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

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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.

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!

 

BIRTHDAY PLACES DIRECTORY: Birthday party places in Jersey City & Hoboken

Guide for the Best Birthday Party Places in Jersey City & Hoboken

Birthday party places in Jersey city & Hoboken

Birthday Party Places In Jersey City

BUCKET & BAY CRAFT GELATO CO: 

150 Bay St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

PHONE: (347) 891-2586 – EMAIL: [email protected]

www.bucketandbay.com

Private gelato party OR a class as a birthday party

http://www.bucketandbay.com/kidsparties/
http://www.bucketandbay.com/private-events

The great place to celebrate the birthday party in Jersey City: and We make our gelato completely from scratch using 100% grass fed milk. We have a variety of options for birthdays. We can offer small group gelato making classes for kids, gelato catering, and gelato cakes!

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MY GYM

The fun place to celebrate the birthday party in Jersey City & in Hoboken

252 9th street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

PHONE: 2012051218 – EMAIL: [email protected]

www.mygym.com/jerseycity

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KEY ELEMENT LEARNING

338 Grove Street , Jersey City, NJ, 07302

PHONE: (201) 200-1160

www.keyelementlearning.com/

Kids will love to celebrate the birthday at Key Learning Elements:

Celebrate your child’s birthday at Key Element Learning! With a variety of age appropriate themes for children 1-12 years old, our birthday planner will help you plan activities at our state-of-art facility for refreshments and fun. Our team will set-up, entertainment, serve and clean up.
Themed Parties we have held include:
-Tea Party, Mad Science, Fairy Princess, Arts/ Crafts, Red Carpet , Superhero, Space, Rock Star and Camp-Out

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MAD SCIENCE OF UNION AND HUDSON

720 Monroe St, Suite E314B, Hoboken, NJ, 07030

PHONE: (973) 542-8366

www.unionhudson.madscience.org

One of the best place in hoboken to celebrate the birthday party of your child. Mad Science birthday parties entertain children of all ages with exciting, high-energy, interactive shows that come to you. Also, we have a location in Hoboken where we can host your party.

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CKO KICKBOXING JERSEY CITY

Lots of fun if you are celebrating birthday party in CKO in Jersey City

150 Bay Street (ENTER ON PROVOST STREET), Jersey City, NJ, 07302

PHONE: (201) 360-3072

www.ckojerseycity.com/

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HUDSON PLAY

189 Brunswick Street, jersey City, NJ, 07302

PHONE: (201) 963-4671

www.hudsonplaynj.com/

HudsonPLAY is a unique family playspace with activities to engage at every age. Higely recommended bityhday party places in Jersey City.

With a focus on interactive entertainment and fitness, HudsonPLAY is designed for serious fun with dynamic play areas for toddlers, state-of-the-art activities for preschoolers and a challenging Ninja Warrior Course for everyone else! Come and rediscover the excitement of play.

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JUST 4 KIDS SALON

720 Monroe Street, Suite E-313, Hoboken, NJ 07030

PHONE: (201) 653-5887

www.just4kidssalon.com

Kids birthday parties for girls and boys

Who wont love to have little spa time on the birthday: Best place in Hoboken to celebrate Birthday party in Hoboken.

Treat your child to a memorable kids birthday party at Just 4 Kids Hair Salon & Nail Spa! With 14 different theme parties, what could be more fun?  Our kids birthday party boutique is designed for girls and boys, ages 3 thru 13.

Jersey City and Hoboken’s first and only – Just 4 Kids Salon offers haircuts, manicures, pedicures, birthday parties and more!  

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CELEBRATE LIFE STUDIO

1200 Park Avenue, Hoboken, NJ, 07030

PHONE: 201-687-9901 – EMAIL: [email protected]

http://www.celebratelifestudiohoboken.com/

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ROMPAROO : A Soft Place to Play 

537 Park Avenue, Hoboken, NJ 07030

PHONE: (201) 653-3232

www.romparoo.com

We host Birthday Parties on Saturdays & Sundays for 1, 2, and 3 yr. old birthday boys & girls!

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TINY GREENHOUSE

498a Jersey Avenue (between Mercer St. and Wayne St.), Jersey City, NJ 07302

PHONE: (201) 333-8450 – EMAIL: [email protected]

www.tinygreenhousejc.com/

Looking for a fun and creative space to celebrate your child’s birthday? DOES YOUR KIDDO LOVE BUTTERFLIES/BIRDS? ROBOTS? DINOSAURS? LEGOS? RAINBOWS? FAIRIES? ANYTHING!!

TINY GREENHOUSE offers 2 hours birthday parties just for you and your friends. Birthday parties held at the studio are for ages 2 and up. We work with each family individually to make the day special. You pick a theme and we create art projects and adorn our room with a handmade banner, balloons and other decorations. We provide two different art projects for your party. One project is a collaborative art piece created by all your friends. For the other project, each individual will create their own masterpiece inspired by your personally chosen theme.

