Winter Classes in Jersey City

Winter Classes in Jersey City

Indoor Tennis Classes 

  • Kids group lessons offered at 2 locations – Grace Church & HOPES
  • Hurry! Some classes already SOLD OUT – few spots remain!
  • 4:1 child-to-coach ratio – (4) age groups from 3 – 8 years
  • All equipment is provided and beginners are welcome

Ask about their waiting list if the class you want is sold-out

Grace Church (JC) Schedule:
(12 sessions, starting Jan 5th)
Wed – Big Aces (7-8yrs), 530-630 PM
Thurs – Mini Aces (3yrs), 330-4 PM
Thurs – Tiny Aces (4yrs), 330-415 PM
Thurs – Tiny Aces (4yrs), 415-5 PM
Thurs – Little Aces (5yrs), 5-6 PM
Register HERE:

Location Details:
Grace Church Van Vorst
Parish Hall Gymnasium
39 Erie Street (b/w 2nd and 3rd on Erie)
Near the Grove Street PATH in “Downtown Jersey City”
Rue Gymnasium
301 Garden Street (b/w  3rd and 4th on Garden)
Near the Hoboken PATH in “Downtown Hoboken”


Winter Classes in Jersey CityYOU could win a FREE 3 month KIDS membership at CKO Kickboxing in Jersey City. To enter your child please register for a FREE kids class durning the month of November. CKO Kids classes are held from 4:15 – 5pm every MONDAY and WEDNESDAY. Please come in and mention JC FAMILIES PROMOTION. We will have gloves and you can watch and see how the class goes!

At the end of the month we will draw one winner from this group for a FREE 3 month membership for the months of DECEMBER, NOVEMBER, and JANUARY. OR Call: 201 360 3072


Winter Classes in Jersey CityTrue To Kids by Tanya True Playgroups, Parties and more!
True To Kids playgroups incorporate interactive music, rhythm play, yoga, dance, and many opportunities for support of language, fine and gross motor development. Tanya’s extensive knowledge of, and experience in early development coupled with her
Some groups like/need to rotate homes, but I have found that the same space each time can be supportive for the children. Mixed ages is fine.
In terms of scheduling, classes are held at the same time each week, for 12 consecutive weeks, with holidays off. Two free make up classes are included.
If you are interested in being part of a True To Kids playgroup but need help putting a group together, don’t hesitate to ask.
To register or ask questions, contact [email protected] or call 212.542.0892
Private sessions and guitar lessons are also available.


Outings for November Days Off

Things to do in Jersey City

November is here and it brings with it many, many days off for public school kids. Public schools in Jersey City are closed for Election Day on 11/6 and 11/7-11/9 for NJEA Conventions and Veteran’s Day on 11/12. Let’s not forget about all those closings around Turkey Day! Sometimes it can be a challenge thinking of activities to keep your little ones busy during their days off. Fear not – here are some fun ideas for Things To Do in and Around Jersey City!


222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ

The Liberty Science Center is a great place for your child to explore the joys of science with hands-on exhibits such as the Touch Tunnel. Make sure you book your ticket to see one of the many movies playing in the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere!

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Bambino Chef

213 Newark Avenue Jersey City, NJ

Let’s get cooking with Bambino Chef! At Bambino Chef, cooking campers will explore the magic power of the kitchen by cooking up delicious treats from scratch, using a variety of fresh ingredients, putting kitchen tools to work, creating yummy masterpieces and making new friends! Fall and winter classes are being offered.

Field Station Dinosaurs

40 Fort Lee Road Leonia, NJ

School may be closed but the Field Station: Dinosaurs is open! But hurry! The last day to enjoy the Jurassic fun is November 9thThis is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun. To give you a more authentic experience, scientist have made sure that the exhibition encompasses the latest theories and discoveries of paleontology, geology and environmental studies. 

Newark Museum

49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ

The Newark Museum offers kids and adults the ability to learn about art with their display of contemporary and fine arts from Asia, Africa and the Americas. The Museum also taps into the art of science! The Newark Museum is home to the first planetarium ever in New Jersey! Adults can experience the museum for $15 while student with valid ID, children over 2 and seniors pay $8! Members and Newark residents are free!

New York City Fire Museum 
278 Spring St, New York, NY 10013

The New York City Fire Museum illustrates the evolution of firefighting from the bucket brigades to modern firefighting techniques and equipment. The museum attracts over 40,000 visitors a year from all over! The museum is open 7 days a week from 10 AM – 5 PM. Adult admission is $10, students, seniors and firefighters with proper ID’s are $8 and children are $5. NYC Fire Museum Members, active and retired FDNY/NYPD/DSMNY/PANYNJ and active and retired US military service members are free!

