Just a few days to go before Camp Riverbend opens! Spaces are still available for some grades and weeks. Enroll now to be a part of our amazing summer of fun! Bus service from downtown Jersey City included.
Taking the entire family on a water park getaway is the perfect family day trip or vacation. Kids love to splash around in the water, run through sprinklers, and go down some awesome water slides! It’s also great for parents because whether the water park is indoors or outdoors, it is generally in a contained area. Therefore, parents do not have to worry about their kids running off or getting too far away from them. It’s safe, convenient, and fun.
Luckily, there are heaps of indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City. Although there aren’t any places right in the city, driving just a few short hours, or less, will land you in some awesome water park getaways! Let’s explore some of the best indoor and outdoor water parks in around Jersey City.
About and hour and twenty-minute drive from the heart of Jersey City, Coco Keys is in a great location in Mount Laurel, NJ. Although this indoor water park is located within a hotel, all non-hotel guests still have access to the water park. All you need to do is purchase your tickets in advance for guaranteed entry.
What is really great about this indoor water park is it’s open all year round and is quite low-key and quiet. Many water parks can be saturated with people, but Coco Keys will give both you and the kids room to move around and breathe. The park features a 1,000-foot long water slide, a lazy river, an aquatic jungle gym, an indoor/outdoor spa for the parents, and much more.
Located in Lake Harmony, PA, this indoor water park has over 53,000 feet of fun. This park has a whopping three 4-story waterslides, a wave pool, activity pool, jungle gym, dumping bucket, and lava springs hot tub for the parents. There is a little something for everyone at this resort. You can purchase tickets for the day or if you are looking for a longer getaway, you can stay at the resort in one of their amazing rooms. This is certainly one of the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City
About an hour and a half drive, Kalahari Resorts is located in Pocono Manor, PA. It is in a gorgeous, scenic location up around the Pocono Mountains. This water park opened its doors in 2015 and is open year-round for fun in all seasons. This park is Safari themed, which is great for kids who love animals and wild things!
At 220,000 square feet, this water park is massive with so many attractions you and the kids will be entertained for days. The park features areas like waterslides, wave pool, kids play area, surf section, and lazy river. The best feature of this water park is if you visit in the summer the whole roof of the water park opens so you get the perfect outdoor summertime feel.
An hour and twenty-minute drive from the city, Great Wold Lodge is located in Scotrun, PA, and is one of the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City. Likely the most well-known indoor water parks around the country, GWL knows all about family-friendly water activities. There are an endless amount of attractions for both the kids and adults. There are 2 different hot springs for adults, large and small water slides, slide boarding, and tons more.
This outdoor water park is super close to the city, at only an hour drive away and is one of the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City. It is located in Jackson, NJ. This outdoor water park has a lazy river, tons of water slides, boogie boarding, water rafting, and more.
For the young kids, there is a baby pool, water swings, fountain, and tree house. There is a great combination of features for parents, younger kids, and babies, which is perfect for families with many different ages.The main water park feature has multiple slides, a climbing net, wave pool, wading area for relaxing, and a pirate ship to climb and run through.
This ski resort turns into a fun water park and attraction during the warm summer months. The park is located in Vernon, NJ and is about an hour and fifteen-minute drive from Jersey City.
The park feature 22 wet attractions, which are separated into four different zones. Zones include an area for the youngest kids, the world’s tallest double looping thrill slide Zero-G, cliff jumping, white water rafting, water slides, and more. You can even rent private cabanas to get away from the crowds and relax a little. With so many awesome features, especially for the older kids, this makes for one the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City.
James Solomon believes in public service. Serving as an aide to the Mayor of Boston, he utilized technology to solve persistent problems like potholes and snow removal. James also designed a performance management system for three city departments for then Newark Mayor Cory Booker. James earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and his BA from Pomona College. He is currently a professor at New Jersey City University & Hudson County Community College.
James met the love of life, Gabrielle Ramos, at graduate school, bonding over a shared commitment to make the world a better place. They married in August 2015. Two months later James was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, James is blessed to be completely healthy.
