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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.

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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.

6 Ideas for Long Weekend: Fun things to do in jersey city

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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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Toddler in the house! Take these considerations and be hassle free at the beach. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

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Did you know that Jersey has some of the best beaches in the Country? Click here to learn our top 5 picks for families:

 

 

 

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Raise your hand if you want to know where are the best sprinkler parks and pools in Jersey City and Hoboken! Check them here and go to all of them.

 

 

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Liberty Science Center will be open. Check the Calendar here 

 

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Let’s go to the zoo! Check here some tips we have prepared for you.

 

 

 

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SUMMER CLASSES in Jersey City

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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/

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SKY CLUB

Swimming Classes:

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

More info: http://www.skyclubfitness.com/Sky_Club_Fitness_and_Spa/Welcome.html

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SUPER DUPER TENNIS

Group Classes @ Newport & Grace Church Downtown

Ages 3-8yrs, Mon-Fri afternoons & Sat mornings

http://newjersey.superdupertennis.com/nj-jersey-city-summer-2016/

 

Tennis Mini Camps @ Newport

Ages 5-8yrs

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Private & Semi-private Lessons @ Newport

ALL Ages

http://newjersey.superdupertennis.com/nj-privates-semi-privates/

More info: http://newjersey.superdupertennis.com

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HUDSON PLAY

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/

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NRITYALINA

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

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MY GYM

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
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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/


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SUMMER DANCE

July 5th- August 10th

Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Ages 3-14

$175/45 min class

$190/60 min class

 

Tuesdays

Pre-Ballet 1 Ages 3-4 @ 4:30pm

Ballet/Tap Ages 4-7 @ 5:15pm

Open Acro Ages 4 & up @ 6:15pm

 

Wednesday

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/


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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/

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KEY ELEMENT LEARNING

MONDAYS

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

 

TUESDAYS

Chinese for tots: 6m-3yrs: 8:45am-9:30am

 

THURSDAYS

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

 

Tips and Tricks for Taking Toddlers to the Beach

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

This blog is written by Mel and she is the founder and CEO of The Moxie Group, a consulting company for all your marketing needs.

Weekend Events in Jersey City

 

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Saturday, June 25th from 11am to 4pm

1000 Garfield Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

Join Mayor Steven Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency in celebrating Jersey City’s latest green space, Berry Lane Park!

This celebration is free and open to the public, and includes live music, demonstrations, sports, children’s activities, food vendors and more.

Berry Lane Park features two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a baseball field, a soccer field, a playground and passive recreation areas that include 600 new trees and a rain garden.

This project transformed more than 17 acres of property—including former rail yards, junk yards, auto repair shops, industrial facilities, and warehouses—into recreational space for Jersey City residents.

For more information on the park, visit: http://berrylanepark.org


Singing With Molly

Saturday June 25th from 1pm to 2pm at Brunswick Center, 189 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

FREE voice class for all levels

Ages 6 to 18 welcome

RSVP at [email protected]


Opening of Lincoln Park’s Farmers Market

Sunday, June 26th from 10am to 3pm

Celebrate their 3rd season in Lincoln Park! Jersey fresh produce and fruits, prepared foods, all natural body products and more! Open every Sunday from June 5th – October 30, 10am to 3pm.

13 Reasons to spend #FieldTripFriday at Turtleback Zoo

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1.-Free Parking. It’s VERY CLOSE to the entrance. And it’s in a covered garage with an elevator. We’re from Jersey City – we feel the value of this feature in our souls.

2.-It’s not a long drive. It’s on 280 just past Newark. If you’re paying attention and don’t get on 280 the wrong way, you’ll make it in 30 minutes. The kids can handle the drive without wearing a pull-up or having a major meltdown fit. Plus there are dozens of low flying airplanes and construction vehicles on the side of the road to entertain them.

3.-There’s a Dunkin Donuts literally across the street from the zoo, so if you (like me) rush out of the house un-caffeinated, you can grab one in the drive-thru before you go in.  Which brings me to my next point.

4.-You can bring your own snacks. There is a beautiful dining area, which sells food in case you forget or just don’t have enough time to get it together in the morning, but if you’re on a budget or simply want your kids to eat the carrots you bought the day before, you can bring them with you. No one will yell at you.

5.-They sell memberships. Family memberships pay for themselves if you get out to the zoo twice. Which you will. They’re open all year and this place doesn’t get old. You’ll definitely use it twice.

6.-You can bring your stroller but you don’t have to. Of course, this depends on the age of your kids (and whether or not you have a backpack – let’s face it, the stroller is used mostly to lug all our stuff around) but it’s not so huge that they can’t walk around the zoo. More like run, really – it’s an exciting place for kids. Or you can rent the carts there if you need to. They look like safari jeeps.

Fun things to do in jersey city7.-The animal enclosures are really close to you, and to each other. It’s not a giant zoo where you might see one animal every two hours. As soon as you walk in, there’s a half a dozen penguins swimming and strutting about. They’re right on the other side of the glass and they appear as if they appreciate the attention. It’s a great way to start a trip. They also have monkeys, a petting and feeding area, bison, wolves, a butterfly tent, a bird sanctuary where kids can feed the birds using popsicle sticks, sea lions, giraffes… The giraffes are new this season and my kids LOVED them, especially since we read Giraffes Can’t Dance the night before.

8.-There’s a playground with a huge climbing frame and a shielded area where moms can sit and gossip in the shade.

9.-They have a train that goes past the giraffes, the pond, and through a tunnel. I recommend doing this first – the line can get long and kids get impatient but I find that if you do it first, they’re still electrified about being at the zoo and are more tolerant of the wait. Plus they love the train. It’s worth the wait.

Fun things to do in jersey city10.-The carousel has different animals on it instead of just horses, and also they require parents to go with kids, which is awesome because you don’t have to tell me twice to get on a merry-go-round!

 

Fun things to do in jersey city11.-Pony rides! Need I say more? The ponies are pretty small and the white one had a pink harness that every little girl in the line discussed at length.

12.-Dunkin Donuts is across the street. Did I mention this already? It’s great on the way out too. Maybe I have a problem. Don’t judge me.

13.-My kids fall asleep on the way home, which means I get to sit in my car and drink my coffee while reading a magazine once we get home. This might seem like a minor point, but hey – there are no dishes to wash or laundry to fold in the car.

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Mel Kozakiewicz is the founder and CEO of The Moxie Group, a marketing and consulting company in Jersey City. www.jerseycitymoxie.com

 

Hudson Montessori 7th Annual Social Studies Fair Presents “The Olympics”

Hudson Montessori’s 7th Annual Social Studies Fair will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The fair showcases our children’s academic journey with this year’s theme, The Olympics. The central attraction, the Exhibit Hall, is the fruition of a year-long study that was integrated into many aspects of the school’s curriculum. What makes “The Olympics” a unique topic is that the children have not only looked at the Olympics as a series of sporting events, but have delved into its history, present and future. They have studied what it takes to become an Olympic athlete and what it takes to become a host country. All of this culminates in the exhibits where they have applied their knowledge and skill to develop their displays. The event also includes a carnival for more than 500 people to be held in Zeppelin Hall, the large event space adjacent to the school, which promises fun for all ages. We will feature food from local Jersey City vendors, and activities that include bounce houses, craft tables, face painting, photo booths, and a mix of sport stations that celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016

Time: Opening Ceremony at 9:00 AM

Exhibition and Carnival from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Venue: Classrooms (Exhibits) and Zeppelin Hall (Carnival)

*Rain Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016

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