9 Things to do for New Year’s Eve & Day in and around Jersey City

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Things to do in jersey city

Nye17: A Night To Remember

Saturday, Dec.31st from 9 to 3 Pm, At Taphaus, 2nd street, Jersey City

Buy Tickets here: https://nyejc.splashthat.com

Chicpea X Hayoner Present:
A lavish black and white grand ball on the water. Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at Taphaus in Downtown-Jersey City, NJ.

Inspired by Truman Capote’s 1966 ‘Party of The Century’

Event Details Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1701342763529164/
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“The Big Little Railroad”

From 10-11:30am

Liberty State Park

http://libertystatepark.nj.gov

Explore the transportation history of the CRRNJ featuring the historic Jersey Central Railroad film, “The Big Little Railroad” followed by a guided walking tour of the restored terminal. No pre-registration is required; please meet at the Information Desk inside the Terminal building.
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New Year’s Eve Family Cruise

Pier 16, 89 South Street,  New York, NY 10038

Take the whole family along for a night of New Year’s Eve fun on the New York Harbor! Kids and parents can dance the night away, play Wii games, enjoy treats, party favors and more. This event is best suited for older children, as the cruise boards at 9:10 pm and sails until 12:20am. Tickets are $116 per child ages 3 – 12 and $199 per adult. Family packs are available for $700 (2 adults and 2 children).

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12 Days of Science

Liberty Science Center, Jersey City

December 21 – January 3 (closed 12/25)

The LSC will be open both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, so it’s the perfect place to get out of the cold and get the kids active! This holiday celebration includes the new Infinity Climber, building and displaying a huge snowflake, meet a live penguin, Animals Out and About,  Solve It! Avalanche Challenge,  Animal Encounter, Beekeeping: The Sweetest ScienceStory Time: Winter ExplorationSnowflake VillageRainforest RescuersLiquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Touch Tank.

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Holiday Lights Spectacular 

Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ

Phone: 973-731-5800, turtlebackzoo.com

You still have time to check out Holiday Lights if you haven’t already done so this season. Holiday Lights will be open on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 5pm – 9pm through January 3. The zoo will not have Holiday Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. However, Holiday Lights will be open on New Year’s Day, although the zoo won’t be open during the day. The event is free to the public, though donations of canned goods, toys and pet food are encouraged.

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New Year’s Eve at the Funplex

Funplex
182 Rte. 10 W., East Hanover, NJ

Phone: 973-428-8772; funplexeasthanover.com

6:30 pm–12:30 am

Can you think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with six hours of unlimited indoor attractions (plus 40 free tokens!),  music and an all you can eat buffet? We didn’t think so. Special online price of $49 beforehand or $54 at the door. Reserve before 11/30 and receive a bonus arcade card worth $10. Your kids will be ecstatic about that, no doubt!

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“Noon” Year’s Eve

Pump It Up – pumpitupparty.com

10 Middleberry Blvd., Randolph, NJ – Phone: 973-252-9777

8 Commerce Way #135, Hamilton Township – Phone: 609-586-5517

Throughout the day starting at 11am

If you’ve got youngsters that will have fallen asleep by the strike of midnight, Pump It Up has the New Year’s celebration for  you. Bring the family to this indoor play place for some bouncing before the countdown to “Noon” Year’s Eve, with four different jump times to choose from this year.

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Ocean City First Night

300 West 9th St., Ocean City

609-399-1412; oceancityfirstnightnj.com

With eight hours of non-stop entertainment at different venues throughout the town, you will enjoy yourself to the fullest. With events right up until midnight, your time will be spent to the absolute max this year in the most enjoyable way possible.

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Midnight at the Oasis Party

Sahara Sam’s Oasis

535 North Route 73 , West Berlin, NJ

https://www.saharasams.com/2016/posts/nye-midnight-at-the-oasis/

Saturday, December 31, 2016; 7:00 PM – 12:30 AM
Admission: 64.95 per person

Families get to enjoy this themed indoor water park with lots of water attractions and land events. Jam out with their DJ, play games and win giveaways. The New Year’s Eve Party includes: Admission to the Park Foam Party Delicious Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts Themed party goods (hats, noise makers, etc) Champagne Toast (for adults 21 and over) Sparkling Cider Toast for the kids.

Holiday Events In And Around Jersey City

Things to do in jersey city

The holidays are fast approaching and we are excited to share holiday events in and around Jersey City for this season!

