Camp Riverbend “Star Wars” Open House

Choosing a camp for this summer?

Come sample Camp Riverbend’s awesome summer activities this winter at our “Star Wars” Open House Saturday Jan 13, 10 am – 12 noon. We will have lots of fun Riverbend activities for kids and parents, run by our amazing counselors, including “out of this world” games, crafts and cooking. Take a tour of the camp site with our directors. Free! RSVP required to [email protected] or 908-580-CAMP.

Camp Riverbend is 30 minutes from downtown JC; bus service included.

Holiday Concert Wintertide: A Celebration of the Season

 Holiday Concert Wintertide: A Celebration of the Season 

Celebrate the Season of Giving by supporting Family Promise of Hudson County. Wintertide: A Celebration of the Season promises to be a one-of-a kind concert led by American musician and band leader, Jeremy Beck. Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Promise of Hudson County. 

The inaugural Wintertide will feature an immersive world music experience for all in attendance, including original compositions and new arrangements of your favorite Christmas classics performed by 10 acclaimed musicians.

Wintertide will be held on Thursday, December 13th at St. Ann Catholic Church (704 Jefferson Street, Hoboken) at 8:00 p.m., with a reception following.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 here or by by calling (201) 659-1114.

Camp Riverbend “Ninja Training” Open House

Choosing a camp for this summer?
You are summoned to attend Camp Riverbend’s “Ninja Training” Open House! Saturday April 7, 10 am – 12 noon. Fun Riverbend activities, including games, crafts and cooking for kids and parents, run by our amazing counselors. Take a tour of the camp site with our directors. Free! RSVP required to [email protected] or 908-580-CAMP.

Camp Riverbend is 30 minutes from downtown Jersey City; summer bus service included.

Follow us on Facebook to learn more at https://www.facebook.com/campriverbendnj

Camp Riverbend “Wacky Olympics” Open House

Choosing a camp for this summer?

Come sample @CampRiverbend’s awesome summer activities at our “Wacky Winter Olympics” Open House Sunday February 25, 10 am – 12 noon.  We will have lots of fun Riverbend activities, including games, crafts and cooking for kids and parents, run by our amazing counselors.  Take a tour of the camp site with our directors.  Free!  RSVP required to [email protected] or 908-580-CAMP. Let the games begin!

Camp Riverbend is 30 minutes from downtown Jersey City and Hoboken; daily summer bus service included.

 

Camp Riverbend Beach Party Open House

Choosing a summer camp?  Come in from the cold…to Camp Riverbend’s Beach Party Open House!  Saturday January 20, 10 am – 12 noon for prospective campers of all ages (3-14).  Riverbend counselors will be leading tropical games, crafts and cooking activities for kids and parents.  Meet our directors and tour the camp grounds.  Please email [email protected] or call 908-580-CAMP to reserve your space.   Camp Riverbend is 30 minutes from downtown Jersey City.  Daily summer bus service included.

Preschool of Rock Pop up Family Jam in Downtown JC

Preschool of Rock Pop Up Family Jam: Classes at $15 per class -that’s a 50% discount
An interactive 45 minute parent and me music classes performed live on guitar and drums. Our high energy children’s music class is filled with drumming, shaking, dancing, laughter, and instrument discovery.
Only 20 kids in the session so please pay to save your spot.

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PRESCHOOL OF ROCK IS REDEFINING MUSIC EDUCATION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD BY INSPIRING CREATIVITY, CONFIDENCE, AND FREEDOM THROUGH CARING ROLE MODELS, INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM, CULTURALLY DIVERSE INSTRUMENTS AND HIP MUSIC.

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The fees is non-refundable and non-adjustable.

Preschool of Rock Back to School Jam in Downtown JC

Looking for the Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking for the Best Thanksgiving Recipes, Jersey City?

Thanksgiving can often get overwhelming with all of the cooking to do, the timing to get right and your friends and family expecting a delicious meal. Furthermore, it can be just as challenging deciding what dishes to prepare for the big day! There are numerous options to choose from and so many different tastes to cater to. We have put together a list of some super great Thanksgiving recipes to help get you started on your preparation. Looking for the Best Thanksgiving Recipes, Jersey City? Well, we have got you covered!

Candied Yams

Sweets aren’t just for dessert on Thanksgiving. Try this sweet candied yam recipe. It has things ling spicy ginger and toasted marshmallows to make it even more delicious.

