Raising Them Right: Diversity as a Gift

Cultural Diversity In Jersey City

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.

Cultural Diversity In Jersey CityJokes 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 2017, 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.

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 August 26th, 2017, the JCFamilies organizing 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.

Cultural Diversity In Jersey CityIn 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

Fun things to do in jersey city

Fun things to do in jersey city

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

 

 

 

Fun things to do in jersey city

 

Things to do in jersey city

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

 

 

 

Fun things to do in jersey city

Things to do in jersey city

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.

 

 

Things to do in jersey city

 

Fun things to do in jersey city

Liberty Science Center will be open. Check the Calendar here 

 

Fun things to do in jersey city

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

 

 

 

Overnight trips close to Jersey City

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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.

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.

13 Reasons to spend FieldTrip 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

 

Valentine’s Events for Kids and Families

Valentine Day’s is right around the corner and if you have little ones, you might be wondering about how to celebrate the holiday with them. Here is the list of Valentine’s Events for Kids and Familie.

Below, there are some unique activities in and around Jersey City, Hoboken, and NYC where you can celebrate the holiday with your family and kids!

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JCFamilies Valentine’s Dance Party at the Yoga Room at Base Gym from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. We have lots of activities for you and your little ones, including: Dance Party, Music, Arts & Crafts and more…

Fees: $14 per child

No fees for the adults

Buy the ticket to save your spot. Buy ticket here : http://bit.ly/2kaWMLU

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My GYM: Valentine’s Night Out: 

Drop your kids off for three hours of nonstop fun at My Gym. Activities include gymnastics, games, rides, songs, dance, relays, crafts, practice & play, and more!

From 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Pizza dinner and drink provided.

Perfect for children ages 2 and a half and up (potty-trained, please).

Pricing: Members – $40 (Siblings – $20) / Nonmembers – $50 (Siblings – $25)

Space is limited! Reserve your spot today.

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Jersey City Ballroom is offering a special dance date starting at $80 for a couple, with specialty add-ons such as roses, dessert or dancing by candle light. Availability by appointment on Feb 10-14.

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CKO Jersey City: 

Valentines Day offers

3 classes + gloves for $19.99

or

take advantage of our Valentines Special membership offers!

ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP @ $89.99 per month

  • 100% OFF enrollment fees. SAVING YOU $99
  • A complimentary 30 min. pads session. SAVING YOU $75
  • 5 complimentary class passes. Bring a friend in for class. SAVING YOU $125
  • SAVING YOU over $350.00 right now!

https://www.clubready.com/getstarted/step1.asp?s=1150&id=108077

MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP @ $109.99 per month

  • 100% OFF the enrollment fees ($99.00 savings)
  • One complimentary 30 minute personal training ($70.00 savings)
  • You must commit to a minimum of 3 months.
  • Total Savings of almost $200.00

https://www.clubready.com/getstarted/step1.asp?s=1150&id=109309

S A T U R D A Y , F E B 11th

Mad Science Kids’ Lab:

Parents’ Night Out! Enjoy a nice night out while Mad Science entertains your kids. But beware, they may be having so much fun they won’t want to go home! The night includes dinner, dessert, a fun science class, games and activities, and a movie!

6:00-9:30 PM at the Mad Science Kids’ Lab, 720 Monroe St # E314B, Hoboken (973)542-8366

This night will be out of this world! We’ll look at our galactic neighborhood — the solar system!
The night includes sandwiches, no-cook s’mores (graham crackers, Fluff, and spreadable chocolate), a great class, games and activities, plus a movie!

$30 per child grades K-6.
Register: https://register.madscience.org/unionhudson/workshop-register.aspx?regItemSessionID=193792

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Central Park Ice Festival on Feb 11th at Naumburg Bandshell (Mid-Park from 66th to 72nd Streets) From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm witness ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio use electric chain saws, chisels, and picks to transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a glistening replica of one of the Park’s most beloved statues.  More Details at http://www.centralparknyc.org/events/individual-events/ice-festival-2016.html

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Children’s Museum of Manhattan: 3D Valentine’s Day Cards ages 6 & older. Use children’s pop-up book making techniques to create a Valentine’s Day card that really pops! Please sign up in lobby one hour before the event.