J E R S E Y   C I T Y

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things to do in jersey cityHDSID Annual Tree/Menorah lighting with Mayor Fulop and Santa
Dec 8th – 5pm to 8pm
Newark Avenue Pedestrian Area
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Holiday Market
Grove Street PATH Plaza, Jersey City
Nov 1- Dec 22:  Every Monday and Thursday Through December 22

The Artist & Maker Market is back for the Holiday Season! Find fabulous gifts for everyone at The Grove Street Path Plaza every Monday and Thursday.

Skip the crowded malls & avoid lost packages in the mail this Season by buying directly from local artisans and makers!

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things to do in jersey cityProject Market: Winter Wonderland

City Hall Plaza, Jersey City

Saturday Dec 3rd and Sunday Dec 4th 11-6pm

http://www.thejerseycityproject.com/project-market-2016.html

Project: MARKET returns for its 4th year on December 3rd & 4th, 2016. The heated outdoor market located in the Historic Downtown section of Jersey City, NJ will act as a kick-off to the holiday shopping season highlighting local, celebrating seasonal, and encouraging economic growth amongst small businesses. Join them and EAT.SHOP.DRINK

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things to do in jersey cityThe Polar Express: An IMAX Experience 

Liberty Science Center, Jersey City

Nov 25-26 and Dec 3-10-17

http://lsc.org/blog/lsc_movies/the-polar-express/

Check out The Polar Express on the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, right here in Jersey City! Bring the kids to see this family film. Tickets are $12.50 for children 2 – 12, $14.50 for adults for non-members. For members, tickets cost $11.00 per child and $9.50 per adult.

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things to do in jersey citySanta Fest 2016

14th Street Garden, Jersey City

Sunday, Nov 27th 1-3pm

Sunday, Dec 11th 10-1pm

http://www.14thstreetgardencenter.com/pages/santa-fest

Santa’s coming to 14th Street Garden once again!

Parents will be able to take their own pictures and don’t forget your letter for Santa!

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Free Pictures with Santa

Bambino Chef, Jersey City

***date and time to be confirmed

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

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Jersey City Nutcracker

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

December 13-18

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2708608

Join in the holiday tradition with an urban holiday Nutcracker! $20 general admission and $11 for students and seniors.

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Winter Market

December 17th from 12pm to 4pm at Explore 2000.

Family Friendly Atmosphere – FREE ENTRY

This event is an indoor market held throughout the school halls where the community can shop, vendors can purchase a table to sell goods, gifts are donated to help students purchase items at an affordable rate, and students create crafts to vend.

In order to enhance the school’ current activities and initiate new programs, they must rely on the support of generous donors.

All proceeds help to benefit the Explore 2000 Student Activity for Afterschool Programming.

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Macy’s Herald Square, New York

Now – Dec 24th

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

The Malls at Short Hills, NJ
Nov 11- Dec 24
http://www.shopshorthills.com/holidays

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind interactive Santa experience! Once you arrive, visit Grand Court to register your child for Santa’s elite flight crew and receive a personalized badge. Use your personalized badge to help Santa and his elves get ready for their journey. Children will be able to try on a virtual flight suit, learn about navigation, power the sleigh and dance under magical lights and snowfall and finally enjoy a visit with Santa as an official member of his flight crew.

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holiday-lightsHoliday Lights

Turtle Back Zoo
Nov 18 – Jan 2 – Closed Dec 24-25
Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats. Different themed activities featured each December weekend makes visiting extra exciting! Admission to light show is free with paid admission to zoo. Adult price is $14.00 and for children ages 2-12 $11.00 from April 1st through November 30th. Adult price from December 1st through March 31st is $12.00 and $10.00 for children ages 2-12. Children under 23 months are always free.


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16CLS_FurryChristmas_Insta.jpgPet Photos with Santa

Celebrate Life Studios, 1200 Park Ave., Hoboken, NJ 07030

Saturday, Nov 19th 1-3pm

Get your pet photos with Santa in time for the holidays at Celebrate Life Studio in Hoboken! Portions of the proceeds from each session will benefit LHS. You can reserve your time slot HERE!

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Image result for botanical gardens train showHoliday Train Show

New York Botanical Garden

Nov 19 – Jan 16


http://www.nybg.org/hts16/

Join the Botanical Garden in celebrating their 25th year of holiday magic.  Explore a winter wonderland across their 250 acres with special tours, acappela performances, Winter Harmonies Concerts, poetry readings and activities for kids.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for children 2-12 for weekdays, $25 for adults and $10 for children 2-12 weekends. Children under 2 free everyday.

Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

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Santa’s Workshop

Staten Island MakerSpace

450 Front Street Unit B (entrance on Thompson St), New York, NY 10304

http://www.rgtoydrive.org/

http://www.makerspace.nyc/

Saturday, Dec 3 10-4pm

Wanted: Good hearted elves to make toys for the 22nd Annual Richard Gardner Jr. Memorial Toy Drive!

Adults and children age 12 and up are welcome to participate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a volunteer event. If you would like to donate to help purchase materials they would appreciate it.
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2016-holiday-titleLoew’s Jersey’s Holiday Show

Sunday, Dec 4 2-7pm

http://loewsjersey.org/calendar/

Enjoy a traditional live  holiday concert sing-along at 2:00pm and a screening of “It’s A Wonderful Life” at 3:30pm.

Admission to BOTH the Concert AND Movie:  $12 Adults / $8 Kids & Seniors (Movie Only: $10 / $7 Kids & Seniors)

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for a needy child to the Loew’s annual Toy Drive. Donated toys will be distributed off-site by a local charitable service.

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Millburn Snowflake Parade

Millburn Ave between Holmes and Spring Streets

Sunday, Dec 4 1:30-4:30pm

http://downtownmillburn.org/events/snowflake-parade.html

The parade will be held on Millburn Avenue between Holmes and Spring Streets. There will be professional bands, clowns, costumed characters, and refreshments after the parade.

Outings for November Days Off

 

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November is here and it brings with it many, many days off for public school kids. Public schools in Jersey City are closed Tuesday 11/8 for Election Day, Thursday 11/10 and Friday 11/11 for NJEA Teacher’s Convention and Veteran’s Day and then there’s all the Thanksgiving closings! One day is easy, but it can be a challenge to think up fun things to do with your kids for this many days, so close together. Fear not – here are some ideas for local (and within driving distance) fun!

222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City

LSC is open all the days that kids have off from school. New exhibits have recently been added, so if you haven’t been for a while it’s time to check it out again! Plus, they have various activities throughout the day including “Animal Encounter”, “Story Time”, “Touch Tank” and many others.  The IMAX Dome Theater is a great place to check out while you are at LSC or even on its own. Currently, you can see “Extreme Weather” and “A Beautiful Planet.” IMAX tickets are between $9 – $10. General admission to LSC is $21.75 for adults over 13 years of age and $17.75 for children ages 2 – 12. You can also buy combo tickets that include movies.

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Bambino Chef

http://www.bambinochef.com/

Get your aprons ready! At Bambino Chef cooking campers will explore the magic power of the kitchen by cooking up delicious treats from scratch, using a variety of fresh ingredients, putting kitchen tools to work, creating yummy masterpieces and making new friends!
Camp: NO SCHOOL, NO PROBLEM
November 8, 10, 11
9-12pm, 3.5-7yrs, $45
1-4pm, 7-12yrs
Online RSVP Required, non-refundable

Field Station Dinosaursthings to do in jersey city

40 Fort Lee Road

Leonia, NJ 07605

November 10 & 11
School may be closed but the Field Station is open!
Come join us for a dino-mite time from 10a-5p.

Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun.

The Field Station is an oasis of natural wonder just minutes from New York City. Over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus, so big it’s visible from the Empire State Building) come to life thanks to the brilliant engineering of the world’s leading roboticists and the imagination of our artists.

 

Newark Museumthings to do in jersey city

49 Washington Street, Newark

The Newark Museum, in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, is the state’s largest museum. It holds fine collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world. Its extensive collections of American art include works by Hiram Powers, Thomas Cole, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Church, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joseph Stella, Tony Smith and Frank Stella.

Museum Hours  Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 pm.

Museum Admission :Adults: $15
U.S. and Canadian Veterans & their families with valid I.D.: $8
Children, Seniors & Students with valid I.D.: $8
(2 years and younger: FREE)
Members: FREE
Newark Residents: FREE
Students attending colleges and universities in Newark with valid ID: FREE
Planetarium Admission (in addition to Museum admission)
Adults $6;
Children under 12, seniors, and college students $4
Members: Adults $4; children under 12 $3
For further information, call 973.596.6544.

