In preparation for Mother’s Day Celebration, we created a list of events and activities that moms can enjoy on their own or with the whole family. Get some inspiration from these events to get fit and even bring out your inner Picasso.
For most moms, Mother’s Day can be just another hectic day spent getting the kids ready. Possibly to spend it in the park, or by taking the kids to a fun activity. Regardless of how the day goes, mom surely had something prepared, which is why we are grateful for moms since we owe them our lives (literally).
Aside from taking advantage of Mother’s Day Brunch Specials at your local restaurants, you can also gift yourself with great experiences on this special day because you deserve it! From mommy and me activities to races, and even for first-time moms, we made sure to include a little something for everyone.
Get planning because May 12th will be here before you know it!
Mother’s Day Celebration in Jersey City
JCFamilies is hosting a Mother’s Day Celebration in Jersey City on May 10th at Hamilton Park. Enjoy a weekend of fun and meet other moms where you can bring the whole family! There will be entertainment, music, and several vendors at this event. There will also be arts and crafts by Luna De Papel.
Bloom in love by bringing out your flowering skills with a floral design session hosted by About-Designs & Hudson Paperie. Since this event is for all ages, you can enjoy and create a beautiful spring floral arrangement with the whole family.
Be sure to visit their Eventbrite page to purchase your tickets and get more information about this wonderful event.
Healthy Mama – Mind, Body & Soul
In celebration of Mother’s Day, Mamas, You Got This & Mama’s Got Mojo brings you a curated event featuring a panel stacked with experts on mom health. You will learn about nutrition, fitness, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, massage, pelvic floor health and why it is so important to put your wellness first! You will leave feeling inspired and informed on how to get stronger, lighter, healthier and happier simply by changing a few habits and dedicating a little bit of time to self-care!
For more information and to purchase your ticket, click here.
Mother’s Day Paint Night
Hudson Pride Center is hosting a free Mother’s Day Paint Night where you not only enjoy painting but can also be part of honoring mothers while providing a creative and safe environment for mothers to bond and network. This free event includes art materials, music, light refreshments, fun and more!
Mother’s Day Paint and Sip at VIBGYOR Creations Art Studio
Following in the footsteps of famous artist Mary Cassatt, treat yourself or gift another mom a fun-filled Mother’s Day Paint and Sip at VIBGYOR Creations Art Studio, to celebrate the special bond between mother and child. Enjoy a step by step painting session even without any previous artistic experience, you’ll be surprised at how great everyone’s art turns out.
Plant Nite: Mother’s Day Wreath at Zinburger / Pearls of Wisdom in Vintage Distress Drawer
If you don’t fancy a bouquet, we have another option for succulent lovers. Gifted growers will guide you step-by-step as you make a mini Zen garden, succulent arrangement, or tiny terrarium at Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar.
TysART is also hosting a 2-hour sip and paint night at Celebrate Life Studio that moms can surely enjoy. There will be wine options, music, raffles, champagne toast, and food. For more information, visit their Eventbrite page.
2019 Mother’s Day 5K & 10K – Jersey City
Celebrate motherhood or the favorite mother in your life with a Mother’s Day 5K & 10K! This virtual race where you get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself, earns you a medal and gives an opportunity to support Vitamin Angels, an organization that provides vitamins and minerals to mothers and babies that need them.
For more information, visit their Eventbrite page.
My Gym in Jersey City would like to invite you to a very special event, Dancing with Mom! There will be exciting games, activities, adventures, pizza and more fun for mom and her children. Dress your best to dance the night away with mom. Please note that there is a nominal fee for members and nonmembers.
For more information and to RSVP for this event, please visit My Gym’s website here.
We hope you have a wonderful Mother’s day, whether you are looking for events to attend yourself or to celebrate with other mothers. You are worth celebrating and you deserve to treat yourself to any of these wonderful events and more!
No plans this weekend? We’ve got you covered! Below is a list of local events happening in Jersey City this weekend. As the weather gets warmer make sure to enjoy the local parks in Jersey City, maybe even go for a picnic or enjoy one of the outdoor dining options in the area as well!
