New Jersey

Where To Go Pumpkin Picking with New Jersey Kids

This year, skip the grocery store pumpkins and go pumpkin picking at a family-friendly New Jersey farm, where you're sure to run into more fall fun, including barnyard animals, hay and corn mazes, and even the season's other favorite fruit: apples

Red on for more than a dozen spots that are perfect for pumpkin picking with kids.

Closer to the New York border? Check out these Westchester and Hudson Valley pumpkin patches. If you're in south Jersey or headed for a Bucks County getaway this fall, our Philadelphia site has the scoop on Pennsylvania pumpkin patches.

Top Mommy-and-Me Classes for NJ Babies and Toddlers

Parent-and-child classes can be some of the most wonderful bonding activities during those early years (and months)—plus it's a great excuse to get out of the house! These interactive mommy-and-me classes throughout New Jersey help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers forge new friendships with others, sample a host of playthings, and test out new skills. 

The choices seem to multiply every year: in music, gymnastics, dance, languages, swimming, and more. And don’t expect these sessions to be filled with just moms—dads, nannies, grandparents, and all types of caregivers can join in the fun. Some classes offer independent play for toddlers, or even options where siblings can attend.

Read on for a sampling of the best baby classes around New Jersey. Find even more options in our NJ Classes Guide and Directory of Listings.

Iceland with Kids: 10 Things You Will Want To Do on a Family Trip

Iceland has become the place everyone talks about. It's dramatic. It's beautiful. It's rugged, unspoiled, totally different, and the perfect stop between North America and Europe. In fact, it's where the two continents actually meet (cue photo op)! But without amusement parks, warm weather, or any kind of branded entertainment, will it hold your kids' attention? The answer is heck yeah—tell the kids you're bringing them to the Land of the Midnight Sun, and check out as many as you can of the 10 extra-special Icelandic highlights below.

25 Fun Ways To Beat the Heat with NJ Kids in August

If you're suffering from hot-weather burnout, don't sweat it: New Jersey has tons of cool activities to help the whole family chill out when the temperatures soar. From beaches and splash parks to blissfully air-conditioned bowling alleys and arcades, we've got the best ways to beat the heat during the sizzling second half of summer. 

Check out even more refreshing activities in our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide. Stay cool, NJ!

Deals and Special Offers on New Jersey Kids Classes

If it feels like kids activities are really busting your budget, you're in luck! Some of New Jersey's much-loved children's programs have offered to extend special money-saving offers to Mommy Poppins readers just in time for fall. Read on to find deals on academic enrichment courses, theater and dance classes, swimming lessons, kids cooking classes, and so much more.

Don't dilly-dally, because these deals will literally disappear as they expire. If you don't see a deal listed below it means the offer is no longer available. If you're looking for even more kids classes, visit our New Jersey Classes Guide, or you can even search our Directory by location and age!

Weekend Fun: County Fairs, Festival of the Sea, Train Show

There's no better place to spend a mid-August weekend than the Jersey Shore—and this weekend, the shore is filled with fair and festival fun, including LBI's Festival of the Sea, the Keyport Fireman's Fair, and the Atlantic County 4-H Fair

Peachy celebrations continues this weekend with Alstede's Peach Harvest Festival and the Peach, Princess and Pirate Celebration at Camden Children's Garden. And don't miss more fair fun at New Jersey State Fair: Sussex County Farm & Horse Show and Montclair Jazz Festival.

Find even more weekend options in our Summer Fun Guide, including 20+ August Fairs and Festivals for New Jersey Families. And look to our August GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Kip's Castle Park in Verona, NJ: A Day Trip Fit for Royalty

Did you know there's an actual castle located in the heart of Essex County? Despite its location just off busy Bloomfield Avenue and Route 23, Kip's Castle Park is one of the best-kept secrets in the area. So secret, in fact, that I hadn't even heard of this hidden gem until recently, and I've lived in the area my whole life!

Since my 6-year-old daughter already fancies herself a princess, I figured a trip to this New Jersey park would be right up her alley. Sure enough, she happily explored the castle and pranced around the gorgeous green grounds, even without slides and swings. But playground action isn't far—we decided to pair our visit to Kip's Castle with a stop at nearby Verona Park, for the perfect double-header day trip.

Find even more warm-weather adventures in our Summer Fun Guide, plus check out these other super-cool summer day trips.

Best Jersey Shore Hotels and Resorts for NJ Families

Summer days may be waning, but there is still time to plan a family getaway to the Jersey Shore. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite kid-friendly beach hotels from Asbury Park to Cape May.

Book a room and enjoy one last weekend at a Jersey Shore beach before school starts, or take advantage of lower rates and smaller crowds after Labor Day. Look for places to stay beyond the Jersey Shore with our roundup of NJ's top kid-friendly hotels and resorts. And make the most of the rest of the summer with our ideas for fun things to do with kids before school starts.

11 Top Hotels with Outdoor Water Parks for Families with Kids

Kids generally love the perks of staying at hotels but add on a water park and that regular family getaway suddenly hits thrilling new heights. Think of all the family fun: lazy rivers right outside the door, a room nearby for naptime, instant ways to cool down, and no time wasted stuck in traffic to the local pool or beach.

We've rounded up 11 top U.S. hotels and resorts with water parks where families can chill out and cool off at the same time. Find great places to stay (and play) in Florida, Texas, California, and the East Coast.

End-of-Summer Bucket List: 30 Things To Do With NJ Kids Before School Starts

August is here, and Target is fully stocked with school supplies... which only means one thing: Summer is almost over! If you haven’t been to the beach, picked your own fruit, or ridden a roller coaster yet, there's still time to squeeze in more fun before saying so long to summer. Read on for 30 awesome adventures to have with your kids before school starts, and get ready to go out with a bang!

Find even more bucket list–worthy ideas in our Summer Fun GuideAugust Go List, and Events Calendar

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