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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:

Image Source: DadSolo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Is Your Child Being Cyberbullied? Here’s What You Can Do to Fight Back

 

If you’ve recently relocated your family to a new home in another city or state, you’ve probably had a countless number of things on your mind. From planning the logistics of the move to researching the local school system, there’s doubtlessly been a lot on your plate.

One thing we often overlook as parents, however, is the threat of bullying. Children who move to new schools are sometimes bullied. In fact, millions of children are bullied each year and the latest research shows that bullying is the single biggest risk factor for a child developing mental illness.

This is further complicated by the development of cyberbullying, or the use of technology for bullying purposes. This might include computers and the Internet, social media (such as Facebook or Snapchat), smartphones and text messages, digital cameras, and more. Research has shown that girls are more likely to be cyberbullied than boys, and that social media usage and sexual orientation are also risk factors.


No parent wants his or her child to be bullied, but this nightmare situation happens to as many as 1 in 5 children and adolescents. Sadly, cyberbullying has even led to rapes, murders and suicides. Therefore, it’s important to address this common (and concerning) problem before it has a chance to spread to those extremes.

Do you suspect your child is being cyberbullied? Your child might not openly talk about being bullied, but there are still some things you can look for. For instance, if your child complains that the other students are “mean” at his or her new school, this could be an indication that bullying behaviors are occurring.

A telltale sign of cyberbullying in particular could be a sudden change in daily habits. This is particularly true if your child suddenly stops spending time on social media, the computer, or their mobile phone.

To protect your child from being cyberbullied, it is important to establish house rules regarding the usage of social media, computers, smartphones, and other forms of technology. Some parents refuse to allow their children on Facebook, for instance, while others closely monitor their child’s social media usage. Set up rules and boundaries that work best for your family.

Second, if you know who is bullying your child, you need to speak up. Start by contacting your child’s school and see if there is something they can do to help. Unfortunately, some schools still do not have a policy for handling cyberbullies. If that’s the case in your situation, you may want to directly contact the bully’s parents. Keep any text messages, social media messages, or screenshots of any online threats and harassment as proof that you can show.

Depending upon the extent of the bullying, you may want to report the incident to your local authorities. In extreme situations, you may even want to speak to an attorney about your (and your child’s) legal rights in this situation. Some cyberbullying cases have gone to court.

Of course, cyberbullying is a traumatic experience for your child. While you’re handling the situation, it is important to make your home environment as stress-free as possible. Studies have shown that a difficult or high-stress home environment can contribute to mental health and self-esteem issues, especially in children who have recently switched schools.

To help your child maintain mental and emotional health despite being bullied, you can increase praise to boost your child’s self-esteem. Teach your child relaxation techniques such as deep breaths or even enroll him or her in a children’s yoga class. Encourage a calm home environment, and spend quality time as a family doing playful activities that you all enjoy. This will help you all cope as you get through this difficult time together as a family.

If you suspect your child has been cyberbullied, you have every right to be concerned. This is an alarmingly common scenario. Of course, you only want the best for your child – and you’re already on the right track by researching this difficult topic. Hopefully, the advice listed here will point you in the right direction so you can take the best possible steps for your family. Good luck!

Photo courtesy of Unsplash by Luke Porter

Winter and After School Classes for Kids in Jersey City

The Best Winter and After School Classes for Kids in Jersey City

If you are looking for fun and educational winter and after-school classes for kids in Jersey City, there are quite a few good options to choose from. After school programs give parents the peace of mind their child is in a fun, exciting, and safe environment that provides them with more learning and enrichment experiences. These are the top classes in Jersey City for your child to attend. Let’s take a peek!

Vibgyour 

“Sleigh bells ring but here at Vibgyor Creations, it’s our paint brushes that glisten! Join us for Winter in Vibgyorland!

From snowflakes to snow globes, in this series of classes, children will delight in the creation of their very own winter-themed artistic projects.

Sign up for an individual session, or join us for the entire series of festive fun and seasonal studies!”

