Easter Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Easter Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

The Great Egg Hunt ’17 in Hamilton Park

Easter Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Saturday, April 8th, 10am to 2pm
Hamilton Park
525 9th Street Jersey City, NJ 07302

10:00 am to 2:00pm DJ Michael www.DJMichaelDemby.com
11:00 am: Entertainment for kids
*  3 stations for egg exchange and goodies collection.
* We will have the following time slots for the egg hunt for different age groups
Trade in your eggs at the end of your hunt at the exchange stations to collect your goodies.

Check the schedulehere: http://bit.ly/2lTIIZo

Hoboken Grace Easter Egg Hunt

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Saturday, April 8th, 2017 from 10am to 2:30pm
Mama Johnson Field
4th & Jackson St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Join  Hoboken Grace for their largest event of the year!
They’re so excited to bring you not one, but TWO hunts featuring 30,000 Easter Eggs, pictures with the Easter Bunny,
bounce houses, face painting, crafts, and carnival games.
The event is completely free for everyone. Registration is required for the event.
Go to http://hobokengrace.com/egghunt/ for more info.


Easter Sunday Cruise With The Easter Bunny

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 12pm to 2pm (Boarding at 11:30am)
Departs from Lincoln Harbor Marina
Weehawken, NJ 07086

Cost: $38.95 Child, $64.90 Adults
For more information, please visit SpiritCruises.com
Celebrate Easter aboard Spirit with a delicious buffet, engaging DJ entertainment,
dancing and amazing views of the NYC skyline.
Bring the whole family and enjoy the holiday on the water.

Kean University’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 from 10am-11:30am or Noon to 1:30pm
Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083

For more information, please visit Kean.edu
Children will explore the grounds of Liberty Hall,
searching for eggs hidden throughout the landscape and filled with holiday
treats. A surprise visit from the Easter Bunny caps off the event.
Space is limited to 100 children per session.
Cost: $10.00 for 1 child & 1 adult; additional adults are $5.00 each (Reservations required by April 8)

HDSID Easter Bunny Visit

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 from 10am to 12pm
Smile Preschool
276 1st Street Jersey City, NJ 07302

http://www.jcdowntown.org/
Join the HDSID in bringing the Easter Bunny to Downtown JC  enjoy free pictures with
the Easter Bunny, candy and face painting by Bella’s Face Painting.
Event is free

Camouflaged Egg Hunt

The Great Egg Hunt Events in Jersey City

Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 1pm to 2pm
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Avenue Tenafly, NJ 07670

Go to http://tenaflynaturecenter.org/event-2483877 for more info
Visit Tenafly Nature Center to hunt for eggs in a nature-related environment. All eggs  will be dyed to blend in and be on the look out for golden eggs with special surprises.  Bring your own baskets.
Cost is $12 adult/child member pair; $22 adult/child non-member pair.

Annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Sunday, April 16th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm
Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th Street, NYC

Check out wacky hats and other sorts of bonnets as you enjoy the Easter Parade down Fifth Avenue! Event is free. Visit http://www.nycgo.com/events/easter-parade-and-easter-bonnet-festival1 for more info.

JC Summer Camp Directory’17

Summer Camps in Jersey City :

Summer Camps in Jersey City

 

 

CAMP RIVERBEND

Camp Riverbend

116 Hillcrest Rd., Warren, NJ, 07059 – Phone: 908-580-CAMP

June 17 – August 11, 2017. For boys and girls ages 3-14. Daily summer bus service from Jersey City included.
Building Self-Esteem at Camp : One of the most important gifts a child can be given is a sense of confidence in himself or herself; the knowledge that he or she will be able to meet a new challenge.  Camp is a key place for children to succeed and acquire this fundamental skill!

Our counselors are great mentors and a crucial force in helping campers succeed.  Counselors can directly teach campers new skills (like how to make a bounce pass in basketball) but there are other important skills that they are teaching indirectly through their encouragement and support.  As counselors encourage campers to keep trying, children learn persistence.  As counselors cheer on a camper’s achievements, children learn to trust themselves.  What an amazing gift!

At Camp Riverbend Day Camp, your child can experience the most memorable summer ever—in a safe, nurturing and caring environment dedicated to growth, friendship and fun! A full range of sports, crafts, swimming, nature and more! At Riverbend, we applaud effort and enthusiasm, fun and camaraderie and camp spirit. The Breene Family welcomes you to our camp family! Accredited by the American Camp Association and the State of New Jersey. New for 2017: Lunch included!

CHECK OUT CAMP RIVERBEND AT THESE UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:

  • “Seuss-ical” Open House (for children ages 3-14). Celebrate the wacky world of Dr. Seuss. Games, crafts, cooking and more.  Sunday, March 19 from 10 am – 12 noon

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MY GYM

www.mygym.com/jerseycity

252 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)205-1218

June 19th to September 1st, Full Day and Half Day available. Martial Arts, Dance and Gymnastics all in a fun and nurturing environment.

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HARBOR HAVEN

www.harborhaven.com

1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052 (8 acre beautiful private school with outdoor swimming pool)– Phone: (908) 964-5411

June 27-August 11, 2017 / 9 am-3:40 pm (with before/after care available)

Serving ages 3-15 and 16-18 with mild special needs

Activities: swim, sports, creative arts, performing arts, academic reinforcement, social skills training, karate, computers, nature/science, cooking, bicycle riding, tennis, special events, trips, entertainment and more; speech/OT available, transportation available

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Summer Camps in Jersey City

KEY ELEMENT LEARNING

http://keyelementlearning.com/

338 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 200-1160

Our mini-campers will look through a window of colorful adventures and creative summer days with Key Element Learning’s education based summer camp curriculum. Each theme contains a variety of activities including Language Arts/Literacy, Math, Science, Creative Arts, Music and Movement as well as free play and socialization. Through free play and socialization, campers will become more familiar with the language and get to practice with peers. Our highly qualified native speakers have a passion for their language and culture as well as a desire for the children to have fun while learning. Our curriculum addresses all aspects of language: listening, speaking, vocabulary building, writing for older children; but most importantly, a lifelong interest in other cultures.

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DEERKILL DAY CAMP

www.deerkilldaycamp.com

54 Wilder Road, Suffern, NY, 10901 – Phone: (845) 354-1466

July 3rd through August 25th, Central Pickup 8AM to 5:15PM, Transportation provided to Suffern, NY.

Deerkill Day Camp is a very popular camp option among Hoboken-area families. This third-generation family business, celebrating its 60th season, is located on a wooded 15-acre site and brings a community feel to the summer camp experience for campers age 3 through 15.

