5th Annual Cultural Diversity Festival in Jersey City 2018

JCFamilies is excited to announce the 5th Annual Cultural Diversity Festival in Jersey City.

Let’s celebrate that Jersey City is the most diverse city in America!

Join us for the 5th annual Cultural Diversity Festival on Aug 18th. Bring the family and enjoy culturally diverse performances.

The festival is a day of celebrating the diversity in our community. There will be an array of fun and culture-related activities planned for the whole family, arts & crafts, musical acts, dancers, an art show and — of course — lots of delicious food representing the diversity in Jersey City.

This unique and special event would be a great opportunity for children and families to experience the vibrant and diverse cultures of Jersey City!

More details coming soon….

Annual Cultural Diversity Festival in Jersey City

Feministival Series- FUNtastic Summer in JC

Feministival Series- FUNtastic Summer in Jersey city : Fun and free events for families in Jersey City
Feministival (An event for women, by women ) Fair in Jersey City
Make your way to Hamilton Park for Feministival on Friday, July 13th!
This event occurs on the 2nd Friday of the month during summer and fall and it was created to highlight women-owned businesses in our community.
Bring the whole family to enjoy a warm summer evening, grab dinner from a food vendor, and support local women-owned businesses.
There will be entertainment for the whole family. Kids can enjoy bubbles, story time and a puppet show with My Gym, and music!
We hope to see you at this fun community event!

Sponsors for the event:

The Brunswick School

Activities in the event:

Arts and Crafts from Vibgyor

Soccer clinic from NJCU

Bubble from EasyBubbles

Puppet Show from My Gym

Feministival Series- FUNtastic Summer in JC

 

Exhibition in Downtown 234 Gallery, Jersey City

Downtown 234 Gallery is proud to present for our fifth exhibition of the year – Ink on Paper “A Sumi-e Show”

Featuring works by artists Shoukei Shodou and Deirdre Kennedy. ”
It is a process very difficult to use and more difficult to master and it is totally done with just a brush and ink on rice paper. It is a simple process but not easy.” -Deirdre Kennedy
Shoukei Shodou and Deirdre Kennedy both mastered traditional Japanese brush painting from 10 – 15 years experience.
Join us for our opening reception Thur June 28 6-9pm* Refreshments will be served!

Fall Family Events in Jersey City

Fall Family Events in Jersey City

Let’s check out some of the best family events in Jersey City this fall. Whether you are looking for indoor activities, outdoor activities, educational activities, or something else, there are so may events for families and so many things to do in Jersey City.

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Fall Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch  
October 21 – October 29
WHERE: Urby Parking Lot, 200 Greene St, Jersey City

The Exchange Place Alliance will celebrate Halloween and the Fall season with a spectacular Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch on October 21st-22nd and 28th-29th from 11 am – 7 pm.

WHO: The Exchange Place Alliance Special Improvement District, a NJ not-for-profit
WHAT: A Fall Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch with special activities scheduled throughout the weekend
WHERE: Urby Parking Lot, 200 Greene St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
WHEN: October 21st and 22nd and 28th and 29th, 11 am – 7 pm


2nd Annual “City Nights” Block Party  

Thursday, October 19 at 7 PM – 10 PM

Shuster Group presents the 2nd Annual Block Party event, City Nights.

Join us for a chic, adult-only event with Live Music, Live Art, Local Food & Drink Vendors, and larger-than-life Games & Activities.

Gather your friends & neighbors and come out for a special evening in Downtown Jersey City. You won’t want to miss it!

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Midnight Market is NJ’s first monthly night market and foodie nightlife event! Come celebrate October with us on Friday the 13th!! 

Food, Music, and Drinks! *Costumes welcomed but not required*
This Foodie Party is open to all 21 & older! Cash event! ATMs on site.
No pets. No Children. No Refunds. 
Go to www.midnightmarketjc.com for more information!

