Fall and Halloween events in Jersey City and Hoboken

Fun things to do in jersey city

So much is happening this fall that it’s nearly impossible to create a comprehensive list of events – but that doesn’t mean we didn’t try! From food and education festivals to dogs in costumes, we’ve got your fall calendar stacked.

Cooks and Books 9/30; Hoboken Library 500 Park Ave; 3:15

Budding Top Chefs ages 4+ learn easy, healthy snack ideas with Dietician Elisabeth Holtzer from Shoprite. Tickets required.

Kids Pajama Yoga 9/30; Hamilton Health and Fitness; 6-7:30

This special Friday night Mindful Play Yoga will take your child on a fantastic yoga adventure! We will play fun yoga games to expel your child’s energy, practice fun yoga games, color a mandala, have story time, and experience a deep relaxation.

October:

Bark in the ParkFun things to do in jersey city 10/1; Stevens Park in Hoboken; 12-6

Enjoy a celebratory dog-walk/parade, live entertainment, a free bounce-house & children’s activities, and delicious food & awesome vendors throughout the day!

Diwali Mela in Jersey City; Exchange Place; 10/1; 12-7

Biggest Diwali Mela in Jersey City with a great line up of events. Enjoy Dhunuchi performances (dance off), Henna Tattoos Kids and Adults dance performances and children performances of Ramayana. Involve your children in interesting activities like Diya decoration workshops and Chalk Rangoli competitions.

Alice in Wonderland by Puppetworks 10/2-12/11, Merseles Studios; Sundays at 1 pmFun things to do in jersey city

Adapted by Nicolas Coppola, PUPPETWORKS’ Artistic Director, “Alice In Wonderland” features a cast of hand-carved, wooden marionettes in costumes and settings typical of 15th-Century French design.

Taste of Hudson Fundraiser 10/6; Harborside Atrium, 34 Exchange Place; 6-9 pm

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County invites you to enjoy a Taste of Hudson! Join us for an evening of drinks & delicious bites from Hudson County’s best restaurants. This is an adult event.

Navrati 2016Fun things to do in jersey city 10/7, 10/8, 10/13, 10/14; India Square, evenings.

More than fifteen thousand men, women and children play Garba-Raas on the

street throughout the night, every night for 4-6 nights. A rare and beautiful event. India Square is inviting you to the grand Navratri celebrations on Fridays 7th & 14th Oct and Saturdays 8th & 15th Oct of 2016 at Jersey City, NJ.

Fun things to do in jersey city

Jersey City Arts and Studio Tour (JCAST) 10/8-10/9

14364854_10154508305209344_4259865883883568465_nCitywide showcase of the arts featuring nearly 1000 participating artists in hundreds of venues including private studios, galleries, local businesses, and pop-up and public spaces.

 Jersey City Columbus Day Parade 10/8; Newark Avenue, 1 pm

The 7th Annual Jersey City Columbus Day Parade will kick off from Dickinson High School down Newark Avenue to Jersey City City Hall. Come out and support Italian American Culture and our Honorees!

Rocky Horror Picture Show LIVE! 10/14; Harsimus Cemetery; 7:30-11 pm

Come & See this Legendary Cult Classic and wonderful live performance! This is outdoors so dress warm. Food vendors and refreshments will be on site, with limited folding chair seating, so feel free to bring blanket or cozy lawn chair. This is an adult event.

Jersey City Harvest Festival Fun things to do in jersey city10/15; City Hall Plaza; 10-2

Pumpkin Decoration, Arts & Crafts, Music for Kids and more…

 

Hoboken Harvest Festival 10/22; Pier A Park; 11-3

Free activities including: Pony Rides, Petting Zoo,Pumpkin Painting, Hayrides, a Trackless Train, Music, a Hay Maze, Face Painting, a Moonwalk, Sand Art, Craft Activities, Puffy the Dragon, Balloons & more

Ghost of Uncle Joe’s 10/22; Harsimus Cemetery, 1pm-3am!

This annual event is rock show in a cemetery with local musicians performing covers of famous bands. There will be delicious food, refreshing beer, prize giveaways for best costumes and more.