Deerkill offers children a chance to pick up a new sport or hobby, learn to swim and form lifelong friendships this summer. The diverse program includes professional swim instruction in large heated pools, an array of athletics on fields sized for younger and older children, creative and performing arts such as arts and crafts, ceramics, woodworking, dance, theater, music and digital photography, and specialties such as archery and nature, among other activities. A new 28-foot climbing tower and 250-foot zipline were also recently added to the program.

Deerkill offers daily transportation on mini air-conditioned buses, staffed with professional drivers and bus counselors. The Directors are on the camp grounds every day and accessible by phone by day and night; there is no large administrative staff and all the individual group leaders are adults, many of whom are teachers.

All campers may register for 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 weeks. New campers may also register for 2 weeks for their first summer. For those campers registered for 5, 6, or 7 weeks, parents may choose any weeks throughout the summer.

There are no extra charges at Deerkill. They do not allow tipping, a large expense at many camps, and tuition includes the following:

• Family weekend pool club at no additional cost. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 plus Tuesday July 4th. Open Saturday July 1 to Sunday August 20

• Door-to-door transportation by air-conditioned mini-buses supervised by bus counselors

• Hot lunches prepared daily in our own modern kitchen

• Field trips and all camp supplies

• Ice cream and Ices for afternoon snack

• Daily towel service

• Group photo, camp shirt, backpack, DVD yearbook, Fall Festival, winter reunions

Tuition varies by camper age and pick-up and session length. You may go to their website and enter your child’s information to see rates for the 2017 summer and request a brochure. For more information call 1-845-354-1466, email  [email protected] or log onto www.deerkilldaycamp.com.

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Summer Camps in Jersey City

THE BRUNSWICK SCHOOL

www.thebrunswickschool.com

189 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 420-1550

Come be apart of a half/full/extended day summer camp fun-filled for campers Prek-3 through 3rd Grade! Enjoy field trips, outdoor play, weekly themes, daily special events, physical fitness and creative-inspired daily periods of music, theater and art! Join for 2 weeks or for the full 8 weeks. We look forward to seeing you from June 26-August 18, 2017!

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SUPER DUPER TENNIS, LLC

www.superdupertennis.com

Phone: (908) 910-4894

Kids Tennis Week-long Mini-camp 8:30AM to 1PM, 3 camps offered in June, July & August

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GARDEN STREET SCHOOL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS

gardenstreetmusic.com

1018 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (201) 683-9100

Weekly Dance, Music, Theater, and Art Camps
Every day we have a great schedule of classes for your child to enjoy!  Each child will participate in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, music, arts and crafts, and musical theater. Boys will be given a ballet alternative but all are encouraged to join in the fun!
We have multiple groups each day and students will be grouped by age and level. On Fridays we will provide a pizza party and showcase for your children to demonstrate what they have learned for their camp friends and teachers. Each week the theme changes making every week at camp unique!
What you will need:  
Girls: Black or pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, tap shoes (any color)
Boys: Black dance pants, black or white t-shirt, black jazz shoes, tap shoes (any color)
All: One nut free lunch (Monday through Thursday), two nut-free snacks (Monday through Friday), a water bottle labeled with your name.
Drop-off is between 8:30-9:00am and pick up is between 3:00-3:30pm.
Cost: $295 for 1 week of camp.  $265.50 for each additional sibling or if you enroll in multiple weeks.
A nonrefundable deposit of 50% is due upon enrollment. The balance will be automatically charged to your card on file on the first of the month that your camp takes place.
Choose 1 week or up to 10 weeks. Contact us today to reserve your spot!
Week 1: 6/26-6/30 – Wicked
Week 2: 7/3-7/7  – School of Rock (4 day week, prorated cost: $236)
Week 3: 7/10-7/14 – Singing in the Rain
Week 4: 7/17-7/21 – The Little Mermaid
Week 5: 7/24-7/28 – Cats
Week 6: 7/31-8/4 – Mary Poppins  (Note: only ages 4-7 Week 6)
Week 7: 8/7-8/11 – Snow White (Note: only ages 4-7 Week 7)
Week 8: 8/14-8/18 – Cinderella
Week 9: 8/21-8/25 – Hamilton
Week 10: 8/28/-9/1 – Pop Stars
Summer Stage Production: Snow White
Ages 8-Teen
Campers will rehearse and perform a fully realized musical production of Snow White! Campers will dance, sing, and act in this two week camp which will culminate in a performance for friends and family. Proper vocal technique will be taught in addition to dance classes alongside the production rehearsals. The Summer Stage production experience features costumes, lights, and all the magic that goes into putting on a show.
Cost: $450.00 total, includes two weeks of camp.
A nonrefundable deposit of 50% is due upon enrollment. The balance will be automatically charged to your card on file on July 1st.

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ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL

www.allsaintsdayschool.org

707 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (201) 792-0736

Summer Camp (Week 1- June 19-23 / Week 2- June 26-30) Early Childhood- half day camp: 9:00am-1:00pm: Two weeks of summer fun, including crafts, cooking, and daily stories with All Saints teachers. Each day is filled with special activities, water play and summer games centered on a variety of the wonderful places and cultures in our world.

Elementary and Middle School- full day camp: 8:30am-3:30pm: Two weeks of summer fun, including cooking, World Games, Yoga, and Art. Camp will include tie-dying, swimming, a weekly trip to Tomahawk Lake, and the creation of a handmade camp memory book.

STEM Camp (July 10-14) 8:30am-3:30pm: A unique modular camp program that offers participants with guided activities which explore robotics, circuits, coding, engineering, and design 3-D printing.

Art Camp (Week 1- July 17-21 / Week 2- Aug. 7-11) 9:00am-3:30pm: This studio based camp experience will include creating drawings, paintings and sculptures combining observation and imagination to help each student enhance their skills and to raise their artistic voice.

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Summer Camps in Jersey City

THE ETHICAL COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL

www.teccsjc.org

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

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SCIENCE CAMP @ LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER

www.lsc.org/camp

222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07305 – Phone: (201) 253-1380

Weeks of camp: July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug 4, Aug 7-11, Aug 14-18, Aug 21-25

Camp runs Monday through Friday; Camp hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Before and After Care available for additional fee

Science Camp at LSC is a full-day summer program for children entering grades 1 through 8 excited about exploring the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

We offer fun hands-on, inquiry based courses in various disciplines of STEM. Children are encouraged to explore, ask questions, collaborate, design and test different ideas and concepts. Our knowledgeable and supportive STEM educators lead campers through week long explorations using real-world science and technology skills and tools. Each session concludes with a Friday afternoon showcase for family and friends.

