8 Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in and Around Jersey City

Santa is officially coming to town! There may be nothing more magical than bringing the kids to visit Santa Clause for the first time during the holiday season. Their faces light up, they get to whisper their Christmas lists to Santa, and you get to capture these moments in special pictures to keep forever. The 8 best places to take pictures with santa in and around Jersey City :

In this post, we will take a look at the top 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City. We have also included places that are located close to Jersey City as well to offer more of a variety of places you can take the kids.

Newport Centre – Jersey City, NJ

Located right in Jersey City, this is a great place for your kids to meet Santa. Santa is located in the center court of the mall and is available to take pictures and sit with your kids during normal mall hours. This is a great option for one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City

(201) 626-2078

30 Mall Dr. W, Jersey City, NJ 07310

SPECIAL HOURS

12/04–12/07/2017: 10AM–8:30PM (Holiday Hours)
12/08–12/14/2017: 10AM–9PM (Holiday Hours)
12/15–12/16/2017: 9AM–9PM (Holiday Hours)
12/17/2017: 9AM–8PM (Holiday Hours)
12/18–12/22/2017: 9AM–9PM (Holiday Hours)

 Jersey City’s Pedestrian Mall – Jersey City, NJ

Santa will be available for photos with the kids during Jersey City’s annual historic Christmas tree lighting and Menorah Lighting. The event takes place on December 7th and will feature live music, festive lights, Santa Clause, caroling, and more! It’s the perfect holiday event for the whole family.

119-158 Newark Avenue
Jersey City NJ

December 7th
6:45pm – 8:00pm

North Bergen’s Public Library – North Bergen, NJ

Join for their annual holiday celebration on December 15th as it is one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City! The event starts at 4 pm. There will be goodies bags and the chance to meet Santa Clause! This is a great family-friendly event and a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

(201) 869-4715

Main Branch
8411 Bergenline Avenue
North Bergen NJ

December 15th
4:00pm

The Mall at Short Hills – Short Hills, NJ

Take photos with Santa at this great all through December 24th. He will be there every day for your kids to meet! This year there is an interactive theme so kids can feel like they are apart of Santa’s elite flight academy. They will also get a personalized badge at check-in and they get to try on a virtual flight suite. There is also so much more for kids to do! Packages start at the reasonable price of $23.

1200 Morris Tpke., Short Hills, NJ 07078

(973) 376-7350

10 am – 9 pm through December 24th

Garden State Plaza – Paramus, NJ

On Macy’s Court level 2, Santa will be there. Photo packages start at $25 and for an extra $10 you can also purchase a digital download. All of the packages also come with a $20 promo code to Shutterfly as well! If you want your fur baby to be in the photo as well, there will also be a pet night so you can bring your pup along for the photoshoot as well. Remember, all pets must be leashed and well behaved. All of these fun options make it one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City.

One Garden State Plaza Paramus NJ 07652

201.843.2121

10 am – 10 pm

Winter Wonderland – Harlem, NY

Meet Santa at the historic Apollo Theater! The whole afternoon will be filled with pictures, Santa Clause, and holiday fun and cheer. You can also bring donations for kids in need – they accept toys, books, clothing, and CDs. All items are donated to the Greenhope Services.

Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street

Saturday, December 9, 2pm-6pm

Macy’s Santaland – Midtown West, NY

This famous store truly transforms into a Christmas winter wonderland this time of year. They have an entire North Pole Village set up, elves roaming around, an enchanted forest featuring animatronic toys, and a full train display.Please note that for this year you need to make reservations for your visit it Santa.  Photo packages start at $21. We highly recommend taking the trip out to the city as this is one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City and even the country in our opinion.

151 West 34th Street, between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Eighth Floor

Friday, November 24-Sunday, December 24, times vary.

Santa’s Winter Garden – Battery Park City, NY

Photo packages start at $29.

This is a magical place where you and the kids can visit Santa and get photos phone by a professional photographer. After the pictures are done, there is on-site shopping, attend the luminaries light show, and take a spin on their outdoor ice rink. They will also have hot food available upstairs so you can warm up after all of the fun winte activities!

Brookfield Place, 220 Vesey Street, at West Street

Friday, November 24-Sunday, December 24. Times vary

The 8 Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in and Around Jersey City

 

GIFTS IDEAS that encourage language acquisition

GIFTS IDEAS that encourage language acquisition

This is the most beautiful time of the year! Christmas decorations everywhere make everyone happy and kids are excited about their gifts from Santa. We need to shop for many different people, including cousins, friends, and kids of friends. For kids, It is important to buy something which is age appropriate and also something that they can play with and learn from. Here are some great gift ideas to help you choose what to give this Christmas.

FOR CHILDREN 0-3 YEARS OLD

At this age children should have toys that encourage interaction with caregivers. This interaction exposes babies and toddlers to the rhythm and sound of language and encourages them to imitate the language models they hear. Here are a few suggestions.

