The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City

The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City

What makes a neighborhood great for families is typically a sense of community and plenty of public spaces and places to convene and hang out. Here are a few Jersey City neighborhoods that are particularly popular.

Be in the center of it all in Downtown

The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City

A stone’s throw from Manhattan and brimming with development, restaurants, and bars, there’s a reason Downtown Jersey City was recently dubbed “New York’s hippest hood, right across the river.” Downtown—spanning from the Newport area to Liberty Harbor and circling down to the Village to Harsimus Cove to Hamilton Park—is comprised of so many different nooks and neighborhoods within, each one with its own appeal. For the kiddos, downtown is home to Hamilton Park and Van Vorst Park, the two biggest parks in Jersey City, which feature jungle gyms, playgrounds, swings and spray pads in the summer, and grass for picnicking and lounging.

Numerous restaurants, bars, and coffee shops line the streets, including Torico ice cream (in business 50+ years) Choc-o-Pain, home to bread and pastries that rival NYC bakeries, pizza shops, and nearly every type of cuisine. On the Waterfront, Harborside’s new District Kitchen food hall features many downtown outposts and is located right by the Exchange Place Boardwalk and ferry. Downtown is home to four farmer’s markets per week featuring produce from local farms and specialty goods. For more shopping, check out the popular fish shop, cheese store, and great butcher, as well as the several larger grocers. The Newport Mall is home to department stores and boutiques.

The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City

The Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza offers a safe space with no traffic, bridging the community to the Grove Street PATH transportation hub. Other transportation perks include easy access to the PATH train and ferries at the waterfront. Bike lanes are painted into the streets of downtown for quick rides and errands. A bike ride all the way into Liberty State Park is easy to do from Downtown, too. There are several daycare centers and independent schools all over downtown, and four public elementary schools. There are also a ton of parks around.

Enjoy the views in Jersey City Heights

The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City

Picturesque NYC skyline views in The Heights? Believe it. A few years ago, The Heights were up and coming, and now they have arrived. With new construction and more space, many find a reason to buy here. The neighborhood centers on Palisade Avenue, which is bustling with coffee shops, bakeries, and some restaurants and bars. Many downtown spots have opened second shops in The Heights, such as Milk Sugar Love and Choc-o-Pain. Small, new restaurants have found their niche here, too, such as The Hutton, Corto, and the bar, Fox & Crow.

As far as parks go, Pershing Field Memorial Park has lots of swings for Jersey City kids to enjoy. During the summer children love running through the sprinklers in the splash park area. There are also multiple sports fields, two basketball courts, four tennis courts, swimming pools, and an outdoor running track. In the winter, many locals can be seen gliding along with the outdoor skating rink. Riverview Fisk Park, on Palisade Ave, has great skyline views and is home to a weekly farmer’s market. Transportation to NYC is accessible via the elevator to the light rail, which goes right into Hoboken, and via buses to the Journal Square PATH.

Hustle and Bustle in Journal Square

The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City

The Journal Square PATH station provides quick access to Newark Penn Station as well as into Manhattan. The farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Fridays around the perimeter of the station features an array of fresh farm produce and vendors. Journal Square is home to several good charter schools in the area such as The Golden Door, Hudson Arts and Science, and The Ethical Community. MANA Contemporary Art Gallery is also a short walk from the JSQ transportation hub and hosts monthly open houses. India Square is a stretch centered on Newark and Tonnele Avenue. Lined with grocery stores, it’s a busy pedestrian nexus. While only a few small parks with swings can be found in the neighborhood, the area is less expensive compared to other sections of Jersey City and only a 5-minute drive to the Downtown parks or The Heights and West Side.

Spread out on West Side Avenue

The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City

With larger homes and proximity to Lincoln Park and Journal Square, West Side is quickly becoming a popular Jersey City neighborhood to settle in with a family. It’s a neighborhood that provides the benefits of the city while still allowing for more space that can be found in downtown apartments. It’s also home to many charter schools (LCCS and TECCS) and a private school (Primary Prep). The diverse group of families that have settled here make it a special place to raise kids.

Many businesses have popped up to cater to the growing family-friendly area, such as Hudson Family Smiles and a Riverside Pediatrics office. Bus lines service the three main roads of the area (JFK Blvd, Bergen Ave and Westside Blvd). For shopping, The Bergen Fruit Market stocks vegetables, fruits and organic milk. Crema is great for ice cream or to hang out with friends, and Snap Dragon is a wonderful two-level coffee shop which is excellent for kids on a rainy day.

The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City

Boyd McGuiness Park and Lincoln Park are lovely places to play. Lincoln Park is large and great for riding bikes, playing tennis or basketball, and running around the playground. Boyd is great for younger children. There are mulberry bushes that grow at the back edge of the park in early summer that are super fun to explore and pick. School-wise, Three Little Birds, Little Sprouts Daycare, LCCS, TECCS, Primary Prep, PS 17, St Al’s, and St Elizabeth’s Childcare Center are all great options nearby.

Jersey City’s neighborhoods each offer something different

Each neighborhood has its own vibe and is suitable for different families at different times in their lives. Maybe you love walking everywhere and commute to the city, so Downtown is the way to go. Maybe you’d like a bit more room and don’t spend as much time going out, so checking out The Heights or Westside is a good idea. Even if you’re not moving, exploring different neighborhoods is fun, so get out and enjoy!

Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and Hoboken

Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and Hoboken

Summer is relatively short, so it’s important to pack as much as you can into the three short months when the kids are out of school, not at summer camp, and when parents (hopefully) have a little extra time to go out there and play!

If you are looking for fun ways to spend the summer days with your family, we made a comprehensive list of every single fun summer events for families in the Jersey City and Hoboken area. We hope you can get to enjoy spending fun days at the park whether it is for farmer’s market or learning about getting fit and healthy.

Please note that some events we have listed are free, and while some have a nominal cost, please do check the links we have provided to find more information as you plan your fun summer itinerary.

Enjoy these fun events and activities with your family!

Opening PartyFriday, May 31st • 6 pm

Formerly known as the Riverview Jazz FESTIVAL, the 10-day celebration will begin with an opening party at J Owen Grundy Pier and culminate in a two-day outdoor free-to-the-public festival on the Newark Pedestrian Plaza near the Grove Path.

Events during Jazz Week will be hosted throughout Jersey City and will include a featured show ar White Eagle Hall. The seventh year of the Festival is sponsored in part by Bank of America and made possible through partnerships with WBGO, the Historic Downtown SID, the City of Jersey City, Hudson County, and Exchange Place Alliance.

Click here for up to date information or visit the Jersey City Jazz Festival website here.