Support the Leonard Gordon Park Conservancy’s mission to revitalize Leonard Gordon Park aka Mosquito Park. There will be a Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast at Applebee’s Hudson Mall Route 440, Jersey City to support Heights Live Summer 2019 program.
$10 Breakfast ticket includes; pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs and a drink.
The 5th annual Santacruzan Fil-Am 5k STX5K and Manila Avenue Mile will take place the evening of May 26th on the corner of Manila Avenue and 2nd street in Jersey City NJ. Registration will begin at 4:30 pm and the 5k will start at 6 pm with the mile to follow at 7 pm. Awards will begin approximately at 7:30.
There will be food, music and other activities going on as part of the Santacruzan festival. For more information, click here.
If you don’t find anything for this weekend, you can also check our list of summer events for families in Jersey City. You can celebrate the long weekend by participating in Fleet Week festivities or by contributing to fundraisers that are supporting amazing causes in the Jersey City community. Whatever you do, we hope you an amazing weekend!
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.
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
Van Vorst park, Jersey city : 257-287 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
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
Newport Green park, Jersey city: 14th St, Jersey City
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
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 !
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
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 ?
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 !
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!
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 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. Here is a curated list of things to do around Hamilton park in Jersey city
Inside Hamilton Park
Children of all ages love the 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 !
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 ways, have fun while you shoot hoops or practice your serve!
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 free exchange of children’s books. Select what you want and give back what others could use! Its 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 natures.
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- great time to enjoy music, food and 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 story telling.
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 a splendid & picturesque scenery! Like 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 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 !
A juicy burger and a bottle of wine or maple salmon and a sumptuous spread of appetizer , either way this friendly place with great ambiance is just a hop , skip, jump away from Hamilton park. Open till late night , White star has a vibe you cannot miss.
Another favorite in all age groups is carmine;s pizza factory. Serving thin crust Pizza with incredible flavors, delicious sphagetti 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 !
Another local favorite is The Hamilton Inn . This is 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 cant go wrong if choosing this place. Get there early to avoid long waiting time , specially during weekend brunch
Basic : 231 8th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
You cant 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 cant 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 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.
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!
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.
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in a routine and go to the same places, eat the same food and see the same sights. Traveling to the city is a hassle especially with kids and a Philadelphia road trip might be out of the question. There are plenty of fun things to do right here in The Garden State for the entire family to enjoy! Take a look at our list of 18 Things You Must Do With Kids in New Jersey.
Cheer on your knights as they battle to achieve eternal glory. Spectators 12 and under can enjoy an authentic Medieval experience for $36.95 while adults pay &62.95! Enjoy a hearty meal, beautiful horses dancing to music and some delicious food. The performances, food and experience earns Medieval Times a spot on our list of 18 Things You Must Do With Kids in New Jersey!
This aquarium has a reputation of being “America’s Most Touchable Aquarium.” The large aquarium is an underwater wonderland for the kids. Daily activities include Shark Week, Hippo Feed and Talk, Meet the Divers and more! The aquarium is open year-long from 10am – 5pm. General admission is $29.99 for ages 13 and up and $21.99 for kids 2 – 12 (kids under 2 are free). There is parking located on site aquarium. It is $10 per day for general admission and $5 for Aquarium Members.
The Land of Make Believe’s founder designed & built with the dream of providing affordable family fun. This amusement park isn’t just for kids! Adults alike can take part in the thrills and chills that the park has to offer. The park is open daily from 10 AM – 6 PM and the water park closes at 5:30 PM. Adults can enjoy the day for $28. While it’s $30 for children ages 2-18 and $26 for senior citizens 62 and up! Admission covers all rides, shows, attractions, family picnic grove, and the water park! Parking is also free! Before you and your little one get to the park, you can check what rides they can go on with their height requirement guide.
