New Jersey

Best Tubing and Rafting for New Jersey Families

New Jersey offers several scenic spots where you can enjoy water tubing and rafting on rivers and lakes. Head west to go tubing on the Delaware River for a ride with the current, splashing and gliding past the wildlife and cliff-side rock formations. You can also hitch a ride around one of New Jersey's lakes. There are plenty of gentle tubing and paddling adventures that are suitable for children age 4 and up, so the whole family can enjoy this classic summer thrill.

For more family fun, including water parks and campgrounds in New Jersey, check out our Summer Fun Guide

Weekend Fun: NJ State Fair, Butterfly Festival, Peach Harvest Fest

August is off to a peachy start with family-friendly weekend events like Alstede's Peach Harvest Festival and Peach Pancake Breakfast, as well as Terhune's Just Peachy Festival. Take in the beautiful sights of summer this weekend at the Stony Hill Farms Sunflower Festival, Watershed Butterfly Festival, and the final day of the Warren County Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Bring your taste buds to the 25th Annual Clam Festival, Cape May Beer & Crab Festival, and New Jersey State Fair, with food, rides, horses, and more.

Find even more weekend options in our Summer Fun Guide, including 13 Exciting Boat Rides for Families in New Jersey. And look to our August GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

August GoList: Best Things To Do with New Jersey Kids

The final full month of summer won't feel so final with our jam-packed roster of awesome August activities. There are tons of fairs and festivals on tap this month, from the Middlesex County Fair to the Canal Day Music & Craft Festival. You can climb a lighthouse on National Lighthouse Day, march in a Butterfly and Bug Parade at the annual Watershed Butterfly Festival in Pennington, and hang out with pirates at Seafarers' Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village

If you haven't made it down the shore yet or are looking for a new beach to visit, check out the Best Jersey Shore Beaches for Families, and find lots of other ways to stay cool and have a blast in our Summer Fun Guide. There's still time to squeeze in a super-fun summer day trip, or a visit to one of NJ's awesome amusement parks and water parks

Give your wallet a break and check out one of NJ's many free summer movies, or take part in lots of other free summer fun

Read on to find out what we're most looking forward to this month. And don't forget to check our Event Calendar, updated daily with summer happenings across NJ.

Virginia Beach with Kids: 25 Things to do on a Family Vacation

Virginia Beach is a perennial favorite getaway for East Coast families and travelers, beloved for its sandy oceanfront and 3-mile-long boardwalk. The beach and Atlantic surf have kept kids entertained for ages.

The length of the beach translates into always being able to find a spot for your towel and beach umbrella, even at the height of summer, and the decidedly G-rated atmosphere in Virginia's largest city, including a ‘no cursing on the beach’ rule, means there's plenty of family-friendly activities and spirit. Take the kids bike riding, for a round of mini golf, or to the aquarium. 

With hotels that accommodate a range of budgets, no-frills eateries, and free entertainment, Virginia Beach is a top pick for families craving a beach vacation. Colonial Williamsburg is also nearby, or you can add-on a visit to Washington, DC with the kids or another Virginia city, such as Richmond. Here’s what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in Virginia Beach.

40 Things To Do with Kids on a Rainy Day at the Jersey Shore

Not every summer day can be a sunny beach day, even at the Jersey Shore—but there are plenty of indoor spots where families can find rainy day fun.

From Asbury Park to Cape May, we've put together a list of shore activities that will get you off the beach and out of your condo or hotel room. So whether the rain is spoiling your beach day, you need a day out of the sun, or just a change from the sand and surf, we have you covered.

For more entertaining activities this season, check our list of 70 Best Things To Do at the Shore all summer.

20+ August Fairs and Festivals for New Jersey Families

When it comes to fairs and festivals, August in New Jersey is like one big party! Flutter over to Pennington for a Butterfly Festival, have sky-high fun at a Hot Air Balloon Festival, indulge in sweet summer peaches at Princeton's Just Peachy Festival, or enjoy classic fair fun like carnival rides and games at a county fair. With so many options, the family calendar will be packed all month long.

Read on for our top picks, and find more ways to make the most of August with our Summer Fun Guide.

Toys 'R' Us Returns with 'Reimagined' Stores in Houston and New Jersey

If you mourned a piece of your childhood when Toys 'R' Us closed its doors in 2018, take heart: the gone-but-not-forgotten toy store is about to make a small-scale comeback just in time for Black Friday. Two Toys 'R' Us stores, coming to The Galleria in Houston, Texas, a Simon Mall, and in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, are slated to open in November. 

Weekend Fun: Farmers' Fair, Summer Fest, Hot-Air Balloons

July comes to a close on a sky-high note with two amazing balloon events: the QuickChek Festival of Ballooning and Warren County's Hot-Air Balloon Festival. Music and food add to this weekend's excitement at the XPoNential Music Festival and 6th Annual Food Truck Seafood Festival.

Swing by county fairs in Gloucester and Monmouth counties this weekend, and celebrate New Jersey arts and culture at the Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest.

Find even more weekend options in our Summer Fun Guide, including Cute New Jersey Beach Towns to Explore with Kids. And look to our July GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

WowMoms World Play & Wellness Center Coming to Paramus

Have you ever dreamed about a place that includes opportunities for exercise, enrichment classes, and socialization for kids AND moms, all under one roof? WowMoms World, coming to Paramus in late 2019 or early 2020, strives to be that coveted one-stop spot where growing families can relax and enjoy everything from parent-child classes and swim lessons to arts and crafts and an organic lunch or snack. 

Canada-based WowMoms opened its first U.S. location on Long Island in January, and other spots have since opened in Florida and Texas. The 6,200-square-foot Paramus space will be WowMoms' first New Jersey location.

Outdoor Kids' Birthday Party Ideas for Summer Babies

Throw an amazing kids' birthday party right in your own backyard or local park with these outdoor party ideas.

Take all the fun (and the mess) of party games for kids outside and add a little summertime twist for inspired themes, such as camping, sprinklers, outdoor movies, and lawn games. We put together a list of seven sizzling kids' birthday party themes for outdoor parties below, including activity suggestions, decoration ideas, and some memorable munchies that will make your kid's party the event of the summer season.

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