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Annual Halloween Parade in Jersey City
Fall Family Events in Jersey City Annual Halloween Parade in Hamilron Park

Entertainment for kids

6:15 Kids Costume Parade Starts
6:15 Dogs Parade starts

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JC Halloween Spooktacular 

Fall Family Events in Jersey City

JC Halloween Spooktacular : Halloween Costume Family Parade and Party

You don’t want to miss this 4 hours of unlimited fun, activities for the entire families

Halloween Costume Family Parade

Best Costume prizes for families,

Dance Party, Cotton Candies, Puppet Show, Carnival Games, Drums, Jugglers   Buy kid’s ticket here: (6 months to 16 years ) http://bit.ly/2hmycEK 

Buy adults’ ticket here: (16 and up ) http://bit.ly/2w9Pifr


Spooky Terminal 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spooky Terminal is BACK on October 28th this year …..

Located in a one of a kind venue over looking the gorgeous Manhattan skyline in the heart of Liberty State Park. All aboard!

There will be lots of fun activities for kids and for families:

Bouncy House, Hayride, Magic Show, Dance Party for kids

Juggler, Cotton Candies, Cookie Decoration, Costume Contest

Facepainting Buy your tickets here:  Click Tickets Here 

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Family Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall

Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall this Halloweeen! There will be face-painting, a bouncy house, music, popcorn and CANDY!This event is sponsored by the HDSID

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Family Events in Jersey City This Summer

Summertime Fun in Jersey City

Summertime is the perfect time for the entire family to attend tons of cool events together. The kids are out of school, parents often get some time off, and the days are longer. You and the family can fit in tons of awesome activities into one single day or spread them out over the entire summer. However you decide to spend your time, there is no shortage of family activities to partake in in Jersey City this summer.

Let’s check out some of the best family events in Jersey City this summer. Whether you are looking for indoor activities, outdoor activities, educational activities, or something else, there is a little something for everyone this summer.

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4th Annual Cultural Diversity Festival

On August 26, 10 am to 2 pm, come and stop by at the 4th annual cultural diversity festival.

“Jersey City has one of the most diverse populations in the United States. Here you can find 75 languages spoken in the public schools. The city is engulfed in a blanket of diversity and is truly a melting pot. The festival is a day of celebrating the diversity in our community. There will be an array of fun and culture-related activities planned for the whole family, arts & crafts, musical acts, dancers, an art show and — of course — lots of delicious food representing the diversity in Jersey City.
This unique and special event would be a great opportunity for children and families to experience the vibrant and diverse cultures of Jersey City! Please join us at Hamilton Park, JC.”
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Annual “Summer City” Block Party

Shuster Group & Hamilton House are hosting a FREE end-of-summer kid-centric block party with a petting zoo, music, food & lots of activities!

Join us as we host our 2nd annual end of summer block party! Treat your kids to a day of fun under the sun. We have transformed two blocks near Jones park into a unique, kid friendly celebration! We welcome you to explore the wonders of Summer City.

Activities:
• Crafts & Activities
• Bounce House
• Petting Zoo & Face Painting
• Live Entertainment
• Local Food Vendors
• Basketball Competition

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The 2017 Chili Cook-Off and Mac & Cheese Showdown Extravaganza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The return of the 4th Street Arts Chili Cook-Off and Mac & Cheese Showdown together for the first time ever.

We will also be hosting The Thirsty Quaker who will be creating a curated Beer Tasting – more info to come soon.

 

 

Celebrate Downtown Jersey City on Saturday, September 16th with the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District’s Sixth Annual All About Downtown Street Festival from Noon-8pm!

We are hosting over 250+ unique vendors from The Grove Path Plaza all the way to Coles Street!

This year we’ve teamed up with DayTrippers NJ to provide a shuttle bus service to and from the fair.

Our kid’s area will be packed with rides, face painting, games and shops for the little ones. (First Street)

Summer Film Series: Hamilton Park, Jersey City

Hamilton Park has been offering movies in the parks in Jersey City since 2013, and they will be offering them again this year on the following dates: June 23, July 28, August 25, September 23, and October 14. Movies begin at sundown. Keep checking the Summer Film Series page on the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association website for more information!

Hamilton Park has been offering movies in the parks in Jersey City since 2013, and they will be offering them again this year on the following dates:

August 25th- Star Wars – The Force Awakens

September 23rd – The Jungle Book

October 14th – The Nightmare Before Christmas

Movies begin at sundown. Bring something to sit on.

