Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

Taking the entire family on a water park getaway is the perfect family day trip or vacation. Kids love to splash around in the water, run through sprinklers, and go down some awesome water slides! It’s also great for parents because whether the water park is indoors or outdoors, it is generally in a contained area. Therefore, parents do not have to worry about their kids running off or getting too far away from them. It’s safe, convenient, and fun.

Luckily, there are heaps of indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City. Although there aren’t any places right in the city, driving just a few short hours, or less, will land you in some awesome water park getaways! Let’s explore some of the best indoor and outdoor water parks in around Jersey City.

Coco Keys Water Resort 

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

About and hour and twenty-minute drive from the heart of Jersey City, Coco Keys is in a great location in Mount Laurel, NJ. Although this indoor water park is located within a hotel, all non-hotel guests still have access to the water park. All you need to do is purchase your tickets in advance for guaranteed entry.

What is really great about this indoor water park is it’s open all year round and is quite low-key and quiet. Many water parks can be saturated with people, but Coco Keys will give both you and the kids room to move around and breathe. The park features a 1,000-foot long water slide, a lazy river, an aquatic jungle gym, an indoor/outdoor spa for the parents, and much more.

H2Oooohh

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

Located in Lake Harmony, PA, this indoor water park has over 53,000 feet of fun. This park has a whopping three 4-story waterslides, a wave pool, activity pool, jungle gym, dumping bucket, and lava springs hot tub for the parents. There is a little something for everyone at this resort. You can purchase tickets for the day or if you are looking for a longer getaway, you can stay at the resort in one of their amazing rooms. This is certainly one of the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City

Kalahari Resorts

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

About an hour and a half drive, Kalahari Resorts is located in Pocono Manor, PA. It is in a gorgeous, scenic location up around the Pocono Mountains. This water park opened its doors in 2015 and is open year-round for fun in all seasons. This park is Safari themed, which is great for kids who love animals and wild things!

At 220,000 square feet, this water park is massive with so many attractions you and the kids will be entertained for days. The park features areas like waterslides, wave pool, kids play area, surf section, and lazy river. The best feature of this water park is if you visit in the summer the whole roof of the water park opens so you get the perfect outdoor summertime feel.

Great Wolf Lodge

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

An hour and twenty-minute drive from the city, Great Wold Lodge is located in Scotrun, PA, and is one of the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City. Likely the most well-known indoor water parks around the country, GWL knows all about family-friendly water activities. There are an endless amount of attractions for both the kids and adults. There are 2 different hot springs for adults, large and small water slides, slide boarding, and tons more.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor 

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

This outdoor water park is super close to the city, at only an hour drive away and is one of the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City. It is located in Jackson, NJ. This outdoor water park has a lazy river, tons of water slides, boogie boarding, water rafting, and more.

For the young kids, there is a baby pool, water swings, fountain, and tree house. There is a great combination of features for parents, younger kids, and babies, which is perfect for families with many different ages.The main water park feature has multiple slides, a climbing net, wave pool, wading area for relaxing, and a pirate ship to climb and run through.

Mountain Creek Waterpark 

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

This ski resort turns into a fun water park and attraction during the warm summer months. The park is located in Vernon, NJ and is about an hour and fifteen-minute drive from Jersey City.

The park feature 22 wet attractions, which are separated into four different zones. Zones include an area for the youngest kids, the world’s tallest double looping thrill slide Zero-G, cliff jumping, white water rafting, water slides, and more. You can even rent private cabanas to get away from the crowds and relax a little. With so many awesome features, especially for the older kids, this makes for one the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City.

Father’s Day Chalkboard Art Project

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 18) and this chalkboard art project is the perfect gift to make for dad! Well suited for any age to create – this cute, framed artwork can be displayed at breakfast on Father’s Day, and then kept on dad’s desk year round.
Materials you will need:
 
black paper (scrapbook quality works best)
white or peach colored pencils
chalkboard markers and/or white gel pens
colorful markers (for the frame)
a basic wooden frame
scissors
Step 1  Cut out a piece of black paper that will fit within the frame you are using. An easy way to do this is to trace the around the cardboard frame back, or the frame’s protective glass to achieve the exact size you will need.

