Middle Schools in Hoboken and Jersey City

Middle Schools in Hoboken and Jersey City

Middle school is that period between elementary school and high school that can have a great impact on a child. They begin to experience new things, think in different ways and start to form more relationships with their peers. As parents, you have a growing number of option in choosing a school for your child. To keep you informed, we’ve created a list of Middle Schools in Hoboken and Jersey City.

Hamilton Park Montessorri School

1 McWilliams Place in Jersey City, NJ

Phone: (201) 533-1910

First on our list of Middle Schools In Hoboken and Jersey City is the Private Middle School at Hamilton Park Montessori School! This school is developed in accord with Montessori’s views on adolescents and learning. The curriculum includes a STEM component integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as a humanities strand that establishes links between history, current events, literature, critical reading and writing. The curriculum includes regular trips, often planned by the students, to do research and gather information.

Application Process:

  • Online application:
    • Classroom Observation:to experience our classrooms while in session.
    • Child Visit:for your child to meet the teachers and experience a typical classroom (classes are not in session during this time).
  • Letter of Agreement: If you wish to attend, the Letter of Agreement, Security Deposit and Enrollment Fee are required within 7 days of acceptance. (Security Deposit and Enrollment Fee are both non-refundable)

Waterfront Montessori Middle School Program

150 Warren St. Suite 108 Jersey City, NJ

Phone: (201) 333-5600

Waterfront Montessori is an International Baccalaureate World School authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Program. The Middle School Program blends the dynamic Montessori curriculum into the IB Middle Years Program (IB MYP) in service of students who are in a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development.

Admission Process:

  •  Contact the school admissions office to schedule a parent tour.
  • Submit an application to the school accompanied by the $75 application fee.
  • Submit prior school records and recommendations.  One recommendation must come from a teacher, the other from the Principal or Head of School.
  • After receipt of all prior school records, all applicants will be invited to visit in the appropriate classroom.  This visit is mandatory for consideration for admission.
  • Applicants who have completed all steps of the admissions process will receive an admission decision by March 1.  Should an applicant be accepted, parents will have a limited time frame in which to let us know of their acceptance and complete the admission paperwork.

Explore Middle School

180 9th Street Jersey City, NJ

Phone: (201) 631-6396

Explore Middle School is the only career and technical middle school in New Jersey. This is a project-based school whose curriculum is developed around thematic units which integrate interdisciplinary studies and engage students in a hands-on approach. Career and Technical programs include the arts, technology and applied sciences. Explore Middle School is also a one-to-one (1:1) environment, where each student has his/her own chromebook while in school. 1:1 technology allows teachers to differentiate both in terms of how they teach and how the students are expected to demonstrate their learning. Explore Middle School is a diverse community with an active Parent/Student Association.

Admission Process:

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018: Application deadline for students/parents.
  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018: Last day to complete letters of recommendation via SchoolMint.
  • Monday, December 17, 2018: Counselor Deadline to submit all pertinent student information through their Counselor Dashboard.

French American Academy

209 Third street, Jersey City NJ

Phone: (201) 338-8320 ext 202

The French American Academy  (FAA) is a warm, nurturing, progressive school offering a child-centered environment that uses the dual lenses of French and English to inspire and cultivate open-mindedness, empathy and a lifetime love of learning. Middle School Programs offers three tracks which include French/English, English with Accelerated French and Spanish/English.

Application Process:

  • Application (A non-refundable Application Fee of $140 will be submitted with each application)
  • Evaluation and interview
  • Notification

Primary Prep Elementary School  

41 Tuers Ave Jersey City, NJ

Phone: (201) 333-8844

Primary Prep Elementary is a private, non-denominational school offering an exciting learning environment to children in Kindergarten through Grade Eight. The school is located in the center of Jersey City, New Jersey with easy access to major roads and public transportation. The curriculum at Primary Prep is designed to encourage the students to think outside the box. Critical thinking is mandatory. During their time at Primary Prep, the pupils develop a strong foundation in math, reading, language arts, science, history, writing, and the arts. Technology is infused in the lessons through iPads, Google chrome books, and laptops

Admission Process:

  • Please call the main office on 201-333-8844 to schedule a tour and start the admission process.

Our Lady of Czestochowa

248 Luis Munoz Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 

Phone: (201) 434-2405

The mission of Our Lady of Czestochowa (The OLC School) is to create a learning environment that encourages each child to grow as a spiritual, moral and intellectual individual, who will be able to embrace a global multicultural society of the 21st century.
As a Catholic school in a diverse community, we strive to develop virtues and values that foster the expression of a child’s potential.  We encourage life-long learning and creative problem solving by providing a challenging and stimulating academic curriculum, while also allowing consideration for individual interests, abilities and needs.

