Jersey City and Hoboken Sprinkler Parks and Pools

With all these cold days we’ve been having, it’s easy to forget about what to do once the weather warms up! With it heating up in Jersey City, it’s time to get outside with your kids. On the really warm days, the only place to be is a sprinkler park or at one of the city pools. Here’s a list of the sprinkler parks and pools in Jersey City, and some in Hoboken, so you can enjoy those really hot days and keep the kids active.

Jersey City: Jersey City Sprinkler Parks 


Pavonia Pool is located at 917 Pavonia Avenue in the West Side neighborhood of Jersey City. The pool is currently open Monday – Friday from 4pm – 7pm and weekends from 11am – 7pm. The hours will be extended, once school is out for the summer. This pool is free to residents.

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks Lafayette Pool and Aquatic Center is located at 395 Johnston Avenue in the Communipaw neighborhood of Jersey City. This location is very convenient to downtown Jersey City and Liberty State Park. The pool offers a kiddie pool with water features and a slide, a larger pool and a snack stand. The center is open Monday – Friday from 7am – 10am for adult/lap swim only and 4pm – 7pm for everyone (the hours will get longer when school is out of session). Weekend hours are 11am – 7pm.

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks Pershing Field Pool is located at 201 Central Avenue in Jersey City Heights. The pool is currently open Monday – Friday from 7am – 8pm and on weekends from noon – 5pm. This pool is indoors, so you can go regardless of the weather. The fees for this pool for residents are $3 for adults and $2 for children on weekdays and $4 for adults and $3 for children on weekends. For non-residents, the fees are $6 for adults and $4 for children on weekdays and $8 for adults and $4 for kids on weekends.


Sprinklers are available in the following Jersey City parks. All city sprinklers are open daily from 11am – 7pm.  The first few below are in the downtown area. I’ve listed them, along with other fun things available at and around the downtown area parks.

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks Hamilton Park, 8th Street and Hamilton Place — Take a leisurely day at Hamilton Park with the whole family. The Splash Pad will help keep the kiddies cool or let them monkey around in the playground area. There is even a playground for the smaller children, which includes a little sprayer (since the Splash Pad can get a bit wild). Or just bring a blanket and sit in the shade, while the kids play on one of the beautiful lawn areas. There are even two dog runs, so don’t forget your furry baby. On Wednesdays you can enjoy all of these activities, plus the weekly farmer’s market. The park gets crowded, but it’s fun to picnic on the grass and try some of the yummy local food the market offers.

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks  Newport Green, 700 Washington Boulevard — Newport Green isn’t actually a city park. The sprinklers are supposed to shut down around 6pm and the park itself closes at dusk. This unique little park, not only offers a fun sprinkler area, it also has a large and modern playground — complete with something for kids of all ages. This park also boasts a small carousel that’s a huge hit with the younger kids. A small sandy beach with umbrellas completes this downtown oasis. Parking can be an issue, so make sure to follow the rules posted on signs along the streets. Also, remember pets are not allowed at Newport Green.

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks Enos Jones Park, 8th Street and Brunswick Street — This small park has a cute sprinkler area in the playground. A whale, dolphin and seal squirt water and kids have an area to run around and play while cooling off. The playground is right there, so kids can run from one to the other, plus the entire area is gated. A small, pretty community garden project is in the corner of the area. The park also offers a skate park, for those who love to ride their scooters on ramps! You can walk around the entire park and it’s usually a nice quiet walk. Feel free to bring dogs! This park is within walking distance of the bigger Hamilton Park, so if you feel like hitting two in one day, it can easily be done. Stop by a local (kid-friendly) eatery like Carmine’son Brunswick and 7th for a sandwich or sit at an outdoor table at the White Star for a burger and fries.

Pershing Field Park, Summit Avenue and Pershing Plaza 

Lafayette Park, Maple Street and Van Horne Avenue 

Dr. Lena Edwards Park, 325 Johnston Avenue 

Arlington Park, 785 Grand Street 

Audubon Park, 103-129 Bergen Avenue 

LaPointe Park, 90-92 Dekalb Avenue 

Country Village Park, 30 Sycamore Road

Columbia Park, Bartholdi Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard 

Bayside Park, 480 Garfield Avenue 

Muhammad Ali Park, Van Nostrand Avenue 

For more information, please call 201-547-5003 or 201-547-4449 for sprinklers.