Six Flags Great Adventure is a staple on the east coast making it the perfect addition to our list of 18 Things You Must Do With Kids in New Jersey. While Six Flags has several locations, the largest one is right here in Jackson, New Jersey. Whether it’s flying like Superman, facing your fears on Kingda Ka, the tallest coaster in the world and fastest roller coaster in North America or twirling the day away on Pepe’ Le Pew’s Hearts Aweigh, there’s something for everyone at Six Flags! Ticket options include a daily ticket, gold season pass and a Six Flags Membership. Before you enter the park you can also explore the Six Flags Safari! Get ready for lions, tigers and bear oh my!
Due to it’s location, Keansburg was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy which upended the park taking its historical attractions with it. In 2013 the park re-opened thanks to the great deal of teamwork! Keansburg Amusement Park offers over 40 rides including kiddie family and thrill rides. You can buy tickets individually or in books of 50-200 tickets! Have fun on a budget! Keansburg offers printable coupons for you!
Take a stroll down the boardwalk at Jenksinson’s! There’s so many fun things to do for the whole family to enjoy! Win big with the boardwalk games, fill your belly with yummy treats and children can visit the onsite aquarium for just $8. If you decide to take a dive into the ocean or soak up some sun, don’t worry about the fee because the beach is free!
Bring the joys of reading to life which is why it earns a spot on our list of 18 Things You Must Do With Kids in New Jersey! For over 60 years, since its establishment in 1955, Storybook Land has been keeping the spirit of childhood alive in an entertaining and educational atmosphere. Your pay-one-price admission to Storybook Land includes unlimited rides, along with access to all of our storybook attractions! Admission for adults and children 2-64 is $27.50 and $24.50 for seniors 65 and over. Children under 2 can enjoy this amazing storybook experience for free!
This town ain’t big enough for the two of us. Only joking! The fun at Wild West City is for everyone. Adult admission to the park is $18, $16 for children 2-11 years of age and $13.50 for senior citizens. Ride tickers including the stage coach, train, pony ride and miniature golf are is an additional $4.
At Diggerland, kids are encouraged to get messy! Pick things up and tear things down behind the wheel of a dumper truck! There are so many construction themed rides for you and your family to enjoy! Diggerland XL, is the adult friendly part of the park allows adults to feel the thrill of operating heavy machinery. Host your next team building event, birthday party or bachelor and bachelorette at Diggerland! You can go any time or schedule your trip ahead of time!
Dinosaur Field Station is the Jurassic Park of the Garden State! This a world-class family attraction that combines paleonthology with the creative minds of artists giving it a well deserved spot on our list of 18 Things You Must Do With Kids in New Jersey. Guests 2 and older will pay either $16.75 at the box office or $15.50 online (including a transaction fee). Guests under 2 are free. Check out the awesome things you can add-on.
Nestled in the heart of central New Jersey lies Grounds For Sculpture, a magical place where art and nature are always at play. At its core are more than 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists, each thoughtfully positioned on meticulously landscaped parkland full of thousands of exotic trees and flowers. It is a feast for the senses. Apart from the outdoor art there are several exhibitions for you to visit. Grounds For Sculpture is open all year-round rain or shine. Admission for adults is $18, seniors $15, students 6-17 or with a valid ID pay only $10!
Before you load up the car and go, make sure to call ahead of time to confirm hours and dates for each location! Despite being so close to Manhattan, New Jersey can stand on its own and offer so many fun things for families to do all year round!
Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City in this Fall (that you didn’t think of!)
Families who live in Jersey City are fortunate to be a stone’s-throw away from many Fall activities; Drive 40 minutes away from Jersey City and find many an apple picking orchard along the road, a corn maze, or an expansive Pumpkin Patch. Below, you will not find a list of these typical activities, but rather a list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City , that are a little less typical, but just as fun!
First on the list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City is a place that is 40 minutes away from Jersey City, but worth the drive. Fall is the perfect season for families to visit this amusement park; it is the closest boardwalk to Jersey City and has all of the bells and whistles that the other more popular destinations have to offer. From go-carts to toddler rides, and even a thrilling roller-coaster; this amusement park is not crowded during the off season, and fall temperatures make it the perfect for families to enjoy a day-trip. Be sure to check their fall hours here before you leave home, as they may not be open in inclement weather, or if there are too few people at the park. Also, if a ride looks like it’s not working, simply ask for an attendant and they will operate it for you. What better way to visit an amusement park than for families to have a ride all to themselves?