Admission Process:

  • Complete the application.
  •  Mail or drop off the completed to the Lower School office.

    The Hudson School Hoboken

    601 Park Ave, Hoboken, NJ

    Phone: (201) 659-8335

    The Hudson School provides intellectually inquisitive students in grades 5-12 with a rigorous and relevant college-preparatory education that inspires independent thinking and intellectual risk-taking. The private, middle school requires students to take four years of language arts, science, mathematics, history, theater arts, modern foreign language (French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, or Spanish), movement, physical education, health and nutrition, music, and art. Fifth and sixth graders also take computer science, movement and chorus. Seventh and eighth graders begin studying Latin and participate in a weekly community service activity. Beginning in sixth grade, students explore philosophy through logic, ethics and aesthetics classes.

    Admission Process:

    •  Call 201-659-8335, email [email protected], or complete the application/information request form linked here
    • Attend Open House on October 20th or learn more about Hudson via a group guided tour.
    • There is an $80.00 processing fee for each application.
    • The following documentation is needed to complete the application:
      • Official transcript of final reports from previous grades.
      • Official report card from the current school year.
      • 2018 ISEE* or SSAT examination results. (Individual English language testing is available for international students.)
    • The following additional documentation is optional:
      • A copy of your most recent school-based standardized assessment test scores
      • Additional recommendations
      • Additional student work, either hard copy or web-based. We do not accept USB drives due to computer security.
    • As soon you application has been received, the school will schedule a day for the applicant to visit the school. All applicants will attend classes and meet with faculty and administrators and have an in-person interview with admissions staff. Parents will be invited to an optional information session with admissions staff or the Head of School.

All Saints Episcopal Day School

Nursery – Grade 1: 527 Clinton Street, Hoboken, NJ

Grades 2 – Grade 8: 707 Washington Street, Hoboken,NJ

Phone: (201) 792-6292

All Saint Episcopal Day School tends to children of all faiths and embraces a view of spirituality that is broad and inclusive. The school is readily accessible by public transportation including bus, PATH and Light Rail services. Every grade is encouraged to get involved with extra curricular activities which include but are not limited to STEM-related activities, cooking, rugby, school plays and fencing.

Application Process:

The Waldo School

159 2nd St, Jersey City, NJ 

Phone: (201) 963-5555 

The Waldo School is currently offering grades Kindergarten through 6th grade. All of primary school students participate in the International Baccalaureate curriculum, taught by teachers who participate in IB-accredited professional development opportunities. Students inquire into the core subject areas each day, including mathematics, language arts (reading and writing), science, and social studies.


  • Complete the application. There is a $100 nonrefundable application fee that is payable at the time the application is submitted.
  • Tuition varies depending on the age group and type of program your child will be enrolled in.

Charter Schools:

The Ethical Community Charter School

95 Broadway Jersey City, NJ

Phone: (201) 984-4151

The Ethical Community Charter School is a K-8 school, free, public charter school. They believe children who have the skills to make good choices will thrive and positively shape the world. The school currently has openings in 7th and 8th grade. Applications for this school year is on a first come first serve for the current openings.

Application Process:

All applications considered in the 2019-2020 lottery are due on January 3rd, 2019. Our enrollment lottery will be held on January 10th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at TECCS. You can still submit an application after January 3rd. Doing so will place your child on the waiting list for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Hoboken Charter School

713 Washington St Hoboken, NJ

Phone: (201) 963-0222

The Hoboken Charter School is a K-12 community of learners that seeks to develop the academic, artistic, personal and civic growth of all its members through its commitment to service learning and learner-centered education. The Hoboken Charter School believe that students thrive in environments where expectations are clear and consistent at all levels, and where students are known — not only by their peers, but by the entire school community. An emphasis on curriculum that places the student at the center of inquiry is the foundation for the school’s four critical learning “cornerstones.” These cornerstones are: rigorous academics, arts literacy, and personal and civic growth.

Admission process:

  • The Hoboken Charter School is a public school open to all students. There are no admissions tests.
  • Enrollment is determined by a random lottery held in public in January each year for the following school year.
  • If there are more applications than spots available in a given grade, a waiting list is created.
  • Admissions policies and procedures are monitored by the State Department of Education and the Hoboken Charter School Board of Trustees.

Elysian Charter School of Hoboken

1460 Garden St, Hoboken, NJ

Phone: (201) 876-0102

The Elysian Charter School of Hoboken is an innovative K–8, free, public charter school, located in Hoboken, New Jersey. Children come to us with strengths on which they can learn and grow. Elysian’s goal is to educate and inspire children to become curious, lifelong learners (strong in academic preparation), who have an appreciation of the arts, the diversity of all the peoples of the world, and the importance of community.