This museum is close and lots of fun, especially for little ones who love art. They offer great family programs on the weekends and feature exhibits daily. The museum’s hours are Wednesday – Sunday from noon – 5pm. Right now you can have fun at one of the interactive galleries like “Dynamic Earth: Revealing Natures Secrets” , “Look/Touch/Learn: Nature & Art”, Fire Museum and more! One exciting feature of this museum is the Alice and Lenard Dreyfuss Planetarium. There will be special showings of Firefall on November 6th and 7th at 2pm and Legends of the Night Sky at 3pm both days. The Museum Café is open from noon – 3:30pm and offers an assortment of hot and cold beverages, desserts and snacks. Suggested museum admission is $12/adults and $7/children and students (kids 2 and younger are free). Admission for the planetarium is $5/adults and $3/children and students in addition to the suggested museum donation. They give AAA discounts, if you are a member. Also, check their list of corporate underwriters here. There are many sponsor companies that get in for free.

New York City Fire Museumthings to do in jersey city 

http://www.nycfiremuseum.org/index.cfm

278 Spring Street
Located at 278 Spring Street between Varick and Hudson Streets in Manhattan’s Hudson Square district, west of SoHo.
Open 7 days a week: 10:00AM to 5:00PM.

ADMISSION PRICES
$8.00 for Adults.
$5.00 for Children (12 and under), seniors and students with college ID.
Children under 2 free.
For groups of 15 or more:  $5.00 per person (Advance reservations are needed)
My son loves firemen and this is one of his favorite spots to visit in the city. They are open seven days a week from 10am – 5pm. The museum offers so many firemen-themed exhibits including uniforms, horse-drawn ladder wagon, early rescue gear and breathing equipment, a gooseneck pumper, double-decker Philadelphia style engine and much more. There is even an area for kids to try on some fireman gear. Plus, the gift shop has many child-sized gear and toys. Admission is $8/adults and $5/children 12 and under.


NYC Veteran’s Day Parade
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http://americasparade.org/#

NYC

The Veterans Day Parade has been organized in New York since 1929. Over 25,000 people participate in the parade each year, making it the largest in the nation.  It starts at approximately 11:15 AM  and concludes around 3:30pm on Friday, November 11. The parade will go north on Fifth Ave, from 26th to 52nd Street.

Take the kids to the largest Veteran’s Day event in the nation! They expect more than 600,000 spectators this year and it is broadcast on television. The parade begins at Madison Square Park at 11:25am and travels up Fifth Avenue to 52nd Street. This event is free.

Halloween Events in Jersey City

Ghost of Uncle Joe’s 10/22; Harsimus Cemetery, 1pm-3am!

This annual event is rock show in a cemetery with local musicians performing covers of famous bands. There will be delicious food, refreshing beer, prize giveaways for best costumes and more.


66Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns at the Meadowlands 10/27-10/30

Debuting in New Jersey is the most iconic, truly unique family-friendly fall event, RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns! Come see thousands of hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path and set to a musical score designed to bring out the Halloween spirit in visitors of all ages!


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Spooky Terminal 10/29 @4 to 8 pm

Join us as we transform the historic Central Railroad of NJ into The Spooky Terminal on October 29th. Located in a one of a kind venue over looking the gorgeous Manhattan skyline in the heart of Liberty State Park. All aboard!Buy your tickets here: http://www.chicpeajc.com/event/tot2016/

There will be Fun Activities, Bouncy House, Costume Contest and more!

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Spectral Gala 10/29, from 8 PM – 1 AM* at Cathedral Hall, 380 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Spectral Gala is an event we’ve been dreaming up for years! Finally the stars are aligning, so watch this page for more details!! Must be 21 or over.

PURCHASE TICKETS AT THE LINK BELOW:
https://www.universe.com/events/spectral-gala-a-halloween-ball-tickets-LQXH61

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terminal-of-terrorTerminal of Terror 10/29; Liberty State Park; *Family Friendly Events 4-8 pm*

The historic Central Railroad of NJ transformed into The Terminal of Terror. Music, Food Trucks, Haunted Activities, Bouncy House, Costume Contest and more!

