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Medieval Times: Thrilling Dinner Theater for New Jersey Families

Hear ye, hear ye! My family recently had an AMAZING outing to Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, with dinner and an exciting live show featuring knights on horseback, jousting matches, sword fights, games of skill, and more.

Medieval Times has been wowing New Jersey audiences since 1990, and this year this Medieval realm got a modern update: rather than the King ruling the castle, the Queen is now the centerpiece. In the new show, she has taken over the kingdom from her father and presides over the tournament. Love the girl-power vibe!

Whether your little prince or princess is a toddler, teen, or somewhere in between, this is truly an outing the whole family can enjoy together. Read on to find out what you can expect during a visit to the castle, and check out more themed restaurants here

Explore Lush Gardens and Nature with Kids at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

The perfect antidote to the stress of crazy family schedules might well be Mother Nature herself—and Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit is just the place to stop and smell the roses.

The Arboretum is not your average park outing; this serene Union County oasis offers some unique and interesing ways to learn about and experience the outdoors while giving the whole family some much needed R&R.

Weekend Fun: County Fair, Festival of the Sea, Classic Car Show

Mid-August heats up with some sizzling weekend festivals that focus on music, cars, peaches, and more! Cruise on down to Cape May for the Classic Car Show, listen to great music at Montclair Jazz Festival, and load up on peach goodies at Alstede Farms' Peach Harvest Festival. Those looking for classic fair fun will find it at Festival of the Sea, New Jersey State Fair, and Middlesex County Fair

Little nature lovers can learn all about gardening at Dig It! Plant It! Eat It! or become Junior Ornithologists at Duke Farms. And the whole family can enjoy a free movie under the stars in Belmar and Fort Lee.

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options for family fun, including a day trip to Land of Make Believe and our list of 100+ FREE Things To Do with Kids in NJ This Summer. Find ways to beat the heat with a visit to a water park or local splash pad. And look to our August GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

How to Get the Most Out of a Caregiver Interview

Whether you’ve found them through personal recommendations, a nanny agency, a local parenting website, or even a chance encounter at the playground, you’ve narrowed your potential-Mary-Poppins list down to a few great choices. Now it’s time to conduct the in-person interviews. But can you really figure out, in one meeting, which caregiver will be the best fit for your kids—and for you? With preparation and some self-reflection, you can use a caregiver interview to help decide whether this is someone you feel not just comfortable with, but excited about. Read on for the top eight interview questions to ask in a caregiver interview. 

Dino Dig Returns to Liberty Science Center for Another Summer of Fun-Filled Fossil Finding

Yes, back by popular demand, Dino Dig has returned to Liberty Science Center for a third fossil-filled summer! From now until September 3, little explorers are invited to sift through 35 tons of sand in the museum's completely transformed backyard in search of T. rex bones and teeth, an egg nest with a baby Maiasaura, and even a 6-foot-long Triceratops skull. Aspiring dino hunters will be wowed as they unearth replicas of fossils first discovered by Jack Horner, the famed paleontologist who inspired Jurassic Park.

Just one mention of "dinosaurs" and my own 5-year-old, pint-sized paleontologist was all in for a trip the much loved exhibit. So, with two of her best buds in in tow, we traveled back in time 66 million years via Route 78 and the New Jersey Turnpike, to see what we could dig up ourselves at LSC.

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 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

Harry Potter Heaven: Warner Brothers Studio Tour Is a London Must

Most American Potter fans know that Universal Studios has created a little piece of Hogwarts heaven in two locations—The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Hollywood and at Universal Studios Orlando—but it should come as no surprise that the true center of the Potter universe is in London, England, where all of Harry’s adventures began. Apart from all of the real life British places a muggle might want to snap a photo (e.g. Kings Cross Station for platform 9 3/4, which British Rail good naturedly erected a few years back), the true wizard Mecca is Warner Brothers Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, housed at the film studio that was Harry's world for the decade or so that the films were in production. Fans of wizardry and magic can walk in the very footsteps of their heroes at the Warner Bros Tour.

Best New Jersey Arcades To Visit with the Kids

"When I was your age..." This phrase could lead to droll talk of land-line telephones and paper maps—or it could yield a bit more enthusiasm when a kid actually enjoys rather than mocks their parent's childhood experience. A good arcade makes this possible. At these indoor fun spots, kids and their parents can enjoy vintage attractions like Skee-Ball, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Ms. Pac Man, air hockey, and pinball—plus check out new games, updates of old faves, and even virtual adventures.

We've rounded up a few of the best arcades in New Jersey, from Game Vault in Morristown to Silverball Museum Arcade in Asbury Park, where you can have fun and lose track of time together.

Six Flags NJ: An Amusement Park with Big and Little Thrills

Braving the thrill rides at Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari in Jackson, NJ, is practically a rite of passage for kids who live in and around the Garden State. Perhaps for this reason, I wasn't 100-percent sure my young children (ages 2, 5, and 7) were old enough to fully enjoy it—but we decided to test the waters. And as I did my planning, I realized, "Holy cow! There's a ton of things to do at Six Flags!"

New Jersey's largest theme park, Six Flags is known for heart-dropping roller coasters like Nitro and Kingda Ka (the world's tallest coaster)—but there are also plenty of attractions geared toward the smaller set and those who enjoy tamer thrills. You can see zebras, giraffes, and other cool creatures on the Safari Off-Road Adventure; ride the Porky Pig Ferris Wheel in Bugs Bunny National Park; make a splash on the Saw Mill Log Flume; and much, much more. You also might want to set aside another day for Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags' massive water park.

Read on for details of our visit, along with tips for making your trip super-fun for kids of all ages. 

Weekend Fun: State Fair, Butterfly Festival, Zucchini-Palooza

The first weekend of August is a peachy one. Indulge in the sweet summer fruit at the Just Peachy Festival in Terhune Orchards, and at the Peach Harvest Festival and Peach Pancake Breakfast at Alstede Farms. Still hungry? Grab some seafood at the 25th Annual Clam Festival and the Cape May Beer and Crab Festival, and get your fill of veggies at Zucchini-Palooza.

The start of August sizzles with more summer festivals, like the Watershed Butterfly Festival, the WwacFest Summer Music Festival, the conclusion of the Warren County Farmers' Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival, and street fairs in West Orange and Garfield

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for family fun, including New Jersey's Best Shaded Playgrounds and a day trip to Turtle Back Zoo. And look to our event calendar and August GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

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