Summer Camps in Jersey City :
116 Hillcrest Rd., Warren, NJ, 07059 – Phone: 908-580-CAMP
252 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)205-1218
June 19th to September 1st, Full Day and Half Day available. Martial Arts, Dance and Gymnastics all in a fun and nurturing environment.
1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052 (8 acre beautiful private school with outdoor swimming pool)– Phone:(908) 964-5411
June 27-August 11, 2017 / 9 am-3:40 pm (with before/after care available)
Serving ages 3-15 and 16-18 with mild special needs
Activities: swim, sports, creative arts, performing arts, academic reinforcement, social skills training, karate, computers, nature/science, cooking, bicycle riding, tennis, special events, trips, entertainment and more; speech/OT available, transportation available
KEY ELEMENT LEARNING
338 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 200-1160
Our mini-campers will look through a window of colorful adventures and creative summer days with Key Element Learning’s education based summer camp curriculum. Each theme contains a variety of activities including Language Arts/Literacy, Math, Science, Creative Arts, Music and Movement as well as free play and socialization. Through free play and socialization, campers will become more familiar with the language and get to practice with peers. Our highly qualified native speakers have a passion for their language and culture as well as a desire for the children to have fun while learning. Our curriculum addresses all aspects of language: listening, speaking, vocabulary building, writing for older children; but most importantly, a lifelong interest in other cultures.
DEERKILL DAY CAMP
54 Wilder Road, Suffern, NY, 10901 – Phone:(845) 354-1466
July 3rd through August 25th, Central Pickup 8AM to 5:15PM, Transportation provided to Suffern, NY.
There are no extra charges at Deerkill. They do not allow tipping, a large expense at many camps, and tuition includes the following:
• Door-to-door transportation by air-conditioned mini-buses supervised by bus counselors
• Hot lunches prepared daily in our own modern kitchen
• Field trips and all camp supplies
• Ice cream and Ices for afternoon snack
• Daily towel service
• Group photo, camp shirt, backpack, DVD yearbook, Fall Festival, winter reunions
THE BRUNSWICK SCHOOL
189 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone:(201) 420-1550
Come be apart of a half/full/extended day summer camp fun-filled for campers Prek-3 through 3rd Grade! Enjoy field trips, outdoor play, weekly themes, daily special events, physical fitness and creative-inspired daily periods of music, theater and art! Join for 2 weeks or for the full 8 weeks. We look forward to seeing you from June 26-August 18, 2017!
SUPER DUPER TENNIS, LLC
Kids Tennis Week-long Mini-camp 8:30AM to 1PM, 3 camps offered in June, July & August.
GARDEN STREET SCHOOL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS
1018 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone:(201) 683-9100
ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL
707 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone:(201) 792-0736
Summer Camp (Week 1- June 19-23 / Week 2- June 26-30) Early Childhood- half day camp: 9:00am-1:00pm: Two weeks of summer fun, including crafts, cooking, and daily stories with All Saints teachers. Each day is filled with special activities, water play and summer games centered on a variety of the wonderful places and cultures in our world.
THE ETHICAL COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL
95 Broadway, Jersey City, NJ, 07306 – Phone:(201) 984-4151
SCIENCE CAMP @ LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER
222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07305 – Phone: (201) 253-1380
Weeks of camp: July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug 4, Aug 7-11, Aug 14-18, Aug 21-25
Camp runs Monday through Friday; Camp hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Before and After Care available for additional fee
Science Camp at LSC is a full-day summer program for children entering grades 1 through 8 excited about exploring the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
33 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)918-6643
We are going to have a ZOOMING good time!!!!
Session 1: Mad Science (3 weeks): June 26 – July 14 (Closed Independence Day)
Session 2: Our Body-Exploration of the five senses (3 weeks): July 17 – August 4
Session 3: What’s bugging you? (3 weeks): August 7 – August 25
Choose from: Half Day (8:30am – 12:30pm); Camp Day (8:30am-2:30pm) Extended Day (8:00am – 6:00pm)
NEXT STEP BROADWAY
233 9th St, Jersey City, Nj, 07302 – Phone: (201) 706-3025
Join us for a performing arts summer camp at Next Step Broadway. Children will be dancing, singing, and acting their way to a “musical selections” performance.