National Museum Of Mathematics 

11 E 26th St, New York, NY

Who said math can’t be fun? Through dynamic exhibits, galleries and programs the National Museum of Mathematics is designed educate and spark curiosity about the wonders of math! The museum if open 7 days a week from 10 AM – 5 PM making it easy to plan your visit

The Gravity Fault Indoor Rock Gym

1423 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ

Anyone can join in and experience the exciting sport of rock climbing at The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gym! They aim to provide a fun, welcoming environment where beginners and experienced climbers alike can learn, train and enjoy climbing. Not sure where your rock climbing experience lies? No problem! They have rock climbing options and teaching programs to accommodate the novice and pro! You can see all pricing options here!

From museums to cooking classes, there are so many amazing things to do in and around Jersey City to make the most of your day off!

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 :



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.


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.


CKO Jersey City: 

Valentines Day offers

3 classes + gloves for $19.99


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!

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

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.


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


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:


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!

Keeping active in the cold

child playing


Movement and exercise is important for everyone, but especially for young, developing kids.  As children’s nervous systems are maturing, they need movement to help them make sense of the world.  Children sometimes can improve their concentration and performance in school when they have movement activities interspersed throughout the day.  Active movement help children to know their physical boundaries and can help them improve their general health.  Our lives are getting more and more sedentary, especially with all the fun activities we can do with computers and all the great videos and shows for children.  It may be especially hard to find movement opportunities for our children now that the weather is getting colder.  Here are some ideas to incorporate movement activities indoors.


A mini trampoline designed for indoor use with children can  be used, especially if you have little space.  Exercise balls like you’d have for pilates can be fun for kids as well.  If you have more space, ride on toys and scooter boards can be used indoors.  Mattresses on the floor can be used for jumping on as well.  All of this equipment would require close adult supervision, of course.  To make it even better, join in on the fun with your kids sometimes!  Wrestling with a careful adult or older child involves lots of fun movement.  You can put tape on the floor (painter’s tape leaves little, if any, residue) and create lines to walk on, or jump across.  You can make shapes with the tape and have the children jump between circles, square, triangles, etc.  You could also make parallel lines with the tape and call it a river so the kids can climb into a box and row down the river.  Let your imagination soar!


Playing in the snow can be fun for kids of all ages!  You might head for indoor play places such as Gymboree or My Gym.  Other indoor attractions such as Liberty Science Center, the New Jersey Children’s Museum and indoor water parks can also encourage movement.


You can put on some lively music and dance.  Stop the music and play freeze dance.  Or you can make up dance moves and have everyone imitate each other’s moves.  You can toss a balloon in the air, or use rackets or paddles to hit it around.  You can take a sheet and play parachute and put the balloons in the parachute.  A lot of young kids like to have an adult hold onto either end of the sheet and have the child sit in the middle while the adults swing them back and forth.  You can play bean bag toss and have bins or garbage cans to throw the bean bags in.  Or you can crumble up newspapers and throw them around, throw them at targets, or throw them into bins.  You can play charades.  You can also walk like different animals – crab walk, jump like a frog, walk like an elephant – whatever!


These are ideas to get you started.  There are a lot of things you can do with children to get them moving inside.  If you have special equipment, you can use it.  But you can also just use your imagination and things you have around the house.  Have fun with it!


Linda Velwest is a pediatric occupational therapist working with early intervention. She also teaches Autism Movement Therapy classes


Ideas For Playing In The Snow

Brr! It’s cold out there! But we know that won’t stop your little ones from wanting to throw, jump and play in the snow! We’ve created a list of Ideas For Playing In The Snow. Make sure to bundle up before you go out!

1. Play snow tic tac toe: Get in touch with your competitive side! Use sticks to create the grids and pinecones, rocks or any other nicknames could be used as game pieces.

2. Make snow angels: This is an oldie but goodie! Get your camera and take some amazing pictures!

3. Sledding: Speeding down a hill on a sled in the snow is so much fun! No sled? No problem! Here are some DIY ideas to keep you in the action.

4. Snowball fights: Challenge your family and friends. It’s all fun and games until someone gets snow down their snow suit!

5. Build a snow fort: Protect yourself during the snowball battle with a DIY fort!

6. Bring Frosty to life: Build a snowman, or woman or family! Dress it up with a scarf and a corn cob pipe if you have one.

