Easy ‘No Carve’ Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Halloween is approaching, and there’s nothing more fun for kids during this season than decorating pumpkins! I have never been a fan of carving pumpkins because of the mess and the hassle. I’ve always preferred easier methods with less clean up. Here are some of my favorite ideas. If you try one or two out, share a picture of your creation so we can see what you’ve come up with!

Materials you will need:

  • Assorted pumpkins and gourds (cleaned & dried)
  • Colored cardstock or foam
  • Scissors
  • Paints (tempera or acrylic) + paint brushes
  • Hot glue or glue dots
  • Bamboo skewers or toothpicks

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To make this adorable witch, all you need is some creativity! Simply cut out two eyes, a nose, a mouth and a witch’s hat. You can use colored card stock for the pieces, or foam as I have here. This is a great exercise for kids that like to practice using scissors. An adult will have to help with applying the pieces if you choose to use hot glue. If you don’t have a glue gun, you can also use no-mess scrapbooking ‘glue dots’ which are available in all major craft supply stores. Add some green hair, eyelashes, a ‘wort’ for the nose and rosy cheeks with paint. The stem of the pumpkin makes it the perfect place for a witch hat to rest 🙂

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Pumpkin Tower

I love this idea because it’s super easy and very trendy right now. To make a pumpkin tower, all you need is three small pumpkins in varying sizes. Simply pop off the stem of the large and middle sized pumpkin, then stack them like a snowman. Leave the tower as is, or insert toothpicks in the bottom of the small and medium pumpkins for a sturdy fit.

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Fairy House

The gourd I’ve chosen for this ‘fairy house’ is the perfect shape for a little home, but you can use any round, ordinary pumpkin as well. Simply have the kids paint a door and windows with black paint. They can use black ‘puff paint’ for a steady line, or a thin tipped paintbrush. Have them add colored polka dots with paint to the roof for a mushroom cap look. Display the fairy house with moss and assorted miniatures to inspire creative play. Fairy gardening is a huge trend right now, and this craft can inspire any child to get excited about imaginary worlds!

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Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She loves celebrating all holidays (especially Halloween!) and teaching art to children of all ages.

Halloween Tips and Tricks for Moms Who Just Can’t

Halloween Tips Jersey City

Now that we’re clear into October, if you haven’t started thinking about Halloween, you’re late. Costumes and candy are about to explode all over town and if you’re not ready for it, duck and cover.

Lots of kids have a hard time picking out Halloween costumes. Some are too young to understand the concept while others change their minds multiple times prior to the date. If you have a kid who has their heart set on Elsa or a Paw Patrol hero, consider yourself lucky. Log onto Amazon right now and order the pre-made cookie cutter costume. Job done.

But if your kid falls can’t really decide what to be or gets bored with what they are quickly, here are a few things to consider:

    • Use make up, masks, and even hats sparingly. Anything on the face or head probably won’t make it more than a few minutes unless your child is over the age of 4.
    • If your kid is has a lot of energy, costumes that look like clothes are best. Ultimately you want your kid to forget that they have it on until they look down and surprise! Superhero t-shirts, for example, with sweatpants or leggings are great options.
    • Consider costumes that double as dress-up/imagination play that can extend beyond Halloween.
    • Check Facebook groups for parents who hung onto last year’s costumes. Again, start doing that soon too because people jump all over the good ones in that arena.
    • Let it be fun. Don’t stress yourself out about finding the perfect ensemble unless it’s truly enjoyable for you and your child.

Now that you’ve been equipped with some Halloween hacks, sit back, relax and enjoy the candy.

Fall and Halloween events in Jersey City and Hoboken

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So much is happening this fall that it’s nearly impossible to create a comprehensive list of events – but that doesn’t mean we didn’t try! From food and education festivals to dogs in costumes, we’ve got your fall calendar stacked.

Cooks and Books 9/30; Hoboken Library 500 Park Ave; 3:15

Budding Top Chefs ages 4+ learn easy, healthy snack ideas with Dietician Elisabeth Holtzer from Shoprite. Tickets required.

Kids Pajama Yoga 9/30; Hamilton Health and Fitness; 6-7:30

This special Friday night Mindful Play Yoga will take your child on a fantastic yoga adventure! We will play fun yoga games to expel your child’s energy, practice fun yoga games, color a mandala, have story time, and experience a deep relaxation.

