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JC Summer Camp Directory’18

Summer Camps in Jersey City :

List of Summer Camps in Jersey City

JCFamilies has the most trusted directory of summers camps serving Jersey City, Hoboken and the surrounding areas.  We have assembled a list of the best options for children of all ages, abilities and interests.
The camps in our directory range from local schools and activity centers with diverse activities for campers, to more singular-focused camps (dance, STEM, robotics, soccer, tennis, swimming), to the more classic summer camps which are located out in the country.  All camps outside of the metro area provide transportation from/to JC/Hoboken.
Use this directory to find full day and 1/2 day options for your little campers.  Whether you’re looking for a few days a week, a few weeks of the summer, or the whole summer, you can find what you’re looking for here.

 

Summer Camps in Jersey City

 

Summer Camps in Jersey City

THE BRUNSWICK SCHOOL
www.thebrunswickschool.com
189 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone:(201) 420-1550

The Brunswick school’s camp definitely tops the List of Summer Camps in Jersey City and it is one of the most popular camps in our city.

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Summer Camps in Jersey City

KIDDIE ACADEMY OF HAMILTON PARK
www.kiddieacademy.com/hamiltonpark
255 Brunswick St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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Summer Camps in Jersey City

WATERFRONT MONTESSORI
www.waterfrontmontessori.com
150 Warren St, Suite 108, Jersey City, NJ – 07302 Phone (201) 333-5600

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Summer Camps in Jersey City

CAMP RIVERBEND
Camp Riverbend
116 Hillcrest Rd., Warren, NJ, 07059 – Phone: 908-580-CAMP

 Camp Riverbend—where the fun never ends!  Fun, camp spirit and achievement through swimming, sports, crafts, cooking, canoeing, adventure course and much more!  All the fun is led by an amazing staff of teachers and college students.  Join the Breene family for a summer of confidence and friendship. Lunch included.  For boys and girls, ages 3-14. Bus service included from downtown Jersey City and Hoboken. Camp river bend has been in our list of Summer Camps in Jersey City for last 4 years.

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Summer Camps in Jersey City

MY GYM
www.mygym.com/jerseycity
252 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)205-1218

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Summer Camps in Jersey CityZANIAC LEARNING
www.Zaniaclearning.com/jerseycity
125 First Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (732) 236-8970

Zaniac Summer Camps are ideal for your curious child. Go on a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math Adventure with us! Each camp is tailored to your child’s needs. Small camp sizes ensure an exceptional experience. Our instructors are fully-trained and vetted role models who love working with kids and technology. Camps are grouped and focused for your child’s age and grade.  It’s Summer Adventure for your child’s mind at Zaniac! Go from true beginner coder with Scratch or Blockly to writing custom code in Pythonor Java. Discover and investigate with a themed STEAM Quest Camp where your child can be an astronaut or a superhero! Explore mechanical and electrical engineering through hands-on innovation to build robots and fly drones! Create your own projects with our design camps–from musical compositions to 3D prints!

Each Zaniac Summer Camp Features:

  • Personalized attention with small camp sizes
  • Gain tech skills with role model instructors
  • Fun & safe high-tech environment
  • Daily outdoor activity
  • Weekly library visits & local field trips
  • Pizza Fridays & Daily Snacks
  • Zaniac T-shirt with every camp

Weekly Full-Day Camp: $559 
Camp Hours: 8:30 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.aftercare available until 5:30pm*Weekly Half Day Camp: $349  
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*Weekly after-care from 4:30-5:30 available for $35 per week

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List of Summer Camps in Jersey City
NIMBUS DANCE WORKS
209 3rd Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 377-0718

JC SummerArts 2018 – July 23 – August 31

With instruction in various styles of dance, theater, choral music, and fine art, JC SummerArts provides an in-depth experience in the arts from process to refinement to performance. Classes are taught by working professional artists, including members of Nimbus Dance Works’ acclaimed professional dance company. JC SummerArts takes place at Nimbus’ large, air-conditioned, state of-the-art  facility steps from the Newark Avenue plaza!

Emphasis is placed on individual student attention and small class sizes, providing engagement with process and foundation for technique and artistry. Our top priority is creating a positive and fun environment for our young campers!