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GYMBOREE

175 Newark Avenue, 3rd Floor , Jersey City, NJ

PHONE: (201) 918-6988 – EMAIL: [email protected]

Fun Children’s Activities and Zero Cleanup

Choose your child’s favorite theme and we’ll create a private, personalized party experience filled with kid friendly activities guaranteed to be 100% fun with zero clean up! We specialize in 1st birthday parties all the way through to 5th birthday parties.

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MIMI KIDS YOGA

10th Street and Bloomfield Street in Hoboken, NJ

PHONE: (201) 222-1814 – EMAIL: [email protected]

http://www.mimikidsyoga.com/

Give your child a one of a kind magical birthday party they will never forget at MiMi Kids Yoga!  Come Join the Birthday Party Fun! 

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JC TAEKWONDO & KICKBOXING ACADEMY

150 Newark Ave, Historic Downtown Jersey City, NJ 07302

PHONE: (201) 333-1006

www.jctkd.com

Have yourself a Kick-Butt good time and have your Birthday Party with Us!

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KID’Z MUSIK

260 Grand Avenue, Englewood NJ, 07631

PHONE: (201) 965 -1273 – EMAIL: [email protected]

http://www.kidzmusik.com/

Kid’z Musik is an educational and entertaining unique music program for children offering unforgettable Birthday Parties, Classes & Pre-school programs. Kid’z Musik’s truly unique program connects the power and magic of music, rhythm, and movement with the wonder of the child’s imagination. Book your child’s party today.

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MUSIC PLAY STUDIOS

PHONE: (201) 869- 4704 – EMAIL: [email protected]

http://www.musicplaystudios.com/

Come Party With Us!  Music Play Studios (the home of Music Together of Hudson County) is on a mission to enrich the lives of children and their families through the joy of music.

 

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ABC SING WITH ME! WITH CAROL LESTER

PHONE: (551) 358-2135

www.carollester.com

Bubbles, Musical Instruments, Parachute, Games, Puppet  BDay Parties specializing in 1-5 year olds!!!

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SUPER SOCCER STARS

MORE INFO : http://newyork.supersoccerstars.com/birthdays/

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PEE WEE MAGICIAN

PHONE: (347) 495-7944 – EMAIL: [email protected]

http://pwclown.com/

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CISCO THE MAGICIAN

PHONE: (201) 878-8483 – EMAIL: [email protected]

Package #1: Magic Show with live animals (Dove and Rabbit) 30-40 mins long, then 20- 25 mins of balloon animals. 1hr in total $300. $250 without balloons.

Package #2: The, “What is Magic Show” with live animals (Dove and Rabbit) 30-40 mins long, then 20-25 mins of balloon animals. 1hr in total $400. The “What is Magic Show” is an educational show to teach the kids the eight traits of being a True Magician. Plus the kids will get a folder and tricks to go home with. The Tricks the kids get are showed in the magic show itself and it is explain how it is done.

Package #3: Face painting, balloons and tattoos only. NO MAGIC SHOW! 1-2hrs long $250-$350 (Depending on how many kids there are)

Package #4: All of the above. Magic show, balloons, live animals, face painting and tattoos for $450-$550 (Prices change on which show you pick and also the number of kids, standard show or the “What is Magic Show”) 2-3hrs

Note: Prices will go up if you are in the New York area.

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LITTLE CLUB HEADS

http://www.littleclubheads.com/

Imagine having the greatest time on the dance floor, you feel like a superstar, the DJ is playing your favorite songs, the room is full, and you’re with your best friends—your family. Little Club Heads revolutionized the idea of “Family Time” by providing a dance party experience for kids ages 1-12 years old and their parents. At our events parents could socialize with each other while children have a chance to mingle, dance, perform, build self confidence, see live entertainment, and stay fit.

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TANYA TRUE

PHONE: (212) 542-0892

http://www.truetokids.com/

Unforgettably fun birthday party memories are guaranteed by silly meets savvy, entertainer, educator and songwriter Tanya True. With the help of her guitar Lucy, instruments and other cool stuff for the kids, she mezmorizes everyone with her talent, movement activities and tunes.

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PRE SCHOOL OF ROCK

www.preschoolofrock.com

Preschool of Rock has redefined children’s music by combining entertainment and education through exhilarating performance.

They offer classes, shows, preschool enrichments and birthday parties throughout New Jersey and New York. They provide the hippest music education for young children, inspiring creativity, confidence, and freedom of expression.

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PUPPETONIA

510 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

PHONE: (201) 805-1739

www.puppetonia.com

Celebrate your birthday party with Puppetonia!