7. Bring the snow inside: It may look pretty outside, but sometimes that weather is too brutal. Fill a snow sensory bin with snow and let your kids have fun!

8. Have a winter wonderland scavenger hunt: Hide some things in the snow and give your littles ones clues on how to find them.

The fun doesn’t have to stop just because there’s snow on the ground! Check out some more fun ideas perfect for snow days!


15 Things To Do With Your Family On A Snow Day

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Uh oh! The snow has finally arrived! Spending your entire day asleep in bed always sounds like a good idea, but sometimes that may be difficult when you have littles ones who are off from school running around or dying of boredom. Turn your snow day from snoring and boring to fun and exciting! We’ve created a list of 15 Things To Do With Your Family On A Snow Day!

1. Binge watch a show or movie: 

There are plenty of family movies to watch on Hulu or Netflix. Pop some popcorn and get cozy under a warm blanket.

2. Warm up by getting down: Turn up the music and dance in your pajamas! Your little one might even teach you a new move or two.

3. Build a fort right in your living room or bed room: Get creative with the blankets, pillows and furniture in your house. Make sure your fort is stocked with lots of snacks!

4. Play a game: Test your vocabulary with Scrabble, challenge your mind with a memory game or run around playing duck duck goose! There are endless options for games that don’t require a television or controller. 

5. Clean the house: We know, we know! Cleaning the house is the last thing kids want to do but this is the perfect day for it! Clear out your closets, get rid of the clutter in those drawers. You might even come across some lost treasure!

6. Arts and crafts: We have tons of arts and craft on our Pinterest board. Check them out or come up with your own!

7. Neighborhood play date: Schedule a playdate with some of your neighbors. Make shifts so each family can have some quite time during the day.

8. Bake: Make some yummy treats to get rid of the winter weather blues! What about some cookies or muffins. Go the extra mile and decorate them!

9. Have a photoshoot: Who said Halloween costumes are only good for October? Dig up old hats, wigs, outfits and glasses and have a silly family photoshoot!

10. Call or visit the grandparents: We bet you’ll make happy everyone with this one!

11. Plan your next vacation: Days like these cause you to think about warmer weather. Browse through some travel sites and pick your next family getaway.

12. Shovel snow: This may not sound like the most fun activity, however it’s an amazing workout! You can also lend a helping hand to your neighbors.

13. Warm bubble bath for the little ones: Poet Sylvia Plath once said, “there must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” A bath is relaxing and it allows your little one to get in a little more playtime before bed.

14. Read a book or write: Maybe getting some free reading or creative writing will help make the snow day more enjoyable. Also, who doesn’t like a good bedtime story?

15. Play with the snow: Snow angles, snowmen and snowball fights are all awesome things to enjoy on a snow day! Make sure to bundle up!

There are many great snow related activities to take advantage of while enjoying quality time with your family and friends!

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8 Places To Go Skiing in and Around New Jersey

Best places to go Skiing in New Jersey: Ski season will soon be upon us and it doesn’t matter if you’re on the bunny slop or a pro, there’s a place for everyone! Besides the benefits skiing has on your cardiovascular, muscle health and flexibility, it’s great fun to enjoy with your family! Before you plan your next ski trip take a look at our list of 8 Places to Go Skiing in and Around New Jersey!

New Jersey

Mountain Creek

200 NJ-94, Vernon Township

Phone: (973) 827-2000

Mountain Creek is located about 1.5 hour drive from downtown Jersey City and offers 167 acres of trails on four mountain peaks, 100% snowmaking coverage and full night skiing, the region’s highest skiable vertical and the is the only true All-Mountain Terrain Park south of Vermont. They offer golf, spa amenities, lodging, several restaurants, skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing and more! Season passes are available now and if you purchase them you receive tons of amazing perks! New to the slopes? No problem they offer lessons and a beginners guide to ensure your safety before, during and after skiing and snowboarding. Kids can get in on the action with Mountain Creek’s Kids Camp!

Campgaw Mountain

200 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430

Phone: (201) 327-7800

As New Jersey’s premier learn-to-ski/snowboard and tubing destination, Campgaw Mountain offers an alpine escape located about an hour away from Jersey City! This is a smaller mountain, but a great place to learn to ski or snowboard. Traditional sledding doesn’t make the cut compared to the thrilling fun you and your family will experience while snow tubing for $26! Campgaw Mountain offers daily group, private and semi private lessons for all ages starting at around $39.