Each week culminates with a final performance showcasing the work camp students have accomplished. In addition to focused studio time, students spend outdoor time at the park (cooling off in the water sprinklers!) – other highlights include Ice Cream Fridays, headshot photos of each student, special guest teachers, and more!

July 23-27 – Lights, Camera – DANCE!’ – Music Video Week
July 30-Aug 3 -Frida Kahlo & Arts of the Americas: Dual Language Week 
Aug 6-10 – 
Pop Star Week!
Aug 13-17 – 
Once Upon a Time: Create Your Own Fairytale Week
Aug 20-24 – 
“Grease!”
Aug 27-31 – Under the Sea w/ The Little Mermaid

Ages: 4-11 yrs (note: Teen Intensive for 12-18yrs offered  July 9 -20)

Daily Schedule: 9am-4pm (early drop-off and aftercare available)

Tuition: Advance: $375 (until 4/1 only); Weekly Price: $425; Full 6 Weeks: $1,750

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List of Summer Camps in Jersey City DEERKILL DAY CAMP
www.deerkilldaycamp.com
54 Wilder Road, Suffern, NY, 10901 – Phone:(845) 354-1466

Deerkill Day Camp, celebrating its 60th season as a family-owned camp, is an ACA-accredited day camp that offers a warm and supportive environment on a beautiful 15 acre campus in Suffern, NY.

Our group leaders, the counselors who are with your children throughout the day, are mature adults. Deerkill offers a superb swimming program, teamsports and 17 specialty programs in the creative, graphic and performing arts. Our campers are ages 3 to 15. Sessions run 2 to 8 weeks from July 2, 2018 to August 24, 2018. Transportation from Jersey City is by air-conditioned minibus. Hot lunches, towels, trips and a weekend pool club are included. No tipping allowed.

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GARDEN STREET SCHOOL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS
gardenstreetmusic.com
1018 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone:(201) 683-9100

From June 25 th to August 31st / Mon – Fri- 8:30am to 3:30pm
Every day we have a great schedule of classes, Ballet, Tap, Jazz ,Hip Hop, Music, Arts, Musical Theater. On Fridays we will provide a pizza party lunch. At 2pm we invite parents and caregivers to join us for an in house demonstration of what the students have learned all week.
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List of Summer Camps in Jersey City

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF HUDSON COUNTY
bgchc.org

225 Morris Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 333 – 4100

June 25th to August 24th. 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. Jersey City and Hoboken. Comprehensive Program with bus transportation, meals, STEM, art, gym/fitness/sports, trips, swimming, and more

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List of Summer Camps in Jersey City
THE SCANDINAVIAN SCHOOL OF JERSEY CITY
210 9th Street, Suite1, Jersey City, NJ – 07302 – Phone:(201) 420-8111
8:30am-5:30pm. Half & Full Day options. Homemade organic lunches provided. Seed to Table experiences for all students. Weekly Themes. Forest Program Option for children ages 3-6.
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 List of Summer Camps in Jersey City TESSA
720 Monroe Street, suites E105-106, Hoboken, NJ – 07030 – Phone: (201) 755-5585

Who? Children ages 2.5 to 6.

When? We are Flexible
June 25th, 2018 through August 24th, 2018.
Weekly registration available and half day
The more weeks you register, the bigger the discount.

What? Early Language Education is a Gift that Lasts a Lifetime. Take Advantage of this Perfect Mix of Fun Academics and Outdoors Activities!

– Immersion (French, Spanish or Mandarin) without frustration
– Highly qualified, native speaking instructors
– Songs, games, arts & crafts, movement and other fun activities
– Great classrooms
– Extended hours and half day options available

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MUSIC TECH KIDS

www.MusicTechKids.com & www.MusicTechTeens.com

We train kids & teens to play instruments while using smart phones & tablets to make songs and then music videos. Some children also learn singing and theatrical skills as well. It keeps them away from “video games” for a bit by thinking they are making music for them! Watch the videos on the site, it works!