Application Process:

Hoboken Dual Language Charter School

123 Jefferson Street, Hoboken, NJ

Phone: (201) 427 – 1458

The Hoboken Dual Language School is a dual language Charter School that opened in 2010. HoLa became the first charter school in New Jersey to implement a blind lottery system in favor of low-income families. The applications HoLa receives from low-income families are automatically given two entries into the lottery. Over time, HoLa’s student-body has grown to be incredibly diverse: 80% of the first graduating class is a person of color and half of them were either born outside of the U.S. or are first- generation Americans.

Admission process:

  • Online Application
  • Applications are accepted for all grades (K-8) on a rolling basis.
  • Applications submitted after the lottery date will be added to the end of the wait list in order they are received.

Public Schools:

Jersey City Public Schools offers a diverse array of schools at all levels!  Learn about the types of public Middle Schools available for you to choose from!


Boosting Your Child’s Immunity + Healthy Sleep Workshop for Parents

Boosting Your Child’s Immunity + Healthy Sleep Workshop for Parents

Fighting colds and bad sleep as the season is changing?

Our upcoming workshop for Parents in Jersey City will focus on Boosting Your Child’s Immunity and how to maintain Healthy Sleep! 

Founder of Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness Dr. Laura T. Brayton will talk about five healthy steps to avoid illness, and how lack of sleep impacts immunity.

Dr. Brayton writes regularly on health-related topics and is a lecturer for various holistic groups in the community, including at yoga studios, childbirth education centers, and new moms groups. She also continues to stay up-to-date and current in her field with frequent post-graduate seminars in functional medicine, nutrition, allergy elimination, pediatrics, and maternity.

Register for the workshop HERE.

Price per person $10 – payment via PayPal Button.

Dr. Laura Brayton is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1999. She furthered her education at New York Chiropractic College where she graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2003 and served her peers as Class President, Student Body President and President of the Student American Chiropractic Association.

JCFamilies recently started organizing workshop for New Parents in Jersey City. If you have any suggestions for future workshops, send us an email to [email protected] 

TestRocker Officially Open in Jersey City

TestRocker is now officially open in Jersey City. Last week Councilman James Solomon welcomed the global test prep company to the city with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Who is TestRocker?

TestRocker is a PSAT, SAT & ACT prep class that has students and classes around the world. TestRocker has taught more than 10,000 students in over 40 countries. They have won multiple education awards and earned the approval of parents, students and educators across 3 continents. On average, TestRocker students improve their scores by more than 180 SAT and more than 4 points on the ACT.





TestRocker was designed by educator Suniti Mathur. With more than 18 years of experience preparing students for standardized tests, Suniti has perfected a learning program designed for students of all skill levels. The TestRocker program allows each student to reach their full potential and the highest scores possible.

TestRocker classes are available year round. Enrollment is rolling but space is limited and spots are reserved on a first come first serve basis. Classes are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays depending on the test you are preparing for and the time of year.


Current SAT & ACT Schedule – Register For a TestRocker consultation to get the class schedule coming up 201-333-1023 or click here.

TestRocker’s classroom is located at 190 Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City’s Historic Downtown neighborhood. The newly renovated Vito A. Lofts provide students with a comfortable and modern classroom experience.

The founders chose to bring TestRocker to Jersey City for a number of reasons:

  1. After building a successful brand internationally by bringing students online and in-class test prep around the globe the TestRocker team is eager to develop classrooms in the US.
  2. Jersey City is the headquarters to TestRocker where they discovered a big need for testing support and information. Many students and families are completely lost on the testing process and need the extra help.
  3. Jersey City is busy, bustling, and growing! But the city is also home to a tight knit community of families looking for the best education available.

The company saw an opportunity to offer classes to students locally and that’s just what they did. After an extended soft launch TestRocker Jersey City has grown to serve more than 80 students and their families. TestRocker plans on helping more students and families by expanding throughout Hudson County.

In order to enroll in TestRocker’s PSAT, SAT or ACT test prep classes families first need to attend a free consultation. During the consultation, TestRocker goes over how your student can accomplish their entrance exam goals, create a personalized study plan, gives a demo of TestRocker, provides you with upcoming class schedules, and fields any of your remaining questions. You can pick a time to meet with TestRocker that’s right for you and your family – click here to begin or call 201-333-1023.