Glazed Baby Carrots

Another sweet and savory veggie dish is a great way to please the adults and also entice the kids to eat their veggies on this indulgent day. Plus, it is only 4 ingredients and so simple to whip up fast. If you are looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes, these carrots are definitely one.

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a must on Thanksgiving and these cream potatoes are great because you can prep them in advance. This recipe is a must try for all mashed potato lovers.

Foolproof Pie Dough

Pir crust for your favorite pie recipes can also be made ahead as well and then frozen. You can even make it weeks in advance. This is a buttery and flaky crust that everyone will love.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is the perfect food to prep in advance because it only gets better the longer it sits. This recipe is so simple that it can be made in 10 minutes. No need for store-bought and canned jelly style cranberry sauce. This is sure to impress all of your guests.

Three-Cheese Mini Macs

Kids love mac and cheese, so this is a great side dish all little ones will devour. They are also perfect for them to just pick up with the hands and chow down.

Frosted Pumpkin Cupcakes

Kids love cupcakes. So, for their dessert treat flavorful pumpkin cupcakes with sweet and creamy frosting and a perfect kid approved dessert.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

If you want to put a unique spin on classic pecan pie, this recipe includes lush chocolate to take your pie to the next level. The chocolate and nutty pecans make the perfect combo. When looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes, we always like something a little different.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you are sick of regular pumpkin pie for this Thanksgiving’s dessert spread, try this sinfully creamy and flavorful pumpkin cheesecake!

Ginger Apple Cranberry Sauce

If you are looking for a traditional dish, like cranberry sauce, but with a zesty and spicy spin, look no further than this easy and delicious ginger apple cranberry sauce.

Cornbread Dressing

If you want to add some Southern comfort to your Thanksgiving, cornbread stuffing is a perfect sweet and savory dish to add to the spread!

Sweet Potato Souffle

Having a Thanksgiving with mainly adults and want to add a sophisticated touch? This sweet potato souffle is super simple but looks and tastes so decadent your guests will think you slaved for hours and hours over one dish. If you are looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes with an eleated twist, try this out!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Warm, soft, buttery, and slightly sweet, sweet potato biscuits will please your whole crowd, especially the kids. Kids love sweet and bready baked items, so these homemade biscuits are sure to be a hit.

Pumpkin Pie Parfaits 

Desserts don’t have to be hard. Pumpkin pie parfaits are a wonderful and easy addition to add to your scrumptious dessert table! Give these a try…we know you and your guests will not be disappointed.

Pretzel Turkeys 

If you want a cute treat for the kids that will leave them in awe, be sure to take some time to make these adorable pretzel turkeys with them. It will keep them engaged and also be a fun edible craft project.

Stuffed Delicata Squash

Delicata squash is the perfect fall veggie. If you have any vegetarian friends they will absolutely love this recipe. With ingredients like vegetarian sausage, garlic, feta cheese, and mushrooms, this stuffed squash will please everyone.

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash & Greens Bake

This squash has the looks of spaghetti and it neutral in flavor so it can be paired is any flavor combo. This creamy, cheesy, and greens filled bake is perfect for a healthier Thanksgiving side dish.

Vegan Mashed Potatoes

It is always nice to prepare some vegan dished just in case. These vegan mashed potatoes are delicious and creamy, just like the real deal.

Vegan Stuffing

Stuffing is an easy dish to make vegan-friendly and it certainly does not have to lack any flavor. This recipe is filled with robust and traditional flavors. Give it a try and see!

Sweet Potato Casserole

With pecans and rolled oats, marshmallows are replaced with something a bit more wholesome and nutritious, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste that way!

Vegan Gravy

Yes! You can make delicious vegan gravy. This is one of the best recipes so we definitely think you should try it out.

Beet Burger

Your heart will skip a beat for these beets! But wait, there’s a twist on this dish. Sink your teeth into the beat burger, which is a great option for vegan and vegetarian guests!

If you have been looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes, this list is a great way to get your started and help you plan your Thanksgiving feast!

 

Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City 2018

The Best Holiday Events In And Around Jersey City 2018

The season of happiness, delicious foods, cozy fires, snowy days and family are upon us! There are plenty of events in Jersey City that truly bring out the cheer around the holidays for you and your loved ones to enjoy! We’ve created a list of The Best Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City!

JCFamilies’ Annual Holiday Party 

210 Hudson St, Jersey City

Join JCFamilies for the 7th Annual Holiday Party! The festivities start at 3 PM until 7 PM! Don’t worry about the cold weather. The event will be conveniently located at Harborside Atrium in Jersey City! Families can enjoy pictures with Santa, Music with Preschool of Rock, face painting, a bounce house, a holiday train perfect for kids to enjoy and yummy cookie decorating! Bring your camera and holiday cheer! Admission for children 6 months and up is $7 and $2 for adults 18 and older!

