Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City
Adventures in Jersey City with Man’s Best Friend

When the weather is nice after a long cold season, who doesn’t like to get out of the house to shake those winter blues? What’s even better is being able to pull out the dog leash and see the look of excitement on your dog’s face when they know an adventure is forthcoming. Establishments are finally becoming friendlier by allowing the pup to enjoy time with the entire family like they should. Now Fido doesn’t have to look at you with his cute puppy eyes puddled with sadness as you take the kids out to enjoy time away from home. There are plenty of fun dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants:

Square 1 Community Eatery-283 Saint Pauls Avenue

http://www.square1jc.com/

Square 1 is a popular farm to table eatery that provides homemade dog treats for your four-legged friend. While the pup is happily playing with other dogs, you can kick back and enjoy some vegetarian-friendly cuisine. They are open Tuesday to Friday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Light Horse Tavern-199 Washington Street 

http://www.lighthorsetavern.com/

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

This restaurant features a nice patio area, making it part of the dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City. They go out of their way to make Fido feel special and will provide a fresh bowl of water. With an expansive beer selection and bar food classics, you can’t beat a night on the town with your furry companion. Open on Monday to Saturday 11:30am to 10:00pm and Friday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm.

Wonder Bagels-517 Jersey Ave

http://wonderbagels.com/

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

The smell of freshly hand-crafted bagels greets you when you walk into the door of Wonder Bagels making your mouth water. Your dog gets to enjoy a meal with you while you dine on a unique take of classic foods like sandwiches and grilled Paninis. Their hours are from 5:00 am to 3:30 pm every day.

Amelia’s Bistro-187 Warren Street

http://www.ameliasbistro.com/

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

Gaze at the skyline of the neighboring New York City while you and your canine pal decide what to order from this exceptional menu. The ambiance is full of energy making it one of the best dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City.  Hours are from Monday to Friday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for lunch and Dinner every day from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Rita and Joe’s Italian Restaurant-142 Broadway

http://www.rita-joes.com/

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

Yearning for some Italian food? Get the leash out and head to Rita and Joe’s for some spaghetti, risotto, or a variety of other dishes. When the weather is nice, Fido will appreciate having a spot next to their favorite person while you both chow down on scrumptious bites. Get your Italian food fix on Monday to Thursday from 11:30 am to 9:45 pm, Friday, and Saturday from 12:00 pm through 10:45 pm, and Sundays starting at 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Parks for Pups

Lincoln Park Dog Run-W Park Dr and Lakeview Dr

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

Dogs love a big open space to run around and go crazy in. Lincoln Park Dog Run allows your pet to feel like they’re running free in the wilds. Since the park has routine maintenance you don’t have to worry about your dog finding anything dirty to get in to. Small dogs have their own area to prevent accidental injury from larger playful pups. Best of all, the park is the perfect match for dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City. Feel free to contact (201) 9150-1388 for more information.

Van Vorst Park Dog Run-257 Montgomery St

http://vvpa.org

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

When the dog wants to break free from the leash, they are more than welcome to do that at Van Vorst Park. The grounds are well kept so you know that your dog will stay safe. Big dogs and little dogs have their own areas to play with other four-legged friends of the same size.  Reach out to (201) 547-4449 for more info.

Sgt. Anthony Dog Park-88 Palisade Ave

https://www.facebook.com/sgtanthonyparkjc/

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

If you work a job at odd hours or simply want to go out later in the evening, Sgt. Anthony is open all hours of the day and night. The park has a reputation for being taken care of and being a safe space for dogs and their owners alike. Currently, it is undergoing some maintenance, but feel free to drop by anytime. If you have comments or questions, the contact number for them is (201) 430-5747.This is certainly one of the best dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City.

Hamilton Park Dog Runs-680 Jersey Ave

Dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City

Hamilton Park is made just for dogs to socialize and have a good time while their human companions wish they could join in. There are designated areas for the dogs to be off the leash. If your pup weighs twenty-five pounds or less, they are allowed to use the small dog area. For larger breeds, they have their own space as well. Call (201) 915-4303 for park information.