  1.    Books

Books are great at any age, but for babies and toddlers they provide a language model and their repetition and rhyming pattern encourage little ones to attend to the words and eventually imitate what they hear. Focus on books that are heavy on the rhyming and repetition. Here are a few of my favorites: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle; Is Your Mama a LlAMA? By Deborah Guarino; Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown; Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow


2.       Montessori Phonetic Reading Blocks

These blocks are great for babies and toddlers. Parents can say the sounds of each letter and the word that the letters make. While the kids use the blocks for teething or just have fun moving them around. Encourage toddlers to say the words too!

 

3.    Mula Shape Sorter

Encourage your little boy or girl to try and say the names of the shapes as you put them in! They’ll want to play with this over and over again, so they’ll have loads of opportunities to label the shapes and colors.

 

4.       A to Z Uppercase Maganatab

A magnetic stylus pulls the beads up to create solid lines for letters. Say the letters as you draw with your child or watch them draw. Encourage them to say their letters as they have fun “drawing”.

5.       Farm Chunky Puzzle

I haven’t run into a toddler who doesn’t love this animal puzzle. We practice labeling animals and making their sounds. This even helps the shyest of young ones begin to use their voice.

 

6.    Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home

This toy is great because it actually makes realistic environmental sounds. Practice labeling household items without walking around your house. You’re going to be surprised when your toddler suddenly labels some furniture after you’ve been playing with this fun toy for a while.

 

7.       Mozart Magic Cube

Practice listening to and labeling classical instruments. Babies and parents will enjoy humming the tunes while learning about instruments. This will help any baby learn to attend to different sounds, which will eventually help them learn to differentiate speech sounds.

 

8.       Baby’s First Words in Spanish

This is great for infants and Toddlers. Put the CD on and practice singing to your baby in Spanish. Toddlers will enjoy saying all the new sounds and hearing the different intonation, and infants will benefit from the exposure to a second language. I have to admit that I am a bit biased towards this product because it was developed by my wonderful graduate school professor Erika Levy. Give it a try!

 

9.    Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Case

Introduce your baby to the language of technology by encouraging them to tap, swipe and push buttons on the phone while they play one of the iPhone/iPod games recommended in my blog post titled, No More iPad Guilt : 9 Speech Pathologist Recommended, Guilt Free Apps for Kids.

 

10.      Pearhead Ceramic Piggy Bank

With a piggy bank, parents can practice labeling coins and sticking them in the pig’s belly. I picked this piggy bank because many of the more child friendly ones (made of rubber, electronic etc.) had negative reviews about how hard it was to get the money out. When you’re practicing language you want to be able to repeat the activity many times, which will be hard if you can’t get the coins out easily.


FOR CHILDREN 4-7 YEARS OLD

Here are few gift suggestions for kids 4-9 that will enhance language and be fun in the process!

1.     Melissa and Doug Flip to Win Memory Game

Recommended age: 5+

Memory games are great because they’re repetitive. Kids see and say the same pictures, which helps them learn new vocabulary. This game in particular is great because you can customize it by printing cards with photos of family members, sight words or new vocabulary that you want your child to learn.

2.    Books

You all know how I feel about books, I love them. They are great at any age. Here are a few of my favorites for this age range:

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema; Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans; James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl; The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobeby C.S. Lewis

3.       Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine

Recommended age: 6-9

A young female engineer created this toy. She felt that construction toys were geared mainly towards boys and decided to make this to “inspire the next generation of female engineers.” This gift can be a way to get kids to learn new and useful vocabulary (sketch, prototype etc.). I will warn you, Goldie Blox has mixed reviews, most complaints were that the child was bored with it after one use. Take a look at the website and see if this would be suitable for your kid. www.goldieblox.com

4.       Phineas and Ferb Quest for Cool Stuff

Recommended age: 4-7

Have a little video gamer in your family? Try this game for Nintendo Wii. Kids build their vocabulary and learn new concepts (Atlantis, hieroglyph etc.) while helping Phineas and Ferb collect items to fill their Museum of Cool stuff.

5.       Robot Turtle Game

Recommended age: 4-15

Robot Turtles teaches computer programming fundamentals to kids 4+ in a way that just seems like fun. In this game, kids are the robot masters, so they do a lot of the directing however they need help to write the program. It’s great for teaching interaction skills (i.e. asking appropriately for what you need).

6. Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 Home Karaoke System

Recommended age: 5+

 

Karaoke is great on so many levels. You can motivate kids who don’t like reading, to read and learn lyrics of their favorite songs so they can have their own concert. You can also help children who are learning to write and rhyme come up with their own songs to serenade the family! Honestly, kids will learn anything if it means they can repeat it into a microphone.

7.       Create your own 3 Bitty Books

Recommended age: 5-9

Creating a book inspires kids to read, motivates them to write, introduces story language (once upon a time, one day, etc), teaches sequencing and a host of other concepts. With this gift, a child can add personal books to their library.

8.       Lego Duplo Deluxe Box of Fun

 

Recommended age: 4+

I hate stepping on these things, but they’re really great for building language, imagination and play skills. They also come in many different themes I saw Lego beach house, Lego Minecraft characters etc.