More details at: http://www.cmom.org/visit/calendar?date=2017-02-11&age=

 

T U E S D A Y  , F E B 14th

New Moms and Kids Meet Up

Calling new moms and their babies!!
Come out and meet other moms at Bucket & Bay this Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am.
Come and build new friendships while you enjoy a cup of coffee!
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Things to do on MLK Day around Jersey City

We had shared with you Ice Skating Rinks in and around Jersey City and 8 places to go skiing in and around New Jersey but there are some other fun plans to do with the little ones tomorrow. Check them out.

Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr – Fort Greene

Mon, Jan 18, 10:30 am

FREE BAM presents the 30th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., New York City’s largest public celebration of the great civil rights leader. This year’s main event features a keynote address by prominent intellectual, professor, author, and radio host Michael Eric Dyson, with musical performances by Kimberly Nichole and The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-seated basis starting at 8am in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House lobby.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Celebrating Freedom & Community

Monday, January 18, Noon to 5 pm

Imagine what would happen if everyone committed themselves to the ideal of freedom and justice for all. Join Newark Museum  for film screenings, musical performances,tours and hands-on workshops for all ages as we celebrate the power of our community.

See more here

Liberty Science Center

Monday, January  18, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

All exhibitions and Museum will be open tomorrow. 

Freedom Songs and Stories – Prospect Park, Brooklyn

$3 suggested donation

Monday, January 18 , 12 pm – 4 pm

Join the Prospect Park Alliance for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center and Lefferts Historic House on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King Day Special Event – Lower East Side

Monday, January  18, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

FREE

They dreamed of a better life in America. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for justice and equal rights. The immigrants who built the Eldridge Street Synagogue travelled far to find freedom. With hard work and hope, their dreams slowly changed the country and the world. What’s your dream? This Martin Luther King Day, enjoy the beauty of this historic site as we read the award-winning story by Kobi Yamada, What Do You Do With An Idea? and make a mural inspired by Martin Luther King’s ideas, his famous speech … and our own dreams.

This event is free. For ages 4-11 and their families.

8 places to go Skiing in and around New Jersey

Best places to go Skiing in New Jersey: There are plenty of options that are easily accessible from the Jersey City area. The Poconos offer some great options in PA, upstate New York boasts some memorable spots and we’ve even got some right here in NJ! Here’s a handy list of some of the best ski locations based on proximity and family friendliness. Plus, many of the destinations on this list offer snowtubing, which is a fun and easy winter sport alternative. It’s a great option for all ages.

New Jersey

Mountain Creek, Vernon

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Mountain Creek is located in Vernon, which is about a 1.5 hour drive from downtown Jersey City. It is located very close to the NJ/NY border. This ski resort offers 167 acres of trails on 4 mountain peaks and is the “region’s highest vertical and the only true All-Mountain Terrain Park south of Vermont.” They have merged with Crystal Springs Resort and offer golf, a spas, a lodge, several restaurants,skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing and more. They offer lessons for children as young as 4 and start at $99.99. Kids Kamp is a full-day option which includes a lift ticket, lesson and lunch for skiers and snowboarders from 4 – 7 years of age. Kids Kamp rates begin at $159.99 and include all rental equipment. Lodging options include the Grand Cascades Lodge, Minerals Resort & Spa (which they tout as their family resort), The Appalachian (studio, one and two bedroom units slope side) and Black Creek Sanctuary (gated townhomes).

