Looking for some fun along with your food? From knights and horses to model trains, many New Jersey restaurants offer themed and interactive dining experiences for the entire family. Read on for more than a dozen restaurants in New Jersey that will make your next family meal a bit more magical.
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Looking for a great summer outing that’ll float the family’s boat? A ride in a paddleboat (sometimes called a pedal boat), kayak, canoe, or rowboat offers panoramic views of New Jersey's scenic parks and lakes, plus an opportunity for family time that may actually be peaceful.
Paddleboat and kayak rentals are available throughout the state. Check the specific paddling locations for any age or weight restrictions, then sit back and enjoy the ride. (And don't forget the sunscreen!)
Feeling more adventurous? Find the best places for tubing and rafting in and around NJ.
Looking for a way to introduce your child to the pool? Mommy-and-me swim lessons are a great way to help kids develop a love of swimming and instill confidence around the water. These swimming lessons for kids in New Jersey teach water skills in a safe and age-appropriate way, and most allow children as young as 6 months old to participate; many of the swim programs listed below estend programming up to age 12 or beyond and some even offer competitive swim teams.
For more kids classes, be sure to check out our guide to the Best Kids Classes and Activities in New Jersey.
It is sunflower field season in New Jersey! One of the best things about our state is its bountiful pick-your-own farms—you can load up the family and pick strawberries in late spring, blueberries and peaches in the summertime, and apples and pumpkins come fall. But what many people may not know is that in addition to fresh produce, New Jersey farms are overflowing with acres of beautiful flowers, especially camera-ready sunflower fields.
There are even some NJ farms hosting sunflower mazes, sunflower trails, and sunflower festivals. So plan to spend a day on the farm this summer and bring home a fragrant assortment of Jersey-grown blooms!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and moms everywhere will be celebrating with a fabulous Mother's Day brunch. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back vibe or you prefer something more upscale, the Jersey Shore has plenty of delicious restaurants to choose from.
Check out one of these local favorites for a wonderful Mother's Day brunch on the Jersey Shore; no cooking or clean-up required. Relax, enjoy yourself, and have a very happy Mother’s Day!
Get outdoors while visiting cute, cuddly baby animals and barnyard pets on a local farm or New Jersey petting zoo. In addition to seeing chicks, calves, lambs, bunnies, and piglets, kids can often pick their own fruits and vegetables at these Garden State farms. Some even host events where kids can watch cows being milked or another farmstead demonstration, such as learning how cheese and bread are made.
Some offer full petting zoos, as well as wagon rides and pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Read on for more than a dozen of our favorite NJ petting zoos, and don't forget you can also meet barnyard and other animals at several of New Jersey's zoos.
While big-kid birthday party places often offer options for little kids, sometimes even those choices can be a bit too grown-up. So we’ve compiled a list of 17 spots around New Jersey that specialize in hosting parties for preschoolers and toddlers.
From Beethoven to Bob Marley, music delights children from a very young age and fosters healthy brain development. These NJ music classes for babies to preschoolers will inspire your little ones while providing great bonding experiences for parents and children.
For more cool classes, from swimming lessons to STEM programs, check out our guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs for New Jersey Kids.