Starter Guide for Jersey City Newbies

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 comprehensiv

Open House 2018-19: Schools Jersey City

Open House in Schools & Pre-Schools In Jersey City:


189 Brunswick Street (main entrance: 371 7th Street), Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone :(201) 420-1550

Saturday, October 14th @ 10:00AM
Wednesday, October 18th @ 6:45PM

This is the opportunity to meet both our founder and staff, and learn more about The Brunswick School and its admissions process!

Spots available for the Older Toddler (2.5-3 years old). Please sign up by emailing at [email protected]

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017:  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 2017:  9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018:  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

324 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304 – Phone: (201) 706-3403

Information Session at the school:
October 7, 2017,         10:00 am to 12:00 pm
November 4, 2017,     10:00 am to 12:00 pm
December 2, 2017,     10:00 am to 12:00 pm
January 6, 2018,         10:00 am to 12:00 pm
February 3, 2018,        10:00 am to 12:00 pm
March 3, 2018,            10:00 am to 12:00 pm
April 7, 2018,               10:00 am to 12:00 pm
May 5, 2018,               10:00 am to 12:00 pm
June 2, 2018,              10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Virtual Information Session on the following days:
October 18, 2017,        8:30 pm
November 15, 2017,    8:30 pm
December 13, 2017,    8:30 pm
January 17, 2018,        8:30 pm
February 21, 2018,       8:30 pm
March 14,2018,            8:30 pm
April 18, 2018,              8:30 pm
May 16, 2018,              8:30 pm
June 13, 2018,             8:30pm

95 Broadway, Jersey City, NJ 07306 – Phone: (201) 984-4151
[email protected]

Current Dates:  9/15, 9/22, 9/29 at 7:30am and 9:30am
Evening Open House Date:  1/8, 12/6 and 1/3 at 4:30pm and 5:30pm
Parents must sign up online at:

1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 533-1910

Please email the [email protected] to reserve your seat for any of the sessions below:

First Step Sessions: (please note: these sessions are for adults only with the exception of the Open House events)

  • October 11, 2017 @ 8:30 am
  • October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am Saturday Open House*
  • November 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
  • November 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am Coffee Chat**
  • November 15, 2017 @ 8:30 am
  • December 5, 2017 @ 8:30 am
  • January 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
  • January 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am Saturday Open House*
  • January 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am Coffee Chat**
  • February 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
  • February 13, 2018 @ 8:30 am

*Open House: Children are welcome to come enjoy fun activities while parents learn about our school and programs

**Coffee Chats: are for Parents of children already attending Montessori and/or Elementary

Kindly include the number of spaces you would like to reserve and the age of your child in your email. If your child is currently enrolled in a Montessori school, simply email our admissions department directly with your inquiry.


Our open house dates are second Thursday of every month at 7:30pm

  • Hoboken : Oct 12th– Dec 14th –  Feb 8th – April 12th – June 14th
  • Jersey : Nov 9th– Jan 11th – Jan 11th – May 10th

508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 630-4700

October 4th at 9:30 am
November 9th at 9:30 am
January 23rd at 6:30 pm

2572 John F Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, 07304 – Phone: (201) 434-5938

Wednesday, October 11, 6-8 p.m.
Sunday, October 22, 1-3 p.m.

Liberty Towers, 33 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 918-6643

Mon, 9 Oct @ 9-10:30am
Wed, 25 Oct @ 6-7:30pm
Fri, 10 Nov @ 9-10:30am
Mon, 20 Nov @ 6-7:30pm
Sat, 2 Dec @ 9-11am
Thu, 15 Dec @ 6-7:30pm
Fri, 5 Jan @ 6-7:30pm
Sat, 20 Jan @ 10am-12pm
Fri, 9 Feb @ 6-7:30pm
Sat, 24 Feb @ 10am-12pm

Phone: (201) 338-8320

October 14 (pre-K, Elementary and Middle School)
November 18 (pre-K, Elementary and Middle School)
December 9 (pre-K, Elementary and Middle School)

338 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 200-1160

Open Houses are not offered,  but parents can schedule a tour Monday to Friday 8:00 am or 4:00 pm

601 Park Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: (201) 844-8535
We don’t do Open Houses, but  parents are encourage to register or at least contact us if they are planning to bring their students for any of our classes.
210 9th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 420- 6792
Our open house for prospective families this fall is scheduled for Nov 9th,  from 6:00-7:15 pm. We are also hosting two tours every month for prospective families, from 11:00-11:30 am, those dates are:
Sep: 12 & 26
Oct: 10 & 24
Nov: 14 & 28
Dec: 5 & 12


October 12th @ 10:00am
November 21st @ 6:00pm
December 15th @ 10:00am  


242 10th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: 201-309-0440

Please RSVP by emailing [email protected]
Children are always welcomed!

Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 12pm-2pm

Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 7pm-9pm

Saturday, January 20, 2018- 10am-12pm

116 Hillcrest Rd, Warren, NJ 07059 – Phone: (908) 580-2267

Sunday Jan 21 (10 am – 12 noon)
Saturday Feb 24 (same time)
Sunday March 18 (same time)
Saturday April 7 (same time)
Saturday May 5 (11 am – 2 pm)



252 9th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 205-1218

Sunday Sept. 10th from 1pm to 4pm

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

Sep 7th

Information at:

Phone: (201) 423-1200

Info Session on September 16th at 9am at BelovED Community Charter School (508 Grand Street.)

After the info session, we will be hosting a financial Literacy for college planning workshop which is open to families for $20 per family.

189 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 1(855) 783 2687

Sept 9th 2017, between 10am – 6:30pm

More info at:

165 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 377-0718

Saturday, September 9th – Youth Ensemble/ Scholarship Auditions 9:30am-11am (8-13 yrs old.) & 11:30am-2pm (14+ yrs. old)
Sunday, September 10th – 3-5pm Open House w/ Free Trial Classes (schedule posted online)
Sunday, September 10th – 5-7pm Grand Opening Ceremony w/ Ribbon Cutting (games, music, registration, talkback, etc.)
Wednesday, September 13th – 6-8pm Open House w/ Free Trial Classes (schedule posted online)






Fall Family Events in Jersey City

Fall Family Events in Jersey City

Let’s check out some of the best family events in Jersey City this fall. Whether you are looking for indoor activities, outdoor activities, educational activities, or something else, there are so may events for families and so many things to do in Jersey City.

Fall Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch  
October 21 – October 29
WHERE: Urby Parking Lot, 200 Greene St, Jersey City

The Exchange Place Alliance will celebrate Halloween and the Fall season with a spectacular Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch on October 21st-22nd and 28th-29th from 11 am – 7 pm.

WHO: The Exchange Place Alliance Special Improvement District, a NJ not-for-profit
WHAT: A Fall Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch with special activities scheduled throughout the weekend
WHERE: Urby Parking Lot, 200 Greene St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
WHEN: October 21st and 22nd and 28th and 29th, 11 am – 7 pm

2nd Annual “City Nights” Block Party  

Thursday, October 19 at 7 PM – 10 PM

Shuster Group presents the 2nd Annual Block Party event, City Nights.

Join us for a chic, adult-only event with Live Music, Live Art, Local Food & Drink Vendors, and larger-than-life Games & Activities.

Gather your friends & neighbors and come out for a special evening in Downtown Jersey City. You won’t want to miss it!


Midnight Market is NJ’s first monthly night market and foodie nightlife event! Come celebrate October with us on Friday the 13th!! 

Food, Music, and Drinks! *Costumes welcomed but not required*
This Foodie Party is open to all 21 & older! Cash event! ATMs on site.
No pets. No Children. No Refunds. 
Go to for more information!

Annual Halloween Parade in Jersey City
Fall Family Events in Jersey City Annual Halloween Parade in Hamilron Park

Entertainment for kids

6:15 Kids Costume Parade Starts
6:15 Dogs Parade starts


JC Halloween Spooktacular 

Fall Family Events in Jersey City

JC Halloween Spooktacular : Halloween Costume Family Parade and Party

You don’t want to miss this 4 hours of unlimited fun, activities for the entire families

Halloween Costume Family Parade

Best Costume prizes for families,

Dance Party, Cotton Candies, Puppet Show, Carnival Games, Drums, Jugglers   Buy kid’s ticket here: (6 months to 16 years ) 

Buy adults’ ticket here: (16 and up )

Spooky Terminal 2017











The Spooky Terminal is BACK on October 28th this year …..