Course Levels & Topics Include:
Explorer Level (entering grades 1 – 2) – Animals, robots, the laws of motion!
Scientist Level (entering grades 3 – 4) – Wizarding, flight, coding, space, Pokémon!
Innovator Level (entering grades 5 – 6) – Race cars, robotics, electronics, astronomy!
Visionary Level (entering grades 7 – 8) – Sailing, app development, robots, drones!

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LEARNING LADDERS

www.learningladdersnj.com

33 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)918-6643

Let’s start Summer off with a BANG! Join us for an engaging session where we will delve into the depths of explosive science by using our senses. We will embark on a journey to explore the wonders of the human body using the five senses. As we further expand our views of our five senses, we will explore “what’s bugging us?” This is a summer that filled with creative arts, music and zumba, parks and soccer, water play and field trips. Join us for summer sessions full of creative, innovative learning built upon STEAM and IB curriculum

We are going to have a ZOOMING good time!!!!

Session 1: Mad Science (3 weeks): June 26 – July 14 (Closed Independence Day)
Session 2: Our Body-Exploration of the five senses (3 weeks): July 17 – August 4
Session 3: What’s bugging you? (3 weeks): August 7 – August 25

Choose from: Half Day (8:30am – 12:30pm); Camp Day (8:30am-2:30pm) Extended Day (8:00am – 6:00pm)

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NEXT STEP BROADWAY

www.nextstepbroadway.com

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

Join us for a performing arts summer camp at Next Step Broadway. Children will be dancing, singing, and acting their way to a “musical selections” performance. This performance will be presented on the last day of each session promptly at 4:00pm. They will be involved in every aspect of the production including, creating costumes and scenery. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the sun and the water park at Hamilton Square Park across the street as well as downtime to nap, relax, or view and discuss different aspects of musicals.
~Campers meet Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
~Early Drop-off at 8:00am and/or Extended Day option(s) until 5:30pm are also available.

SESSIONS & FEES:
Session #1:June 19th – 23rd (1 WEEK ONLY) = $325 Full Day / $225 Shorten Day
Early Drop off : $55 / Late Pick up: $75 / Early Drop & Late Pick up $110

Session #2: June 26th – July 7th (2 WEEKS)= $600 Full Day/ $400 Shorten Day
Early Drop off : $110 / Late Pick up: $150 / Early Drop & Late Pick up $220

Session #3: July 10th – 21st (2 WEEKS)= $600 Full Day/ $400 Shorten Day
Early Drop off : $110 / Late Pick up: $150 / Early Drop & Late Pick up $220

Session #4: July 24th- August 4th (2 WEEKS)= $600 Full Day/ $400 Shorten Day
Early Drop off : $110 / Late Pick up: $150 / Early Drop & Late Pick up $220

Session #5: August 7th – 18th (2 WEEKS)= $600 Full Day/ $400 Shorten Day
Early Drop off : $110 / Late Pick up: $150 / Early Drop & Late Pick up $220

Session #6: August 21st -25th (1 WEEK ONLY) = $325 Full Day / $225 Shorten
Early Drop off : $55 / Late Pick up: $75 / Early Drop & Late Pick up $11

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TOTZ PLAY N LEARN

www.totzplaynlearn.com

231 Hutton Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07950 – Phone: (973) 652-0201

A summer camp where your child with or without developmental delays will learn developmental skills and pre-academics/academics through fun, structured learning activities, such as tracing, writing, reading, arithmetic and play, such as arts & crafts, yoga and obstacle course. We also offer learning activities for social skills, fine motor skills, social emotional, language development and appropriate behavior management. We are open from June 26 – August 31, 2017 (Monday – Friday) from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

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TENNIS APPROACH

www.tennisapproach.net

Phone: (201) 344-7824

Full Day Tennis Summer Sports Camp ages 5-12 9am -3pm after care until 4pm for younger kids.

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JC TAEKWONDO AND KICKBOXING ACADEMY

www.jctkd.com

150 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 333-1006

JC Taekwondo Academy’s summer camp offers a 10 week camp with flexible times of 8:30am-3:00pm and 8:30am-6:00pm. Their camp is conveniently located in Downtown Jersey City only half a block from the Grove Street Path Train Station. They offer not only daily Taekwondo but also swimming, arts and crafts, sports, outside activities, academics, music, special guests, weekly field trips and more! Check them out!

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MAD SCIENCE OF UNION AND HUDSON

http://unionhudson.madscience.org/

720 Monroe St # E314B, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (973) 542-8366

We use simple, real world science techniques that allow even the youngest of campers to enjoy our learning environment. Your child will be able touch, see, hear, smell and taste what science is really all about. Children have so much fun that they forget they’re learning!

9 different weekly programs for ages 8-14 run 9 AM-noon, 1 PM-4 PM, or 9 AM-4 PM.

3 different weekly programs for ages 5-7 run 9 AM-noon and are only available for limited dates.

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THE PLACE FOR LEARNING @ PORT LIBERTE’S LIBERTY MONTESSORI

theplaceforlearning.org

8 Chapel Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07305 – Phone: (201) 985-8745

Children will learning about Botany and the Circle of Life that Provides us with Food. Courses include: Fun Thematic Activities, Guest Speakers, STEAM Workshops provided in partnership with LSC, Cooking and Swimming, etc. Before and Aftercare will be provided.

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STEVENS COOPERATIVE SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS

www.stevenscoop.org

301 Garden Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (201) 792-3688

Stevens Cooperative School offers fun and exciting Summer Programs from June through August for children ages 3 – 14. Our staff is comprised of experienced teachers as well as specially selected support staff. From enriching and encouraging indoor and outdoor activities to nurturing programs exposing campers to math, science and the arts, we offer a wide variety of programs for you to choose from each week. Campers have the opportunity to grow their problem-solving skills, explore, discover and create, and most importantly, have fun with their friends!

To learn more about Stevens Summer Programs, view a full copy of our brochure, and to register for camp, visit www.stevenscoop.org/summer. For questions, contact [email protected] or 201-792-3688 ext 407

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THE SOCCER LEARNING CENTER

www.SoccerLearningCenter.com

180 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)656-1156

Multi-sport, action packed camp for ages 5 to 10 – full or half-day options – outdoor and indoor play offering a wide variety of recreational options – small, personalized camp for boys and girls headed up by Coach Alex Lalaoui

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF HUDSON COUNTY

bgchc.org

225 Morris Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 333 – 4100

Looking for a fun outlet for young people during the summer that is safe, supervised and affordable? In addition to the afterschool programs for which Boys & Girls Clubs are known, we offer full-day camps during the summer at each of our Clubs. Young people are involved in a variety of engaging programs under the supervision of adult professionals, including field trips to baseball games, water parks, museums and other local attractions. We offer camp in three divisions: Rising STAR’s (Science, Technology, Art and Reading) for K-3rd, Middle School for 4-8th, and Best Buy Summer Teen Tech Camp for teens ages 13-18.