SJC Green Drinks +ART

Wednesday, June 5th • 6 am – 9 pm

SJC Green Drinks +ART will be hosting those who have an interest in sustainability and would like to meet other like-minded people. Who knows, maybe you will leave with a neighborhood project in mind and some new friends to help you do it! Join Us If You Can 🙂

LITM is the fabulously friendly downtown hang with great drinks and food (in case you want to stay for dinner !) and their monthly art shows offer a really creative vibe in the heart of JC’s restaurant row. December features a mixed media multi-artist show called Small Wonders – 100s of small works for sale just in time for the holidays.

To RSVP, click here. 

4th Annual VVPA Golf Outing

Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenFriday, June 7th • 4 pm – 10 pm

“Go Clubbing” with your neighbors and friends! Golfers play a fun and challenging 9 holes round with your neighbors for lots of prizes and laughs! If Happy Hour and dancing is more your speed, with a little putt putt contest thrown in, you’re in luck because they got that too!!
Watch the sunset all together and enjoy a yummy bbq dinner. Fun night GUARANTEED!!
For more information, visit the event page here.

 

Hudson River Loop Walk & World Oceans Day 2019

Image may contain: people standing, sky and outdoorSaturday, June 8th • 8 am – 6 pm

It is Freewalkers’ 7th annual Hudson River Loop Walk! This special event is a one-day 30-mile walk along the Hudson bordering NYC and NJ.

This year help us celebrate World Ocean’s Day, an annual awareness and celebration of our valuable water resources around the world. While many are celebrating in different venues around the world, we will participate in World Oceans Day NJ/NYC to honor the ocean, which connects us all. We’ll have special activities such as “plogging” (picking up refuse) along the way, creating human formations and learning more about how we can share and protect our ocean.

For more information, click here.

5th Annual Bayonne Home Town Fair! 150 Years of Bayonne

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Bayonne Home Town Fair returns with the Fifth Annual Bayonne Hometown Fair on Bayonne’s 150th year as a City. The expanded beer garden will be back again by popular demand. The Event will include Children’s Rides, Games, Local Merchants, Specialty Vendors, Food Vendors, Non-profits, Musical entertainment and so much more!

Fair will be held on June: Saturday, June 8th at 11 am until 8 pm, and Sunday, June 9th at 12 noon until 6 pm on Broadway in the heart of town, between 21st Street and 25th Street.

For more information, click here.

Hamilton Park Festival 2019

Saturday, June 8th • 12 pm – 6 pm

 Come celebrate the 34th Hamilton Park Festival hosted by the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association. Enjoy live music, food, & entertainment. There will be a petting zoo, magician, and bouncy house for kids while parents browse/purchase used and new items from vendor tables and meet local non-profit organizations.
For more information and to register, click here.

GO Jersey City

SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH • 10 AM- 1 PM

Join your neighbors for our 2019 GO Jersey City. Saturday June 8th, 10AM-1PM. Go Jersey City is funded and lead by the members of Downtown Community Church. GO is a day of service and fun where residents of Downtown Jersey City, and beyond, go out and serve organizations and parks throughout the city. It is a way for us to give back and support the people and places that make our city great.

Registration and check in on June 8th at City Hall Plaza, starting at 10AM. You will be greeted with our 2019 free T-Shirt, along with free coffee and light breakfast. From there, we head out with our teams to our various projects. Then when we’re done at 1 pm. There will be a free after-party at Hudson Hall with free food, games, and prizes!

Worldwide Knit in Public – Jersey City 

SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH • 12 PM – 6 PM

Worldwide Knit in Public Day – Jersey City (Official) is a community drop-in gathering to promote the art of knitting and related yarn crafts such as crochet, spinning and weaving. Everyone is welcome!

Join in for:

Tips for beginner and advanced knit and crochet
Giveaways (while supplies last)
Connect with other residents who knit or crochet
Wellness presentation on how to reduce stress with yarn crafts
Yarn swift and ball winder will be available (first come, first served)

The event is at Van Vorst Park at 12pm to 6pm.

A Swingin’ Spring Concert

SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH• 4 PM-6 PM

North River Sing will be hosting it’s Spring Concert on June 9th at Grace Church Van Vorst. It is a family event where you can enjoy your Sunday afternoon of stylish jazz standards and show tunes. There will be a light reception to follow with lots of yummy food, wine, and other beverages. There is no entrance fee for the concert, however, suggested donation is $15.00. The concert will take place at Grace Church Van Vorst on 2nd Street between Erie and Jersey in downtown Jersey City.

Among the music titles . . .

“Heart” (Richard Adler, Jerry Ross, Damn Yankees)
“Just One of Those Things” (Cole Porter)
“The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” (Sondheim, Sweeney Todd)
“That Old Black Magic” (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

For more info click here.

Walk With a Doc

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Sunday, June 9th • 10 am

Have fun and join Van Guard Medical Group for a healthy walk.

It’s a great way to get out, get active, and enjoy good conversation. You’ll take a few minutes to learn about a current health topic, then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and conversation with a doc. 

Walk your own pace and distance, and bring a friend to this free community event!

For more information on this event, click here.

Evening Under the Stars w/ York Street Project

Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenThursday, June 13th • 6 pm-9 pm

The best block party of the year is back for the 9th year in a row! Tickets include unlimited tastings from all our food and drink vendors. Entertainment for the night will be live music from the Jersey shore cover band, “enjoy!”

All proceeds from the event and Super Raffle support the York Street Project programs that deliver solutions to break the cycle of poverty.

Must be over 21 to attend.

For more information, visit the event page here.

New Jersey Food and Beer Festival 

Saturday, June 15th3pm -7pm

Sample 200 beer varieties with an all you can eat BBQ feast including split Berkshire pork, grass-fed beef, fire roasted rabbit & free range chicken plus live music from Lima Bean Riot, hot air balloon rides, hoppy hop races, human foosball, axe throwing, beer obstacle course and much more.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Bagapalooza

Saturday, June 152pm-5pm

The Office of Sustainability is co-hosting a reusable bag event with Cultural Affairs and the Jersey City Public Schools. “Bagapalooza” will have crafts and games for kids with the Educational Arts Project, a plastic bag weaving project, a live painting from the Jersey City Mural Arts Program, live music, and a reusable bag giveaway featuring the winning logo of the Sustainable STEAM Challenge. The event will be at City Hall Plaza and it is free.

 

Safe Summer For Jersey City

Monday, June 17-June 204pm-7pm

Jersey City’s Police Department is hosting a free event for the community. The event is family-friendly, free, and open to the public. There will be a ton of food, drinks and prizes. The events are all around JC so you can see when the event is in your district.

Cocktails for Cats: 15th Anniversary Party & Fundraiser for CAT

Image may contain: catWednesday, June 19th • 6-10pm

In celebration of Companion Animal Trust‘s 15 years of amazing work helping Hudson County’s feral cats, they are hosting a fundraiser event to raise money for their fantastic cause. There will be kitty-themed cocktails, silly cat videos, raffles, and more!