Approximately 30 minutes from Jersey City, this is not your mother’s farmers market, and is not to be missed. The market’s size and variety make it unique among farmers markets and earn it a spot on the list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City This Fall. This market boasts abundant fall produce, arts and crafts, and delectable food cooked on the spot. Even the furry four legged members of the family will find something to eat (dogs are allowed and encouraged). In addition, the market is located next to an historic train depot and small museum, that will be surely pique the interest of young family members. Yes, Jersey City has its own market, but this one is worth the short drive every weekend through November.
A list of 7 Best Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City this Fall, would be incomplete without this local Jersey City destination. What’s the best time to visit? Hands-down, the answer is, in the fall! What compliments picturesque views of New York City and Harbor? Why fall foliage of course, and cool refreshing temperatures. The playground alone, with its vast and accessible structures, and panoramic New York City views would be enough to make this trip worth it any day. All of this, plus fact that it is only 10 minutes from Downtown Jersey City, are more than enough to make it on our list. Be not discouraged if you have been here many times already, there is more to be discovered: For example, the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area offers several nature hikes along its well-preserved estuary that are walk able even for the youngest members of the family.
With a plethora of farms to choose from this fall, there is a certain ‘je ne se qua,’ and charm about this farm that distinguish it from others, perhaps its charming placement on a picturesque hillside, or the scent of fresh made doughnuts mingled with warm apple cider, both made from scratch on the premises. Whether the petting zoo, or the picturesque hayride, Demarest is one of the best things to do for families near Jersey City this season, every member of the family is sure to be pleased! Not to mention, it was named by the Huffington Post as “one of the best places to pick Apples in the US”. Needless to say, it is worth the 30-minute trip from Jersey City. Not only is it a standout farm, but easily makes our list of the Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City this Fall.
Approximately a 40-minute drive from Jersey City, the picturesque botanical garden makes the list of our Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City this Fall, not only because of free admission, but because of its many flower-lined paths;the perfect antidote to the crowded streets of downtown Jersey City! Fall at Rutgers Gardens renders spectacular colors and unrivaled foliage. There are secret spots for picnics, Frisbee throwing, and perhaps a family game of hide and seek.
This Union County gem makes the list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City this Fall because well, it is brimming with live Turtles! It is relatively unknown to Jersey City residents, but it should not be! It’s unique and charming and About 35 minutes from downtown Jersey City, Echo Lake Park is full of things to do for families at any time of the year, but the backdrop of fall foliage only makes them more enjoyable. Activities for families include paddle boating, (through October), hiking trails, a playground, and walks around a waterfall and large stream, (that boasts turtles and fish). This is definitely one of the 7 Best Things to Do With Families Near Jersey City this Fall!
This well-known, but perhaps under-appreciated park makes our list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City This Fall, simply because it offers some of the best views in the Northeast. Even more, the area is surrounded by tree-lined cliffs that paint an indelible and beautiful picture. It takes about 30 minutes to get here from Jersey City. In addition to the views here, there are a plethora of things to do for families, adaptable for any age. The vast greenery of ‘Ross Dock Picnic Area,’ perfectly perched by the foot of the George Washington Bridge for example, will help to quickly erases any memory of crowded Jersey City streets. Or for the ornithologists in your family, check out the annual Hawk Watch from September to November.
Now that it’s October, maybe already had your fill of Apple Picking excursions. Perhaps you have enough pumpkins in your house to last a lifetime. If any of that sounds familiar, consider our list of Best 7 Things to Do with Families Near Jersey City This Fall. Let us know what you thought!
Best Corn Mazes to Visit this Fall near Jersey City
Did you really do fall right if you didn’t step foot into a corn maze? With the change in weather, it’s time to plan out your fall itinerary! Let your kids wonder through the beautiful entanglement of corn stalks with their loved ones. The scenery also makes a great photo op! After your pumpkin and apple picking adventures, make sure to fit in one of the Best Corn Mazes to Visit This Fall Near Jersey City on your list!