Parenting With a Disability: Tips To Welcome Your New Addition

The day you bring home your newborn for the first time will undoubtedly be the most powerful and joyful moment in your life. Until then, you can expect to be a nervous wreck imagining everything that could go wrong and everything you need to do to prepare for the arrival of your child.

A bit of advice: breathe. You can do this—and just because you have a physical disability doesn’t mean you won’t be able to rise to the challenges of parenthood. If you’re still not convinced, here are a few steps for preparing for your first child to put your mind at ease.


Rearrange Home to Maximize Space


Another addition to the family means more space will be shared. More space can be an issue for families, especially when one or more members need a wheelchair or walker to get around. Now that you are expecting another family member, it is a good time to really consider the floor space in your living room, kitchen and bedrooms. As your child grows, they’ll soon move from the crib to the floor, and eventually be able to walk around your home. You need to make sure that everywhere your child can go, you can go as well. One option you may want to consider is to make room by putting some items into storage. The average monthly cost of renting a storage unit in New York, NY, is $92.92.

Make Kitchens and Bathrooms More Accessible

The need for more room becomes especially apparent in tight spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens. These areas can be tricky to maneuver when faced with a physical disability. Perhaps your home is already retrofitted with handrails to help you maneuver around, but now that you are expecting a child, some of these modifications may not facilitate you maneuvering with a child. To better ensure both the safety of you and your child, you should install handrails and grab bars in your kitchen and bathrooms make bathing and feeding your child safer and easier.

Prepare for Safety by Child-Proofing Your Home

Child-proofing is an activity every parent must undertake. As soon as you realize that a toddler will be scurrying around your home, you begin to notice all the potential hazards that exist. Any parent will tell you that the key to keeping your child safe is proactive parenting. That means, before you bring your child home for the first time, you’ve already taken the time to plug up sockets, cover sharp corners, and put child locks on all the bottom cabinets and drawers.

Of course, there are other ways you can prevent an accident by happening to you and your child. If you are carrying your child you want to make sure that the floors you walk on are free of tripping hazards, not excluding your rugs and carpets. It is especially important to make sure that the rugs in your home are non-slip to prevent you from accidentally dropping your child while moving around.

Stay Organized

Now that you are a parent, you’ll have to keep up with a lot of different items such as baby foods, medicines, powders, shampoos and other baby-related products. It can be difficult to keep up with so many different items all at once. When you throw in a physical disability, such as a visual impairment, the task becomes even more difficult. To help stay organized, label the containers for all your products with color-coded stickers, textured, tape, or even Braille labels.

Know Your Resources

Finally, you should know that you do not have to do this alone. You have family and friends who are going to be there by your side, ready to help you out when needed. Additionally, there are plenty of resources out there geared to help you out as a parent with disabilities. Receiving help from others isn’t a sign of a bad parent, but someone who is ready to do everything possible to give their kids a safe, happy life.

Parenting will be one of the biggest challenges you face. However, it will also bring you unmatched joy, countless memories and moments you’ll cherish forever.


About the writer Ashely Taylor: Ashley Taylor is a freelance writer, photographer, and advocate for people with disabilities. She created to provide information and resources to other parents with disabilities. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.


Top 10 Pumpkin Patches Near Jersey City

If you’ve already brought out your coziest sweaters and lit all of your fall scented candles, your fall bucket list probably includes visiting a pumpkin patch. We’re here to help you check that off of your list! Along with picking out your perfect pumpkin, you and your family can explore corn mazes, sip on some yummy cider and much much more Here’s our list of the Top # Pumpkin Patches Near Jersey City.

Ward’s Pumpkin Patch

552 Route 17 North Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Located in Ridgewood, NJ, Ward’s Pumpkin Patch is a short drive from Jersey City! You can choose from a vast seasonal selection of locally grown produce and homemade goods. Ward’s is open from 10 AM to sunset everyday in October. This is a perfect addition to our list of Top # Pumpkin Patches Near Jersey City!

Heaven Hill Farm

451 NJ-94, Vernon Township, NJ 07462

A 1982 roadside fruit and vegetable stand grew into a full service Garden Center, Nursery, Farm Market and go to spot for seasonal events! Create fun fall memories with your family during at Heaven Hill Farm where they take their pumpkins seriously. Enjoy the Great Pumpkin Festival which is the largest fall festival in Nothern New Jersey! For $14 per person (free for those under 2) you can enjoy their corn mazes, hayrides, pig races and so much more!

Elwood Pumpkin Farms

1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743

Elwood Pumpkin Farms is a Long Island farm grows their own pumpkins, making it one of the few places where you can pick them right off the vine. Make sure you plan ahead and bring cash! They do not accept credit cards.