October:

Bark in the ParkFun things to do in jersey city 10/1; Stevens Park in Hoboken; 12-6

Enjoy a celebratory dog-walk/parade, live entertainment, a free bounce-house & children’s activities, and delicious food & awesome vendors throughout the day!

Diwali Mela in Jersey City; Exchange Place; 10/1; 12-7

Biggest Diwali Mela in Jersey City with a great line up of events. Enjoy Dhunuchi performances (dance off), Henna Tattoos Kids and Adults dance performances and children performances of Ramayana. Involve your children in interesting activities like Diya decoration workshops and Chalk Rangoli competitions.

Alice in Wonderland by Puppetworks 10/2-12/11, Merseles Studios; Sundays at 1 pmFun things to do in jersey city

Adapted by Nicolas Coppola, PUPPETWORKS’ Artistic Director, “Alice In Wonderland” features a cast of hand-carved, wooden marionettes in costumes and settings typical of 15th-Century French design.

Taste of Hudson Fundraiser 10/6; Harborside Atrium, 34 Exchange Place; 6-9 pm

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County invites you to enjoy a Taste of Hudson! Join us for an evening of drinks & delicious bites from Hudson County’s best restaurants. This is an adult event.

Navrati 2016Fun things to do in jersey city 10/7, 10/8, 10/13, 10/14; India Square, evenings.

More than fifteen thousand men, women and children play Garba-Raas on the

street throughout the night, every night for 4-6 nights. A rare and beautiful event. India Square is inviting you to the grand Navratri celebrations on Fridays 7th & 14th Oct and Saturdays 8th & 15th Oct of 2016 at Jersey City, NJ.

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Jersey City Arts and Studio Tour (JCAST) 10/8-10/9

14364854_10154508305209344_4259865883883568465_nCitywide showcase of the arts featuring nearly 1000 participating artists in hundreds of venues including private studios, galleries, local businesses, and pop-up and public spaces.

 Jersey City Columbus Day Parade 10/8; Newark Avenue, 1 pm

The 7th Annual Jersey City Columbus Day Parade will kick off from Dickinson High School down Newark Avenue to Jersey City City Hall. Come out and support Italian American Culture and our Honorees!

Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE! 10/14; Harsimus Cemetery; 7:30-11 pm

Come & See this Legendary Cult Classic and wonderful live performance! This is outdoors so dress warm. Food vendors and refreshments will be on site, with limited folding chair seating, so feel free to bring blanket or cozy lawn chair. This is an adult event.

Jersey City Harvest Festival Fun things to do in jersey city10/15; City Hall Plaza; 10-2

Pumpkin Decoration, Arts & Crafts, Music for Kids and more…

 

Hoboken Harvest Festival 10/22; Pier A Park; 11-3

Free activities including: Pony Rides, Petting Zoo,Pumpkin Painting, Hayrides, a Trackless Train, Music, a Hay Maze, Face Painting, a Moonwalk, Sand Art, Craft Activities, Puffy the Dragon, Balloons & more

Ghost of Uncle Joe’s 10/22; Harsimus Cemetery, 1pm-3am!

This annual event is rock show in a cemetery with local musicians performing covers of famous bands. There will be delicious food, refreshing beer, prize giveaways for best costumes and more.


Halloween Parade in Hamilton Park
Fun things to do in jersey city 10/26 Hamilton Park; 4-7

Entertainment for kids, dance performance by Next Step Broadway, 6:00 Kids Costume Parade Starts, 6:00 Dogs Parade starts

halloween-pet-parade-2Halloween Pet Parade in Hamilton Park 10/26; 6 pm

Anything’s Pawsible presents Dog’s Halloween Parade 2016! Exciting prizes to be won including spooky dress & most creative. Please RSVP only if you’d like your dog to participate in the parade.

Board of Education Candidate Forum 10/27; PS16 96 Sussex St; 7-9 pm

This is a moderated forum, all candidates will be invited to participate. Audience may submit question at the event. This is an adult event.

66Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns at the Meadowlands 10/27-10/30

Debuting in New Jersey is the most iconic, truly unique family-friendly fall event, RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns! Come see thousands of hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path and set to a musical score designed to bring out the Halloween spirit in visitors of all ages!

Terminal of Terror 10/29; Liberty State Park; *Family Friendly Events 4-8 pm*spooky-terminal

The historic Central Railroad of NJ transformed into The Terminal of Terror. Music, Food Trucks, Haunted Activities, Bouncy House, Costume Contest and more!