James fights for progressive values. From knocking on doors on behalf of Barack Obama in rural Missouri to organizing the efforts to elect Hillary Clinton in Jersey City to leading in the Evict Trump/Kushner movement, James believes in backing up his values with hard work.
James is progressive and independent. He’ll fight for safe streets, honest government, and responsible development. And he’ll always put our community first because of this promise: his campaign won’t accept a cent in donations from Jersey City real estate developers.
Michael “Billy” Bisogno
Ward E Candidates for 2017 Jersey City Michael “Billy” Bisogno is the Colombian born adopted son of an Italian Catholic father and Austrian Jewish mother. Michael first moved to Jersey City in 2001 and since that time has been a successful businessman, advocate and community organizer. As a globally recognized broadcaster and communicator, Michael hosted the Emmy nominated series “In The Life” on PBS as well as been a cultural commentator on HLN and CNN recognized for his regular appearances on Showbiz Tonight.
As a small business owner Michael successfully created jobs and opportunities by forging relationships between private enterprise and government. Michael founded and developed numerous small businesses such as Humanity Pride Productions, JB Talent Management and Discovery Map Hudson and understands the needs of the entrepreneur as well as the hard work required to make it successful.
Using his skills as a communicator, Michael advanced the goals of the LGBTQ community by successfully bringing health and human services that had previously not been available. Today Michael sits on the Board of Hudson Pride Connections Center and on the Jersey City Diversity and Inclusion board where he continues to serve the community. As a response to the current political climate, Michael founded the grass roots collective “Jersey City Stands” which organizes large scale rapid response rallies, vigils & events that aim to unify communities behind a collective cause. Michael also co-founded The Jersey City International Television and Film Festival and co-chairs the week long Jersey City Pride festival that brings 10,000 people to downtown every August.
During times of need, Michael lead and organized meetings and events which provided a voice for all of the City’s residents. He continues to work with leaders throughout the City’s neighborhoods and communities to be a voice for their concerns.
Grounded in a personal story which allowed Michael to become a successful advocate and community organizer for the entire City, he will use his communication skills and business experience to guide the continued growth and development of Ward E in a manner which preserves its rich heritage and protects its residents. As your Councilman, Michael can be your vocal advocate in City Hall.
Nicholas J. Grillo
Ward E Candidates for 2017 Jersey City, Nicholas J. Grillo was born on May 1, 1981, in Jersey City. He graduated from Holy Rosary School, Jersey City, and was raised in a close-knit Italian-American community, centered around Holy Rosary Church, Hamilton Park and the Village Sections of downtown. It was at Holy Rosary and in “downtown” where Nick, at a young age, began his community involvement.
In 1995, he went on to Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington. (A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence). By the age of 17, Nick accepted his first position as a Parish Music Director/Organist for St. Joseph’s Church, East Orange. This was the beginning of many years in Liturgical Music and active participation in the Church, both in music and in fundraising.
In 1999, at the age of 18, he was named Chairperson of Holy Rosary Church’s Annual Italian Street Festival, today is known as La Festa Italiana – Jersey City, a title he still holds today sharing, it with two others. During his 15 years with the festival, it has grown into one of New Jersey’s premiere Italian-American Street Festivals, drawing thousands of visitors each day to this 5-day “feast” of great food, entertainment and summer fun. It is by far, Jersey City’s most anticipated summer event. In the same year, Nick took the next steps in his education, entering Caldwell College to obtain his BA in Music & Liturgical Studies graduating in 2005. He has worked as organist and music director for various catholic churches and is currently the organist and music director of Holy Rosary Church, Jersey City. He has also been involved in numerous fundraising campaigns.
Having developed a great love for serving others through his music ministry and through his work with La Festa Italiana, Nick, even early in his career, sought out additional ways to share his talents. Immediately after he graduated from Caldwell College, Nick decided to consider a future as a Licensed Funeral Director. He entered the renowned American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, in New York City and graduated in August of 2007.