Campgaw Mountain, Mahwah

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This is a smaller mountain, but a great place to learn to ski or snowboard. They also offer snowtubing here. Campgaw Mountain is just under an hour’s drive from downtown Jersey City. It is a much smaller operation than your average ski resort, so it’s the perfect place to take the family if you are learning, don’t like lines and just want to have a relaxing ski experience. Programs are offered that are multi-week lessons. They offer a Cruisers program for children 4 – 6 years old. This program allows kids to become comfortable with ski equipment and learn how to ski amongst children their age. Program begins at $129. The First Step program is designed for ages 7 and up and teaches the fundamentals of skiing and snowboarding. Pricing for this program begins at $229. After that comes Next Step which is also for 7 and up and is designed for those who can safely traverse the top or mid-station of the hill. Pricing begins at $229. Daily lessons are also offered on a group, private or semi-private basis. Pricing varies, but begins at $39 for a children’s lesson (ages 4 – 6). Check the website for details. Snowtubing is a popular family activity that Campgaw Mountain offers. Ride a tube down the hill and use a surface lift to just ride your tube right back up again. Sessions sell out quickly and it is recommended that you purchase your tickets online in advance. All riders must be a minimum height of 42 inches. Hours and rates vary, see the website for details.

Thunder Ridge Ski Area, Patterson

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Thunder Ridge is about an hour and 45 minute drive from downtown Jersey City. They offer 30 trails, 3 chairlifts and 4 magic carpet lifts. Mid-week specials are offered Monday through Thursday where lift tickets are only $25 for ages 6 and up from 10am – 5pm. Lessons are offered for every skill level, from beginner to expert for kids 3 and up. Private lessons are offered for $105/hour. Many types of group lessons are available ranging from a Mommy/Daddy and Me class for ages 3 – 5 which is an hour in length and costs $49 per parent and child. Thunderbolts is a lesson for children ages 4 – 7 years old and introduces kids to skiing. A 75 minute lesson is $41. Ridge Riders is a lesson for snowboarders ages 6 – 7 and is $45 for a 75 minute lesson. Other groups for all ages are available, check the website for pricing and times. Advance reservations are always recommended. Half-Day programs are offered on weekends and holidays from 9:30am – 1pm for children ages 5 – 9 years old. Prices vary. They even offer babysitting options if you want to hit the slopes with your significant other and your little one isn’t ready. Lodging options in the immediate surrounding areas include Comfort Suites, Ethan Allen Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn and more. Check their website for deals and packages available through the listed hotels. In addition, many local restaurants are located nearby.

New York

Hunter Mountain, Hunter

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One of the most popular NY ski destinations, Hunter is about a 2.5 hour drive from downtown Jersey City. Many family-friendly winter activities are available. They offer the largest snowtubing park in New York State including more than 20 chutes nearly 1,000 feet long, a mini tubing park for children, a snack bar, fire pit and more! Two hour sessions begin every hour on the hour for $20/person 42 inches and above. Two hour sessions are available for children 33 inches – 42 inches for $30 for child and adult. Advance booking is recommended. There are many lessons and programs offered for all ages. The Explorers Program is for ages 4 – 6 years old and offers fun and kid-friendly ski instruction. You can drop kids off, but you must be on the premises during program time. Single sessions that are 2 hours are offered, as well as full day sessions which are 4 hours and include snack and lunch. Single sessions are $85 including life, lesson and equipment (no lunch) and full day sessions are $125 including lift, lesson, equipment, lunch and snack. Mountaineers is a program offered for ages 7 – 12 years old and includes ski and snowboard lessons. Singles sessions are offered for $85 including lift, lesson and equipment. Full day sessions are $125 and include lift, lesson, equipment, lunch and snack. Reservations are required for all programs. If you want to hit the slopes for a bit on your own, try Playcare, which is a childcare service for children ages 2 – 6 years old. The service is $85 for a full day (up to 9 hours), $68 for a half day (up to 4 hours) and there are 2 hour options available for $45 per child. There are many lodging options including the Kaatskill Mountain Club and Liftside Condos, which are slopeside and offer ski-in/ski-out access.