Camp runs June 26-August 31, 2017, from 9:00am-5:00pm each day, with opportunities for early drop off starting at 7:30am and late pick up until 6:00pm at both our Jersey City Club (225 Morris Blvd.) and Hoboken Club (123 Jefferson St.).

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HUDSON MONTESSORI SCHOOL

hudsonmontessori.net

10 Regent Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)516-0700

Summer Maker’s Camp 2017, June 19-August 11. Eight weeks of exploration, making and fun for Toddler, Primary and Elementary campers. Amazing programs to give children opportunities to make discoveries in science and technology, such as Scratch Animation, Engineering and 3-D Printing. Dancing, Swimming, Tennis, Chess, Theater and Origami will also be offered along with exciting weekly Field Trips!

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TONAL ART MUSIC CENTER

www.tonalartmusic.org

47B Harrison Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone : (646) 667-0091

Guitar Ensemble Class, Rock Band Class, Private Lessons.

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WORLD OF ABC, THE WALDO SCHOOL

http://worldofabc.com/

159 2nd Street & 110 1st Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)963-5555

Our World of ABC Preschool Summer Camp for PreK 3 and PreK 4 students is structured around 4 themes, including Mad Scientist, Out to Sea, We Love Nature, and Sports and Fitness. Each day, campers will visit different stations, where they will explore and discover while playing, creating art projects or doing experiments! Campers will also participate in lessons relating to mathematics, reading, geography and science throughout each theme!

Our Waldo School STEM Summer Camp for Kindergartners – 6th Graders features daily robotics, engineering, programming and coding activities, where campers will problem solve and collaborate on projects using the latest technology! Campers will focus their exploration on four themes designed to spark curiosity and keep campers engaged and excited about STEM, including Intergalactic Exploration, Building Jersey City Brick by Brick, World of (Digital) Storytelling, and Tinkering with Robots.

Each summer camp program offers two different sessions, one in July (July 3rd – July 28th) and one in August (July 31st – August 25th) for parents to choose from, with multiple timing options to help meet the needs of each of our families (including 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, and 7:30 am – 6:00 pm). Camp will be held in our brand new Waldo School location, where all campers will learn about different sports each day as they play in our gymnasium or in the park located next to the school. Campers will also have access to additional swimming classes in our on-site, indoor swimming pool.

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BRIGHT HORIZONS

www.brighthorizons.com/plaza3jc

152 Plaza 3, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone:(201) 433-6370

June 26, 2017-September 1, 2017. 7am-6:30pm. Located in Harborside Financial Center, Plaza 3. STEM, Arts, Well Aware, Vendors visit location, ages 2.5-6years for summer camp program.

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VIAQUENTI ACADEMY

www.viaquenti.com

837 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07310 – Phone:

This amazing summer program includes our unique Swimming classes in our building’s pool deck (3.5+yrs) , as well as weekly Soccer (18m+), Yoga, Gymnastics, Water Play (on our private outdoor playground), and STEM/Science classes to keep your children active and healthy! Summer camp students at Viaquenti have the benefit of not only keeping their bodies active, but their minds too! Viaquenti’s summer camp is divided into two sessions running from July 3-28th and July 31st-August 25th. Our school is conveniently located close to Newport and Hamilton Park in JC Downtown.

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JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY
Www.njcu.edu/camps

110 Culver Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07307 – Phone: (201)200-2528

Sport activities based program, 6 weeks long 9am – 4pm with extended option available – swim lessons included

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EARLY BEGINNING DAY SCHOOL

www.Earlybeginningsdayschool.com

338 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)918-5623

Our teachers work collaboratively to develop a curriculum that focuses and takes advantage of all that the summer offers. Each week will have a different theme: America the Beautiful, Around the World, Luau Fun, are just some examples. Our staff uses our backyard in addition to our classroom to help the children to discover science and explore nature, creative art, and music, while learning about the vast opportunities in the world around them.

Our summer program is 9 weeks from July 3rd, 2017 – September 1st, 2017 from 9:00am–3:00pm daily.

Tuition is paid weekly at the end of EACH week. Camp is $285 per week. We will still have before and after care from 8:00am-9:00am and 3:00pm-7:00pm for $9/hr. If requested we will open at 7:00am to receive a child.

Week 1: July 3rd -7th – America the Beautiful

Week 2: July 10th -14th – Ocean/Beach

Week 3: July 17th -21st – Vacation Around the World

Week 4: July 24th – 28th – Carnival

Week 5: July 31st – August 4th – Picnic

Week 6: August 7th -11th – Wild Wild West

Week 7: August 14th -18th – Luau- Aloha!

Week 8: August 21st -25 h – Pirates and Princesses- Ahoy Matey!

Week 9: August 28th – September 1 st – Water Fun is Everywhere

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ZANIAC LEARNING

www.Zaniaclearning.com/jerseycity

125 First Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (732) 236-8970

Let your child’s imagination and curiosity run wild this summer at Zaniac!
Zaniac Summer Camps are the perfect combination of STEAM learning and fun. Each camp is tailored to your child’s needs and grouped for your child’s age and grade. One week sessions. Full & Half Day Camps