9.    GIFTS IDEAS that encourage language acquisition   Oakwood Home

Recommended age: 3-8

Any kind of doll home is great for language expansion. I chose this one because it’s a fixer upper (it doesn’t come with furniture) and would require your child to use more language to request the furniture that they want. Look online and shop for doll furniture while labeling all of the different furniture you see. Kids can also imitate what they see in the house to practice language skills. Does your child have trouble listening at the dinner table? Have the characters eat dinner at the table and listen to their parents, later have the child do the same thing. It’s like practicing, without having all of the pressure on them. I think that play homes are great for boys and girls and this one is good because you can decorate the rooms with stickers of what your child likes, instead of it coming preloaded with hearts or car pictures.

10.  Fire HD 7 Table

Recommended age: 5+

Listen, we live in a technological world. Kids are going to have to know how to use a device, if they don’t already. If you’re buying your child their first personal gadget, load it up with some of the apps I mentioned in my blog No More iPad Guilt: 9 Speech Pathologist Recommended Guilt free Apps for Kids. There are tons of educational games out there for tablets and iPad. Don’t forget to load some fun stuff on there too. Learning is fun, but even kids need a mental break sometimes.

 

Briana Evans, CCC-SLP is a licensed, certified speech language pathologist and owner of Speech Quest Speech and Language Therapy. She specializes in articulation, reading skills and early language development. She graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. In addition, she is working toward certification in PROMPT therapy, a kinesthetic articulation technique. She currently provides in-home or at-school services for children and teens. She believes in a lifestyle approach to speech therapy, which includes embedding support throughout the client’s daily life.

Speechquestjcny.com

Twitter: @speech_quest

Briana Evans

2017 HOLIDAY DRIVES IN JC

   JERSEY CITY 21ST ANNUAL TOY DRIVE

The City of Jersey City has been celebrating the Mayor’s Toy Drive since 1996 and on Friday, December 15, 2017 Mayor Fulop of Jersey City will host the 21st Annual Toy Drive at City Hall.

Last year, over 900 children (ages 1 to 12) preregistered for the event and this year they expect even more. With that being said, please donate new unopened toys for needy children in Jersey City. The drop-off location will be at the Resident Response Center in City Hall at 280 Grove Street, Room 106, Jersey City, NJ 07302.

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THE 7th ANNUAL JERSEY CITY TIES HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE & HAPPY HOUR

The 7th Annual Jersey City Ties Holiday Toy Drive & Happy Hour will take place on Saturday, December 2 at HopsScotch (286 Washington St. in Downtown JC)

All toys and gifts collected will be distributed to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County.

Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift card appropriate for children ages 5-17 years old. You can also make a cash donation, which will be used to purchase additional toys and gift cards for the kids. Cash donations will be matched by Jersey City Ties, up to $350.

Most-wanted toys include:

– Sports equipment (especially footballs and basketballs)
– Lego sets
– Board games
– Dolls (especially Barbies and American Girl Dolls)
– Action figures
– Arts & crafts kits
– Hot Wheels
– Paw Patrol
– Doc McStuffins
– Play-Doh sets
– Nerf balls (no Nerf guns, please!)

If you can’t make it on the 2nd, never fear – just drop them an email at [email protected] and they will arrange for a way to collect your donation.

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4th ANNUAL DROP THE TOY HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

The Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement will deliver toys to various organizations that serve needy families with your help. Let’s support one another while bringing a smile to some tiny faces.

Donations can be dropped off or picked up for your convenience.

They are asking 2 toys per person , one for a boy and one for a girl ages 0 to 12 years old.

Please call 201 589-8322 for more information. Deadline to donations: 12/21/17 Distribution: 12/23/17

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   39th ANNUAL WEICHERT TOY DRIVE

 Help spread smiles this holiday season! Weichert, Realtors is thrilled to host its 39th Annual Weichert Toy Drive. Members of the community are invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the company’s sales offices through December 15.

More info: http://bit.ly/2zM4p37

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TOY DRIVE AT PROJECT MARKET

At “Project: MARKET” on Dec 2nd and 3rd, there will be a toy drive to benefit families throughout the area. New and unwrapped toys can be brought to the market. The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.outside of Jersey City’s City Hall on Grove and Montgomery streets.

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TOY DRIVE AT PROJECT GREENVILLE

On Dec 2nd and 3rd there will be a toy bin at Project Greenville for new and unwrapped toys to be donated to a local charity. The event at Project Greenville, Winter Wonderland, will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. each night. The event will take place at Project Greenville, located at 128 Winfield Ave.

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THE JERSEY CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT TOY DRIVE

The Jersey City Fire Department’s Capt. Mark V. Lee Sr. Christmas Fund Toy Drive is underway and will go until Dec. 22. They are looking for new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations. The donations can be dropped off at any firehouse throughout Jersey City.

In addition to it, the JCFD Toy Drive is including  a Pub Crawl & Mother Show at White Eagle Hall on Dec 2d and portions of all ticket sales will go to the Jersey City Fire Department Holiday Toy Drive. Ticket holders are requested to bring new toys that be collected at White Eagle Hall.

