Jersey City Sprinkler Parks and Pools

Jersey City Sprinkler Parks and Pools

As the weather is getting warmer, it’s time for outdoor fun with the kids! On the really hot days, one of the best places to be is in a sprinkler park or in one of the city pools. We have gathered a list on the Sprinkler Parks and Pools in Jersey City. A few of them are in Hoboken as well. Time to enjoy the season changing by keeping your kids active outdoors!

Jersey City Pools

Pavonia Pool

914 Pavonia Ave

Pavonia Pool is located in the West Side neighborhood of Jersey City.

Weekday Breakdown:
Adult Swim: 8am-10am
Swim Lessons: 9am-10: 05 am (Tuesdays & Thursdays only)
Community/Camp Swim 10am-5:30pm/6:30pm

Weekend Breakdown:
Swim Lessons 8:30am-10: 40 am (Saturdays only)
Community Swim 10am-5:30pm

Lafayette Pool & Aquatic Center

303 Van Horne St

Lafayette Pool’s 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.

Weekday breakdown:
Adult Swim 7am-9am
Swim Lessons 9am-10:05am (mondays & wednesdays only)
Community Swim/Camps 9am-6:30pm
Pool Swim Team :TBD

Weekend breakdown:
Swim Lessons 8:30am-10:40am (saturdays only)
Community Swim: 10am-5:30pm

Pershing Field Pool

201 Central Ave

Pershing Field Pool is an indoor pool that is open all year round. Parking is available on the street or in the lot. Parking lot and street parking available. Families can visit for open swim during the hours of 7am and 8pm on weekdays. SaturdaySunday and holidays open swim is available between 12pm and 6pm. There is also a children’s playground with water sprinkler on-site

Daily Fees for JC residents:
Weekdays: Adults $3, Child $2, Senior $1
Weekends & Holidays: Adults $4, Child $3, Senior $1
Non-Residents:
Weekdays: Adults $6, Child $4, Senior $2
Weekends & Holidays: Adults $8, Child $6, Senior $2

Jersey City Sprinklers

If you’re not up for bringing your kids to a pool, they can still have fun with the water splash pads that are offered at several public parks in Jersey City! All sprinklers are open daily from 11 am to 7 pm.

Hamilton Park Splash Pad 

25 West Hamilton Place

This water playground is on the smaller side but your little will definitely have a blast. The sprinklers are on from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The splash pad is fenced in and features in-ground sprinklers and buckets of water dropped from overhead. Hamilton Park is nestled in the heart of downtown Jersey City and offers a large playground, tennis courts, dog runs, a basketball court, and lots of grass on which to play. Bonus: the Hamilton Park area of Jersey City has tons of great food options!

Newport Green

700 Washington Boulevard

Newport Green is a unique little park! Not only does it offer 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. Pets are allowed at several other parks, though. Check our list here

Enos Jones Park

237 Brunswick St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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

Hoboken

For you who live in Hoboken, there are four parks in Hoboken that offer sprinklers for the kids to cool down! They are all open daily from 11am – 5pm all summer long. Check our list of options below: 

Church Square Park

4th Street and Willow Avenue

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

Jackson Street Park

Jackson Street and 1st Street

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

Madison Park

Located on Madison Street and 3rd Street

This park is currently under renovation.

Hudson County awarded the City of Hoboken a $500,000 grant for improvements to the Madison Street Park Playground through the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund. The project began with the public process in January, following by a concept design approved by the City Council in February, and Construction Contract awarded in October. Madison Street Park will reopen on or around April 15, 2019.

Elysian Park

Hudson Street and 10th Street

Close to the waterfront, this location allows you many options to walk around with your little ones. Take a walk to Shipyard Park or Castle Point Skate Park. For dog lovers, there is also an amazing a dog run! There are countless cafes and pizzerias in this area, so take your pick and enjoy!

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

Both in Jersey City there are several options for families to enjoy the nice weather outside. Whether you’re in the mood for a nice walk in the park or if you’re prepared to get soaked in the pool or sprinkler, there’s options for all families! After staying active, make sure you grab a bite to eat, there are tons of options when it comes to food as well, both indoor and outdoors.

 

Learning Community Charter School: A school with a place for every child

 

Hi everyone! I’m here to tell you a bit about yet another school- The Learning Community Charter School. The Learning Community Charter School is an independent public school located in Jersey City. The school is just a block away from Lincoln Park for those of you who would love a nearby park to take your little ones to. The Learning Community Charter School serves to educate children between the grades Pre-K through the 8th Grade. The Pre-K classes aim to have at most 15 students in each class and classes from Kindergarten to the 8th grade aim to have about 20 students in each class. Want to pay the school a visit for yourself? Feel free to stop by on Monday December 16th for a tour at 6 and 6:30. There is no need to RSVP. There will also be a later tour date available on  Friday, January 3rd at 9:30 and 10am.