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KIDDIE ACADEMY OF HAMILTON PARK
255 Brunswick St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Camp Adventures: 5-12 year old campers
Junior Adventures: 3 & 4 year old campers
Mini Adventures: for 2 year old campers
(Full camp curriculums and enhancements for each program)
Join us at our April 1st Summer Camp Open House from 10am-12pm at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park and Kiddie Academy of Hoboken offerring two great programs less than 2 miles apart!
**Space is limited! Enroll today to secure your campers experience**
Junior Adventures & Camp Adventures Highlights:
Campers will enjoy weekly bussed field trips including weekly trips to The Splash Pad and Library, in addition to walking trips and in house camp activities! Trips include: Turtle Back Zoo, Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum, Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge, Staten Island Zoo, Statue of Liberty, Bowling and Liberty State Park Field Day. Don’t miss this years Kiddie Academy Shark Experience and Insect Experience where campers will be able the learn about and handle preserved sharks, sting rays and insects. Your camper will love their first experience with biology! Campers will experience a summer packed with fun, learning and lasting friendships!  Our all new “Kiddie Academy Pen Pal Program” links campers at our Hamilton Park location, with campers at our Hoboken location! Campers will even have a chance to take a trip to their Pen Pals camp and see what their day is like! With so much to do, your camper is sure to have the best summer yet!
Mini Adventures Highlights:
Our youngest campers will enjoy water play at the Spray Park twice a week in addition to fun in house activities and special guests! Mini Adventurers will also take several walking trips and enjoy summer camp crafts and fun cooking projects! Your little camper will be delighted with their very first summer camp experience!
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THE SCANDINAVIAN SCHOOL OF JERSEY CITY
210 9th Street, Suite1, Jersey City, NJ – 07302 – Phone:(201) 420-8111
8:30-1pm or 8:30-5:30pm. Must register For 5 days/wk. Two 4-week sessions. Outdoors a lot!
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FRENCH AMERICAN ACADEMY
209 Third Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 338-8320 ext 210
The Jersey City Campus of the French American Academy offers a French Immersion Summer Program from June 26 to August 18 from 8:30 to 3:00 pm with optional After Care until 6:00 pm.
Our 8-week camp will be split into 4 themes that will run for 2 weeks each. Specialists will come to our camp to do assemblies on gardening and recycling for our Earth & Nature theme. Sports, Music and Dance teachers will come for our Health & Movements as well as our Music & Dance themes. Special projects will be lead by a Technology Teacher for our Young Engineers theme.
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KIDVILLE
1202 Shipyard Ln, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (201)377-5495
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FASTTRACK-LANGUAGES
78 Erie street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)685-8220
Have an awesome time with us this summer!
*Gymnastics *Programming* Reading* Writing* Math* Spanish* Piano*
We believe in following the needs and interests of a child in order to support his or her development positively and effectively. This involves fostering a prepared environment for learning with meaningful and rewarding experiences plus LOTS OF LOVE and FUN!
3 to–6 yr old FTL Summer Camp Sessions 2017 Limited spots available
Jun 26-Jul 7 / Jul 10–Jul 21 / Jul 24 – Aug 4 / Aug 7 – Aug 18
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12: 45 p.m.
Early drop off available if required
Children will bring their own snack and water
Parents and teachers will get together three weeks before camp
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NIMBUS DANCE WORKS
209 3rd Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 377-0718
Dance, Theater, & Music. 6 themed weeks: July 24-September 1. Monday-Friday 9-3 with early drop-off/late pick-up offered.

JC Feministival Series 2017

Feministival in Jersey City: Women in Business in Jersey City

JC Families would like to extend a warm invitation for you to participate in the JC Feministival Series 2017! Local Businesses in Jersey City

JC Feministival is a series of events, which will serve as a means to empower, showcase and promote local businesses owned and operated by women! Each Feministival will feature local female artists, fashion designers, healthcare providers, educators and other entrepreneurs. JC Feministival Series is a launchpad for women, who invest their careers and passions into further enriching our diverse community.

When and Where: JC Feministival will take place at Hamilton Park and City Hall Plaza, May through September 2016, on a second Friday of every month: May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug 11, and Sept 8

Who: 8 to 12 female entrepreneurs will be selected by the JC Feministival review panel to participate in each event with the attendance alternating from month to month ensuring diversity of programming.

Why: To be able to showcase your products, offer tastings (if applicable) and perform demos of your services.

To be featured in business directory on www.jcfamilies.com specifically highlighting the participating businesses owned and operated by women

To be a part of a network of fellow strong women entrepreneurs right here in Jersey City

About JCFamilies and our Partnership:

As you might know, JCFamilies is a one-of-a-kind resource for parents in the Jersey City and Hoboken areas. We provide our partners with an unparalleled reach to local, diverse, socially connected and well economically established families in the neighborhood. JCFamilies organizes some of the most talked about family events in the area attracting your target audience.

In order to support local female entrepreneurs, JC Feministival participation fee is offered as follows:

  • Small woman-owned businesses: $125.00
  • Established businesses such as daycare, schools, etc: $200.00    

To learn more and apply for participation, please complete our registration form

For sponsorship and other inquiries, please contact

[email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you and celebrating local female entrepreneurs together!
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Local Businesses in Jersey City

FAQ’s

  • What is feministival?  To support women-owned businesses.
  • How can i participate? Fill out form on our site and send back.
  • What is fee to participate? Please refer to form for fee information.
  • Do I need to bring my own table? We provide one 6ft table and one chair.
  • What happens if it rains on day of event?  In case of rain you will be able to participate in following event. 
  • Do you offer discounts to participate? At this time we are not offering any special discounts.
  • Will I be able to sell my products? Yes, you will be able to sell your products.  Food vendors please email us separately as you will need to have appropriate license and permits to participate.
  • Do I have to be a registered business? Yes, business must be registered.
  • Does my business have to be registered in Jersey City? No, as long as it is registered. 
  • What is target market? We will be offering event in downtown JC. We have many young diverse families in our area with parents ranging in age from 25-45 and children ages 1-10 years old.
  • Can men apply to participate? This event is for women-owned businesses only.
  • What’s in it for me? To be able to showcase your products, offer tastings (if applicable) and perform demos of your services.

To be featured in business directory on www.jcfamilies.com specifically highlighting the participating businesses owned and operated by women.

To be included in special programming at the end of each event (participating businesses are welcome to join programming sessions at the end of all five events): sessions on networking, marketing and other relevant programming.

To be a part of a network of fellow strong women entrepreneurs right here in Jersey City.

Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City 2017

As we get closer and closer to spring break we’re all thinking about fun activities to do with our families during the time off,  we have put together a list of places to visit and enjoy! Spring Break Camps & Classes :

It’s been a long winter and we are all itching to get outside! Spring Break is coming up and I’m sure you want to get out of the house as much as the kids do. Outdoor activities would be great but, with the crazy weather we’ve been having, it’s good to have options for outdoor and indoor activities to keep the kids busy this Spring Break. Please check our list of Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City.

Several local establishments are offering Spring Break camps for kids to stay busy even when they aren’t in school!

Spring Break Camps

Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City

They will be offering spring break camp from April 10 to April 13 . Camp will run from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm with an After Care Program from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Please contact [email protected] for more info or visit http://www.faacademy.org/ for more info.

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If your little ones are into Lego, try Bricks 4 Kidz school break camps! The location in Hoboken will offer half day camps from 8:30am – noon for $45 per day and full day camps from 8:30am – 2:30pm for $65 per day for kid’s ages 4 and up. The dates range from April 17-21. Visit http://www.bricks4kidz.com/newjersey-unioncity-hoboken/program-events/camps/ for more info.

