When you think "summer camp," you might picture canoeing on a lake, playing capture the flag, and eating s'mores by a campfire. But camp can also be about coding, constructing robots, and building with Legos. We've rounded up more than 20 New Jersey STEM camps that promise a summer of fun for budding scientists, engineers, and computer programmers. Find more New Jersey summer camps in our Camp Guide and Full Directory of Listings.
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Summer camps in New Jersey vary wildly in price, so it’s important to choose a camp that’s right for your child AND your pocketbook. Many camps let you register by the week or even the day, so you don't have to commit to an entire summer. Other options, like three-day weeks and half-day camp, also allow you to keep costs down. The cost of certain camps can be applied against the child care tax credit for children of single parents/two working parents, and some camps offer financial assistance—especially ones that get money from donors.
April's jam-packed schedule will put some spring in your step, with Easter celebrations, the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in Newark, the Earth Day celebration in Jersey City, Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and many more spring festivals and fairs.
If April showers are in the forecast, head indoors to see a performance! Tons of favorite characters and shows are taking the stage this month throughout NJ, including Pinkalicious, Jungle Book, and Sesame Street Live.
Read on for our top picks for April. To stay up to date on all the latest happenings, be sure to sign up for our newsletters and check out our Event Calendar, with new activities added daily. And for even more seasonal fun, don't miss our Spring Fun Guide for NJ Kids. Happy spring!
March comes in like a lion with an abundance of celebrations in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, St. Patrick's Day, and NJ Makers Day. We've rounded up more than 15 things we're most looking forward to this month in NJ, from springtime celebrations to a huge selection of kids' shows.
Make Dr. Seuss' 115th birthday a festive one at Jenkinson's Aquarium and Liberty Hall. Get your green on at St. Paddy's parades throughout the state. And put those thinking caps on at Makers Day events, including one at Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.
This month is packed with performances—Beauty & The Beast, Annie, The Cat in the Hat, The Addams Family, B-The Underwater Bubble Show, Disney Junior Dance Party, and much more. And get a taste of early spring at outdoor events like Maple Sugaring at Washington Crossing State Park and Lego Day at Diggerland.
Read on to see all of our top picks for March awesomeness. And for a complete list of this month's happenings, be sure to check out our Event Calendar. Happy (almost) spring!
Winter's not over yet, and if you're running out of ideas, don't despair—there's plenty of indoor fun to be found at museums throughout central and southern NJ. At these wonderful and varied spots, you can explore a battleship, learn all about insects, ride a vintage train, gaze at the stars, and even see a shrunken head!
Looking for an indoor play space that makes your jaw drop and your kids jump for joy? We've rounded up a dozen of the biggest and best spots for playing, jumping, bouncing, climbing, and thrill-seeking throughout New Jersey.
The Garden State is home to tons of awesome play spaces, and it was tough choosing just 12. We limited our list to those with major wow factor—places where you can tackle a Ninja Warrior–style obstacle course, play laser tag, climb on and through play mazes, bounce on inflatables and trampolines, play arcade games, scale rock walls, and even go roller skating or bowling. While most of these spots aren't specifically geared toward the smaller set, all have areas and/or times set aside just for them.
Read on to find out which fun zones made the cut. And for even more options, check out our guide to indoor play spaces, where you'll find drop-in play for $15 or less, the best trampoline parks and bounce houses in NJ, and much more.
Before they grow up and want to go to sleepaway camp with their BFFs, preschoolers can get a taste of summer camp in a program created just for them. New Jersey is home to some wonderful day camps for the under-5 crowd, and we've rounded up more than a dozen of our favorites. In addition to low camper-counselor ratios, these programs offer developmentally appropriate fun for every interest, whether you want your little one to experience the great outdoors, bounce and tumble at a cool indoor spot, or delve into subjects like robotics, film, and fashion.
Got a sweet tooth? Check out Morris Museum's Chocolate Family Day, or go maple sugaring at one of several spots around the state. You can revel in family-friendly festivals at State Theatre and Westfield YMCA then head to the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum for the annual Lunar New Year and Welcome Spring Celebration.
There are tons of kid-friendly performances this month, including staged versions of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Darci Lynne & Friends: Fresh Out of the Box, and Junie B Jones. And there are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, including Family Date Night at Jenkinson's and a My Little Man and Me party at Liberty Hall Museum.
For a full list of happenings, don't forget to check out our Event Calendar. Happy February, NJ!