We provide one hour of high-energy entertainment customized to your child’s age and interests.  Our show includes sing-along songs, dancing, bubbles, in a fast-paced amusing puppet show that is sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages.

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THE FUZZY LEMONS 

PHONE: (201) 743-8515

www.thefuzzylemons.com

The popular kid-friendly rock band from Hoboken, NJ that will put a smile on both children and parent’s faces alike. Interested in booking the Fuzzy Lemons for an upcoming birthday party? They promise, as always, to put on a rockin’ show!

Get ready to jump, wiggle, and shake with The Fuzzy Lemons, the juiciest family-friendly rock band on the scene!  

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SHAKE AND BAKE SISTER

EMAIL: [email protected]

http://shakeandbakesisters.com/

Meet Susan and Dawn, 2 sisters inspired to combine their passions into a fascinating and unique event opportunity. Susan is a licensed Zumba® instructor and Dawn is the founder of Simply Home Goods and Om Sweet Home. Together, they will let you burn the earned by participating in a heart-pumping private Zumba® party, followed by indulging on a personalized dessert. 

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15 things to do with your family in a snow day

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So, Finally snow is coming! Let’s plan what to do so we don’t stay on bed all day. There are many fun things you can do with your family.

1.- Watch Netflix family friendly movies: Our recommendations are:

– Snow Buddies : “In this family-friendly tale, a feisty pack of golden retriever puppies embarks on an Alaskan adventure, braving snow, ice and danger along the way.”

– Nature: Snow Monkeys : “In Japan’s frigid Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys functions in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows its place.

-Fireplace for Your Home: “Replicate the peacefulness of an old-fashioned, wood-burning fireplace, as well as a crackling yule log fireplace, all set to holiday tunes.”

-Pingu: On Thin Ice: “Getting himself in trouble is nothing new for the mischievous penguin Pingu as he returns for more hilarious adventures in this cartoon collection.”

-Chicken Run: “This engaging stop-motion, claymation adventure tells the story of an American rooster who falls in love with a gorgeous hen on a British farm. The couple decides to run away from the farm, but they must first contend with the evil farmer who is intent on keeping them under her control. The chickens decide to attempt an escape so they don’t get turned into chicken pot pies.”

-Lilo and Stitch: “A tale of a young girl’s close encounter with the galaxy’s most wanted extraterrestrial. Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly “dog,” whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be the perfect pet if he weren’t in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth. Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch’s heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else.”

-Secret of the Kells: “In the remote Irish woods, Cellach (Brendan Gleeson) prepares a fortress for an impending attack by a Viking war party. Unbeknown to Cellach, his young nephew Brendan (Evan McGuire) — who has no taste for battle — works secretly as an apprentice in the scriptorium of the local monastery, learning the ancient art of calligraphy. As the Vikings approach, revered illuminator Aidan (Mick Lally) arrives at the monastery and recruits Brendan to complete a series of dangerous, magical tasks.”

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2.- Make a dance party: After breakfast, turn up the music and start dancing with the little ones. Once they are kind of exhausted ask them to help you to build a living room Campsite

3.- Build a Living Room Fort: Let’s flip our household routine upside down.  Wear pajamas, turn out the light, hide some snacks and make s’mores while watch a movie or read favorite books. Have tons of blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and stuffed animals. Hopefully they will be more relaxed and will take a nap under the fort.

4.- Make your own game: We found this website where you can make your own game with your own rules. How cool is that?

5.- Clean the house: We know , we know! Cleaning the house sometimes is not fun but this is the perfect day to clean your closets and get rid of the clutter in those drawers. Just 15 min each room and start the week with a house more organized.

6.- Arts and crafts: We have tons of arts and craft in our Pinterest board, Check them out and have fun!

7.- Neighborhood Play Date: Schedule a playdate with some of your neighbors. Make shifts so each family can have some quite time during the day.

8.- Bake; Kids love to cook and eat what they prepared afterwards. What about some cookies or muffins. When they are ready, also can be decorated,

9.- Photoshoot: Take all the halloween costumes, wigs, hats and glasses and make a fun photoshoot!

10.- Call or visit Grandparents: we bet you’ll make happy everyone with this one.

11.- Plan your next vacation: This is a perfect day to do it. One more thing out of the check list.

12.- Help a neighbor to shovel snow, specially if he is a senior

13.- Warm bubble bath for the little ones: Let them play for a while there before bedtime

14.- Write a letter with your little one to that family member or friend overseas.

15.- Play with the snow! Click here to read fun things to do with the snow.

Fun things to do in jersey city

Fun things to do in jersey city

Holiday Events In And Around Jersey City

Holiday Events In Jersey City

 Holiday Events In Jersey CityIt’s holiday time again! There are so many fun things to do with your family in your area. This is a great time of the year to get out there and have some holiday fun! Here are some ideas in Jersey City, NYC and the surrounding areas, by order of date.