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Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City

The Crop Shop in Hoboken is offering a camp on April 17-21 from 9am – 3pm for children ages 6 and up. Activities for kids will include gardening, ceramics and clay work, painting, collaging and more! They will even take the kids to the park for a bit of play time each day! The cost is $325 for the whole week or $65 for “mini-camp” days. To register, click here.

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If your children are into dance, try the spring break camp at Monroe Street Movement Space in Hoboken. They make it convenient by allowing parents to register for a whole week or just single days. The camp runs April 17-21 from 9am – 3pm or 9am – 5pm and is offered for children ages 3 – 12 years old. Students must be fully potty-trained and not need a nap anymore. For a full week, prices range from $325-425 per child. Single days are $65 – $85 per day, per child. Siblings receive a discount. Plus, they offer early drop-off and late pick-up. Click here to register.

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Classes and Indoor Activities

The Crop Shop

If you don’t want to do a whole camp for your children, try a class or two! There are plenty of local places offering classes throughout Spring Break.

Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City

The Crop Shop in Hoboken offers many different arts and crafts themed classes for children of various ages. There is an Easter Egg Decorating class being held on April 16 from 1-3pm. Children receive 6 hard-boiled eggs to dye, paint and bling out! The cost is $20 per child.

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Mimi Yoga


Get your little ones active and relaxed at Mimi Yoga in Hoboken! They offer classes from crawlers – 7 years old. Your first trial class is free! Drop-in classes are $25 each and you can purchase class passports for discounted rates on multiple classes. Click here for the daily schedule of classes.

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HudsonPLAY

 

 

HudsonPLAY is a unique family playspace with activities to engage at every age. It definately kids’  favorite indoor place in Jersey City, With a focus on interactive entertainment and fitness, HudsonPLAY is designed for serious fun with dynamic play areas for toddlers, state-of-the-art activities for preschoolers and a challenging Ninja Warrior Course for everyone else! Come and rediscover the excitement of PLAY.

Liberty Science Center

No matter how the wather is, LSC is the best indoor place for kids in Jersey City.If you are in the Jersey City area, one of the best indoor playlands is Liberty Science Center! It is the perfect spot for rainy days, snowy days and pretty much any day that you don’t feel like playing outside. There are changing exhibits for kids of all ages and permanent fixtures that kids love. Experience. Tickets will cost you $19.75/Adult over 13 years of age and $14.75/Child ages 2 – 12 for general admission. Luckily, they offer great membership rates. A “Basic Family” membership will cost $140 and includes two adults and up to four kids under 18 years of age.

Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City

Tiny Greenhouse, an art and design studio for kids, is offering a camp called “The Return of Flowers” The camp runs from April 17-21 from 9am – 1pmfor ages 3.5 – 7 years. The cost is $375 for the week. Children will have the unique opportunity to celebrate the arrival of SPRING with lots of colors and art making. Eveline Hasler’s book ‘The Flower City’ will serve us as their inspiration for projects such as 3D sculptures, flower collage, drawings and paintings. The children will use art and dramatic play to explore the world of two children, who live in a dull city that becomes a colorful place thanks to the kids’ bravery and imagination. Click here to sign up.

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Spring Break Camps & Classes In Jersey City

Head over to the New York Hall of Science in NYC to check out their Science Playground.

Through dozens of playground elements like slides, seesaws, sand pits, and fog machines, visitors of all ages and abilities can explore the scientific principles of motion, balance, sound, sight and simple machines, as well as sun, wind and water. Designed for children of all ages, Science Playground exhibits include a giant lever, Archimedes screw and water play area, wind pipes, a climbing net, slides, sand boxes and metal drums. The Science Playground is $5 per person, plus general NYSCI admission. The Science Playground is free for NYSCI Premium and Family Explorer Members. The last ticket is sold one hour before NYSCI general closing time.

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Get Outside


If you need to just get outside, there are too many options to list. In our area, Liberty State Park is probably the first option that will come to mind. The large park offers many options to families seeking some outdoor activity. There is a large playground that the little ones love. There are pathways for biking, skating and running. As the Interpretive Center is still closed, check out the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area, which is adjacent to the center and boasts 36 acres of natural area. You can take a self-guided nature path to observe this local wildlife habitat.

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If you want some place a little bigger to explore, try Watchung Reservation. Only about 30 minutes from downtown Jersey City, this 2,000-acre natural area offers playgrounds, more than 13 hiking trails, Surprise Lake, the Deserted Village of Feltvile/Glenside Park and much more! Take the kids to the Trailside Nature and Science Center which offers 4,500 square feet of interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits and much more.

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Branch Brook Park is located in Newark and is about a 15 minute drive from downtown Jersey City. The 360 acre park will begin its 2017 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival. The fun begins on April 10 and runs through April 22.  Come on an off day and take a historic cell phone tour of the park!

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If you haven’t checked out The Bronx Zoo, this is the time, before summer crowds make it hard to park and harder to see exhibits. There is a lot of outdoor walking, so dress appropriately. There are so many things to see and do at the Bronx Zoo including World of Birds, the Sea Lion Pool, the Congo Gorilla Forest and so much more! Rates for tickets are $24.95 for adults 13 and up, $17.95 for children 3 – 12 and kids under 2 are free. Click here for tickets.

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Newport Skates

Newport Skates’ rink is located right on the Hudson River, it’s the perfect vantage point for some major NYC skyline ogling (and an amazing backdrop for family photos). Since this rink is small and quaint the kids can skate on their own and you can still keep track of them. Plus it’s open for public skating every day (as long as the ice stays frozen), including holidays. Just remember: This is an outdoor rink, so bundle up before heading out.  Admission is $7 per person and $6 for skate rental. Click here for more info: newportskates.com

Places to Play Indoors in Jersey City and Hoboken

Indoor places for kids in Jersey City and Hoboken:

Although we’ve had some unseasonably warm weather, winter is officially here! Days at the playground will begin to become fewer and father between as the weather cools down and the kids are going to need someplace to run around. What is a mommy to do? Don’t fear! Check out some of these fantastic indoor play spaces in Jersey City and Hoboken. Grab your energetic little ones and get them playing, singing, reading, crafting or exploring. And you don’t even have to travel that far.