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M AVERY DESIGNS SEWING STUDIO
720 Monroe Street E306, Hoboken, NJ, 07010 – Phone: (201) 745-0186
Half Day Programs 9am – 12pm & 1-4pm, Full Days 9am – 4pm. First Week Starts June 18th. Last Week Starts August 27th. Kids 5,6,7 & Kids 8,9,10, 11 & Tweens/Teens ages 12-17
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HAMILTON PARK MONTESSORI
1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (551) 208-2178
Our Summer Enrichment Program provides students fun and exciting themes while our HPMS teachers support students in their math, reading and writing skills. We offer two sessions from 6/25-8/17 (4 weeks per session). The sessions are from 9-3pm, and Extended Day Program is available.
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Instant Valentine Cards Coloring Page

Valentine Cards for Kids Coloring Page Instant DownloadHi Moms, I created this instant valentine coloring page just for you! All you need to do is download the PDF, print it out, and have your children spend some quality creative time decorating the designs!
Materials you’ll need:
– printer & paper
– colored pencils, markers and crayons
– scissors
Download this *VALENTINE COLORING SHEET* PDF and print it as many times as you wish.
Valentine Cards for Kids Coloring Page Instant Download
Have your children color each design with crayons, colored pencils and markers. I used these super cute heart crayons from OOLY.
Valentine Cards for Kids Coloring Page Instant Download
For younger children, I would suggest they color all four designs first, then cut on the lines to create all four cards. Older children (6+) can cut the cards out first and then decide how they wish to decorate them.
Give the cards to friends as they are, or add them in an envelope with heart confetti. This is a great, easy valentine gift for grandparents, care givers and teachers this week!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online in her Etsy shop (which highlights instant coloring books & party crafts). She offers bespoke, private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

Where to watch Superbowl 2018 in & around Jersey City

Where to watch Superbowl 2018 in & around Jersey City

We love the Superbowl- the food, the commercials, the fans, and most importantly, the game. No matter who you’re cheering for, there’s a place in Jersey City for your friends and family to get together and enjoy this 2018’s biggest sports event. Whether you’re looking to cheer on your favorite team on a big screen TV, debate the best commercial over a beer, or host your own party at home, Jersey City’s restaurants are here to serve up some great food and drink.

Here’s our guide for the Jersey City’s 2018 Superbowl Events

SUPERBOWL IN JERSEY CITY: Thanks to jerseycityeats and to Sasha Kleinman from Have a Night for the following info.

Piggyback Bar is hosting a viewing party at Harborside. They’ll have the game playing on two 20′ screens and for $30, you get your seat, an all inclusive buffet including suckling pig, ribs and more and drink specials all game long. Use code jc_eats for $5 off ticket price.

LITM is recommended for those looking for a non-Superbowl Party. They’ll be screening the commercials and will have the half-time show, but the rest of the night will be dedicated to drinks, food, and fun. The party starts at 6pm.

Zeppelin Hall will have the game playing on five giant screens with $5 wings and $4 Coors Lights from 6pm to closing.

Hudson Hall is launching their inaugural Super Bowl party. They’ll have the game playing on a giant screen while serving up pint and pitcher specials, pastrami sliders, 30 wings for $30, and much more. They also have catering options for those staying at home.

HopsScotch are going to have giveaways at halftime and the end of the game, and of course, specials for the duration of the game.

O’Hara’s Downtown fills up quickly, but it’s worth heading there a few hours early for a seat. Grab a beer tower, a great spot in front of one of their 15 TVs or the projector, and get comfortable.

PJ Ryan’s & PJ Ryan’s Squared has two locations: one downtown in the Van Vorst Park neighborhood, and one in Journal Square. Both locations will have specials running during the game.

Third Base Sports Cafe (Grove Square) For $30 (if purchased in advance) or $40 at the door, you can get wings, sliders, pasta, quesadillas, pizza, fries, and (drumroll please…) an open bar! (

Taphaus

Halftime Bar & Grill

VB3 Restaurant & Bar

SUPERBOWL AT HOME:If you’re staying in and/or playing host, here are some great catering and take out specials.

White Star has a wide-ranging catering menu with mac & cheese, chicken fingers, sliders, and all manner of buffalo items including buffalo cauliflower for the vegetarians in your group.

The Dark Side of the Moo has six different Super Bowl packages, depending on the size of your group and the food that you want, all customizable.

Talde is offering buckets of Korean-fried chicken, wings, cheeseburger sliders, and assorted sides with varying order sizes to fit the needs of your group. Orders must be placed by Friday

For something a little different for this year’s Super Bowl, check out Pokay’s tacos. They’ll provide nori shells and all the fixings to help recreate their poke tacos at home and poke bowls are also available.