Halloween Parade in Hamilton Park
Fun things to do in jersey city 10/26 Hamilton Park; 4-7

Entertainment for kids, dance performance by Next Step Broadway, 6:00 Kids Costume Parade Starts, 6:00 Dogs Parade starts

halloween-pet-parade-2Halloween Pet Parade in Hamilton Park 10/26; 6 pm

Anything’s Pawsible presents Dog’s Halloween Parade 2016! Exciting prizes to be won including spooky dress & most creative. Please RSVP only if you’d like your dog to participate in the parade.

Board of Education Candidate Forum 10/27; PS16 96 Sussex St; 7-9 pm

This is a moderated forum, all candidates will be invited to participate. Audience may submit question at the event. This is an adult event.

66Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns at the Meadowlands 10/27-10/30

Debuting in New Jersey is the most iconic, truly unique family-friendly fall event, RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns! Come see thousands of hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path and set to a musical score designed to bring out the Halloween spirit in visitors of all ages!

Terminal of Terror 10/29; Liberty State Park; *Family Friendly Events 4-8 pm*spooky-terminal

The historic Central Railroad of NJ transformed into The Terminal of Terror. Music, Food Trucks, Haunted Activities, Bouncy House, Costume Contest and more!

13680328_10154415468464703_5970897683514517284_oFamily Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall 10/31; 3-6 pm

Have a ghoulishly good time on The Pedestrain Mall this Halloweeen! There will be facepainting, a bouncey house, music, and CANDY! In-district members- FREE!

Ragamuffin Parade & Costume Contest 10/31; Washington St. Hoboken, 3:15

Line up at 3:15pm on Washington Street bet. 13th & 14th Street. Parade starts at 3:30pm. Parade features local live music, floats, lots of great costumes and so much more. Wear your Halloween best! Costume Contest begins at 4:30pm after the Parade at The Little League Field, 5th Street & River Terrace

November:

Artists’ Studio Tour (Hoboken) 11/8; 12-6 pm

There are many locations; the tour is designed so you can easily walk from studio to studio, gallery to gallery. As diverse as the art itself, the tour’s popularity draws artists far beyond the banks of Hoboken, showcasing art in many forms, in a variety of mediums. Visitors can meet the artists and witness the creative process at work.

Hoboken Turkey Trot and 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run 11/19; Pier A Park 9:30 am

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Join us for the 3rd annual Hoboken Turkey Trot 5K and 1-mile fun run! This friendly, fun, and family event takes place along Hoboken’s historic waterfront! Proceeds will benefit local charities in the City of Hoboken. Burn calories and speed up your metabolism before the big feast!

Jersey City Heights Turkey Trot 5K 11/24; Pershing Field; 8 am

Join the first annual Jersey City Heights Turkey Trot 5K and 1 mile fun run. This great race for family and racers takes place along Jersey City Heights business district!

 

6 Ideas for Long Weekend: Fun things to do in jersey city

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Although there are a ton of great things to do in Jersey City, when summer rolls around, sometimes you just have to get out of the hot city. Remember, New Jersey isn’t called the “Garden State” for nothing. There are plenty of farms with wonderful activities for kids of all ages… Click here to read more

Fun things to do in jersey city

Fun things to do in jersey city

Toddler in the house! Take these considerations and be hassle free at the beach. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

Fun things to do in jersey city

 

Things to do in jersey city

Did you know that Jersey has some of the best beaches in the Country? Click here to learn our top 5 picks for families:

 

 

 

Fun things to do in jersey city

Things to do in jersey city

Raise your hand if you want to know where are the best sprinkler parks and pools in Jersey City and Hoboken! Check them here and go to all of them.

 

 

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Fun things to do in jersey city

Liberty Science Center will be open. Check the Calendar here 

 

Fun things to do in jersey city

Let’s go to the zoo! Check here some tips we have prepared for you.

 

 

 

Fun things to do in jersey city

 

 

13 Reasons to spend #FieldTripFriday at Turtleback Zoo

Fun things to do in jersey city

1.-Free Parking. It’s VERY CLOSE to the entrance. And it’s in a covered garage with an elevator. We’re from Jersey City – we feel the value of this feature in our souls.

2.-It’s not a long drive. It’s on 280 just past Newark. If you’re paying attention and don’t get on 280 the wrong way, you’ll make it in 30 minutes. The kids can handle the drive without wearing a pull-up or having a major meltdown fit. Plus there are dozens of low flying airplanes and construction vehicles on the side of the road to entertain them.

