New Jersey

Weekend Fun: Diggerland, St. Patrick's Day, Marvel Universe Live

St. Patrick's Day, plus a taste of Easter and Passover, make for a weekend full of holiday fun. Get in the green spirit at St. Paddy's Day festivities, like Sea Isle City's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration, Button's Birthday Weekend, Bayonne's St. Patrick's Day Parade, and METC's Can a Leprechaun Be Caught. Get a jumpstart on Easter and Passover at events like Brunch with the Bunny and Build Your Own Seder Plate.

It's a busy festival weekend, with exciting family events like the Montclair Literary Festival, the 8th Annual Kidfest in New Brunswick, and Diggerland's Season Opening. And there are plenty of performances on stages throughout NJ, including Marvel Universe Live, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, and School House Rock Live!.

Check out our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces for more options for weekend family fun, or start planning your summer with Affordable Summer Camps for New Jersey Kids. And look to our event calendar and March GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Mohonk Mountain House: A Favorite Hudson Valley Resort Reviewed

For a luxurious family getaway in the Hudson Valley, Mohonk Mountain House is a delicious splurge in any season. The historic Victorian castle, just 90 miles from New York City and North Jersey, is surrounded by thousands of acres of forest, miles of hiking trails and breathtaking mountain vistas. It attracts both locals and guests from around the country, including the tristate area.

Cozy guest rooms include fireplaces or rocking-chair balconies, but no televisions, so get ready for hours of family togetherness. Don't worry, there's a kids club, myriad indoor and outdoor activities, an award-winning spa, and decent wi-fi signal. We revisited the local family resort this winter for a long weekend getaway and are happy to share our review with Mommy Poppins readers.

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, egg hunts, 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. And if you'd rather take a train ride with your favorite hare, you can always hop aboard the Easter Express

Kids' Birthday Party Entertainers in NJ that Come to You!

There’s nothing like the comfort of your own home when it comes to hosting your kid’s birthday party. Sure, you have to clean up, but you’re in control and you don't have to worry about sharing a space with other parties. And, since the cost of an at-home party tends to be lower, it's the perfect opportunity to splurge on a one-of-a-kind experience that will bring the party to you.

We've rounded up top New Jersey entertainers for your next bash. From costumed characters to magicians, balloon twisters, and face painters—even ponies and lizards—these party entertainers make house calls to delight your birthday kid and pint-sized party guests.

Find more ideas in our NJ Birthday Party Guide.

Easter Egg Hunts for New Jersey Kids in 2018

Let the hunts begin! From train rides to photo shoots and brunches, the Easter Bunny is hopping through the Garden State—and he's hiding thousands of eggs from Cape May to Ridgewood and beyond.

Grab your baskets and head to one of New Jersey's fabulous Easter egg hunts this spring. We've rounded up more than two dozen eggs-traordinary events happening throughout the state. 

NOTE: Several hunts were postponed due to last week's snowstorm; we've noted them below, along with their new dates!

Snow Games and Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids Beyond Sledding

Cold temps usually make kids want to stay inside for baking, eating, crafting, their devices and maybe even DIY science experiements. But add a dose of fun and it’s easy to draw them out into the white stuff for snow day activities.

Once the wind has died down and it's safe to hit the local park or your backyard, there are myriad outdoor winter activities to be had on even the bleakest of winter days. With serious snowfall, you can build a snow fort or maze, and with sub-freezing temperatures, kids can try to blow frozen bubbles or even make colorful ice gems! Read on for more outdoor winter boredom busters to try come the next school snow day.

Weekend Fun: Dinosaurs, NJ Makers Day, St. Patrick's Day Parades

This second March weekend is jam-packed with Makers Day events and St. Patrick's Day parades. The creative juices are flowing at Makers Day happenings throughout the state, including NJ Makers Day at Scotch Plains Library, 3rd MCST Makers Day, and NJ Makers Day: Raising the RoofSt. Patrick's Day parades are marching through the Garden State, with events in Morristown, Atlantic City, Somerville, and a special Kids' St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Shannon Rose Irish Pub in Ramsey and Clifton.

Take in some shows this weekend, including Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live, RVCC Planetarium's Perfect Little Planet, and free performances of Cinderella Tale...Happily Ever After and Schoolhouse Rock Live.

Check out our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces for more options for weekend family fun, including where to find the Best Indoor Water Parks for Kids in the US. And look to our event calendar and March GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Affordable Summer Camps for New Jersey Kids

Summer camps in New Jersey vary wildly in price, so it’s important to choose a camp that’s right for your child AND your pocketbook. Many camps let you register by the week or even the day, so you don't have to commit to an entire summer. Other options, like three-day weeks and half-day camp, also allow you to keep costs down. The cost of certain camps can be applied against the child care tax credit for children of single parents/two working parents, and some camps offer financial assistance—especially ones that get money from donors. 

Here we've rounded up 15 affordable day camp options for NJ kids. To find more New Jersey summer camps, check out our Camp Guide and Full Directory of Listings

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