 Holiday Events In Jersey CityHoliday Market

Grove Street PATH Plaza, Jersey City

Every Monday and Thursday through December 22 from 4pm – 8pm

Looking for gifts? Find some of the best local artists/crafters selling some truly unique holiday gifts.


Macy’s Santaland NYC 

Macy’s Herald Square, NYC

Now – December 24

Located on the 8th Floor of Macy’s Herald Square, this winter wonderland includes a North Pole village complete with live elves, Santa and much more holiday fun!

 Holiday Events In Jersey CityFrozen Ice Palace

The Mall at Short Hills, NJ

Now – December 24

Bring the kids to check out this 30 foot ice palace with falling snow, a light show and other activites for the whole family! Interactive globes will showcase scenes from the film. Adults and children enjoy leaving their hand prints at the Icy Hand Print station.


Holiday Train Show 

New York Botanical Garden, NYC

Now – January 19

Take the kids to see this annual NYC Christmas tradition. See the trains zip around more than 150 miniature iconic buildings from New York City. While you are there, check out the great events and activities for families in the Children’s Garden. Tickets are $28/adult, $26/student and $16/children 2 – 12 years of age. 

 Holiday Events In Jersey CityHoliday Lights 

Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

Now – January 3 from 5pm – 9pm

Enjoy the beautiful holiday lights at Turtle Back Zoo! Admission is free and donations of canned goods, toys and pet food are encouraged.

 Holiday Events In Jersey CityWinterFest 

Grace Church Van Vorst, Jersey City

Friday, December 5 from 5pm – 8pm

Celebrate the holidays at this annual holiday gathering. Presented by Garden Preschool Cooperative, there will be musical performances by Michael Brown and the Rockasorrians, Nimbus Dance Works and the Jersey City Children’s Theater. Food will be for sale including rotisserie chicken, pizza and baked goods. $5/child suggested donation.

The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience 

Liberty Science Center, Jersey City

December 6, 13, 21 – 23, 26 – 30

Check out The Polar Express on the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, right here in Jersey City! Bring the kids to see this family film. Tickets are $8.50 for children 2 – 12, $11.25 for adults for non-members. For members, tickets cost $5.50 per child and $7.50 per adult.


Jersey City Children’s Theater Presents: The Brave Little Tailor 

Barrow Mansion, Jersey City

December 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 2pm and 4:30pm each day

Bring the whole family for a magical holiday show for children 3 and up! Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

 Holiday Events In Jersey CityPeter and the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi

Guggenheim, NYC

December 6 – 7 and 12 – 14

Isaac Mizrahi narrates Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic with a dance cast. For children five and up. $35/person for non-members and $30/person for members.


Annual Tree Lighting and Yuletide Carolers

Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cove Cemetery

Saturday, December 6 at 5pm

Chestnuts will be roasting, cider will be warming and Victorian dressed Yuletide Carolers of New Jersey and friends will be filling the night air with joyous songs for the holidays! Special visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause!

 
Free Pictures with Santa

Bambino Chef, Jersey City

Saturday, December 6 from 10am – noon

Bring the kiddies for free pictures with Santa and some cookies, too!

Project: Market Winter Wonderland

City Hall Plaza, Jersey City

December 6 & 7 from 11am – 6pm

Enjoy a carousel, train rides, shopping and more! Plus, a tented and heated outdoor shopping experience in the heart of downtown Jersey City along with fantastic local food and drink!


SantaFest

14th Street Garden Center, Jersey City

Sunday, December 7 from 10am – 1pm

Enjoy coffee, cookies, hot chocolate and a free photo with Santa! As an added bonus, they have a great selection of apartment-sized Christmas trees and will deliver!


Snowflake Parade

Millburn, NJ

Sunday, December 7 at 1:30pm

Check out the parade with professional bands, clowns, costumed characters and more! Refreshments available after the parade. Millburn is only about a 20 minute drive from downtown Jersey City.


Pet Photos with Santa

Liberty Humane Society, Jersey City

Sunday, December 7 from noon – 3pm

Want a pic of your little furry one with Santa for the holidays? Go down to LHS and for a $10 donation you will receive a glossy photo and an email copy.


The Piano Guys: A Family Christmas

NJPAC, Newark

Friday, December 12

Get in the holiday spirit with these internet sensations! Tickets are $34.50 – $59.

 

 Holiday Events In Jersey CitySkate with Santa

Charlie Heger Ice Skating Rink at Pershing Field, Jersey City

Saturday, December 13 at noon

Bring the whole family out for a free ice skate with Santa! Plus, a free picture with Santa from noon – 2pm. Light refreshments will be served. Skate rentals are $4 for adults and children and $1 for seniors per session.