My Gym

252 9th St, Jersey City

On December 9th, meet your buddies at My Gym for their Cookies with Santa event! The action never stops at My Gym. They have exciting activities, games, rides and treats planned for you. Finish it off with cookies and take a picture with Santa! Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as you can! Members are $20 and $10 for each additional sibling. Non Members will pay $30 and $15 per additional sibling.

The Jersey City Project Toy Drive

City Hall Plaza, 280 Grove St, Jersey City

If you’re in the giving spirit this holiday season, why not bring a toy for the Toy Drive! December 1st and 2nd join The Jersey City Project for their toy drive! Over 6o vendors will be featured.

Annual Tree Lighting & Victorian Yuletide Carolers Concert

435 Newark Ave, Jersey City

Chestnuts will be roasting and hot cider will be served to warm you up as you enjoy the beautiful Victorian Yuletide Carolers Annual Concert! Hear the harmonious sounds of the holidays at the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery on December 1st at 5 PM. Kids can also enjoy a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Clause. This is a free event!

Holiday Marketplace at Hudson County Community College 

161 Newkirk Street, 1st Floor, Jersey City

On December 9th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, join HCCC for a day full of great gifts from local businesses and family fun, including a magician, puppet show, face painting, balloon animals, holiday book readings, kids’ crafts, Selfies with Santa and more! Admission is free! If you are interested in being a vendor at the event their is a $65 fee to secure your spot once you have been approved by the event coordinator!

Parents Night Out at PicoTech Institute

278 Monmouth Street, Jersey City

All parents deserve a night off! Enjoy a much needed date night, gym time and self rest! On December 15th from 5 PM – 9 PM PicoTech will take care of your little ones! It will cost $45 for 3 hours and $50 for 4! They will provide pizza, popcorn and other light snacks while your little ones enjoy party games, arts & crafts and more! They also offer “Bring a friend” or Sibling 10% Discount for 3 or 4 hours! Visit the event’s site for more info!

Holiday Lights Spectacular

560 Northfield Ave, West Orange

Want to see a towering giraffe made of lights? Or how about a glowing lion?  A trip to the Holiday Lights Spectacular is a must this holiday season which is why it’s on our list of The Best Holiday Events in and Around Jersey City. They can also see and take photos with Myrtle the Turtle, the mascot of Turtle Back Zoo, and several of his winter friends will be on hand to greet visitors at the Zoo. Step up your selfie game by getting a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Clause! There will also be a mailbox where children can send letters to Santa Clause at the North Pole. You can enjoy the holiday fun on Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 16- 18, November 23-25, November 30- December 2, every night from December 7 – 31. They are closed Christmas Eve and Day. Admission is free however, donations on non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats are always welcome!

Swedish Christmas Fair 

Commonwealth Club, 26 Northview Avenue, Upper Montclair

The Swedish Christmas fair has something for everyone. There will be a great selection of food, crafts, and gifts. Swedish handicrafts like handmade Christmas decorations, linen, and wooden items and a variety of cheeses, herring and other Swedish delicacies as well as home baked goods (bread, cookies, and cakes) are available for you to buy. Enjoy it with your family on November 18th from 10 AM – 4 PM!

Handcrafted Holidays The Stickley Museum

2352 NJ-10, Morris Plains

Enjoy an old fashioned season with friends and family and the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms’ special holiday programming! Beginning in November 23rd, The Stickley Museum puts on a magical holiday decorations display. Tours run Thursday through Sunday at 12:15 PM, 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM and 3:15 PM. Standard museum admission still applies. You can also get your holiday shopping done starting November 23rd through the end of the year! This is a cool old world way to get into the holiday spirit and one of The Best Holiday Events in and Around Jersey City.

 

Festival of Trees “Deck The Halls” 

The Barn at Highlands Ridge Park, 100 North Road, Chester

The Festival is a community celebration featuring a spectacular display of Holiday Trees in a Winter Wonderland Setting. The trees are sponsored and/or decorated by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. The majority of the trees are offered for silent auction during the week-long event. Visitors can also purchase a tree as a donation to a family in need. The Festival of Trees is a benefit event which provides funding for the Senior Resource Center (SRC), a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, support, information, education, training and referral for seniors and their caregivers!