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 2  Lightly trace a cute design on the paper using white or peach colored pencils. Quotes look especially good done in chalkboard style writing, so you could have your kids write something such as, You’re a COOL dad or You’re a BEARY good dad – something fun and sweet. Pinterest always has some good ideas if you need inspiration!
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 3  Using white gel pens or chalkboard markers (mine are from OOLY), trace over the pencil designs to create the finished artwork.
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 4  An easy way to decorate the frame is by dotting a confetti pattern using colorful markers. Sharpie paint pens would work perfectly for this, or multi-surface markers such as the ones I’ve used. You could also easily use regular washable markers, but the colors will bleed a little bit on the frame’s wooden surface unless you paint it first.

Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 5 Add the artwork inside the frame, and have fun displaying your chalkboard masterpiece for dad on Father’s Day!
Father's Day Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

Mother’s Day Coloring Page

Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
This past weekend I offered summer themed coloring pages to the children at the Jersey City Summer Camp Festival, and realized the moms were just as eager to enjoy some coloring. So moms – this is for you! Simply download this adorable coloring page and relax.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Materials you will need:
– Printer
– Paper
– Colored pencils or thin tipped markers
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 1 Download this Mothers Day Coloring Page from my ‘Tea Time Coloring Book‘. Print it as many times as you wish for personal use.
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 2 Use colored pencils or thin tipped markers to color all the details. If you’d like a wide array of colors to choose from, OOLY and Crayola both offer great coloring pencil sets, as well as the generic packs of pencils available at Michael’s craft store.
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Step 3 Think about having a little ‘coloring party’ with your kids this month. Print a few copies of this page and enjoy a cup of tea together. It’s a great way to get children to unwind after a long day at school or on the weekends. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day – you deserve a little treat! 😉
Mothers Day Coloring Page by Lady Lucas
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

Camp Riverbend “Wild West” Open House Saturday April 8

Choosing a camp for this summer?
Join us at our Open House Saturday April 8, 10 am – 12 noon. We’re rounding up cowpokes and buckaroos to join us for some rootin’-tootin’ “Wild West” games, crafts, and cooking for children and parents. You can meet some of our amazing counselors and tour the camp site. Free! RSVP required to RSVP@campriverbend.com or 908-580-CAMP.
Camp Riverbend is 30 minutes from downtown JC; daily summer bus service included

Easter Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Easter Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

The Great Egg Hunt ’17 in Hamilton Park

Easter Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Saturday, April 8th, 10am to 2pm
Hamilton Park
525 9th Street Jersey City, NJ 07302

10:00 am to 2:00pm DJ Michael www.DJMichaelDemby.com
11:00 am: Entertainment for kids
*  3 stations for egg exchange and goodies collection.
* We will have the following time slots for the egg hunt for different age groups
Trade in your eggs at the end of your hunt at the exchange stations to collect your goodies.

Check the schedulehere: http://bit.ly/2lTIIZo

Hoboken Grace Easter Egg Hunt

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Saturday, April 8th, 2017 from 10am to 2:30pm
Mama Johnson Field
4th & Jackson St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Join  Hoboken Grace for their largest event of the year!
They’re so excited to bring you not one, but TWO hunts featuring 30,000 Easter Eggs, pictures with the Easter Bunny,
bounce houses, face painting, crafts, and carnival games.
The event is completely free for everyone. Registration is required for the event.
Go to http://hobokengrace.com/egghunt/ for more info.


Easter Sunday Cruise With The Easter Bunny

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 12pm to 2pm (Boarding at 11:30am)
Departs from Lincoln Harbor Marina
Weehawken, NJ 07086

Cost: $38.95 Child, $64.90 Adults
For more information, please visit SpiritCruises.com
Celebrate Easter aboard Spirit with a delicious buffet, engaging DJ entertainment,
dancing and amazing views of the NYC skyline.
Bring the whole family and enjoy the holiday on the water.