Hurds Family Farm
2187 State Route 32 Modena, NY 12548
Hurds Family Farm is a 2 acre farm making it perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. This is also a 7th generation farm, so the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! Open daily from September 1st – November 4th from 10 AM – 4 PM, there are many activities that you and your kids can enjoy! There are activity package breakdowns which make it easier for you to plan your visit!
Fink’s Country Farm
6242 Middle Country Road Wading River, New York
Fink’s Country Farm has been operating for over 5o years. Don’t be shy, pack a lunch! After venturing through the 5-acre corn maze, you have the option to enjoy their picnic area. Make sure you plan your trip soon! The fall festivities only take place on the weekend until October 28th!
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens, NY 11004
The historic 47-acre location is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. Get lost in the interactive Amazing Maize Maze! Prepare yourself for the challenge with the “Stalk Talk” which provides information on clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of the maze. This awesome twist on a classic maze is why Queens County Farm Museum has a spot on our list of Best Corn Mazes To Visit This Fall Near Jersey City! The maze is open now until October 27th on the weekends and on Monday October 8th from 11 AM – 4:30 PM. Admission to The Amazing Maize Maze is &10 for adults, $5 for children (4-11) and free for kids 3 and under. Their grounds are open seven days a week, year-round from 10 AM – 5 PM. General admission is free, except during public events.
1250 Lacy Road, Forked River, NJ
What started as a hobby farm has grown into a seasonal cafe, farmers market, pumpkin patch and a perfect place to create family memories. Argos Farms has endless activities perfect for the fall and you can even take a sneak peek at this year’s corn maze theme! Argos Farm’s maze creativity earns them a spot on our list of Best Corn Mazes To Visit This Fall Near Jersey City!
Etsch Family Farms
556 Buckelew Ave Monroe Township, NJ 08831
This year, Etsch Family Farms is celebrating a great milestone this year! What better way to celebrate 100 years of the New Jersey Farm Bureau than to create a maze paying homage to NJ’s finest Agricultural Association? The 8-acre corn maze operates weekends in September through October. Get lost with your friends and family, but remember Corn Central is there to get you out. For the foodies out there, Etsch Family Farms has some of the best apple cider doughnuts!
Harbes Family Farm
715 Sound Ave, Mattituck NY 11952
Harbes Family Farms has many locations but you can only enjoy The Barnyard Fun in Mattituck. This isn’t just a scenic walk through! You are detectives helping Jed and Jeb find their missing Pumpkin Pals. Explore the 2-acre Barnyard Corn Maze which takes approximately 20 minutes.
5755 US-209, Kerhonkson, NY 12446
If you see Chomsky, a towering garden gnome, you’re in the right place! Kelder’s Farm offers all the classic fall farm amusements: a petting zoo, hayrides and pumpkin picking! After you explore their maze, enjoy a game of mini-golf for $3.75 a game!
Heaven Hill Farm
451 State Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
Heaven Hill Farm has come a long way since it was first established in 1982 as a roadside fruit and vegetable stand in Vernon, NJ. Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, the 365-acre farm was purchased in 1961. This year from September 15 to November 4th, Heaven Hill Farm will be hosting their Great Pumpkin Festival! This is the largest fall festival in Northern New Jersey which gives it a well deserved spot on our list of Best Corn Mazes To Visit This Fall Near Jersey City! For $14 per person on the weekends, and $12 on the weekdays, you can enjoy all of their family friendly activities including the largest Corn maze in Northern New Jersey.
There is always something happening in our city, The weather is beautiful not too cold and not too hot, what else can be better than spending the day in some local event with your family right here in our beautiful city:) Here is the list of the events happening on this weekend, check out the list and decide what you want to do…:)
Leonard Gordon Park Conservancy is set to host its second annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 20 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm! Join us at our pumpkin batch at the entrance of John F. Kennedy Blvd. and Hutton Street. There will also be a live performance and our Halloween parade starts at 1:00 pm! Don’t forget to wear your scariest outfit!
The leaves are changing color which means it’s time for The We Project Food Truck Festival to roll into The Heights!
Come on out and enjoy yourselves at this great event!