As you can see, there are many dog parks and dog-friendly places in and around Jersey City to be explored. This list is only a sample of what Jersey City has to offer the family and your canine companions. So many restaurants let you bring the dog, so you don’t have to leave her/him at home whenever you want to go out. Perhaps you weren’t aware of what wonderful options are available to dog owners, but now you do. Go forth and have an adventure with man’s best friend.

 

Instant Valentine Cards Coloring Page

Valentine Cards for Kids Coloring Page Instant DownloadHi Moms, I created this instant valentine coloring page just for you! All you need to do is download the PDF, print it out, and have your children spend some quality creative time decorating the designs!
Materials you’ll need:
– printer & paper
– colored pencils, markers and crayons
– scissors
Download this *VALENTINE COLORING SHEET* PDF and print it as many times as you wish.
Valentine Cards for Kids Coloring Page Instant Download
Have your children color each design with crayons, colored pencils and markers. I used these super cute heart crayons from OOLY.
Valentine Cards for Kids Coloring Page Instant Download
For younger children, I would suggest they color all four designs first, then cut on the lines to create all four cards. Older children (6+) can cut the cards out first and then decide how they wish to decorate them.
Give the cards to friends as they are, or add them in an envelope with heart confetti. This is a great, easy valentine gift for grandparents, care givers and teachers this week!
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online in her Etsy shop (which highlights instant coloring books & party crafts). She offers bespoke, private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

Where to watch Superbowl 2018 in & around Jersey City

Where to watch Superbowl 2018 in & around Jersey City

We love the Superbowl- the food, the commercials, the fans, and most importantly, the game. No matter who you’re cheering for, there’s a place in Jersey City for your friends and family to get together and enjoy this 2018’s biggest sports event. Whether you’re looking to cheer on your favorite team on a big screen TV, debate the best commercial over a beer, or host your own party at home, Jersey City’s restaurants are here to serve up some great food and drink.

Here’s our guide for the Jersey City’s 2018 Superbowl Events

SUPERBOWL IN JERSEY CITY: Thanks to jerseycityeats and to Sasha Kleinman from Have a Night for the following info.

Piggyback Bar is hosting a viewing party at Harborside. They’ll have the game playing on two 20′ screens and for $30, you get your seat, an all inclusive buffet including suckling pig, ribs and more and drink specials all game long. Use code jc_eats for $5 off ticket price.

LITM is recommended for those looking for a non-Superbowl Party. They’ll be screening the commercials and will have the half-time show, but the rest of the night will be dedicated to drinks, food, and fun. The party starts at 6pm.

Zeppelin Hall will have the game playing on five giant screens with $5 wings and $4 Coors Lights from 6pm to closing.

Hudson Hall is launching their inaugural Super Bowl party. They’ll have the game playing on a giant screen while serving up pint and pitcher specials, pastrami sliders, 30 wings for $30, and much more. They also have catering options for those staying at home.

HopsScotch are going to have giveaways at halftime and the end of the game, and of course, specials for the duration of the game.

O’Hara’s Downtown fills up quickly, but it’s worth heading there a few hours early for a seat. Grab a beer tower, a great spot in front of one of their 15 TVs or the projector, and get comfortable.

PJ Ryan’s & PJ Ryan’s Squared has two locations: one downtown in the Van Vorst Park neighborhood, and one in Journal Square. Both locations will have specials running during the game.

Third Base Sports Cafe (Grove Square) For $30 (if purchased in advance) or $40 at the door, you can get wings, sliders, pasta, quesadillas, pizza, fries, and (drumroll please…) an open bar! (

Taphaus

Halftime Bar & Grill

VB3 Restaurant & Bar

SUPERBOWL AT HOME:If you’re staying in and/or playing host, here are some great catering and take out specials.

White Star has a wide-ranging catering menu with mac & cheese, chicken fingers, sliders, and all manner of buffalo items including buffalo cauliflower for the vegetarians in your group.

The Dark Side of the Moo has six different Super Bowl packages, depending on the size of your group and the food that you want, all customizable.

Talde is offering buckets of Korean-fried chicken, wings, cheeseburger sliders, and assorted sides with varying order sizes to fit the needs of your group. Orders must be placed by Friday

For something a little different for this year’s Super Bowl, check out Pokay’s tacos. They’ll provide nori shells and all the fixings to help recreate their poke tacos at home and poke bowls are also available.