Mount Peter, Warwick

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Mount Peter was actually started in 1936 by Macy’s Department Store to show off and sell their ski fashion. It is located in Warwick, NY, just over the NJ border, just a bit more than an hour’s drive from downtown Jersey City and offers 14 trails and 5 lifts. Lessons are offered for every age and level. They even offer a free beginner lesson on weekends and holidays for skiers (with the purchase of a lift ticket for ages 5 and up). Pete’s Pals is a program offered for children ages 4 and under (must be potty-trained). The cost is $90 and includes the lesson, ski equipment, lift ticket/area pass and hot chocolate. Also, a Kids Camp is offered for 3 hours for ages 5 and up. Children must have skied or snowboarded before and can ride the area by oneself. Weekends only for $195 (without equipment rental $165). Many deals are offered including Discount Tuesdays for which you must show your current union, school, military or AARP card and get a half price lift/area ticket from 9am – 5pm. Ski and Stay packages are available at many area hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Note: There is a program called ISKINY Free for Kids offered for 3rd and 4th graders from anywhere (not just NY). The program gives kids the opportunity to ski or ride free at a majority of New York ski resorts this winter when accompanied by a paying adult. There is also a Learn to Ski or Ride Passport available for free, but not every resort is participating in that. Check the website and apply to get a ticket book of free lift coupons.

Pennsylvania

Camelback Mountain, Tannersville

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This is our nick pick for the Best places to go Skiing in and around New Jersey. The Poconos offers many fun ski resort options, including Camelback. It’s about 1.5 hour’s drive from downtown Jersey City and offers the biggest ski and snowboarding terrain (34 trails and 16 lifts) in the area and boasts the biggest snowtubing park in the US. They offer many packages and lessons for kids including CamelCare Adventurers which is a half-day (2.5 hours) program geared toward children ages 4 – 12 years. Midweek rates are $110 and weekend/holiday rates are $129 and include ski or snowboard rental, instructional time and lift ticket. There are various group and private lessons available, as well, with rates ranging from $35 – $125. Click here for details. It is highly recommended that you sign up for all lessons and programs online in advance. Snowtubing is a popular family activity at Camelback. There are up to 42 lanes of snowtubing available and there are tubing hours daily. Weekend and holiday tubing is limited to 3-hour sessions, but mid-week is unlimited and offered at one flat rate for the whole day. Rates vary, so click here to check. A double tube only with parent has a minimum height requirement of 33 inches to 43 inches. Single and double tubes are for 44 inches and up. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult with a valid tubing ticket. Camelback Lodge is located on-site and offers various rooms and suites. Alternate area lodging is available, click here for details.

Great Wolf Lodge, Scotrun

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Great Wolf Lodge doesn’t offer on-site skiing, however, they are located very near to Camelback and, similarly, they are about a 1.5 hour’s drive from downtown Jersey City. The unique element to Great Wolf Lodge is their large indoor waterpark and multitude of children’s activities. Activities include  arcades, a children’s spa, a kid-friendly mini bowling alley, kiddie movie theater, ropes course and many quest type activities, plus much more! The waterpark includes rides for kiddies as small and toddlers on up. There are many themed-rides and pool areas. There’s something for every age. You attain access to the waterpark and activities by staying at the lodge. The waterpark allows you access after 1pm on your check-in day through the day you check-out. Unique family suites are available including KidKamp Suites with tents within your room and KidCabin suites where the kid’s beds are housed inside a little log cabin (it even comes with a TV inside!). They also offer more standard suites for those who want a more traditional room. Resort amenities include lots of on-site restaurants (even a sweet shop!), shops, an adult spa, a children’s spa and a fitness room. It’s basically a kiddie wonderland located near several ski/winter sport areas. It’s definately qualify for the list of the Best places to go Skiing in and around New Jersey

Shawnee Mountain,

East Stroudsburg

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We have included Shawnee in our list of the Best places to go Skiing in New Jersey Shawnee because it’s a great family destination for winter sports and is located very near to Camelback and is only a little over an hour’s drive from downtown Jersey City. They offer 23 trails, 8 lifts and 2 parks, plus snowtubing. Shawnee offers morning, afternoon and full-day children’s lessons. Three-hour group format sessions include use of an exclusive area for beginners, instruction, ski/snowboard rentals and youth lift ticket. SkIwee is for ages 4 – 6 and is just for skiing. Morning and afternoon session are available and one session is $100 and include snack. Mountain Cruisers is for ages 7 – 15 (ski only) and is available morning, afternoon or full day for $100 per session. Snack is included with half-day programs and lunch is included with full-day programs. Young Riders is for ages 7 – 15 for snowboarders only. Morning and afternoon sessions are available for $100 per session. Mid-week programs are for entry-level riders and weekends are for all levels. Snacks are included with all sessions. SKIbaby is an intro class for 3 year olds. Sessions include a one-hour ski lesson and equipment rental for $70. They also offer Mommy & Me ski lessons for parents and children together. One hour lessons are $70 per session. WEEriders is designed for children ages 4 – 6 that want to snowboard. This 2-hour group session includes a lesson and equipment rental and cost $90. Snowtubing is offered in 2 or 4 hour sessions. Prices vary based on time and length, click here for details. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There are many lodging options in the surrounding area including The Shawnee Inn, which is on-site. Click here for area dining options.