In 2005, he began an internship with the Introcaso- Angelo Funeral Home in Jersey City. Working there gave Nick the opportunity to serve his downtown community and the people of Jersey City in their time of need. He made most of the Funeral Arrangements with families under several different financial & family circumstances. His compassion and understanding were unmatched, and the families he served will never forget it. He has assisted thousands of Jersey City families in his 10 years as a funeral director downtown. In 2011 he was honored by the Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage and Festival Committee, as an honorary “Puerto Rican for the Day” in the 51st Annual Parade, for his support and contributions to their cultural events and because of the care and compassion he showed to the many families of Puerto Rican decent at the Funeral Home.
In October of 2014, he received a special recognition award for his dedicated service to Catholic families of the Archdiocese of Newark in their time of need. In March of 2015, he completed the acquisition of the Levandoski Funeral Home of Bloomfield, NJ. Now, Levandoski-Grillo Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Nick hopes to bring his years of professional service to the people of Bloomfield/Essex County. Nick has also partnered with the Riotto Funeral Home & Cremation Company of Jersey City, so that the many families Nick has served over the years in Jersey City, can still call upon him locally, in Hudson County. In June of 2016, Nick in partnership with a friend founded the Zuasola-Grillo Filipino Funeral Service, a fully operational funeral home catering to the cultural needs of the Filipino Communities of New Jersey. It is the First Filipino Funeral Home established in New Jersey.
He is currently associated with the following organizations:
Co-Chairman of La Festa Italiana – Jersey City, Inc. (www.LaFestaItalianaJC.com)
President & Founding Member of the Jersey City Columbus Day Parade Committee
Past President of UNICO – Jersey City Chapter
Past President of the Hudson County Funeral Directors Association (current Trustee)
Member of the Dante Alighieri Society, Jersey City
Member of UNICO – Bloomfield Chapter
Civic Advisor for the Archdiocese of Newark – Blue Mass for Law Enforcement
Member of the National Italian American Foundation
Member of Casa Colombo, Jersey City
Member of the Maria SS. Dell’Assunta Society of Holy Rosary Church
Member of the Essex, Union, West Hudson Funeral Directors Association
Chairman of the Associate Member Division of the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey
Member of the National Funeral Directors Association
Member of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association
~Enhancing & Increasing Open Green Space
~Providing real parking solutions & impoving traffic flow
~Increasing Pedestrian Safety
~Demanding smarter development
~Strengthening Neighborhood Associations
~Fighting for better Education
~Encouraging Affordable & Senior Housing
~Create a neighborhood where families WANT to raise their children.
~Being readily available to constituents
Jake Hudnut is a fighter. Standing up to the system and advocating for others is what he’s all about. He recently served as a Jersey City Public Defender while managing his own successful criminal defense law firm right here in Jersey City for six years, advocating for the accused and protecting their constitutional rights. He is now an attorney at Spar & Bernstein, P.C., a law firm dedicated to fighting on behalf of immigrants and non-citizens.
Jake loves Jersey City with all his heart. He moved here in 2005 and has worked alongside his neighbors and city leaders while campaign managing two successful and reform-minded candidate slates for Jersey City Board of Education elections in 2012 and in 2013.
Jake graduated from Montclair State University and Seton Hall University School of Law. He lives on Grove Street with his boyfriend, Tyler, an events manager for a non-profit serving LGBTQ homeless youth.
An Interview with Founders, Daniela Sarbu & Dorota Mani And Curriculum Director, Courtney Bode
Located in the heart of the Waldo section of the Jersey City Waterfront, World of ABC, The Waldo School sets the standard for leading private education.
What inspired you to open The Waldo School, World of ABC:
Our inspiration were our children. We are two mommies who were looking for schools for both of our children. There were not many then as there are right now. We were looking for something different than what we had in the area. A school that was academically advanced but with a well rounded curriculum, with inspirational facilities that were green, sustainable and eco friendly too. We wanted chess, music, etiquette; multiple things that we could not find in the schools that were currently in the area.
We opened our doors in 2010. We found a space that was completely raw and we helped design it. We were almost at 80% capacity in our first year only. Most families enrolled here are from close neighborhoods in downtown Jersey City.
What kind of curriculum do you follow & how is it different from other schools in the area:
We use the International Baccalaureate program. It is a primary years program for kids from Pre-K to Highschool. The idea here is to promote inquiry based approach to teaching where kids are encouraged to ask questions and we use these learnings to develop a lot of our lesson plans and activities.