For information on this purr-fect event, click here

Project eats food festival 2019 Jersey city
Sat.-SUN., June 22-23rd • 11 am-7 pm

THE JERSEY CITY PROJECT + the CITY OF JERSEY CITY will celebrate warm days, cool drinks and delicious eats with the annual PROJECT: EATS on June 22 + 23, 2019. The food-centric marketplace will run from 11 AM to 7 PM on Saturday and Sunday and will be located around City Hall at 280 Grove Street in Historic Downtown Jersey City.

For more information, visit: thejerseycityproject.com

Instagram: @thejerseycityproject — for vendor updates, giveaways, and more leading up to the event!

Yoga Fest Jersey CitySummer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenSaturday, June 22nd • 7 am

In 2019 Yoga Fest Jersey City is evolving and expanding into an event that will attract thousands of people from near and far. Starting at 6:30 am on June 22, 2019, a registration table will be in place where participants will be required to register and sign in.

For more information about this event and to pre-register, click here.

 

 

3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer FestivalSummer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenSaturday, June 29th • 12 PM – 4 PM

Liberty Harbor is going to the dogs Saturday, June 29th for an afternoon of dog-centric vendors, exhibitors, and service providers.

Come and celebrate all things dog related! Carnival games and giveaways will keep their tails wagging, and Zeppelin Hall Biergarten, Restaurant & Nightspot will keep your bellies full.

For more information on this furry event, visit the event page here.

 

2019 Statue of Liberty 5K Benefitting Special Olympics

Image may contain: one or more people, ocean, sky, text and outdoorThursday, JULY 4TH • 5 AM – 10 AM

Before the barbeques, parades, fireworks… RUN with Lady Liberty! Join the only official race around the Statue of Liberty. Registration is limited to 500 runners, so reserve your spot today.

Link for registration: https://bit.ly/2VG90fp

Link for more event information: https://www.liberty5k.org/

 

 

BASTILLE DAY IN JERSEY CITY 2019

Saturday, July 13th • 11 am – 6 pm

Bastille Day remains a symbol and celebration of liberty, worldwide. So, it is only natural that Jersey City, host of Lady Liberty celebrates Bastille Day! The French American Academy is proud to be launching this event.

For more information, visit the Bastille Day website here.

Storytime LIVE! Hang Out with Curious George and Pinkalicious

Image may contain: textSaturday, July 13th • 2 pm – 4 pm

You’re invited to Kiddie Academy for Storytime LIVE! Curious George and Pinkalicious will jump off the page and visit the classroom.

This event is FREE and open to everyone — bring a friend or two. Please RSVP to Kiddie Academy’s Event Website to reserve your spot.

2019 L7’s Rock ‘n Roll BBQ

Image may contain: textSaturday, July 13th • 11 am – 6 pm

It is Lucky 7’s 8th Annual L7’s Rock ‘n Roll BBQ! The 2nd street will be shut down to make room for ice cold beer from Peerless Beverage Company, The Brooklyn Brewery can station, whiskey, bands, BBQ, cornhole, and human-size beer pong! Plenty of fun for the little ones too in their “kid zone”, including a dunking booth, pool, toys, and a bouncy house.

For more information, click here.

59th Annual Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Festival

Image may contain: ocean, sky, text, outdoor, water and natureSat. & Sun., Aug. 17th & 18th• 12 pm – 9:30 pm

JCPRHAC President Dennis Ortiz and the JCPRHAC team are thrilled to bring you the 59th Annual Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Festival!

For 2 days, this festival will bring Jersey City a carnival, delicious food options, wonderful music, local talent & entertainment, a youth Boxing Event and much more.

For more information, click here.

Every Saturday starting on May 18. 

Bring your appetite and your walking shoes as you take a behind-the-scenes-tour in historic Hoboken, New Jersey of the most authentic Italian gourmet food businesses in the United States! You’ll visit Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop, home of  “Cake Boss” , as seen on The Learning Channel.  You never know which cast member we’ll run into!  Sample some award-winning mozzarella cheese that’s made right in front of you at Lisa’s Italian Deli named best Italian deli by NJ Monthly Magazine (again!).  Try a piece of warm Italian bread, hand made and baked in a traditional coal-burning brick oven.

To purchase tickets, please click here.


No matter what the weather is, there is an event you can attend that will surely brighten your day and make the whole family happy. There is no better way of spending summer than with the ones you love and seeing the smile on everyone’s faces.

For more information on upcoming events, visit our events page.

8 Best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

8 Best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey City

With summers approaching, its time to spread your arms, give them a good stretch and embrace the warm sunlight and all that the sun and summer has to offer!The longer the days gets, chances of engaging in more outdoor fun activities increases, and don’t we all love it ! Summers are a bright chance to bond, spend family time, and to burn out that energy our young residents have! Of course a summer favorite of every age group is a local park picnic, and we bring to you 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city! At last , it’s the picnic season!

All you have to do is fill that basket with some goodies, snacks and some water, carry an umbrella, and a blanket, sunglasses or a hat and head to any of these places. Watch the flowers bloom and the city turning green again ! And hey, don’t forget that sunscreen.

8 best parks for picnic in around Jersey City

1. Hamilton Park, Jersey City

http://www.hpnajc.org/

A 5.4 acre square green space in downtown Jersey city is one of its residents and visitors favorite destination. Engulfed in tall tress and sporting an array of historic houses and shop fronts , charming boutiques and restaurants. Hamilton park offers many activities for people of all age groups.  A sprinkler park, swing park, a Gazebo, a dog patch, a basketball court, tennis court and lots of green space to just lay your picnic basket and yourself to some sun glory ! you can spend an entire day in Hamilton park enjoying a sunny day picnic. This is one of our favorite parks in the list of 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

2. Van Vorst Park, Jersey City :  http://vvpa.org/

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A two acre space full of green trees and ample seating , paved walkways for a short evening walk or space for families to enjoy some time picnicking on the green grass. This park has two playgrounds, ample swings and a sandbox, a summer splash pad that is loved by the young ones. The splash pad is small, yet big enough for young children to immerse in Summer fun, laugh out with joy! Explore other sprinkler parks in Jersey city. Van Vorst park also has large gazebo at the center to sit in, relax on a sunny day. A park for your fur babies is another attraction. Spend your entire day at Van vorst park if you live around this area! Another favorite of 8 Best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

  1. Newport Green park, Jersey city: 14th St, Jersey City

    https://www.newportnj.com/parks-and-recreation-community-5.php

 

An urban oasis, a nice clean space that has something for everybody- irrespective of age. A large sprinkler park, a sand beach , colorful carousel, many beach chairs and a large park right behind this area. Newport green is squeaking with laughter and joy of young children during summer. Come here and spend the day on either the benches or just laying in the green grass working on your tan . Newport green is a unique park with all it has to offer in the list of 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

  1. Liberty state park: 200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Jersey city’s largest park, the Liberty state park is so dense with canopy of trees, that you will never have an issue finding a nice shade on a very hot day. If you arrive early you might get a spot near the play ground too. So bring on that picnic basket and spread out that blanket, a frisbee and soak the sun while breathing in the view of Manhattan and statue of Liberty. This park will offer you your perfect picnic spot !