Be sure to check out this great option for winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

Cost $25 per class
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Starting: Dec 5th, 2017
Ages: 2-4 years old – 4:30 to 5:15
Ages 5-8 years old – 5:30 to 6:15pm

Register by emailing [email protected] or [email protected]

111-101 River Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Zaniac 

This special after-school program is great for parents who really want their kids to excel in learning and academics, but also want them to have a ton of fun and make a lot of great friends. There are a ton of different classes to choose from for your kids. For instance, you can enroll them in classes and programs like math, reading, computer programming, homework center, engineering, game-based learning, art & design, chess, touch typing, and more.

All classes run for different time periods, meet on different days, and have varying schedules. Classes tend to range in price of $149-$399, generally run for 6 weeks, and meet for 90 minutes 5-6 days per week. Although on the more expensive side, your child will get top-notch education and experiences that will positively impact their future. This is by far one of the best winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

We built Zaniac to engage K-8 students around the world in supplemental science, technology, engineering, and math education – giving them the skills and motivation they need to create a better future. Our programs are designed from the ground up to prioritize fun, active engagement, and an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. Zaniac is an inclusive learning environment and welcomes children with special cognitive / physical abilities or on the spectrum.

125 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 360-2450

My Gym – Jersey City

Winter classes available and the annual winter camp will run again from December 26-29th. They are also doing a Pre School Prep Open House Dec 2nd 10-12pm and Dec 8th 6-8pm. There are many different classes to choose from and they split up classes by age group, so your child can feel comfortable and safe in their environment. You can even sign them up for martial arts! This is one of the best winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

252 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 205.1218

FastTrack Languages

The following are being offered during Winter/17:

1. Reading -Writing and Math: Monday to Friday  (ages 3 to 12) – From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. 1 or 2-hour sessions.
2. Baby and Me Italian classes: Sat 11:00 am
3. Italian classes: Age group  4 to 8 yrs old on Mondays 3:30 pm. – 4:30 pm  /  Sat 12:00pm – 1:00pm
4. Spanish:  Age group 3 to 7 yrs old on Tuesdays 3:30 pm -4:15 pm
5. Gymnastics: Toddler Program / Mon – Frid 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you are looking for your child to learn a new language in a fun and educational environment, this class is the perfect winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

78 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 

(201)-685-8220

CrossFit JC

This class is for kids 5 to 18 years old. Tha class aims to teach kids the fundamentals of mechanics, consistency, and intensity in working out. Classes are held on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 4-4:45 Monday and Thursday and 11:30-12:45.

109 Christopher Columbus Drive, Jersey City

1.833.CFJC.FIT

Jersey City Kick Boxing

JC Kick Boxing offers Muay Thai classes for kids during the winter months. Classes are unlimited for $99 per month or you can take 3 classes for $29 to test it out.

Kids Muay Thai is a beginner martial arts class that focuses on Muay Thai Kickboxing basics and exercise drills. Your child will have fun and stay healthy as they do exciting kickboxing and boxing drills designed specifically for children. This class is for children ages 5-11.

Children must be dropped off on time and picked up on time for their classes. We have a strict no bullying policy inside and outside the gym.

There is a wifi lounge for parents during class times or parents may watch the class.

201.539.1333

Next Step Broadway

For the 1st 3 Wednesdays in December come take a class with a former Rockette. Our very own Ms. Keisa will be teaching a jazz/tap/kickline class Dec 6th, 13th and 20th from 7:15pm-8pm. No tap shoes, no character shoes, no previous dance experience needed! This is a perfect option for winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

Email the studio [email protected] to register. $18/class. Discount for parents with students already enrolled in classes.

233 9th St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 706-3025

JC Taekwondo & Kickboxing Academy

This place offers a children’s program that has classes running all through the winter. Classes are based on age. You have to call for pricing information, but they do have a special currently available for 1 free class.

150 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

201-333-1006

Steam Works Studio 

From robotics to animation to programming classes and much more, there is something for all kids here. They are offering classes on the weekends and each program runs for 6-12 weeks long.

Brunswick Center, 189 Brunswick St, Jersey City

(855-783-2687)

 New City Kids

This program offers an after-school center that helps kids from first grade through college with leadership skills, academics, music, and much more. Your kids can partake in classes like drums, keyboard, visual arts, dance, and much more. There are also academic based classes like reading programs to help kids that struggle with reading in school.