It’s a very student centric approach driven by the children’s’ interest. They are really invested in what they’re learning. Simultaneously we are also a little more academic than other schools. While following their interests we are also making sure we deliver targeted mathematics, language and arts, science instruction so the kids are not only learning what they are expected to know but a little more too. We also have smaller classes with lower ratios so students get the individual instruction that they need.
It’s important to add here that our children are a year ahead with their current programs, but because we make our approach fun, exciting and innovative, they s don’t even know that they are learning so much!
What extracurricular activities do you offer:
In addition to academics we believe that a child needs to be well rounded socially, emotionally and physically and because of that we offer a range of extracurricular activities that are included in our tuition. Music, swimming (with a salt water system), basketball, soccer, Spanish, art, robotics, chess are all programs that are part of our curriculum from 8.30am – 3.30pm. For extra coaching in these areas, we offer private lessons too.
Students enjoy an indoor pool and gymnasium for physical education or indoor recess.
We are in the process of opening our outdoor space in June with chess tables, hoops, picnic tables etc.
What is the student/teacher ratio in your school:
Our program runs from Infant – 3rd grade and every year we plan to open a new classroom as our kids are growing with us. In general, each classroom has about 12 students. Our ratios are as follows:
1:3 in Infants and Toddlers
1:6 in Pre-K
1:12 in KG & Up
Do you have early drop off and after care options available:
Our school day runs from 7.30am -6.00pm.
Do you provide an option for catered lunch:
We ask parents to send lunch for their kids with instructions as needed. However for parents who would like to order lunch through us, we do work with a chef who delivers meals for kids daily to our facilities. This is not included in the tuition
We do however, offer a snack at 10.00am and 3.30pm for all kids. We take into consideration all dietary restrictions.
Do you offer summer camp programs:
We have two summer camp programs. One program for preschoolers and second one for kindergartners and up.
Our Pre-K program is fun. A great introduction to school for kids who are new. We include academics but with summer there is a lot of outdoor time, sports and different theme based activities that we plan our days around. Interested parents can see detail on our website www.worldofabc.com.
The Elementary summer program is based on STEM so includes robotics, programing, engineering, math and science in addition to sports as well.
We open summer camp to not just the enrolled children but all kids of jersey city and beyond. Summer camp is also a good introduction for new students that are starting in September. They get acquainted with the premises and the teachers which makes for a very smooth transition for them.
What makes you different from other schools in the area:
This school is being run by two mommies. We are not a business. We are a facility that is a home away from home for our children.They are all happy and excited. Yes, we are challenging them academically in addition to a wide range of extracurriculars but they are also learning self confidence and getting a well rounded experience.
We are also blessed with really good teachers and not to mention exceptional students! It’s important to have all the right degrees but we also choose good teachers based on their interaction with kids in the classroom.
What would you like to say to our families:
Come and see us. Our doors are always open! We make sure all our children are safe and getting the well rounded experience they need. We do everything in our power to nurture successful individuals with a strong foundation.
It is also important to note that we have a very experienced nurse on our staff at all times too.
We conduct tours for all parents on Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm-5pm. We prefer more intimate tours with fewer families on a given day so that we are able to give them more time to ask questions and listen to their concerns.
Our admissions process is also on a rolling basis. We accept applications all year around and revert to families within 3 business days on availability and next steps. We believe in open communication and transparency!
If you are looking for a fun and active way to get the whole family outside in the summer sun, give strawberry picking a try! There are plenty of strawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ, so you have no shortage of options. Not only will the kids have fun searching for strawberries in the fields, but they get to learn a bit about where their delicious food comes from, the importance of farming, and they will be much more excited to eat their fruit for the day.
Another advantage to picking your own strawberries is you can come back home and make pies, jams, or cakes with your freshly picked berries. You can get your kids in the kitchen with you and use the berries as another fun summer cooking activity. We think it is fantastic when you can take one family experience and turn it into multiple activities to spend even more time together.
Below are some strawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ. Each farm listed below is about an hour or less away so you don’t have to trek too far from home. So grab your basket, pack the kids in the car, and let’s go pick some strawberries!