Green Meadows Farm

3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234

We all know a tree grows in Brooklyn. But what about a pumpkin? Well kind of! Green Meadows Farm in Brooklyn’s Barren Island is transformed into a farm and petting zoo with a pumpkin patch every weekend in October! Admission is $9 and includes a pumpkin, hayrides, a kid-friendly haunted house.

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ 07930

Enjoy the feeling of picking your own fruits and vegetables, jamming to live entertainment, family-friendly events and so much more at Alstede Farms! From 9 AM – 6 PM you can pick your-own perfect pumpkin to take home with you. If you sign up to be a Fresh Discovery member you get even more perks and will receive one 1 point for every $1.00 you spend on everything you purchase with your barn bucks card, so for every $100 spent on the farm you get $5 in rewards!

Ripple Hill Farm

181 Mountain Road, Basking Ridge

Ripple Hill is a small family-owned and operated farm located in Basking Ridge, NJ which is located about 40 minute from downtown Jersey City! They offer pick-your-own apples on Sundays through October from 12 PM – 2 PM. Pumpkins become available in October and they have them available at the farm stand for purchase. Check out their Facebook page for up to date picking information and availability.

Terhune Orchards

330 Cold Soil Road Princeton, NJ 08540

The pick-your-own patch at Terhune Orchards allows you to choose from pumpkins of all shapes and sizes! During the Apple Days Fall Harvest Festival Weekends, your little one can visit the paint-your-own pumpkin decorating area, cheer on their duck or choice during duck races and so much more! Weekend activities also include music, pony rides, scavenger hunts and a corn maze.

Demarest Farms

244 Wierimus Rd Hillsdale, NJ 07642

Things are going to get very spooky at Demarest Farms. For the first time ever, you and your family can experience the Haunted Orchards at Demarest Farms! The event features a Spooky Hayride and a bone chilling series of Haunted Houses filled all things that go bump in the night! If that wasn’t enough, they also have a Pumpkin Picking Movie Night on select dates!

R and J Farm Corn Maze and Hayride

723 Herschel St, Egg Harbor City, NJ

BOO! The, Cornfield of Terror at R and J Farms, which are open on the weekends will! Don’t worry, R and J Farms offers so many more attractions such as a corn maze, jumping pad and a farm stand. Take a leisurely ride on one of their hay wagons and stop at the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin to take home with you! The pumpkin is included in your hayride price!

Oasis Family Farm

3 Circle Drive Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Oasis Family Farm isn’t only a perfect place for pumpkin picking, but is an amazing playground for the aspiring paleontologist! They have several attractions including a fossil digging, a gem mining are and fun zone. It’s unique attractions earns this autumn oasis a spot on our list of Top # Pumpkin Patches Near Jersey City!

Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City this Fall

Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City in this Fall (that you didn’t think of!)

Families who live in Jersey City are fortunate to be a stone’s-throw away from many Fall activities; Drive 40 minutes away from Jersey City and find many an apple picking orchard along the road, a corn maze, or an expansive Pumpkin Patch. Below, you will not find a list of these typical activities, but rather a list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City , that are a little less typical, but just as fun!

Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City1. Keansburg Amusement Park:

First on the list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City is a place that is 40 minutes away from Jersey City, but worth the drive. Fall is the perfect season for families to visit this amusement park; it is the closest boardwalk to Jersey City and has all of the bells and whistles that the other more popular destinations have to offer. From go-carts to toddler rides, and even a thrilling roller-coaster; this amusement park is not crowded during the off season, and fall temperatures make it the perfect for families to enjoy a day-trip. Be sure to check their fall hours here before you leave home, as they may not be open in inclement weather, or if there are too few people at the park. Also, if a ride looks like it’s not working, simply ask for an attendant and they will operate it for you. What better way to visit an amusement park than for families to have a ride all to themselves?

Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City

2.Ramsey Farmers Market

Approximately 30 minutes from Jersey City, this is not your mother’s farmers market, and is not to be missed. The market’s size and variety make it unique among farmers markets and earn it a spot on the list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City This Fall. This market boasts abundant fall produce, arts and crafts, and delectable food cooked on the spot.  Even the furry four legged members of the family will find something to eat (dogs are allowed and encouraged). In addition, the market is located next to an historic train depot and small museum, that will be surely pique the interest of young family members. Yes, Jersey City has its own market, but this one is worth the short drive every weekend through November.

Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City

3.Liberty State Park:

A list of 7 Best Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City this Fall, would be incomplete without this local Jersey City destination. What’s the best time to visit? Hands-down, the answer is, in the fall! What compliments picturesque views of New York City and Harbor? Why fall foliage of course, and cool refreshing temperatures. The playground alone, with its vast and accessible structures, and panoramic New York City views would be enough to make this trip worth it any day. All of this, plus fact that it is only 10 minutes from Downtown Jersey City, are more than enough to make it on our list. Be not discouraged if you have been here many times already, there is more to be discovered: For example, the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area offers several nature hikes along its well-preserved estuary that are walk able even for the youngest members of the family.

Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City

4.Demarest farms, Hillsdale NJ:

With a plethora of farms to choose from this fall, there is a certain ‘je ne se qua,’ and charm about this farm that distinguish it from others, perhaps its charming placement on a picturesque hillside, or the scent of fresh made doughnuts mingled with warm apple cider, both made from scratch on the premises. Whether the petting zoo, or the picturesque hayride, Demarest is one of the best things to do for families near Jersey City this season, every member of the family is sure to be pleased! Not to mention, it was named by the Huffington Post as “one of the best places to pick Apples in the US”. Needless to say, it is worth the 30-minute trip from Jersey City. Not only is it a standout farm, but easily makes our list of the Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City this Fall.

5.Rutgers Gardens: 

Approximately a 40-minute drive from Jersey City, the picturesque botanical garden makes the list of our Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City this Fall, not only because of free admission, but because of its many flower-lined paths; the perfect antidote to the crowded streets of downtown Jersey City! Fall at Rutgers Gardens renders spectacular colors and unrivaled foliage. There are secret spots for picnics, Frisbee throwing, and perhaps a family game of hide and seek.

6.Echo Lake Park:

This Union County gem makes the list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City this Fall because well, it is brimming with live Turtles! It is relatively unknown to Jersey City residents, but it should not be! It’s unique and charming and About 35 minutes from downtown Jersey City, Echo Lake Park is full of things to do for families at any time of the year, but the backdrop of fall foliage only makes them more enjoyable. Activities for families include paddle boating, (through October), hiking trails, a playground, and walks around a waterfall and large stream, (that boasts turtles and fish). This is definitely one of the 7 Best Things to Do With Families Near Jersey City this Fall!

Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City

7.Palisades Interstate Park :

This well-known, but perhaps under-appreciated park makes our list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City This Fall, simply because it offers some of the best views in the Northeast. Even more, the area is surrounded by tree-lined cliffs that paint an indelible and beautiful picture. It takes about 30 minutes to get here from Jersey City. In addition to the views here, there are a plethora of things to do for families, adaptable for any age. The vast greenery of ‘Ross Dock Picnic Area,’ perfectly perched by the foot of the George Washington Bridge for example, will help to quickly erases any memory of crowded Jersey City streets. Or for the ornithologists in your family, check out the annual Hawk Watch from September to November.

Now that it’s October, maybe already had your fill of Apple Picking excursions. Perhaps you have enough pumpkins in your house to last a lifetime. If any of that sounds familiar, consider our list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City This Fall. Let us know what you thought!


Indoor Things To Do With Kids In And Around Jersey City

As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, you might be wondering how you can get the most out of this winter with your family. Luckily there are so many amazing indoor activity places for you and your loved ones to enjoy! From exploring the solar system to tumbling on mats, there’s something for everyone to experience! While many places are located right here in Jersey City, some of these places are about an hour away. This just gives you more time for family bonding on the drive there! We hope you find your next indoor getaway on our list of Indoor Things To Do With Kids In And Around Jersey City!

Jersey City:

Liberty Science

222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City

Interactive exhibits and fun to watch demonstrations makes the Liberty Science Center the perfect addition on our list of Indoor Things To Do With Kids In And Around Jersey City! The Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium is the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! Their films and shows are fit for any age! Your little one can enjoy a trip into space with the lovable characters of Sesame Street with One World, One Sky. Showtimes and films are always being updated! Science Center admission is $22.75 for adults and children ages 2-12 are $18.75.

Hudson Lanes

1 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City

With over 60 Lanes, full service grill and arcade games, you and your family can escape the cold weather and enjoy some friendly competition at Hudson Lanes! There are awesome daily fall specials. Planning a birthday party? Party package start from $13 per child!

RPM Raceway

99 Caven Point Rd, Jersey City, NJ

RPM Raceway brings you the thrill of competitive racing, no matter what driving experience you have which is why it has zoomed onto our list of Indoor Things To Do With Kids In And Around Jersey City! You’ll drive Italian state-of-the-art go-karts that challenge you to stick to the fastest line. This is also an amazing place to host group events or birthday parties!


Hoboken is a great place to enjoy some indoor activities!