~Campers meet Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
~Early Drop-off at 8:00am and/or Extended Day option(s) until 5:30pm are also available.
TOTZ PLAY N LEARN
231 Hutton Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07950 – Phone: (973) 652-0201
A summer camp where your child with or without developmental delays will learn developmental skills and pre-academics/academics through fun, structured learning activities, such as tracing, writing, reading, arithmetic and play, such as arts & crafts, yoga and obstacle course. We also offer learning activities for social skills, fine motor skills, social emotional, language development and appropriate behavior management. We are open from June 26 – August 31, 2017 (Monday – Friday) from 8:30am to 4:00pm.
Phone: (201) 344-7824
Full Day Tennis Summer Sports Camp ages 5-12 9am -3pm after care until 4pm for younger kids.
JC TAEKWONDO AND KICKBOXING ACADEMY
150 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 333-1006
JC Taekwondo Academy’s summer camp offers a 10 week camp with flexible times of 8:30am-3:00pm and 8:30am-6:00pm. Their camp is conveniently located in Downtown Jersey City only half a block from the Grove Street Path Train Station. They offer not only daily Taekwondo but also swimming, arts and crafts, sports, outside activities, academics, music, special guests, weekly field trips and more! Check them out!
MAD SCIENCE OF UNION AND HUDSON
720 Monroe St # E314B, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (973) 542-8366
We use simple, real world science techniques that allow even the youngest of campers to enjoy our learning environment. Your child will be able touch, see, hear, smell and taste what science is really all about. Children have so much fun that they forget they’re learning!
9 different weekly programs for ages 8-14 run 9 AM-noon, 1 PM-4 PM, or 9 AM-4 PM.
3 different weekly programs for ages 5-7 run 9 AM-noon and are only available for limited dates.
THE PLACE FOR LEARNING @ PORT LIBERTE’S LIBERTY MONTESSORI
8 Chapel Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07305 – Phone: (201) 985-8745
Children will learning about Botany and the Circle of Life that Provides us with Food. Courses include: Fun Thematic Activities, Guest Speakers, STEAM Workshops provided in partnership with LSC, Cooking and Swimming, etc. Before and Aftercare will be provided.
STEVENS COOPERATIVE SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS
June – August 2017 – Ages 3 – 14
Looking for a great summer experience for your child? Stevens Summer Camp is one of Hudson County’s most popular destinations to play, swim, learn and compete in 45+ different kinds of camps and courses. Day camps include swimming, tennis, and weekly field trips. Weekly specialty camps are offered in a variety of exciting activities like sailing, biking, robotics, and fashion design, as well as academic courses in writing, math and science. Stevens Hoboken and Jersey City camps are conveniently located near PATH and Light Rail stations. For more information contact Abby Grandison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201.792.3688 ext. 407 or visit our website at www.stevenscoop.org/summer.
THE SOCCER LEARNING CENTER
180 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)656-1156
Multi-sport, action packed camp for ages 5 to 10 – full or half-day options – outdoor and indoor play offering a wide variety of recreational options – small, personalized camp for boys and girls headed up by Coach Alex Lalaoui
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF HUDSON COUNTY
225 Morris Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 333 – 4100
Looking for a fun outlet for young people during the summer that is safe, supervised and affordable? In addition to the afterschool programs for which Boys & Girls Clubs are known, we offer full-day camps during the summer at each of our Clubs.
Camp runs June 26-August 31, 2017, from 9:00am-5:00pm each day, with opportunities for early drop off starting at 7:30am and late pick up until 6:00pm at both our Jersey City Club (225 Morris Blvd.) and Hoboken Club (123 Jefferson St.).