Andrea Salumeria, home of some of the best sandwiches in New Jersey, will be open that day with special hours from 9am-2pm with menu specials and order pick-up, so make sure to get your orders in.

Grandma Downtown has a full line-up of game dishes available to order including various kinds of mac & cheese, soups, chili, porchetta, and sides. Vegetarian dishes are available.

Ace’s Wings, the specialty wings maker who made their vending debut during last year’s Project: Eats, is accepting a limited number of orders. They’re offering $40 trays with 30-35 wings per tray (and their wings aren’t small) with up to two flavors per tray.

Salt + Seed has all your vegan needs covered with dishes like buffalo cauliflower, BBQ heart of palm with slaw and chips, and much more available to order. You can reach them through DM on Instagram or via email.

SUPERBOWL IN HOBOKEN

If you are in Hoboken or planning to go, check these options brought to us thanks to Hoboken Happy Hours.

1 Republik will have the game on their many screens with no cover. Book your party by calling 201-696-1033.

The Ale House

Black Bear Bar & Grill, the first 100 people are entered to win prizes depending on the quarter. Prizes include:

  • 1st Quarter: Olivier Vernon-signed football
  • Halftime: Eli Manning-signed jersey
  • 3rd Quarter: Landon Collins-signed helmet
  • Final: HD TV

City Bistro

The Dubliner: Join the party on the 2nd floor! Tickets for Superbowl Sunday at The Dub Pub are $25 and include wings and beer for the duration of the game. The game will be projected on 2 giant screens for your viewing pleasure. Click here for tickets.

Green Rock for their $30 Tailgate Party starting at 4PM until Kickoff. It includes unlimited Coors drafts, Miller drafts, Captain drinks and wings! Then stay for the game with specials including:

House of ‘Que: For no cover, you can catch the Super Bowl on House Of ‘Que’s huge projector screen with specials

The HUB: Head to The HUB early for their pre-game tailgate starting at 2pm! Then, stay for the game for drink, shot and wing specials. With guest DJs in attendance, this is a can’t-miss party. VIP packages are also available.

Mike’s Wild Moose Saloon: America’s favorite game of the year will be at one of America’s favorite party spots. That can only mean an ALL AMERICAN TAILGATE PARTY, including giant subs, tailgate salads, live DJs, drink and shot specials, full game sound, giveaways, raffles and prizes, including a 43” flat screen TV.

Pilsener Haus: Head to Pilsener Haus for their Zuperbowl featuring $5 1/2L of Pilsener Haus Original, specials after each touchdown and give aways! The party starts at 6PM.

The Shannon: Reserve a table for the Super Bowl at The Shannon, and your table will receive a free plate of wings! While you eat all the wings, take advantage of their bucket, pitcher and shot specials all night long. And don’t forget about their raffle happening every quarter!

The Shepherd & the Knucklehead: Hang around after the game, and you could win a Bud Light Lazyboy at The Shepherd & The Knucklehead on February 4.

Urban Coalhouse: Watching the Super Bowl in the comfort of your own home? Hosting a party for your friends? Urban Coalhouse is here for you with their various catering specials, including Kickoff, Red Zone and Hail Mary packages.

Wicked Wolf Start the tailgate early at Wicked Wolf’s Super Bowl Sunday Tailgate Party starting at 11AM!

Willie McBride’s: Head to Willie McBride’s for a plethora of drink specials.

Ski Friend Craft for Kids

Ski Friend DIY Craft for KidsBy now the kids are going stir crazy inside with all this cold weather and snow, so I wanted to offer a ski themed craft that is both fun to make and can double as a toy for creative play. This cute ski friend can be made by all ages – just check out my special tips below!

Materials:
– Pipe cleaners
– Popsicle sticks (small size)
– Toothpicks or wire
– Pom poms
– Wooden bead (for the head)
– Paint / or permanent markers
– Scrap of yarn or string
– Hot glue, craft glue or double sided tape (see below)
– Scissors
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
1) Cut a pipe cleaner in half to make the body for your skier. I chose a few different colors so it looks like pants and a shirt.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
2) Fold one pipe cleaner half like an upside down V to make the legs. Fold the other pipe cleaner half around it to form arms, as the photo shows.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
3) Paint a wooden bead for the face. You could also use a thin tipped permanent marker for eyes, a nose and a mouth.
4) Using hot glue (adult supervision only) or craft glue (such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue), attach the head to the body, and the feet to two Popsicle sticks. Attach pom poms to the head for a hat.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
5) Fold each pipe cleaner hand around a toothpick to create ski poles.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
6) Tie a little yarn or string around the skier for a scarf.