Andrea Salumeria, home of some of the best sandwiches in New Jersey, will be open that day with special hours from 9am-2pm with menu specials and order pick-up, so make sure to get your orders in.

Grandma Downtown has a full line-up of game dishes available to order including various kinds of mac & cheese, soups, chili, porchetta, and sides. Vegetarian dishes are available.

Ace’s Wings, the specialty wings maker who made their vending debut during last year’s Project: Eats, is accepting a limited number of orders. They’re offering $40 trays with 30-35 wings per tray (and their wings aren’t small) with up to two flavors per tray.

Salt + Seed has all your vegan needs covered with dishes like buffalo cauliflower, BBQ heart of palm with slaw and chips, and much more available to order. You can reach them through DM on Instagram or via email.

SUPERBOWL IN HOBOKEN

If you are in Hoboken or planning to go, check these options brought to us thanks to Hoboken Happy Hours.

1 Republik will have the game on their many screens with no cover. Book your party by calling 201-696-1033.

The Ale House

Black Bear Bar & Grill, the first 100 people are entered to win prizes depending on the quarter. Prizes include:

  • 1st Quarter: Olivier Vernon-signed football
  • Halftime: Eli Manning-signed jersey
  • 3rd Quarter: Landon Collins-signed helmet
  • Final: HD TV

City Bistro

The Dubliner: Join the party on the 2nd floor! Tickets for Superbowl Sunday at The Dub Pub are $25 and include wings and beer for the duration of the game. The game will be projected on 2 giant screens for your viewing pleasure. Click here for tickets.

Green Rock for their $30 Tailgate Party starting at 4PM until Kickoff. It includes unlimited Coors drafts, Miller drafts, Captain drinks and wings! Then stay for the game with specials including:

House of ‘Que: For no cover, you can catch the Super Bowl on House Of ‘Que’s huge projector screen with specials

The HUB: Head to The HUB early for their pre-game tailgate starting at 2pm! Then, stay for the game for drink, shot and wing specials. With guest DJs in attendance, this is a can’t-miss party. VIP packages are also available.

Mike’s Wild Moose Saloon: America’s favorite game of the year will be at one of America’s favorite party spots. That can only mean an ALL AMERICAN TAILGATE PARTY, including giant subs, tailgate salads, live DJs, drink and shot specials, full game sound, giveaways, raffles and prizes, including a 43” flat screen TV.

Pilsener Haus: Head to Pilsener Haus for their Zuperbowl featuring $5 1/2L of Pilsener Haus Original, specials after each touchdown and give aways! The party starts at 6PM.

The Shannon: Reserve a table for the Super Bowl at The Shannon, and your table will receive a free plate of wings! While you eat all the wings, take advantage of their bucket, pitcher and shot specials all night long. And don’t forget about their raffle happening every quarter!

The Shepherd & the Knucklehead: Hang around after the game, and you could win a Bud Light Lazyboy at The Shepherd & The Knucklehead on February 4.

Urban Coalhouse: Watching the Super Bowl in the comfort of your own home? Hosting a party for your friends? Urban Coalhouse is here for you with their various catering specials, including Kickoff, Red Zone and Hail Mary packages.

Wicked Wolf Start the tailgate early at Wicked Wolf’s Super Bowl Sunday Tailgate Party starting at 11AM!

Willie McBride’s: Head to Willie McBride’s for a plethora of drink specials.

Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC 2018

Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC 2018

Boo! Did we scare you?

If we didn’t some of these Halloween events might make you jump. Or dance. Or even laugh. We have something for everyone no matter where you stand on the scare meter! Tis the season to be spooky so check out our list of Halloween Events in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Spooky Science Kids

October 19th 5 PM – 8 PM at Zaniac on 125 First Street, Jersey City

Zaniac Jersey City is scaring up a good time STEAM style. You and your little one can build a haunted house with working lights. Channel your inner Dr. Frankenstein with circuits and LEGO monsters. If that isn’t enough, you can receive a prize if you come dressed in your first costume.