ICE SKATING RINKS IN AND AROUND JERSEY CITY

ICE SKATING RINKS IN AND AROUND JERSEY CITY

Looking for a cold weather activity that will suit the whole family? Take them for ice skating! There are some really great ice skating rinks in and around Jersey City.

Tips:

  • Bring your little one’s bike/scooter helmet. A lot of these places offer helmet rentals, but if you have one, bring one!
  • Dress appropriately! Some of these rinks are outdoors or partially covered, so it’s cold in there! Dress little one’s in a snowsuit with layers. If they fall on the ice (which they do…a lot) they will start to get wet, so snow pants are best. But, don’t forget about you. Try double socks to keep your feet warm in the rental skates.
  • Leave your bag at home or in the car.I know this one seems obvious, but I found myself at the ice skating rink with a bag and nowhere to leave it. Try just taking the essentials in your pockets or lock your bag in the trunk of your car while skating.

NEW JERSEY 

Newport Skates, 95 River Drive, Jersey City (NOW OPEN)

skating rinks in Jersey City This rink is very close to Newport mall and it definitely one of the best Ice Skating Rinks in Jersey City. Admission is $7 and skate rentals are $6. Newport Residents and tenants get a discount of half price daily admission with proof of residential or employee ID card. Once you pay, you can skate all day, which is nice if you live locally or have kids that need a lot of time on the ice! Their hours of operation are:

  • Monday – Friday from 4pm to 9pm
  • Saturday from 11am to 9pm
  • Sunday from 11am to 7pm

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Pershing Field Ice Rink, 807 Summit Avenue, Jersey City

This local favorite is in Jersey City Heights. They offer a parking lot, so it’s very convenient from downtown if you have a car. This rink is covered, but open to the outdoors.

Rink Fees (admission & skate are paid PER session):

Jersey City Resident Admission
Adults (ages 18-61) (must show proof of residency) $3 *if no proof is shown, adult must pay nonresident fee*
Children (ages 17 & under) $2
Senior Citizens (62 & older) $1

Non-Jersey City Resident Admissions
Adults (ages 18-61) $5
Children (ages 17 & under) $3
Senior Citizens (62 & older) $2

Skates(fees are the same for both Residents and non-residents of Jersey City)
Figure Skates: $4
Hockey Skates: $5

2017-2018 General Public Skating Sessions:

Thursdays: 4pm-6pm
Fridays: 3:45pm-5:30pm | 5:45pm-7:45pm | 8pm-9:45pm
Saturdays: 4:15pm-5:45pm | 6pm-7:45pm | 8pm-9:45pm
Sundays: 2pm-3:45pm | 4pm-5:45pm | 6pm-7:45pm

There is a small snack shop located inside the rink offering cookies, candy, hot chocolate and more.

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Richard J. Korpi Ice Rink, 669 Avenue A, Bayonne

If you like the indoor and temperature controlled ice skating experience, this rink is for you. This rink offers public skating sessions just on weekends.

  • Friday nights from 5:45pm to 7pm
  • Saturdays from 2:15pm to 3:30pm and from 6:45pm to 8pm
  • Sundays from 2pm to 3:15pm

The cost for non-residents is $10 per session and includes skate rental. Bayonne Residents are $3 for kids, $5 for adults and $4 for skate rentals. There is limited free public parking offered.

