Take the Ferry for Fun! Jersey City to Manhattan

Fun things to do in jersey city : Take the kids to lower Manhattan for some fun activities! Here are some that my family has been enjoying.

Fun things to do in jersey cityThe Ferry

The ferry is part of the adventure! Kids love boats and who can resist a ride on the Hudson River? It’s a short ride, but a fun one. Catch the ferry at the Paulus Hook Terminal at the end of Sussex Street at the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in Jersey City. The ferry takes you over to the World Financial Center Terminal in lower Manhattan. For a quicker and easier experience, download NYWaterway’s smartphone app and purchase your tickets in advance. FYI, there are brand-new (and clean) bathrooms at the Paulus Hook Terminal in the building you buy tickets. [I would suggest using them before the ferry ride because the ones at WFC aren’t as clean or nice.] The ferries depart every 15 minutes and travel time is approximately 7 minutes.

Fun things to do in jersey city

Fun things to do in jersey cityHit the Park

There are two great parks very close to the WFC Terminal in NYC. Rockefeller Park is the closest and is located just off the waterfront walkway to the left of the ferry terminal. It is located at the north end of Battery Park City, west of River Terrace. There is a duck pond, wide lawns, as well as a large playground. The playground offers a sand area, water features, unique playground equipment and more. Plus, you can pick up free equipment at the Batter Park Conservancy Parkhouse for ping-pong, knock-hockey and other games! Teardrop Park is located between Warren and Murray Streets, east of River Terrace. This two-acre park features a fantastic slide, sand boxes, an “ice wall”, water play areas, places to rock hop and much more! Hit one or both of these parks during your excursion and the kids will love it! Rockefeller Park is also a great place to wait for the ferry, since you can see it from the playground.

Fun things to do in jersey cityTake a Walk or a Ride

The Battery Park City Esplanade runs along the Hudson River for the entire length of Battery Park City and is lined with parks and gardens. It’s a great place to walk from the ferry with many interesting stops along the way and gorgeous views of Jersey City! There is also a bike path. Taking a bike on the ferry will cost you an additional $1 per bike, but can be worth it, especially with the reduced ferry rates on the weekends. If you don’t have a bike, there is a convenient Citi Bike location at Vesey Place and River Terrace, very close to the ferry terminal. If you are into biking, try riding out to West Street and north up the West Side Highway. The views are terrific and there are many things to do along the way, including The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Fun things to do in jersey cityGo to the Movies

The Regal Battery Park Stadium Cinema is just blocks from the ferry terminal. This movie theater is newer, big and offers large comfy seats and 11 screens. Plus, there’s always convenient show times for families.


Visit a Museum

We all know there are a ton of museums in the NYC area, but choosing one can be tough. Luckily, there are some interesting museums within walking distance from the ferry at WFC. The Skyscraper Museum is located at 39 Battery Place just off Battery Park. It’s a great option for kids who are very into buildings. Another fun museum that’s not too far is the National Museum of the American Indian located at Bowling Green. They offer family activities including music, dance and art. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is now open and a close walk from the ferry. The Battery Park City Library is located at North End Avenue at Murray Street. The library offers many activities and events for families.

Fun things to do in jersey cityEat!

So, there’s also some good eats around this area. One of our favorite post-park eateries is Shake Shack’s Battery Park location. It’s only a few blocks from the playgrounds I mentioned and it’s just around the corner from the movie theater. Plus, there is plenty of outdoor seating, so it’s perfect for beautiful summer and fall days. They offer everything you want from a Shake Shack, including burgers, fries and those yummy milkshakes. There is also a Blue Smoke located in Battery Park, as well. The famous BBQ restaurant boasts menu favorites like fried chicken and ribs. They also offer a kids menu featuring mac and cheese, ribs and grilled cheese (plus dessert!). If you feel like walking a little bit, I highly-recommend Luke’s Lobster, located on William Street in the Financial District. It’s a nice walk from the ferry and the lobster rolls are delicious.

Also visit Brookfield Place NY, where you can find a French market and a huge dining area, also they always have some show or activity going on for all ages.

It’s Too Hot, Get Out of the City and onto an NJ Farm

Farms near Jersey City

Although there are a ton of great things to do in Jersey City, when summer rolls around, sometimes you just have to get out of the hot city. Remember, New Jersey isn’t called the “Garden State” for nothing. There are plenty of farms with wonderful activities for kids of all ages…and some are even close to Jersey City! Here are some great farms within about an hour or less driving distance. Just remember to call these farms before you plan your trip to see what’s in season and ripe for the picking!

