Jaime Wisz

Jaime Wisz

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Where To Have Breakfast with Santa in New Jersey

Ho, ho, ho! It’s that time of year when Santa Claus starts making his list and checking it twice. If your kids are looking to spend a little QT with the Big Guy, then a breakfast with Santa might be for you. At these events, kids can enjoy some delicious food and share their holiday wish lists with St. Nick. And of course, there will be time for photos, too. Read on for our roundup of breakfast events happening this season.

Want more time with Santa? Book your ticket on a Christmas train ride. And for more seasonal activities, check out our Holiday Fun Guide.

Halloween Weekend Fun for New Jersey Kids

Get your Halloween pre-game on this weekend with tons of holiday-themed events. You can see stunning pumpkins at the Mount Holly Pumpkin Festival, go trick-or-treating at Storybook Land, take a haunted train ride, and much more. 

There's so much going on, we couldn't fit it all here—so be sure to check our Event Calendar for a full listing of the weekend's Halloween happenings. Find even more holiday fun in our roundup of FREE Halloween events and parades, the best Halloween events for preschoolers, and our Ultimate Halloween Guide for NJ Kids.

Be sure to keep an eye on the forecast this weekend. You may want to call, or check the venue's website, before heading to outdoor events and parades.

Happy trick-or-treat, NJ!

Polar Express and Christmas Trains for New Jersey Kids

Every year, New Jersey's railroads get decked out in their holiday best to offer special Christmas-themed rides for the whole family. Wait—Christmas? We know, it's a bit early to start hauling out the holly, but these rides are a popular holiday tradition, and they sell out fast!

Though these trains don't go all the way to the North Pole, most include a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, along with treats, caroling, and stories. One storybook Santa train invites kids to wear their pajamas and hear a classic Christmas story read aloud on the rails, while another ferries passengers to a Christmas tree farm.

Read on to find out where to take a holiday train ride with Santa Claus, and book your tickets as soon as possible. Then you can put Christmas aside for a while and get back to your fall fun.  

Weekend Fun: Fall Festivals, Daniel Tiger, Boo at the Zoo

Fall and all of the activity that goes along with it are in full swing! From harvest festivals and farm fun to family-oriented frights, this weekend has it all. Get into the Halloween spirit at Boo at the Zoo at Space Farms in Sussex or at the Amazing Pumpkin Carve in Titusville. Celebrate everything autumn at the over-the-top South Jersey Pumpkin Show Festival in Woodstown, and ditch the tractor and take a pony ride to the pumpkin patch in Flemington.

In the mood for a performance? Kid faves Daniel Tiger, the Cat in the Hat, and more take the stage at various theaters in NJ.

Be sure to check out our Fall Fun Guide for more excitement, and find a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond in our Event Calendar

Weekend Fun: Great Pumpkin Festival, Fall Zoo Sleepover, Shopkins Live!

It’s almost officially fall, and weekends are already full of autumn awesomeness. This weekend, you can embark on a Giant Corn Maze Adventure, take an Autumn Excursion train ride, or go all-in on fall fun at the Great Pumpkin Festival. Celebrate the season at one of the many fall fairs happening throughout the state this month, visit one of NJ's amazing family-friendly farms, or head to an apple orchard to pick your own fruit. 

Other weekend highlights include the New Jersey Storytelling Festival, held this year at Howell Living History Farm; the Fall Zoo Sleepover at Turtle Back Zoo; and Shopkins Live! at Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Find many more ideas for weekend fun in our list of 35 Things We Can't Wait To Do with NJ Kids This Fall and in our Fall Fun Guide. And look to our Event Calendar for a full listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Weekend Fun: Peach Festivals, Hot Air Balloons, County Fairs

August is here, but don't panic—there's still plenty of summer left! Make the most of this weekend by checking out one of the many fairs and festivals happening across the state, including the New Jersey State Fair: Sussex County Farm & Horse Show, Terhune Orchards' Just Peachy Festival, and the Cape May Beer & Crab Festival. Take a break from the heat with Bank of America Free Museum Days or a performance of West Side Story; catch a free movie on the beach; or explore the forest on a guided nature walk

Find more ways to beat the heat in our Summer Fun Guide for NJ Kids, including our list of 15 Awesome NJ Water Parks, Best Splash Pads and Water Playgrounds, and the Best Jersey Shore Beaches for Families. And be sure to check out our Event Calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond. 

Last but not least, visit our brand-new local DEALS page to score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for NJ kids. Check back often, as we're constantly adding new ones.

Diggerland: A NJ Amusement Park for Construction-Loving Kids

If your kids can't get enough of trucks and dirt, head to Diggerland USA, a construction-themed amusement park in West Berlin. Diggerland is a child's construction-site fantasy, with a setup designed to fulfill the dreams of little builders ages 2 and up.

My 2-year-old son and I recently took the ride to West Berlin to see what it was all about, and we had a blast. However, we'll probably wait another year before returning so as to avoid the temptations of the rides he wasn't big enough to go on just yet. That said, if you're looking for a unique alternative to traditional amusement parks this summer, a trip to Diggerland is definitely in order.