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Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain, West Orange

This fantastic, recently renovated, indoor rink is only about a 30 minutes drive from downtown Jersey City. It boats two rinks, a skate rental area, food concession area, locker rooms and more! It is located not far from the Turtle Back Zoo.

Public skating session hours vary, so be sure to check the calendar here. Rates are $8/adult and $6/child. Skate rentals are $4. Pass cards are also available to buy for 12 admissions for the price of 10. They offer skating lessons, hockey lessons and various programs, check their website for details. On-site parking is available.

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The Town of Secaucus’ Ice Rink on Plaza Center Road Buchmuller Park: 150 Plaza Center, Secaucus

The Town of Secaucus’ Ice Rink on Plaza Center Road provides skating opportunities during open sessions, rentals, and for hockey leagues. The rink is typically open from Oct-Apr, weather permitting. The rink is also used for other activities in the off-season.

$3.00 Admission   /   $2.00 Skate Rental

Regular Hours are:

  • Thursday: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Friday: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Saturday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sunday: 3:00pm – 5:00pm & 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Hours are subject to change. Please call 201-330-0273 to verify open skating sessions.

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Warinanco Sports Center, One Park Drive, Roselle, NJ 07203

approximately 30 min drive from Jersey City

The newly renovated Warinanco Sports Center, formally the seasonal skating rink, has expanded to a beautiful 11,000 square foot facility open to the public year round. The Center features brand-new event and meeting spaces, a pro shop, and is home to the Warinanco Café! In winter months, the skating rinks hosts nearly 50,000 guests and is perfect for date night, skating lessons, or to attend local high school hockey games.

Schedule: please check here.

Prices:

$5 – Children (17 & Younger)
$6 – Adults
$5 – Seniors (62 & Over)

Rentals: $4

NEW YORK

The Rink at Winter Village, Bryant Park, NYC

This 170’ x 100’ outdoor ice rink is located in the center of Bryant Park and skating is FREE! Skating hours are 8am – 10pm daily through March 4, 2018. Of course, if you don’t have your own skates you will have to rent them there. Rental fees are $20 per rental. They also offer helmet rentals for $6, skate aids for $20 . You can even check your bags for a fee. Lockers are available for use for free, but you must bring your own lock or purchase one there for $10. FastPass is an option to skip the line and pay for your family in advance, check the website for details. Skating lessons are offered, but they suggest you schedule the lesson in advance. Private lessons are $60, semi-private lessons are $80 per group and group lessons are $120 per group. All lessons are 30 minutes in duration.

Winter Village offers many things including Ice Bites to get some treats during your skate, the Holiday ShopsPublic Fare restaurant, Scavenger Hunt, Winter Carnival , Story Time and more….

Getting there is easy just take the B, D, F, M, 7 to 42nd Street.

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Wollman Rink, Central Park, NYC skating rinks in Jersey City   Located in the southeastern section of Central Park, Wollman Rink has been open to the public since 1949. At this outdoor rink, skating is available through early April seven days a week, with limited hours on:

  • Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 2:30pm
  • Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 10pm
  • Friday and Saturday from 10am to 11pm
  • Sunday from 10am to 9pm

Monday – Thursday rates are $12/adult and $6/child 11 and under. Friday – Sunday and Holidays rates are $19/adult and $6/child 11 and under. Spectator’s rates are $5/person. Skate rentals are $9. You can rent locks for $5 with a $6 refundable deposit. The rink is cash only, so come prepared. The nearest subways are: A, B, C, D, 1 at 59thStreet/Columbus Circle; N, Q, R at 5th Avenue/59th Street; F at 57th Street and the 4, 5, 6 at 59th Street.

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The Rink at Rockefeller Center, NYC Ice Skating Rinks in Jersey City

Perhaps one of the most famous ice skating locations in NYC, this outdoor rink is visited by people from all around the globe each winter. The rink is open daily with 8 sessions from 8:30am through midnight. The rates varied from $25 to $32 depending on standard, holiday or peak time, and $15/child under 11 years of age. Skate rentals are $12. You can take skate lessons daily from 9am – 6pm for $50 per 30 minutes private lesson (this also includes general admission to the rink). They also offer group rates with a 15 person minimum and advanced reservations required. Group rates are $17/adult and $12/child, with skate rentals being $8. There are so many things to do once you are there including great food, hot chocolate, shopping and so much more! Take the B, D, F to Rockefeller Center/47-50thStreet.