Located in a one of a kind venue over looking the gorgeous Manhattan skyline in the heart of Liberty State Park. All aboard!

There will be lots of fun activities for kids and for families:

Bouncy House, Hayride, Magic Show, Dance Party for kids

Juggler, Cotton Candies, Cookie Decoration, Costume Contest

Facepainting Buy your tickets here:  Click Tickets Here 


Family Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall

Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall this Halloweeen! There will be face-painting, a bouncy house, music, popcorn and CANDY!This event is sponsored by the HDSID




Learn about the Performances happening at the 4th Cultural Diversity Festival’17

All of the following performers will performing in our 4th Cultural Diversity Festival’17 in Jersey City

Date: August 26th

Location: Hamilton Park

Time: from 10am to 2pm


Chambord Place, 47 Harrison St, Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: 973 665-2051

Learn Piano, Guitar, Violin and Woodwinds.



31 River Court, 102 – Jersey City, NJ 07310 – Phone: 201 217-0640

The School of Bharatanatyam

At Newport in Jersey City, lessons are imparted on weekdays and weekends at convenient times to kids, parents and working professionals. Students enjoy the River view, lawn, rose garden and, the cityscape across the river — through large windows — while soaking in this ancient art, in a mirrored, wooden-floor studio!

Calai also teaches at Short Hills, Millburn, Gillette, Bridgewater Journal Square and other locations due to growing demand.



Natallia Basava – Phone 917 371 9525 / Klaus Jekeli – Phone 646 541 7022



233 9th St., Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 706-3025

Next Step Broadway’s mission is to provide an environment where all ages and levels can experience the joy of expression through dancing, singing, acting & much more.

We feel that by instilling these crafts in a positive, joyful way students will make it a part of their lives creating connection with the whole self- mind, body, and soul.

Instructors will introduce knowledge of technical, musical, creative, and performance skills, and will develop these skills for all levels. This developmental program builds confidence, self-esteem and coordination to create a well-rounded whole artist.



The school is located in the heart of Clifton, New Jersey. Please feel free to visit them in person during their regularly schedule or by appointment. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call them at (973) 772-8988.



Grassroots Community Space

54 Coles St. Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (908) 432-2405

The mission of Arts United Capoeira is to promote understanding, appreciation and practice of Capoeira, which is a Brazilian art-form that combines music, dance, self-defense, ritual and a way of life.

Our commitment is to create a safe, welcoming, non-discriminatory environment to learn, explore, and grow as individuals physically, mentally and spiritually.
The elements of this unique art-form unite people from all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds.



189 Brunswick St, 3rd Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 969-6260

Jersey City Ballroom believes that dance makes life better and they want to share that with you! They offer Latin, ballroom, swing, tango and more for the Jersey City community and surrounding areas. #dancemakeslifebetter



PHONE: (800) 650-0246

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Youth Program: The mission of Nai-Ni Chen Youth Program is to provide a positive and optimistic learning environment for students to gain knowledge, skill and passion for dance. The instructors are all high level performers and experienced teachers who graduated from prestigious dance schools in China, Taiwan and the US. The training includes traditional Chinese Dance and Modern Dance.



Tarik Sultan, one of the world’s best known pioneers of male Oriental Dance with the Baladi beat belly dance.



The Japanese Swordsmanship Society is dedicated to preserving and promoting the traditional martial arts of Japan. JSS teaches Iaido, Naginata, Jodo and Kyudo classes in New York City and New Jersey.

For Iaido[email protected]

For Naginata[email protected]

For Jodo[email protected]

For Kyudo[email protected]



[email protected]

Started in 2015 with the simple intention to spread and build the passion of dance and enjoy it thoroughly. 

Ghungroo offers Bollywood Funk and Classical Bollywood dance sessions for kids above 4+ in Newport, Jersey City.

Also offers Bollywood dance workshops on request for special occasions for both adults and kids.

We help the kids to understand the basics of dance by helping them to follow the rhythm, synchronization of moves with expression in place.