 

The Admission process for the learning community charter school in Jersey City is done in a lottery style fashion. Applicants must apply to the school within the deadline. The lottery determines, at random, who is accepted to the school and who is placed on the waiting list. Those on the waiting list will be contacted once an opening occurs. If no response is made then the school will move on to the next person on the list. The list of applicants is refreshed every year, re-using the lottery method. Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are now being accepted at the Learning Community Charter School now up till Friday January 3rd at 3pm.

At the Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City both breakfast and lunch are made available at the school to the students. The calendar for what meals will be made available on a daily basis is up on the schools website (www.lccsnj.org) for the parents to download if interested. There is a calendar both for the breakfast menu and for the lunch menu to lessen any confusion. As in many schools, lunch is provided at a slight cost. The student breakfast cost $1.60. The student lunch comes at a little more of a cost, $3.00. Now, if you think you would qualify to receive free or reduced lunch there is an application link available on the website. The cost of the reduced breakfast is $0.30 and the cost for the reduced lunch is $0.40, so please do take advantage of the reduced/free meal option if it is available for you.

 

While looking at the curriculum and classes offered at the Learning Community Charter School I was sort of taken a back when I saw the extensive list. Many of the things offered are for sure not mandatory to be provided, which is great to see. It gives me the feeling that this school truly does care to give its students an experience that they will forever appreciate. Yes, the school of course offers English Language arts, math, science, physical education and social studies. But the courses that put an extra smile on my face were visual arts, wingspan arts (which is a non-profit program that all students from 5th grade to 8th grade engage in for an hour once a week exposing them to performing, visual, media and literary arts), hip hop elements, play at poetry, digital photography and graphic design (designs the yearbook), Afro- Caribbean drumming and step it up (where students learn to step; make rhythmic patterns using their hands and feet). There are so many options here for each child that wherever they choose to go they should learn, grow and most importantly experience something new to help them feel more comfortable or “at home” in their school.

Learning Community Charter SchooYou may be overwhelmed with all of the course options I just threw at you but be prepared for one more thing; the THINK TANK after school program at the learning community charter school. The think tank after school program is offered daily from 3:15-6 pm and from 12:20-6 pm on most half days. It is set in place for both activities and homework help. There are three sessions of this program each year and they do require a fee. If you or your child is interested in attending the after school program please contact the school for more information on how the payment works. They are willing to work with families who may not be able to afford the entire payment. No child left behind right? Also, students are allowed to do a one day drop in at the after school program but also at a charge; usually $18 but again, contact the school if this does not work for you and see what they can do. It never hurts to take the chance especially with a school that is willing to help.

The Learning Community Charter School sounding good for you so far? Don’t forget the applications are due by January 3rd! Also, remember you can drop into any of the upcoming tours on Monday December 16th and Friday January 3rd. Hope it is the school for you! Happy School Searching!

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Early Beginnings Day School in Jersey City

Early Beginnings Day School in Jersey City: Jersey City Pre-school

Next up: Early Beginnings Day School! Looking for a preschool that understands how the minds of our little ones work? Perhaps a school equipped with a curriculum that takes into consideration how importance of the first step towards schooling can be for a young child? Well then this school might just be the one for you! The Early Beginnings Day School in Jersey City is a fun filled educational school that seems to have their curriculum in set order in particular for the youngest of young ones because they know what works. Want to give it a look for yourself? No Problem! Early Beginnings Day school is hosting an open house this coming Saturday, November 9th from 10:00am-12:00pm. Registration is not required.

 

At Early Beginnings Day School they offer two different sets of schedules; one of which being the half day schedule. The half day schedule runs from 2:30pm – 5:00pm. This program is set to promote language concept, mathematical and scientific thinking as well as artistic expressions. In this program children are kept in small groups ensuring the possibility of individual attention if and when it is needed. Early Beginnings day school allows for children to select activities throughout the day while the teacher is still directing the class to the direction in which it needs to go through.

The other schedule available is none other than the full day schedule. The full day schedule runs from 8:30 am- 2:30pm. This program is set to promote the strengthening of comprehension, decoding and writing skills through different styles of art, such as puppets storytelling, bookmaking and dramatizations. In the full day schedule the teachers expose children to literacy and reading skill development through the set language program.


Now, for each of these schedules there are three types of programs that are provided in the Early Beginning day school in Jersey City. They are the tiny tots program, the toddlers program and the pre-school program.  They are divided as follows:

Tiny Tots: For children ages 12-24 months

For this age group, classes are kept at a low number and a developmentally age appropriate environment that includes activities such as movement, art activities and so on.