New Jersey Ballet: The Nutcracker

Nothing says “holiday magic” better than the classic Nutcracker. The New Jersey Ballet has been bringing this production to families for more decades. Audiences will be delighted when the theater lights go down and the magical toys come alive on stage. The Nutcracker by the NJ Ballet is the longest running original production in the entire state of NJ. It is a classic show that is perfect for the whole family. Performances will in be in several locations about New Jersey from November through December!

Run Santa Run 5k Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk

Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair

If you are looking for a fun event that also gets you outside and active, look no further than this charity run! The American Cancer Fund and Run2Health.com team up for our 4th Annual “Run Santa Run” 5K Fun Run and 1- Mile Walk at Brookdale Park in Montclair/Bloomfield, NJ. A family funSaturday morning December 1, 2018 in one of Essex County’s most beautiful parks. Register by November 15, to receive a free Santa hat. Children 15 and under pay $8 to register and 16 and older pay $25 to register.

Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony

119-158 Newark Ave, Jersey City

The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District presents its Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mallon December 3rd at 6:00pm! Please join Mayor Fulop, HDSID and Santa in celebrating the holiday season.

14th Street Garden Center

793 Jersey Ave, Jersey City

Santa will be coming to town! On December 9th from 10 AM – 12 PM you and your family can walk amongst giant trees and holidays wreaths while waiting to take a photo with Santa!

STEAM FEST 

278 Monmouth Street, Jersey City

PicoTech Institute Jersey City and Picoturbine International are going into the holidays full STEAM ahead! They are hosting their first ever STEAM Fest for the community to enjoy on December 15th from 3 PM – 6PM! This is a free event and there will be five different stations set up with fun activities for ages K-8th grade!

Holiday Market and Craft Fair

Grove Street Plaza, Jersey City

Skip the crowded malls & avoid lost packages in the mail this Season by buying directly from local artisans at The Holiday Market on Grove Street! There will be a ton of arts, crafts, and specialty goods to browse through like art, jewelry, home accessories, clothing, and much more making it a hit on our list of The Best Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City! All prices are very budget friendly and make great holiday gifts for all family and friends. The market will be open December 10th, 13th and the 17th-21st from 4 PM – 8 PM! The last day to shop will be December 22nd from 12 PM- 5 PM! There will also be tasty holiday treats and live entertainment and Santa will be there for pictures with the kids. Commuting in? The market is located right near the PATH trains!

Christmas Tree Lighting 

94 Washington St, Hoboken

The Hoboken Christmas Tree Lighting is Thursday, December 6 from 5 PM – 7 PM in front of City Hall. Hot chocolate will be provided by Apple Montessori School. The event features MC: Elvis the Elf with a special appearance by Santa Claus and many amazing performances!

Holiday Crafts Fair 

94 Washington St, Hoboken

On Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 from 11 to 5 p.m., the Hoboken City Hall Craft Fair will take place bringing with it awesome holiday gifts and treats! Three floors of City Hall will be open to the public, featuring unique handcrafted gift items by local artisans. Treats and refreshments are provided by Baking Mama, and “Mrs. Claus” will offer face painting for children.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Radio City Music Hall at Rockefeller Center

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2018 literally kicks off the holiday season in NYC, and it’s one of the best things to do around the holidays! A yearly tradition since 1933, this classic Christmas spectacle offers tap dancers, a flying Santa Claus and, of course, the world-famous synchronized precision dancing of the Rockettes. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular runs from November 9, 2018 through January 1, 2019.

The holidays are the perfect season to enjoy activities with the family, enjoy all of the yummy food and yes, even the snowy and cold weather!

10 Best Restaurants To Go With Your Family in Jersey City

The Top 10 Best Restaurants To Go With Family in Jersey City

Jersey City is filled with an abundance of restaurants. You can find a little bit of everything in the city – from Cuben to Thai to Italian eateries. Furthermore, there are plenty of restaurants that are perfect for the whole family. It is often challenging for an entire family, small or large, to agree on a place to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Thankfully, this list explores the 10 best restaurants to go with family in Jersey City. The restaurants below offer a wide range of food options, have a great family-friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and serve up some seriously delicious food. Your family is sure to leave with full and happy bellies!

Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory 

The Top 10 Best Restaurants To Go With Family in Jersey City

This family owned diner is truly a special experience. It’s a place where regular customers are known by name, kids are loved, and the food is made with passion and excitement. When eating at Brownstone, it will feel like family making your breakfast on a Sunday morning.