HUDSON MONTESSORI SCHOOL
10 Regent Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)516-0700
Summer Maker’s Camp 2017, June 19-August 11. Eight weeks of exploration, making and fun for Toddler, Primary and Elementary campers. Amazing programs to give children opportunities to make discoveries in science and technology, such as Scratch Animation, Engineering and 3-D Printing. Dancing, Swimming, Tennis, Chess, Theater and Origami will also be offered along with exciting weekly Field Trips!
TONAL ART MUSIC CENTER
47B Harrison Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone : (646) 667-0091
Guitar Ensemble Class, Rock Band Class, Private Lessons.
WORLD OF ABC, THE WALDO SCHOOL
159 2nd Street & 110 1st Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)963-5555
Our World of ABC Preschool Summer Camp for PreK 3 and PreK 4 students is structured around 4 themes, including Mad Scientist, Out to Sea, We Love Nature, and Sports and Fitness. Each day, campers will visit different stations, where they will explore and discover while playing, creating art projects or doing experiments! Campers will also participate in lessons relating to mathematics, reading, geography and science throughout each theme!
152 Plaza 3, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone:(201) 433-6370
June 26, 2017-September 1, 2017. 7am-6:30pm. Located in Harborside Financial Center, Plaza 3. STEM, Arts, Well Aware, Vendors visit location, ages 2.5-6years for summer camp program.
837 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07310 – Phone:
This amazing summer program includes our unique Swimming classes in our building’s pool deck (3.5+yrs) , as well as weekly Soccer (18m+), Yoga, Gymnastics, Water Play (on our private outdoor playground), and STEM/Science classes to keep your children active and healthy! Summer camp students at Viaquenti have the benefit of not only keeping their bodies active, but their minds too! Viaquenti’s summer camp is divided into two sessions running from July 3-28th and July 31st-August 25th. Our school is conveniently located close to Newport and Hamilton Park in JC Downtown.
JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY
110 Culver Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07307 – Phone: (201)200-2528
Sport activities based program, 6 weeks long 9am – 4pm with extended option available – swim lessons included
EARLY BEGINNING DAY SCHOOL
338 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)918-5623
Our summer program is 9 weeks from July 3rd, 2017 – September 1st, 2017 from 9:00am–3:00pm daily.
Tuition is paid weekly at the end of EACH week. Camp is $285 per week. We will still have before and after care from 8:00am-9:00am and 3:00pm-7:00pm for $9/hr. If requested we will open at 7:00am to receive a child.
125 First Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (732) 236-8970
Let your child’s imagination and curiosity run wild this summer at Zaniac!
Zaniac Summer Camps are the perfect combination of STEAM learning and fun. Each camp is tailored to your child’s needs and grouped for your child’s age and grade. One week sessions. Full & Half Day Camps.
KIDDIE ACADEMY OF HAMILTON PARK
255 Brunswick St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Our 8-week camp will be split into 4 themes that will run for 2 weeks each. Specialists will come to our camp to do assemblies on gardening and recycling for our Earth & Nature theme. Sports, Music and Dance teachers will come for our Health & Movements as well as our Music & Dance themes. Special projects will be lead by a Technology Teacher for our Young Engineers theme.
1202 Shipyard Ln, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (201)377-5495
*Gymnastics *Programming* Reading* Writing* Math* Spanish* Piano*
We believe in following the needs and interests of a child in order to support his or her development positively and effectively. This involves fostering a prepared environment for learning with meaningful and rewarding experiences plus LOTS OF LOVE and FUN!
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12: 45 p.m.
Early drop off available if required
Children will bring their own snack and water
Parents and teachers will get together three weeks before camp
1055 Maxwell Lane, Hoboken, NJ 07030 | 201-963-4949
220 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030 | 201-222-1464
Your child will love summer at Apple Montessori, named Most Loved Preschool by local parents. A Montessori-style summer means jam-packed summer fun AND learning! Research shows “summer learning loss is real” (New York Times, 2011) and our program is designed to help children ages 2-6 beat the summer learning slump. Super Kids Montessori curriculum supercharges your child’s aptitude for math, reading and writing. Plus, summer is a time for fun, friends and creating new memories with field trips, in house events like the Reptile Man, arts and crafts, cooking, drama and dance and much more.