Kean University’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 from 10am-11:30am or Noon to 1:30pm
Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083

For more information, please visit Kean.edu
Children will explore the grounds of Liberty Hall,
searching for eggs hidden throughout the landscape and filled with holiday
treats. A surprise visit from the Easter Bunny caps off the event.
Space is limited to 100 children per session.
Cost: $10.00 for 1 child & 1 adult; additional adults are $5.00 each (Reservations required by April 8)

HDSID Easter Bunny Visit

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 from 10am to 12pm
Smile Preschool
276 1st Street Jersey City, NJ 07302

http://www.jcdowntown.org/
Join the HDSID in bringing the Easter Bunny to Downtown JC  enjoy free pictures with
the Easter Bunny, candy and face painting by Bella’s Face Painting.
Event is free

Camouflaged Egg Hunt

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 1pm to 2pm
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Avenue Tenafly, NJ 07670

Go to http://tenaflynaturecenter.org/event-2483877 for more info
Visit Tenafly Nature Center to hunt for eggs in a nature-related environment. All eggs  will be dyed to blend in and be on the look out for golden eggs with special surprises.  Bring your own baskets.
Cost is $12 adult/child member pair; $22 adult/child non-member pair.

Annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Sunday, April 16th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm
Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th Street, NYC

Check out wacky hats and other sorts of bonnets as you enjoy the Easter Parade down Fifth Avenue! Event is free. Visit http://www.nycgo.com/events/easter-parade-and-easter-bonnet-festival1 for more info.

Best Parks in Jersey City

Best Parks in Jersey City : 
Liberty State Park

Best Parks in Jersey City

Liberty State Park is a national treasure combining open park space with a historic train station, access to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It offers incredible views of the Statue of Liberty, unobstructed views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. There are parks for children, runners and anyone who needs an escape from city life and a healthy dose of fresh air.

The park was formally opened on Flag Day, June 14, 1976, as New Jersey’s bicentennial gift to the nation. Most of this 1,122 acre park is open space with approximately 300 acres developed for public recreation.

The park is less than 2,000 feet right on the New York Harbor. During the 19th and early 20th centuries the area that is now Liberty State Park was a major waterfront industrial area with an extensive freight and passenger transportation network. This network became the lifeline of New York City and the harbor area. The heart of this transportation network was the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ), located in the northern portion of the park.

The CRRNJ Terminal stands with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to unfold one of this nation’s most dramatic stories: the immigration of northern, southern, and eastern Europeans into the United States. After being greeted by the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, these immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains, at the CRRNJ Terminal, that took them to their new homes throughout the United States. The Terminal served these immigrants as the gateway to the realization of their hopes and dreams of a new life in America.

Hamilton Park

Best Parks in Jersey City
Hamilton Park is a gorgeous historic little park situated between Eight Street and Ninth Street in Jersey City. It is surrounded by nineteenth century brownstones.  It has lots of trees, ample space, green lawns, and two dog runs. 
There are also tennis courts, basketball court and two playgrounds for children of different ages. 

Several events take place at this park throughout the year such as Shakespeare in the Park, a weekly farmers market every Wednesday, and Films in the Park.

Van Vorst Park

Best Parks in Jersey City

Van Vorst Park is located in historic downtown Jersey City at the intersection of Montgomery Street and Jersey Avenue.  The name Van Vorst comes from a prominent family in the area, the first of which arrived in the 1630s. It was donated by Cornelius Van Vorst  who was the twelfth Mayor of Jersey City serving from 1860 to 1862.

The neighborhood contains  nineteenth century rowhouses and brownstones. It is home to the Jersey City Medical Center, James J. Ferris High School, Barrow Mansion and Jersey City Museum.  The park has separate playgrounds for toddlers and older children, two dog runs, benches, a gazebo, fountain and community gardens.  Cultural events which take place in this park are farmers market, Shakespeare in the Park, flea markets and Films in Van Vorst.

Berry Lane Park

Best Parks in Jersey City

Berry Lane Park located in the Bergen-Lafayette section of Jersey City. It is the both the city’s largest municipal park and the first new one in decades. The public park is the site of a former brownfield property bound by Garfield Avenue to the west, NJ Transit’s rail tracks to the south, and Woodward Street to the east. It features two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a soccer field, bike paths, and two plazas (one with a splash pad). Over 600 new trees have also been planted. The Department of Recreation is in charge of hosting community events and games in the park. The site once consisted of abandoned and underutilized industrial properties, although the city demolished many of the structures, then remediated and graded the land by 2014. Multiple concrete silos were preserved and utilized for the splash pond. Berry Lane Park is right across the street from NJ Transit’s Garfield Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station.