Four parks in Hoboken offer sprinklers for the kids to cool down! They are open daily from 11am – 5pm all summer long. Here’s the list:

Church Square Park, 4th Street and Willow Avenue — This newly-renovated park includes a sprinkler area, brand-new playground equipment, swings and even an area dedicated to toddlers. There is also a dog run, so feel free to bring the dogs. Hoboken Public Library is right across the street, so you can pop in for story time if you are feeling too hot. Don’t forget to stop by Sweet for what some consider the best cupcakes in the area!

Jackson Street Park, Jackson Street and 1st Street — This park is tucked away in a quiet area of Hoboken. After you wear yourselves out, walk down to the original Hoboken location of the famous Grimaldi’s on Clinton and 2nd Streets and grab a slice of what is hailed, by some, as the best pizza ever.

Madison Park, Madison Street and 3rd Street — Another quiet location, you can walk around the little shops, go to the movie theatre down the block or stop by the infamous Fiore’s Deli on Adams Street for a fresh mozzarella and gravy sandwich!

Elysian Park, Hudson Street and 10th Street — Close to the waterfront, this location allows you many options to walk around with your little ones. Take a walk to Shipyard Park or Castle Point Skate Park. There is a dog run, so bring your dogs along. There are countless cafes and pizzerias in this area, so take your pick and enjoy!

For more information on Hoboken parks and sprinklers call 201-420-2012.

More Indoor Spaces in and Around Jersey City – for All Ages

Indoor Spaces in Jersey City

Yes, it’s cold outside and the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter. Kids of all ages are beginning to get stir crazy, not to mention parents. Here are some ideas to keep you and the kids busy. Check out my list of places to have some indoor fun for kids of all ages.

Jersey City:

Indoor Spaces in Jersey CityLiberty Science Center 

We know that Liberty Science Center is a great place to bring toddlers, but did you know that there are activities for older kids, as well? The BASF Kids’ Lab is a place for children 6 – 12 (accompanied by at least one adult per 4 children) to explore with chemistry.  find out why we sneeze or hop onto the subway car and learn how diseases spread. Don’t forget to check out the IMAX Dome Theater, which is great for all age.

You can even do a Camp In overnight birthday party ($60 per camper and $200 birthday package fee). They also offer regular birthday parties for children ages 1 – 12!

In door play area in Jersey CityJersey City Public Library 

The Vincenzo Domenico Bonetti II Room at the main branch of Jersey City Public Library (472 Jersey Avenue in downtown JC) offers many free events and activities for older children. There are always crafts, art, movies and so much more going on! Take your kids in to get their free library card. Letting them choose books on their own and being responsible for bringing them back on time is great practice for them! Children of any age can get a card, but children under 14 need a parent with them. For residents of Jersey City that are high school aged and older, you must show a photo ID and proof that you live in Jersey City (an official bill addressed to you at your JC address). Parents may apply for a card for their child. Click here for an application and bring it into any branch with the proper identification. Plus, there are computers available for children to use.

In door play area in Jersey CityFree Swimming Lessons 

Jersey City is offering free swimming lessons to children ages 6 – 14 years at local area pools through May 2014. The program locations are listed on the flyer and include PS 6, PS 16, PS 23, PS 27 and PS 41. There is a class beginning this month, call 201-547-5003 for registration information.

Indoor Spaces in Jersey CitySaint Peter’s Swimming Pool 

Children of all ages can sign up for lessons or you can get a family pool membership and children can swim during the designated swim times all year long. Swim lessons are 7 weeks in length and cost $100 per child and $180 for 2 children. For more information, call 201-761-7338. You can also go directly to the pool to register Monday – Friday between 3pm and 6pm.

Pershing Field Pool 

Pershing Field Pool is located at the corner of Summit and Pershing in Jersey City Heights. This indoor pool is open daily to the public, with limited free swim hours. Please click here to confirm times. Fees are $3 for resident adults and $1.50 for resident children. There is also an outdoor ice skating rink located on-site.