About 55 minutes away from Jersey City, this pick your own strawberry farm allows you to pick daily from 9 am to 6 pm with no closed days. Admission is either free or reasonably priced on the weekends and weekdays for around $6.99 per person. They also offer hayrides and live entertainment for before and/or you head out to pick your berries. Although you may not want to pay an admissions fee, it gets you a bit more than just picking the berries and may be worth the cost for the total experience this farm offers!
Also about an hour away, this strawberry-picking farm has pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries too! There is a little something for everyone at this berry picking farm. This is a great option for larger families because there are no entry fees and prices for berries are calculated by the pound, although for exact pricing you must call their business phone number. Donaldson Farm is definitely one of the best strawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ
A breezy 45-minute drive away from Jersey City, this family owned and operated strawberry farm is open every day, except for Mondays. They have a few different strawberry varieties, which include: Cabot, Chandler, Daroyal, Darselect, Mayflower, Rutgers Scarlet, Sunset, and Wendy, which makes it really fun for the family to taste test each variety of strawberry to compare and decide which kinds are liked best.
Lee Turkey Farm is much more than just a place to get your farm fresh turkeys. They also have pick-your-own fruits and veggies, which include delicious and juicy strawberries. Strawberries are only available to pick during the month of June, so make sure you get there this month to take full advantage of their fresh berries.
East of Jersey City and a great strawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ, Melick’s Town Farm offers some of the best strawberry picking in New Jersey. There is no entry fee and you pay by the pound. This family owned farm has been operating for 300 years, so they know a thing or two about growing some delicious fruits and veggies. Their barriers certainly won’t disappoint.
Just opening June 2nd for the season, Peterson Farm is now offering pick-your-own strawberries. They offer affordable picking prices at only $2.50 per pound so you can let the kids load their baskets full of these juicy berries. They only take cash or check, so make sure you have before you head out to this farm with the family.
On Saturdays and Sundays in June, you can stop by at Wightman Farms to pick your own strawberries. According to their website, in order “to Pick Your Own at the farm you need to join our PYO Club! A membership is $15 for a family of up to 5 people and it is valid from June with strawberries to apples in October. The membership comes with two reusable bags, coupons for the farm, and water bottles.” Although they may require a membership, you get some fun goodies to take with you and you can come back in the fall to pick your own delicious apples. With so many fun options, Wightman Farms makes it to the list of best strawberry picking farms around Jersey City, NJ!
Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 18) and this chalkboard art project is the perfect gift to make for dad! Well suited for any age to create – this cute, framed artwork can be displayed at breakfast on Father’s Day, and then kept on dad’s desk year round.
Materials you will need:
black paper (scrapbook quality works best)
white or peach colored pencils
chalkboard markers and/or white gel pens
colorful markers (for the frame)
a basic wooden frame
Step 1 Cut out a piece of black paper that will fit within the frame you are using. An easy way to do this is to trace the around the cardboard frame back, or the frame’s protective glass to achieve the exact size you will need.
Step 2 Lightly trace a cute design on the paper using white or peach colored pencils. Quotes look especially good done in chalkboard style writing, so you could have your kids write something such as, You’re a COOL dad or You’re a BEARY good dad – something fun and sweet. Pinterest always has some good ideas if you need inspiration!
Step 3 Using white gel pens or chalkboard markers (mine are from OOLY), trace over the pencil designs to create the finished artwork.
Step 4 An easy way to decorate the frame is by dotting a confetti pattern using colorful markers. Sharpie paint pens would work perfectly for this, or multi-surface markers such as the ones I’ve used. You could also easily use regular washable markers, but the colors will bleed a little bit on the frame’s wooden surface unless you paint it first.
Step 5 Add the artwork inside the frame, and have fun displaying your chalkboard masterpiece for dad on Father’s Day!
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. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.
There is nothing better than a creamy, cool, and delicious cup or cone of ice cream on a warm summer afternoon or evening. Furthermore, the fact that it is the perfect family outing that all ages can enjoy equally, is a huge bonus. There are heaps of ice cream places to choose from in Jersey City and each shop offers something a bit different in taste, flavor, and shop atmosphere. Let’s check out the best 10 ice cream places in Jersey City so you can plan your next family ice cream date!
