If you've been itching to go to a restaurant after months of eating home, the wait is over. NJ restaurants have been approved to open their outdoor dining areas as of June 15, with social distancing precautions in place. Lingering over a summer meal with children is always more relaxing outside, where restless kids are free to stretch their legs, explore, and watch the world go by. Warm-weather dining options abound in New Jersey, from waterfront decks and sandy patios to tree-shaded courtyards and grassy gardens.
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We've all been caught up in birthday party hoopla, whether baking cakes and making party-themed treats or spending big bucks to rent a party place. But for those years when a low-key celebration is in order, birthday freebies are a great perk. From BOGO ice cream and pancakes to free bowling and arcade game tokens, coupons and discounts are yours for the taking when you register for kids' clubs or customer loyalty programs at New Jersey restaurants and stores.
Read on for our A-to-Z list of birthday discounts, treats, and deals. If you're planning a party, don't miss our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Guide for ideas on party spots, specialty cakes, and at-home party fun. And don't forget that many New Jersey restaurants offer free kids' meals on weekdays, birthday or not!
If you're dreaming of warmer weather and spending time outdoors, put these new and upgraded Jersey City parks and playgrounds on your radar: Families will have several new and improved playgrounds with splash pads and toddler-friendly features to enjoy in 2020, along with a new skate park, thanks to upgrades recently announced by city officials.
Looking for the perfect birthday party spot for your winter baby? We've rounded up the most action-packed indoor birthday party locations for your cold-weather celebrations. Whether your birthday child wants to jump and bounce, climb, dance, tackle a Ninja Warrior–style obstacle course, or even take a spin on an amusement ride, New Jersey has a party place for it. Read on for more than a dozen of our favorites.
Jumping and flipping at one of New Jersey's many indoor trampoline parks and bounce houses is a fun way to keep energetic kids busy. Whether you're 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.
Hoboken families have a new, FREE play space to enjoy with toddlers, kids, and teens, courtesy of the city's public library. The "Toybrary" features Legos, puzzles, cars, and instruments for little ones to explore, while caregivers can pull up a chair and talk with neighbors. After school most weekdays, the inviting space is reserved for teens to hang out and do homework or play video games together.
Inspire your kids with a lifelong love of skiing, snowboarding, and other snowy sports with a family day on the slopes. We've rounded up some nearby ski resorts in and around New Jersey where your family can enjoy time on the mountain with minimal time in the car. We've also included safety tips for skiing and snowboarding from respected professionals.
Got kids who are obsessed with American Ninja Warrior and want the thrill of climbing warped walls? Or junior acrobats hoping to twirl in the air like circus performers in The Greatest Showman? Well, they're in luck, because New Jersey is home to many indoor ninja-style obstacle courses and gyms with aerial arts training where your little acrobats and ninjas can practice the stunts and tricks they have seen on TV and under the big top.
These indoor adventures will get your kids climbing, vaulting, swinging, and balancing. From ropes courses and rock walls to trapeze swings and even plate-spinning, these New Jersey facilities will keep your adventure-seekers moving right through the winter. Many offer birthday party packages and group rates, too.