ELYSIAN CHARTER SCHOOL
1460 Garden St., Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (201)876-0102
For more information contact John Rutledge or Pam Gorode at email@example.com or 201-876-0102. You can find registration forms and more information on the camp at www.ecsnj.org/elysian-summer-camp/camp-registration-form/
THE ACTING SPACE
256 Montgomery St. #1, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 275 -2699
A performing arts school located in the Barrow Mansion. We offer Acting, Singing & Dance during 5 two-week summer camps beginning June 26th thru Sept 1st. Choose from 5 different musical theater productions to act in. Classes held Mon thru Fri (9:00 am – 3:00 pm). Combine with Improv or singing classes held Mon thru Fri (3:00 pm – 5:30 pm). Choose from Hip Hop, Broadway Dance, Yoga, and Dance Aerobics in our Dance/Fitness Saturdays.
HOBOKEN HISTORICAL MUSEUM
1301 Hudson Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (201) 656-2240
Hoboken Summer Enrichment Day Camp offers five fun filled, week-long sessions for campers ages 4-5, and 6-9. Camp starts at 9 am, and ends at 12 pm or 1 pm depending on age appropriate session. Three sessions geared for ages 6-9 offer activities in art and photography, firefighter’s, and treasure hunts. Two sessions geared for ages 4-5 offer activities in firefighter’s, and everyday superheroes. All camps are focused on historical investigation; and offer several walking day trips to locations within our community. We offer two camp locations: Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson Street, and The Hoboken Fire Department Museum, 213 Bloomfield Street.
HAMILTON PARK MONTESSORI
1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 533-1910
Get ready to learn while having fun!
Registration for Hamilton Park Montessori School 2017 Summer Enrichment Program has begun!
Our Summer Enrichment Program provides students fun and exciting themes while our HPMS teachers support students in their math, reading and writing skills. Cost includes field trips, backpack and water bottle.
Swimming, soccer, and tennis are part of the weekly activity while field trips/presenters top off an already incredible summer experience (Early Childhood and Elementary).
HPMS Summer Camp is divided into two four-week sessions. The session dates are as follows:
Session 1: June 26 through July 21 (camp is not in session on July 4)
Session 2: July 24 through August 18
JOYS IN TEACHING TUTORING
508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 423-1200
• Open for K- 6 •$275 per week • $100 one time registration fee • Breakfast and snack served daily • 8 am – 3pm
•Academic, Enrichment and Recreation programs daily • Aftercare program available for an additional fee up until 6 pm
Combining academics with enrichment and recreation, our summer camp will develop and strengthen key academic skills with everyday life skills.
Students in our camp will engage in
• book clubs
• math workshops
• reading workshops
• creative arts
• STEM & more
Each week is themed for a unique experience, opening up a world of learning at a low cost.
Week 1: Young Entrepreneurs
Week 2: Young Creatives
Week 3: Young Explorers
Week 4: Young Artists
One of the most important gifts a child can be given is a sense of confidence in himself or herself; the knowledge that he or she will be able to meet a new challenge. Camp is a key place for children to succeed and acquire this fundamental skill!
While we don’t provide academic instruction at Camp Riverbend, our campers are learning and growing every day. Of course children learn a lot at school, but in school children are constantly graded and evaluated in many ways. At camp, however, children can try a host of new things, without having to worry if they “make the grade.” This freedom, to experiment in a safe environment, is a major building block of confidence.
With a range of activities available at camp, kids have many opportunities to explore. Campers are taught the skills to meet physical challenges, like climbing to the top of the high ropes tower or being able to pass our Deep Water Test. They are given opportunities to explore their creativity while decorating a clay pot or playing rhythm games in performance. Campers can cook an unfamiliar dish and learn to appreciate new tastes and flavors. And even when changing for swim, campers are learning how to take care of their possessions and clean up after themselves–surely a very useful skill, parents will agree!