Bucket & Bay is cool, hip, and has some seriously delicious gelato. Their ice cream is made with 100% grass-fed milk, which makes it even creamier and more flavorful. They have super fun and unique flavors like purple sticky rice infused gelato and mint chip for the kids.
As one Yelper says, “Most amazing gelato & cones in JC! Can never take a pic before I dig in! ;).”
Freshy Freeze Ice Cream features the very trendy and popular Thai inspired rolled ice cream. The ice cream base is poured on a super cold flat plate or anti-griddle. It is then spread and rolled and placed in your cup. You can choose a bunch of fun toppings like rainbow sprinkles, whipped cream, and Teddy Grahams – perfect for kids and kids at heart. Rolled ice cream is perfect for impressing the kids, which is why is earns a spot for one of the best 10 ice cream places in Jersey City.
This homemade ice cream spot is a beloved Jersey City hotspot. They have over 65 flavors, so there is a little something for everyone. They take pride in making their ice cream with real, whole ingredients. You can feel confident knowing that your peanut butter ice cream tastes like peanut butter because, you guessed it, it’s made with the real deal!
“At Milk Sugar Love, we churn delicious ice cream made from organic milk and cream and all the best New Jersey produce. We craft all our ice cream and sweets by hand in our kitchen in Jersey City. We proudly work with fantastic farmers and local artisan producers to create our delicious, chef-driven flavors” – this is Milk Sugar Love’s mission and you can taste it in every flavor they make. It is great knowing the ice cream you feed your family is safe, healthy, and supports local farmers.
Customers love their creamy, delicious, and unique flavors like earl gray fudge for the parents and fruity pebbles for the little ones. You are sure not to feel disappointed by their ice cream with any flavor you may choose, making them one of the best 10 ice cream places in Jersey City.
If you are looking for something a bit lighter on a hot summer afternoon or evening, look no further than Downtown Yogurt. Their yogurt is thick and creamy like regular ice cream, they have tons of toppings to choose from, and there the outside seating area is the perfect place to sit with the family and enjoy your cups of deliciousness. Even though this isn’t technically ice cream, it is just as good and makes it one of the best 10 ice cream places in Jersey City.
Famous for both their scoop and soft serve ice cream, this shop is perfect if you are looking for classic ice cream with traditional flavors. The mango and strawberry shortcake flavors are customer favorites. All of their ice cream is homemade. If you really fall in love with it, you can even take a premade tub of your favorite flavor home.
For such a quaint ice cream shop, Cherry-Pick does not limit their creative ice cream flavors. Choose from flavors like Cinnamon Crumble Cake, Lavender, S’mores, Apricot Orange Blossom, and Bourbon Pecan.
A customer says, “Cute little spot. Great service. Patient staff when it comes to sampling flavors. The ice cream is so milky & the sorbet is so refreshing and rich,” which is great when the kids want to try a bunch of flavors before choosing their final option.
If you are looking for a great organic ice cream for your family, Booza Organic Ice Cream is the spot for you. Customers think their ice cream tastes super fresh, creamy, and decadent. It’s a small little shop/food truck with not a ton of flavor options. However, it’s sure to give everyone in the family something they will love.
Dairy Queen is a classic and well-known ice cream shop, which deserves a spot on the best 10 ice cream places in Jersey City. They are known for their Blizzard’s, classic ice cream flavors, and ice cream cones. They have great customer service and a great family friendly atmosphere.
Although technically in Hoboken, Birch is very close to Jersey City. This is why it makes it to our 10 best ice cream places in Jersey City. Birch is one of the coolest places for ice cream milkshakes in the area. They have crazy decorated milkshakes like Cookie Monster, Carnival, and Shake Boss.
The Carnival milkshake comes with cotton candy, vanilla frosted rim, carnival style rainbow lollipops, fruit loops, sour gummies, and has a strawberry vanilla milkshake bottom. Talk about sugar overload! Therefore, we advise taking the kiddos earlier in the day. If you do, there is a chance they will actually go to sleep at night!