Annual Halloween Parade 2018

October 24th @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Hamilton Park, JC

Come to Hamilton Park in your Halloween best for the Annual Halloween Parade in Jersey City! Families will be guided along the parade route by drummers, stilt walkers, and jugglers. The parade will commence at 5:30 pm and will take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. There will also face painters a DJ and performances by Nimbus Dance Works and  Next Step Broadway  Refuel with the on-sight food vendors and farmers markets!

JC Halloween Spooktacular

Saturday October 27th 4 PM – 8 PM

Be prepared for all things that go bump in the night when you enter the Harborside Atrium on October 27th. JCFamilies presents their 2018 Halloween Spooktacular! For $5 (for ages 6 and up) you can enjoy  a costume competition, dance party, face painting, arts and crafts, carnival games and other entertainment for the kids! Make sure to stop by the picture corner to snap a spooky family photo!

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

October 4-31, November 1-4, 7-11, 15-17, 23-24 – 525 S Riverside Ave, Croton-On-Hudson, NY

Enjoy a truly breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by a team of talented artisans! Stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge, watch our Pumpkin Carousel twirl, gaze in wonder at swimming aquatic creatures and a giant Sea Serpent. Get mesmerized by a color-changing star show in the Pumpkin Planetarium. Discover an awe-inspiring jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty rising to the sky! Tickets are selling out fast so make sure you get yours soon!

Family Halloween Party and Parade in Hoboken 

October 26th @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Shipyard Park, 1, 13th St, Hoboken, NJ

Do the Monster Mash, participate in Halloween themed arts and crafts, carnival games, and so much more during the Family Halloween Party and Parade in Hoboken! Join Hoboken Families and Kidville as they celebrate the season of ghouls, goblins and ghosts! Oh did we mention this event was free.99!

Halloween Party Hosted by Girl Scout Troop 12026

October 26th 6 PM – 8 PM at 38 Duncan Ave, Jersey City

Girl Scout Troop 12026 invites you to attend their free Halloween Party for the community. Ages 3-12 only. They will have crafts, a costume contest, snacks and more!

Brookfield Place Halloween Bash

October 27th 12 PM – 3 PM at Brookfield Place

Bring your costume-clad kids for a FANGtastic afternoon at the family-friendly Brookfield Place Halloween Bash! Enjoy performances by Brooklyn’s own The Pop-Ups and learn how ghosts have the ability to fly!

Fall Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch

October 27th & 28th 11:00 AM at Urby Parking Lot, 200 Greene St, Jersey City

The Exchange Place Alliance will celebrate Halloween and the Fall season with a spectacular pumpkin patch, bounce house, magic shows and more!

Terminal of Terror III and Spooky Terminal

October 27th at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive Jersey City, New Jersey

Terminal of Terror and Spooky Terminal is Jersey City’s biggest annual family-friendly Halloween event featuring tons of activities! The event is spilt into two part. Spooky Terminal is a great opportunity for kids and parents alike to experience fun activities, snack on something yummy from the amazing food trucks and Jersey City’s most adorable costume contest! The Spooky Terminal will start at 11 AM and end at 4PM. Get your tickets before they’re all gone!

Halloween isn’t just for kids! Terminal of Terror is for the adults 21 and over and will feature celebrity & local DJs, fun activities, amazing food trucks, and an awesome costume contest with large cash prize! The fun begins at 9 PM and ends at 2 AM! Get your ticket here.

Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla

October 28th @ 4 PM  at Central Park North and Malcolm X Blvd New York

Central Park’s Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla is the only Halloween event that involves sending your homemade jack-o’-lanterns afloat into the Harlem Meer. Before the main event at 6pm, kids are invited to show off their most creative costumes in a parade, dance to awesome music, listen to scary stories and work on creepy crafts. Learn more about the events’ lineup here. This is a free event!

The Order of Bright Minds Murder Mystery Gala

October 28, 2018 at 7 PM – 10 PM at 140 Newark Ave, Jersey City

Is a bright mind enough? Or will your gutsy ideas bring you glory? You are more than an escape room enthusiast, you are more than a puzzle connoisseur. You are truly an elite detective. Join in on the free fun and channel your inner Carmen Sandiego or Sherlock Holmes while you enjoy delightful oddities from Antisocial Jewelry Company and Tarot card readings by Antifragile Tarot

Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest

October 31st 3:15 PM – 6 PM at Washington Street Hoboken

Mirror, mirror on the wall is your Halloween costume the scariest of them all? Grab your witch’s hat and your vampire fangs before attending the The Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest! The parade will features local live music, floats, lots of great costumes and so much more!