Paulus Hook Park
Best Parks in Jersey City
Paulus Hook is a community on the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City. It is located one mile across the river from Manhattan.  The name Hook comes from the Dutch word “hoeck” which translates into “point of land.” This “point of land” has been described as an elevated area, the location of which is today bounded by Montgomery, Hudson, Dudley and Van Vorst Streets. The neighborhood’s main street is the north- and south-running Washington Street. The waterfront of Paulus Hook is along the basin of the Morris Canal in a park with a segment of Liberty State Park. 

 

Morris Canal Park

Best Parks in Jersey City
This park offers a  beautiful view of the NY Skyline, it’s s nice walk up and around the peninsula and also pet friendly.

Dr. Leonard J. Gordon Park
Best Parks in Jersey City

The Dr. Leonard J. Gordon Park at Jersey City Heights is best known for the sculptures of Buffalo and Bears that are seen when passing on Kennedy Boulevard. Situated on nearly six acres of hilly terrain on the western slope of the Palisades between Kennedy Boulevard and Liberty Avenue in the Jersey  City Heights, Leonard J. Gordon Park is nearly six acres.

The larger-than-life stone statues of the buffalo and bear were the work of sculptor Solon Hannibal Borglum (1868-1922). An iron fence that is anchored in concrete piers surrounds the urban park.  In the center is a circular gazebo.  On November 9, 1930, the Hudson City Soldiers and Sailors Welfare League, Inc. placed a World War I memorial statue Dough Boy in the park. There is also an American eagle atop a granite shaft that was placed there by          the Raymond Sipnick Post of the Jewish War Veterans. 

Dr. Gordon was a native New Yorker and moved to Jersey City in 1875 after obtaining his medical degree from Bellevue Medical Center. He completed his internship at the Jersey City Charity Hospital that predated the Medical Center. 

One of Dr. Gordon’s  crowning achievement was his push for and founding of the Free Public Library of Jersey City in 1894. Dr. Gordon served as supervisor of the Library until his death in 1907 at his home at 485 Jersey Avenue, which still stands today. He is also responsible for the Soldiers and Sailors Victory Monument located on Grove Street in front of City Hall. 

J. Owen Grundy Park

Parks in Jersey City
This Hudson River waterfront park at Exchange Place was named in honor J. Owen Grundy.
J. Owen Grundy (1912–1985) was a native of Jersey City and was until his death. 

Grundy wrote The History of Jersey City, published in honor of the 1976 American Bicentennial and about 50 monographs on historic subjects related to Jersey City.  He was among the founders of the Brownstone Revival Committee in Jersey City and the Preservation and Restoration Association of Jersey City and had served five terms as president of the Jersey City Museum Association.

Dr. Lena Edwards Park

One of Jersey City’s most popular neighborhood parks, Dr. Lena Edwards Park on Johnston Avenue and Pine Street is named for a prominent physician and long-time Jersey City resident who was a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. Lena Francis Edwards was born in Washington, D.C. in 1900 to a prosperous African American family. She graduated from Howard University Medical School in 1924.

Dr. Edwards was one of the first African American women to be board-certified as an obstetrician-gynecologist and gain admission to the International College of Surgeons. When she and her husband, Dr. Keith Madison, moved to Jersey City in 1924, she set up practice on Pacific Avenue in the neighborhood of Lafayette. While raising six children of her own, she dedicated her life to treating the poor and immigrant Eastern European factory workers who lived in the area. Though she was made a staff physician at Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital when it first opened in 1931, she fought to obtain residency there in obstetrics and gynecology for nearly 15 years.

This small neighborhood park features a lighted basketball court, a children’s playground,  and outdoor seasonal basketball leagues. 