Ski Friend DIY Craft for KidsVARIATIONS

This craft really works the best with hot glue, because if done right – it can be played with over and over again! The kids will have a great time bending the knees, etc. like a real skier. If you do use hot glue, make sure it heats completely before applying (usually 5 minutes after plugging the glue gun in).
If you do not wish to use hot glue, strong double sided tape could be used to adhere the feet to the Popsicle sticks.
Don’t have a wooden bead at home? Simply use a sticker for the face (such as a round colored dot from the dollar store).
As long as you have pipe cleaners and Popsicle sticks at home – you can get creative with this fun, winter craft!

Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop (which highlights instant coloring books & party crafts). She offers bespoke, private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

JCFamilies’ Events Sponsorship/ Advertising Offer for 2018

As you know, JCFamilies is Hudson County’s leading resource for parents and caregivers. We provide our sponsors with an unparalleled reach to local, diverse, socially connected and well economically established audience. JCFamilies organizes some of the largest events in the area with thousands of families in attendance.

OVERVIEW

“JCFamilies is a purpose driven qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; which allows all 2018 donations to be tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law”. We are an organization  dedicated to providing wholesome parenting experience to local communities. JCFamilies is the largest and fastest growing society of parents in the Jersey City area. More than 25,000 local parents connect with us across JCFamilies properties:

  •       Flagship website: www.JCFamilies.com
  •       Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MeetUp
  •       Annually published and locally distributed JCFamilies parents’ guide (Education Guide)

We offer our members a unique opportunity to connect and network with families and businesses in Jersey City and surrounding areas. By combining information about local events, children’s entertainment, education, local businesses and much more we are able to effectively keep our members engaged while continuously increasing our sponsors’ visibility.

The JCFamilies community is comprised of local, young, diverse, socially connected and well economically established families with one or more children under the age of ten, making it an exceptionally desirable audience for local advertising. We offer several highly effective and cost efficient options for businesses to establish and maintain significant presence within our market – your target customer base.

We appreciate your trust in working with us in the past and would like to extend a warm invitation to continue to collaborate in 2018.

Advertising & Sponsorship package options for 2018:

  1. EVENTS

1.1 Events in 2018: * Please note the dates are tentative.

  • Easter Great Egg Hunt- Saturday – Mar 24th
  • Baby Fair – Saturday – April 14th
  • Spring Festival – Saturday – April 14th
  • JC Summer Camp Fair – Saturday – April 28th
  • Mother’s Day – Friday – May 11th
  • JC Fitness Fair – Saturday – May 19th
  • JC Kids’ Run – Saturday – June 2nd
  • Cultural Diversity Festival – Saturday – Ago 18th
  • JC Education Fair – Saturday – Sep 22nd
  • Harvest Festival – Saturday – Oct 6th
  • Halloween Parade – Wednesday – Oct 24th
  • Halloween Spooktacular – Saturday – Oct 27th
  • Holiday Party –  Saturday  – Dec 8th

Event Packages Available. Please write to [email protected] to learn more about package discounts.

1.2 Feministival Series/ Summer Family Events

JC Feministival is a series of events, which will serve as a means to empower, showcase and promote local businesses owned and operated by women! Each Feministival will feature local female artists, fashion designers, healthcare providers, educators and other entrepreneurs. JC Feministival Series is a launchpad for women, who invest their careers and passions into further enriching our diverse community

  • Feministival  – Friday – May 11th
  • Feministival  – Friday – June 8th
  • Feministival  – Friday – July 13th
  • Feministival (Bubble Show) – Friday – Aug 10th
  • Feministival (Back to School Picnic) – Friday – Sept 14th

* Please note the dates are tentative.

Please write to [email protected] to learn more about participation options.