79 Central Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, Phone: 201 659-2190

The Kennedy Dancers Inner City Youth Company is a scholarship based program that allows students to experience different genres of dance including ethnic and folk. Exposure increases curiosity, appreciation for culture as well as technique and skills that will open professional opportunities for these dancers in the future. Whether it be a career in the arts or not, humanity and relationships with others play a major key. After all, we live in New Jersey one of the strongest melting pots in the US, so an understanding for culture and recognizing it’s beauty is essential

Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

The Best Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

The kids going back to school means you will need plenty of creative lunch box ideas. Kids often love the same foods, but you can prepare them in different ways so things stay interesting and they don’t get bored. Additionally, it is a great way to get them to try new foods and ingredients because you can incorporate the new items into their favorite lunch meals.

When packing a lunch for your kids, it is great to add as many fruits and veggies as possible, give them protein and provide them with a treat. The great news is, their treats can be disguised as healthy…and they will never know! Let’s take a look at some of the best back to school lunch box ideas for kids.

Healthy Banana & Oatmeal Sponge Cookies

If you are looking for a perfect secretly healthy cookie, look no further than these. Your kids will never know these are good for them and they are sure to devour them. The cookies are only made with 6 ingredients, like oats, applesauce, and banana so you are likely to already have the ingredients on hand.

Snag the recipe here.

Lunch Box Fun-Due

If you are looking for a creative lunch idea, this fun-due is perfect. All you have to do is cute meats like ham and turkey into cubes, add some veggie sticks like carrots and celery, and include a treat like small cubes of angel food cake. Then, add the dipping sauces. You can use sauces like salsa, homemade cheese sauce, and pureed strawberries! This is defintely one of the coolest back to school lunch box ideas.


Hummus Pizza

For one of the healthiest back o school lunch box ideas, this is the way to go. This is an awesome extremely healthy and nutritious recipe that is great for older and more adventurous eaters. All you need is to take your kids favorite veggies, some simple hummus (plain or flavored), and even though the recipe does not call for it, you can add plenty of cheese.

Find this recipe here.

Mexican Style Lunch Box

If your kid has an inkling for Mexican food, this lunch box is perfect for them. Fill this box with a simple cheese quesadilla, salsa, guacamole, and tortilla chips. Add some fruit to the mix and pack a separate container of berries, apples, etc.

Broccoli Pesto Pasta Bowl

Get your kids to eat their greens! This pasta lunch box is filled with perfectly cooked pasta, healthy pesto, and super nutritious broccoli. Serve with oranges and other fruits or veggies and your kid will love you.

Check it out here.

Cheesy Chicken Meatball Sliders

Who doesn’t love a good slider? These mini meatball sandwiches are the perfect kid size. There is not anything for them not to love with melted mozzarella cheese, savory chicken, and tangy flavorful tomato sauce. They will please even the pickiest of eaters. They also travel quite well and do not need to be heated up as they are great at room temp.

Get the recipe here for one of the best back to school lunch box ideas.

Turkey and Bean Chili

Sometimes one of the best back to school lunch box ideas is a hot soup or stew, and this chili definitely makes the cut. It is filled with tons of protein from the ground turkey and healthy fiber from all of the beans.

Check out this hot recipe here.

Catch of the Day

This creative lunch box meal is perfect for the kids that love anything fish and water related. Make their favorite kind of sandwich and use a fish shaped cookie cutter to cut out the sandwich. Load the rest of their lunch box with goldfish crackers, fruit, and veggies with dipping sauce.

Muffin Meal

Something breakfast for lunch is a fun way to switch up your kids back to school lunch box ideas. Pack some homemade muffins, dry cereal, and their favorite fruits. Like with this idea, you can add some calcium to their meal and throw in a cheese stick or any cheese of choice.

Recipe idea is from here!

Tortilla Rolls

If your kid gets bored with traditional sandwiches, try these super fun tortilla rolls. All you need is a soft flour tortilla, lunch meats, cheese, and dressing to roll into a tortilla. Cut the roll, place in their lunch box, and then add some of their favorite snacks. Fruit, veggies, crackers, and cheese are always good choices.

Get the idea here. 

Lunch Ideas for Kids

Lunch Ideas for Kids

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Cheese Shelled Tacos: Lunch ideas for kids

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JC Lunch Box: Middle Eastern Delights

JCF Lunch box of the week: Mini Fun Shaped Pizza

JCF Lunch Box of the week: Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggidy dog

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Finger Tenders & Peas

Quick and Healthy Summer Snacks

Semi-Healthy Treats & Eats with Mel: Chocolatey Peanut Butter Cookies