Open Houses: Schools & Pre-Schools In Jersey City

Schools & Pre-Schools In Jersey City:

Jersey City schools are beginning to host Open Houses for fall registration. Open Houses give parents a chance to check out the facility and learn about the school offerings. Teachers and staff are usually on hand to answer questions and give school tours. Visit a few schools and find the best fit for your child.

JCFamilies is hosting its JCEducation Fair’18 on September 22nd It will be great opportunity to meet and talk to school representatives. Learn here about the schools participating in the event this year.

Below you’ll find a list of upcoming Open Houses in Jersey City.



Friday, 10 August from  3-7pm at 160 Morgan St, Suite 2, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Friday, 17 August from 3-7pm at 33 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302


508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: 201-630-4702

October 4, 2018, November 15, 2018, January 30, 2019



Second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm (please refer to website for location)


720 Monroe St. Suite 105-106 Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: 201-755-5585

August 4, 2018


1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: 201-533-1910

Open Houses for the whole family:
NOVEMBER 3, 2018: 10:00 – 11:30 AM; FEBRUARY 3, 2019: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Admissions Tours for parents only:
OCTOBER 11, 2018 @ 9AM
NOVEMBER 27, 2018 @ 6 PM
JANUARY 29, 2019 @ 9 AM (to be confirmed)
FEBRUARY 26, 2019 @ 6 PM (to be confirmed)


209 3rd street Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 338- 8320 # 202

Saturday, October 13th from 10am to 12pm
Saturday, November 17th from 10am to 12pm
Thursday, December 6th from 9am to 11pm


707 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: (201) 792- 6292

Daytime Tours (8:45 AM) 25 SEP 18, 16 OCT 18, 06 NOV 18, 27 NOV 18
Saturday Open House (10:00 AM) 08 DEC 18


 233 9th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201)706-3025

September 8th from  10am-1pm


125 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 360-2450

Back to School open house on 9/13 from 5-7pm


1018 Washington Street Hoboken, NJ 07030– Phone: (201) 683-9100

Open Houses on  9/8/18 TO 9/14/18


95 Broadway, Jersey City, NJ 07306– Phone: (201) 984-4151

Most Fridays starting starting September 14 at 9:30am. See for dates and to sign up.


100 Marshall Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (201) 890-6727

October 8th-October 12th, 2018

Learn about the Performances happening at the 5th Cultural Diversity Festival’18

Performances  in the 5th Cultural Diversity Festival’18 in Jersey City

Date: August 18th
Location: Hamilton Park
Time: from 4 to 7pm

Event details at

31 River Court, 102 – Jersey City, NJ 07310 – Phone: 201 217-0640

The School of Bharatanatyam: At Newport in Jersey City, lessons are imparted on weekdays and weekends at convenient times to kids, parents and working professionals. Students enjoy the River view, lawn, rose garden and, the cityscape across the river — through large windows — while soaking in this ancient art, in a mirrored, wooden-floor studio!



The school is located in the heart of Clifton, New Jersey. Please feel free to visit them in person during their regularly schedule or by appointment. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call them at (973) 772-8988.


Grassroots Community Space
54 Coles St. Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (908) 432-2405

The mission of Arts United Capoeira is to promote understanding, appreciation and practice of Capoeira, which is a Brazilian art-form that combines music, dance, self-defense, ritual and a way of life.

Our commitment is to create a safe, welcoming, non-discriminatory environment to learn, explore, and grow as individuals physically, mentally and spiritually. The elements of this unique art-form unite people from all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds.


189 Brunswick St, 3rd Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 969-6260

Jersey City Ballroom believes that dance makes life better and they want to share that with you! They offer Latin, ballroom, swing, tango and more for the Jersey City community and surrounding areas. #dancemakeslifebetter


The Japanese Swordsmanship Society is dedicated to preserving and promoting the traditional martial arts of Japan. JSS teaches Iaido, Naginata, Jodo and Kyudo classes in New York City and New Jersey.

For Iaido[email protected]

For Naginata[email protected]

For Jodo[email protected]

For Kyudo[email protected]



83 Franklin Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307  – Phone: (201) 792-1616
Energetic center featuring salsa dance instruction for all levels



West African dance traditionally pulls movements from everyday life of chores, work and imitating animals.  African dance uses all these types of gestures to tell a story or to celebrate life.