One of the most important ways to build confidence is by meeting new peers and making new friends. Camp is a great place for children to expand their social circles in a relaxed way, as they spend days together swimming, playing and having fun.
Our counselors are great mentors and a crucial force in helping campers succeed. Counselors can directly teach campers new skills (like how to make a bounce pass in basketball) but there are other important skills that they are teaching indirectly through their encouragement and support. As counselors encourage campers to keep trying, children learn persistence. As counselors cheer on a camper’s achievements, children learn to trust themselves. What an amazing gift!
CHECK OUT CAMP RIVERBEND AT THESE UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
- “Alien Invasion” Open House (for children ages 3-14) with out of this world games, cooking, crafts and more! Saturday, February 25 from 10 am – 12 noon
- “Seuss-ical” Open House (for children ages 3-14). Celebrate the wacky world of Dr. Seuss. Games, crafts, cooking and more. Sunday, March 19 from 10 am – 12 noon
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 overnight excursion or long weekend. Here is the list of Overnight trips close to Jersey City.
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.
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.
Jenkinson’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.
Spend 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 tour! Hot 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.
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 accommodations 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.
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.
There are lots of reasons to move to the suburbs once the kids are born. Backyards with swimming pools, for one. Schools. Driving culture. The neighbors aren’t (literally) on top of you. But for me, for so many of us, there’s a really important reason to stay: diversity.
Jersey City has been called “the most diverse city in the country” or has been near the top spot in many reports and listicles online. And it’s not the bragging rights we care about here – it’s the food.
Jokes aside, culinary diversity is a massive draw. It’s a really easy way to introduce kids to new worlds with familiar friends. While it’s never easy to bring little kids to restaurants, for us restaurants (and food trucks, and grocery stores) allow us to engage in discussions about connections & continents & civilizations that might be abstract if we didn’t have this tangible (and flavorful) entrance in.
Today, in 2016, while the world expands and shrinks simultaneously through the windows of our cell phones, these are conversations our children deserve. The world we’re preparing our little ones for will be multi-national and multi-lingual. The leaders of tomorrow will understand the movement of people and capital in a way that our generation wasn’t necessarily forced to. And if we want them to the kind of leaders that will radiate positivity and healthy, sustainable goodwill, their default has to be one of inclusion as opposed to one of segregation.
While Jersey City’s playgrounds are fuller and have greater variety of ethnic and cultural diversity than others around the country, Jersey City isn’t a perfectly balanced quilt in which every voice is represented to an equal volume. To be clear, we’re just not there yet. Which brings me to JCFamilies and the 3rd annual Cultural Diversity Festival.
On July 16, 2016, the JCFamilies team organized a day of diversity with culture-related activities for the whole family, including arts & crafts, musical acts, dancers, an art show and — of course — lots of delicious food representing the diversity in Jersey City.
In other words, attend. This is, after all, one of the reasons we’re still here.
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Written by Mel Kozakiewicz. Mel is the founder and CEO of The Moxie Group, a consulting company for all your marketing needs.
Fun things to do in jersey city
Although there are a ton of great things to do in Jersey City, when summer rolls around, sometimes you just have to get out of the hot city. Remember, New Jersey isn’t called the “Garden State” for nothing. There are plenty of farms with wonderful activities for kids of all ages… Click here to read more
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Kid’s Lunch/snacks Ideas
Any mom will tell you that feeding a toddler can be a tough job. It’s especially hard to make sure they are eating healthy meals and snacks. Here are some great ideas for quick and healthy toddler snacks that will leave you feeling better about what your tot is eating – plus they are great for the whole family!
This smoothie is so quick and easy to make. Kids sometimes drink quicker than they eat, so this one is a timesaver. Plus, you can edit the ingredients to fulfill many different nutrition needs and tastes. Try your child’s favorite fruits (frozen works great, but you can use fresh), instead of milk you can use orange juice or even water to thin the smoothie out, if you are looking for a lower glycemic index use agave syrup instead of honey. Hiding greens in the smoothie, gives it a highly-nutritious punch and you can’t even taste them with all the other flavors happening.