2. ADVERTISING on the website:

JCFamilies Key Statistics :

  •       Website: over 3,500 members
  •       Facebook: over 10,0000 fans
  •       Twitter: over 1,500 followers
  •       Instagram: over 6,200 followers
  •       MeetUp Groups: over 2,200 members

Different advertising packages levels available. Please write to [email protected] to learn more about the options.

JCFamilies membership is free to the members.  “JCFamilies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law and it is your donation that allows us to maintain operations, while continuously delivering and expanding a diverse portfolio of programs to local parents.

CONTACT US: [email protected]

JCFamilies Team

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Welcome to Jersey City: Starter Guide for Jersey City Newbies

New in Jersey City ? Welcome to our city…this little guide will help you in many ways, check it out..

Moving is never easy, especially with kids. It’s easy to see how newcomers to the downtown Jersey City or Hamilton Park neighborhoods could get a bit overwhelmed with the bustle of the area. Here’s a starter guide to get started, but be aware that Jersey City is a buzzing and growing city that continues to evolve before our eyes, so it’s by no means comprehensive. Feel free to add your own ideas to our Facebook page, or in the comments section!

And also, WELCOME! All of us at JCFamilies were new in town once too – we know and completely understand the mix of excitement, trepidation, and confusion that can come with a big move. We hope you’ll introduce yourself to us at our next event!

1.SHOPPING

While it might be less daunting to order everything online, there’s real value to getting outside and seeing what you see. Every time you step out, you will feel a little bit more confident and more comfortable in your new neighborhood.

There are several grocery and foodstuff stores within walking distance, but all of the following listed below also have parking lots (except Key Foods) so you don’t have to walk if you don’t want to. Key Foods, however, is the only one nestled right inside the neighborhood, meaning you won’t have to cross any multi-lane super-busy streets with your stroller.

Key Foods – 574 Jersey Avenue
Shop Rite – 400 Marin Boulevard
Acme – 125 18th Street
Target – 100 14th Street
Morton Williams: 105 River Dr S, Jersey City
BJ’s (Members only) – 396 Marin Boulevard, right next to Shop Rite
99 Ranch Market – 420 Grand St

Having a housewarming party? We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that there’s a giant booze warehouse open until 10 pm daily (except Sunday) which also has a parking lot, a create your own six pack craft beer section, a massive wine selection, and discounts on quantity.

Buy Rite – 575 Manila Avenue

In addition to the stores already mentioned, don’t forget that one of the biggest benefits of living in a major metropolitan area is that we don’t have to go to big box stores if we don’t want to. There are bodegas, corner stores, wine shops, and food trucks all around you. The Jersey City consumer is so selective, and has so many options, that you can be confident that any and all of those corner stores will be stocked up on the necessities and will operate in a clean and professional environment. We are proud of our ability to shop local – it’s great to have milk and eggs at the end of the block.

A Glance into Jersey City Farmer’s Market

Healthy places to eat in Jersey City

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City

2. ENTERTAINMENT

Do yourself a huge favor and have a date night in the nearby bars and restaurants without your kids. There are hip and trendy options that are trying hard (and succeeding) to keep your dollars in Jersey City. That said, there are also lots of options for days and evenings with the kiddos.

The Liberty Science Center has four floors of entertainment. Get a membership. When the winter arrives, you’re going to need a place where the kids can run and feel the freedom that they feel outside without the wind whipping into their little faces. The science center is that place. There are always at least two exhibits/rooms for little ones, one which changes and one that stays the same. Right now the rotating exhibit is Curious George. There’s also a section with animals – the Eat and Be Eaten exhibit – and another area where there are giant fish tanks. Explore. You won’t regret it.

2.1 Outdoors:

Hamiton Park, Van Vorst Park and Newport Green. These parks with lots of outdoor space to run around, playground equipment to climb, slide, and swing on, and programming including farmer’s markets and movies in the park. Both are beautiful any time of year (ok, maybe not in the snow…), and are always full of friends. Friends are everywhere in Jersey City – chat someone up today!

2.2 Indoors:

Check out some of these fantastic indoor play spaces in Jersey City and Hoboken. Grab your energetic little ones and get them playing, singing, reading, crafting or exploring. And you don’t even have to travel that far.

JCFamilies Weekly Meet Ups

3. TRANSPORTATION

There are many ways to get around downtown Jersey City, and so many of us are grateful for the walk-able design of the neighborhood. For those times we can’t walk to where we need to be, there are lots of options that are oftentimes easier than driving your own car.