This dance performance is a mixture of traditional West African, West Indian and Afrobeat dance moves. It is a total body workout, the best cardio you will ever have.

Classes are held at various locations in JC and in The Heights. Nearby classes are held at Grassroots Community Space 54 Coles street.

Please write to [email protected] to get your email in her list to be sent Eventbrite links to register.



Jersey City raised guitarist, who has played in many different genres and acts over the years, from rock to Cuban Salsa, Spanish Rock to Nueva Bachata. Currently he is primarily a Latin-style nylon string guitarist looking to collaborate with other musicians interested in the Latin guitar style of music. 


196 Morgan Street, Ground Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression and essential learning skills through the arts.


307 Main Street, Hackensack, New Jersey, 07601 (Inside FMA Center)

A group of children connecting America and Japan with the sound of Taiko


110 Bright St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (856) 912-3883

Offering Irish Dance classes Jersey City, NJ that improve each dancer’s poise and confidence while having fun and staying healthy!



Events for Families in Jersey City this Weekend

Events for Families in Jersey City this Weekend

Jersey City has so much to offer all the time, however, there are some special events to take note of when planning your weekend with the family! Read on to find out what’s happening in Jersey City Heights, Union City, Bayonne, Greenville and everywhere in our list of  Events for Families in Jersey City this Weekend.

VVPA Summer Sendoff Celebration – A Dinner in White

by Van Vorst Park Association
Friday August 24th @ 7pm at Van Vorst Park Gazebo

Parting is such sweet sorrow – well not when you celebrate it with the Van Vorst Park Association & The Friends of Van Vorst Park.

Picture dinner tables & decorations in all white–sweet music filing the air–lemonade and laughter flowing—

All you have to do is bring your dinner & drinks and wear all white…we’ve got the rest covered.

A night to remember-sweet & simple
What to wear: ALL WHITE
What to bring: Dinner and Drinks
What we provide: Live Music, chairs & tables, all utensils, lemonade & dessert
Cost: $25/person

Shut Up & Listen Headphone Party

Friday, August 24 @ 10:30 PM – 2:30 AM  at Taphaus on 2 2nd Street

We are back! Join us for a fun night at Taphaus on the Waterfront! Party the night away with your besties overlooking the NYC Skyline! 3 DJ’s will be spinning 3 different genres, you can change your channel on your headphones and the venue is completely silent! It’s so much fun!

End of Summer Book and Art Fair in Jersey City

Please join Hudson County Community College’s Continuing Education Department, Student Affairs and on Saturday, August 25th for an End of Summer Book & Art Fair at Culinary Plaza Park in Journal Square. The fair will run from 12pm – 4pm and is open to the community for FREE! Registration IS required!

Freebies include: Book Readings, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, Entertainment, & Giveaways!

Joys in Teaching, LLC will be running a handsewen felt animal workshop for parents and kids at a small fee to cover materials. (See details in ticket section)

Check out the Jersey Journal’s coverage of our Summer Book Fair last year!

FREE! Registration IS required!

Sunset Bike Tour

Join us for a fun and relaxing bike ride as we tour Liberty State Park.

Sat, August 25, 2018 from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Overlook Park, 4 Beacon Way, Jersey City, NJ 07304

We’ll meet up at Overlook Park. All experience levels welcome. Pre-registration required:

Important Information:
· Helmet required
· Pack water to keep hydrated
· Portion of route requires riding in Jersey City Streets

Biking is one of the healthiest, greenest, and best ways to travel!!

2018 Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival

Saturday, August 25 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Free

Gayborhood Jersey City and the Hudson Pride Center, will be co-hosting the 18th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival, set to feature live music, vendors and exciting performances! Festivities will take place on the Newark Ave. pedestrian plaza, spanning from Grove St. to Jersey Ave. For additional information about the festival, visit

This event is free and open to the public! Event contact: Hudson Pride Center (917) 647-5093

The Vault Allure: An Experience Festival – Part 2

The Vault Allure – Presented by the Statuary, Nokia Bell Labs and Riverview Neighborhood Association (RNA) Historic Holland Street

Saturday, August 25, 2018 – 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Entrance at Palisade Avenue at Bowers Street, Jersey City Heights
Rain or Shine!