Note: I’ve found that the easiest way to make this is with an immersion blender (like this Cuinsinart model) – it takes just a few seconds to blend and cleanup is a breeze. But, feel free to use a blender!
1 Cup of low-fat Greek yogurt (like 2% Fage)
½ Cup frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, cherries, etc.)
Handful of frozen spinach, kale or any mixed greens
¼ Cup milk or another liquid of your choice
1 Tbsp honey
Combine the ingredients in a cup or pitcher. Blend with the immersion blender until all the frozen fruit is pureed. Add more liquid if you want a thinner smoothie.
These treats are perfect for spring and great for moms on-the-go. This is an easy and healthy snack that kids love. I call them “blueberry candies” to entice my son and he loves them. Plus, they are a great snack for mom, too!
1 container of blueberries
½ Cup Greek yogurt (and kind)
2 Tbsp honey
Wash and dry the blueberries. Mix the yogurt and honey in a bowl. Using toothpicks, coat the blueberries in the yogurt mixture and place them on a cookie sheet or plate. Once you are done, place them in the freezer for 1 – 2 hours or until frozen. Pop the yogurt covered blueberries into sandwich bags and you have a ready-to-go yummy snack.
This bakes for 30 minutes, but the prep time is easy. Once it’s made, it’s a healthy quick snack for the whole family! You can add so many different ingredients to this granola to make it your own. Try different nuts, oil and dried fruit. It’s a very versatile recipe. Grab a baggie of granola on your way out the door, add milk and eat like cereal or add to yogurt parfaits.
3 Cups rolled oats
1 Cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1 Cup sliced almonds
½ Cup dried figs
½ Cup dried cranberries
1/3 Cup sunflower oil
1/3 Cup honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, coconut, almonds and dried fruit together. Add the oil and honey and stir until mixture is completely coated. Pour mixture onto a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes or until the granola is golden brown, stirring occasionally. Once granola is completely cooled, store in a container and enjoy!
Kid’s Lunch/snacks Ideas
Summer Classes in Jersey City
Soccer classes in jersey city
Swimming classes in jersey city
SUPER SOCCER STARS
Mini Sessions: Enjoy once-a-week mini seasons in Jersey City on Saturdays and Sundays mornings. June-July and August Sessions are available.
- Saturdays @ Grace Church Van Vorst(39 Erie Street, between 3rd and 2nd street, Jersey City). $135 per session (June-July or August)
- Ages 2-2.5: 11:45am – 12:25pm
- Ages 2.5-3: 10:05am – 10:45am
- Ages 3-Young4: 9:15am – 10:00am
- Older 4-5: 10:50am – 11:40am
- Sundays @ Hamilton Park(Enter at 8th St and Jersey Ave – southwest corner of park, Jersey City). $125 per session (June-July or August)
- Ages 2-2.5: 11:30am – 12:10pm
- Ages 2.5-3: 9:00am – 9:40am
- Ages 3-Young4: 9:45am – 10:30am
- Older 4-5: 10:35am – 11:25am
Drop-In Classes (HOBOKEN): Our one-of-a-kind, flexible summer program allows you to go to class whenever you feel like it! For ages 2.5 to 8.
Summer Camps (HOBOKEN): Four different weekly options, both at air-conditioned indoor facilities and outdoors, to keep your little ones kicking all summer long. For ages 2.5 to12.
Private Classes (Jersey City & Hoboken) : You say where, you say when, and we bring on the fun! Schedule your group today.
More info: http://newyork.supersoccerstars.com/
Baby and Me: 6 – 17 Months
Toddler and Me: 18 – 35 Months
Big Tots: 24 – 35 Months (evaluation required)
Level 1 Through Non-Competitive Swim Team Ages 3 and Up
Private Lessons are available year round.
