It’s been a long winter and we are all itching to get outside! Spring Break is coming up and I’m sure you want to get out of the house as much as the kids do. Outdoor activities would be great but, with the crazy weather we’ve been having, it’s good to have options for outdoor and indoor activities to keep the kids busy this Spring Break. Please check our list of Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City.
Several local establishments are offering Spring Break camps for kids to stay busy even when they aren’t in school!
Spring Break Camps
They will be offering spring break camp from April 10 to April 13 . Camp will run from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm with an After Care Program from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
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If your little ones are into Lego, try Bricks 4 Kidz school break camps! The location in Hoboken will offer half day camps from 8:30am – noon for $45 per day and full day camps from 8:30am – 2:30pm for $65 per day for kid’s ages 4 and up. The dates range from April 17-21. Visit http://www.bricks4kidz.com/newjersey-unioncity-hoboken/program-events/camps/ for more info.
The Crop Shop in Hoboken is offering a camp on April 17-21 from 9am – 3pm for children ages 6 and up. Activities for kids will include gardening, ceramics and clay work, painting, collaging and more! They will even take the kids to the park for a bit of play time each day! The cost is $325 for the whole week or $65 for “mini-camp” days. To register, click here.
If your children are into dance, try the spring break camp at Monroe Street Movement Space in Hoboken. They make it convenient by allowing parents to register for a whole week or just single days. The camp runs April 17-21 from 9am – 3pm or 9am – 5pm and is offered for children ages 3 – 12 years old. Students must be fully potty-trained and not need a nap anymore. For a full week, prices range from $325-425 per child. Single days are $65 – $85 per day, per child. Siblings receive a discount. Plus, they offer early drop-off and late pick-up. Click here to register.
Classes and Indoor Activities
The Crop Shop
If you don’t want to do a whole camp for your children, try a class or two! There are plenty of local places offering classes throughout Spring Break.
The Crop Shop in Hoboken offers many different arts and crafts themed classes for children of various ages. There is an Easter Egg Decorating class being held on April 16 from 1-3pm. Children receive 6 hard-boiled eggs to dye, paint and bling out! The cost is $20 per child.
Get your little ones active and relaxed at Mimi Yoga in Hoboken! They offer classes from crawlers – 7 years old. Your first trial class is free! Drop-in classes are $25 each and you can purchase class passports for discounted rates on multiple classes. Click here for the daily schedule of classes.
HudsonPLAY is a unique family playspace with activities to engage at every age. It definately kids’ favorite indoor place in Jersey City, With a focus on interactive entertainment and fitness, HudsonPLAY is designed for serious fun with dynamic play areas for toddlers, state-of-the-art activities for preschoolers and a challenging Ninja Warrior Course for everyone else! Come and rediscover the excitement of PLAY.
Liberty Science Center
No matter how the wather is, LSC is the best indoor place for kids in Jersey City.If you are in the Jersey City area, one of the best indoor playlands is Liberty Science Center! It is the perfect spot for rainy days, snowy days and pretty much any day that you don’t feel like playing outside. There are changing exhibits for kids of all ages and permanent fixtures that kids love. Experience. Tickets will cost you $19.75/Adult over 13 years of age and $14.75/Child ages 2 – 12 for general admission. Luckily, they offer great membership rates. A “Basic Family” membership will cost $140 and includes two adults and up to four kids under 18 years of age.
Tiny Greenhouse, an art and design studio for kids, is offering a camp called “The Return of Flowers” The camp runs from April 17-21 from 9am – 1pmfor ages 3.5 – 7 years. The cost is $375 for the week. Children will have the unique opportunity to celebrate the arrival of SPRING with lots of colors and art making. Eveline Hasler’s book ‘The Flower City’ will serve us as their inspiration for projects such as 3D sculptures, flower collage, drawings and paintings. The children will use art and dramatic play to explore the world of two children, who live in a dull city that becomes a colorful place thanks to the kids’ bravery and imagination. Click here to sign up.
Head over to the New York Hall of Science in NYC to check out their Science Playground.
Through dozens of playground elements like slides, seesaws, sand pits, and fog machines, visitors of all ages and abilities can explore the scientific principles of motion, balance, sound, sight and simple machines, as well as sun, wind and water. Designed for children of all ages, Science Playground exhibits include a giant lever, Archimedes screw and water play area, wind pipes, a climbing net, slides, sand boxes and metal drums. The Science Playground is $5 per person, plus general NYSCI admission. The Science Playground is free for NYSCI Premium and Family Explorer Members. The last ticket is sold one hour before NYSCI general closing time.
If you need to just get outside, there are too many options to list. In our area, Liberty State Park is probably the first option that will come to mind. The large park offers many options to families seeking some outdoor activity. There is a large playground that the little ones love. There are pathways for biking, skating and running. As the Interpretive Center is still closed, check out the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area, which is adjacent to the center and boasts 36 acres of natural area. You can take a self-guided nature path to observe this local wildlife habitat.
If you want some place a little bigger to explore, try Watchung Reservation. Only about 30 minutes from downtown Jersey City, this 2,000-acre natural area offers playgrounds, more than 13 hiking trails, Surprise Lake, the Deserted Village of Feltvile/Glenside Park and much more! Take the kids to the Trailside Nature and Science Center which offers 4,500 square feet of interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits and much more.
Branch Brook Park is located in Newark and is about a 15 minute drive from downtown Jersey City. The 360 acre park will begin its 2017 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival. The fun begins on April 10 and runs through April 22. Come on an off day and take a historic cell phone tour of the park!
If you haven’t checked out The Bronx Zoo, this is the time, before summer crowds make it hard to park and harder to see exhibits. There is a lot of outdoor walking, so dress appropriately. There are so many things to see and do at the Bronx Zoo including World of Birds, the Sea Lion Pool, the Congo Gorilla Forest and so much more! Rates for tickets are $24.95 for adults 13 and up, $17.95 for children 3 – 12 and kids under 2 are free. Click here for tickets.
Newport Skates’ rink is located right on the Hudson River, it’s the perfect vantage point for some major NYC skyline ogling (and an amazing backdrop for family photos). Since this rink is small and quaint the kids can skate on their own and you can still keep track of them. Plus it’s open for public skating every day (as long as the ice stays frozen), including holidays. Just remember: This is an outdoor rink, so bundle up before heading out. Admission is $7 per person and $6 for skate rental. Click here for more info: newportskates.com