70+ Baby Classes Around NJ: Music, Gym, Art, Swim

Parent and child classes can be some of the most wonderful bonding activities during those early years (and months)—plus it's a great excuse to get out of the house! These interactive classes help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers forge new relationships with others, sample a host of playthings, and test out new skills.

In New Jersey, as is the case elsewhere, the class choices seem to multiply every year: music, art, yoga, sports, ballet, world languages, nature, swimming. You are sure to find something that will interest both you and your child. And, don’t expect these sessions to be filled with just moms. Dad, the nanny, grandparents, and all types of caregivers can join in the fun. Some classes offer independent play for toddlers, or even options where both siblings can attend.

Read on for a sampling of the best baby classes around New Jersey offerings. Find even more options in our NJ Classes Guide and Directory of Listings.

What Ages Get in Free at Philly Museums, Zoos, Gardens, Amusement Parks

Let's be honest, having kids can be expensive. Entertaining kids can be even more expensive. Museums, zoos, and amusement parks can be fun and even educational, but not always economical. Sometimes the best time to go is when the littlest ones can still get in with free admission. Maybe you can even check a few things off of your bucket list. To make it easy, we've created this list of which places offer free admission for what ages. So hurry up and plan that outing while the kids are still little.

Storytimes for NYC Kids: Read Your Way Around Manhattan

Storytimes are a great free—or super low-cost—kid activity that can often provide the incentive families need to get out of the house on those rainy, cold or snowy days when cabin fever is likely to set in. Hosted throughout NYC at libraries, bookstores, museums, and other fun places, most of these baby and kid reading sessions don't require reservations, making it easy to just drop in. Plus, many of these storytimes incorporate arts and craft projects and, considering the venues that host them, a story hour can easily turn into a full morning or afternoon of fun.

Read on for our most up-to-date list of storytimes for fall and winter 2016 in Manhattan. Also, be sure to peruse our post on NYC's best independent bookstores for kids for more reading inspiration, and if you're in the outer boroughs, we've also written about storytimes in Brooklyn and in Queens.

Where to Get Fit with Baby: Mommy & Me Fitness Classes

It’s hard to make the time to get back into shape after baby arrives, and maybe even more so once that bundle of joy begins to crawl and walk. Try one of these gyms that offer babysitting, or if you're not quite ready to leave baby, check out a Mommy & me fitness classes. Moms bring their babies, some snacks or toys, water bottles, and enjoy time with the baby while stretching, strengthening and nurturing their bodies. 

7 Long Island Farms Serving Up Sweet Roasted Corn

With the crisp fall season nipping at summer's heels, embrace it by enjoying a fall foodie favorite: sweet and delicious, farm-fresh roasted corn. It's a universal food enjoyed by every generation. Often slow roasted in its husk and then dipped in mouth-watering butter, this tasty treat can be found at various spots across Long Island.

And for more seasonal fun, check out our Long Island Halloween Guide.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Raptors, Trains, & Fairs, September 10-11

And here we are! Getting back into the groove of a daily school routine can be exciting (as well as challenging) and all of us here at Mommy Poppins wish your family a smooth and easy transition. If you are figuring out what to do after school our Classes and Activities Guide for CT Kids will come in real handy right about now. It's amazing how quickly summer ends and you can feel fall in the air. Corn mazes, apple picking, and Fall festivals start the season off right. If you love oysters, don't miss the Norwalk Oyster Fest, unwind during a hike to Gillette Castle, or check out the Harvest Musical Festival this weekend.

To see what else is happening around the state, browse the Mommy Poppins Family Events Calendar. For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Kid Cuts: Best Places for Baby's First Haircut in Philadelphia

Getting the first haircut is a big milestone moment. Will you excitedly cut off those baby locks as soon as possible in favor of a more refined 'do? Mark it with the first birthday? Or even wait until they are old enough to tell you that they demand a haircut. Whatever your choice of timing, when you are finally ready to make the appointment, you want to make the experience a positive one. You might want to start with asking if your stylist does child haircuts, especially if you have a good relationship. But if that's not in the cards, there are plenty of choices in Philadelphia.

Corn Maze, Apple Picking and More Farm Fun at Lyman Orchards

Lyman Orchards is one of those places where sprawling vistas, orchards brimming with fruit, and a deliciously stocked country store will make you feel like you are splurging on a vacation; however, given its 30-minute proximity to Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury, chances are you’re probably still very close to home. Throughout the year, this Connecticut landmark is a favorite family-friendly destination, but the views are especially spectacular in the fall.

Halloween Costume Ideas for Babies and Kids

OK. Maybe your grade-schooler has already figured out 'The Costume' for this year's Halloween. But just in case they need a little help or you are looking for something cute or special for your baby's first Halloween or your toddler's first 'real' trick-or-treat, we did a little research. Read on to see what the newest, most popular, unique or 'old favorite' costumes are for this Halloween season.


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