Details: food and drink available for purchase

Sunset Bike Tour

Join us for a fun and relaxing bike ride as we tour Liberty State Park.

We’ll meet up at Overlook Park.

All experience levels welcome.

Pre-registration required:

Important Information:

· Helmet required

· Pack water to keep hydrated

· Portion of route requires riding in Jersey City Streets

Biking is one of the healthiest, greenest, and best ways to travel!!

Summer Fest 2018 – Music in the park

This event is still in our list of events for Families in Jersey City this weekend because it will happening until September.  The fun from Tuesday night continues this Sunday from 4 pm to 8 pm at North Cove Field (Audrey Zapp Drive)

The Summer Concert Series runs every Tuesday and Sunday through September 4th! Check the following link for the schedule as well as specific event details: 

Liberty State Park is hopping with live music every Sunday and Tuesday through July and August!

(UnBrothers @4:00 pm / MIGHTY Spectrum Band @ 6:00 pm)


About the bands:

The MIGHTY Spectrum Band has a long standing reputation as the most dynamic band in the NY/NJ area. As one of the premier acts from the shores of NJ to the beaches of the Hamptons, the band has built a strong base of loyal fans and friends over the years. A driving Rock’n Roll band coupled with an unmatched horn section has allowed the band to create a repertoire of hundreds of songs.
The Band: Tom Hammer, Rob Fox, Frankie Schultz, Mike Fox, Ed Courtney, Bart Crum, Steve Pavia, Chris Longo, Sean McHugh, Vinny Luongo. unBrothers play the best of Vintage Rock/R&B. As accomplished performers, recording artists & songwriters, they put their unique spin on Vinyl-era classics, B-sides and mash it up with the odd current hit & original songs.

unbrothers is not your ordinary cover band. While it’s accurate that all of our material was written and performed by some the most famous rock acts in history, we have managed to put our own spin on this material by cleverly assembling and weaving songs in big production mash-ups. Finding songs that do not, should not go together, unBrothers invokes alchemy to create something new, something synthetic. This synthesis yields something different and original, bigger that the sum of its parts to the delight of audiences.

This FREE performance is in conjunction with the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, and is part of the ongoing SummerFest 2018 series in Liberty State Park at North Cove Field in the northeast corner of the park.

Table Tennis Open Play

Head to 95 Broadway St. for Table Tennis Open Play hosted by Hot Shot Table Tennis this Saturday at 9 pm! A monthly membership is available for $25 and a $10 fee is charged for on time play! Click the following link for more information:

Events for Families in Jersey City this Weekend

Its the weekend so you know what that means! The Famous Food Market will be taking place at Harborside from 2 pm until 7 pm on both Saturday and Sunday! Head over to the parking lot of Lutze Biergaten to Taste the World! The event is free unless you would like to purchase VIP tickets which come with 3 tokens, parking, 21+ private bar access and more! Click the following link for tickets and to learn more:

There are a lot of options to do with families in and around Jersey City! Blueberry picking can be a fun family event that kids and adults both can enjoy. Peach picking will start soon so keep that on your list too.

If you want to walk on over to Hoboken, there are a few events happening there too which you can attend with your family – head to for more on that!

Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

The Best Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

Just like our posts about picking your own blueberries and strawberries around Jersey City, there are an abundance of farms to pick your own peaches as well. As we are entering into peach season, the fruits are super sweet, juicy, and fresh. To ensure you are getting the freshest peaches possible, we suggest you take out the family and go pick your own.

Let’s explore some of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City. So, pick a day, pick a farm, grab your baskets, and let’s go pick some Jersey fresh peaches!

Demarest Farms

Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

Pick your own peaches at this huge pick your own farm. Peaches at this farm are not available to pick all the time as they only allow you to pick are their fruits and peaches ripen. Be sure to check their schedule online to see when their next peach picking days are. This is definitely one of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Prepare yourself for a new experience in peach picking. Demarest Farms features well-manicured trees, spectacular views, and tasty peach varieties – home to more than 12 varieties of pick-your-own peaches.”

Location: 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642

 Terhune Orchards

Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

This is a 225-acre family owned and operated farm. They have peach picking in the summer from July until September. They offer up some of the best peaches you can pick on your own. They are perfect for eating straight from the tree or baking into a pie or cobbler.