13680328_10154415468464703_5970897683514517284_oFamily Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall 10/31; 3-6 pm

Have a ghoulishly good time on The Pedestrain Mall this Halloweeen! There will be facepainting, a bouncey house, music, and CANDY! In-district members- FREE!

Ragamuffin Parade & Costume Contest 10/31; Washington St. Hoboken, 3:15

Line up at 3:15pm on Washington Street bet. 13th & 14th Street. Parade starts at 3:30pm. Parade features local live music, floats, lots of great costumes and so much more. Wear your Halloween best! Costume Contest begins at 4:30pm after the Parade at The Little League Field, 5th Street & River Terrace

November:

Artists’ Studio Tour (Hoboken) 11/8; 12-6 pm

There are many locations; the tour is designed so you can easily walk from studio to studio, gallery to gallery. As diverse as the art itself, the tour’s popularity draws artists far beyond the banks of Hoboken, showcasing art in many forms, in a variety of mediums. Visitors can meet the artists and witness the creative process at work.

Hoboken Turkey Trot and 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run 11/19; Pier A Park 9:30 am

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Join us for the 3rd annual Hoboken Turkey Trot 5K and 1-mile fun run! This friendly, fun, and family event takes place along Hoboken’s historic waterfront! Proceeds will benefit local charities in the City of Hoboken. Burn calories and speed up your metabolism before the big feast!

Jersey City Heights Turkey Trot 5K 11/24; Pershing Field; 8 am

Join the first annual Jersey City Heights Turkey Trot 5K and 1 mile fun run. This great race for family and racers takes place along Jersey City Heights business district!

 

Holiday fun for all

Holiday fun for all
Holiday fun for all

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then the hectic holiday season begins for many families.  Are there memories you have of this time when you were little?  You may want to recreate these memories in your new family.  Or you may want to begin some new traditions of your own.  The important thing to emphasize is that everyone enjoy themselves.  It is easy to forget to pay attention to your child’s needs during this busy time. This time of year can bring a lot of stress for people, but with some thought and planning, you can give your child and family memories to cherish.  Children, especially young children, may need some extra attention and assistance at this time of year to help them cope with all the activities and allow them (and you!) to enjoy the things you do.

 

Does this time of year involve more time than usual getting together with family and friends?  This could disrupt your child’s routine and cause them to be cranky.  Talk to them about the plans for the day and for the next few days several times so they have some preparation for the change in routine.  Just because you tell them once doesn’t mean they will remember!!  Make sure you know your child’s signs that they are reaching their limit and try to leave a party before they get past the point of no return and have a tantrum or a meltdown.  If you are hosting a party, try to have a quiet place where they can go if they get overwhelmed.  If you are busy being a host, you may want to designate someone to take care of them while you are concentrating on your guests.  Or you could hire a babysitter.  If your child does not want to be hugged or kissed by well meaning adults, honor that feeling.  You can just say  something like “My child isn’t comfortable with a hug right now, but you can wave and smile and play with them.  Maybe they will feel more comfortable hugging you later.”

 

Mealtimes are often different than usual for holiday dinners.  This could leave the child too hungry and cause them to be unhappy or have a meltdown.  Make sure you bring healthy snacks for them if they need food.  And also keep offering them water.  If you think your child will have trouble sitting at the table for an extended family dinner, be prepared to excuse them early and have someone (maybe you, maybe someone else)  play with them.  Remember to talk to them about the expectations of the activity beforehand and work with them on a plan B if the expectations are too high.  Also, think about phones and other electronic accessories.  No one likes it when people (adults OR children) spend all their time on their phone when at a gathering.  But if an electronic device helps you child stay quiet and contented while you get much needed time with friends and family, having that device might be a win-win situation.

 

Be careful about scheduling too much activity.  Every party invitation does not have to be accepted if it causes too much stress.  Or maybe go and stay for a short time.  It’s important for the kids not to get overloaded by too much stimulation and change, causing them to be upset and cranky and unable to calm themselves.  Baking cookies is a common fun activity for this time of year, but maybe you want to make the cookies simple to make and simple to decorate. A complicated recipe means that you do all the work and they are not involved.  If it is a simple recipe, they can feel more involved in the process.  Maybe make 1 dozen cookies with the kids, instead of 12 dozen!  Making simple presents or cards can be a fun activity as well, but keep it simple and don’t ask them to do too many at one time.