  1. Riverview Fisk Park : Jersey City, NJ 0730

    http://jcparks.org/riverview-fisk-park/

 

This park located at the edge of the Heights on Palisade avenue. Lay on a lazy day on your blanket under the sun , enjoying a snack and taking in views of both New York City Skyline and the Hudson River as well as the Verrazano Bridge and the George Washington Bridge. The park is a complete entertainment package with a Gazebo, two basketball courts and playground for children. Enjoy a Sunday sampling food from many food vendors as part of farmer’s market! A star in our 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

 

  1. Lincoln Park: Jersey City, NJ 07304

On a very hot day this park is perfect for a long stroll under a canopy of trees . besides a perfect picnic spot , this park 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. A large water fountain in the middle of the park is a big attraction. Wont you want to just laze on the sprawling green of Lincoln park and enjoy your day picnicking ?

 

  1. Pier A park: 100 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken

A local favorite for its sprawling lawns , an impeccable view of Manhattan skyline, a great gazebo and a large sprinkler for children to jump and get soaked in water. This park offers some postcard worthy views of downtown Manhattan , specially in evening when you can see some large cruises on the Hudson. A view you can never get tired of! Bring your blanket and a Frisbee. Spend your entire day here picnicking under the gorgeous summer sun and we can promise you , you will never be alone !

 

  1. Pier C park: 340 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Another entry to our list of 8 best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey city is the pier C park. Spread over two and a half acre pier off the Hudson waterfront walkway , this park is accessed via a pier with a view of Manhattan skyline v . This park has a very modern vibe to itself , and is always buzzing with activity and the sound of laughter. Many amenities include a water play area for children, lawn areas for sunbathing and games, a promenade with waterfront seating, a fishing pier, a tree house for older kids and a tin slide makes the equipment challenging for slightly older kids. Sit on the many benches under the shade of the trees or spend time in the beach area playing with sand or just gaze at the calming water ! chose what you want and have a great time picnicking in this park!

 

Happy summers ! Happy picnic season

A day in Jersey City

A day in Jersey city

Called the sixth borough of Manhattan, Jersey City is a vibrant, diverse, and an exciting place to stay or to spend time. Strip down the crowds, the cacophony, the traffic of New York City and you will find its quieter equivalent – Jersey city. A true melting pot of many cultures, communities, food and ethnicities. The thriving multi cultures have left a lasting mark on this city. Irrespective of which lens you dawn- family, fun ,architecture , art or history , this place will win you over! So if you are looking to spend a day in Jersey city, scroll down for a splendid day !

Home to plenty sight-seeing ,parks, cultural hubs, restaurants the city has a lot to offer. If you are looking to spend a day in Jersey city, it helps that it is located on a large peninsula . Surrounded by water on three sides, this makes for spectacular sweeping water views and panoramic sky lines to gaze.

Start your day with a waterfront walk

WATERFRONT WALK

Depending on where you are staying, you can start your day in Jersey city with a waterfront walk or a Jog. Wherever you are, you are never far from Hudson river and the panoramic sky line. Walk along the Hudson River waterfront walkway or jog along the Newport waterfront and watch the waves crash on the pier. You can also take a walk near the exchange place waterfront and stroll while you watch the ferries go by. These places are a walkers or a runners delight and offer unmatched view of the New york skyline.

If you would like to bike instead , you can hire one from the Citi bike at Newport Path or Essex light rail station  . Take a guided bike tour of the waterfront.

exchange place jersey city

Don’t forget to take a selfie of the sweeping Manhattan view while grabbing a big mug of aromatic coffee at the many coffee shops along the waterfront walkways!

Breakfast

The cities waterfront is lined up with many cafes and restaurants . You are spoilt for choices and a day in jersey city isn’t enough. Enjoy a big breakfast while watching the seagulls chirping away. If you land here in summer, most of the cafes offer outdoor seating .  Soak some sun and pile on calories.

brownstone dinerAnd here are the gastronomical options for sumptuous breakfast. In mood for some sinful pancakes? Head to Brownstone diner and pancake factory for Nutella filled waffles or pancakes stuffed with eggs, bacon and cheese. Whatever you order at this place , it’s a pancake galore, enjoy every bite! If you are particularly looking for kid friendly restaurants, there are many choices too

breakfast in jersey citry

In mood for some healthy yet tasty choice of breakfast we would suggest Short Grain or O’Kafe. These cafes offer healthy choices, some gluten free and vegan options as well. A cozy, cute coffee place with delectable choices and local’s favorite is Sam a.m. Nothing comes close to wonder Bagels and if you are craving handmade bagels this is your place! The queues will speak for its greatness and the super hit and famous bagels!

After-noon

Hamilton Park , Jersey city
Hamilton Park , Jersey city

If you are planning a day in Jersey city with your little ones,  urge you to explore the many parks and help them burn out that unlimited energy. Head to Hamilton park and spend a day lazying either in the gazebo or shooting hoops while the children  play in the park.  Alternatively head to the Van vorst park if you are closer to Paulus hook area.

liberty science centreIf you are headed to liberty state park you can easily plan an entire day’s worth of activities here, This massive green space is not only home to a waterfront park but also the Liberty Science Center, which is fun both for kids as well as for parents. Enjoy the planetarium while the budding scientist squeaks with joy or just plan a picnic in this vast green expanse of this State park.

Early Evening

historic downtown

If you are an art enthusiast or love a little piece of history , head to Jersey city historic downtown. There is a strong reason why this area is called the historic downtown. The many street names honor local 18th and 19th century figures .  Colden Street for Cadwallader D. Colden, Varick Street for Richard Varick, Colgate Street for William Colgate of Colgate-Palmolive.  Beaux-Arts structures such as the H&M Powerhouse and Court House are reminiscent of gone by era .

Old colgate clockThe old Colgate Clock, a remnant from the factory stands tall and proud. Evidently Jersey City is a storied site. Walk a little further around this area and stand and stare at the Victorian-style residences . Wander around the streets to see some well preserved examples of these gorgeous Victorian abodes.

Historic Downtown is home to many cultural attractions including the Jersey City Museum, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse. Take a walk and experience some beautiful wall murals  just as the sun goes down on a day in Jersey city.