Toddlers: Dedicated to two year olds

For this age group, classes are held three or five days a week and are supervised by both an experienced teacher and an assistant. This program is set up in a “learn-through-play” environment that helps children learn through the materials that are provided for them. Teachers use music, movement, language, play and creative arts to spark the interest of each child. The classes in this program are set to inspire self-confidence in each growing child.

Pre-School Program: Dedicated to three year olds

For this age group, classes are held three or five days a week in a nurturing environment. This program is intended to attend to each child’s learning style of development. Teachers use the multi-sensory approach to ensure full comprehension of topics. The educators at Early Beginnings Day School use tactics such as visual and auditory experience to enhance the educational experience. The children are consistently encouraged to individually master mathematical and scientific development through everyday play such as painting, cutting, puzzles, blocks and so much more.

Sounds like the school for you? Don’t stop here; feel free to visit their website at http://earlybeginningsdayschool.com . Most importantly, if you’re free this Saturday, November 9th from 10am-12pm, pay the Early Beginnings Day School a Visit at their open house! And as always, Happy School hunting everyone!

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Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City

 

Waterfront Montessori is a Baccalaureate school for children aging between the toddler and middle school years. They are a school that is built upon passion for education. There are two ways you can find out more information about this school. One is to please continue reading this blog and I will inform you on more of this schools beliefs and programs. The other option is to visit them for yourselves! Waterfront Montessori school located in Jersey City is having an open house on Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm. To attend this open house (or any their open house that they offer the following months) be sure to visit their website (www.waterfrontmontessori.com) in order to register for the date you wish to visit.

When you first visit the main website of Waterfront Montessori there are three big words sitting at the very top. “Engaging. Exciting. Joyful.” Those three words are the three words this school believes defines what aspects in education and schooling systems can bring about the best outcome for your children. What can I say, those words grabbed me!

At Waterfront Montessori, located in Jersey City, they offer education for children of the ages 2 through Grade 8. They also offer a specific program, the IB Middle Years Program for students in grades 6 to grade 8. In this school they are very passionate about education. They believe in providing each child the individual experience they each need in order to grow and achieve. They believe that it is not their duty to shape each child, but instead that it is their duty to provide them with the essentials that they need to become their own success; encouraging each child to acknowledge and grow from his or her own set of gifts and interests.

 

The curriculum in place at Waterfront Montessori is one unique to most schools. The curriculum in place is designed to offer structure and guidance for the students while at the same time maintaining the feeling of freedom and choice for each child to roam. In this school they feel this is an important process for each child because it promotes a bigger sense of self-awareness as well as producing children to be self-confident, well balanced, and focused on whatever their interests may be.

There are five different programs available in Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City. Each program is divided by age groups, guaranteeing the proper education for each child placed in this school system. The programs available in Waterfront Montessori are as follows:

The Toddler Program:

  • For children of the ages 2-3
  • Designed as a stepping stone for children to step away from their home and begin to feel comfortable in a school environment for the very first time.
  • Classroom designed so that the children can explore
  • Activities are in place to promote self-care, develop motor skills, and begin to concentrate and absorb multi-step directions and to develop social skills.

 

The Primary Program:

  • For children of the age group for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4
  • Promotes language and language skills, writing, reading, mathematics, science, geography and culture subject areas
  • A learning environment that provides order, encourages exploration, encourages choice amongst many other forms of structure

The Kindergarten Program:

  • For children of the ages 5-6
  • It is an extension of the primary program and a transition to the Elementary program
  • The space between the children in the kindergarten program and the primary program is shared, promoting and providing guidance for the younger children from the older ones and leadership for the older children, helping them to reinforce what they have mastered in their previous years.
  • Offers more advanced activities, both as an entire group and within their classroom groupings

The Elementary Program

  • For children in grades 1-5
  • Transitioning the children from thinking concretely to making more abstract thoughts
  • Curriculum of the sciences, computers and technology, mathematics, literacy and literature, social sciences, history, world geography and civics
  • The use of different art forms (such as art, music, poetry, etc.) to lend excitement to the day of each student

The Middle School Program

  • For children in grades 6-8
  • Provides a structure of academic challenge that encourages the students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world
  • Students are required to study two languages, sciences, mathematics, humanities, arts, physical education and technology

Think one or all of these programs sound like something that would work for yourself and your child? Then why not take a closer look for yourself! As I stated earlier, Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City is having an open house Wednesday November 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm. If you cannot make this date but are very interested they have other dates available, one in December and another in January. Just be sure to visit the Waterfront Montessori website and register for the date that works for you! Happy School search!

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