JCFamilies Frozen Fun Holiday Party

Sklyark on the Hudson, Jersey City

Saturday, December 13 from 11am – 1:30pm

Celebrate the holidays with a day of fun for the whole family! Take a picture with the Frozen Princesses, holiday-inspired arts and crafts, dancing and more! $14/child with a limit of one adult per child.

Jersey City Nutcracker

Frank R. Conwell Middle School #4 Auditorium, Jersey City

December 19 – 21

Join in the holiday tradition with an urban holiday Nutcracker! $18 general admission, $25 premium seating and $10 for students and seniors.

 

The Jersey City Mayor’s Christmas Concert

The Landmark Loew’s Theatre, Jersey City

Saturday, December 20 at 7pm

Enjoy a night of holiday music featuring the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, conducted by Father Alphonse Stephenson. The concert is free, but bring a small wrapped gift for a child.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical 
NJPAC, Newark

December 26 – 27

The magical animated television classic comes to life in this on-stage adaptation for the whole family! Tickets are $29.50 – $39.50.

Take the Ferry for Fun! Jersey City to Manhattan

Fun things to do in jersey city :Summer is winding down, but the weather will be great for a while. With school starting back up, it’s a great time of year to ditch the weekend getaway and stay local with the family. Take the kids to lower Manhattan for some fun activities! Here are some that my family has been enjoying.

Fun things to do in jersey cityThe Ferry

The ferry is part of the adventure! Kids love boats and who can resist a ride on the Hudson River? It’s a short ride, but a fun one. Catch the ferry at the Paulus Hook Terminal at the end of Sussex Street at the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in Jersey City. The ferry takes you over to the World Financial Center Terminal in lower Manhattan. For a quicker and easier experience, download NYWaterway’s smartphone app and purchase your tickets in advance. FYI, there are brand-new (and clean) bathrooms at the Paulus Hook Terminal in the building you buy tickets. [I would suggest using them before the ferry ride because the ones at WFC aren’t as clean or nice.] The ferries depart every 15 minutes and travel time is approximately 7 minutes.

Fun things to do in jersey city

Fun things to do in jersey cityHit the Park

There are two great parks very close to the WFC Terminal in NYC. Rockefeller Park is the closest and is located just off the waterfront walkway to the left of the ferry terminal. It is located at the north end of Battery Park City, west of River Terrace. There is a duck pond, wide lawns, as well as a large playground. The playground offers a sand area, water features, unique playground equipment and more. Plus, you can pick up free equipment at the Batter Park Conservancy Parkhouse for ping-pong, knock-hockey and other games! Teardrop Park is located between Warren and Murray Streets, east of River Terrace. This two-acre park features a fantastic slide, sand boxes, an “ice wall”, water play areas, places to rock hop and much more! Hit one or both of these parks during your excursion and the kids will love it! Rockefeller Park is also a great place to wait for the ferry, since you can see it from the playground.

Fun things to do in jersey cityTake a Walk or a Ride

The Battery Park City Esplanade runs along the Hudson River for the entire length of Battery Park City and is lined with parks and gardens. It’s a great place to walk from the ferry with many interesting stops along the way and gorgeous views of Jersey City! There is also a bike path. Taking a bike on the ferry will cost you an additional $1 per bike, but can be worth it, especially with the reduced ferry rates on the weekends. If you don’t have a bike, there is a convenient Citi Bike location at Vesey Place and River Terrace, very close to the ferry terminal. If you are into biking, try riding out to West Street and north up the West Side Highway. The views are terrific and there are many things to do along the way, including The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Fun things to do in jersey cityGo to the Movies

The Regal Battery Park Stadium Cinema is just blocks from the ferry terminal. This movie theater is newer, big and offers large comfy seats and 11 screens. Plus, there’s always convenient show times for families.


Visit a Museum

We all know there are a ton of museums in the NYC area, but choosing one can be tough. Luckily, there are some interesting museums within walking distance from the ferry at WFC. The Skyscraper Museum is located at 39 Battery Place just off Battery Park. It’s a great option for kids who are very into buildings. Another fun museum that’s not too far is the National Museum of the American Indian located at Bowling Green. They offer family activities including music, dance and art. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is now open and a close walk from the ferry. The Battery Park City Library is located at North End Avenue at Murray Street. The library offers many activities and events for families.

Fun things to do in jersey cityEat!

So, there’s also some good eats around this area. One of our favorite post-park eateries is Shake Shack’s Battery Park location. It’s only a few blocks from the playgrounds I mentioned and it’s just around the corner from the movie theater. Plus, there is plenty of outdoor seating, so it’s perfect for beautiful summer and fall days. They offer everything you want from a Shake Shack, including burgers, fries and those yummy milkshakes. There is also a Blue Smoke located in Battery Park, as well. The famous BBQ restaurant boasts menu favorites like fried chicken and ribs. They also offer a kids menu featuring mac and cheese, ribs and grilled cheese (plus dessert!). If you feel like walking a little bit, I highly-recommend Luke’s Lobster, located on William Street in the Financial District. It’s a nice walk from the ferry and the lobster rolls are delicious.