The after-school center is for kids in grades 1-8 and takes place the entire Jersey City academic school year. This winter and after-school classes for kids in Jersey City is a great option for families who need something all year long on a consistant schedule. We highly recommend checking out this as a great choice for winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

240 Fairmount Ave,
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201.915.9896

Bricks 4 Kids

If you have a kid that loves to be creative, loves building, and has a thing for Legos, look no further than this unique after-school class. During the class, there is plenty of learning to do as your child will learn about the concepts of friction, gravity, torque, scale, gears, axles and beams. All of the materials are provided and classes go all throughout the school year.

At this time, Bricks 4 Kids come to your children’s school and they already have some of their programs in JC after-school programs currently. Check with your school to see if they offer this program. If you are interested in recommending this program to your children’s school, you can contact them at [email protected]

Locations vary in Jersey City schools.

Jersey City Martial Arts

If you want something active and fun, but also would like your child to learn the power of self-defense, JC Martial Arts school is a great after-school class option. Every day of the week, they will pick your child up from school and transport them to the martial arts school building. Classes can be attended every day after school for the duration of the school year.

If you want your child in winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City that provide them with great physical activity, enrichment, and fun while learning to protect themselves through self-defense, we highly recommend this after-school program.

419 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 222-8996

Alpha Minds Academy

This is an enrichment program that provides kids with the ability to learn as much as possible and improve their intellect with activities like chess, STEM, languages, and much more. Classes and programs run for the school year, from September to June, with the winter class schedule being January to March. Classes take place on Saturday’s from 9 am to 3 pm. Fees are $308 per class.

Boys and Girls Club 225 Morris Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07302

201-844-8535

Waterfront Montessori 

This fantastic after-school program is for kids that range in age from 3-14 years old. They focus on classes designed for physical and artistic expression. You can choose from classes like chess, music lessons, art, Java Programming, robotics, physics, yoga, creative movement, French, sewing, and tons and tons more. You do have to go through an admissions process and apply for the class or program of your choice. After school care is from 3:15 pm – 6 pm Monday through Friday and is $12 per hour.

The application is $75 and non-refundable.

150 Warren St #108, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 333-5600

Piano Lessons, Yukiko Tanaka

  • Age 3 and up
  • All Level – Suzuki Method or Traditional Method
  • 15 years of teaching experience
  • Piano recitals and public performances around Jersey City
  • Learn music theory as well in the lesson
  • Lessons at private music studio in downtown Jersey City

$30 for 30min lesson, $45 for 45min lesson and $60 for 60min lesson

Contact: 646-441-1464 / [email protected]
website: www.snowinthefield.com

Important Note

*AfterSchool Program classes will now require individual student enrollment at an extra charge. We have reduced our Extended Day Tuition and no longer offer automatic enrollment in AfterSchool Program offerings.
**Parents should note that Waterfront Montessori requires a commitment from the parents for the entire academic school year from September to June. There will be no reduction for absences, holidays or partial months.

 

Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey City

Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey City

Whether you want to cut your own tree, pick a live tree and have it cut for you!! Please, check out some options in & around Jersey City.

JERSEY CITY

    14th STREET GARDEN CENTER
793 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07310 – Phone: (201) 963-1414
https://www.14thstreetgardencenter.com

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CHRISTMAS TREE LOT AT THE HOME DEPOT
180 12th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310, USA – Phone: 201-963-6513

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BOUQUETS AND BASKETS
548 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA – Phone: 201-216-1188
https://bouquetsbaskets.net/

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PETER AND ST. PAUL ORTHODOX CHURCH IN PAULUS HOOK
109 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA

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DAIRY QUEEN – PARKING LOT
513 Westside Ave, Jersey City, 07304

Trees of all shapes and sizes, as well as other Christmas decorations, are sold annually at the lot.

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STONY HILL

We buy premium Christmas trees from superb growers who cut the trees for us the day before we pick them up. Other Christmas items include wreaths (plain and decorated), roping, Boxwood Trees, and, grave blankets.

