who doesn’t want to take their kid to see actors hamming it up and saucy barmaids in push-up bras?) Enjoy the waning days of summer!

Yippee-Kay-Yay! Horseback Trail Riding in New Jersey

Feel like grabbing the kids and getting your “giddy-up” on? New Jersey offers miles of beautiful trails and scenic countryside to explore on horseback, no matter what your level of riding skill. Guided tours make it easy for “first-timers”, but we’ve included locations for more experienced riders as well. Ride ‘em, cowboys (and girls)!

Weekend Events in NJ August 7-8: State & County Fairs, National Lighthouse Day, Honey Harvesting, Summer Socials

With three State and County Fairs throughout NJ this weekend, you can get your fill of livestock competitions, pie eating contests, demolition derbies, music, and even $10 hot air balloon rides!  Or enjoy a FREE day of honey harvesting (and tasting!) at the Howell Historical Farm.  Pirate Pete will make an appearance at the Cape May Lighthouse on Saturday where there will be a slew of pirate and shipwreck themed events in celebration of National Lighthouse Day.  Families can also get retro at Grounds for Sculpture's 50s themed Summer Social by sipping malt shakes and making crafts out of old vinyl records.  Finally, family fun day at a winery?  Yes!  With wine tasting & food for adults and tractor rides & barefoot grape stomping for the kids, everyone is happy...

Weekend Events in NJ July 31-Aug. 1—Shark Week, Boot Camp Band, FREE Preschool Prep, and Barbie’s Doll Collection turns 30!

Hard as it is to believe, we enter into August this weekend. Summer's winding down, folks, so get out there with the munchkins and enjoy these last few weekends. If your girl has a thing for Barbies, Ellis Island is exhibiting Barbies from around the world. If your boy has a thing for sharks, it's Shark Week at Adventure Aquarium. And if Mom and Dad are biting some nails over the small ones entering the hallowed halls of education, a trip to the Short Hills Mall to hear an author speak on preschool preparation might be in order. Whatever you choose, kick back and enjoy this last month of summer!

Six Thrill-Seeking Adventures for Kids in New Jersey

For some kids the dark is not dark enough, the waters are never too deep, and a trip to the zoo is bah-hum.  Well, we've rounded up some kid-friendly activities that will make even the most jaded kid on the block open their eyes wide with excitement!  Are you brave enough to swim with real sharks?  Do you have the spunk to feed penguins or communicate with seals?  Are you adventurous enough to ride a monster truck?  Do you dare brave the heights and go parasailing?  Perhaps you have always dreamed of being a sailor and sleeping aboard a battleship or being a submarine captain for a day.  This is your chance to do some daring, different activities with your thrill seeking child. Read on, we have a great list of adventures to choose from.

NJ Weekend Events July 24-25: County Fairs, Hot Air Balloons & Family Fun

Forget the Jersey Shore!  This weekend there are festivals galore throughout New Jersey, so leave your bathing suit at home!  Check out the animals, lumberjacks, and racing bigs at the Monmouth County Fair or Morris County 4-H Fair. Take a hot air balloon ride or just enjoy the view from the ground at the NJ Festival of Ballooning.  The Karavan of Kids is a day of fun activities, performances and entertainment including a baseball game.  Animal enthusiasts can spend a Family Fun Day at Monmouth Park complete with pony rides, music, and face painting or learn how to be a zookeeper at Space Farms Annual Junior Zookeeper Day.  And Liberty Park is hosting City of Water Day with kayak tours, bird watching and more. Can't bear to leave the Shore?  How about concluding your trip to the beach with an ice cream sundae and Cabaret at the Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe...

NJ Weekend Events July 17-18: FREE celebrations of National Ice Cream Day, Summer Sailing, Butterfly and Family Festivals!

Ronald Reagan developed National Ice Cream Day in 1984 as a national holiday?! Who knew?! Well, we can’t imagine what else you would want to be doing this weekend except eating ice cream in honor of your country, but we’ll give you a few other options, you know, in case you’re lactose intolerant or something. You could also enjoy a live butterfly release or even venture into Manhattan for the mother of all family festivals, Global Family Day. Or maybe you could do all of these, ice cream cone in hand. Enjoy!


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