Give most children a stick, and inevitably it will become a sword. My children love battling it out with everything from wrapping paper tubes to broomsticks. Why not turn that love of battle into a great form of exercise for your kids? As a mother of a fairly coordinated kid who hates the idea of baseball, soccer, and football, I've come to realize that classes in an individual sports like karate or fencing might be the best way to get him sweating. Fencing is just the right mix of imagination and sport; kids love the cool swordplay, and parents love the discipline, coordination, and logical thinking that fencing lessons provide. If you are looking for a fun new sport for your kids, take a stab at fencing at one of these amazing fencing schools right here in New Jersey. For more great summer camps, check out our New Jersey Summer Day Camp Guide.
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With an area of less than two square miles, the adorable seaside town of Stone Harbor showcases small town charm at its best. With the Intercoastal Waterway to the West and the Atlantic Ocean to the East, this barrier island town offers unlimited opportunities for water sports and recreation. From sunrise to sunset, visitors can find make themselves as busy or relaxed as they choose. Peaceful beaches, a quaint downtown and exceptional restaurants make Stone Harbor one of the most appealing destinations at the Jersey Shore. To learn about more great small shore towns, check out our posts on Ocean Grove and Cape May.
Nestled in the northern most part of Somerset County, Bernardsville is a charming town that boasts scenic landscapes and a peaceful ambiance. Rich in historical significance, the town has had several notable residents including Brook Astor, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis and Meryl Streep. Today, abundant parks and playgrounds as well as annual events and a lovely downtown make Bernardsville a great destination year round. Below are a few great reasons to check out this wonderful little town. For more great small towns in New Jersey, check out the rest of our Great Small Towns series including posts on Chester and Nutley.
Do you have a crafty kid in your home? It might be time to introduce them to the wonderful world of sewing. By learning to use a sewing machine, children can begin to design their own clothes, stuffed animals and accessories. In addition, sewing helps kids develop problem solving skills, strong motor skills and attention to detail. Central NJ is home to some wonderful sewing schools that offer after school classes and summer camps. For more summer camp ideas for creative kids, check out our post on Central New Jersey Summer Art Camps.
One of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday is by getting my family all dressed up and going out for a great brunch. My husband and children are what you might call "foodies", and giving them the opportunity to pick and choose from a bountiful buffet or design their own omelets (none of which I have to prepare) makes for an enjoyable outing for all of us. New Jersey is home to tons of great brunch spots, but some of the best brunches in the state are located in our beautiful hotels. Great customer service, a bountiful menu and beautiful decor make these hotel brunches standouts. Just in time for Mother's Day, our list features some great hotel brunches throughout the Garden State. If you are interested in heading into New York City for brunch, check out our post on New York City Hotel Brunches.
Founded in 1857, the historic town of Cape May is known as the nation's oldest seaside resort. Travelers from all over the world flock to Cape May in the summer months. However, this charming little town, on the southern most tip of the Jersey shore, is not just a summer destination. Year round attractions and events make it a perfect getaway any time of the year. If you are looking for a weekend getaway or a day trip, why not head down the Parkway to Exit Zero and fall in love with the Victorian seaside gem known as Cape May. To learn about another great small town near the Jersey Shore, check out our post on Ocean Grove.
Located in the center of NJ, Ocean Grove brings small town living to the Jersey Shore. At just one square mile, it's a family friendly town that offers relief from the crowds, noise and commercialism that can be found at other beaches. With its gingerbread cottages and quaint main street, Ocean Grove has a 1950's feel that makes it a great destination for families year round. For information on great small towns in North Jersey, check out our posts on Millburn, Nutley and Chester.
This bitterly cold winter has left many parents looking for ways to entertain their stir-crazy kids. On days when heading to the local park isn't an option, indoor play spaces can be a parents best friend. If your little monkeys are bouncing off of the walls, some of the indoor entertainment options listed below might just give you a few hours to catch your breath. For even more ideas, visit our Indoor Play and Rainy Day Activity Guide.