Shakespeare at the Park – Hamilton Park

July 20 – Romeo & Juliet

Performed by Hudson Shakespeare Company – Rain or Shine at the Gazebo

“Magicians’ Face-off” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Magic shows in Jersey City

Enjoy a “Magicians‘ Faceoff” at this year’s JC Families Education Fair!

We are inviting a group of talented magicians to show off their magical skills to our young audiences!
Get ready to be tricked, inspired and entertained!

JC Education Fair 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only fair in Jersey City where you can get information about & speak to the representatives of major Schools,Day Cares  & Activity Centers,Classes in & around Jersey City & Hoboken

JERSEY CITY! Take a look at the list of schools, daycare and activity Centers that will be attending #JCEducationFair  Saturday 23rd from 10am to 2pm in Hamilton Park.
Jersey City Recreation Department
The Early Childhood Department of the Jersey City Public Schools

Jack Horner’s Dino Dig

Family Events in Jersey City This Summer

If your kids love digging, discovering, and dinosaurs – boy have we found the best event for you! At Liberty Science Center, this dino dig is educational and heaps of fun. According to the website:

“Guests will have the unique opportunity to experience a paleontological expedition during the exhibition, working alongside LSC’s Dino Dig Guide Team to discover replica fossils of prehistoric creatures from the late Cretaceous period buried in the 35 tons of sand that will cover the specially designed space.” So, let your kids explore the rich history of the past and have fun while doing it! It is definitely one of the best family events in Jersey City this summer.


Yoga at Hamilton Park

August 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th

By Butterfly and Bird Yoga

10 dollars requested

Please bring a mat, water and towel

Visit a Garden this Summer!

 

I grew up in Pennsylvania with lots of land, play space and gardens around me always.. that’s why I definitely miss all of the above while living the apartment lifestyle in Jersey City. Gardens are a great way to spark creativity in children. The colors, the animals, the birds… the space to just ‘be’ are all very important. Here is a list of very impressive gardens and outdoor spaces you might want to try out this May.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

By far, my favorite green space in New York City. Amazing views, meticulous gardens, and spaces that are so quiet you really can’t believe the city is outside its walls! A somewhat quick trip from Jersey City… just take the WTC train and transfer to the subway in lower Manhattan. BBG is very kid friendly and there is a great cafe and gift shop for the family’s enjoyment as well. Find out more here: http://www.bbg.org/

Liberty State Park

Located minutes from downtown Jersey City and Newport, Liberty State Park is an amazing getaway for kids. You can fly a kite, have a picnic, or walk by the marshlands. I always see cool birds and animals there while visiting 😉 Best part is…. it’s free! Visit LSP online: http://www.libertystatepark.org/

Van Vorst Park

This one you probably know already… but what you might not know is Van Vorst Park is mainly the result of the hard work and dedication of one volunteer who tirelessly tends to the flowers and plants. {Read more about him in the Spring edition of JCI Magazine}. A beautiful garden right under our nose, VVP is a great place to take the kids. Let them sketch the many flowers or take digital pics of the roses this June. http://www.vvpa.org/

Longwood Gardens

Ok, this one is a real distance from NJ but worth it. It’s an amazing estate not that far from my parent’s home in Pennsylvania, but if you don’t mind taking a road trip, it’s worth the time. Longwood Gardens pretty much blows other public green spaces out of the water. There are huge greenhouses, an impressive pond, light and water shows, tree houses for kids and gardens, gardens, gardens! Kids will love it and surely be inspired – guaranteed! http://www.longwoodgardens.org/

Moms, I hope you have been enjoying my weekly column about crafting and promoting creativity in your children. Please add your comments below each week, I would really love and appreciate it to hear them. Also, if there’s anything project or kid related art topic you’d like me to cover – let me know!!

Ashley Lucas is a local illustrator and crafts designer based in Jersey City, NJ. She is the author and illustrator of various children’s books and has contributed to such popular sites as eHow and ModernMom. Her specialties in include holiday crafting and making art ‘cute’ for young children! Ashley designs murals for kids rooms in Jersey City, and offers kid friendly artwork and decor to the community through her business ‘Lady Lucas’.