All lessons are purchased and scheduled online http://www.skyclubfitnessandspa.com/#!twin-oaks/cty5
Instructor bios can be found on our website http://www.skyclubfitnessandspa.com/#!meet-the-skyclub-aquatics-department/c1nbo
SUPER DUPER TENNIS
Group Classes @ Newport & Grace Church Downtown
Ages 3-8yrs, Mon-Fri afternoons & Sat mornings
Tennis Mini Camps @ Newport
Private & Semi-private Lessons @ Newport
More info: http://newjersey.superdupertennis.com
5 week Ninja Warrior Training Group Classes, with the focus on improving core strength, improving techniques on the obstacles, while having fun.
- Kids 4-7 Years – Wednesday, 5 PM – 6 PM
- Youth/Kids – 8-12 years – Thursdays, 5 PM – 6 PM
- Ninja Warrior Training classes – Wednesdays, 7 PM – 8 PM
More info: http://www.hudsonplaynj.com/
Dance and Music Center
Price is $125 per week for 3 hours daily or $50 any day. If 4 weeks is selected, discounted price of $400 applies per month.
More info: www.nrityalina.com
Martial Arts and Gym classes all summer in addition to Camp. During the summer only unlimited classes and practice and plays are available – GREAT DEAL!
More info: http://www.mygym.com/jerseycity/articles/5542
BRICKS 4 KIDZ JERSEY CITY
PRESCHOOL (Ages 3-4): $160 per 8-week session
Classes available on the following days
Mondays 3:30 – 4:15pm (June 27 – August 15, 2016 – no class on July 4)
Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:15pm (June 28 – August 16, 2016)
Thursdays 3:30 – 4:15pm (June 30 – August 18, 2016)
Watch your children’s eyes light up as they dig into a pile of brightly colored DUPLO bricks to create fun, simple sculptures based on the ABC’s. Our alphabet-based curriculum introduces developmentally – appropriate concepts such as counting and patterning, recognizing colors and shapes, ordering, positional words and more!
LEGO CLASS (Ages 5 and up): $160 per 8-week session
Classes available on the following days
Mondays 4:30 – 5:30pm (June 27 – August 15, 2016 – no class on July 4)
Thursdays 4:30 – 5:30pm (June 30 – August 18, 2016)
This is a fun & educational program in which students are provided a LEGO kit & instruction pages to build motorized models. In this class, students will develop problem solving & critical thinking skills while exploring engineering, architecture & physics. It provides an opportunity for creative expression & promotes teamwork. (Mixed age class – children will be grouped according to their ages).
ROBOTICS (Ages 6-9): $200 per 8-week session
Classes available on the following days
Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:30pm (June 28 – August 16, 2016)
Take your child’s Lego experience to the next level with this engaging class that offers all the fun and learning of our popular technic building classes, PLUS the challenge of computer programming! Using LEGOs We-Do drag-and-drop icon based software (designed specifically for elementary ages), sensors and remote controls, your child will further customize their weekly builds by adding sound and motion. An excellent introduction into the world of computer programming and robotics that will ignite their imagination with possibilities in today’s technological world.
MINDSTORM (Ages 9 and up): $400 per 8-week session
Classes available on the following days
Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30pm (June 29 – August 17, 2016)
The hottest selling LEGO brand, Mindstorms combines classic LEGO building with the world of robotics, using motors, sensors and software. You’ll learn how to design and program your own LEGO robot that can perform all kinds of tasks! Class series begin by teaching overview of programing through a series of function based builds. With this new skill set, participants are then encouraged to work as a team and think critically to apply these learned concepts to open ended challenges. Always popular, these classes are a fun and challenging next step into to the world of robotics for the advanced Lego
More info: www.bricks4kidz.com/newjersey-jerseycity/
NEXT STEP BROADWAY
July 5th- August 10th
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
$175/45 min class
$190/60 min class
Pre-Ballet 1 Ages 3-4 @ 4:30pm
Ballet/Tap Ages 4-7 @ 5:15pm
Open Acro Ages 4 & up @ 6:15pm
Hip Hop 1 Ages 4-7 @ 4:30pm
Pre-Ballet 2 Ages 3-4 @ 5:15pm
Open Ballet Ages 7 & up @ 5:30pm
Hip Hop 2 Ages 7 & up @ 6:30pm
More info: http://www.nextstepbroadway.com/
PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOP
– A one-week musical theatre workshop at the studio for ages 6 to 10 called BOLD Arts. From June 27 through July 1 from 9am to 3pm with complimentary early drop-off (8am) and late pick-up (through 6pm).