Evening

Just as the sun is setting , get in groove on Grove street! This part of the historic downtown district comes alive in the evening hours with a bee line of some great food options, music and fun activities. Take a walk along this the site of several new hot spots, a pedestrian-only thoroughfare and immerse in the buzz and vibe of this place.

taldeWant to head to a buzzing yet a place full of character head to Talde a vibrant restaurant, housed in a former police station, this restaurant boasts a delectable array of Asian-fusion delights, including pretzel pork dumplings crispy oyster and bacon pad thai, get a seat at the bar and enjoy some cocktails.

pizzaIf you are in mood for some Italian, head to Porta Pizza, one of the most popular places in town serving handmade Neopolitan-style pizza in their open kitchen, and also offering mouthwatering Italian dishes that are made from fresh, sustainable and local ingredients. You can chose to drink and dine downstairs or head upstairs to their rooftop bar!

And if the mood calls for Beer at a gastropub head to Wurstbar and enjoy the menu lined up with delectable Sausage and beer !

dinner in JC

A local favorite of Jersey City is Taqueria, and you cant go wrong with this choice. Buzzing with happy vibe, you will be welcomed into a chaotically-decorated space, or enjoy time at the Patio. Love the tacos or torta and thank us later !

Another popular Italian restaurant is the Roman Nose serving authentic Italian cusine. Enjoy the time ordering food or gulping some creative cocktails. Sway to the music and keep the beat on.

A day in Jersey cityEnjoy the waterfront walk after you are done with dinner. Most places are open late and the night time skyline view is the perfect end to a day in Jersey city!

Calling it a day in Jersey city. Hope you had a splendid day!

Pictures courtesy : Google Images , NYtimes

Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey City

Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey City

Van Vorst park

Sooner than you can anticipate , the sun will shine and embrace us in its warm glory. Leaving us with Saturdays to fill and Sundays to find places to soak in the family fun.If you are in Jersey city, and in the Historic Downtown neighborhood of Jersey City- head to Van Vorst park. Your opportunity to be outside and among nature, birds, trees, and flowers! We have curated a list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city.

Established in 1835, this two acres of extensive green oasis was named after the European Van Vorst family that settled in area during the 1600s. Evidently the park is nestled between the neighborhood that contains nineteenth century row houses and brownstones and currently it is the confluence of families and visitors around the area. If you plan to spend a day around Van Vorst park Jersey City follow our  list of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city.

1. Inside the Park

Timing : Park hours 6 AM – 10 PM

Van Vorst Park Play area

A two acre space full of green trees and ample seating, bounded by Barrow Street on the east, Montgomery Street on the north, Jersey Avenue on the west and York Street on the south. One can walk around the area on the paved walkway and families can enjoy some time picnicking on the green grass.

This park has two playgrounds, ample swings and a sandbox, a summer splash pad that is loved by the young ones. The splash pad is small, yet big enough for young children to immerse in Summer fun, laugh out with joy!Explore other sprinkler parks in Jersey city

Van Vorst park also has large gazebo at the center to sit in, relax on a sunny day. A park for your fur babies is another attraction.

An iconic cast iron water fountain sits in the western quadrant of the park. Competitive sports, such as football and soccer are prohibited in the park area, making this park a preferred place for quieter walks and fun space for young .Vegetation in the park is diverse and is maintained by the community.

2. Events

Movies in the van vorst park

Throughout the summer the Van Vorst park hosts special musical events, Shakespeare in the Park, a community flee market, Films in Park , and much more.

The park has a Saturday morning farmers’ market from spring through the fall. On Saturdays from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM this farmer’s market is held near the gazebo . With a  variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and variety of mouth watering baked goods,  there is always something fresh and delicious to take home.

The park is managed by the Friends of Van Vorst Park (FVVP) – a not-for-profit Corp founded in 1991 that assists in the development and maintenance of the gardens and public spaces within Van Vorst Park in downtown Jersey City. Do check their schedule on movies and event here :

 https://www.fvvp.org/calendar/

3. Around the Park

There is a strong reason why this area is called the historic downtown. The many street names nestling Van Vorst park honor local 18th and 19th century figures such as Colden Street for Cadwallader D. Colden, Varick Street for Richard Varick, Colgate Street for William Colgate of Colgate-Palmolive, and American Revolution military figures such Montgomery for Richard Montgomery. if you love history add this area and its many streets in the list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city!

Van Vorst Mansion

 

The Van Vorst House is a colonial-era residence in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, located at 531 Palisade Avenue in The Heights. The stone house was built 1740–1742 by descendants of the first settlers in the region. It is arguably the oldest building in Jersey City

Barrow Mansion :

Built in the early 1800s, the Barrow Mansion is a yet another reminder of the vast history of Jersey City. The Barrow Mansion lot was purchased by William Barrow in 1835. The Barrow Mansion is home to many artistic performing groups, wellness classes, and community programs.

Farmers Market :

 

A large farmers market can be seen Monday – Thursday between April and December in historic downtown of Jersey city next to Grove Path plaza. Bring your bags to stock up on fruits , vegetables, baked goods, Fresh seafood, Jams , natural creams and handmade goods. This is one of the most sought after places for visitors and residents of the area.

4. Places to eat around Van Vorst Park

Once you are done spending time walking leisurely within the park and applauding the rich history of this neighborhood, it is time to enjoy the many varied food options around Van Vorst park. List of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city cannot be complete unless we add eateries and cafes in the list.

Razza Pizza Artigianale: 275 Grove Street

Another gem in Neighborhood, head here if you are a Pizza lover… or not. The restaurant boasts of locally grown and procured ingredients. The chef and owner Dan richer adds his personal touch in the selection of ingredients and making process. The chef uses flour that is milled in in Clifton and makes his own bread and butter. Maybe this is the secret ingredient of their delicious Pizza , that is possibly one of the most loved Pizza of Jersey city.

The Kitchen Step: 500 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

The kitchen step

Delicious, crafty , creative and friendly ; the Kitchen step is Van Vorst neighborhood bistro that offers classic delicious American cuisine along with some tasty cocktails. Buzzing almost throughout the day , the place is a must try if looking for things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city

Short Grain : 183, Montgomery Street

Short grain Van Vorst park

Short Grain focuses and tailors its menu to anyone who is health conscious or choses to be a vegan. A sunny coffee shop, serving sandwiches, and small plates full of fresh ingredients and spices. Coffee lovers or not, Short grain is a must try when in Van Vorst neighborhood.

Wonder Bagels : 517 Jersey Ave., Jersey City

We wont call it justice until Wonder Bagels is a part of one of the most loved places in the area. Freshly baked everyday , the bagels are sumptuous in every way. This place also serves salad and other options for breakfast. Worth every single minute that you might spend in queue here.