Also visit Brookfield Place NY, where you can find a French market and a huge dining area, also they always have some show or activity going on for all ages.

Summer in the City: Outings in the City and Nearby

Things to do in Jersey City

It’s the perfect time to get out of the house (and maybe out of the city) for the day and enjoy some of the great things that there are to do in and nearby our lovely area of New Jersey! Here are some great summer spots that are easy to drive or take public transit to.

Things to do in Jersey CityTurtle Back Zoo, West Orange, NJ

If you haven’t made the trip out to Turtle Back Zoo yet, I suggest you do so soon! It’s the perfect place for warm weather fun with kids of any age. It is about a 30 minute drive from downtown Jersey City or is accessible via public transit by using the PATH and a bus, which would take about an hour and 20 minutes. The zoo is a good size to conquer in one day, unlike some of the area’s larger zoos. Some of the more popular exhibits include the Sea Lion exhibit, the Southeast Asia exhibit (which includes leopards) and the Reptile Center. The train is one of the most popular features at the Turtle Back Zoo. Unfortunately, as the day goes on, the lines for it get longer and longer. A tip that I’ve discovered is to arrive at the zoo early and take a ride on the train first. The lines are always much shorter and the heat hasn’t really kicked up yet, so waiting doesn’t feel as daunting. A great destination for younger kids is the Essex Farm, which welcomes children to get hands-on with animals like sheep, goats and ponies. My son’s favorite area was the carousel, which is located inside of a carousel house and costs $2. You can also get ice cream in the plaza outside of the carousel, so it’s a big attraction for everyone! Feel free to bring your own lunch or coolers and eat in the shade covered picnic area. You can also grab lunch at the Food Pavilion which offers climate controlled indoor seating and the Zoo Café. Weekends bring live entertainment and other events, so be sure to check the events calendar for more information. The zoo is open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 4:30pm and Sunday from 11am – 5:30pm. The rates are $11/adult and $8/child (children under 23 months are free).

The Turtle Back Zoo is located at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange, NJ and easily accessible by car via I-280. Things to do in Jersey City


Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink,
Central Park NYC

This whimsical family amusement park sits in the middle of Central Park in NYC. During the winter Wollman Rink is used for ice skating, but it becomes this fun summer destination in the warmer months. It features hand-crafted rides including Aeromax, Bumper Boats and Family Swinger. Play games with the kids and win lots of fun prizes. There are also live, interactive shows from entertainers like Ben Nemzer, Will Shaw and Sammie & Tudie. Don’t miss out on classic concessions like cotton candy, caramel corn and ice cream! Guests can purchase a “pay as you go” admission for $7 on weekdays and $8 on weekends, which offers you the option of paying for tickets for rides as you go. Guests can also opt for the “unlimited ride” option, which costs $14 on weekdays and $16 on weekends for a wristband plus the entrance fee (total $21 on weekdays and $24 on weekends). Hours of operation vary, so be sure to check the calender for information before you make plans.

Victorian Gardens is located at Wollman Rink in Central Park. Enter Central Park from 59th Street and 6th Avenue and walk north. Click here for subways or buses that will get you there.

Things to do in Jersey CityStatue of Liberty National Monument, Jersey City

Believe it or not, many local people still haven’t gotten to the Statue of Liberty…and it’s right here in our city! Plus, it’s so close for us here in Jersey City. Liberty Island is accessible via ferry, which you can catch in Liberty State Park. Tickets range in price depending on what you want to do. Tickets for a ferry ride to Liberty Island (from Liberty State Park) with Pedestal Only Access are $18/Adult and $9/children ages 4 – 12 (children under 4 years of age do not require tickets). With this ticket you will have access to the grounds at Liberty Island and Ellis Island and audio tours of both islands are included. If you are feeling more adventurous, go for the Crown Ticket. Crown Tickets cost $21/Adult and $12/Children ages 4 – 12. This ticket gets you access to everything in the above ticket option, plus it will get you all the way up to the Crown. The Crown is a popular destination and only reopened last year to the public. You can reserve your ferry and crown time when you buy your tickets. Make reservations and purchase tickets here. If you have a kid between the ages of 7 – 12, try the Junior Ranger Program, which gives kids the opportunity to learn about the Statue and Island. The first ferry departs Jersey City at 8:30am and the last departs at 5pm. The last ferry off of Liberty Island departs at 6:45pm (these are summer hours). Keep in mind that you do have to pass through an airport style security checkpoint, so plan ahead. There is an additional security screening area for Pedestal and Crown ticketholders and this area closes at 4:30pm daily. There is a concession stand on Liberty Island, but you may bring your own food – large coolers will not be allowed through security screening.