Jersey City:

Indoors places for kids in Jersey City

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Gym

My Gym has developed an extraordinary program and facility devised to help children 6 weeks thru 10 years of age develop physically, cognitively and emotionally. We have hundreds of locations in more than 30 countries offering structured, age-appropriate, weekly classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more. Children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem. Our state-of-the-art facility, extensively trained staff, award-winning class programs, and excellent student/teacher ratio have earned My Gym the reputation as the best early learning program of its kind.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey City and Hoboken

Indoors places for kids in Jersey City

 

 

 

 

HudsonPLAY

HudsonPLAY is a unique family playspace with activities to engage at every age. It definately kids’  favorite indoor place in Jersey City, With a focus on interactive entertainment and fitness, HudsonPLAY is designed for serious fun with dynamic play areas for toddlers, state-of-the-art activities for preschoolers and a challenging Ninja Warrior Course for everyone else! Come and rediscover the excitement of PLAY.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityLiberty Science Center 

No matter how the wather is, LSC is the best indoor place for kids in Jersey City.If you are in the Jersey City area, one of the best indoor playlands is Liberty Science Center! It is the perfect spot for rainy days, snowy days and pretty much any day that you don’t feel like playing outside. There are changing exhibits for kids of all ages and permanent fixtures that kids love. Experience. Tickets will cost you $19.75/Adult over 13 years of age and $14.75/Child ages 2 – 12 for general admission. Luckily, they offer great membership rates. A “Basic Family” membership will cost $140 and includes two adults and up to four kids under 18 years of age.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey City and Hoboken

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityJersey City Public Library

The main branch of the Jersey City Public Library offers a Children’s Room that offers many children’s books and a plethora of events. Check out the events calendar for information on events in all of Jersey City’s library branches. Events at the main branch include crafts, movies, performances and many other family-friendly activities.

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Gymboree Play & Music, Jersey

At Gymboree Play & Music, our fall classes and special activities inspire learning at every turn. Our warm & vibrant play floor encourages your child to continue playing as weather cools outdoors. Join us for fall crafts and spooktacular story times during Open Gyms. Wear your costume to class as we explore literacy with favorite fall books. Our programs help your child from 0-5 years develop the physical, cognitive and social skills needed for confident learning. Your first class is always free when you make fall friends at Gymboree!


Tiny Greenhouse

Tiny Greenhouse is a “friendly art studio”, located in downtown Jersey City, which offers classes and more. They also offer a drop-in studio/open play for children ages one – five, with an adult.  They have pre-set tables with clay, crayons, blocks, puzzles, toys, books, etc. Your little one will have a blast interacting and playing. The price is $15/child per hour. Click here to see the schedule and book your day in advance.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityHudson-Bayonne Lanes 

Bowling is the perfect indoor, cold-weather activity! The bowling center offers 60 lanes, bumpers, full service grill, private off-street parking, arcade machines and much more. Plus, they are open daily all day long! Click here to register and receive coupons.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CitySaint Peter’s University Swimming Pool

The swimming pool at Saint Peter’s University offers swimming lessons and a family pool membership, both at reasonable rates. There are specific times that you have to come in order to swim freely, however. Please contact Saint Peter’s directly for more information.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityKey Element Learning :

One of the most popular indoors place for kids in Jersey City is Key Element Learning and it has three locations in Hoboken and one in downtown Jersey City. This facility offers many classes for different age groups including art, language, music, literacy, cooking, science and more. The Jersey City location offers a two-hour drop-off program called “Mommy Errand Time” Tuesday through Friday from 1:30pm – 3:30pm for children two through five years of age.

Hoboken:

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityKidville Annex 

This playland offers classes for children up to 6 years of age. Classes include art, dance, gym, music and more. Plus, it has a large indoor playspace for members. You get a Silver Membership for free when you register for any class there. You may purchase Platinum, Gold and Diamond level memberships, as well. Click here to sign up for a free trial class.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityHoboken Public Library

The children’s department at Hoboken Public Library offers many books and activities for families. Some of their fall and winter programs include “Book Buddies” where kids at least eight years of age read in small groups, “Reading Dogs” which allows children kindergarten age and up to pair up with a puppy and many more programs! Family programs are offered once a month and include songs, stories, performances and more.

Indoors places for kids in Jersey CityMimi Kids Yoga 

This fun-tastic yoga studio offers a two hour drop-off class for children ages two – three and a half years old. Class sizes are small to give children one-on-one attention with the instructor. Classes are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. A 16-week session is $649, with discounts for siblings. Space is limited, so contact them for more information.

Romparoo

Romparoo is a “soft indoor playroom” that offers classes, drop-off and open play time. They offer drop-off classes are offered Monday through Friday and is for children one and a half through three and a half years of age. The drop-in rate for these classes is $50 or you can register and pay $180/month, which includes one class per week, one open play per week and 10% off birthday parties. Open play time is offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm – 2pm for children six months through three years of age. The cost for open play is $15/child.

8 SLP Approved TV Shows for Kids

Those of you who follow my blog know that I am a big advocate of taking a break before you have a breakdown. Sometimes you have to give your kids an activity so that you can have time to yourself, and sometimes that activity comes in the form of a television show. Parents, you will not beat yourself up for putting your kid in front of the TV (or iPad) for a little while. That stops today. Below is a list of 8 speech therapist approved children’s shows that are currently on air, on DVD or on the internet. My seal of approval means that the show teaches functional speech and/or language skills, uses highly researched curriculum as the basis for each episode, and is engaging.  Many of these shows may not be new to you, but my list will help you understand how these programs teach your child, and you’ll feel better about letting them watch an extra episode 🙂 I’ve provided a reference for each show listed so you can read a bit more about how the program was created.

Take a look at the list, DVR the ones you think your kid would like then take some much deserved, guilt-free you time. Enjoy!

1. Barney

Barney is a classic children’s television show, and although it looks like a typical children’s entertainment program, it provides so much more. Barney addresses the four key areas of childhood development; cognitive, social, emotional, and physical. Barney used a team of early childhood specialists to make sure that each episode was presented in a way that allows your child to learn at their optimal level. According to researchers at Yale, “the show particularly influences language development, one of the early indicators of future success in school…” Unfortunately, Barney is no longer on air, however you can let your little one watch him on Youtube or purchase the DVD online.

Reference: http://pbskids.org/barney//pareduc/parents/philosophy.html

Episode run time: approx. 25 min (however there are lots of specials that run for 45 minutes to 1 hr)

Where to find: Youtube,  Amazon.com, Netflix

Recommended Age: 1-8 yrs

2. Sesame Street

Another classic children’s television show, Sesame Street develops a child’s early language and literacy skills through their “whole-child curriculum” which is researched by in-house child psychologists, educators and educational advisors. Sesame Street provides the repetition of language that helps children remember and use new vocabulary. It’s also incredibly engaging, so kids don’t even realize that they’re learning. If you’re already a fan of this program, then this is just one more reason to trust that you are doing something good for your child while they are watching an episode.