One is spoilt for choices when fetching for restaurants and coffee shops here. There are many gems and local favorites near the Van Vorst park area. Many other hidden gems and local nooks that are favorite with families -Tell us your favorite thing to do in Van Vorst park area !

Getting to Van Vorst Park

Ride the PATH train to Grove Street and make the 10-minute walk from there. Alternatively, use the light rail system to reach Marin Boulevard. The walk from Marin Boulevard station is also under 10 minutes.

If you are looking for greener pastures and other parks in the area head to Hamilton Park , Liberty state park or Lincoln Park within Jersey city

 

Image courtesy : Google

Van Vorst park pictures courtesy: andrewalexanderprice.com

Things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City

Things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City

 

The weather gives us hope of warmer days ahead and with rising temperatures, our love for one of Jersey city’s most beloved park only increases. And here we are with things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City.

Hamilton Park – a 5.4-acre square green space in downtown Jersey City is one of its residents and visitors favorite destination. Engulfed in tall trees and sporting an array of historic houses and shop fronts, charming boutiques and restaurants. Hamilton Park offers many activities for people of all age groups.  Here is a curated list of things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City.

Inside Hamilton Park

Play Areas

 

Children of all ages love Hamilton Park. Besides the large space to run, play and scooter around, this park has two lovely dedicated children’s playground. Split between ages (0-5) and (5-12) both the playgrounds have age appropriate equipment. Children love to spend time sliding, swinging or climbing. Another major attraction is the Hamilton park splash pad. A small fenced –in water playground featuring sprinklers and colorful buckets of water dropping overhead,  bound to form an immediate love affair with little ones. There are so many things to do around Hamilton Park in  Jersey city that you might find it difficult to leave!

If you have a fur baby, look no further. This park is pet-friendly and features a dog park. Let your furry ones run, play, and enjoy!

Sporting Fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamilton Park is the focal point of families engaged in recreational fun. Its basketball court and a tennis court typically run busy during summer months, with some wait time for your turn. If you wish to play, land here early or get your name entered in and wait for your turn. Either way, have fun while you shoot hoops or practice your serve!

 

Gazebo at hailton park, jersey city
Gazebo at the Hamilton Park, Jersey city

Walk around the park under the leafy trees, relax in the Gazebo or look at the little free library, a small space shaped like an owl meant for a free exchange of children’s books. Select what you want and give back what others could use! It’s absolutely free!

These carefree walks, are simple, joyful and one big attraction of things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City. After all who does not want to spend time amongst birds, trees, flowers, and nature.

  • Events

The Hamilton Park neighborhood association (HPNA) conducts events that are a hit amongst the local community. Some of the popular events are the farmers market, Shakespeare in the park, the great egg hunt, the education fair and many more.

During the summer months, the park participates in the outdoor movie nights, the schedule of which is displayed both on the website as well as on a large colorful banner at the entrance of the park. In the month of June, the community holds the Hamilton Park Festival- a great time to enjoy music, food and a plethora of fun, engaging activities.

The farmers market is set up around the Gazebo every Wednesday between 3:00 and 7:30 PM from May to December. Over 20 vendors and their fresh produce is a source of high traffic and buzz on these days. Enjoy the fresh lemonade on hot summer days and head to the popping aromatic popcorn. Indulge in sumptuous Stella’s empanadas while browsing fresh apples, strawberries, Jams or fresh green vegetables. Don’t forget to bring your bag to carry home your purchases! Find out more farmers market in the area 

Ensure to check the event calendar if you want to attend a specific event. This is one of the most sought after events and much featured in things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City.

  • Families and fun

Besides the regular events, Picnics all around the park and an occasional birthday celebration are other ways families enjoy this charming and splendid green spot – ‘ Hamilton Park ‘. However, if you wish to use the Gazebo or conduct a private event, we encourage you to seek permissions from Jersey City cultural affairs.

Around the Hamilton Park

Walk around the perimeter of Hamilton Park: Enjoy the neighborhood. Not only children but also people of all age groups are bound to be smitten by the charm and warmth of this place.

Musically or creatively inclined and want to experience a new instrument or dance form? Head to Next step broadway at 9th street. Looking to engage young children in meaningful play, parties or events step into My Gym also located at 9th street.

About 50 steps ahead is another children’s favorite creamery and bake shop Milk, Sugar, Love’. Indulge in some delightfully delicious, churned out of organic milk – ice cream. Don’t miss to try the delectable and tantalizing baked goods.

Keep walking till you find a large wall mural of a young girl peeking through a window. The graffiti is loved by adults and children alike, evoking imagination, creative thinking, and storytelling.

Sightseeing: Take a walk around Hamilton park to witness history. Stand and stare at the Victorian-style residences in this part of town. Wander around the streets surrounding the park to see well-preserved examples of these Victorian abodes. Don’t miss the little benches dotted around the perimeter of the park and the lamp posts that offer splendid & picturesque scenery! As we said, you are spoilt for choices when narrowing on things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City.

Places to Eat near Hamilton Park :

Hungry? You are spoilt for choices when near Hamilton Park. Here is a list of top places to indulge and tantalize the taste buds! This is just a small list, Hamilton park area is dotted with eateries and cafes.

Ahri’s Kitchen: 227, 7th Street.

Ahri’s Kitchen serves authentic home-style authentic Korean food. A BYOB and order at the counter style restaurant. The serving size is large and the mood easy. Just seat yourself and enjoy their soups, dumpling and some authentic Korean cuisine.

Psst, don’t miss out the décor of the place, tastefully and meticulously done, bring on that camera and capture the memories you make here!

White Star Bar : 179 WARREN ST, JC

A juicy burger and a bottle of wine or maple salmon and a sumptuous spread of appetizer, either way, this friendly place with the great ambiance is just a hop, skip, jump away from Hamilton Park. Open till late night, White star has a vibe you cannot miss.

Carmine’s Pizza: 366 8th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Another favorite in all age groups is carmine’s pizza factory. Serving thin crust Pizza with incredible flavors, delicious spaghetti and everything Italian! A corner brownstone with large glass windows and outside seating during summer months. Just what you want at the end of a long summery day!

Hamilton Inn :708 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Another local favorite is The Hamilton Inn. This is a great place to enjoy brunch, dinner, or late night food with friends and family. The Hamilton Inn was awarded open Table’s best 100 brunch restaurants in the country. You know you can’t go wrong if choosing this place. Get there early to avoid long waiting time, especially during weekend brunch

Basic : 231 8th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

You can’t miss the Basic Deli. Located at 231 8th St, Delightful place, Large glass windows and quirky outside seating with a spread of some great coffees and teas. You can’t miss the place boasting ‘ the best coffee in town ‘ can you?

O’ Café : 230 Pavonia Ave: Previously Smith and Chang’s general foods, now called O’ Café.