In door play area in Jersey CityPole Position 

If you have a child who feels the need for speed this is the place for you! Pole Position is an indoor go-kart racing facility located on Caven Point Road right here in Jersey City. The facility offers a snack bar and arcade, in addition to non-stop racing fun! Stop in for Arrive and Drive racing. You walk in on a first-come, first-served basis. They offer a Youth Race for children 58 inches or taller ($20/member and $25/non-member) and Junior Races for children 48 inches – 56 inches ($18/member and $22/non-member). Each racer must purchase a temporary race license for $5. They also offer birthday party packages for children between the ages of 8 and 18 years. They offer two party packages and some customization options, plus they can customize your entire event. The Rookie Package starts at $40/person and each racer gets one standard junior race, pizza, soft drink, invitation and $5 arcade card. You will receive 1 hour of use of the private party room and a free t-shirt for the birthday racer.

Other Locations:

In door play area in Jersey CityPump It UpSecaucus

Does your family have cabin fever? Missing the park? Take them to Pump It Up in nearby Secaucus and let them jump around! Stop in for an Open Jump day (check the calendar for dates and times here. Different days have different themes like pizza and ice cream or glow jump. Prices vary, but generally an open glow jump is $12/child and gives you up to 70 minutes in the arenas with glow in the dark lighting. Each child receives a glow necklace. The pizza and ice cream jumps are $14.95/child, but come with 70 minutes in the arenas and 35 minutes in the party room for food. Each child gets a slice of pizza, unlimited drinks and ice cream. Don’t miss the Valentine’s Day open jump on Friday, February 14, 2014. For $14.95/child kids will get pizza and drinks, a small stuffed Valentine’s Day dragon, up to 70 minutes of jump time and more! You must register for Open Jumps in advance online. And yes, they do birthday parties! They offer 3 different packages and have many add on options like glow in the dark jump or superhero training camp. Plus, all parties are 100% private for both play time and in the party room! Kids must be 34 inches and up to play on the inflatables. Click here for some of the deals they are currently offering.

In door play area in Jersey CityIKEAElizabeth

And you thought it was just for buying furniture! IKEA is a great place to take the kids for an outing on a cold winter day. Kids can jump out some energy and play on the toys in the kid’s area. The Ballroom Play Area is supervised and kids of heights 37” – 48” who are potty-trained can play. Kids can stay for up to an hour (sometimes 30 minute time limit if they are busy). Plus, IKEA offers convenient parking for families and the restaurant is great for families with kids of all ages. The restaurant faces Newark Airport, so you can keep the kids busy by watching the planes as you eat. There is also a kiddie eating area complete with little chairs and tables and a TV that sometimes shows children’s movies. Plus, there are affordable kid menu options and don’t forget the frozen yogurt by the check out before you leave!

In door play area in Jersey CityJersey Gardens OutletsElizabeth

Not far from IKEA, this outlet mall has a bunch of kid’s stores, a huge food court, play areas for younger kids and an arcade with games and rides for older kids. The arcade called Jeepers has games, rides and food (mainly for older kids). Plus there is a play area with rides. A huge bonus is that 16 Handles just opened up a location here. Kids of all ages (including me) love to choose their frozen yogurt flavors and all the toppings! They also have events for kids throughout the year, so check their website for information.

In door play area in Jersey CityNewark Museum, Newark

Newark Museum is only about a 20 minute drive from downtown Jersey City and they offer events and exhibits for kids of all ages and families throughout the year. Drop-in art and science programs are offered for various age groups (some are for ages 6 and up, some are for ages 4 – 8 and more) each weekend. There are various activities in the galleries, including look/touch/learn exhibits and the Planetarium Gallery. The Planetarium offers shows like Extreme Planets (Wednesday – Friday at 2pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 4pm) for ages 10 and up and Earth, Moon and Sun (Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm) for children ages 6 – 9. Planetarium tickets are not included in general admission and will cost $5/adult and $3 for children under 12, seniors and college students. There are special workshops available for children ages 6 – 12 and even some for babies. Each month there are family festivals held for children of all ages. Check the calendar for details. The suggested museum admission is $12/adults and $7 for children seniors and students (with a valid ID) and kids younger than 2 are free.