Check their availability at the following markets
Grove Pointe Farmer’s Market – Mondays from 4 to 8pm
Exchange Place Market – Tuesdays from 12:30 to 6:30pm
Hamilton Park Farmer’s Market – Wednesdays from 3 to 7:30pm
Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmer’s Market – Thursdays from 4 to 8pm
Journal Square Farmer’s Market – Fridays from 11am to 7pm
Paulus Hook – Saturdays from 11am to 4pm

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CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS

DEPIERO’S FARM STAND & GREENHOUSES
156 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645. Phone: (201) 391-4576
http://depieros-farm-stand-and-greenhouses.business.site/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Fresh cut Christmas Trees, Hand-made wreaths all sizes 8” to 6’, remembrance blankets, kissing balls, swags, mantel pieces, farm grown poinsettias. Custom orders welcome.

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   ROHSLER’S ALLENDALE NURSERY AND FLORIST
100 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, NJ 07401, USA
https://rohslers.com/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

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SECOR FARMS
85 Airmont Ave, Mahwah, NJ 07430, USA
http://www.secorfarms.com/winter
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Right after Thanksgiving we reopen with hundreds of pre-cut Christmas trees: Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir and Douglas Fir of all different shapes and sizes. Our tree specialists will help you to find the perfect tree.

In addition to our trees, we have a wide variety of decorated and undecorated wreaths, kissing balls and white pine roping to suit your decorating needs. Decorated grave covers and grave blankets are also available.

Come take a walk through a greenhouse bursting with colorful poinsettias and poinsettia baskets for the perfect holiday gift.

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ALSTEDE FARM
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930 . Phone: 908-879-7189.
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Come Visit Santa’s Country Corner!
Santa will be touching down at Alstede Farms just in time for the perfect family portrait. He’ll be checking his list while you happily check off your Christmas card photo opportunity from your list. Come share unforgettable moments on our farm and kindle your Christmas spirit by visiting our beautiful display of firs, pines and wreaths. Stay to enjoy Country Christmas with Santa, roast a marshmallow, and then make a delicious stop into our farm store for fresh baked treats, homemade ice cream and freshly picked produce.

Country Christmas with Santa hours are 11am-4pm on 12/2, 12/9, 12/10, 12/16 12/17, 12/23, 12/24, & 2-5pm on 12/3

Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey CityPlease note that on Sunday, Dec. 3rd Santa will be available at his country corner from 2:00 pm – 5 pm because Santa’s having breakfast with us that day! Interested in having breakfast with Santa? Find out more about having breakfast with Santa by clicking here.

Our farm store is open 9am-8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, Sundays- Thursdays 9am-7pm.

Stop by his Country Christmas Corner to say hello and treat yourself to some warm cider or a seasonal ice cream while on the farm.

Available for purchase:  hot cider, hot chocolate, donuts, and more.

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DIXIEDALE FARM
347 Hillside Ave and River Rd., Chatham 973-507-4343
http://www.dixiedalefarm.com/index.htm
Approximately 35 min from Jersey City

Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey CityBring the entire family for an od holiday experience. Don’t Forget your camera.

Wander the 10 lush acres and find the perfect tree check the height and make your final selection. Cut it yourself, we will show you how, or let us cut it for you.

Visit Chatham’s Quaint Main Street for breakfast, lunch or a cup of hot cocoa.

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SIMONSON FARMS
http://www.simonsonfarms.com/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey CityU-Cut Christmas Tree:
1- 260 Dey Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512 ***CASH ONLY or Pre-Pay with credit card at Retail Lot***
2- 120 Cranbury Neck Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512 ***CASH or Visa/Mastercard***
Bring your own saw or use ours!

Fresh –Cut; Retail Lot:
118 Dey Road, Cranbury, NJ, 08512

Twine to tie trees down & netting available at all locations

Fraser/Canaan Fir, Douglas & Concolor Firs; Blue & Norway Spruce; White Pine, and more
And our Christmas Shoppe has everything else!
Wreaths, evergreen roping,grave pillows, tree stands, lights, holiday gifts, ornaments and accessories

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HIDDEN POND TREE FARM
4 West Field Rd. , Mendham, NJ 07945 – Phone: 973-865-6362
http://www.hiddenpondtreefarm.com/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey CityCheck and Cash ONLY
Cut your own Christmas Tree
Free Hayrides (Weather Permitting)
FREE MARSHMALLOW ROAST & BONFIRE

