There's plenty of outdoor fun on tap this week in NJ as we soak in the final weeks of warm weather. Hit the Camden Children's Garden for a hands-on parent-child workshop, head to Liberty State Park for a bird walk, or nosh your way through the Mercer County Italian American Festival. Special storytimes are also in this week's spotlight: check out the Bergen County Zoo’s Playtime at the Zoo and the Hoboken Historical Museum’s Uptown Storytime. Kids can even get a chance to read to a pup at Tail Waggin’ Tutors.
Latest posts by Laurie
It’s the first full week of school for most New Jersey kids. Relieve homework and new-school stress with some fresh, almost-fall air at Movies in the Park and Que by the Sea. Or, kick back after school at Maker Monday. Toddlers and preschoolers can stay just as busy as big sis or bro with fun activities like Pottery Barn’s storytime and a Chocolate Works' mommy and me session.
September is here, and what better way to kick off a new month and the start of school than with a holiday weekend! Celebrate the bonus day off at Funplex’s Labor Day Party or Adventure Aquarium’s Penguin Awareness Weekend. Then, it’s back to school for most New Jersey kids, but you can still squeeze in those last licks of summer at Liberty State Park’s Summerfest and METC’s Family Friendly Concert Series. Don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options.
And if you're looking for more ideas to keep the kids busy on Labor Day, take a drive to a New Jersey day trip hotspot, get in one last splash at a sprayground, head to the apple orchard for DIY picking, or check out tons of fun activities with 100 Things to Do in New Jersey with Kids Before They Grow Up.
The summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of seasonal fun around the state in this final week of August. Catch the grand finales of outdoor movies and concerts with Movie Monday, Zoo-Flix and Wildwood Concerts Under the Stars. Then, kick off September with games, rides and fun at Scotch Plains’ Labor Day Italian Festival. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!
Looking for an outdoor play adventure beyond the local playground? Make Bergen County’s Van Saun Park your family’s day trip destination. My own family makes this hour-away journey a few time a year, and it never disappoints. With its massive playground, splash pad, carousel and train rides, plus a zoo, a trip to Van Saun almost feels like a theme park visit (minus the admission fee). The playground and zoo are open year-round, while some of the activities, such as the rides, are seasonal (April through October). A little tip-- there’s plenty of parking, but weekends get pretty crowded; you may want to arrive early. Please note that admission to Van Saun Park is free, including the playground and splash pad, but some features do require an additional fee, as noted. Here are 10 awesome things to do on your next Van Saun Park adventure:
I don’t know about you, but I’m in denial that the summer is winding down. Luckily, summer activities are far from over in this next-to-last week of August. Send the little ones for camp adventures at My Gym’s Summer Fun Half Days and Museum of Early Trades & Crafts’ Camp in a Day. Tots have a busy week with Tod Squad, Tinkergarten and Tot Tours: Music Makers.
Cool off this week with these yummy ice cream spots around NJ, or one of these 25 fun ideas for the kids, from water slides to indoor spots to chill. Or mix things up this week with a fun day trip. We have loads of ideas in our NJ Day Trip Guide.
And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!
What is it about summer that makes even the most uptight parent want to bend the rules a bit? Like healthy dinner rules? How about ice cream for dinner? Go ahead....we won't tell. As temperatures sore to sweltering heights, and we look for new ways to cool down, ice cream has become a must-have. And as luck would have it, our state has some delicious ice cream joints!
Whether you’re looking to dazzle your taste buds with a quirky flavor or go for an old-fashioned milkshake, we've rounded up a list of amazing ice cream shops that will have New Jersey kids and parents celebrating all that is summer.
Nothing says summer evenings like entertainment under the night sky, especially when it’s free! Spend relaxing evenings this week at Point Pleasant’s Kiddie Beach Show, Van Saun’s Zoo-Flix, and Wildwood’s Concert Under the Stars. While we’re talking free, stop by the no-cost Pirate Day and Peanuts Movie. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!