In door play area in Jersey CityAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryManhattan 

We all know that NYC offers some of the best museums around. If I had to choose one museum that was fun for all ages and that I can still remember running around as a child, it has to be the American Museum of Natural History. Any kid who is into dinosaurs will revel in the numerous Fossil Halls. Experience the Butterfly Conservatory and walk through a garden surrounded by butterflies! See an IMAX or 3D movie like Mysteries of the Unseen World, which is now playing. Or check out Dark Universe, the space show currently showing at Hayden Planetarium. (You must purchase a “General Admission Plus” ticket for Butterflies, IMAX or Planetarium). You can even download the new Explorer App for your iPhone to find your way around the museum. The museum offers several on-site dining options, parking and several gift shops throughout. There is even a link on the website to tailor your visit for various age groups here.

Mother’s Day Craft Ideas

Moms, you might want to forward this one over to dad 😉 Here’s some simple and cute ideas for Mother’s Day this weekend!

From top left to right…

A Card for Mom
The most important thing to give on any holiday – a cute card! Something I love doing is combining cut paper with markers and crayons. To make a super simple design, glue paper circles to a folded piece of paper and use markers to add faces, petals, stems and leaves. {I also heard there will be a card making station at this Friday’s JCFamilies event in Hamilton Park!!}

Plant Sticks
Shop Rite always has a great selection of plants this time of year… so why not go over and pick out a few pansies and other fun flowers? Then, have your little one decorate some plant sticks to add for decoration. Simply glue a sturdy piece of paper to a Popsicle stick and it’s done! I found these pre-cut cupcake designs at A.C. Moore… but just about any stationery or party store will have something like it too.

Mother’s Day Bunting
What cuter way to decorate your home this weekend than with a cute hanging bunting!  While visiting Paper Presentation in NYC this week, I noticed craft stores are now selling triangle pads of paper for a super easy way to make this decoration, or take a pile of construction paper and cut into uniform long triangle shapes. Decorate each ‘triangle’ with stickers, markers and crayons and attach to a long piece of string for hanging. Add some beads to the string to keep the kids occupied a little longer 😉

Framed Fingerprints
Pick up a super cute miniature frame at Duane Reade or even the dollar store, and add a tiny picture by your little Picasso. All kids love making fingerprint people. All you need is an ink pad and some pencils.

For a video featuring some of the crafts above, visit this link which features me teaching Mother’s Day Crafts on eHow.

Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow and ModernMom. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley designs murals for kids rooms in Jersey City, and offers kid friendly artwork and decor to the community through her business ‘Lady Lucas’.

4 Great & Green Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!

Craft Ideas for kids

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up {March 17} and is one of the most magical holidays for children! Leprechauns, lots of green and shamrocks are popular each and every year and add something special to the upcoming spring season. I’ve come up with four great and green ideas for you to try with your children this year. Enjoy!

1 Leprechaun Lad

Have the kids make a cute, small leprechaun to play with by cutting out bit of green, dark blue and flesh colored paper. A small piece of orange pipe cleaner makes a great beard, and stickers from the dollar store add a special touch as well! Glue your leprechaun on a Popsicle stick to turn him into a puppet for play.

2 Shamrock Sticks

This adorable shamrock stick I made during a workshop last year, and use it as a decoration in my ivy plant. You can buy affordable plant sticks such as this one at your local florist, within the plant section in Shop Rite or make your own with a bamboo skewer and green paper. Add a shamrock stick in all your houseplants this March!

3 Magical Brew

Make a special treat for the kiddos by adding one drop of green food coloring to seltzer water! You can also add a drop of green to milk or a vanilla milk shake for a special and memorable treat.

4 Clover Prints

Perhaps the easiest thing you can do with your children… pour some green paint in a dish and let them use their fingers to make clovers and shamrocks on white paper. Use a green marker for the stems! This is a great idea for the kitchen or dining area. You can have the kids make ‘place mats’ or a ‘tablecloth’ for the table by using a large piece of white paper and decorating it all over with shamrocks.

Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow and ModernMom. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley currently teaches weekly crafting classes with JCFamilies.