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ORT FARM
25 Bartley Road, Long Valley NJ 07853
http://www.ortfarms.com/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Christmas Season at Ort Farms
-Wreaths
-Douglas Fir and Fraiser Fir Trees (4 ft-11 ft)
-Decorated Wreaths
-Swags
-Kissing Balls
-Grave Blankets
-Grave Crosses
-Interior Decorations
-Centerpieces
-Boxwood trees and candle holders

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PARKS FARM
525 Route 24, Chester, NJ 07930 – Phone: (908) 879-5509
https://www.parksfarmsllc.com/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Fresh-cut Fraser Firs (Various sizes 6-12 ft.)
Wreathes – plain & decorated
Kissing Balls
Roping
Designer Bows and more!

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BARCLAYS TREE FARM
35 Orchardside Dr., Cranbury 609-799-1855
http://www.barclaystreefarm.com
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

We offer an excellent selection of Choose and Cut Christmas Trees.

GIFTS IDEAS that encourage language acquisition

GIFTS IDEAS that encourage language acquisition

This is the most beautiful time of the year! Christmas decorations everywhere make everyone happy and kids are excited about their gifts from Santa. We need to shop for many different people, including cousins, friends, and kids of friends. For kids, It is important to buy something which is age appropriate and also something that they can play with and learn from. Here are some great gift ideas to help you choose what to give this Christmas.

FOR CHILDREN 0-3 YEARS OLD

At this age children should have toys that encourage interaction with caregivers. This interaction exposes babies and toddlers to the rhythm and sound of language and encourages them to imitate the language models they hear. Here are a few suggestions.

  1.    Books

Books are great at any age, but for babies and toddlers they provide a language model and their repetition and rhyming pattern encourage little ones to attend to the words and eventually imitate what they hear. Focus on books that are heavy on the rhyming and repetition. Here are a few of my favorites: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle; Is Your Mama a LlAMA? By Deborah Guarino; Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown; Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow


2.       Montessori Phonetic Reading Blocks

These blocks are great for babies and toddlers. Parents can say the sounds of each letter and the word that the letters make. While the kids use the blocks for teething or just have fun moving them around. Encourage toddlers to say the words too!

 

3.    Mula Shape Sorter

Encourage your little boy or girl to try and say the names of the shapes as you put them in! They’ll want to play with this over and over again, so they’ll have loads of opportunities to label the shapes and colors.

 

4.       A to Z Uppercase Maganatab

A magnetic stylus pulls the beads up to create solid lines for letters. Say the letters as you draw with your child or watch them draw. Encourage them to say their letters as they have fun “drawing”.

5.       Farm Chunky Puzzle

I haven’t run into a toddler who doesn’t love this animal puzzle. We practice labeling animals and making their sounds. This even helps the shyest of young ones begin to use their voice.

 

6.    Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home

This toy is great because it actually makes realistic environmental sounds. Practice labeling household items without walking around your house. You’re going to be surprised when your toddler suddenly labels some furniture after you’ve been playing with this fun toy for a while.

 

7.       Mozart Magic Cube

Practice listening to and labeling classical instruments. Babies and parents will enjoy humming the tunes while learning about instruments. This will help any baby learn to attend to different sounds, which will eventually help them learn to differentiate speech sounds.

 

8.       Baby’s First Words in Spanish

This is great for infants and Toddlers. Put the CD on and practice singing to your baby in Spanish. Toddlers will enjoy saying all the new sounds and hearing the different intonation, and infants will benefit from the exposure to a second language. I have to admit that I am a bit biased towards this product because it was developed by my wonderful graduate school professor Erika Levy. Give it a try!

 

9.    Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Case

Introduce your baby to the language of technology by encouraging them to tap, swipe and push buttons on the phone while they play one of the iPhone/iPod games recommended in my blog post titled, No More iPad Guilt : 9 Speech Pathologist Recommended, Guilt Free Apps for Kids.

 

10.      Pearhead Ceramic Piggy Bank

With a piggy bank, parents can practice labeling coins and sticking them in the pig’s belly. I picked this piggy bank because many of the more child friendly ones (made of rubber, electronic etc.) had negative reviews about how hard it was to get the money out. When you’re practicing language you want to be able to repeat the activity many times, which will be hard if you can’t get the coins out easily.