The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gym

1423 Clinton St, Hoboken

Anyone can join in and experience the exciting sport of rock climbing at The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gym! They aims to provide a fun, welcoming environment where beginners and experienced climbers alike can learn, train and enjoy climbing together. Don’t know where your rock climbing experience lies? Don’t worry! They have climbing options and teaching programs available. Walk-in climbs start at $20 and you can even take a group lesson for $27 per person! You can see all the pricing options here.

Around Jersey City:

Hudson House of Play

40 Riverwalk Pl, West New York, NJ
Hudson House of Play offers a playspace suitable for children 5 months to 5 years old! Remeber to bring your socks! You need them to participate in the play area. They have programs perfect for early education! Imagine a program that allows your child to gently transition into the world of education with a positive and confident eagerness all while getting a head start in learning the building blocks of their academics! They even have a 6-week postnatal yoga class designed to address postpartum issues physically and emotionally.

Florham Park Roller Rink

192 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park, NJ
Strap on your roller skates and groove to some awesome music! Florham Park Roller Rink is a great place to free skate or host a party. Not too confidence on skates? No worries, the rink offers private lessons and group lessons, which takes every Saturday morning starting at 10 AM.

Monster Mini Golf

Various Locations
Monster Mini Golf, is a unique and quirky type of family entertainment! They put a fun twist on things that go bump in the night with their monster-themed décor featuring fun-loving, animated monsters. With over 20 locations in the United States, there are several options in and around New Jersey to get in on the fun which earns it a spot on our list of Indoor Things To Do With Kids In And Around Jersey City!

The Funplex: Indoor and Outdoor Amusement Park

182 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ
 With bright, neon lights and sounds The Funplex is an amazing place to escape the cold weather. Win tickets with over 100 arcade games, challenges your friends with laser tag and so much more! Daily wristbands are available for unlimited access to all attractions!

Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park

69 Wesley St, South Hackensack
Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park is a year-round indoor amusement park! With new adventures behind every corner, Urban Air is the ultimate indoor playground for your entire family. Test your strength with the Warrior Obstacle Course and channel your inner basketball All Star with their Slam Dunk Zone!

iPlay America

2938, 110 Schanck Rd, Freehold, NJ

“All it takes is one step into iPlay America to discover our WOW factor.” iPlay America’s mission is to amaze you with nearly 4 acres of family fun! It’s not every day you can ride speedy go karts, the Kite Flyer, Skyscraper, bumper cars, and play 2-level laser tag – all indoors so weather is never an issue.

Imagine That!!!

4 Vreeland Rd. Florham Park, NJ

Imagine That!!!, is a New Jersey Children’s Museum is one of the few local museums that specializes in pre-school age and young school children. For 20 years, Imagine That!!! has provided safe, educational fun for children at several locations throughout New Jersey. It costs $15.99 for your little one to enjoy the fun!

Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA

The Please Touch Museum has a mission to “change a child’s life as they discover the power of learning through play.” The interactive exhibits, programs and special events are designed to focus on creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking as core elements. The museum is open Monday – Saturday from 9 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM.

New York:

The Playroom NYC

1439 First Ave @75th St, New York

Located on the Upper East Side, The Playroom NYC is an all day open play space, specializing in unstructured creative play. You don’t need an appointment so you and your little on can drop in any time to play-no appointment required! The play areas are geared for children up to 5 years old.

Pole Position Raceway Indoor Karting

40 Daniel St, Farmingdale, NY

Born in sunny California in 2005, Pole Position Raceway Indoor Karting has been creating an exciting environment where casual drivers and professional racers have a chance to test their skills against one another on equal terms! You can learn about the history of go karting and read up on important information and rules to know about before you go!

The Art Farm NYC

419 E 91st St, New York

In 2002, The Art Farm NYC was founded on the Upper East Side in Manhattan and is a nature-focused children’s educational center offering a break from city life with art, music, and cooking-themed classes, playtime, drop-ins, birthday parties, and camps that your whole family will love! Home to New York City’s only indoor petting zoo, The Art Farm is a unique space to meet and interact with animals from bearded dragons to chinchillas and chickens! Playing with animals? Yup sounds like a winner on our list of Indoor Things To Do With Kids In And Around Jersey City

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, W 46th St, NY

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery. Welcoming over one million visitors a year, the Museum includes the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle that paved the way for America’s successful Space Shuttle Program. The museum is open daily and tickets start at $24!

This list of Indoor Things To Do With Kids In And Around Jersey City is perfect for any season! How many have you and your family visited?

Breast Cancer Awareness Events Near Jersey City

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the United States. However, thanks in part to early detection and the advancement of treatments to fight breast cancer, millions of women are survivors! If you’re looking to gain a more in-depth understanding of breast cancer, support the cause or learn how to take the proper steps for early detection, you’re in the right place. We’ve created a list of Breast Cancer awareness Events Near Jersey City for you and your family to attend.