Lincoln Park
Parks in Jersey CityLincoln Park is an urban park in Jersey City with an area of 273.4 acres. It originally opened in 1905, it was originally known as West Side Park. The park consists of two distinct sections: Lincoln Park East, and Lincoln Park West.  The sections are named for their positions relative to US Route 1/9, which passes between them, and are connected by foot and vehicular bridges over the highway.
Lincoln Park was the first park in the Hudson County parks system.Lincoln Park East contains many sports fields and recreational facilities. There are 21 outdoor tennis courts, seven baseball fields, a cricket pitch, three children’s playgrounds, a running track, five basketball courts, two football fields, two soccer fields, and four handball/paddleball courts. This section of the park also contains a 3 acres lake available for fishing. The park  has four  gazebos, several maintenance buildings, and the Park Administration Building. The park also contains several monuments and memorials.  Riverview-Fisk Park
Parks in Jersey City
Riverview Fisk Park is a wonderful park located at the edge of the Heights. Riverview is located on Palisade Avenue. The park contains magnificent views of both the New York City Skyline and the Hudson River as well as the Verrazano Bridge and the George Washington Bridge. These views can be enjoyed while relaxing in the park gazebo. The Park also has a host of recreational activities such as two basketball courts and a playground for children. Due to the amazing views, Fourth of July has become a major day for the park. On this holiday thousands of people gather to watch the displays of fireworks across the New York skyline. This has become a tradition for lots of families and brings many newcomers each year.

Holi Inspired Art Trading Cards

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

The celebration of Holi is right around the corner, and this art activity is the perfect way for children to have fun with color, without making too much of a mess! In some fine art communities, artists exchange small works of art with one another (called artist trading cards) the size of a baseball card. It’s a great way for creatives to begin art collecting on a small scale.

Materials you will need:

– watercolors
– paint brushes
– bowl of water
– watercolor paper / scissors
– permanent black markers

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 1 Cut watercolor paper into small rectangular pieces about the size of a small index card or baseball card. 3.5″ x 5.5″ would work nicely.

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 2 Have your children draw patterns with black permanent markers that are happy and intricate. Some ideas would be: flowers, owls, hearts or geometric patterns.

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 3 Using a good amount of water, dip a paintbrush into a single paint color and begin adding color on top of the hand drawn design. The idea is to add droplets of color to the painting without mixing the hues too much. This technique mimics Holi powder, as it is vibrant and very colorful. I would suggest using yellow, orange, magenta, light green and blue for a nice balance of colors.

Step 4 The artist trading cards will curl a little from all the water, so allow them to dry fully, and then place a large book on top over night to flatten them properly.

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Step 5 If you’re making these with a group of children, have the kids exchange art cards with another. The more the merrier!

Variations: This project could also be done with pastels instead of watercolors. Another idea would be to have the children drop paint on their paper, and then add designs on top after the paint dries like so:

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

Holi Art Trading Cards by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies

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

Rutgers for Kids this Summer

Do you have an extraordinary child living in Hudson County  who would love to be engaged and challenged with summer enrichment? Perhaps your child would be elated to work with a prestigious NJ University that allows them to not only critically think, but explore a whole new world outside of the usual this summer, right in their own backyard.

If this remotely sounds like something your child would love to do, then look no further. RUTGERS University is partnering with MUA (Miftaahul Uloom Academy) in Union City, Hudson County, NJ to bring Summer Enrichment 2017 to all families across NY&NJ.

RUTGERS University and MUA understand the importance of keeping our children engaged throughout the summer using meaningful summer learning activities.

Sample Courses Offered:

Amusement Park STEM: Hear the clanking of the coaster as you chug up the hill, unsure of what will come next. How do engineers create these thrilling experiences in today’s amusement parks? Explore the scientific principles behind the rides and construct working Ferris wheel and roller coaster models.

Fantastic Fibonacci and other Math Mysteries: Did you know that the world of nature is full of numbers? In this course, we will explore the wonders of patterns, shapes, and numbers in nature. From Fibonacci and Escher, to the beehive and the pinecone, we will discover the beauty of math and the way we, as humans, have been inspired by it. Students will be surprised to learn of famous artists who have used these concepts in their masterpieces. We will explore these and create our own designs using mathematical concepts derived from our natural world.

