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!

F R I D A Y ,   F E B  10 th

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 10-14valentines-events-for-kids-and-families

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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: If you read my post on ice skating in our area and are feeling like you are ready for more intense winter sports…let’s talk skiing! 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 Jersey City

They say we are having a mild winter so far, but I feel like it is pretty cold out! More cold means less park time and outdoor activities. Or does it? Looking for a cold weather activity that will suit the whole family? Take them ice skating! There are some really great ice skating rinks in Jersey City.

I recently tried ice skating for the first time with my 4 year old (I know…where have I been?!) at Pershing Field and it was a great experience. But I learned a few things…

Tips:

  • Bring your little one’s bike/scooter helmet. I didn’t realize this one until we were there. 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  (Not Open )

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This rink is very close to Newport mall and it definately 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

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. Admission for residents of Jersey City is $3 for adults and $2 for children under 17 years of age. Non-residents is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Skate rentals are $4 for the figure and $5 for ice-hockey skates. Public skating hours are:

  • Thursday 3:30pm – 6pm
  • Friday 3:30pm – 5pm / 5:45pm – 7:45pm / 8pm – 10pm,
  • Saturday 1:15pm – 3:15pm / 3:30pm – 5:30pm / 5:45pm – 7:45pm / 8pm – 10pm
  • Sunday 1:15pm – 3:15pm / 3:30pm – 5:30pm / 5:45pm – 7:45pm

There is a small snack shop located inside the rink offering cookies, candy, hot chocolate and more. Plus, skating lessons are offered for children 8 – 17 and adults, which are free with paid rink entry. Click here for more information.

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.

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 Rink at Winter Village, Bryant Park, NYC

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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 6, 2016. 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 ShopsCelsius restaurant, a fire pit at Southwest porch and even Le Carrousel. Getting there is easy just take the B, D, F, M, 7 to 42nd Street.

Wollman Rink, Central Park, NYC

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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 $11.25/adult and $6/child 11 and under. Friday – Sunday and Holidays rates are $18/adult and $6/child 11 and under. Spectator’s rates are $5/person. Skate rentals are $8. 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.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center, NYC

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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 $15/adult and $10/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.

Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers, NYC

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This indoor ice skating rink is open year-round. Skating sessions are:

  • Monday and Friday from 1:30pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
  • Saturday – Sunday from 1pm to 3:50pm

They are closed on Wednesdays. Rates are $10/person for all ages and $5 per skate rental. Helmet rentals are available for $4.25. 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.

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

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Located on the Hudson River Waterfront, it is open from Monday – Friday from 1pm to 8:30pm, and Saturday and Sundays from 10am to 10pm. 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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Places to Play Indoors in Jersey City and Hoboken

Indoor places for kids in Jersey City and Hoboken:

What is a mommy to do? Don’t fear! Check out some of these fantastic indoor play spaces in Jersey City and Hoboken. Grab your energetic little ones and get them playing, singing, reading, crafting or exploring. And you don’t even have to travel that far.

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My Gym

My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks thru 10 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. We have hundreds of locations in more than 30 countries offering structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more. Children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem. Our state-of-the-art facility, extensively trained staff, award-winning class programs, and excellent student/teacher ratio have earned My Gym the reputation as the best early learning program of its kind.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey City and Hoboken

Indoors places for kids in Jersey City

 

 

 

 

HudsonPLAY

HudsonPLAY is a unique family playspace with activities to engage at every age. It definately kids’  favorite indoor place in Jersey City, With a focus on interactive entertainment and fitness, HudsonPLAY is designed for serious fun with dynamic play areas for toddlers, state-of-the-art activities for preschoolers and a challenging Ninja Warrior Course for everyone else! Come and rediscover the excitement of PLAY.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityLiberty Science Center 

No matter how the wather is, LSC is the best indoor place for kids in Jersey City.If you are in the Jersey City area, one of the best indoor playlands is Liberty Science Center! It is the perfect spot for rainy days, snowy days and pretty much any day that you don’t feel like playing outside. There are changing exhibits for kids of all ages and permanent fixtures that kids love. Experience. Tickets will cost you $19.75/Adult over 13 years of age and $14.75/Child ages 2 – 12 for general admission. Luckily, they offer great membership rates. A “Basic Family” membership will cost $140 and includes two adults and up to four kids under 18 years of age.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey City and Hoboken

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityJersey City Public Library

The main branch of the Jersey City Public Library offers a Children’s Room that offers many children’s books and a plethora of events. Check out the events calendar for information on events in all of Jersey City’s library branches. Events at the main branch include crafts, movies, performances and many other family-friendly activities.