More details at: www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com

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TOY DRIVE AT THE LANDMARK LOEW’S JERSEY CITY

At the Landmark Loew’s Jersey theater on Dec. 9, there will be a toy drive along with a visit from Santa. Pictures can be taken from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pets are welcome to come for pictures from noon to 1:30 p.m. Digital pictures are $5, but are free if a child brings a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive. The theater is located at 54 Journal Square.


YORK STREET PROJECT
89 York St, Jersey City, NJ , 07302 – Phone (201) 451-8225
www.yorkstreetproject.org

Kenmare High School | St. Joseph’s Home | The Nurturing Place | St. Mary’s Residence

Helping women and children break the cycle of poverty since 1989

It’s not your traditional holiday wishes but this is what York Street Project  needs:

  • Twin bedding (dire need – we have none)
  • Pedialyte
  • adult and children cold medicines /cough medicines
  • stroller rain covers – plastic see through ones

Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City

The Best Holiday Events In And Around Jersey City

There is almost no better than the time of year then when we are surrounded by holidays. It’s a time filled with happiness, cheer, delicious foods, cozy fires, and family. Furthermore, the holiday season always means tons and tons of special events are taking place as well. Thankfully, Jersey City is a town that has plenty of holiday cheer to offer. In this post, we will explore some of the best holiday events in and around Jersey City. Let’s take a look at what is happening this year!

JCFamilies’ Annual Holiday Party for families In Jersey City

Annual Holiday Party for families In Jersey City

Join us for this festive event where local JC Families come together to celebrate the holiday season!

There will be a magic show, a holiday theme shadow Puppet Show, pictures with Santa, a kid’s fashion show, a dance party and more.

3:00 to 3:15pm – Kids’ Keyboard Performance by  Yukiko Tanaka & students

3:15 to 4:15 pm – Magic Show by Magician Cisco

4:15 to 5 pm – Shadow Puppet Show (holiday related)

5:00pm – Kid’s Dance Performance by Next Step Broadway

5:05 – Flamenco Dance Performance by Natallia Bassava

5:30 to 5:45pm – Fashion Show: Let the Kids Shine!

5:45 to 6:30pm – Dance Party with DJ Little Heads

RSVP here : http://jcfamilies.com/event/annual-holiday-party-for-families-in-jersey-city/

Holiday Marketplace at Hudson County Community College (Free Event)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for a day of great gift buys 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!

Parents, shop while your kids enjoy the festivities and demo some of our upcoming spring programs!

Schedule for the event :

12:00 – 1:00:     Sew Your Own Felt Ornaments & Gifts with Joys in Teaching

1:00 – 1:30 Holiday Story Books to Stage with Speranza Theater Co.            (Book Readings & Crafts)

1:30 – 3:30 Magic, Puppets, & Balloon Twisting

3:30 – 4:00 Holiday Story Books to Stage with Speranza Theater Co. (Book Readings & Crafts)

12:00 – 3:00 Face Painting for Kids

12:00 – 4:00 Selfies with Santa

Hudson County Community College’s Department of Community Education & Office of Student Activities

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Holiday Lights Spectacular – West Orange, NJ 

Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City

If you and the kids find nothing more spectacular and mesmerizing than Christmas and holiday lights, a trip to the Holiday Lights Spectacular is a must this holiday season. The event is free and begins on November 17. It is open every night from 5-9 pm (except for December 24-25). It takes place at the Essex County Turtleback Zoo and is a walkable light show. It features tons of sparkling lights and over 50 different animals and characters that are full of lights as well. Although the event is free, it is recommended you bring food and clothing donations to help make everyone’s holiday season merry and bright. This is one of the best holiday events in and around Jersey City.

Swedish Christmas Fair – Upper Montclair, NJ 

Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City

You certainly don’t have to be Swedish to enjoy this festive Christmas event. There is a little something for everyone at this fair. There is a large selection of foods, gift, and crafts to browse through. What makes this even so unique is the handmade Swedish crafts like woodwork, linen, and decorations available for purchase. They will have a Swedish cafe filled with traditional food fare like waffles, open-faced sandwiches, coffee bread, and much more.  You can win a ton of prizes and raffles as well and it is a great event to teach your children about other cultures and holiday traditions. This is one of the most unique holiday events in and around Jersey City. The event takes place Sunday, November 19th from 10 am to 6 pm.

Holiday Decorations at The Stickley Museum – Morris Plains, NJ 

Beginning in mid-November, The Stickley Museum puts on a magical holiday decorations display. Tours run Thursday through Sunday at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m. 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.

The Log House will be festooned for the holidays in period style with a focus on Gustav Stickley’s own ideas about the season. Using holiday greens, pinecones, and the home’s forest palette, the decorations bring nature indoors and spotlight the Arts and Crafts movement’s emphasis on finding beauty in simplicity and natural materials.

Newark Annual Tree Holiday Lighting Celebration – Newark, NJ

On November 27 at 4 pm, Newark will be having their annual tree lighting. There will be festive music, pictures with Santa with a special holiday gift, bouncy house, synthetic ice skating rink, a trackless train, numerous carnival games, children’s characters, and Victorian carolers. The tree lighting will take place at 6 pm. There will be lot and street parking and the rain date is the 26th. The whole event is free.

