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Top Children's Science Museums Across the US for Families

Whether you're raising an aspiring astronaut, pint-sized paleontologist, or just a curious kid, science museums provide the perfect blend of education and entertainment. No matter which part of the country you call home, chances are you're near a science center that offers opportunities for hands-on exploring and learning. And if not, it's the perfect stop on your next family vacation.

Check out these top 10 STEM centers, from Boston to Chicago to Los Angeles, where education and entertainment come together to create an experience your family won't soon forget.

Easy Spring Break Getaways for New Jersey Families

Spring break means sunshine and outdoor fun. But if a trip to Florida or the Caribbean is not in your family's plan this season, a low-key vacation that's closer to home is an ideal way to welcome warmer weather.

Most New Jersey schools are on spring break in mid-April, when weather in the Northeast can be unpredictable: too chilly for outdoor swimming, yet too warm to stay cooped up inside all week. So dress everyone in layers and plan a mix of indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family. We've rounded up the best options for fun family destinations in and around the Garden State, from New Jersey beach towns and indoor water parks to Pocono resorts and Hudson Valley getaways

If you're looking for a shorter jaunt minus the overnight stay, check out our guide to New Jersey family day trips. And if a road trip is not on your agenda this April, visit one of these indoor play spaces or zoos

Great Amusement Parks for Preschoolers and Toddlers in New Jersey

Looking for a place to take your little ones for gentle thrills and kid-friendly amusements? We've rounded up 15 NJ amusement parks that are perfect for the younger set. Some, like Storybook Land, are geared exclusively toward small children, while others, like Morey's Piers and Jenkinson's Boardwalk, offer a solid selection of kiddie rides in addition to bigger thrills. 

We've limited our list of amusement parks to those located in New Jersey—to search for more tot-friendly spots in surrounding areas, check out the Best Amusement Parks for Preschoolers in and Near NYC.

Dinosaurs Return to New Jersey at Field Station in Leonia

Calling all pint-size paleontologists! New Jersey’s outdoor dinosaur-themed adventure park, Field Station: Dinosaurs, will celebrate its season reopening on May 26 in Overpeck County Park in Leonia, NJ. The park's 30-plus animatronic dinos, including Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops, are ready to roar into another season, which will feature expanded trails and the addition of a brand-new dinosaur: Spinosaurus.

Trampoline and Bounce Houses Where NJ Kids Can Get Aerial

Jumping and flipping at one of New Jersey's many indoor trampoline parks or bounce houses is a fun way to keep energetic kids busy. Whether you are planning a birthday party, looking for a rainy day activity, or just burning off energy, springy trampolines and inflatable bouncers are sure winners. 

Find more active fun in our Guide to NJ Kids' Sports Centers, Gyms, and Fun Zones.

Weekend Fun: Moon Mouse, Dr. Seuss Family Day, Holi Festival

Get ready to party this first weekend of March! Celebrations are taking place in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, and Holi. Rejoice in the works of Dr. Seuss at Morris Museum’s Dr. Seuss Family Day; get a jump on St. Patrick’s Day at the Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade; and revel in the colors and music of Holi at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum’s Holi Festival.

Unique theatrical productions abound this weekend, including Milk & Cookies: Suzi Shelton, Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, and Gizmo Guys.

Check out our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces for more options for weekend family fun, or explore Hudson County with 25+ Fun Things to Do with Kids in Jersey City. And look to our event calendar and March GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

30+ Free Things to Do in March with New Jersey Kids

Oh, the places you'll go in March, especially when so many events are free! You can celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday at no-cost events like the Kids! Dr Seuss Birthday Party at the Marlboro Free Public Library and the Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration at Barnes & Noble. Get creative at free Makers Day events this month, including NJ Makers Day at Scotch Plains Library, Makers Day at MCST, Makers Day at Fanwood Library, and SMASH: Steam Trains at New Jersey State Museum.

Easter is just around the corner, and our calendar is hopping with free events, including the Easter Bunny Arrival at Quaker Bridge Mall, a Free Easter Egg Hunt in Flemington, the Bunny Chase Weekend at Terhune Orchards, and Easter at the Pier in Long Branch. And don't miss this month's free St. Patrick's Day parades throughout the state as well. 

Read on for this month's picks! For more free and low-cost fun, check out our list of Free Indoor Play Spots for NJ Kids.

7 Awesomely Unique Summer Day Camps Fit for New Jersey Kids

Do you have fond memories of riding the bus to summer camp? How about happy days filled with sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and good friends?

Some of those same classic summer day camps are still around today, with all the fun traditions, but updated with splash parks and STEM programs. Meanwhile, there are also really unique specialty camps that we would have never dreamed of decades ago. Musical theater lovers can create sets, design costumes, and perform on a professional stage. Tennis-pros-in-the-making can learn on air conditioned courts with hi-tech technique instruction. There's even a supportive program for kids who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Academic camps make sure brains get exercised with robotics, chess, and coding classes. A Montessori program offers programs for kids as young as 2. New Jersey families are lucky to have some of the best summer camps around!

10 Best Indoor Water Parks for Kids in the US

Whether it's the middle of winter and you need a family getaway or you have a special occasion to celebrate but don't want to risk your party being washed out by rain, it's nice to have indoor water options. And we're not talking the dip pool at the downtown Best Western. We're thinking mega water slides, relaxing lazy rivers, toddler-friendly water play, and thrilling wave pools that only a water park can offer.

Those living in the North and Midwest no longer have to seek sunny locales to beat the winter blues. And residents of the South and West now have ways to beat the heat when even water won't cool you off from a blazing sun. The year-round fun of an indoor water park is a bonus for everyone!

Here are our picks for the best indoor water parks for kids around the country. For more ideas, check out our local coverage of indoor water parks near New York, New Jersey, Boston, and Philadelphia.

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