– A 3 hour drop-off program for ages 3-5 at the Portside Towers Community called Dance ‘n’ Play, Tuesdays/Thursday 10a-1p.
– A 6-week session of weekly dance classes at the studio for ages 3 to 17 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at various times. From July 5 through August 10.
More info: http://www.performingartsworkshop-nj.com/
KEY ELEMENT LEARNING
French for Tots: 18m-4yrs: 9:20am-10:05am
French for Children: 3yrs-6 yrs: 3:30pm-4:00pm
Mini-Chef in Training: 2yrs-6yrs: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Chinese for tots: 6m-3yrs: 8:45am-9:30am
Spanish for Tots: 6m-3yrs: 8:30am-9:15am
Paint and Glue: 18m-36m: 10:30am-11:15am
Classes start June 6st through August 26h
*Language for Tots $37 per class / 6 classes $222 / 12 classes ( one make up) $420
*Art, Cooking, Science, and Children Literacy classes $32 per Class/ 6 classes $192/ 12 classes ( one make-up) $379
1. Find a beach fits your style. For me (for all of us, maybe), Asbury Park feels like everything I love about Jersey City, but on a beach. And it’s about an hour drive so even if the traffic is annoying, it’s not annoying for long.
2. Apply sunscreen at home before you get them dressed. Use the spray kind. Bring that with you. Periodically spray them while they play.
3. Asbury Park has metered parking and a parking lot. The parking lot is a little more expensive, but there’s no time limit and it’s easy to remember where your car is. I park in the lot every time.
4. You have to pay to get on the beach. If you think you’re going to be a regular, you might want to buy the season pass. If I were the person buying the tickets instead of the person corralling the toddlers, I woulda bought the season passes. My partner refuses to fill out forms, so we wound up with day passes.
5. There’s a splash pad, but it’s not that much better than the ones we have at our local parks in JC so we’ve never paid the price of admission for that. They have mini golf too, but we’ve never attempted to take our 2 & 3 year old in. Maybe next summer.
6. There’s an amazing playground. We typically save that for the end of the day– it’s the cherry on top at the end of a long day in the sun.
7. Bring your own buckets, shovels, trucks, towels, and extra clothes.
8. Do yourself a favor and wear your bathing suit to the beach with a sundress and flip-flops. Don’t try to manage kids while you’re fumbling with your bra in the public restroom. This goes for the kids too. Arrive beach ready.
9. Try to find a spot near someone else who has kids. Encourage your kids to dig or build with those kids. More kids = more parents = less stress.
10. Find a spot near the water. You don’t want to keep getting up to fill up buckets that will be almost empty by the time they get back to your spot.
11. When we went, the water was so cold that I wasn’t at all worried about the kids going in without me. They approached the shoreline, and when the water tickled their feet, they shrieked and ran away. This game lasted about half an hour, which is also known as forever in ToddlerLand. It was awesome.
Also there are lifeguards there so if there was an emergency, I wouldn’t have been on my own.
12. Pack a lunch that’s already chopped up, like strawberries or chunks of sausage. Bring toothpicks as utensils. (Don’t let them hold the whole container!) Juice boxes are also a great beach treat.
13. Asbury Park has people stationed on the beach who rent out lounge chairs and umbrellas for $10. Before I had kids, I might have scoffed at that price and lugged my own chair. Now it’s part of the reason I like that beach.
14. The boardwalk has enough food, shopping, art, and oddities to make it fun, but not too many to make it unmanageable. There are no rides or overly intoxicated twenty-somethings.
15. Take it easy. It’s a beach. Be as prepared as you can be and don’t forget to check the weather before making the trip!
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