New York

Thunder Ridge Ski Area

2319, 137 Birch Hill Rd, Patterson

Phone: (845) 878-4100

Located in the rolling hills of Patterson, New York, Thunder Ridge Ski Area is about a 2 hour minute drive from Jersey City.  With 22 trails, 3 chairlifts and 4 magic carpets, the ski are has slow and gentle slops to meet the needs of new skiers and snowboards to more advanced trails for those who are daring and adventurous. If you’re a frequent skier and snowboarder, the season pass is the best choice for you! The pass is currently being sold at a discount for $299 for adults, teens (ages 13-17) and kids (ages 6-12) until November 8th. Seniors ages 65-69 cost $229 while children ages 5 and under and super seniors cost $109! We’re all familiar with “woman crush Wednesday.” But what about “Wine & Women Wednesdays?” Every Wednesday from 10 AM – 5 PM gather up your gear and a group of your gal pals and head to the mountain for a day of frosty fun! Lifts, rentals and lessons are $30 each!

Hunter Mountain

64 Klein Ave, Hunter

Phone: (800) 486-8376

Hunter Mountain is one of the most popular NY ski destinations! Hunter is about a 2.5 hour drive from downtown Jersey City. Looking to stay they weekend or maybe a little longer? They offer on and off-site lodging options for you to choose from! There’s also a full-service spa open to the public. Hunter Mountain offers 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! Passes for the 2018-19 season are on sale now! Hunter Mountain is dedicated to making sure you and your loved ones get the most out of their experience. They offer classes of all types to all levels to ensure your safety. Hunter Mountain doesn’t just offer ski and snowboarding activities. This November, the resort tends to the yoga lovers with their Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

Mount Peter

51 Old Mt Peter Rd, Warwick

Phone: (845) 986-4940

Mount Peter, which is located a little more than an hour from Jersey City, got its start in 1936 by Macy’s Department Store to display and sell their ski fashion. Their unique history is a perfect reason for Mount Peter to be on our list of 8 Places to Go Skiing in and Around New Jersey! The mountain, which started as a savvy marketing tool has grown to a winter wonderland offering 14 trails and 5 lifts. Mount Peter is known for many things such as their famous Free Beginner Ski and Snowboard School, suburb snowmaking and expert grooming, an awesome terrain park, their top-notch racing and development programs and the warm family atmosphere. Rates begin at about $54 for the full day for adults and $49 for children 6-11 years old. Prices and hours of operation are likely to change with the upcoming season so please check their website before you go!


Camelback Mountain

301 Resort Drive Tannersville
Phone: (570) 629-1661

The Poconos offers many fun ski resort options, including Camelback Mountain. It is about a 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. Last year Camelback Resort launched “Galactic Snowtubing” which now includes an after dark “Galactic” LED light show. This awesome snowtubing experience lands Camelback Mountain on our list of 8 Places To Go Skiing in and Around New Jersey! Snowtubing midweek tickets are$30 while weekend and holiday tickets sell for $35 and can only be purchased at the Camelback Snowtubing Park on the day of your visit. They offer several types of lesson packages and programs for children and adults

Great Wolf Lodge

1 Great Wolf Drive

Phone: (800) 768-9653

Great Wolf Lodge doesn’t offer on-site skiing, however, they are located very near to Camelback Mountain! 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! Many people who ski at Camelback Mountain stay at Great Wold Lodge. Discover the perfect place to rest your head after all that fun with their numerous suite options!

Shawnee Mountain

401 Hollow Rd, East Stroudsburg

Phone: (570) 421-7231

Shawnee Mountain has a spot on our list of in our list of Best Places To Go Skiing in and Around New Jersey because it’s a great family destination for winter sports and it’s only a little over an hour’s drive from downtown Jersey City. They offer 23 trails, 8 lifts and 2 parks, plus snowtubing. Grab your season pass for non-stop winter fun for you and your family! Choose from several learning packages for all levels! Of course you’re going to want to ski and stay! Shawnee Mountains and their lodging partners have Ski & Stay packages to suit you whether you want to plan an exciting week of family fun or a romantic getaway for two, and everything in between! 


Ice Skating Rinks In and Around Jersey City


When it comes to looking for a cold weather activity that will suit the whole family, you might sometimes feel like you’re on thin ice. However, ice skating is a great way to get active and to bond with your family during the winter! We put together a list of Ice Skating Rinks in and Around Jersey City just for you!

New Jersey

Newport Skates

95 River Drive, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 626-7465

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!

