Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is not only a huge buzzword in education, but also with parents hoping to raise the next Steve Jobs. The term STEM has been around since 2003, but lately there's been a greater focus on education integration at an early age. Makerspaces are locations that foster the notions of STEM, where children and adults can build things, take risks, celebrate successes and failures, collaborate and most of all, have fun! Check out these great Makerspace locations. From 3D printers to sewing machines and software, each of these destinations is stocked with high-tech equipment that will help you and your kids turn ideas into reality.
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It’s time to start anew and sweep out all the bad luck of 2015. Celebrating Chinese New Year with your family can be a blast, not to mention cleansing! Of course, New York City's celebrations are wonderful, but there is a ton of fun to be had in New Jersey as well. Bring in the Year of the Monkey the right way, with dance, family workshops, music or stay home for cleaning, food, crafts and more!
An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM refers to the increased focus on these subjects in school. Beginning as early as kindergarten, kids are using technology in their classrooms and learning new ways to solve problems. If your son or daughter enjoys math and science, they would probably love an extracurricular activity that incorporates STEM in fun and creative ways. Check out some of the great places in central New Jersey that offer classes on robotics, computers and science. For days when you are home with your budding engineer, check out our list of great toys that teach STEM skills through play.
Summer is the perfect time of year for artists to express themselves. Summer art camps allow children the opportunity to build confidence, enhance creativity and have fun. With its close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia, central New Jersey is home to a wealth of talented artists hoping to educate and inspire children of all ages. Here are a few summer camp options for parents looking to inspire their little Da Vinci during the long hot days of summer vacation. And to find out all the day camp options in NJ, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.
It's the perfect time of year to lace up those skates and hit the ice. New Jersey is home to some great outdoor ice rinks as well as plenty of indoor skating arenas. If your kids are dreaming of becoming Olympic figure skaters or professional hockey players, you might be thinking of signing them up for skating lessons. We've found some great skating programs across the state that will have your kids going for the gold, or at least not falling down as much. From Mommy and Me classes to advanced figure skating and hockey lessons, your kids will be ready to compete, or just show off, in no time.
Planning a birthday party is no easy task these days. From choosing a theme to finding a venue, the checklist seems endless. One way to lighten the load is by finding a great bakery to customize the cake. Cakes and cupcakes have become the centerpiece of most parties. If you really want to make your guests smile, a fun, tasty cake is the way to do it. Whether you are looking for that perfect themed cake, or some outstanding cupcakes, we've got you covered. Check out our list of great bakeries in Central NJ. For even more information on throwing the perfect party, check out our NJ Kid's Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
Black Friday is known as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Retailers try to lure us in with deep discounts on everything from toys to electronics. Let's face it, though, dragging the kids to the mall isn't the most fun way to kick off the holiday season. This year, why not look for a family activity that will make everyone merry? From holiday shows to winter festivals, we've come up with a great list of things to do on Black Friday that are far away from the busy shopping centers. Be sure to check our Events Calendar regularly for even more great holiday activities throughout November and December.
September is National Baby Safety Month. If you've recently had a baby you're probably pretty overwhelmed. Between diaper changes, feedings and sleep schedules, it's hard for new parents to find time to think about all of the safety hazards in their home. Once babies start crawling and climbing, however, it's amazing how quickly they can get into trouble. If you don't have the time (or the energy) to wrestle with baby gates and cabinet locks, it might be time to call in a professional. New Jersey families can turn to one of several great baby proofing companies, all members of the International Association For Child Safety (IAFCS), that will make sure that when baby starts moving, he will be safe.