Join us at Pershing Field In Jersey City Heights!
Food! Music! Fun! Did we mention FOOD?! Eat to your hearts’ content! It’s a fun filled Fall family day! Gourmet Food Trucks, partnered with local artists, businesses and some great music, make for an enchanting and fulfilling Fall day.
More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/240921059911893/
Free activities for children including live performance, pony rides, petting zoo, horse & carriage, trackless train, inflatables, pumpkin painting, face painting, spin art, hay maze, craft activities, giveaways and more. Food & sweet treats for purchase and more
5th ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 20th from 2pm to 6pm
It Just Wouldn’t be a Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School Party Without You!
Face Painting and more!
In conjunction with Journal Squared and Journal Square SID, Marketplace JC is joining forces to bring a curated selection of 20+ artisans, crafters, chefs and vintage sellers to the neighborhood.
Come on out for the newest pop-up location located in the newly renovated plaza behind Journal Square PATH (the plaza facing Magnolia Avenue) and adjacent to Journal Squared near the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Summit Avenue.
Live music will be provided by RiverviewJazz.org and will feature some of Jersey City’s favorite local bands.
The City of Jersey City and the Saraswati Cultural Association of Lights presents the 2018 Diwali Festival of Lights. The event will include cultural and folk dance, live performances, music and food vendors and more!
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Anita Chadha at [email protected] or call (551) 221-7000.
Things to Do With Kids During the Winter in Jersey City
Got cabin fever? Being stuck in the house during the winter can be a bit of a bore. However, we’ve created a list of Fun Things To Do With Kids During the Winter in Jersey City to help you and your family battle the winter blues!
111-101 River Drive, Jersey City
Let out your inner artist with Vibgyor Creations! This is an art studio offering a Montessori Art based Toddler Creative Program. While fostering social and emotional growth in a kind and nurturing environment, creative classes at Vibgyor Creations Art Studio invokes a life-long love for learning through exploration and self-expression! Enrollment is limited to make sure you register your little one!
123 Newark Ave, Jersey City
Grab a good book and a warm beverage and escape the cold weather! With books for children and adults, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Check out their calendar of events for book readings and author meet and greet!
Jersey City Free Public Library
472 Jersey Ave. Jersey City
For more reading options, the Jersey City Free Public Library has over 400,000 pieces of printed, audiovisual, and electronic resources that addresses the needs of those in Jersey City! Your little one can open up a free library card so the literary fun doesn’t have to stop! Check the libraries full online catalog so you can browse the library’s selection from home before heading out in the cold!
147 Harborside Financial Center Platform, Jersey City
The Harborside Atrium is a large massive space that hosts markets, events, concerts and holiday gatherings. The atrium’s beautiful glass ceilings allows you to see the surrounding area and you can even get a glimpse of any snow that begins to fall! Don’t want to drive if there weather isn’t the best? No problem the light rail stops right in front of the entrance!
My Gym Jersey City
252 9th St. Parking at Newport Mall Garage on 9th St and Marin Blvd, Jersey City
My Gym has a great indoor facility which tends to children 6 weeks thru 10 years of age. Using age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more, My Gym helps children develop physically, cognitively and emotionally.
Brunswick Center is a diverse group of educational, fitness and wellness focused people together in one location! Located within the Brunswick Center is Hudson Play. It’s an indoor adventure fit for your little one! The space includes activities ranging from toddler tumbling to a 6-week robotics course that teaches kids math and engineering skills using Legos! There’s even a cafe full of yummy, healthy options! All of the businesses at Brunswick Center are committed to improving the well being of others.
30 Mall Dr E W, Jersey City
Newport Centre is the premier shopping destination in Hudson County which offers three levels of shopping in the heart of the Newport Hudson Waterfront Community in Jersey City. Apart from shopping, you and your family can catch a movie at AMC! Conveniently located adjacent to the Holland Tunnel, Newport Centre is easily accessible from the Hudson Bergen Light Rail and the Path.
Curl up with a good book or feed your inner shopaholic! There are so many ways that you can still have fun in Jersey City even if there’s snow on the ground!