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Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers, NYC skating rinks in Jersey City

This indoor ice skating rink is open year-round. Check general admission schedule HERE.

Rates are $11/person for all ages and $6 per skate rental. Helmet rentals are available for $5. Various classes and programs are offered including private skate lessons, hockey tots, adult skate night and more. Check the website for details. Once you are there, Chelsea Piers offers so much including great food, drinks, shopping and more! On-site parking is available for a fee. You can also take the M23, M14-D or M12 buses.

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The Rink at Brookfield Place, located on the plaza in front of Brookfield Place Winter Garden

skating rinks in Jersey City   Located on the Hudson River Waterfront, it is open from Monday – Friday from 1pm to 8:30pm, and Saturday and Sundays from 10:15am to 9:30pm. The rink offers programs such as Learn to Skate, Mommy/ Daddy & Me, Kick Ice Hockey Fitness and Corporate Skating Events. Single sessions of 90 minutes are $15 and skate rentals are $5.

Best Children’s Apps for Traveling

Picture It: Later this month. Your family is in the car or on the plane on your way to  Grandma’s house when the first kids sighs “I’m bored” and it hits you…your bag of children’s entertainment is sitting on the kitchen counter at home and  have nothing to occupy your kids for the next 4 hours (AHHH!). You begin to panic. You start to feel sweat stains on your sweater form. You don’t know whether to cry or run. All hope is lost until you remember this article and you breath a sigh of relief. In a few minutes, you have successfully downloaded a bunch of new apps to your phone that are both entertaining AND educational. You are now in the running for Mother of Year.

Tozzle & Tozzle Words: My kids have always enjoyed these puzzles. They help children identify shapes and matching. Now, with Tozzle Words, your kids are asked to spell words that coordinate to a particular scene. Very helpful with the beginning reader crowd. Tozzle – $1.99, Tozzle Words – $2.99

Monkey PreSchool Lunchbox, Explorers & Fix It: An Oldie but goody, Preschool Monkey apps teach kids everything from counting and numbers to colors, shapes and size. Plus, kids love that they earn stickers after each activity. My son is especially enamored with the Fix It app as it is overflowing with cars and tools. A word of caution: make sure your kids have the volume down on this one as the monkey noises could drive you and everyone else around you bananas. $4.99 for the bundle.

Peekaboo Barn : This app is popular with kids because the animals make sounds, but are not overly obnoxious for the parents to hear. They’ve recently added several new apps, and while we currently do not have them, they would be on our list to download next. Peekaboo Barn – $1.99

Endless Series: With some of the most adorable monsters on the planet, Endless offers apps that run the gamut of education…letters, numbers, reading and Spanish just to name a few. These guys know how to make education fun. Endless apps are free, but there are in-app purchases, although our kids have never needed any of those purchases. If you plan to purchase in-app, consider the school edition versions (Endless Learning Bundle) which would be cheaper in the long run.

Mickey Video: While not necessarily educational unless you go to Micky U, this series of new Mickey cartoons designed to look like the old Mickey cartoons is super cool. But…you have to have a wifi connection to use the app. The videos can’t be downloaded. App is free.

LetterSchool: LetterSchool is a cool app that helps kids learn how to correctly write their upper case & lowercase letters and numbers. Once the letter or number is formed correctly, a cool animation appears. $4.99 for the app.

Bugs & Bubbles: So much bubble popping in this app, kids have no idea they are learning patterns, colors, shapes and sizing. They also have a new app called Bugs and Buttons 2 which targets critical thinking for the over 5 crowd. Downloading it right now…. $2.99 each app, $9.99 for a 6 app bundle.

Toca Boca: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Toca Boca. With 29 apps, there’s something for everyone here. I would recommend the Toca Awesome Bundle, 10 apps for $16.99 and include the popular Toca Hair Salon (cutting virtual hair instead of real hair is a good thing), Toca Builders and Toca Lab.

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