As my daughter’s 6th birthday approaches, I am scrambling to find an entertaining and unique party location. My house is small, so a home party is not an option (plus the mess and clean up. Ugh!). A party that would involve the 3 F’s, food, favors and fun, seems like the perfect formula for NJ kids and their party-planning moms. How about a make-your-own-craft party? New Jersey has a variety of studios that offer make-and-take crafts for your little Picasso. Aspiring painters, potters, glassmakers, and jewelers can satisfy their creative side. The best part is that the finished masterpiece becomes your built-in favor! Check out some of our favorite New Jersey arts'n'crafts studios. And for even more fab ideas, check out our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
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We hope you've been enjoying our series on Great Small Towns in NJ and have headed out to Chester, Sparta, or Cranford by now. Today's selection is Millburn, New Jersey; as the home of the famed Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn is a center of the arts and culture in Essex County. Millburn also boasts a host of recreational facilities, restaurants, and a beautiful arboretum that will keep any family busy for a great day out in NJ!
Rodeos in New Jersey? While a state like Texas is usually associated with all things western, New Jersey families may be surprised to know that they can experience the “wild west” much like their Texan counterparts. Rodeos are alive and well here in the Garden State. In fact, many events can be found close to home and are cheap to watch. Strap on your best cowboy boots and check out some of these thrilling horse and rider shows.
It’s no secret that moms are busier than ever these days. Work, kids’ activities and LIFE keep us all on the move. So when it comes time to plan, shop for, and run your child’s birthday party, a little helping hand is truly appreciated. Lucky for us, there is now Busy Moms Party Planning, Jen Anerson's small business based in northern New Jersey. Anderson helps us busy moms plan all kinds of celebrations from birthdays to bar mitzvahs, stepping in to either fully run the show, or providing a consultation to steer you in the right direction. Read on for my personal party experience with Busy Moms Party Planning!
Don’t have a green thumb? Critters spoiling you attempts at a garden again this year? Join a CSA farm. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a local farmer and the people who consume his/her fresh, often organic, produce. Members purchase a "share" of the farm's anticipated harvest. This partnership becomes a win/win situation to the CSA members by giving them the best quality, freshest, widest variety of locally grown produce while ensuring the survival of the farms by guaranteeing the farmer a fair return on his/her efforts. Members pay at the beginning of the season and the farmer delivers a weekly assortment of vegetables, herbs and sometimes fruit as they become available. Each of the farms runs a little differently, so check the websites and choose the program that best suits your family’s needs. And enjoy!
It's one day until spring--huh?? The east coast has endured some crazy weather in recent weeks, so we wise and hardy NJ moms know there is no guarantee that warm weather will be here anytime soon. Luckily, New Jersey has plenty of fun and exciting indoor play spaces to take the kids. Pack a bag, put on your snow boots, and head out to try out some of these awesome places in Mercer and Somerset counties.
With the events of the past week, the prospect of a day trip with the kids takes on a whole new level of gratitude and enjoyment. So once the gifts are all open, played with and grown tired of, it may be time to head out and spend some time together. Enjoy a few of the very special holiday and post-holiday events and venues in New Jersey. And just enjoy each other.
Parents who are looking for a way to score the hottest items for this holiday season in NJ can now take advantage of layaway programs at many of our most popular stores. Head out to the stores if you can or check out the various websites. Many of the programs are available online, and are all flexible enough to allow many of us stretch those hard earned dollars and bring home some great gifts for the holidays!