There is something so magical about watching a movie outdoors in the park in summertime. The big screen, turning your car into a couch, and enjoying a night under the stars – use this guide to help plan out your movies in the parks in Jersey City.
Here are some tips to make sure you enjoy your experience each evening.
1. Come early! Reserve your seats as movies in the park in Jersey City can get pretty crowded on a beautiful summer evening.
2. Blankets, comfortable chairs, and picnics are welcome at movies in the park in Hoboken and Jersey City. In most cases, alcohol is prohibited. Some park locations, like Van Vorst, provide popcorn.
3. Assisted listening devices and other accommodations are available upon request so that everyone can enjoy movies in the parks in Hoboken and Jersey City. Visit the City of Jersey City website for phone numbers to get more information.
Summer Film Series: Hamilton Park, Jersey City
Hamilton Park has been offering movies in the parks in Jersey City since 2013, and they will be offering them again this year on the following dates: June 23, July 28, August 25, September 23, and October 14. Movies begin at sundown. Keep checking the Summer Film Series page on the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association website for more information!
Films in Van Vorst: Van Vorst Park, Jersey City
Van Vorst Park is a great location if you are looking for movies in the parks in Hoboken and Jersey City. Every year, a team of volunteers come together to strengthen community through art using beautiful outdoor space. They are the team that brings you Films in Van Vorst, and they take care of everything from the films to the popcorn, all for free.
Bring a chair, your family or friends, and enjoy the movies at Van Vorst Park in Jersey City. The park gets set up every other week. Watch the website for the schedule for Summer 2017.
Films in Van Vorst was envisioned, in 2004, as a way to combine these elements and to generate an environment where we could meet and strengthen our sense of community while finding new and imaginative ways to utilize of our beautiful park. We were the very first outdoor film series in Jersey City.
Summer Movies In the Park: city-wide, Jersey City
The city of Jersey City puts together an annual Movies in the Park series across multiple parks in Jersey City. Every year, movies in the parks in Jersey City get more exciting as the movie titles are always classics, or just-released films. All movies are free at each park, and getting there early with comfy chairs, blankets and snacks is a must! Keep checking the city website for the summer schedule and movies that are playing in each park.
Outdoor Movie Nights: Newport Green Playground, Jersey City
Newport Green Playground offers movies in the parks in Jersey City, and it starts at the end of June this year, kicking off with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on June 28th. Admission is free, and you’ll be able to grab some Italian Ice from Loradella’s ice cart. Keep checking the Newport Jersey City Apartments Facebook page for events throughout the summer. Fanstastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), 2 h 13 min., Rated PG-13.
Movies Under the Stars: Pier A Park, Hoboken
Movies in the parks in Hoboken and Jersey City don’t get much better than the Movies Under the Stars events. Located at Pier A Park, Mama Johnson Field, and Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken, these weekly movies in the park are free!
Movies in the parks in Hoboken and Jersey City: Schedule of Movies Under The Stars, Pier A Park, Hoboken
June and July movies begin at 9:00 PM, August movies begin at 8:00 PM. Rain dates will be made up starting August 9th at 9:30 PM, airing after the 8:00 PM movie.
Wed. June 14 – Young Frankenstein (1974), 1h 46 min., PG. Wed. June 21 – Hidden Figures (2016), 2h 7 min., Rated PG. Wed. June 28 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952), 1h 43 min., Rated G.
Wed. July 12 – La La Land (2016), 2h 8 min., Rated PG-13.
Wed. July 19 – Lion (2016), 1h 58min., Rated PG-13.
Wed. July 26 – The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years (2016), 2h 17min., Unrated
Wed. August 2 – Trolls (2016), 1h 32 min. Rated PG.
7pm – Pre-Movie Activity for children provided by My Gym Hoboken.
Wed. August 9 – The Boss Baby (2017), 1h 37 min., Rated PG.
7pm – Pre-Movie Activity for children provided by My Gym Hoboken.n
Wed. August 16 – Sing (2016), 1h 48 min., Rated PG.
7pm – Pre-Movie Musical performance Preschool of Rock
Movies Under the Stars is presented by the City of Hoboken, Projected Images of Hudson County & The Hudson County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.