This is not just a coffee shop but a great place to meet up or work. The coffee shop is great for anyone who loves their coffee to be made in a specific way with many options for Vegans. Kickstart your morning here with the sun falling on the large windows and making everything brighter. This place has cute interiors and some amazing food options- full of baked goods, acai bowls, salads, and sandwiches.

Spend an entire day, evening and night enjoying the many facets of things to do  around Hamilton Park in Jersey City.

Getting to Hamilton Park

Getting to Hamilton park is easy. Closest stations are Grove street and Newport light rail. About 8 minutes of walking distance from Newport light rail, and similar from Grove street. If you are driving, parking is on the street and free. However, it could be tough to get a spot during evenings and high traffic times. Arrive early and secure a spot!

If you enjoy any of the above features and would like to add to the list of things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey city do write to us!

Happy warmer months ahead!

PS: There are many other green pastures and parks to explore in Jersey city. If you are in Paulus hook area head to Van Vorst Park, Lincoln Park and Liberty state park are other beautiful parks to explore.

Easter Events in and around Jersey City in 2019

Easter Events in and around Jersey City 

Easter is the perfect springboard into warmer weather and family friendly activities.  Whether you’re looking to go on a proper Easter egg hunt, partake in some Easter crafts, get a picture with the big bunny himself, or attend the Easter Parade in NYC, we’ve got the lowdown on all the local Easter festivities coming your way, this includes a plenty of Easter events in and around Jersey City

Every year kids of all ages look forward with great anticipation for the Easter events in and around Jersey City. As Peter Cottontail, the rabbit is busy hiding all the Easter eggs, kids are equally busy preparing their Easter baskets.

Easter Events in and around Jersey City are filled not only with egg hunting but also a lot of games and activities children love. Most Easter hunts begin on time and end fast because kids are so good in finding them in every corner of the venue.

Most Easter Events in and around Jersey City are free unless otherwise specified.

JCFamilies’ Annual Spring Festival in Jersey City (Entry Ticket Needed)

This year JCFamilies will be combining egg hunt with Spring Festival.

There will be multiple slots for egg hunts.

Mack-Cali and JCFamilies Presents The annual JCFamilies’ Spring Festival on April 14th at Harborside Atrium in Jersey City! There will be entertainment and fun activities for the entire family to enjoy at this event, where local JCFamilies come together to celebrate the spring season

Free Pictures with the Easter Bunny @Smile Preschool Nursery

Saturday, April 13th at 10 AM – 12 PM

276 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302-2713

Easter Events in and around Jersey City

Join the HDSID in bringing the Easter Bunny to Downtown JC for all the kiddies out there to enjoy! FREE pictures, candy and Face Painting for all you kiddos out there!

A HUGE thank you to Smile Preschool and Nursery for sponsoring our event. 276 1st Street, 1st floor

www.jcdowntow.org
201-547-3554

Hoboken Grace Easter Egg Hunt 

Date:  Saturday, April 13th 2019

Morning Hunt: 10 am – 11:30 am

Afternoon Hunt: 1:30pm – 3 pm

Easter Events in and around Jersey City
Experience the largest Easter Egg Hunt of Hudson County and one of the largest Easter Events in and around Jersey City. Have your kids try their luck in finding one of the 30,000 Easter eggs.  Let them have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and have some face painting done on them. There will also be carnival games, arts and crafts and a lot more of other fun activities.

Venue: Mama Johnson Field, 4th & Jackson Street, Hoboken, New Jersey

Admission is free for everyone, but tickets are required! Find details HERE.  This event is organized by the Hoboken Grace Community Church.

HFA Spring Fling Egg Hunt

 

Easter Events in and around Jersey CityOur annual Spring Fling event is an outdoor event for the entire family!  Join us for a day of fun activities including a stroll through the Spring Farm Egg Hunt (find eggs and trade them in for a bag of goodies!), a “Guess the Number of Jelly Beans” contest for a bike give-away and more! The event will take place at Columbus Park, Hoboken on Saturday, April 13th, 10am-12pm. Hoboken Family Alliance has been organizing this event for a few years and this is definitely qualifies for Easter Events in and around Jersey City, Hoboken is just few minutes away from our City.

Easter Egg Hunt at Van Vorst Park 

Hope Church and Friends of Van Vorst Park are organizing the Easter egg Hunt in Van Vorst Park this year! It’s a popular event, so make sure you’re there on time!

Date: Saturday, April 13th at 11am to 12pm. 

Easter at Downtown Community Church

You’re invited to celebrate Easter at Downtown Community Church on April 21st at 10:30am or 12:00pm. Free snacks and coffee are provided and three separate Downtown Kids environments, for children 6 weeks through 5th grade, are offered during both the 10:30am and 12:00pm services.

Date: April 21 from 10:30am and 12:00pm
 
Location: 116 Newark Ave @ The Underground

Easter Bunny Train Ride & Easter Egg Hunt

  • Trips run April 13, 14 & 20
  • 11am, 12:30pm, 2 pm and 3:30 pm
  • Child $12.00 ( ages 2 to 12)

 

Easter Events in and around Jersey City 

Easter Sunday is never complete without the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Almost everyone in the United States has been to at least one Easter Egg Hunt event during his childhood. Easter Events in and around Jersey City are always filled with lots of fun, and exciting activities!

For more details email [email protected] or call call (609) 927-2053

Long Beach Township Annual Easter Egg Hunt 

Come join us, Long Beach Twp PBA 373, Long Beach Township Parks and Recreation and the Where Angels Play Foundation for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year the Egg Hunt will be on April 13th from 2pm to 4pm at Lauren Rousseau’s Playground in Bayview Park 6800 Long Beach Blvd. Brant Beach, NJ.

We will have two egg hunt areas this year: one for 5 years old and under (with parents if needed) and an area for 5-10 year olds (please limit adults in this area). There will also be music, light snacks and refreshments and a special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny!

Venue: Lauren Rousseau Playground, Bayview Park, 800 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach Township, New Jersey

Entrance is free. Please have a basket ready, bring some light snacks and music. Also please bring a penny to commemorate Lauren Rousseau and the Angels Play Foundation.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Borough of Red Bank

 

Easter Events in and around Jersey City 

Date:  Saturday, April 13th, 2019 (Rain Date : April 20th)

Time:  2 pm

Venue:  Count Basie Fields, 11 Henry St., Red Bank, New Jersey

Every year the Red Bank Parks and Recreation happily presents the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children of all ages are invited to join this fun and exciting event where they can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Great prizes and a lot of fun await all those who will come to one of the most exciting Easter Events in and around Jersey City! Don’t forget to bring a camera and of course a Basket.

This Easter Egg Hunter is presented by the Borough of Red Bank Department of Parks and Recreation. Special thanks to the Oriental Trading for all the products for the egg hunt.