Cuteticles Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Sunday, October 21, 2018 1:30 PM  2:30 PM at 389 Central AveJersey City, NJ 07307

Cuteticles Nail & Spa is focusing on more than manicures and pedicures! Join them and the American Cancer Society in their first annual Cuteticles Breast Cancer Awareness Event! Cuteticles will donate 50% of the proceeds for services provided during the event. They’re looking to raise $10,000 to fight breast cancer so make sure you attend! RSVP on their Facebook page!

Making Strides of Jersey City

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Lincoln Park, Jersey City

All strides towards ending breast cancer are important! Making Strides Jersey City aims to unite and educate communities during their breast cancer walk. This is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. Registration begins at 8 AM and the walk starts at 10 AM. Can’t make the walk? No problem! You can make donations at anytime!

Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group – Jersey City Medical Center

Jersey City Medical Center at 355 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Conference Room 5

The Breast Cancer Survivor Group is designed to provide positive support for women who are currently being treated for, or are survivors of Breast Cancer. This is a free resource that can be attended with a friend or a loved one. Meet-ups are monthly and last for an hour: October 11th @ 5 PM, November 8 @ 5 PM and December 13 @ 5PM, January 10 @ 5 PM and February 14 @ 5 PM. Register with Michelle Ashley at [email protected] or 201-915-2073.

Yoga for Women with Breast Cancer

Graf Center for Integrative Medicine Englewood Health – Main Campus at 350 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ 07631

Join Englewood Health in a therapeutic yoga session including breathing and meditation. This is a free event but pre-registration and physical clearance is required. This event starts October 15th until December 17th!

Soul by the Pound’s Annual Break a Sweat for Breast Cancer NYC

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Jolie Studios at 1131 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Soul by the Pound is a 501c3 dedicated to empowering women in health and personal wellness. Soul by the Pound focuses on helping women discover ways to improve their physical and mental health with fitness events, panel discussions, and online tools. Join Soul by the Pound for the 6th Annual Break A Sweat for Breast Cancer event! This is a great opportunity to break a sweat and support survivors! Some of NYC’s hottest trainers will be there working on all levels of fitness. Don’t forget to grab a swag bag, watch live hair tutorials and so much more! Register here and save your spot!


Charity Highlights for this month: New City Kids and WomenRising

Charity Highlights for this month: New City Kids and WomenRising

As a family community JCFamilies are encouraging families to get involved and support the local charities. In all of our events we invite local charities to come and connect with our families.

There are a great variety of charitable organizations in Jersey City, and this month we are collecting for  New City Kids  and WomenRising. JCFamilies wants to involve families and children in Jersey City to give back to the community.

About New City Kids: New City Kids offers after school programming for local low-income youth. Children and teens get a chance to explore music and academics in a creative and fun environment. Though there are many challenges of urban life, especially for youth, these programs give children a safe place to feel and hear that they are valued and loved. New City Kids aims to draw children into hope by developing in them skills, talents, and desires for their future. By surrounding them with a community of love and development, New City Kids strive to set youth on a path of transformation that will carry them forward for the rest of their lives.

Donation List for New City Kids

Variety of snacks, new toys, and gently used books and instruments such as keyboards, drum sets, bass guitars, amps, etc.

About WomenRising: WomenRising: For over 110 years, WomenRising has been helping women and their families. Our clients are in need – in need of jobs, safety from domestic violence, freedom from substance abuse, safe homes for children.

WomenRising meets these needs by providing supportive counseling, crisis intervention, workforce development and job placement, shelter for victims of domestic violence, outreach, advocacy, and referrals.

WomenRising is the foremost community-based organization for women in Hudson County. WomenRising assists women and their families to achieve self-sufficiency and live safe, productive and fulfilling lives, through social services, economic development, and advocacy services.

Donation List for WomenRising

New Twin sheet sets, pillows, towels, hats, scarves, gloves

With the holidays coming WomenRising give their clients gift cards to shop for their own gifts. Target, Walmart, Visa, Master card, Acme.

For families that wants to participate in donating goods to New City Kids or WomenRising, please collect and bring one or more of the listed items to our upcoming events. Please look for a JCFamilies Team Member and we can coordinate where you can drop off your items, or bring the the items to the JCFamilies table.

Our upcoming events where we are collecting items are: 

JC Harvest Festival, October 13th at 10 am to 1 pm.
Annual Halloween Parade, October 24th at 4 pm to 7 pm.
JC Halloween Spooktacular, October 27h at 4pm to 8 pm.