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img_1621Curious Kids Toddler & Preschool HALLOWEEN EVENTS! 10/29
MONSTER MESSES “Anyone & Me”

Age 1-3 – 10:00-11:00am – $20
Come make a MONSTER MESS at our toddler Halloween Event!
Spider slime, monster melt, pumpkin guts- and we’ll do all the cleanup!
SPOOKY SCIENCE: Drop Off
Age 3-6 – 11:30am-12:30pm – $25
Explore some SPOOKY SCIENCE at our preschool Halloween Event!
Exploding ghosts, making potions, dancing worms and more!
*Children must be potty trained to attend drop off.
Call or email to reserve your spot!  Space is limited! 
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HudsonPLAY Halloween ! 10/30th 12- 3 PM
WERE HAVING A PARTY
YOU’RE IN FOR A SCARE
ITS A HALLOWEEN BASH SO DRESS UP IF YOU DARE!
Activities includes
– Magic Show
– Face painting and Baloons
– DJ and Dancing
– Prizes for Best Dressed, Most Creative (Individual), Most Creative (Family)
– All HudsonPLAY activities included in the price except for the Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coaster Rides ($3 per ride per person)

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Annual Paulus Hook Halloween Parade 10/30 in Paulus Hook Park

Intersection of Grand St & Washington St
12:30 PM  Pet Parade

1:45 PM    Children’s Parade

Donations to Benefit Paulus Hook Park Redesign and Liberty Human Society

 

 

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13680328_10154415468464703_5970897683514517284_oFamily Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall 10/31; 3-6 pm

Have a ghoulishly good time on The Pedestrain Mall this Halloweeen! There will be facepainting, a bouncey house, music, and CANDY! In-district members- FREE!

Ragamuffin Parade & Costume Contest 10/31; Washington St. Hoboken,3:15

Line up at 3:15pm on Washington Street bet. 13th & 14th Street. Parade starts at 3:30pm. Parade features local live music, floats, lots of great costumes and so much more. Wear your Halloween best! Costume Contest begins at 4:30pm after the Parade at The Little League Field, 5th Street & River Terrace

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November:

Artists’ Studio Tour (Hoboken) 11/8; 12-6 pm

There are many locations; the tour is designed so you can easily walk from studio to studio, gallery to gallery. As diverse as the art itself, the tour’s popularity draws artists far beyond the banks of Hoboken, showcasing art in many forms, in a variety of mediums. Visitors can meet the artists and witness the creative process at work.

14192158_609893195863666_591054107516256895_nHoboken Turkey Trot and 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run 11/19; Pier A Park 9:30 am

Join us for the 3rd annual Hoboken Turkey Trot 5K and 1-mile fun run! This friendly, fun, and family event takes place along Hoboken’s historic waterfront! Proceeds will benefit local charities in the City of Hoboken. Burn calories and speed up your metabolism before the big feast!

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Jersey City Heights Turkey Trot 5K 11/24; Pershing Field; 8 am

Join the first annual Jersey City Heights Turkey Trot 5K and 1 mile fun run. This great race for family and racers takes place along Jersey City Heights business district! 

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Day of the Dead Block party on Jefferson St. between 1st & 2nd Street 11/05
(In front of HoLa, 123 Jefferson Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030.)When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 (Rain or Shine), 1-4pm
All Activities are included!
  • Bouncy House
  • Face Painting
  • Obstacle Course
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Story Time
  • Entertainment and more…
Available for additional purchase at the event:
  • Food & Drinks
  • Beer
  • Bake Sale
  • Professional Photography
Pre-sale Ticket: $8/child and $20/family pass (adults are free)
Day of Event Ticket: $10/child and $25/family pass (adults are free)

Fall Classes in Jersey City

Super Duper Soccer Stars

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Fall Soccer Classes in Jersey City | Children ages 2-5 years old September 7th – December 21st

Indoor classes

Wednesdays & Saturdays @ Grace Church Van Vorst
39 Erie Street, between 3rd & 2nd St.
Outdoor classes
Wednesdays & Sundays @ Hamilton Park
Enter at 8th St and Jersey Ave – southwest corner of park
Classes are filling up quickly. Save your spot today by clicking here: http://newyork.supersoccerstars.com/classes/search-schedule/
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Super Duper Fall Tennis Classes (Indoor & Outdoor)
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  • Back to school = back to tennis
  • At Newport kids play on a REAL court with great NYC skyline views
  • Grace Church Offers a safe, air-conditioned environment
  • Super Duper brings the nets, racquets, balls and the FUN
  • Low 4:1 child-to-coach ratio – with experienced and energetic instructors
  • Don’t miss out, previous seasons have SOLD OUT

Newport Class Schedule:
(8 weeks/ 8 sessions — Sept thru Oct)

Tues – Tiny Aces (4yrs), 5-5:45 PM
Tues – Big Aces (7-8yrs), 6-7 PM
Fri – Mini Aces (3yrs), 4:15-4:45 PM
Sat – Mini Aces (3yrs), 9-9:30 AM
Sat – Tiny Aces (4yrs), 9-9:45 AM
Sun – Little Aces (5-6yrs), 11AM-12PM