Film Studies: This course would offer a perspective on film as art. Students would learn the basic concepts of cinematography: the purpose of different shots and the symbolism directors use in both the perspective and lighting in their filming. Students will learn the variety of angles in shooting footage on film, i.e. close-up, long shot, birds eye view, as well as cutting techniques. We will also investigate the various genres through the history of movies, silent films, experimental (Salvador Dali), Westerns, Science Fiction, Drama, Comedy, Documentary and Action. The course will ultimately end with students drawing out a storyboard of shot selections for a film idea of their own with captions for each shot selection. Students will work cooperatively to complete this task, working with a group to choose a genre, a story line, shot selections and developing captions for the their storyboard.

This partnership will be offering 6 weeks of Academic Enrichment and Creative Exploration. If you have any questions you may email the coordinator at sep@muanj.org

Space is Limited. Deadline is February 28, 2017.

Complete Enrichment Application and email to sep@muanj.org

Summer Enrichment Flyer

SEP Course Descriptions

SEP Instructor Biographies

Summer Enrichment Application 2017

Pershing Field Swimming Pool in Jersey City

Pershing Field Swimming Pool

Pershing Field Swimming Pool

Known as one of the top ten best swimming pools in Jersey City, Pershing Field pool is conveniently located between Central Avenue and Summit Avenue in the Heights section and is less than 10 minutes from downtown Jersey City. There is accessible on-site parking and pool is open year round.

Families can visit for open swim during the hours of 7am and 8pm on weekdays. SaturdaySunday and holidays open swim is available between 12pm and 6pm.

Pershing Field Swimming Pool: Fees are $250/year for a family membership, this allows up to 5 children under the age of 21.

Learn To Swim, Water Aerobics classes and Scuba classes are also offered. Please check flyer for each program here for more info: Learn To Swim Classes, Water Aerobics Classes, and Scuba classes and fees. 

Pershing Field Swimming Pool Covers over 14 acres of recreational space which include courts for tennis , basketball  and bocce ball. There also baseball fields, a running track, a children’s playground with water sprinkler, a community center and an ice skating rink for additional family fun.

JCF Lunch box of the week: Healthy Cookies

Healthy Cookies, say what?!

Hi Mamas, this week, how to offer kiddos a yummy and HEALTHY cookie. Sweet, gooey, fudgy, crumbly, who doesn’t love a good cookie?! While these treats are amazing, I try to make them just that, TREATS for once in a while. As much as I love a full butter and sugar gooey chocolate chip cookie, I think we all know this doesn’t qualify as one of the main food groups.

Equally, having your daily dose of something sweet is totally ok and HEALTHY when you choose wisely. My favorite thing to make is raw coconut macaroon balls. They are so versatile and can be combined with an array of ingredients. These sweet babies are a great way to jazz up your kids lunch box so they have have a treat without you worrying about unnecessary sugar and junk. The primary ingredients include coconut, which is super high in fiber and a low glycemic carbohydrate giving you sustained energy without feeling full, and almonds, which are extremely high in vitamins and nutrients (especially dense in vitamin E which we all could benefit from in the winter months for dry skin). Almonds also help to LOWER cholesterol and help towards a healthy heart (tip LEAVE SKINS ON and use RAW almonds for most health benefits).

Ingredients 

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup almonds

4 tablespoons of nut butter of choice (I like sunflower seed or cashew because the butter is creamy and doesn’t alter flavor too much*)

5-6 large plump medjool dates pitted

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or bitter cocoa powder)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Mix almonds and coconut in food processor until a dusty flour like texture is made (1-2min).

Add nut butter, cacao, oil and blend slowly. Add pitted dates one at a time and blend well before adding the next. Continue to blend until the mixture comes together in a sticky ball.

Remove from food processor, place mixture in refrigerator for about 1 hour or freezer for about 20minutes, it’s much easier to form into balls when mixture is cold. Use a cookie forming spoon and scoop into evenly sized balls. Roll ball in your hands to solidify shape and form, roll ball in unsweetened coconuts or dust lightly with more cocoa powder, store in air tight container in refrigerator for about 1 week.

**Alternate or additional options:

Use nuts other than almond (walnuts and pecans work equally well)

Use alternate nut butter *while I ADORE peanut butter, if used here it will completely alter the taste and when I am in the mood for that real true coconut taste I choose to use an alternative nut butter

Add seeds (chia, hemp, flax, poppy) for extra nutrient and vitamin boost (hemp seeds are particularly dense in PROTEIN)

Use plump large dried fig instead of dates

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