For more details please contact the information office.at  email address [email protected] or visit them at 90 Monmout St., Redbank, New Jersey.

Make the Cute Easter Bunny with kids on this Easter…

 

JCFamilies’ Events in Jersey City Spring and Summer 2019

JCFamilies’ Events in Jersey City Spring and Summer 2019


The winter can be long and not to mention freezing cold. Are you on the lookout for fun events to enjoy with the whole family this spring season? Luckily we have several fun events that you can look forward to! Take a look at some of the best options in Jersey City!

JCFamilies' Events in Winter and Spring 2019JCFamilies’ School, Summer Camp & Daycare Fair 2019

Are you looking for a Summer Camp for your child? Join JCFamilies for the annual Summer Camp Fair on April 27th!
 
This is the only fair in Jersey City where you can get information about & also speak to the representatives of several Schools, Day Cares, Summer Camps & Activity Centers in & around Jersey CityHoboken.
Browse through several camps while the kids are entertained, and hopefully by the end of the 3 hour event, you will have found the perfect summer camp for your child.

The Fun is Coming with The Sun 

Put your sun hats on for 3 hours of FREE & FUN-TASTIC outdoor fun for the whole family! Join for us for “Fun In the Sun” on April 27, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at City Hall Plaza, Jersey City.

Here is what to look out for:

– Be blown away with our Bubble Show for kids

– Music for kids by Rockness Music

– Your favorite Fire Truck is back for a visit. Meet its friendly firefighters and let them show you how its done!

– Put your creative hats on with Arts & Craft activities during JCFamilies Summer Camp Fair’19 happening at the same venue.

 

Mother’s Day Celebration in Jersey City 

Join us for a Mother’s Day Celebration in Hamilton Park on May 10th from 4pm to 7pm. There will be entertainment, music and several vendors.
Save the date! More information will come.
Check our website for updates about the event.

JC Fitness Fair 2019 

Join us for the 4th annual JC Fitness Fair in Jersey City! This is an opportunity to meet local fitness professionals and find the perfect workout or re-ignite your interest in an old favorite.

Save the date for our JC Fitness Fair in Jersey City: May 18th: 10am to 1pm

If you are interested in being a vendor, please email [email protected]

We hope to see you all there! More details will come.

If you are looking for Boxing or Yoga, you can find all the fitness options available in Jersey City in our JC FITNESS DIRECTORY:   http://jcfamilies.com/best-places-to-workout-in-jersey-city/

JC Kids Run in Jersey City 

Calling all KIDS from 1 to 10 years for The JC Kids Run in Jersey City on Saturday June 1st 2019.

The JC Kids Run in Jersey City is back for the 5th year, and it keeps getting bigger and better!  Children race through the course with the biggest smiles on their faces as the community cheers them on. The excitement and joy on their faces as they cross the finish line is priceless!

For more details about the JC Kids Run in Jersey City, check out this link.

Sign up HERE.

Fall Family Events In and Around Jersey City

Fall Family Events In and Around Jersey City

Ah Autumn! The leaves begin to change colors, the weather calls for our favorite sweaters and pumpkins and apples need picking. The days may be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean the family fun has to stop! Fall is packed with events that the whole family will enjoy. Don’t know where to start? No problem! We’ve created a list of Fall Family Events In and Around Jersey City just for you!

Hoboken Harvest Fest 

October 20th 11 AM – 3 PM

Head over to Pier A Park at 100 Sinatra Drive and enjoy a day full of fun at the Hoboken Harvest Fest! You and your family can take part in free activities including pony rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, hayrides, music and crafts! Food vendors will offer tasty delights for purchase.

Boo At The Zoo

Saturdays and Sundays in October, also Monday, October 8

Boo at the Zoo returns to the Bronx Zoo, located at2300 Southern Blvd Bronx, NY. Enjoy a new line-up of activities including a pirate hayride adventure, magic show, extinct animal graveyard, pumpkin carving, a costume parade and more!

4th Annual Parade of Veterans and Heroes

November 10th 12 PM – 2 PM

Jersey City celebrates the 4th Annual Parade of Veterans and Heroes. The parade will march along the Newark Avenue side of Dickinson High School and conclude in front of City Hall. The event will include many parade floats, marching bands, military vehicles, local ROTC cadets, color guards, active and former military personnel from all branches of the armed forces, VFW members, AMVETS, and other organizations that support and honor our veterans and heroes. With nearly 2,000 participants in the 2016 parade, it has quickly become NJ’s premier destination parade in honor of those who keep America safe and free.

Celebrate Fall 2018

October 21st 11 AM – 4 PM

Games, crafts, music, seasonal cooking demonstrations makes for an afternoon of seasonal fun at this eagerly anticipated fall festival! With Halloween right around the corner, families can explore the Spooky Trail, show off their pumpkin decorating skills and join the costume parade. The event will be hosted at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum which can be found at 165 Hobart Ave, Summit.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

October 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Grab your wands and time turners and embark on a journey to where the magic and myth began! Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a British Library exhibition brings the magic to life! Tickets start at $21 for adults; $16 for seniors (65+); $13 for students; $6 for kids ages 5-13; free ages 0-4. Tickets also include admission to the museum.

Halloween Party Hosted by Girl Scout Troop 12026

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 6 PM – 8 PM

It’s all about the kids at this free Halloween party taking place at St Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 38 Duncan Ave in Jersey City! Girl Scout Troop 12026 invites you to attend their Halloween Party for the community. Ages 3-12 only. They will have crafts, costume contest, snacks and more.

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!

American Museum Of Natural History Halloween Celebration

Saturday, October 27, 2018 2 PM –6 PM

The American Museum of Natural History opens its doors for the eerie and creepy! With more than 30 Museum halls open for the event, guests are invited to wander among “ferocious” dinosaurs and the “mysterious” universe for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and fun with roaming cartoon characters, stilt-walkers, and balloon artists. Tickets are $16 per person and $13 for Museum Members.

Children’s Fall Festival

Sun, Oct 28, 2018 11:00 am–4:00 pm

Dress in your Halloween best for this event located at Queens County Farm Museum! Kids will have a blast bouncing in the bounce houses, enjoying the pie-eating contests and more. Do the Monster Mash to music, take an autumn hayride, visit the Haunted House and enjoy a pony ride and farm animals. For $20 a person you and your family can enjoy all the attractions available. There will be food vendors on site! Queens County Farm Museum has a long list of fall events to choose from!

Hamilton Park Farmers Market

Every Wednesday (until December 19, 2018)  3 PM – 7:30 PM

Make sure you bring your reusable bags because you’ll surely leave with the fresh fruits, produce and baked goods from the Hamilton Farmers Market. There will be live entertainment on the first Wednesday of every month and every third Wednesday is Pop-Up-Wednesday! This allows artwork, craft and goods vendors the opportunity to showcase their work!