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Gymboree Play & Music, Jersey

At Gymboree Play & Music, our fall classes and special activities inspire learning at every turn. Our warm & vibrant play floor encourages your child to continue playing as weather cools outdoors. Join us for fall crafts and spooktacular story times during Open Gyms. Wear your costume to class as we explore literacy with favorite fall books. Our programs help your child from 0-5 years develop the physical, cognitive and social skills needed for confident learning. Your first class is always free when you make fall friends at Gymboree!


Tiny Greenhouse

Tiny Greenhouse is a “friendly art studio”, located in downtown Jersey City, which offers classes and more. They also offer a drop-in studio/open play for children ages one – five, with an adult.  They have pre-set tables with clay, crayons, blocks, puzzles, toys, books, etc. Your little one will have a blast interacting and playing. The price is $15/child per hour. Click here to see the schedule and book your day in advance.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityHudson-Bayonne Lanes 

Bowling is the perfect indoor, cold-weather activity! The bowling center offers 60 lanes, bumpers, full service grill, private off-street parking, arcade machines and much more. Plus, they are open daily all day long! Click here to register and receive coupons.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CitySaint Peter’s University Swimming Pool

The swimming pool at Saint Peter’s University offers swimming lessons and a family pool membership, both at reasonable rates. There are specific times that you have to come in order to swim freely, however. Please contact Saint Peter’s directly for more information.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityKey Element Learning :

One of the most popular indoors place for kids in Jersey City is Key Element Learning and it has three locations in Hoboken and one in downtown Jersey City. This facility offers many classes for different age groups including art, language, music, literacy, cooking, science and more. The Jersey City location offers a two-hour drop-off program called “Mommy Errand Time” Tuesday through Friday from 1:30pm – 3:30pm for children two through five years of age.

Hoboken:

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityKidville Annex 

This playland offers classes for children up to 6 years of age. Classes include art, dance, gym, music and more. Plus, it has a large indoor playspace for members. You get a Silver Membership for free when you register for any class there. You may purchase Platinum, Gold and Diamond level memberships, as well. Click here to sign up for a free trial class.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityHoboken Public Library

The children’s department at Hoboken Public Library offers many books and activities for families. Some of their fall and winter programs include “Book Buddies” where kids at least eight years of age read in small groups, “Reading Dogs” which allows children kindergarten age and up to pair up with a puppy and many more programs! Family programs are offered once a month and include songs, stories, performances and more.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityMimi Kids Yoga 

This fun-tastic yoga studio offers a two hour drop-off class for children ages two – three and a half years old. Class sizes are small to give children one-on-one attention with the instructor. Classes are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. A 16-week session is $649, with discounts for siblings. Space is limited, so contact them for more information.


Romparoo

Romparoo is a “soft indoor playroom” that offers classes, drop-off and open play time. They offer drop-off classes are offered Monday through Friday and is for children one and a half through three and a half years of age. The drop-in rate for these classes is $50 or you can register and pay $180/month, which includes one class per week, one open play per week and 10% off birthday parties. Open play time is offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm – 2pm for children six months through three years of age. The cost for open play is $15/child.

 

Summer Fun: Pools and swimming lessons in Jersey City ( swimming Pools in Jersey City)

swimming Pools in Jersey City

It’s summer! It’s time to get out with the kids and head to the pool and the beach. That means it’s also time to get those kids swimming. Here are some pools in the Jersey City to take your little ones. Some facilities offer free or inexpensive swimming classes in a variety of age ranges, so there is surely a class that will work for you and your family.

Pershing Field Pool

FREE SWIMMING LESSONS   : swimming Pools in Jersey City

Jersey City is offering free swimming lessons to children ages 6 – 14 years at local area.  The program locations, schedules and registration process are listed on the flyer and includes Lafayette Aquatics Center, Pavonia Municipal Pool, PS 6, PS 27 and PS 41. Starting date for lessons are June 27th and July 6th. Do not forget to bring 1 copy of proof of residency and birth certificate for the registration.