Family Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall

October 31st 3 PM – 7 PM at Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall, Jersey City

Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall this Halloween! There will be face-painting, a bouncy house, music, popcorn and lots and lots of candy! This is a free event of families and if you’re interested in being a vendor for the event you can fill out a form here!

Halloween is a fall season staple! There are several amazing fall themed events and activities to enjoy leading up to this spooky week!

There are few events happening in our neighborhood Hoboken, so check out the best five Halloween events there.

Best Places to See Fall Colors and Foliage Near Jersey City

Best Places to See Fall Colors and Foliage Near Jersey City

One of the best activities to do in the fall is the gaze at the stunning fall colors. Red, orange, yellow, and lush greens are everywhere it is one of the prettiest times of the year in New Jersey. Jersey City may not have the best fall foliage to look at, but that doesn’t mean there are not tons of close places to enjoy the color changing trees. Below are some of the best places to see fall colors and foliage near Jersey City!

Battleground State Park: Manalapan, NJ

With almost 2,000 acres of park to walk and/or drive through, this is one of the best places to see fall colors and foliage near Jersey City. There are tons of tree, walking trails, picnic areas, and the park is filled with rich history. It is the perfect place to gaze at the fall foliage on a weekend afternoon.

Ringwood State Park: Ringwood, NJ

Located northwest from Jersey City area, this state park is by the Ramapo Mountains and has 5,000 acres of trees to see the best fall colors around! There are also great places to canoe, walk, and so much more.

Cheesequake State Park: Old Bridge, NJ

This state park has some great campgrounds and has a variety of trees to explore to see the fall colors. There are 5 walking and hiking trails if you feel like getting more active and has great picnic areas to eat lunch on a crisp autumn day. Be sure to stop by this park as it is one of the best places to see fall colors and foliage near Jersey City.

High Point State Park: Sussex

Lush forest surrounds Lake Marcia, making it one of the most scenic places in NJ, especially during the fall. There is nothing more relaxing and tranquil than sitting near calm waters – that combined with reds, yellows, golds, and oranges will be nothing short of breathtaking. High Point is by far one of the best places to see fall colors and foliage near Jersey City.

Palisades Interstate Park, Alpine

Best Places to See Fall Colors and Foliage Near Jersey City

This park is located along the Hudson River and has a vast amount of cliffs studded with fall foliage. You can either walk or take bikes along the trails within the park with many places to stop and look/take pictures of the vibrant fall colors. Be sure to check out this location for some of the best places to see fall colors and foliage near Jersey City.

Speedwell Lake, Morristown

Best Places to See Fall Colors and Foliage Near Jersey City

Again, this is a spot that combines the best of fall colors and foliage with calming waters. It is a perfect spot for photographs of the colors and of your family! It can be easily driven too as well, so if walking, hiking, and biking don’t appeal to the kids you can drive up to the most scenic point as well.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area

Best Places to See Fall Colors and Foliage Near Jersey City

There are so many different places to explore the fall colors and foliage in the Delaware Water Gap. You can hike, walk trails, ride bikes, or drive the winding roads to see the best fall colors for miles. It’s truly a special place to view the color changing leaves. You don’t to miss this area as it has some of the best places to see fall colors and foliage near Jersey City.

Monksville Reservoir, Passaic County

Best Places to See Fall Colors and Foliage Near Jersey City

This man-mand reservoir is nothing short of stunning and then the trees surrounding the water turn bright firey colors, it surely a sight to behold.

Staten Island Greenbelt

Best Places to See Fall Colors and Foliage Near Jersey City

Finding an undisturbed and woodsy forest in Staten Island is not an easy feat, but the Greenbelt is just that. We highly recommend you take this drive to see to truly amazing colors this forest has to offer. You and the kids will feel like you have been transported into a magical colorful land.