Reference: http://www.pbs.org/parents/sesame/about/learning-goals/  (there is so much research available on the sesame street curriculum, I chose this one for the blog because it’s the most concise.)

Episode run time: 60 minutes

Where to find: PBS  weekdays @ 5:00am; 10:00am; 6:30pm

Recommended Ages: Preschool

3. Super Why

Super Why is a newer program with a focus on literacy so there are tons of new words for kids to learn along with fun spelling songs, all while also targeting story comprehension. Each episode begins with a problem that must be solved by reading a children’s book. While the characters go through the story, kids are encouraged to interact by shouting out names of letters and words. The show uses guidelines established by the National Reading Panel to structure episodes and be sure that tiny viewers are learning at all times. Although I wish they were more specific about who they consult for their educational research (they only state that they use a “panel of experts”), I have watched the show and feel that it lives up to its goal of helping children learn pre-literacy skills.

Reference: http://www.pbs.org/parents/superwhy/program/philosophy.html

Episode run time: approx. 25 minutes

Where to find: PBS  (usually channel 13) weekdays @ 3:00 and 3:30

Recommended Ages: 3-6 years

4. Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer has been around since 2000.  It’s a show that is both entertaining and saturated with ways to learn new vocabulary (repetition, audience participation, explanations…). Each episode is thoroughly researched and based on a preschool curriculum created by the Dora research and development team. The Dora curriculum was created using the Howard Gardener multiple intelligences theory. Also, you can find Dora the explorer in almost any language on the internet (Arabic, German, Macedonian…honestly any language). So if your kid gets bored with watching Dora in English, challenge them to watch in a different language and see if they can pick up a few phrases. This would be a good challenge for older kids as well.

Reference:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17482790902772315?journalCode=rchm20#.VPOhmlPF83A

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http://cas.illinoisstate.edu/sites/geo/2013/03/25/exploring-with-dora/

Episode run time: approx. 23 minutes

Where to find: Nick jr. @ 7:30pm weekdays

Recommended Ages: 2-5 yrs

5. Word Girl

Word Girl is an animated series, created by Scholastic Inc, about a 5th grade hero named Becky Botsford who fights villains using her words. Each episode introduces 4 new vocabulary words while keeping things interesting with a good vs. bad plot running throughout. The series curriculum is shaped in large part by the work of Isabel Beck, Margaret McKeown, and Linda Kucan authors of the book, Bringing Words to Life: Robust vocabulary Instruction. I’ve seen the show and find it pretty entertaining. Fun fact: many of the voices behind the show are from the improv comedy world (they even have a Saturday Night Live cast member as the narrator).  I give this show my stamp of approval.

Reference: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/02/arts/television/02jens.html?_r=1&

Episode run time: Approx 30 min

Where to find: youtube, PBS kids.com, HULU

Recommended Ages: 4-9 yrs

6. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a new and different version of MIster Roger’s Neighborhood. The show’s main character is the son of the striped tiger from Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. Daniel Tiger teaches emotional literacy using the Fred Rogers social-emotional curriculum. This means that your child will learn to express himself or herself and deal with disappointing times and happy times. The show does not exclusively teach novel language concepts, but I feel that showing a child how to use the words they already know to help people understand how they feel, is just as powerful as learning new vocabulary. This show may be especially good for children on the spectrum who may struggle with handling their own emotions or the emotions of others.

Reference: http://www.pbs.org/parents/daniel/about/

And

http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/about/advisory-council/

Episode run time: approx. 30 min

Where to find: PBS weekdays @ 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm

Recommended Ages: 2-4

7. The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus is another series created by Scholastic Inc. I loved this series when I was a kid!  In each episode, Ms. Frizzle, a science teacher, takes her class on a field trip, during which the subject they’re learning about comes to life. The show is based on the book series which is heavily researched. The show is science based, and is great to help teach school aged children new scientific vocab and clarify concepts for children who have trouble processing information in class.  Read an interview with the creators below.

Reference: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/joanna-cole-and-bruce-degen-interview-transcript

Episode run time: 30 minutes

Where to find: youtube.com, Netflix

Recommended Ages: 3-10 yrs

8. Between the Lions

Between the Lions is a show featuring lions (go figure) that aims to build literacy skills. It was developed by some members of the Sesame Street team. The show revolves around a family of lions that lives in the library and reads books that relate to what they’re doing that day. The show helps teach letter-sound association, rhyming, fluency, sight words and other early literacy skills. The show’s producers consulted literacy experts (whom they list on their PBS website page) to create a curriculum based on research conducted by the National Research Committee. I feel that this show is a good way to introduce or reinforce early literacy skills in children, so I’m giving it my stamp of approval.

Reference: http://www.pbs.org/parents/lions/program/curriculum.html

Episode run time: approx. 30 min

Where to find: youtube.com pbskids.org

Recommended Ages: 4-7 yrs

Unofficial Recommendation

Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow is a show that focuses on establishing a love of reading in young children. The show’s host, LeVar Burton, narrates children’s books (on an ipad) while pictures from the book are shown on the screen. This show teaches kids sequencing and storytelling grammar through the books that are presented. I love this show, mostly because it’s a throwback to my childhood and although I can’t officially recommend it (I had trouble finding evidence that the show is based on specific curriculum or early childhood research) I definitely informally recommend it for young kids ages 4-8.

There are tons of great shows for kids out there, this list only represents a few of them. Feel free to add to it in the comments section!

What I’m into….

Sleep- I LOVE being in bed. I don’t even have to sleep, I can read, research things online (or just take personality quizzes, whatever), file my nails…However when it’s time to go to sleep, it’s a struggle. I know what all the experts say about making your bed a place of sleep and not activity, but I can’t help it, if I just get in bed and go to sleep I won’t get to enjoy actually being in bed. Does that make sense? If it does, you might be my sleep soulmate…anywho, a friend of mine recommended guided meditation at night to help me sleep, so I began using this app called iSleep Easy. It’s nice, I can listen to a calming voice tell me to breath deeply and relax, or I can listen to sounds of the ocean, or a stream (my personal favorite). I would recommend giving it a try if you have trouble falling asleep.

Food- Talde is amazing. I know the wait time for a table is 347,9743,934 hours, so just make a reservation through open table and save yourself the stress. The food is amazing, and lives up to the standards of its Brooklyn location. I went there with my boyfriend, we ordered a ton of dishes (it’s ok, we’re taking vitamins now so that’s basically like working out). Everything was good, we’ll be regulars. We sat at a communal table, which was great for my boyfriend who’s like a social falcon. Go grab a bite, and meet some new people.