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7 Single Parent Hacks for Entertaining Kids (and Staying Sane) Every Day of the Week

March 21st is National Single Parent Day. Yes, that's a thing. It even has a hashtag #NationalSingleParentDay. Yipeee, let's celebrate you! The holiday was created in 1984 to "honor the sacrifices and diligent work of single parents across our country" with the hopes that it would become just as popular as Mother's Day or Father's Day. Okay, that's pretty cool. Except, you know, when you're single... there's no one to actually go out and get you roses or candy or take you to dinner or even draw you a bath...on National Single Parent Day, on Mother's Day, on Father's Day, or any other day... because, you're SINGLE. But you deserve to be celebrated—if not with roses then at least with a few helpful hacks to get through the week.

50+ Things We Can't Wait To Do with Kids This Spring in NJ

Spring is on its way! It's almost time to trade in boots, mittens, and winter coats for fresh air, parks and playgroundsspring getaways, and New Jersey farm fun. Get outside to take advantage of all of the seasonal fun the Garden State has to offer!

Read on for 50+ fantastic spring activities to enjoy with your family. Looking for more? Check out our Spring Fun Guide, with new events added throughout the season.

Insider’s Guide to Haines, Alaska: 21 Top Things to Do with Kids

Alaska is a dream destination on many family travel bucket lists. The way most people experience the state is to hop on one of the many cruises that travel up the Inside Passage. Cruising is particularly suited for Alaska travel because the scenery from the ship is beautiful and the destinations are hard to reach otherwise. But, as with many things in travel, the easiest road often passes by the best destinations.

Haines, Alaska, is one of those gems that is often missed by family cruisers. If you have the option to take a cruise that stops in Haines, or can take an excursion to Haines (an option from Skagway), I highly recommend it. Or, if you want to plan your own Alaska trip, you could easily spend a week in Haines without running out of amazing things to do with the kids, from bear watching and fishing to exploring some really unique museums.

Easter Bunny Brunches and Photo-Ops for New Jersey Kids

Grab your bonnets and bow ties, and hop on over to a fun photo-op with the Easter Bunny. We've got the scoop on where you can meet the long-eared guest of honor and take part in activities like bunny brunches, parades, storytimes, and crafts.

Looking for a more straightforward meet-and-greet? Check out our listing of professional photo setups at malls throughout the Garden State below. And if you'd rather take a train ride with your favorite hare, you can always hop aboard the Easter Express

Best Spring 2019 Events for New Jersey Toddlers and Preschoolers

Good news for toddler and preschool mamas who are over being cooped up indoors. Spring is just around the corner! You'll find plenty to look forward to when you comb through these upcoming events for the under-6 crowd.

We've rounded up the best things to do with tots from mid-March through the end of May, and they're sure to put some spring in your steps. From amusement park openings to Easter activities to family-friendly performances, there's something for everyone in your family to enjoy. Read on for our top spring event picks for NJ kids under 6. And be sure to sneak a peek at our Spring Fun Guide for even more great events.

Weekend Fun: St. Patrick's Day, Disney Jr. Dance Party, Diggerland

It's the final weekend of winter! Celebrate like a lucky leprechaun at festive St. Patrick's Day events, including METC's St. Patrick's Day Storytime and Craft, St. Patrick's Day at iPlay, and oodles of St. Pat's parades. Springtime is on the horizon with Diggerland's Season Opening this weekend.

Top off the winter at family-friendly shows, such as Annie and The Addams Family at UCPAC, plus Disney Jr's Dance Party at NJPAC. And don't miss FREE craft events this weekend at Princeton University Art Museum and Indigo Books

Find even more weekend options in our Spring Guide, including  30+ Free Things to Do in March. And look to our March GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

5 Special Summer Day Camps for NJ Kids

School may not be in session come June, but there are plenty of summer programs in and around New Jersey with opportunities for kids to keep on learning and growing—all while having fun, of course.

You'll find long-standing family-owned camps that foster relationship building and community. There are unplugged camps that encourage children to explore and embrace nature. There are arts-focused camps that inspire creativity and boost confidence. And there are even STEAM-centric camps that push kids to ask questions and experiment. Most of these programs serve up a ton of quintessential summer camp activities too, so kids really get the best of all worlds. And some offer perks parents can really appreciate, like flexible schedules and transportation.

To help you sort out your kiddo's summer plans, we're sharing a list of some of our much-loved New Jersey camp partners below. For even more options, take a look at our New Jersey Camp Guide or browse the Directory, where you can search by location or camp type.

Star Wars, Potter, and More New Theme Park Rides at Disney and Beyond

Amusement parks are a spring break and family vacation staple. From coast to coast, amusement and water parks abound, offering fun and thrills to parents and children ranging from toddlers to teens alike.

While there's never any shortage of excitement, having an opportunity to check out new attractions only adds to the kids' enjoyment. Take a look at which popular destinations are introducing everything from state-of-the-art roller coasters to gentle kiddie rides, and which are celebrating the opening of entirely new sections of their already-enticing parks in 2019. We've rounded up new rides (including water park fun) from California's Disneyland to Orlando, Florida and even along the New Jersey Shore boardwalks and in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Texas.

Themed Restaurants and Family-Friendly Interactive Dining in NJ

Looking for some fun along with your food? From knights and horses to magicians and model trains, many New Jersey restaurants offer themed and interactive dining experiences for the entire family. Read on for more than 15 spots that will make your next family meal a bit more magical.

Check out our restaurant guide for more ideas for kid-friendly eating experiences, including restaurants where kids eat free and the best family-friendly restaurants near Liberty Science Center. Top it all off with some doughnuts or ice cream. Bon appetit!

Sweet Nostalgia: NJ Shops That Sell Retro Candy

Remember running to the corner candy store for a treat after school or on the weekend when visiting grandma or grandpa? There was nothing like selecting penny candy from the counter or searching the shelves for candy cigarettes that puffed out a cloud of sugar, oversized bright-red wax lips, and sugar ball–filled Satellite Saucers that doubled as mini maracas.

Many of the old-fashioned candy items parents and grandparents enjoyed as kids are still available today at specialty stores. The throwback treats are a great way to relive your childhood with your own children— and bond over sugar. So, if your sweets supply has dwindled in the weeks between Valentine’s Day and Easter, here are some shops offering a variety of nostalgic fun and flavors.

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