The Catskills, New York

Best Places to See Fall Colors and Foliage Near Jersey City

If you are looking for another mountain experience to see the fall colors, look no further than the Catskill Mountains in New York. These mountains have over 100 peaks as high as 3,000 feet so you can get multiple birds-eye views from almost anywhere. We recommend checking out Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain for the absolute best views of the fall colors in the Catskills.

 Waterloo Village: Stanhope, NJ

Best Places to See Fall Colors and Foliage Near Jersey City

This is an awesome place to view NJ fall foliage in late October and to also have a super fun unique fall experience. Stanhope is a restored 19th-century village that features tons on unique shops, fall festivals, and historic tours.

Watercolor Rainbow Jellyfish Craft

Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamiliesMoms, I’m sharing this watercolor jellyfish craft with you because it’s been a real hit in my art classes this summer! It’s easy to make and display at home. Kids will enjoy making this adorable craft on a lazy summer day 😉
 
Materials you will need:
– watercolor paper
– watercolors
– paintbrushes
– scissors
– hole puncher
– string
– markers
– pencils (for curling)
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 1 Cut a piece of watercolor paper in half lengthwise so that you end up with two long sheets of paper to paint on.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 2 Using a set of watercolor paints, paint stripes of color all the way across the paper like shown. Have the kids try to use as many colors as possible, and keep each painted line about the same size.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 3 Allow the painting to dry completely. Then cut out a head and body shape as well as lines starting from the bottom of the jellyfish for the ‘tentacles’.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish
Step 4 Draw a cute face with some markers.
 
Step 5 Curl the tentacles of the jellyfish using a pencil like shown. Watercolor paper is so stiff, you could even use your fingers for this step.
Rainbow Watercolor Jellyfish Craft by Lady Lucas for JCFamilies
Step 6 Punch a hole at the top of the jellyfish and feed some string though, so that children can carry it around or hang it in their room this summer!
Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her cute characters can be found online in coloring books and party printables via her website and her Etsy shop. She offers private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken from 3.5 – 12 years.

9 Best Places to Go Camping in New Jersey

9 Best Places to Go Camping in New Jersey That You Can’t Help but Fall in Love With

There are a lot of reasons to go camping. The most important one is to disconnect from the rush of the city (and your wired devices) and connect to the great outdoors and really look at the stars. Now you have your why, the next question is where? We have made a roundup of the best places to go camping in New Jersey according to Google business ratings.

1. The Great Divide Campground, Newton 

Rating: 4.7, 80 reviews

 

 

 

 

 

image source: www.campthegreatdivide.com

The Great Divide Campground is one of the many family-oriented campsites, and also well-commended for its cleanliness. If you are hesitant in going all-the-way camping, you and your kids could rent out a cabin. They also offer entertainment on weekends with live bands and other entertaining themed activities.

Other things to do: go fishing and boating, swim in a pool, play basketball, play video games, playground for kids

Restaurants nearby: Cafe Pierrot, Between the Bread, Savour

Website: www.campthegreatdivide.com

Address: 68 Phillips Road, Newton, NJ 07860

2. Pleasant Acres Farm Campground, Sussex

Rating: 4.7, 34 reviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

image source: www.pleasantacres.com

Pleasant Acres is the place to be if you want spectacular views of the Sussex scenery from a high altitude. Its rural setting is coupled with rural activities, such as animal petting, pig chases, and horse-drawn hayrides make it an exciting experience for kids and adults alike.

Other things to do: go fishing, play basketball, volleyball, baseball and mini-golf, swim in a pool, ride a pony

Restaurants nearby: Elias Cole, Yamato Hibachi, The Green Olive

Website: www.pleasantacres.com

Address: 61 Dewitt Rd, Sussex, NJ 07461

3. Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, New Lisbon

Rating: 4.5, 106 reviews

 

 

 

 

 

image source: http://www.pinelandsadventures.org/explore-the-pine-barrens/gateway/

If you’re looking for a manageable hiking trail before settling in to camp, then you should try the state forest in New Lisbon. You will encounter large pine trees, swamps, sandy trails and remnants of an old town.