Festival of Trees “Deck The Halls” – Chester, NJ

This is an annual event in Chester, NJ and is a charitable event with the goal to raise awareness and support for the Senior Resource Center (SRC). The event takes place from December 2 to the 9th. If you are looking to donate and support a charity during the holiday season, this one of the best holiday events in and around Jersey City.

New Jersey Ballet: The Nutcracker – Morristown, NJ

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. With stunning stage sets, beautiful dancing, and out of this work music, this is a special treat for the whole family to go and see. Shows run from December 4 to the 24 with tons of show times so you can surely fit in your trip to this holiday ballet.

Run Santa Run – Montclair, NJ

If you are looking for a fun event, but one that also gets you outside and active, look no further than this charity run. It is put on to support The American Cancer Fund. It is a 5k fun run and5-mile walk. The run is lead by Santa Clause and you must be registered by November 15th to receive your Santa hat. “Come out and enjoy holiday music, hot cocoa, prizes and local vendors and food trucks. Children will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa your free Santa hat. ” Cost is $8 16 & Under, $25 Adults.

Kid’s Night – Hoboken, NJ

On December 2, 2017, to Dec 9, from 5:30 PM until 09:00 PM, this drop-off event is designed especially for kids. With everything included, this is one of the coolest holiday events in and around Jersey City for the kids. The cost is $35 per child or $60 for siblings. Included in the price is:

  • Dinner: Pizza from Napolis, juice, and a cupcake
  • Art Project: Your child will create a great craft during our art class.
  • Dance Party: This is an upbeat movement class with fun games and activities.
  • Movie: Shown on our professional 6 foot by 8-foot movie screen and projector for a mini-movie experience.

Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony- Jersey City, NJ

This annual event takes place at the Pedestrian Mall on December 7th 6:45 pm. This is a free event that is perfect for the whole family to attend. There will be free fresh cookies for the kids, music, and more. Santa will be there are there will be refreshments served all throughout the event.

Holiday Market and Craft Fair – Jersey City, NJ

On December 9 and 10 from 12-6:60 pm, this craft fair and market will feature a warm and cozy shopping village in a heated and toasty tent. There will be a ton of arts, crafts, and specialty goods to browse through like art, jewelry, home accessories, clothing, and much more. All prices are very budget friendly and make great holiday gifts for all family and friends. There will also be tasty holiday treats and live entertainment. Plus, for the adults, holiday cocktails will be served. Santa will be there for pictures with the kids, fun fingerless gloves will be given away, SWAG bags will be given away, and more free holiday goodies.

Christmas Tree Lighting 2017 – Hoboken, NJ

On December 5th, at 5 pm, Hoboken will have their annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This year, they will have Elvis the Elf and an appearance by the one and only Santa Clause. There will be tons of live performances, music, and prized and giveaways! The lighting takes place in front of City Hall. It is a great, fun safe, and festive way to really kick off the holiday season with the whole family. The event is free.

City Hall Holiday Crafts Fair – Hoboken, NJ 

On December 2-3 from 11 am to 5 pm, the City Hall Holiday Craft Fair will take place in Hoboken. There will be unique and fun holiday items from local vendors and businesses. Items will include things like: “art, jewelry, fashion accessories, pottery, wooden home decor, hand knit scarves, hats, mittens, baby sweaters, baby clothes, Silly Chilly hot sauce, holiday ornaments & gift wrap, soap & body products, candles, sachets, dog & cat treats, hot & cold compresses & much more.”

Furthermore, Mrs. Clause will be doing face painting for kids on the second floor of City Hall! This is a perfect holiday event to attend with the whole family as there will be a little something for everyone. Plus, you can get some holiday shopping done and support local businesses for the holiday season.

 The Radio City Christmas Spectacular- NYC 

From November 10-January 2018, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is something you should do with the family at least once. The show has been in production since 1933 and is one of the most timeless Christmas traditions in the entire country. The show features Santa, The Rockettes, and tap dancers galore. The sets are stunning and super magical for kicking off the holiday seasons and getting you and the kids into the Christmas spirit. This is a must see show and one of the best holiday events in and around Jersey City.

Bryant Park Winter Village- NYC

From free ice skating on a 17,000 square foot outdoor rink to more than 150 holiday shops to some of the most delicious food vendors and eateries, this is a holiday event not to miss. You can get some holiday shopping done, chow down on holiday treats, and skate until your heart in content. Bring your own skates though if you don’t want to pay the $20 rental fee! This is truly a magical winter village and one of the greatest holiday events in and around Jersey City.

Skating hours: Daily 8am–10pm, through March 4.

Holiday Shops: Mon–Fri 11am–8pm, Sat, Sun 10am–8pm, through January 2. Many shops are open on major holidays.

Holiday Banding Concert- Hoboken, NJ 

If you are looking to listen to some classic holiday songs, you certainly don’t want to miss this Holiday Banding Concert. All music is performed by favorite local musicians and they may also throw in some of their own original holiday songs as well! The event will take place on Sunday, December 18, 2016, doors open at 5:30 pm and admission is $10.00. The admissions fee will go to support Hoboken’s Movies Under the Stars Outdoor Summer Series.