Grace Church Class Schedule:
Thurs – Mini Aces (3yrs), 3:30-4 PM
Thurs – Tiny Aces (4yrs), 4:15-5 PM

REGISTER NOW: http://newjersey.superdupertennis.com/nj-jersey-city-fall-2016/

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Key Element Learning
Key learning Element
Key Element Learning offers After-School Language program for ages 3-7 years old. This program is offered 5 days a week, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.We offer classes in Chinese (Mandarin), French and Spanish for beginner to advanced students. Classes are designed to expose preschoolers, Kindergartens, and Elementary students to a second or third language while participating in both recognized and fun activities adapted to the student’s age and level of proficiency in the language. Each class experience will build your child’s communication skills, gain their confidence of speaking another language and will develop their awareness of different cultures.
A) Our teachers to students ratio (1 to 6) allows enabling nurturing individual attention for each child.
B) We offer various programs and sessions to meet with parents’ needs
C) Half Day, Mini Camps and  After Care
E) We arrange our staff to pick up children from their schools to our center for the chosen programs.
After School Schedule
Afterschool is available every day from 3:00 to 6:30, you can mix and match different classes, choose 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. Our After Care is available until 7:00pm. Payment options are available.
Spanish is offered every weekday
Chinese TuesdayWednesday and Friday
French Monday & Thursday
All languages include: Art, cooking & science

 Feministival Series- FUNtastic Summer in JC

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 JC Education Fair

JC Education Fair

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“Magicians’ Face-off”

“Magicians’ Face-off”

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JC Harvest Festival 2016 

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Halloween Parade 2016

Halloween Parade 2016

 

Kaun Banega ROYAL Selfie Queen

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Partcipation Form:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WGZQ3GW

– Fill out the registration form above to enter the contest

– The first 100 people to fill out the registration forms will receive Royal Goody bags consisting of ( Besan, Poha, and Sooji)

– In order to collect those goody bags, please visit the independence day event at  Exchange Place Plaza, Jersey City from (4PM to 8PM)

  1. – Create a dish using any of the  Royal Staple product (Besan, Daliya, Poha, Maida and Sooji)
  2. – Take a selfie with the dish you cooked.
  3. – Upload your selfie to our FB Page (Contest tab) and tag @RoyalBrand with the hashtag #RoyalSelfieQueens
  4. – The posts that generates maximum likes will win exciting gifts and cash prizes worth up to $1000 from Royal Brand. To increase your chances to win, you can ask all your Facebook fans to like your post on the Royal Page as the more the likes the more chances you have to win.
  5. – Contest Dates: Aug 13thto Sept  15th
  6. –  Last Date to upload a selfie is Aug 31st.
  7. – Photo may not depict any illegal activity, violence or nudity.
  8. – Any persons depicted in the photo must be made aware that their photos will be publicly displayed on the Royal Brand page.

Please click on the link below to see the Event Details:     https://www.facebook.com/EventsinJerseycity/ 

Overnight trips close to Jersey City

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

Woodstock, NYOvernight Trips close to Jersey City  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 Jersey Shore, NJOvernight Trips close to Jersey City

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

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

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

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

Overnight Trips close to Jersey CityMystic, Connecticut 

This seaside town nestled in Connecticut is about a 2.5 hour drive from Jersey City. It is an excellent family destination with so many activities for everyone to enjoy. One of the big draws in the area is the Mystic Aquarium, which offers countless exhibits (Beluga Whales, Titanic, Arctic Watch and many more) a 4-D Theater and programs like the Encounter Program which allows kids get up-close and personal with their favorite animals. Plus, they offer family programs for various age groups. Another popular activity in Mystic is to take a ride on the high seas and embark on a half day or sunset sail! They offer different times of day and even private charters for larger groups. Olde Mistick Village is a fun-filled historic shopping experience for the whole family. Enjoy more than 60 small shoppes in a colonial setting. For your little (or big) train enthusiasts, don’t miss the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, which is the only steam train and riverboat connection in the country. Plus, dino-lovers will enjoy The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village in nearby Montville, CT. The area is host to many family-friendly 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.

Overnight Trips close to Jersey CityHershey, PA

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

Raising Them Right: Diversity as a Gift

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.

MVI_94544583Jokes 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.

Nadiya5 (1)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.

Cana2 (1) (1)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.