Treat your kids to a real animal adventure at one of New Jersey's amazing zoos, aquariums, and animal preserves. At these day trip-worthy spots, little animal lovers can meet their favorite furry friends, check out exotic wildlife from other continents, or swim with the sharks (yes, really!). We've rounded up the best places in the Garden State for New Jersey kids to have an up-close-and-personal encounter with animals of every kind.
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After a year spent indoors, we're all excited to slowly re-enter the world and take advantage (safely) of all the fun the Jersey Shore and neighboring locales have to offer. From adorable baby animals to a new water park and fireworks galore, it's time to get out there and explore.
Here are 10 must-see places, events, and to-dos to add to your family's bucket list to enjoy this spring and all summer long, down the shore or nearby. Find more must-do activities in the region on our list of 70 things to do with kids at the Jersey Shore.
New Jersey is teeming with amazing outdoor places to take kids. From educational nature centers to destination-worthy playgrounds, there is a multitude of fun events for little ones. But our beautiful state arboretums and gardens are often overlooked. These fabulous green spaces offer a great opportunity for children to see nature up close. Many locations also host educational and engaging programs, featuring hands-on gardening, guided hikes, and action-packed scavenger hunts.
So, with the spring season now in high gear, gather the kids and head to these beautiful, local gardens. We're not known as the Garden State for nothing.
There's no doubt New Jersey is home to countless parks and playgrounds, but some play spots go above and beyond, with design features that make them more of a destination than the basic park down the block.
If you've been to your neighborhood playground so many times the slides and swings have lost their thrill, now's the perfect time to switch up your kiddo's routine. Spring has sprung, and these 12 amazing playgrounds are worth the trip!
From cool play spaces featuring awesome jungle gyms you won't find anywhere else, as well as playgrounds with water features, zip lines, a carousel, and even a zoo, these stellar playscapes allow kids to slide, swing, splash, climb, and imagine the day away. Pile into the car and visit each at least once—but we bet you'll want to return again and again.
If ever there was a year we deserved an amazing spring break, 2021 is it! This is the year to make up for lost time, but you don't need to get on a plane to have an epic vacation. Skip the long airport security lines—and germs—in favor of enjoying a spring break staycation right here in New Jersey.
Most New Jersey school districts are closed somewhere between Monday, March 29, and Friday, April 9. Luckily, you don’t have to go far to make the most of your time off. The Garden State is home to museums, playgrounds, zoos, and other fun zones just a short drive away. Plus, our Event Calendar is full of great events taking place during that period.
Read on for more than 35 fun things to do with kids during a spring break staycation. You can also find great nearby getaways in our Day Trips Guide and more seasonal entertainment in our Spring Fun Guide.
Spring has sprung, so it's time to trade in those clunky boots, mittens, and winter coats for fresh air, parks and playgrounds, spring getaways, and New Jersey farm fun. Get outside to take advantage of all of the seasonal fun the Garden State offers.
Read on for 40 fantastic spring activities to enjoy with your family. Looking for more? Check out our Spring Fun Guide, with new events, activities, and outings are added throughout the season.
Like the idea of crafting with your kid but cringe at the thought of paint and glitter all over your house? New Jersey is home to various drop-in art studios offering your spontaneous painter, potter, glassmaker, and jeweler the chance to get their craft on. The perfect destinations for a cold winter day, these creative spaces let you skip the mess at home while catering to your budding artist's creative impulses.
Read on for our roundup of 20+ arts and crafts studios in New Jersey. The pandemic has forced some studios to limit capacity, implement safety precautions, and offer take-home kit alternatives. Please click through to individual websites for up-to-date safety protocols, as well as current prices.
Santa Claus is coming to the Garden State, and we’ve found eight towns that truly shine this time of the year. We're talking about the places where sleigh bells ring, carolers sing, and thousands of Christmas lights sparkle. While this year's holiday season may not offer all the local pomp and circumstance of prior years, these towns still manage to get in the holiday spirit with decked-out trees, strolling entertainment, and socially-distant visits with Santa.
So pull out all the warm clothes, cue the holiday music, and take a drive to one of these charming, Christmas-crazed New Jersey towns. Many are offering safe activities outdoors or entertainment that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car.
Check out our Holiday Fun Guide for even more ways to be merry.