PATH has stations at Grove Street, Newport, Exchange Place and JSQ. All of these will take you into lower Manhattan and midtown in minutes and operate around the clock.

There are 2 ferries options: NY Waterway and Liberty Landing Ferry Service

The Light Rail takes you around New Jersey above ground. We know you’re not the only parent who gets on the Light Rail to go no where in particular, but just ride the train wherever with your little ones. Kids LOVE the Light Rail. They don’t need tickets, but you do. Be sure to STAMP your ticket after purchasing it so you don’t get fined if they check tickets.

CitiBike doesn’t have child seats but it is a fun and easy way to get around if you’re on your own.

Ridesharing companies like uber and lyft have gotten really popular in the past few years. Jersey City has seen a huge increase in their use because many times it’s easier to get a car service than to figure out where you’re going to park.

4. EDUCATION AND DAYCARES

There are so many options for day cares and schools in Jersey City that we couldn’t possibly list them all here. Please, check some options at the JCFamilies Education Guide 2017-18

Some things to know and/or think about when starting your school search:

  • Jersey City provides a free public school option beginning at age 3. Since there is limited space in the local schools, JC outsources their pre-k program to contracted child-care centers. All of these contracted child care centers use the High/Scope curriculum.
  • In addition, many downtown and Hamilton Park families choose private, Montessori, religious, or cooperative education options for their young children because they allow parents more flexibility and can be closer to home than the public option.
  • Nannys and au pairs are also very common for parents who choose in-home care for their babies.

JCFamilies organizes the JC Education Fair & the JC Summer Camp Fair every year. Check our webpage for updates.

5. FITNESS & WELLNESS

Being active is essential for both physical and mental health. Check out our list of local fitness and wellness clubs to find the one that works best for your needs, location and budget.

JCFamilies Fitness Directory

 6. DOCTORS

It’s comforting to know that you and your family are well taken care of with a great group of health care providers in the neighborhood. Our list here is a helpful guide for newbies in the neighborhood.

Looking for a pediatrician? Click here

Are you a woman? Are you an expectant mom? Are you planning to have a baby? Do you have kids? Primary Physicians info here: Carepoint Health and DRS

Adult and Pediatric ER

  • Hoboken University Medical Center / Carepoint: 308 Willow Ave, Hoboken, NJ, 07030
  • Christ Hospital / Carepoint : 176 Palisades Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07306
  • Jersey City Medical Center: 355 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

7. DENTISTS  : 

7.1 Kids Dentistry

True Dental Care: 255 Brunswick St, Suite 5 – Phone: 201-565-0880
Modern Family Dentistry: 551 Jersey Ave – Phone: 201-798-1000
Dear Tooth Fairy: 432 Grand St – Phone: 201-763-6030

8. PHARMACIES

Newport Pharmacy: 165 Erie St
Downtown Pharmacy: 52 Essex Street & 18 Park View Ave
Palace Drugs and Liquors: 172 Newark Ave #2
CVS: at Target: 100 14th St
Duane Reade: 110 Newark Ave/ 52 River Dr S /1 – Path Plaza

24 Hours Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy : 59 Washington Street, Hoboken
Rite Aid: 2859-61 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

9. BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUES

Urban living brings its challenges of space, especially when you are planning your kids’ big day! We’ve made finding a birthday party space easy with our list of venues here.

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

Birthday Party on a Budget

Jersey City

Use This Morning Routine For a Less Stressful Holiday Season

Everyone knows that the holidays can be stressful. But you can prepare yourself by creating a morning routine that gets you and the kids up and going. Here are some tips to energize your mornings:

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Additional Holiday Morning Routine Resources:

  1. Advice on establishing a successful morning routine for kids
  2. Outsource what you can – e.g. hire a dog walker
  3. How to de-stress your morning routine
  4. Tips on how to get the kids to school on time
  5. A revolutionary morning routine hack for kids – play music

Now that you know how to get started each day, you’re ready to tackle those holiday projects. Light those candles! Bake those cookies! You got this!

Daniel is a single dad raising two children. At DadSolo.com, he aims to provide other single dads with information and resources to help them better equip themselves on the journey that is parenthood.