 

Open House 2018-19: Schools Jersey City

Open House in Schools & Pre-Schools In Jersey City:

DAYCARES & PRE-SCHOOLS

 

THE BRUNSWICK SCHOOL 

189 Brunswick Street (main entrance: 371 7th Street), Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone :(201) 420-1550
www.thebrunswickschool.com
www.facebook.com/tbsjc
Wednesday, November 15 at 6:45pm

These are great opportunities to meet our founder and staff, and learn more about The Brunswick School and its admissions process!

We are now accepting admissions for children in our Older Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms for an immediate start date and for the 2018-2019 school year!

We are also taking registrations for our new Annex building opening on property in Spring 2018 for all classrooms!

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WATERFRONT MONTESSORI

150 Warren St #108, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 333-5600
http://www.waterfrontmontessori.com/welcome/

Wednesday, November 15, 2017:  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 2017:  9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018:  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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HUDSON MONTESSORI SCHOOL
10 Regent St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 516-0700
Thursday, December 17
9 to 11am
6:30 to 8:30pm

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THE FRENCH AMERICAN ACADEMY
Phone: (201) 338-8320
www.faacademy.org

November 18 (pre-K, Elementary and Middle School)
December 9 (pre-K, Elementary and Middle School)

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BERGEN LAFAYETTE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

324 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304 – Phone: (201) 706-3403
http://www.bergenlafayettemontessori.com/

Information Session at the school:
December 2, 2017,     10:00 am to 12:00 pm
January 6, 2018,         10:00 am to 12:00 pm
February 3, 2018,        10:00 am to 12:00 pm
March 3, 2018,            10:00 am to 12:00 pm
April 7, 2018,               10:00 am to 12:00 pm
May 5, 2018,               10:00 am to 12:00 pm
June 2, 2018,              10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Virtual Information Session on the following days:
November 15, 2017,    8:30 pm
December 13, 2017,    8:30 pm
January 17, 2018,        8:30 pm
February 21, 2018,       8:30 pm
March 14,2018,            8:30 pm
April 18, 2018,              8:30 pm
May 16, 2018,              8:30 pm
June 13, 2018,             8:30pm

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THE ETHICAL COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL

95 Broadway, Jersey City, NJ 07306 – Phone: (201) 984-4151
http://www.teccsjc.org/
[email protected]

Evening Open House Date:  1/8, 12/6 and 1/3 at 4:30pm and 5:30pm
Parents must sign up online at: www.tinyurl.com/OpenHouseTECCS

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HAMILTON PARK MONTESSORI SCHOOL

1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 533-1910
http://hamiltonparkmontessori.com/

Please email the [email protected] to reserve your seat for any of the sessions below:

First Step Sessions: (please note: these sessions are for adults only with the exception of the Open House events)

  • November 8, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
  • November 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am Coffee Chat**
  • November 15, 2017 @ 8:30 am
  • December 5, 2017 @ 8:30 am
  • January 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
  • January 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am Saturday Open House*
  • January 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am Coffee Chat**
  • February 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
  • February 13, 2018 @ 8:30 am

*Open House: Children are welcome to come enjoy fun activities while parents learn about our school and programs

**Coffee Chats: are for Parents of children already attending Montessori and/or Elementary

Kindly include the number of spaces you would like to reserve and the age of your child in your email. If your child is currently enrolled in a Montessori school, simply email our admissions department directly with your inquiry.

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SMART START ACADEMY

http://smart-startacademy.com/

Our open house dates are second Thursday of every month at 7:30pm

  • Hoboken : Oct 12th– Dec 14th –  Feb 8th – April 12th – June 14th
  • Jersey : Nov 9th– Jan 11th – Jan 11th – May 10th

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BELOVED COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL

508 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 630-4700
http://belovedccs.org/

November 9th at 9:30 am
January 23rd at 6:30 pm

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SAINT DOMINIC ACADEMY

2572 John F Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, 07304 – Phone: (201) 434-5938
https://www.stdominicacad.com/

Wednesday, October 11, 6-8 p.m.
Sunday, October 22, 1-3 p.m.

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LEARNING LADDERS

Liberty Towers, 33 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 918-6643
http://learningladdersnj.com/

Fri, 10 Nov @ 9-10:30am
Mon, 20 Nov @ 6-7:30pm
Sat, 2 Dec @ 9-11am
Thu, 15 Dec @ 6-7:30pm
Fri, 5 Jan @ 6-7:30pm
Sat, 20 Jan @ 10am-12pm
Fri, 9 Feb @ 6-7:30pm
Sat, 24 Feb @ 10am-12pm

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338 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 200-1160
http://www.keyelementlearning.com/

Open Houses are not offered,  but parents can schedule a tour Monday to Friday 8:00 am or 4:00 pm

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601 Park Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: (201) 844-8535
We don’t do Open Houses, but  parents are encourage to register or at least contact us if they are planning to bring their students for any of our classes.
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210 9th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 420- 6792
Our open house for prospective families this fall is scheduled for Nov 9th,  from 6:00-7:15 pm. We are also hosting two tours every month for prospective families, from 11:00-11:30 am, those dates are:
Nov: 14 & 28
Dec: 5 & 12
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November 21st @ 6:00pm
December 15th @ 10:00am  
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GARDEN PRESCHOOL COOPERATIVE

242 10th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: 201-309-0440
http://gardenpreschool.org/

Please RSVP by emailing [email protected].
Children are always welcomed!

Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 6:30pm-8pm
Saturday, January 20, 2018- 10am-12pm

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SUMMER CAMP:

   

CAMP RIVERBEND

116 Hillcrest Rd, Warren, NJ 07059 – Phone: (908) 580-2267
http://www.campriverbend.com/

Sunday Jan 21 (10 am – 12 noon)
Saturday Feb 24 (same time)
Sunday March 18 (same time)
Saturday April 7 (same time)
Saturday May 5 (11 am – 2 pm)
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ACTIVITIES CENTERS

     

MY GYM JERSEY CITY

252 9th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 205-1218
https://www.mygym.com/jerseycity

Sunday Sept. 10th from 1pm to 4pm

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ZANIAC JERSEY CITY
125 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 360-2450
https://www.zaniaclearning.com/jerseycity/

The Hour of Code: Nov 12th from 11 am to 1pm

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching over 100 million students over 180 countries. Parents, please bring in your child to learn to code in a global event showcasing how anyone can learn to code.

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JOYS IN TEACHING TUTORING SERVICE
Phone: (201) 423-1200

http://thejoysinteaching.com/

Info Session on September 16th at 9am at BelovED Community Charter School (508 Grand Street.)

After the info session, we will be hosting a financial Literacy for college planning workshop which is open to families for $20 per family.

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STEAM WORKS STUDIO

189 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 1(855) 783 2687
facebook.com/hudsonsteamworksstudio

Sept 9th 2017, between 10am – 6:30pm

More info at: http://tiny.cc/steamdemo

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NIMBUS DANCE WORKS

165 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 377-0718
http://www.nimbusdanceworks.org/

Saturday, September 9th – Youth Ensemble/ Scholarship Auditions 9:30am-11am (8-13 yrs old.) & 11:30am-2pm (14+ yrs. old)
Sunday, September 10th – 3-5pm Open House w/ Free Trial Classes (schedule posted online)
Sunday, September 10th – 5-7pm Grand Opening Ceremony w/ Ribbon Cutting (games, music, registration, talkback, etc.)
Wednesday, September 13th – 6-8pm Open House w/ Free Trial Classes (schedule posted online)

 

 

 

 

 

ICE SKATING RINKS IN AND AROUND JERSEY CITY

Looking for a cold weather activity that will suit the whole family? Take them for ice skating! There are some really great ice skating rinks in and around Jersey City.

Tips:

  • Bring your little one’s bike/scooter helmet. A lot of these places offer helmet rentals, but if you have one, bring one!
  • Dress appropriately! Some of these rinks are outdoors or partially covered, so it’s cold in there! Dress little one’s in a snowsuit with layers. If they fall on the ice (which they do…a lot) they will start to get wet, so snow pants are best. But, don’t forget about you. Try double socks to keep your feet warm in the rental skates.
  • Leave your bag at home or in the car.I know this one seems obvious, but I found myself at the ice skating rink with a bag and nowhere to leave it. Try just taking the essentials in your pockets or lock your bag in the trunk of your car while skating.

NEW JERSEY 

Newport Skates, 95 River Drive, Jersey City  (Not Open ) skating rinks in Jersey City 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! Their hours of operation are:

  • Monday – Friday from 4pm to 9pm
  • Saturday from 11am to 9pm
  • Sunday from 11am to 7pm

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Pershing Field Ice Rink, 807 Summit Avenue, Jersey City

This local favorite is in Jersey City Heights. They offer a parking lot, so it’s very convenient from downtown if you have a car. This rink is covered, but open to the outdoors.

Rink Fees (admission & skate are paid PER session):

Jersey City Resident Admission
Adults (ages 18-61) (must show proof of residency) $3 *if no proof is shown, adult must pay nonresident fee*
Children (ages 17 & under) $2
Senior Citizens (62 & older) $1

Non-Jersey City Resident Admissions
Adults (ages 18-61) $5
Children (ages 17 & under) $3
Senior Citizens (62 & older) $2

Skates(fees are the same for both Residents and non-residents of Jersey City)
Figure Skates: $4
Hockey Skates: $5

2017-2018 General Public Skating Sessions:

Thursdays: 4pm-6pm
Fridays: 3:45pm-5:30pm | 5:45pm-7:45pm | 8pm-9:45pm
Saturdays: 4:15pm-5:45pm | 6pm-7:45pm | 8pm-9:45pm
Sundays: 2pm-3:45pm | 4pm-5:45pm | 6pm-7:45pm

There is a small snack shop located inside the rink offering cookies, candy, hot chocolate and more.