FREE OUTDOOR POOLS FOR RESIDENTS 

All Jersey City Residents must provide proof of residency & photo ID before entry is admitted to the pools

Lafayette Pool and Aquatic Center 

Located at 303 Van Home Street. 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 until September 9th, Monday – Friday from 7am – 7pm. (7am -9 am for adult/lap swim only, 9am – 10 am for free swim lessons for kids and 10am – 7pm for everyone). Weekend hours are 10am – 6pm.

Pavonia Pool

Located at 914 Pavonia Avenue in the West Side neighborhood of Jersey City.

The pool is currently open until September 9th Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am – 7pm (8am-9am for adult swim), Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am to 5:30 pm (8am-9am for adult swim, 9am – 10am for free swimming lessons for children) and weekends from 10am – 6pm.

INDOOR POOLS FOR RESIDENTS

All Jersey City Residents must provide proof of residency & photo ID before entry is admitted to the pools

Pershing Field Pool

Pershing Field Pool   Pershing Field Pool

Located at 201 Central Avenue in Jersey City Heights.

The pool is open year round, currently opens Monday – Friday from 7am – 8:30 pm and on weekends from 12noon – 6pm. Entry fees for this pool are: residents $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 $6 for kids on weekends.

There is also a children’s playground with water sprinkler on-site.

Public School # 6

Located at 100 St. Pauls Avenue and will open from July 6th to August 7th on Monday through Friday 2:30 pm – 4pm. Free Swimming classes for children are available from July 6th to July 29, Monday to Thursday from 12pm-1pm.

Public School #27

Located at 201 North Street and will open from July 6th to August 28th on Monday through Friday 2:30 pm – 4pm. Free Swimming classes for children are available from July 6th to July 29, Monday to Thursday from 12pm-1pm.

Public School # 41

Located at 59 Wilkinson Ave. and will open from July 6th to August 28th on Monday through Friday 2:30 pm – 6pm and Saturdays 12 pm – 5 pm.  Free Swimming classes for children are available from July 6th to July 29, Monday to Thursday from noon-1pm.

Public School # 16

Located at 96 Sussex St., will be open from July 6th to August 28th on Monday through Friday 2:30 pm – 4pm.

Public School # 40

Located at 88 Gates Avenue, will be open from July 6th to August 7th on Monday through Friday 2:30 pm – 4pm.

Dickinson High School.

Located at 2 Palisade Avenue, will be open from July 6th to August 7th on Monday through Friday 2:30 pm – 4pm.

OTHER SWIMMING PROGRAMS IN JERSEY CITY

Pershing Field Pool

Saint Peter’s Swimming Pool

Located at Saint Peters University campus. They have two available programs: kids group lessons (Ages 4 -16) and adult lessons. Lessons are 40 minutes long and they offer siblings discount. For more information, call (718) 795 -5298 or e-mail them

Sky Club Fitness and Spa : Learn to Swim at Sky Club

Our Aquatic Kids programs are designed for all ages and abilities. We have small group classes with experienced instructors who are passionate about teaching kids to be comfortable and confident in the water. To register for classes, click on the Registration Form button at the bottom of the page.

125 Marshall Street,7th Floor, Hoboken, NJ 07030 Tel: 201-222-2582

Swim Stars Jersey City

At Swim Stars our mission is to provide quality swim lessons to all of our Swim Star clients. Our vision is to create a learning environment where all of our customers feel safe and comfortable in the water. Providing both learn-to-swim and competitive swim lessons to all ages, we believe that swimming is a lifelong skill that should be enjoyed by everyone. At Swim Stars each student will receive personalized attention and be serviced by our experiences and skills as we look forward to helping them reach their aquatic goals.”

Swim Stars www.swimstars.biz
njswimstars Lovre [email protected] 2017444667
99 Highland Avenue Jersey City NJ 7306

Swim Stars Swim School : Pool Address: Saint Peter’s University,870 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ 07306:     Email: [email protected]

Hamilton Health and Fitness

This convenient Hamilton Park location is a big hit with local families! They offer Children’s and Adult Swim programs. Classes are for ages 6 months and up and they have. The classes run. Classes are $170 (members) or $220 (non-members) for 8-weeks and are 30 minute long. Pre-registration is required.

Newport Swim and Fitness

This gym located at 33 River Drive South offers a large indoor pool and swimming lessons to both members and non-members of the facility. Classes are either 8-weeks with one class per week or 4-weeks with two classes per week. Registration is rolling, as there are new classes beginning every few weeks.