Liberty Island is accessible via ferry from Liberty State Park. The ferries are located at the end of Audrey Zapp Drive. There is on-site parking available or you may take the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to the Liberty State Park Station and walk one mile to the end of Audrey Zapp Drive.

Things to do in Jersey CityAsbury Park Boardwalk, Asbury Park, NJ

This Jersey Shore town is only about an hour’s drive from downtown Jersey City. You can also take a NJ Transit train from Newark Penn Station directly to Asbury Park. There are so many things to do in this up-and-coming beach town. The boardwalk is infamous, so that’s a must see! Beach badges are $5/person weekdays and $6/person weekends. Badges are sold between 1st and 2nd Avenues and it is cash only, so come prepared. Parking is metered, so be sure to pay and move your car accordingly. Lots are also available near the boardwalk for your convenience. On the boardwalk there is something for everyone! Kids love the Asbury Splash Park which is open daily until 7pm. Challenge the family to a game of minigolf at Asbury Eighteen open daily from 10am – 10pm. If you’ve got pinball fans in your family, be sure to check out the Silverball Museum. If you are hungry, you’re in luck because there are some great places right up on the boardwalk! Langosta Lounge offers global fusion that’s straight up yummy. McLoone’s Asbury Grille offers a great casual menu in a relaxed atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating. If you are in the mood for something sweet, head on down to Eddie Confetti Ice Cream and Café.

Asbury Park Boardwalk is located at Ocean Avenue between Asbury and Sunset Avenues in Asbury Park, which is exit 102 off the Garden State Parkway.

Things to do in Jersey CityTerhune Orchards, Princeton, NJ

This farm has it all! It’s a great place for a day trip on a beautiful summer day. This farm truly offers something for the whole family! There are festivals all year long. The Firefly Festival takes places on June 22 from 4pm – 9pm and kids will enjoy making their own wings and bug boxes. There is even a gymnastics “Art of Flying” mini obstacle course. Plus, musical entertainment and lots of great food! The Read & Pick events are held throughout the year and the next is on July 1. Each one has its own theme and integrates reading with related activities. Don’t miss the Blueberry Bash on July 5 – 6! Celebrate the opening of pick-your-own blueberry season with a celebration of everything that is blueberry, including a Blueberry Bash Bake-Off and Buffet. The farm offers many pick-your-own options. Summer’s options include cherries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches and more. Don’t miss the Farm Store, where you can buy a ton of produce, baked good, homemade jams and more. There is even a winery on-site. Other farm activities that are offered include barnyard animals, tractors, a farm walking trail, wagon and pony rides and much more! Things to do in Jersey City

Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton, NJ. It is about an hour car trip from downtown Jersey City and is accessible via NJ Turnpike and Route 18. 

Overnight Trips Close to Jersey City

Overnight Trip from Jersey City

There are so many great weekend getaway options for Jersey City families. We live in a great location and we’re close to so much. So, pack your overnight bag and hop into the car. Here are some of my favorite spots to getaway for an overnight excursion or long weekend.


Woodstock, NY 

The beautiful little town of Woodstock in upstate New York is only about a 2-hour drive from Jersey City. There is so much to do in the area and it’s a great weekend getaway option for winter and spring. On my last trip to Woodstock, I found a cute cottage to rent on HomeAway (this one, actually). The price was decent and it was very spacious. My son was about 9 months old at the time and we loved having the extra room to spread out for the weekend. Most cottage rentals are bigger than JC area apartments and the prices aren’t bad! A lot of them offer hot tubs (this house had one!), which is great for relaxation once the kiddies are in bed, and lots of property for older kids to play. You can even get a larger house and split with friends! There are so many things to do in Woodstock. Dining out is never a problem – there are many fantastic restaurant options. Also, there is a big art community in Woodstock, so there are galleries and shops galore. There are many family friendly activities, as well. The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary opens for the season in April (open weekends only). This is a place where kids can meet a whole host of animals and tour the whole sanctuary. They also have a guesthouse bed and breakfast that you can stay at year round. You can get arty at Fiber Flame Studios and take a class or simply walk in for some crafts and art for all ages. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts offers shows, performances, exhibits, workshops and more. During the warmer weather they even offer outdoor concerts, click here for upcoming show information.

Overnight Trip from Jersey CityThe Jersey Shore, NJ

The summer isn’t the only great time to go “down the shore.” Spring is actually the most enjoyable time to enjoy some of what the Jersey Shore has to offer. Avoid the lines, waits and crazy crowds of people and have a more laid back visit. There are endless possibilities when it comes to the shore. I grew up at the Jersey Shore, so I know how fun it is during spring and here are just a few of my faves. You can take a day trip to any of these places or find a hotel and stay overnight – the hotels are MUCH less expensive before Memorial Day.