Other things to do: Picnic, Hunting, Skiing, Mountain Biking

Restaurants nearby: Alba Pizza, Red Lion Diner & Bakery, Hot Diggidy Dog

Website: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/byrne.html

Address: Highway Route 72 East, New Lisbon, NJ 08064, USA

4. Triplebrook Campground, Blairstown

Rating: 4.5, 38

 

 

 

 

 

image source: triplebrook.com

Featuring views of the Delaware Water Gap and Kittatinny Mountains, Triplebrook is one of the best places to go camping in New Jersey that will take away the stress of daily life.

Other things to do: themed weekend activities, go fishing, swim in a pool, make sandcastles

Restaurants nearby: Jargerstein Biergarten, Ellias, Humpty Juniors

Website: http://triplebrook.com/

Address: 58 Honey Run Rd., Blairstown, New Jersey

5. Whippoorwill Camp Grounds, Marmora

Rating: 4.5, 40 reviews

8 Best Places to Go Camping in New Jersey

 

 

 

image source: rvbuddy.com

Located near Ocean City, it has a nice, scenic seashore that’s perfect for a weekend getaway or even longer.

Other things to do: swim in olympic-size pool and kiddie pool, play tennis, basketball and volleyball, arts and crafts, playground

Restaurants nearby: Upper Sandwiches, Island Shore Chinese Restaurant, Village Kitchen

Website: http://www.whippoorwillcampground.net/

Address: 810 South Shore Road, Marmora, NJ 08223

6. Seashore Campsites & RV Resort, Cape May

Rating: 4.4, 73 reviews

8 Best Places to Go Camping in New Jersey

 

 

 

 

image source: survresorts.com

Another camping ground to add to the list of best places to go camping in New Jersey is Seashore Campsite and RV Resort. Seashore is a campsite with a resort feel and has complete, premium facilities. One of its features that kids will love is the private lake with sandy beach.

Other things to do: Dip in heated swimming pool and kiddie pool, go to the gym, watch a movie, go fishing, tennis, volleyball, basketball, mini-golf

Restaurants nearby: Cold Spring Grange, Flight Deck Diner, El Pueblo Taqueria

Website: https://www.sunrvresorts.com/Community/SHR

Address: 720 Seashore Rd, Cape May, NJ 08204

7. Ocean View Resort Campground, Ocean View

Rating: 4.3, 87 reviews

8 Best Places to Go Camping in New Jersey

 

 

 

 

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Ocean View is another adventure-packed and kid-friendly campsite. The splash park with a pirate ship and water cannons is a highlight that will definitely keep your family entertained.

Other things to do: swimming, fishing, playground, basketball, tennis, volleyball, softball, paddle boating, arcades

Restaurants nearby: the camp ground has a cafe offers course meals and a pavilion that sells snacks like sandwiches and hotdogs

Website: https://www.ovresort.com/

Address: 2555 Route 9, P.O. Box 607, Ocean View, NJ 08230

8. Baker’s Acres Campground, Little Egg Harbor

Rating: 4.3, 33 reviews

8 Best Places to Go Camping in New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This historical campsite is near Long Beach Island, making it an ideal location for rest and recreation. The grounds allow for tents, RV and cabin accommodation. Proud to be pet-friendly, the campsite has lined up weekend activities for your entertainment, making it one of the best places to go camping in New Jersey.

Other things to do: swimming pool, playground, picnic, volleyball, arcade

Restaurants nearby: Kostas Grill, Grapevine, Dockside Cafe

Website: https://bakersacres.com/

Address: 230 Willets Avenue, Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey 08087

9. Hospitality Creek Campground, Williamstown

Rating: 4.4, 43 reviews

8 Best Places to Go Camping in New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

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You can take your family to this campsite that’s in the middle of an urban area, but it will still feel that you’re in a far place for relaxation. Known for their top-of-the-line amenities and fun activities, people keep coming back even if it’s a bit pricey.

Other things to do: swim in olympic-sized pool and sandy beach, diving, slides and rope swings, water volleyball, log slide

Restaurants nearby: Peter’s Diner, Mona Lisia, Henri’s Hotts Barbecue

Website: https://hospitalitycreek.com/

Address: 117 Coles Mill Road, Williamstown, NJ 08094

I hope you found this list of the best places to go camping in New Jersey helpful. Have you experienced camping in any of the camping grounds above? Share your experience in the comments section.

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.

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

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.