 

This is the time of year many families want to create fond memories and enduring traditions.  Just don’t over do it with children, especially young children.  You will have plenty of time for elaborate, grown up holiday activities when they are grown.  And there is no need to do every fun thing that is available.  It’s important to be well rested so you can actually enjoy the things you do.
Have a great holiday season!  Have fun and be kind.  

 

 

Linda Velwest is an early intervention occupational therapist.  She is currently teaching Autism Movement Therapy classes and is available for private consultations.

Outings for November Days Off

November is here and it brings with it many, many days off for public school kids. Public schools in Jersey City are closed Tuesday 11/3 for Election Day, Thursday 11/5 and Friday 11/6 for NJEA Teacher’s Convention, Wednesday 11/11 for Veteran’s Day and then there’s all the Thanksgiving closings! One day is easy, but it can be a challenge to think up fun things to do with your kids for this many days, so close together. Fear not – here are some ideas for local (and within driving distance) fun!

Liberty Science Center 

222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City

Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore!

October 3, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Kids will be thrilled to meet the bilingual characters Dora and her cousin Diego from the hit Nickelodeon TV preschool series Dora the Explorer. Boots, Map, Backpack, Tico, Isa, and Swiper are all part of the fun.

Check out Isa’s Flowery Garden, Journey to the Purple Planet, Tico’s Nutty Forest, the Animal Rescue Center, a Rainforest Maze, and the Pirate Piggies’ Ship. Play games that encourage animal conservation and caring for the environment, and engage in interactive play surrounded by Dora and her friends.Fourth Floor
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Big Apple Circus 

Lincoln Center, NYC

Big Apple Circus is a fun, family-friendly event that the kids will love. Now through January 11th you can experience it at Lincoln Center in New York City.  Sun and Mon 10am-6pm, Tue – Sat 10am-8pm. On Thursdays they offer a “Dinner & Show” special for the 6:30pm show time. Choose from two packages: the $80 package includes a premium or preferred seat and a premium “circus meal” and the $45 package includes a preferred or side seat and a “classic circus meal.” Tickets range in cost from $25 – $175 depending on your seat location. Children under the age of three may be seated on the lap of a parent.

 

New York City Fire Museum 

278 Spring Street, NYC

My son loves firemen and this is one of his favorite spots to visit in the city. They are open seven days a week from 10am – 5pm. The museum offers so many firemen-themed exhibits including uniforms, horse-drawn ladder wagon, early rescue gear and breathing equipment, a gooseneck pumper, double-decker Philadelphia style engine and much more. There is even an area for kids to try on some fireman gear. Plus, the gift shop has many child-sized gear and toys. Admission is $8/adults and $5/children 12 and under.

Newark Museum

49 Washington Street, Newark

This museum is close and lots of fun, especially for little ones who love art. They offer great family programs on the weekends and feature exhibits daily. Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 pm .Closed Mondays (except for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day).Tuesdays, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25. Right now you can have fun at one of the interactive galleries like “Dynamic Earth: Revealing Natures Secrets” , “Look/Touch/Learn: Nature & Art”, Fire Museum and more! One exciting feature of this museum is the Alice and Lenard Dreyfuss Planetarium. There will be special showings of Firefall on November 6th and 7th at2pm and Legends of the Night Sky at 3pm both days. The Museum Café is open from noon – 3:30pm and offers an assortment of hot and cold beverages, desserts and snacks. Suggested museum admission is $12/adults and $7/children and students (kids 2 and younger are free). Admission for the planetarium is $5/adults and $3/children and students in addition to the suggested museum donation. They give AAA discounts, if you are a member. Also, check their list of corporate underwriters here. There are many sponsor companies that get in for free.

NYC Veteran’s Day Parade

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Take the kids to the largest Veteran’s Day event in the nation! They expect more than 600,000 spectators this year and it is broadcast on television. The parade begins at Madison Square Park at 11:25am and travels up Fifth Avenue to 52nd Street. This event is free.

Decorate a Pumpkin in 2 Steps! | Time to Create with Lady Lucas

Decorate a Pumpkin in 2 Steps:

October has just begun, and Halloween is right around the corner! My favorite holiday will soon be here, and I’m hosting a brunch this Sunday in preparation of the big day. These adorable ‘2 step’ pumpkins are the perfect table decoration for any party or event that you plan on having during the next four weeks.

