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Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Kite Festival, Farm Animals, Crafty Kids

Springtime is the perfect time to spend with farm animals. This week, meet some farm friends at Abma's Barnyard Visits, and learn more about farm inhabitants at Terhune Orchards’ Read & Pick with a farm theme. Zoo animals are in the spotlight as well at Turtle Back Zoo's Night Moves. Plus, go fly a kite or watch them soar through the sky, as the holiday weekend kicks off at Wildwoods International Kite Festival.

Read on for our best children's events the week of May 22–26, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and May GoList for even more May fun.

Also, this is the last week to cast your vote for the New Jersey Besties! When you vote you'll be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a luxurious NYC getaway including a suite credit from Suiteness and a custom itinerary designed by Mommy Poppins herself, Anna Fader, or a two-night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains. The contest ends May 28, so vote today!  

Newport Green Park: An Urban Oasis and Playground in Jersey City

Nestled between two urban downtowns is a gem of a play area known as Newport Green Park. Created in 2012 as part of Jersey City’s revitalization, this peaceful oasis boasts an imaginative playground, the Hudson River’s only man-made beach, and a walkway to Hoboken, all with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. This day trip–worthy park is also home to a carousel and splash pad.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Pete the Cat, Jersey Shore Fest, Brown Bag Ballet

Celebrate mid-May with a week of festivities and fairs. Hit the rides and games at Church of the Assumption’s Spring Carnival, or head down to the beach for Jersey Shore Festival. And it’s always a party at Liberty Science Center, where this week's activities include Celebrate the Earth Storytime.

Plus, enjoy the theater this week at Bergen PAC’s performance of Pete the Cat and go behind the scenes with Roxey Ballet dancers at Brown Bag Ballet. Read on for our best children's events the week of May 15–19, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and May GoList for even more May festivities.

Last but not least—help us choose our Besties and be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a luxurious NYC getaway including a suite credit from Suiteness and a custom itinerary designed by Mommy Poppins herself, Anna Fader, or a two-night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains. Vote today! (The last day to vote is May 28.)

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: May Flowers, Garden Day, Read and Pick

May is in full bloom this week! Kids can explore beautiful flowers at Tree Time for Tykes: May Flowers and National Public Gardens Day or create their own flowery fun at Blooming Flowers Paper Craft and Mother’s Day Gift-Making. Plus, museums host tot-oriented events this week, including Montclair Art Museum’s Park Bench and Hoboken Historical Museum’s Uptown Storytime.

Read on for our best children's events the week of May 8–12, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and May GoList for even more mid-May fun.

New Jersey Playgrounds Cool Enough for Big Kids

Playgrounds are the perfect destination for a warm, sunny day in New Jersey. Your kids get fresh air and exercise...for FREE! But what happens when your school-aged children decide they’re too cool for their once-favorite neighborhood parks? My 8-year-old former playground-enthusiasts have recently begun to turn their noses up at the local swings and slides. And if I do talk them into a playground visit, we last about five minutes.

Playground moms—don’t give up yet. I haven’t! There are some destination playgrounds in New Jersey with features and contraptions novel enough to satisfy even the pickiest playground cynics. These play areas include zip lines, crazy slides, Spiderman-type climbers, and other structures that will challenge the ages 7-and-up crowd. We've rounded up some of our top picks across the state, and please note: these playgrounds all feature plenty to entertain the younger siblings as well.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Tot Gardening, Smurfs on Skates, Spring Festival

May is the perfect time to garden, and little ones will love playing in the dirt this first week of the month. Explore planting and gardening at Macculloch Hall’s Growing in the Garden and Rancocas Nature Center’s Little Sprouts. And now that the days getting longer, evening fun awaits at Kid’s Creativity Center and the Hackettstown Spring Festival.

Read on for our best children's events the week of May 1–5, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and May GoList for even more May happenings.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Cape May Fest, Kite Month, Nocturnal Birds

April wraps up this week with some outdoorsy seasonal fun. Head down the shore for Cape May’s Spring Celebration, or hang out with furry friends during the day at Bergen County Zoo’s Playtime at the Zoo or in the evening at Reeves-Reed Nocturnal Animals exploration.

Plus, don’t miss springtime freebies like Pottery Barn Kids Storytime, Barnes & Noble Storytime, Penny Spinners, and Celebrate Kite Month. Read on for our best children's events the week of April 24–28, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and April GoList for even more end-of-the month fun.

Best Miniature Golf Courses for New Jersey Kids and Families

Summer is on the horizon, and that means day trips, swimming, water parks, random adventures with the small people, and yes, putt-putt. New Jersey apparently has a thing for windmills and teeny-weeny pencils—our fair state has at least 53 miniature golf courses! We're highlighting nearly half of these courses, so get out that little pencil and make your way around the state. See websites for prices and hours.

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