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Best Family Campgrounds in New Jersey

There are lots of ways for New Jersey families to experience the great outdoors. From scenic parks, playgrounds, and trails to inviting beaches and lakes, the state offers plenty of places to get some fresh air. But if you really want to get the kids unplugged and at one with nature, it might be time to plan a camping trip. To be sure, camping with little ones isn't always easy; but luckily, there are campgrounds throughout the state that make the experience comfortable and fun for even the youngest campers.

Read on for a dozen campgrounds that offer everything from tent camping to fully appointed cabins, along with a host of family-style entertainment and amenities.

Beyond the Goody Bag: 10 Great Birthday Party Favor Ideas for Kids

Whether you love them or hate them, party favors are still a huge part of any child’s birthday celebration. I happen to love figuring out favors for these festive occasions, because it’s creative and challenging—something I can happily pat myself on the back for, if done successfully. For that to happen, it needs to be equal parts pleasing for the kids and their parents, and either edible, memorable, practical, shareable, or charitable.

Do yourself a favor and read on for 10 ultra unique ideas to take your little guy or girl’s goody bag from basic to brag-worthy.

For more unique ways to fete your youngsters, check out our list of free ways to celebrate and 10 sweet alternatives to birthday cake, or learn how to create a DIY photo booth for the big event. Planning to celebrate your little one's first birthday soon? We've got ideas for your soon-to-be-turning-one babes, too. Whatever you're looking for, we’ve got birthday hints in the bag.

New STEM-based Play Space Will Offer Magnetic Fun for NJ Kids

Calling all Rosie Reveres, Ada Twists, and Iggy Pecks! A new play space is coming to Millburn this spring, and it's sure to capture the imaginations of young engineers, inventors, and creators of all kinds.

Genius Gems, the brainchild of educator and founder Jennifer Romanoff, is a STEM-focused play space where kids can build and design with a collection of more than 24,000 magnetic tiles—and that's not all. The facility will also offer a variety of classes and camps focusing on art, architecture, engineering, chemistry, coding, robotics, and circuitry. A soft opening is scheduled for May 3.

Weekend Fun: Cherry Blossoms, Train Show, Dino Day, Six Flags

Whether you choose to spend this springtime weekend seeking outdoor excitement or indoor fun, our calendar is blossoming with April adventures for Saturday and Sunday. Take in the beautiful scenery at Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival, chase down some thrills at Six Flags' Season Opening, marvel at miniature train setups at the 7th Annual Spring Model Railroad Show, or time-travel to prehistoric New Jersey at Morris Museum's Dino Day

There are plenty of performances on tap, too, including Treasure Island, CinderellaThe Three Little Pigs and The Ugly Duckling, Pinocchio, and Fancy Nancy. And comic book fans and cat lovers won't want to miss the Garden State Comic Fest and Catsbury Park Cat Convention.

Check out our Spring Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for weekend family fun, including the Best Spring 2018 Events for New Jersey Toddlers and Preschoolers. And look to our event calendar and April GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

100 Things To Do in New Jersey with Kids Before They Grow Up

Now that my oldest child is a 'tween, I understand that phrase I heard often during those difficult baby/toddler times: "The days are long, but the years are short." Thankfully, filling those short years with quality bonding time is even easier with our top 100 not-to-be-missed family activities right here in New Jersey.

From indoor play to awesome zoos, and from quiet fun to thrill-seeking adventures, there's tons of incredible stuff to make memories that will last forever. We have beautiful forests for hiking, beaches for lounging, and cool playgrounds and parks—all of which make for a great day trip with Jersey kids.

Read on for our 100 best things to do right now in NJ.

30 Spring Festivals for New Jersey Kids and Families

It's time to kiss winter good-bye and spring into outdoor festival and fair season. Whether you choose to hop on carnival rides, stroll the streets of your favorite downtown, dance to live music, sample delicious eats, or do all of the above, there's something for everyone at these lively and family-friendly New Jersey spring fests. 

Read on for 30 of our picks, from Earth Day celebrations to strawberry festivals. And for more spring action, check out Mommy Poppins' Spring Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids.

New NJ Play Space The Busy Bee Is Buzzing with Fun for Little Ones

Yes, New Jersey, it’s still cold out there—and it seems like the playgrounds will be covered in snow until, oh, about June. Lucky for us, there’s a new indoor play space that just opened in Millburn, so staying indoors doesn’t have to mean staying home. Head on over to The Busy Bee, where your tykes can roll, jump, hop, climb, slide, and burn off the crazies every day of the week. The best part? There’s no membership required and you don’t need tons of cash, so you can drop in and play anytime you want. 

30+ Free Things To Do in April with New Jersey Kids

Get out your umbrellas—and your calendars: April is showered with fun, springy freebies. The month kicks off with free Easter festivities, including Bunny Chase Weekend at Terhune Orchards and the Historic Smithville Easter Parade, and tops off with Earth Day bashes like the 2018 Edison Earth Day Celebration, Northern Valley Earth Fair, and Jersey City Earth Day Celebration.

Street fair and festival season makes its debut in April with free events in Stirling, Somerville, Millburn, and Maywood. Plus, Rutgers Day is like one big street fair throughout three campuses. And the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Essex County with free events through the first half of the month. 

Read on for this month's picks! For more free and low-cost fun, check out our April GoList and Best Nature Centers in New Jersey, most of which are admission-free.

Easter Weekend in NJ: Egg Hunts, Bunny Trains, Sesame Street Live

Bring on the egg hunts and bunny appearances! It's Easter weekend, and celebratory events are taking place throughout the state on Saturday and Sunday. Grab your baskets and gather oodles of eggs at local parks and farms, as well as at amusement park festivities like Storybook Land's Easter Egg Hunt and Diggerland's Easter Egg Hunt, and at nature center celebrations such as Tenafly Nature Center's Camouflaged Egg Hunt and Pyramid Mountain's Animal Egg Hunt. You can also ride the rails with the Easter Bunny this weekend, or catch him at a bunny brunch.

This weekend also marks the season opening of Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari, and Elmo and the gang take the stage in New Brunswick in Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!.

Check out our Spring Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for family fun, including things to do during your Spring Break Staycation. And look to our event calendar and April GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with NJ Kids This Month

April is packed with celebrations of spring, starting with Easter on the first day of the month and continuing with the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in Newark, the Earth Day celebration in Jersey City, Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and many more spring festivals and fairs.

Other signs of spring include the season openings of amusement parks like Sesame Place and Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari, which will remain open throughout the first week of April for spring break. (And speaking of spring break, don't miss our roundups of things to do with kids during their days off, whether you're planning to make it a spring break staycation or you're looking for an easy getaway that's close to home.)

If April showers are in the forecast, head indoors to see a show! Tons of favorite characters are taking the stage this month throughout NJ, including Daniel Tiger, Paw PatrolPJ MasksWild Kratts, and the gang from Sesame Street.  

Read on for our 26 top picks for April. As always, you can find even more options in our Event Calendar, with new activities added daily. And for even more spring fun, check out our roundup of the best things to do this season with toddlers and preschoolers.  Happy spring!

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