SPRINKLERS

All city sprinklers are open from June 24th through September 7th, Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m and Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. See flyer for locations

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.

 

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.
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.

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.

Arlington Park, 785 Grand Street

Audubon Park, 103-129 Bergen Avenue

Bayside Park, 480 Garfield Avenue

Dr. Lena Edwards Park, Johnston Avenue and Pine St.

Muhammad Ali Park, Van Nostrand Avenue

LaPointe Park, 90-92 Dekalb Avenue

Pershing Field Park, Summit Avenue and Pershing Plaza

Lafayette Park, Maple Street and Van Horne Avenue

Terrace Park, Terrace Ave & Thorne St

Venator Watson Park, Stevens Ave. & Martin Luther King Dr.

Virginia avenue Park, Virginia Ave & Bergen Ave.

Wilkinson Avenue Park, Wilkinson Ave & Martin Luther King Dr.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Back to school Tips

Summer is winding down (unfortunately) and it’s just about that time to go back to school! Very soon Jersey City Public Schools (and most private schools) begin the 2017 – 2018 school year. I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s really crept up on me this year. There are so many things to do before school begins that it can be hard to keep track. Here are some ideas that can help you get organized for the new session !


Label It
: One thing that’s generally consistent at every school (especially for the younger set) is that they want EVERYTHING labeled. This can be a daunting task. You can try old favorites like Fabric Markers, but sometimes it’s hard to label all clothing that way, especially on dark colored items. Name Bubbles are fantastic. These labels are durable and laundry-safe (they won’t wash off!), plus you can put them on virtually anything. Not to mention, they are pretty cute looking.

6 Back to school Tips

Change of clothes: The younger set usually need a clean set of clothes to bring to school. This is something you can get done now and put aside for next week. Grab some summer clothes (or a spare uniform, if applicable) and put them into a large Ziploc bag. This way you can label the bag and it can easily be organized with your child’s other school items. The bag also doubles as a laundry bag for the soiled clothes being sent home.

6 Back to school Tips

School Supplies: Shopping for school supplies this close to the beginning of the school year can be a nightmare! The school supply aisles become ransacked and bought out. I like to shop at the Staples in Jersey City for school supplies. The store tends to be a lot less hectic than its neighbor (Target) and they carry pretty much every school supply you will need. Coupons: Check the link for some Staples coupons that you can bring into the store. If you don’t feel like braving the stores, you still have time to shop online! Amazon has its very own Back to School store. If you order soon, you should have it in time for the first day of school, especially if you have Amazon Prime.

6 Back to school TipsSchool Lunch: The age old question…send them with lunch money or brown bag it? Get creative with homemade lunches! Don’t miss this Buzzfeed post “27 School Lunch Tips That Will Keep You Sane,” which includes great ideas like freezing juice boxes the night before to double as ice packs. If you are feeling gourmet, you can try “19 School Lunch Ideas That Are Healthy (Mostly)” from Bon Appetit with recipes like Tomato Grilled Cheese Soup and The Antipasti Plate. Or you can always hit up the Pinterest Boards! To make your life easier, check out these reusable lunch containers with ice packs in the lids or try these reusable sandwich and snack bags.

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School Clothes: Last minute shopper? Don’t fear! Lots of stores are having Labor Day sales this weekend, so you can stock up and give the pocketbook a break, too. Macy’s is having a big sale in stores and online. Click here  for an in-store coupon. Gap is advertising “Everything up to 40% off” in stores and online. Plus, they have great options for uniforms, like khaki pants and skirts. If you need school shoes still, Zappos has a great selection of children’s shoes. As an added bonus, they ship quickly and shipping and returns are free, so you can order multiple sizes if you are unsure.

Get a Haircut: Looking to clean up those untamed summer tresses? There are plenty of options in our area. For the smaller ones, it’s important to find somewhere geared towards young children. Just 4 Kids in Hoboken is a great option for kids of all ages. They are especially good for younger kids. They offer Ferrari and Hummer styling chairs, flat screen TV’s equipped with Apple TVs with Netflix and Hulu. They ask you child what their favorite show is before they even begin. There are also games, balloons and organic lollipops. Tousled Hair Salon is a local option (where you can get your haircut, too!) that offers children’s haircuts.

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.