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Enter to Win a Little Passports World Traveler Pack!

Our Week 3 prize in the Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway will have your family traveling the world this summer, no airfare required. Founded by two moms, Little Passports creates award-winning products that inspire children to learn about the world, one country at a time. With the Little Passports World Traveler Pack kids discover five exciting countries across the globe. 

Enter to Win Baby's First Summer Bundle

For our Week 4 prize for the Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway we didn't want to forget about the littlest ones and their moms. Our Baby's First Summer Prize bundle includes loads of great items to make this summer easier from awesome skin care to fashionable cover-ups, toys, and, something to help with that most important of things, sleep! One winner will receive all of the below. One runner up will receive one Lulla Doll and one set of Edushape Water Toys. 

60 Free Things To Do with New Jersey Kids in June

Who says summer fun has to come with a big price tag? Load up your calendar with 60 free events taking place throughout June in New Jersey. As the days get longer, under-the-stars concerts, movies, and other activities fill the evenings without emptying wallets. Kick back at evening events like 2nd Annual Under Cover Music Fest, Union County Summer Arts Festival, Summit Street Sounds, and Jenkinson's Movies on the Beach

Spend time outdoors at local community events with no admission fees, such as Garwood RocksSummit Family Fun Night5th Annual Bayonne Hometown Fair, and Nutley Father's Day Street Fair. You can even get a jump start on Independence Day at Scotch Plains' annual fireworks event. 

And it's that time of year to head to the shore. Stop by beachy events like Sea Isle City's Skimmer Festival, 3rd Annual National Marina Day, and North Wildwood Italian-American Festival.

Read on for this month's picks! For more free and low-cost fun, check out our Event Calendar, as well as roundups of water playgrounds and free beaches.     

Cape May’s Grand Hotel is a Perfect Jersey Shore Family Beach Getaway

With its beautiful sandy beaches, activity-filled boardwalk, and delicious kid-friendly restaurants, Cape May is a long-time beach vacation favorite for families. Located at the southern tip of the Jersey Shore, the iconic lighthouse and bayside sunsets provide picture-perfect memories off Exit Zero, while gingerbread-style Victorian houses and horse-drawn carriage rides add to the town's historic charm.

With all the makings of a perfect beach getaway at your fingertips, all you need for a Cape May vacation is a hotel reservation, and The Grand Hotel — an oceanfront hotel with awesome amenities — is a great choice for families. Read on to find our recommendations for the best things to do, best places to eat, and the best spots to stay in Cape May, NJ, and your next family beach vacation could be just a click away.

Weekend Fun: Strawberry Festivals, Renaissance Faire, Foodstock

It's a berry busy first weekend of June! Strawberry festivals are sprouting all over the state, including events at Johnson's Corner Farm, Alstede Farms, West Cape May, and City Green. If you're hungry for more than berries, head over to the NJ GreekFest and 4th Annual Foodstock for all kinds of eats.

Fill the weekend with great music at the Jersey City Jazz Festival, 2nd Annual Under Cover Music Fest, and Garwood Rocks. And stop by local spring festivals in West Orange, East Brunswick, and New Brunswick.

Find even more weekend options in our Spring Guide, including family-friendly farms where you can see baby animals. And look to our June GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

New Inflatable Water Park Opening at NJ Lake This Summer

Looking for a new way to cool off this summer? How about slipping down a blow-up water slide and splashing into a beautiful NJ lake?

That's exactly what Lacey Township had in mind—so it's installing a huge new inflatable water park in Lake Barnegat (2nd Lake) in Forked River, which is slated to open in late June. Intended for swimmers ages 8 and older, the "hydro-playground" will combine slippery waters slides, bouncy inflatable climbers, floating balance beams, monkey bars, and more.

Not heading down the shore this summer? Residents of northern NJ can check out the water park at Lewis Morris County Park's Sunrise Lake Beach Club.

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

Say goodbye to the school year and hello to the summer as June heats up with amazing, warm-weather events. Most of NJ's amusement and water parks are now open for the season, and Jersey Shore beaches are ready for summer revelers.

June also brings a fresh crop of fairs and festivals, along with strawberry picking, Father's Day fun, and the start of free summer movies. You can listen to local bands, celebrate fireflies and fairies, and travel back in time to the Italian Renaissance and the American Civil War.

Of course, you can always find more fun in our Event Calendar, and in our Summer Fun Guide for NJ Kids, including where to find the Best Water Playgrounds and Splash Pads in the state.

Read on for 15 of our favorite family events of the month. Enjoy the start of summer, and happy June!

25 Fun Things to Do in Buffalo, New York with Kids

In Western New York, hugging the shores of Lake Erie, awaits Buffalo, the second largest city in the Empire State. Famous for its spicy chicken wings, this vibrant area is also known for its history, art deco architecture, great restaurants, and plenty of family-friendly fun, indoors and out. The nearby Niagara Falls usually attracts the most tourist attention, but do not skip a visit to Buffalo, which makes the list for being one of our favorite family getaways in upstate New York.

Below are nearly two dozen suggestions of kid-friendly activities for a great family trip to Buffalo, New York.

25+ Family Fairs and Festivals in New Jersey This June

June brings warm weather, a new season, and a slew of early-summer festivals. From music and food to rides and games, June festivals and fairs offer family-friendly fun for all ages and interests.

Bring your appetite to palate-pleasing food fests like the Big Greek Festival, North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, and Red, White and Blueberry Festival. Rock out at music extravaganzas including Garwood Rocks, Fanwood Summer FanJam, and 2nd Annual Under Cover Music Fest. Explore local culture at town fairs in West Orange, Bayonne, and Nutley, or go big at the New Jersey State Fair

Read on for more than 25 great New Jersey fairs and festivals happening in June. Check out our Event Calendar for even more family fun this month, and look to our Summer Fun Guide for NJ Kids to start planning for the season ahead! 

10 Awesome Accessible Playgrounds for New Jersey Kids

New Jersey has a growing number of parks and playgrounds that cater to every outdoor adventurer, particularly children with special needs. Every child has a right to play in his or her own special way, so we’re recognizing some of the best all-access playgrounds the state has to offer.

Featuring ground-level playthings, wide ramps for wheelchairs, belts and buckles for added protection, and plenty of rest and reflection areas to retire to between bouts of fun, these playgrounds are beyond special and well-deserving of their shout-outs!

And now that summer is on the horizon, find more inclusive outdoor fun at the Watchung Sensory Trail, and at Van Saun Park's Harmony Playground, featuring a pond-themed, ADA-accessible splash pad

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