It's that special time of year when school is on the brain and we're all thinking about great classes and activities in which we can involve our kids (and ourselves). So we at Mommy Poppins NJ are delighted and pumped and excited and all those happy -ed words, to introduce our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for New Jersey! Check out our ever-growing list of great classes in our fair state, complete with general listings and full articles about our faves. Classy!
Shari Simpson has Anna Fader and Mommy Poppins to thank for learning to appreciate her own state. Before she started editing Mommy Poppins NJ, Shari dragged her spawn into NYC for any type of "culture"; now she knows all the good stuff to be had in New Jersey and is not so fast to hop on that PATH train. In her other life, Shari is a comedic playwright ("Maybe Baby, It's You", Dramatic Publishing, Inc.), a humor blogger ("Earth Mother just means I'm dusty"), and a freelance writer. She is mother to four (two human, two pug) and resides in Hoboken, where she can be found jogging along the waterfront or dragging her Brownie troop of 30 crazy little girls around town.
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My kids were beside themselves when they found out that I was interviewing Rich Collins from The Imagination Movers. When I asked them what burning kid-question I should pose to Mover Rich, they both chimed in "Can we come and meet Warehouse Mouse?" The Movers aren't worried about being upstaged by their furry "second banana", however; their Emmy-winning TV show and wildly popular tour and CDs are testament to just how popular these four imaginative dreamers are, for kids and parents alike. Read on for my interview with IM Rich Collins, details about their NYC and NJ shows, and a chance to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to the May 10th Rock-o-Matic show at The Count Basie Theater in Red Bank!
All of us here at Mommy Poppins New Jersey have been working hard and birthday-partying like crazy and we're proud to finally introduce our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide! Chock-full of tips, ideas, locations, pricing, and personal experience, we hope our Birthday Party Guide will take some of the stress and legwork out of your planning and let you just enjoy your special boy or girl's big day. We'll be updating our Guide continually, so check back often for the skinny, gathered by our Mommy Poppins partiers. Enjoy!
I do love a good water park, but if there’s one thing I hate more than being cold, it’s being wet and cold. Which is why I was so enamored of the Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Water Park in the Poconos. A balmy and constant 84 degrees, no matter what the weather outside--now this is my kind of water park. And with the mere hour and a half drive from Northern NJ, this is the ultimate in family weekend trips. Mentally put on your swimsuit, and read on for my family’s "good times" at the Great Wolf Lodge.
Seems like we were just talking about the Polar Express, and here it is already time for Easter Bunny trains rides! Times flies, and so does childhood, so we’d like to give your NJ kids a special treat: a free trip on the Easter Bunny Train and an Easter Egg Hunt with the family on a Delaware River Railroad Excursion out of Phillipsburg, NJ. Read on for how to enter this fun springtime contest.
It's just our humble opinion, but we think that every kid should see the circus at least once in their lifetime. Even in this age of interactive video games and 3-D movies, the spectacle of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is surprising and captivating, inspiring a jaw-drop on the most jaded of juveniles. It is our pleasure here at Mommy Poppins to be able to offer a family four-pack of tickets to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS. Read on for how to enter this great giveaway contest!
I must confess—I have a soft spot for “Disney On Ice”. Generally, we don’t cotton to the expensive, big-name events here at Mommy Poppins, but I’ve seen the icy Disney twice now and even without being much of a figure-skatin’ fan, I’m sold. Read on for more information on how to win a family four-pack of tickets to “Disney On Ice presents Mickey and Minnie's Magical Journey” at either the Nassau Coliseum, Prudential Center or Izod Center, all in NJ!
This is a time of year when we can be feeling a strong desire to “give back” and yet be overwhelmed by the amount of needs out there. We participate in toy drives, help out at shelters, donate our time and money, hoping that what we give can make a difference. Today we’d like to highlight one way of giving back that really does make a difference, The Children’s Hospital of NJ’s “Wish List”.