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Richard J. Korpi Ice Rink, 669 Avenue A, Bayonne

If you like the indoor and temperature controlled ice skating experience, this rink is for you. This rink offers public skating sessions just on weekends.

  • Friday nights from 5:45pm to 7pm
  • Saturdays from 2:15pm to 3:30pm and from 6:45pm to 8pm
  • Sundays from 2pm to 3:15pm

The cost for non-residents is $10 per session and includes skate rental. Bayonne Residents are $3 for kids, $5 for adults and $4 for skate rentals. There is limited free public parking offered.

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Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain, West Orange

This fantastic, recently renovated, indoor rink is only about a 30 minutes drive from downtown Jersey City. It boats two rinks, a skate rental area, food concession area, locker rooms and more! It is located not far from the Turtle Back Zoo.

Public skating session hours vary, so be sure to check the calendar here. Rates are $8/adult and $6/child. Skate rentals are $4. Pass cards are also available to buy for 12 admissions for the price of 10. They offer skating lessons, hockey lessons and various programs, check their website for details. On-site parking is available.

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The Town of Secaucus’ Ice Rink on Plaza Center Road Buchmuller Park: 150 Plaza Center, Secaucus

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 Oct-Apr, weather permitting. The rink is also used for other activities in the off-season.

$3.00 Admission   /   $2.00 Skate Rental

Regular Hours are:

  • Thursday: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Friday: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Saturday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm & 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sunday: 3:00pm – 5:00pm & 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Hours are subject to change. Please call 201-330-0273 to verify open skating sessions.

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Warinanco Sports Center, One Park Drive, Roselle, NJ 07203

approximately 30 min drive from Jersey City

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 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.

Schedule: please check here.

Prices:

$5 – Children (17 & Younger)
$6 – Adults
$5 – Seniors (62 & Over)

Rentals: $4

NEW YORK

The Rink at Winter Village, Bryant Park, NYC

This 170’ x 100’ outdoor ice rink is located in the center of Bryant Park and skating is FREE! Skating hours are 8am – 10pm daily through March 4, 2018. Of course, if you don’t have your own skates you will have to rent them there. Rental fees are $20 per rental. They also offer helmet rentals for $6, skate aids for $20 . You can even check your bags for a fee. Lockers are available for use for free, but you must bring your own lock or purchase one there for $10. FastPass is an option to skip the line and pay for your family in advance, check the website for details. Skating lessons are offered, but they suggest you schedule the lesson in advance. Private lessons are $60, semi-private lessons are $80 per group and group lessons are $120 per group. All lessons are 30 minutes in duration.

Winter Village offers many things including Ice Bites to get some treats during your skate, the Holiday ShopsPublic Fare restaurant, Scavenger Hunt, Winter Carnival , Story Time and more….

Getting there is easy just take the B, D, F, M, 7 to 42nd Street.

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Wollman Rink, Central Park, NYC skating rinks in Jersey City   Located in the southeastern section of Central Park, Wollman Rink has been open to the public since 1949. At this outdoor rink, skating is available through early April seven days a week, with limited hours on:

  • Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 2:30pm
  • Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 10pm
  • Friday and Saturday from 10am to 11pm
  • Sunday from 10am to 9pm

Monday – Thursday rates are $12/adult and $6/child 11 and under. Friday – Sunday and Holidays rates are $19/adult and $6/child 11 and under. Spectator’s rates are $5/person. Skate rentals are $9. You can rent locks for $5 with a $6 refundable deposit. The rink is cash only, so come prepared. The nearest subways are: A, B, C, D, 1 at 59thStreet/Columbus Circle; N, Q, R at 5th Avenue/59th Street; F at 57th Street and the 4, 5, 6 at 59th Street.

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The Rink at Rockefeller Center, NYC Ice Skating Rinks in Jersey City

Perhaps one of the most famous ice skating locations in NYC, this outdoor rink is visited by people from all around the globe each winter. The rink is open daily with 8 sessions from 8:30am through midnight. The rates varied from $25 to $32 depending on standard, holiday or peak time, and $15/child under 11 years of age. Skate rentals are $12. You can take skate lessons daily from 9am – 6pm for $50 per 30 minutes private lesson (this also includes general admission to the rink). They also offer group rates with a 15 person minimum and advanced reservations required. Group rates are $17/adult and $12/child, with skate rentals being $8. There are so many things to do once you are there including great food, hot chocolate, shopping and so much more! Take the B, D, F to Rockefeller Center/47-50thStreet.

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Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers, NYC skating rinks in Jersey City

This indoor ice skating rink is open year-round. Check general admission schedule HERE.

Rates are $11/person for all ages and $6 per skate rental. Helmet rentals are available for $5. Various classes and programs are offered including private skate lessons, hockey tots, adult skate night and more. Check the website for details. Once you are there, Chelsea Piers offers so much including great food, drinks, shopping and more! On-site parking is available for a fee. You can also take the M23, M14-D or M12 buses.

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

skating rinks in Jersey City   Located on the Hudson River Waterfront, it is open from Monday – Friday from 1pm to 8:30pm, and Saturday and Sundays from 10:15am to 9:30pm. 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.