8 Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in and Around Jersey City

Santa is officially coming to town! There may be nothing more magical than bringing the kids to visit Santa Clause for the first time during the holiday season. Their faces light up, they get to whisper their Christmas lists to Santa, and you get to capture these moments in special pictures to keep forever. The 8 best places to take pictures with santa in and around Jersey City :

In this post, we will take a look at the top 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City. We have also included places that are located close to Jersey City as well to offer more of a variety of places you can take the kids.

Newport Centre – Jersey City, NJ

Located right in Jersey City, this is a great place for your kids to meet Santa. Santa is located in the center court of the mall and is available to take pictures and sit with your kids during normal mall hours. This is a great option for one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City

(201) 626-2078

30 Mall Dr. W, Jersey City, NJ 07310

SPECIAL HOURS

12/04–12/07/2017: 10AM–8:30PM (Holiday Hours)
12/08–12/14/2017: 10AM–9PM (Holiday Hours)
12/15–12/16/2017: 9AM–9PM (Holiday Hours)
12/17/2017: 9AM–8PM (Holiday Hours)
12/18–12/22/2017: 9AM–9PM (Holiday Hours)

 Jersey City’s Pedestrian Mall – Jersey City, NJ

Santa will be available for photos with the kids during Jersey City’s annual historic Christmas tree lighting and Menorah Lighting. The event takes place on December 7th and will feature live music, festive lights, Santa Clause, caroling, and more! It’s the perfect holiday event for the whole family.

119-158 Newark Avenue
Jersey City NJ

December 7th
6:45pm – 8:00pm

North Bergen’s Public Library – North Bergen, NJ

Join for their annual holiday celebration on December 15th as it is one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City! The event starts at 4 pm. There will be goodies bags and the chance to meet Santa Clause! This is a great family-friendly event and a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

(201) 869-4715

Main Branch
8411 Bergenline Avenue
North Bergen NJ

December 15th
4:00pm

The Mall at Short Hills – Short Hills, NJ

Take photos with Santa at this great all through December 24th. He will be there every day for your kids to meet! This year there is an interactive theme so kids can feel like they are apart of Santa’s elite flight academy. They will also get a personalized badge at check-in and they get to try on a virtual flight suite. There is also so much more for kids to do! Packages start at the reasonable price of $23.

1200 Morris Tpke., Short Hills, NJ 07078

(973) 376-7350

10 am – 9 pm through December 24th

Garden State Plaza – Paramus, NJ

On Macy’s Court level 2, Santa will be there. Photo packages start at $25 and for an extra $10 you can also purchase a digital download. All of the packages also come with a $20 promo code to Shutterfly as well! If you want your fur baby to be in the photo as well, there will also be a pet night so you can bring your pup along for the photoshoot as well. Remember, all pets must be leashed and well behaved. All of these fun options make it one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City.

One Garden State Plaza Paramus NJ 07652

201.843.2121

10 am – 10 pm

Winter Wonderland – Harlem, NY

Meet Santa at the historic Apollo Theater! The whole afternoon will be filled with pictures, Santa Clause, and holiday fun and cheer. You can also bring donations for kids in need – they accept toys, books, clothing, and CDs. All items are donated to the Greenhope Services.

Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street

Saturday, December 9, 2pm-6pm

Macy’s Santaland – Midtown West, NY

This famous store truly transforms into a Christmas winter wonderland this time of year. They have an entire North Pole Village set up, elves roaming around, an enchanted forest featuring animatronic toys, and a full train display.Please note that for this year you need to make reservations for your visit it Santa.  Photo packages start at $21. We highly recommend taking the trip out to the city as this is one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City and even the country in our opinion.

151 West 34th Street, between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Eighth Floor

Friday, November 24-Sunday, December 24, times vary.

Santa’s Winter Garden – Battery Park City, NY

Photo packages start at $29.

This is a magical place where you and the kids can visit Santa and get photos phone by a professional photographer. After the pictures are done, there is on-site shopping, attend the luminaries light show, and take a spin on their outdoor ice rink. They will also have hot food available upstairs so you can warm up after all of the fun winte activities!

Brookfield Place, 220 Vesey Street, at West Street

Friday, November 24-Sunday, December 24. Times vary

The 8 Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in and Around Jersey City