Materials you will need:

  • Small pumpkins in assorted colors

  • Permanent markers

  • Sparkly pipe cleaners

  • Scissors

*optional – acorns, white paint and hot glue for the little mice

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Step 1 To decorate your pumpkin, all you need is a black permanent marker to draw a face. By drawing the face instead of carving it, your pumpkin will last much longer and there’s no mess to clean up!

Step 2 Twist a sparkly pipe cleaner around the stem of the pumpkin to create a curly tendril. I did these with my finger, but you could use a pencil to wrap the pipe cleaner around as well.

*Bonus Craft – Acorn Mice*

I had some acorns in a bowl on my desk this week and thought they should be put to better use as decorations for the table. Although hard to find in Jersey City, you can actually buy plastic lifelike acorns at Michael’s craft store. The best part is, they will never rot!

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Step 1 Select some nice plump acorns and twist a piece of sparkly pipe cleaner around the stem of each. This will be the tail part of the mouse. Twist two tiny pieces of pipe cleaner into circles for the mouse’s ears.

Step 2 Add two dots of white paint to each acorn for the eyes. When the paint dries, add a dot of black marker for pupils.

Step 3 Hot glue the ears onto each acorn and your mice are complete!

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Ashley Lucas {aka Lady Lucas} is a local Jersey City illustrator and arts instructor. She has written and illustrated various children’s books, and is releasing her second picture book this August. She teaches private art lessons to children in the Jersey City area and loves the magical artwork that kids create!

Don’t forget to stop by Ashley’s blog on JCFamilies. Visit every month to see a new crafting idea for your child and please Like, Share or Comment on this craft if you enjoy it!

Last Minute Trick or Treat Ideas

The end of the Halloween season is finally here… and as always I’m sad to see it go! Here are some last minute ideas for Trick-or-Treat night tomorrow. I hope all of you have a safe and happy Halloween with your little ones!

‘Treats’ Without the Sugar

Instead of candy, another great last minute idea is to give party favors to trick or treaters!  I plan on giving my students stickers, erasers and pencils as a special gift tomorrow. Target offers bags of party favors and art supplies that would be suitable for kids ages 3+. Promote creativity instead of sugar intake this holiday 😉

DIY Trick or Treat Bag

Decorate a solid colored gift bag from the dollar store, or a plain basic canvas bag with Halloween sayings and pictures such as pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons. Kids will take pride in showing their trick or treat bag off as they go from door to door!

DIY Costumes for Kids

Yes, I know there are still some people out there that still don’t have a costume idea! {Including me!} Here are some great ideas from Martha Stewart for kids costumes! Also, I love these ideas from Parenting.Com. Easy and fun! If all else fails, the dollar store on Newark Ave. has awesome witch hats and capes for a steal!

Don’t Forget the Photos

My mom just sent me a pic of my one year old self dressed as a strawberry. It is a great memory! Take the time to snap some shots of your little one tomorrow. Try a few with a professional background… such as the waterfront promenade in Newport or even a beautiful stone wall to offset your child’s outfit. I often take pics using the walls of the Embankment of 6th Street as a backdrop. The falling leaves will add even more to your photo memories!

Send me pics of your children trick or treating… I would love to post them here next week!

Enrollment is still open for my private home lessons in Newport, Jersey City. Classes of up to three children welcome. Great for siblings or small groups of friends! $20 per child per half hour plus supplies. Mention JCFamilies for a free tote of art supplies at sign up!

Crafts to get you in the Halloween Spirit!

October is finally here, and for me the Halloween preparations have already begun! Here’s some Halloween and fall themed craft ideas to get you and your children in the spirit!

Halloween Cards

Now is the time to have the kids make some cute Halloween cards and get them in the mail to friends and family! The card at the top of this post I made yesterday using my new collection of Halloween ‘Trick or Treat‘ stamps, an ink pad, and some colored pencils. Another super simple idea for very young children is to buy a pack of stickers at the drug store or dollar store, and have the kids make a pattern with them on a blank greeting card. Don’t forget to decorate the envelope as well!

Swirl Paper Pumpkins

I made these cute little pumpkins with the kids at the Fall Art & Crafts Club at three little birds this week, and I’ve noticed they’re popping up in every craft magazine and Pinterest board! They are definitely the ‘hot craft’ of the season. To make your own, cut 8 strips of paper all the same size. Punch a hole in the top and bottom of the strips. Gather all strips together with a brass ‘joint’ {these can be found an office supply or dollar store}. Swirl a pipe cleaner on the top for a cute vine. *Hint* these can be hard for children under 6 to assemble, but younger kids love helping with cutting the paper strips!