This diner is constantly ranked as #1 in Jersey City and offers a huge menu with endless options to choose from. The kids are sure to love the huge fluffy pancakes and are a definite must try. This definitely makes our top 10 best restaurants to go with family in Jersey City

Location: 426 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Prato Bakery

The Top 10 Best Restaurants To Go With Family in Jersey City

This Tuscan inspired bakery is like a little slice of Italian heaven. This bakery offers up some delicious sweet and savory baked goods. The bread is to die for and the focaccia with Nutella is a must try for both the kids and the adults.

One customer also says, “Incredibly kid friendly cafe! With a tent and open space! Great cappuccino and prosciutto sandwich!” making it one of the 10 best restaurants to go with family in Jersey City.

Location: 61 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ

Wonder Bagels

The Top 10 Best Restaurants To Go With Family in Jersey City

With multiple locations throughout Jersey City, there is always a time and place for a hot and delicious bagel. This is an awesome place and one of the 10 best restaurants to go with family in Jersey City. These are handmade water bagels and are made fresh every day with the best ingredients possible.

They have bagels, sandwiches, salads, breakfast, lunch, and have something for everyone. It’s a great place for kids because they have simple bagel options that are perfect for the picky little eater in your life.

Location: 433 Sip Ave (Route 440), Jersey City, NJ (and more).

Beechwood Cafe

The Top 10 Best Restaurants To Go With Family in Jersey City

Located on the very popular Grove Street, this industrial style cafe has delicious tea and coffee. They serve brunch until around 3 pm every day and lunch begins at 12 pm. Kids love their simple smoothies, pancakes, and milk. They also have outdoor seating, which is perfect for when the weather is nice or if you need more room for strollers. We highly recommend you check this top 10 best restaurants to go with family in Jersey City.

Location: 290 Grove Street, Jersey City

Skinner’s Loft

The Top 10 Best Restaurants To Go With Family in Jersey City

If you are looking for the perfect family dinner sport, Skinner’s loft is certainly one of the best restaurants to go with the family in Jersey City. This place is very kid-friendly since they offer an array of markers, paper, and stickers to the little ones. The kid’s menu consists of the usual like griller cheese, pasta, and chicken fingers, but the main menu also has burgers and mac and cheese, which are also great for kids as well.

Parents will love more adult options like lentil nachos, short ribs, and mushroom pizza.

Location: 146 Newark Ave, Jersey City

Two Boots

The Top 10 Best Restaurants To Go With Family in Jersey City

Maybe the most colorful and kid and family-friendly restaurant in Jersey City, this is the perfect pizza place. Two Boots has “comfy banquettes, sidewalk seating, wine and beer, and occasional live music, this is a great place for a lunch break from work, a family dinner or a late-night jaunt from one of the local bars.”

Their super funky and cool dining room will keep the kids occupied and fascinated the entire dinner! It’s a must-go pizza place and one of the 10 best restaurants to go with family in Jersey City.

Location: 133 Newark Ave. (at Grove St.), Jersey City

Left Bank Burger Bar

10 Best Restaurants To Go With Family in Jersey City

With coloring books and crayons given to kids when you are seated, you will win over the kids with this burger bar immediately. They offer up some serious delicious burgers and have great kid meal options like freshly battered chicken fingers, sliders, and ice cream.

The huge and towering burgers may be a bit complicated for the little ones, but parents will devour these fun and creative burgers. A huge plus is their burgers are made with grass fed beef.

Location: 194 NEWARK AVE, JERSEY CITY, NJ

City Diner

10 Best Restaurants To Go With Family in Jersey City

Waffles, thick French Toast, pancakes, huge burgers, chicken finger, and so much more, this 24-hour diner is perfect for the whole family. There is something for everyone in the family here and it a definite crowd pleaser. City Diner is one of the 10 best restaurants to go with family in Jersey City.

“City Diner features rustic modern decor, hard wood floors, cushioned seats and booths, and free WiFi. Make yourself at home and enjoy the HD plasma TV’s while sipping on your favorite drink and enjoying your favorite meal. We have created an inviting modern touch that compliments the view of looking out on to the big city.”

Location: 31 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ

Hamilton Inn

10 Best Restaurants To Go With Family in Jersey City

This classic downtown joint is rich with history and its food is incredible. For the kids, they have chicken fingers, french fries, pasta dishes with tomato or butter, and the cutest mini pizzas. For the parents and adults, the menu consists of options like ahi tuna burgers, huge salads, lobster rolls, and lamb burgers. Yum! You and the family should certainly try this option for 10 best restaurants to go with family in Jersey City.

Location: 708 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ

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