Overnight Trip from Jersey CityJenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach is a family favorite in my house! The boardwalk gets pretty crazy during the summer, but most things are open year round (and more open as the weather warms up). Visit Jenkinson’s Aquarium, when it gets a bit warmer ride the amusement rides, get sugared up at the Sweet Shop or just take a relaxing stroll on the beach. The kids need to get out and run after the winter we’ve had, so let them breathe in some fresh ocean air while doing it! Buy your tickets in advance on April 18 – 20 when the annual 2-for-1 Easter ride ticket sale returns. Buy tickets at the boardwalk from 11am – 6pm or online all weekend and get reduced rates on ticket books for the entire season.

Overnight Trip from Jersey CitySpend the day in Asbury Park. Whether you are checking out the activities on the boardwalk or getting something delicious to eat, there’s a lot to do in Asbury! The Silverball Pinball Museum offers a ton of classic pinball machines to play and even has a café. If you have a kid interested in ghosts and the paranormal, check out Paranormal Books & Curiosities and the museum that features exhibits like “haunted objects” and “The Jersey Devil: Fact or Fiction.” They even do a walking ghost tourHot Sand is a glassblowing studio where you can blow your own unique piece of glass work or do a quickcast of your hand.

Cape May is a great place to drive to for the day (about 2.5 hours from JC), but the city offers many fun overnight options. There are many fun historic bed and breakfasts in Cape May. You may think that these are only for couples and although many B&B’s are “child free,” Cape May offers a host of child-friendly B&B options. Check out this list of historic B&B accommodations that allow children, some have age restrictions so be sure to check each individual website. There are also a lot of hotels that are very child-friendly like the Victorian Motel and even the luxurious Congress Hall. During the day, take kids to the NJ Audubon Nature Center and take a family workshop or learn about local wildlife, enjoy a trip to the Cape May County Zoo or take a trolley tour. Cape May boasts many delicious dining options. Some good kid-friendly choices include Cape May Peanut Butter Co., Della’s 5&10 Soda Fountain, The Lobster House and so many more.

Overnight Trip from Jersey CityMystic, Connecticut 

This seaside town nestled in Connecticut is about a 2.5 hour drive from Jersey City. It is an excellent family destination with so many activities for everyone to enjoy. One of the big draws in the area is the Mystic Aquarium, which offers countless exhibits (Beluga Whales, Titanic, Arctic Watch and many more) a 4-D Theater and programs like the Encounter Program which allows kids get up-close and personal with their favorite animals. Plus, they offer family programs for various age groups. Another popular activity in Mystic is to take a ride on the high seas and embark on a half day or sunset sail! They offer different times of day and even private charters for larger groups. Olde Mistick Village is a fun-filled historic shopping experience for the whole family. Enjoy more than 60 small shoppes in a colonial setting. For your little (or big) train enthusiasts, don’t miss the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, which is the only steam train and riverboat connection in the country. Plus, dino-lovers will enjoy The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village in nearby Montville, CT. The area is host to many family-friendly accomodations including The Comfort Inn Mystic, Taber Inne & Suites and many others. Click here for a list of hotels for families. As far as food goes, no trip to Mystic is complete without a visit to the infamous Mystic Pizza (yes, the one from the 80’s movie) or try S&P Oysters for great seafood with a decent children’s menu.

Overnight Trip from Jersey CityHershey, PA

Touted as “the sweetest place on earth,” if your family is the amusement park kinda family with a sweet tooth, this place is for you! There are so many things to do for families in Hershey. There is the obvious big draw, Hershey Park that offers everything your typical amusement park would offer, but includes chocolate. This is more of a summer park, but they will open for two weekends in April for spring weekends (April 12-13 and 18-20). My favorite attraction as a child was Hershey’s Chocolate World, which offers a factory tour so you can see how the chocolate is made! In April there are several dates that they will be breakfast with the Easter Bunny and characters, check here for dates and information. A new attraction they offer is called XOXO and allows you to create your own Hershey’s Kiss using the perfect mix of your favorite colors and flavors! A more calm activity is visiting Hershey Gardens, a flower garden with attractions including the Butterfly House and the Children’s Garden. The gardens open for the season on April 5. Another fun option is ZooAmerica, a year-round 11-acre walk through zoo. Being a family destination, there are many family-friendly accommodation options in Hershey, PA. The Hotel Hershey is currently offering spring packages and the Hershey Lodge offers more affordable accommodations for families. As with hotels, there are many dining options for families, including Hershey Pantry, Smoke BBQ Joint and many more. Click here for more options.