Farms near Jersey CityOur personal family favorite is Terhune Orchards in Princeton, NJ. The farm takes about an hour to get to from Jersey City. Terhune offers activities, festivals and farm fun all year long. We go every year in the Fall to pick pumpkins and apples. Even when there isn’t an official event, the farm has a lot to offer. There’s always fresh produce, baked goods and even a winery on site. The farm store boasts a bountiful array of Jersey Fresh items straight from the farm and other local vendors. Don’t miss their Sweet Apple Cider (or the cider donuts)! For kids there are barnyard animals (sheep, goats, ducks, etc.), stationary tractors, a farm trail and much more. If you like to pick-your-own, this is a great place to do that all year long. Click here for a schedule of what you can pick and when.  Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ, 609-924-2310.

Farms near Jersey CityAnother one of my favorites is Alstede Farms in Chester, NJ. It should take you just under an hour to get there by car. Alstede offers so many wonderful things. From their farm store, pick-your-own fruits/veggies/flowers to their summer camps to their delicious baked goods — this farm has it all! Their farm store is extensive, featuring items like Alstede’s homemade ice cream (yum), certified organic produce, fresh local milk and eggs, home baked pies and quiche and so much more! They offer pick-your-own daily (Mon-thursday) from 12pm – 6pm for $5/person (free hayrides are included). Right now, you can still pick strawberries! Check this schedule to see what you can pick and when. Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday come for Farm Family Fun days with activities including pony rides, moonbounce, corn kingdom and more. Alstede Farms, 1 Chesterfield Drive, Chester, NJ, 908-879-7189.

Farms near Jersey CityDemarest Farms is in nearby Hillsdale, NJ, which is under an hour from Jersey City. They tout themselves as “Bergen County’s capital of pick-your-own peaches, apples and pumpkins” and our in their 128th season. The farm offers many things to pique your interest, including their Country Bakery, ice cream shoppe, home grown fruits and veggies, a variety of local dairy and cheeses and their infamous made-from-scratch salad bar. Click here to see what’s in season at Demarest. Come on weekends to enjoy farm activities like hay rides. Saturdays and Sundays, from 10AM to 3:00PM.

Cost: $5 per person General Admission, which includes a hay wagon ride; plus $9 for a bag to hold the peaches that you pick!

  • Peach Picking will begin on or around July 23, 2016. Call for details.
  •  Demarest Farms, 244 Werimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ, 201-666-0472.

Farms near Jersey CityYou may recognize the name Ort Farms if you frequent Jersey City Farmer’s Markets, as they are a vendor at many of them. Why not drive out to see where it all comes from? The farm is located in Long Valley and takes about an hour to drive from here. They offer farm-fresh fruits and veggies including corn and tomatoes and fresh flowers, too. They even offer a CSA, so you can buy a share and get in on some really great local produce for your family. Check out this page to see what’s in season during the summer months at Ort. Delicious baked goods like pies, loaf cakes and cider donuts are available.  It’s a great place to bring a picnic and take a daytrip with the family. There’s plenty of room to run around — kids can climb on the hay pyramid, take a look at the farm animals and even get involved in Storytime Down on the Farm (Wednesday mornings), where kid will enjoy a story, snack and craft for $4/child (Preregister calling 908-876-3351).

ONLY IN NOVEMBER: Don’t forget to stop in the Country Corner Market and pick up some local honey, jams, jellies, fresh bread, baked goods, dairy products, plants and much more! The store is open from 9am – 7pm and 9am – 6pm on Sundays. Ort Farms, 25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ, 908-876-3351.

Farms near Jersey CitySussex County Strawberry Farm is located in Newton, NJ and will take about an hour to drive to. This fun farm specializes in strawberry picking, but offers much more. Click here for some good-to-know strawberry facts and tips. In late August, raspberry picking season begins! They also offer pumpkin picking in the Fall. The farm’s extensive garden center offers a wide-variety of flowers, vegetables, herbs and much more! They have many things to satisfy your gardening needs, as well. Another perk is the outdoor wood furniture and picnic tables that the farm has for sale. There’s so much to do on the farm! Click here for some strawberry inspired recipes. Sussex County Strawberry Farm, Highway 206, Andover, NJ, 973-579-5055. (973) 579-5055

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 

Pools:

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:

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.

Hoboken:

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.