FOR CHILDREN 4-7 YEARS OLD

Here are few gift suggestions for kids 4-9 that will enhance language and be fun in the process!

1.     Melissa and Doug Flip to Win Memory Game

Recommended age: 5+

Memory games are great because they’re repetitive. Kids see and say the same pictures, which helps them learn new vocabulary. This game in particular is great because you can customize it by printing cards with photos of family members, sight words or new vocabulary that you want your child to learn.

2.    Books

You all know how I feel about books, I love them. They are great at any age. Here are a few of my favorites for this age range:

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema; Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans; James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl; The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobeby C.S. Lewis

3.       Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine

Recommended age: 6-9

A young female engineer created this toy. She felt that construction toys were geared mainly towards boys and decided to make this to “inspire the next generation of female engineers.” This gift can be a way to get kids to learn new and useful vocabulary (sketch, prototype etc.). I will warn you, Goldie Blox has mixed reviews, most complaints were that the child was bored with it after one use. Take a look at the website and see if this would be suitable for your kid. www.goldieblox.com

4.       Phineas and Ferb Quest for Cool Stuff

Recommended age: 4-7

Have a little video gamer in your family? Try this game for Nintendo Wii. Kids build their vocabulary and learn new concepts (Atlantis, hieroglyph etc.) while helping Phineas and Ferb collect items to fill their Museum of Cool stuff.

5.       Robot Turtle Game

Recommended age: 4-15

Robot Turtles teaches computer programming fundamentals to kids 4+ in a way that just seems like fun. In this game, kids are the robot masters, so they do a lot of the directing however they need help to write the program. It’s great for teaching interaction skills (i.e. asking appropriately for what you need).

6. Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 Home Karaoke System

Recommended age: 5+

 

Karaoke is great on so many levels. You can motivate kids who don’t like reading, to read and learn lyrics of their favorite songs so they can have their own concert. You can also help children who are learning to write and rhyme come up with their own songs to serenade the family! Honestly, kids will learn anything if it means they can repeat it into a microphone.

7.       Create your own 3 Bitty Books

Recommended age: 5-9

Creating a book inspires kids to read, motivates them to write, introduces story language (once upon a time, one day, etc), teaches sequencing and a host of other concepts. With this gift, a child can add personal books to their library.

8.       Lego Duplo Deluxe Box of Fun

 

Recommended age: 4+

I hate stepping on these things, but they’re really great for building language, imagination and play skills. They also come in many different themes I saw Lego beach house, Lego Minecraft characters etc.

9.    GIFTS IDEAS that encourage language acquisition   Oakwood Home

Recommended age: 3-8

Any kind of doll home is great for language expansion. I chose this one because it’s a fixer upper (it doesn’t come with furniture) and would require your child to use more language to request the furniture that they want. Look online and shop for doll furniture while labeling all of the different furniture you see. Kids can also imitate what they see in the house to practice language skills. Does your child have trouble listening at the dinner table? Have the characters eat dinner at the table and listen to their parents, later have the child do the same thing. It’s like practicing, without having all of the pressure on them. I think that play homes are great for boys and girls and this one is good because you can decorate the rooms with stickers of what your child likes, instead of it coming preloaded with hearts or car pictures.

10.  Fire HD 7 Table

Recommended age: 5+

Listen, we live in a technological world. Kids are going to have to know how to use a device, if they don’t already. If you’re buying your child their first personal gadget, load it up with some of the apps I mentioned in my blog No More iPad Guilt: 9 Speech Pathologist Recommended Guilt free Apps for Kids. There are tons of educational games out there for tablets and iPad. Don’t forget to load some fun stuff on there too. Learning is fun, but even kids need a mental break sometimes.

 

Briana Evans, CCC-SLP is a licensed, certified speech language pathologist and owner of Speech Quest Speech and Language Therapy. She specializes in articulation, reading skills and early language development. She graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. In addition, she is working toward certification in PROMPT therapy, a kinesthetic articulation technique. She currently provides in-home or at-school services for children and teens. She believes in a lifestyle approach to speech therapy, which includes embedding support throughout the client’s daily life.

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