"Read Across America Day" is a fun and important day for your little reader! This year Read Across America Day falls on March 3, 2014, but we should be celebrating reading everyday. We're sure your local library and child's school is celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America, but why let them have all the fun? Here's our roundup of fun reading events and ideas for celebrating Read Across America for New Jersey kids and families.
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A number of northern NJ schools are closed for a long President’s weekend or the full President's Week, but do not fear! Just check out some of these great day camps and activities to keep your kids busy and you sane. And if you don't find what you're looking for here, check out our February GO List for activities this month, along with our post on Valentine's Day Drop-Off Fun in NJ.
There are many old and charming small towns in the great state of New Jersey. With memorable beach towns, historic college towns and sleepy suburbs, the garden state represents small town USA from Sussex to Salem County. Here is another installment in our ongoing series on Mommy Poppins New Jersey, Great Small Towns in NJ. Check out our other posts on Cranford, Millburn, Chester and Sparta. Get out there and explore our great state in one of these wonderful small towns!
There are many old and charming small towns in the great state of New Jersey. With memorable summer destinations, college towns and sleepy suburbs, the garden state represents small town USA from Sussex County down to Salem County. Here is our second installment in the ongoing series on Mommy Poppins New Jersey, Great Small Towns in NJ. Check out our first installment on Chester, NJ and let's hear it for wonderful small towns!
The smell of freshly-sharpened pencils and the crunch of a fresh apple -- it's time for school again! There are so many books out there to get your kid in the mood for everyday academia. Kids starting school for the first time may be experiencing excitement peppered with anxiety over separation from parents. First graders may be having trouble with the transition to longer days, new teachers and new friends. Starting a new school year can be tough on kids of any age. Try some books that use humorous storylines and positive ideas to help ease your child's transition into a new year. Check out our list of the best back to school books for your NJ kids preschool - 7 grade.
Summer is the season when most people are on the prowl for fresh seafood, so enjoy these last few weeks donning a plastic lobster bib with your shell cracker in hand. The Jersey Shore offers everything from upscale seafood dining (places you may not want to bring an unruly toddler) to place with newspaper on the table. There are a lot of family-friendly places to get a great seafood feast. So, avoid Red Lobster and check out my picks for the best places for the whole family to enjoy a fresh seafood meal.
There are so many great vacation spots within driving distance from New Jersey. We take a long road trip every year and now that we are into the toddler years, it has become more important than ever to have unique and fun things to do in the car or while flying. But, there is one magic item that never fails, whether in the car or on a plane -- the iPad! Besides being able to watch movies and shows, the one thing that can keep things fresh is having some new apps on there for your little one to discover while on the move to your final destination. From educational to just downright fun; here's a list of some of the best apps for toddlers -- don't forget to download them before your vacation!
Summer is in full-swing and, as the governor announced live on the Today show the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend, the Jersey Shore is back and open for business! This is generally true, however there are a few areas that were hit the hardest that aren't bouncing back as quickly as others (including Mantoloking and Sea Bright). Things may still be on the mend, but there is a lot of fun to be had at the shore this year. Keep reading for a 2013 update to my previous post to get you in the know about the beaches at the Jersey Shore! Here's a list of some of the spots that are open now and how much they will cost you. Let's all continue to help "restore the shore" and get down there with our NJ kids and families this summer!