Pershing Field Ice Rink

807 Summit Avenue, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 547-4392

Pershing Field Ice Rink is a local favorite and is located in Jersey City Heights. They have a special admission fee of for Jersey City residents! $3 for adults, $2 for kids and $1 for senior citizens. If you don’t live in Jersey City it will be $5 for adults, $3 for children and $2 for senior citizens. They offer two types of skates, figure skates and hockey skates.

Korpi Ice Rink

669 Avenue A, Bayonne

Phone: (201) 858-5850

Located on the campus of Bayonne High School and the shores of the Newark Bay,  the Richard Korpi Ice Rink is a state of the art facility rivaling any multipurpose athletic complex in the area. 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

560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

Phone: (973) 731-3828

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 $9 for adults and $7 for children 16 and under. Skate rentals are $4. They offer skating lessons, hockey lessons and various programs, check their website for details. On-site parking is available.

The Town of Secaucus’ Ice Rink on Plaza Center Road

Buchmuller Park: 150 Plaza Center, Secaucus

Phone: (201) 330-0273

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 October to April. The rink is also used for other activities in the off-season. Admission is $3 and skate rental is $2! Regular hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Saturday from 1:30 PM – 3:30 & 7:30 – 9:30 PM and Sundays 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM & 7:30 – 9:30 PM! Times are subject to change so just give them a call before you go!

Warinanco Sports Center

One Park Drive, Roselle

Phone: (908) 298-7849

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 is located about 25 minutes from Jersey City and 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. Children and seniors over 62 can skate for $5 while adults skate for $6. Rentals are $5!

New York

The Rink at Winter Village

Bryant Park, NYC

Phone: (212) 768-4242

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is Manhattan’s winter wonderland. Enjoy the Holiday Shops, The Lodge by Urbanspace, and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink. The Rink and The Lodge are open 8 AM-10 PM daily through March 3, 2019. This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities. Admission is free and skate rentals are $20! Getting there is easy just take the Path to 33rd street and hop on the B, D, F, M, 7 Subway to 42nd Street.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

600 5th Ave, New York

Phone: (212) 332-7654

Of course we had to add one of the most famous ice skating locations in NYC, this outdoor rink is visited by people from all around the globe each winter. In the heart of Midtown, steps from Times Square and the Theater District, The Rink at Rockefeller Center is a New York City tradition that everyone can enjoy. 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 per child under 11 years of age. Skate rentals are $12.50.

Sky Rink

61 Chelsea Piers, New York

Phone: (212) 336.6100

Sky Rink is a year-round indoor ice rink since that has been around since 1969. This twin-rink facility, located on Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers, operates seven days a week, welcoming skaters of all ages and ability levels for general skating sessions, figure skating, ice hockey, league play, birthday parties, special events and more. Everyone can skate for $12 per person and skate rentals are $6! They also offer helmet rentals for $6!


The Rink at Brookfield Place

Three World Financial Center, 230 Vesey St, NYC

Phone: (347) 843-9503

Located on the Hudson River Waterfront, it is open from Monday – Friday from 1:00 PM to 8:30 PM, and on the weekends from from 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM. 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.

Looking for more exciting winter-themed fun for  you and your family? We have so many options for you to choose from!

New Year’s Events for Kids and Families

You may already have a babysitter booked for a night on the town with your significant other. But, if you don’t…here are some great events and activities in and around our area that will guarantee a fantastic New Year’s for the whole family!

12 Days of Science

Liberty Science Center, Jersey City

December 20 – January 1 (closed 12/25)

The LSC will be open both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, so it’s the perfect place to get out of the cold and get the kids active! This holiday celebration includes the new Infinity Climber, building and displaying a huge snowflake, meeting a penguin, tasting ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, special live shows and more. Special holiday hours are 9am – 6pm except for Christmas Eve (9am – 4pm). They are closed on Christmas Day.

lf: The Musical 

Various Dates and Times

Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn

Looking for something fun and different to do on New Year’s? Take the kids to see Elf: The Musical! The Paper Mill Playhouse, located in Millburn, is only about a 20 minute drive from downtown Jersey City. There is a 1:30pm showing on New Year’s Eve and a 7pm showing on New Year’s Day. Tickets range from $36 – $91.

Holiday Lights

Now – January 4, 2015

Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

You still have time to check out Holiday Lights if you haven’t already done so this season. Holiday Lights will be open on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 5pm – 9pm through January 4. The zoo will not have Holiday Lights on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. However, Holiday Lights will be open on New Year’s Day, although the zoo won’t be open during the day. The event is free to the public, though donations of canned goods, toys and pet food are encouraged.

Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes 

January 1 – 4, 2015

Izod Center, East Rutherford

See a showing on New Year’s Day at 1pm and explore a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail! Tickets start at $25 and parking is $15/car.

Winter Wonderland Camp 

December 29 – 31, 2014 from 11am – 1:30pm

Need a daytime activity for the little ones? Try Winter Wonderland Camp. Children ages 3.5 – 7 years will enjoy making sculptures, drawings, paintings, 3D objects and more. You can book an individual day for $50 per day or all three days for $135.

New Year’s Eve Family Cruise 

December 31, 2014

Pier 16, South Street Seaport, NYC

Take the whole family along for a night of New Year’s Eve fun on the New York Harbor! Kids and parents can dance the night away, play Wii games, enjoy treats, party favors and more. This event is best suited for older children, as the cruise boards at 9:05pm and sails until 12:20am. Tickets are $125 per child ages 3 – 12 and $200 per adult. Family packs are available for $600 (2 adults and 2 children).

Newport Skates 

Newport, Jersey City

Take the family skating for the day at Newport Skates! They will be open both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 11am – 9pm. Admission is $7/person and skate rentals are $6.

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace

December 31, 2014 from 7pm – 9pm

St. John the Divine, NYC

Enjoy an evening of music at a beautiful location. This year’s concert is hosted by Harry Smith and features Judy Collins and Jason Robert Brown. General admission is free and open to the public and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center, NYC

If you are in the mood for ice skating and don’t mind crowds, take the family to this iconic ice skating rink in NYC. Skate together under the infamous Christmas tree. They have various hours daily, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Peak rates are $30/adult and $15/child (under 11) and skate rentals are $12.

Central Park Fireworks and NYRR Midnight Run 

December 31, 2014 at 10pm

Central Park, NYC

Celebrate with dancing, live performances and a firework show then countdown to midnight and partake in the 4 mile unscored midnight fun run. This event is free.

New Year’s Day Brunch Family Bowl 

January 1, 2015 at noon

Brooklyn Bowl, NYC

Start the New Year off with a strike! Enjoy bowling and brunch starting at noon. All ages until 6pm. There will be no cover charge.

Magical Pumpkin Wands | Time to Create with Lady Lucas

I know it’s September, but I’m already thinking about Halloween non-stop! It’s never too early to start putting out some harvest pumpkin decorations in the fall, so here’s a craft that is sure to please as a centerpiece on your table, party favor for kids or even as a colorful gift!

Materials you will need:

  • Foam or cardboard pumpkin cut-outs

  • Permanent markers

  • Colorful paper straws

  • Strong craft glue or hot glue

  • Ribbons, Halloween findings

  • Blush or red marker {optional}


*Paper straws are readily available at Target and party stores. Pumpkin cut-outs can be found this time of year at the dollar store, Target or A.C. Moore. Michael’s should also have them in stock.



Step 1 Decide how many magical pumpkin wands you’d like to make. Take out as many pumpkin cut-outs and paper straws as you will need.


Step 2 Decorate the pumpkin cut-outs with a permanent marker. Create cute and scary jack-o-lantern faces. This part is appropriate for even the smallest child. Get creative and give one pumpkin some reading glasses! If you’d like rosy cheeks, you can use a red marker or real makeup blush on a dry paintbrush.



Step 3 Tie festive ribbons around the top of the paper straws about one inch down from the top. Add Halloween findings if you have them. I had these cute foam candy corns on wires so I added them to my wands as well.


Step 4 Glue the pumpkin ‘head’ on the top of the wand using a strong craft glue and let it dry for a few hours. Hot glue is instant, so I prefer that method if you have a hot glue gun handy. For very small children you could even use clear tape, but keep in mind your wands won’t last too long, especially after playing with them for a few hours.


Step 5 Display your pumpkin wands creatively throughout the house in vases, planters or at mealtime. The kids can spend hours playing with them this October!

Ashley Lucas {aka Lady Lucas} is a local Jersey City illustrator and arts instructor. She has written and illustrated various children’s books, and is releasing her second picture book this fall. She teaches private art lessons to children in the Jersey City area and loves the magical artwork that kids create!

Don’t forget to stop by Ashley’s blog on JCFamilies. Visit every month to see a new crafting idea for your child and please Like, Share or Comment on this craft if you enjoy it!