Fall Fun Tree

To make this super cute tree, cut two snips at the top of a toilet roll and slide a sturdy paper circle inside for the ‘leaf part’. Add leaves by dipping Q-Tips in colored paint and decorate the top of the tree. This craft can work for older kids too… if you add an extra element such as having them cut out people and animals to decorate their scene. Ideas would be little boys and girls, birds, owls, squirrels, dogs and cats.

Autumn Tree

Here’s another tree art piece the kids can decorate using Q-Tips dipped in paint. Add funny faces to round circles of orange paper to create some adorable ‘Jack-O-Lanterns’ sitting under the tree!

Ashley Lucas is a local crafts expert, illustrator and owner of Lady Lucas. She offers private and small group lessons to JCFamilies members in the Newport area. Sign up today, and when you mention ‘JCFamilies‘, get an awesome free tote for your budding artist!

My Top 5 Family Vacations for Fall/Winter 2013

My oh my where has the summer gone. Kids are back in school or will be soon, and it seems like we are on a bullet train straight through the holidays and on to 2014. So along with all the back to school planning, now is a great time to start planning your Fall or Winter vacation, especially if you want to travel during the holidays.   By planning early you can take advantage of great deals, as well be able to find decent airfare prices.  So to help with your planning, I wanted to give you some of my top family vacation picks:

1. Azul Beach –  Riviera Maya, Mexico

Located about 20 minutes from Cancun International airport, this Gourmet Inclusive resort is great for families with young children. It is a boutique-style resort, located right on the beach with great family suites, as well as a partnership with Fisher Price. Kids even get their own private check-in with a yummy fruit smoothie made just for them.

Along with the amazing Family Suites, they offer loaner baby equipment, like high chairs, bouncy chairs and toys.  It is a great perk to have what you need and not worry about lugging all these items from home. As well, they have Azulitos, the fun and activity filled kids club along with babysitting services for the little ones.  If you have older kids or are planning a multi-generational trip, there is Azul Fives or Azul Sensatori to fit your family.

 

2. Norwegian Breakaway – Sailing from New York City

This is the newest ship on the sea and offers everything the kids along with Mom and Dad could need. Our family was lucky enough to sail on her in May and I have to say my boys 4 & 7 had a blast.  Norwegian really thought about families when they built this ship.

There is a top notch kids club Splash Academy for kids 3-12 along with Entourage for the teens 13-17.  Please check out my review for more information. As well, the Sponge Bob Water Play area for the little ones, 5 water slides, mini golf and the ropes course where you can walk the plank.  Along with Team Nick and lots of slime.

Even better, in the fall and winter the ship will sail from NYC with stops in Port Canaveral where you can spend a day at the Magic Kingdom as well Atlantis where you can enjoy the amazing Aquaventure water park.

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3. San Diego – San Diego is a great destination any time of year.  The weather is perfect and there is so much to do. Along with being close to Sea WorldLegoland and of course Disneyland. They have one of the best zoos in the US.  You can rent a car and visit all the great beach towns as you make your way up to Los Angeles for the day.  I would suggest staying at the historic Hotel del Coronado.  The hotel’s beach was named the best beach in America for 2012.

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4. Beaches – Turks & Caicos and Jamaica – I think the Beaches properties are a great value.  Since Beaches resorts are all-inclusive, you are not going to end up with a surprise bill when you check out. They offer amazing kids clubs and activities with Elmo and the Sesame Street gang.  What I also love is that Mom and Dad can get a little vacation as well.  They offer the Red Lane spa, golf and certified nannies so Mom and Dad can have a long over due date night.  As well, the new Key West Village offers amazing villas that are perfect for a family reunion or multi-generational trip.
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5.Atlantis – Bahamas

Atlantis is a favorite vacation spot for our family.  My boys love the Aquaventure water park, especially the special kids pool and lazy river.  As well, they have a great kids club.  I have learned some of the tricks for making Atlantis more affordable for families.  I have a great blog with information on the different room choices.

 

So as you can see I have included a lot of beach and warm weather getaways, a long Northeast winter will do that to you.  So don’t be stuck in the cold, start planning your Fall or Winter family vacation now.

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