Once you have picked peaches until your heart’s content, you can also check out the farm’s farm animals. They have sheep, goats, ducks, horses, and much more! You can also check out their tractors – this is a real hit for the little ones. Terhune is one of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ

Alstede Farms

Admission is either free or reasonably priced on the weekends and weekdays for around $6.99 per person. Although you may not want to pay an admissions fee, it gets you a bit more than just picking your own peaches. They offer hayrides, sunflower maze, tours, and much more.

If you are looking for both white and yellow peaches for picking, Alstede Farms is the place for you. Since we are currently in peach season, there peach picking conditions are considered “excellent” on their website. Another bonus? Every weekend through August 13th, they host a peach festival and they also have a peach pancake breakfast coming up as well. This is a super fun and eventful pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester

Johnson’s Corner Farm

You can pick your own peaches at Johnson’s Corner Farm from June to August. They have some really great peach picking around Jersey City and it is not too far of a drive as well, making is a convenient pick your own peach farm around Jersey City. For a minimal fee, you can also access their barnyard filled with animals and also take a super fun hayride with the kids. The farm also has ice cream for when you need a sweet treat at the end of your peach picking adventure.

Location: 133 Church Rd, Medford, NJ

Lewin Farms

Pick your own peaches are from mid-July to mid-September. However, they suggest you give them a call on the day you are planning on heading over so they can let you know what their availability is. During the winter time, they sell freshly cut Christmas trees. You can truly make Lewin Farms a year round trip with the whole family. The farm is 110 acres and is easily one of the most beautiful pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 812 Sound Ave, Wading River, NY

 Ochs Orchard

Peach picking lasts from July to September, so their season is a little longer than most other New York and New Jersey farms.

Of course, this stunning orchard has other attractions at the farm as well. They have farm animals for the kids to meet, a gorgeous view of the valley below, and you can even pack a picnic lunch to eat with the family. It is the perfect location to get back in touch with nature and experience some fresh, clean air! Ochs is a great option for pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.
Location: Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY

Mead Orchards

From mid-July to early September, Mead Orchards have pick your own peaches along with berries and other fruits and veggies. This huge farm has over 180 acres. When berries and juicy peaches at the farm run out, be sure to make a trip in the fall when they have an abundance of apple and pumpkins. It’s the perfect place to get you in the fall and Halloween spirit and one of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City!

Location: 7 Scism Rd, Tivoli, NY

Battleview Orchards

Freshly baked pies, gift baskets, pick your own fruits and veggies, seasonal events, a country store…Battleview Orchards has so much stuff to do and see. Of course, they have pick your own peaches that are available to pick from July to the beginning of September. This is definitely a must check place for pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728

Eastmont Orchards

This is a huge farm that has tons of pick your own options, including many varieties of peaches. They supply you with their own bags for easy picking. Picking is also super easy for younger kids. Be sure to check their Facebook page before heading down to the orchard to make sure they have pick your own peaches open for that day.

Location: 181 County Road 537 East, Colts Neck, NJ 07722

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

Taking the entire family on a water park getaway is the perfect family day trip or vacation. Kids love to splash around in the water, run through sprinklers, and go down some awesome water slides! It’s also great for parents because whether the water park is indoors or outdoors, it is generally in a contained area. Therefore, parents do not have to worry about their kids running off or getting too far away from them. It’s safe, convenient, and fun.

Luckily, there are heaps of indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City. Although there aren’t any places right in the city, driving just a few short hours, or less, will land you in some awesome water park getaways! Let’s explore some of the best indoor and outdoor water parks in around Jersey City.

Coco Keys Water Resort 

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

About and hour and twenty-minute drive from the heart of Jersey City, Coco Keys is in a great location in Mount Laurel, NJ. Although this indoor water park is located within a hotel, all non-hotel guests still have access to the water park. All you need to do is purchase your tickets in advance for guaranteed entry.

What is really great about this indoor water park is it’s open all year round and is quite low-key and quiet. Many water parks can be saturated with people, but Coco Keys will give both you and the kids room to move around and breathe. The park features a 1,000-foot long water slide, a lazy river, an aquatic jungle gym, an indoor/outdoor spa for the parents, and much more.


Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

Located in Lake Harmony, PA, this indoor water park has over 53,000 feet of fun. This park has a whopping three 4-story waterslides, a wave pool, activity pool, jungle gym, dumping bucket, and lava springs hot tub for the parents. There is a little something for everyone at this resort. You can purchase tickets for the day or if you are looking for a longer getaway, you can stay at the resort in one of their amazing rooms. This is certainly one of the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City

Kalahari Resorts

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

About an hour and a half drive, Kalahari Resorts is located in Pocono Manor, PA. It is in a gorgeous, scenic location up around the Pocono Mountains. This water park opened its doors in 2015 and is open year-round for fun in all seasons. This park is Safari themed, which is great for kids who love animals and wild things!

At 220,000 square feet, this water park is massive with so many attractions you and the kids will be entertained for days. The park features areas like waterslides, wave pool, kids play area, surf section, and lazy river. The best feature of this water park is if you visit in the summer the whole roof of the water park opens so you get the perfect outdoor summertime feel.

Great Wolf Lodge

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

An hour and twenty-minute drive from the city, Great Wold Lodge is located in Scotrun, PA, and is one of the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City. Likely the most well-known indoor water parks around the country, GWL knows all about family-friendly water activities. There are an endless amount of attractions for both the kids and adults. There are 2 different hot springs for adults, large and small water slides, slide boarding, and tons more.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor 

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

This outdoor water park is super close to the city, at only an hour drive away and is one of the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City. It is located in Jackson, NJ. This outdoor water park has a lazy river, tons of water slides, boogie boarding, water rafting, and more.

For the young kids, there is a baby pool, water swings, fountain, and tree house. There is a great combination of features for parents, younger kids, and babies, which is perfect for families with many different ages.The main water park feature has multiple slides, a climbing net, wave pool, wading area for relaxing, and a pirate ship to climb and run through.

Mountain Creek Waterpark 

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

This ski resort turns into a fun water park and attraction during the warm summer months. The park is located in Vernon, NJ and is about an hour and fifteen-minute drive from Jersey City.

The park feature 22 wet attractions, which are separated into four different zones. Zones include an area for the youngest kids, the world’s tallest double looping thrill slide Zero-G, cliff jumping, white water rafting, water slides, and more. You can even rent private cabanas to get away from the crowds and relax a little. With so many awesome features, especially for the older kids, this makes for one the best indoor and outdoor water parks around Jersey City.

Best Indoor and Outdoor Water Parks Around Jersey City

Raising Them Right: Diversity as a Gift

Cultural Diversity In Jersey City

There are lots of reasons to move to the suburbs once the kids are born. Backyards with swimming pools, for one. Schools. Driving culture. The neighbors aren’t (literally) on top of you. But for me, for so many of us, there’s a really important reason to stay: diversity.

Jersey City has been called “the most diverse city in the country” or has been near the top spot in many reports and listicles online. And it’s not the bragging rights we care about here – it’s the food.

Cultural Diversity In Jersey CityJokes aside, culinary diversity is a massive draw. It’s a really easy way to introduce kids to new worlds with familiar friends. While it’s never easy to bring little kids to restaurants, for us restaurants (and food trucks, and grocery stores) allow us to engage in discussions about connections & continents & civilizations that might be abstract if we didn’t have this tangible (and flavorful) entrance in.

Today, in 2018, while the world expands and shrinks simultaneously through the windows of our cell phones, these are conversations our children deserve. The world we’re preparing our little ones for will be multi-national and multi-lingual. The leaders of tomorrow will understand the movement of people and capital in a way that our generation wasn’t necessarily forced to. And if we want them to the kind of leaders that will radiate positivity and healthy, sustainable goodwill, their default has to be one of inclusion as opposed to one of segregation.

While Jersey City’s playgrounds are fuller and have greater variety of ethnic and cultural diversity than others around the country, Jersey City isn’t a perfectly balanced quilt in which every voice is represented to an equal volume. To be clear, we’re just not there yet. Which brings me to JCFamilies and the 5th Annual Cultural Diversity Festival.

On August 18th, 2018, the JCFamilies organizing a day of diversity with culture-related activities for the whole family, including arts and crafts, musical acts, dancers, an art show and — of course — lots of delicious food representing the diversity in Jersey City.

Cultural Diversity In Jersey CityIn other words, attend. This is, after all, one of the reasons we’re still here.

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 Written by Mel Kozakiewicz. Mel is the founder and CEO of The Moxie Group, a consulting company for all your marketing needs.