3.-There’s a Dunkin Donuts literally across the street from the zoo, so if you (like me) rush out of the house un-caffeinated, you can grab one in the drive-thru before you go in.  Which brings me to my next point.

4.-You can bring your own snacks. There is a beautiful dining area, which sells food in case you forget or just don’t have enough time to get it together in the morning, but if you’re on a budget or simply want your kids to eat the carrots you bought the day before, you can bring them with you. No one will yell at you.

5.-They sell memberships. Family memberships pay for themselves if you get out to the zoo twice. Which you will. They’re open all year and this place doesn’t get old. You’ll definitely use it twice.

6.-You can bring your stroller but you don’t have to. Of course, this depends on the age of your kids (and whether or not you have a backpack – let’s face it, the stroller is used mostly to lug all our stuff around) but it’s not so huge that they can’t walk around the zoo. More like run, really – it’s an exciting place for kids. Or you can rent the carts there if you need to. They look like safari jeeps.

Fun things to do in jersey city7.-The animal enclosures are really close to you, and to each other. It’s not a giant zoo where you might see one animal every two hours. As soon as you walk in, there’s a half a dozen penguins swimming and strutting about. They’re right on the other side of the glass and they appear as if they appreciate the attention. It’s a great way to start a trip. They also have monkeys, a petting and feeding area, bison, wolves, a butterfly tent, a bird sanctuary where kids can feed the birds using popsicle sticks, sea lions, giraffes… The giraffes are new this season and my kids LOVED them, especially since we read Giraffes Can’t Dance the night before.

8.-There’s a playground with a huge climbing frame and a shielded area where moms can sit and gossip in the shade.

9.-They have a train that goes past the giraffes, the pond, and through a tunnel. I recommend doing this first – the line can get long and kids get impatient but I find that if you do it first, they’re still electrified about being at the zoo and are more tolerant of the wait. Plus they love the train. It’s worth the wait.

Fun things to do in jersey city10.-The carousel has different animals on it instead of just horses, and also they require parents to go with kids, which is awesome because you don’t have to tell me twice to get on a merry-go-round!

 

Fun things to do in jersey city11.-Pony rides! Need I say more? The ponies are pretty small and the white one had a pink harness that every little girl in the line discussed at length.

12.-Dunkin Donuts is across the street. Did I mention this already? It’s great on the way out too. Maybe I have a problem. Don’t judge me.

13.-My kids fall asleep on the way home, which means I get to sit in my car and drink my coffee while reading a magazine once we get home. This might seem like a minor point, but hey – there are no dishes to wash or laundry to fold in the car.

Fun things to do in jersey city

Mel Kozakiewicz is the founder and CEO of The Moxie Group, a marketing and consulting company in Jersey City. www.jerseycitymoxie.com

 

15 things to do with your family in a snow day

Fun things to do in jersey city

So, Finally snow is coming! Let’s plan what to do so we don’t stay on bed all day. There are many fun things you can do with your family.

1.- Watch Netflix family friendly movies: Our recommendations are:

– Snow Buddies : “In this family-friendly tale, a feisty pack of golden retriever puppies embarks on an Alaskan adventure, braving snow, ice and danger along the way.”

– Nature: Snow Monkeys : “In Japan’s frigid Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys functions in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows its place.

-Fireplace for Your Home: “Replicate the peacefulness of an old-fashioned, wood-burning fireplace, as well as a crackling yule log fireplace, all set to holiday tunes.”

-Pingu: On Thin Ice: “Getting himself in trouble is nothing new for the mischievous penguin Pingu as he returns for more hilarious adventures in this cartoon collection.”

-Chicken Run: “This engaging stop-motion, claymation adventure tells the story of an American rooster who falls in love with a gorgeous hen on a British farm. The couple decides to run away from the farm, but they must first contend with the evil farmer who is intent on keeping them under her control. The chickens decide to attempt an escape so they don’t get turned into chicken pot pies.”

-Lilo and Stitch: “A tale of a young girl’s close encounter with the galaxy’s most wanted extraterrestrial. Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly “dog,” whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be the perfect pet if he weren’t in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth. Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch’s heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else.”

-Secret of the Kells: “In the remote Irish woods, Cellach (Brendan Gleeson) prepares a fortress for an impending attack by a Viking war party. Unbeknown to Cellach, his young nephew Brendan (Evan McGuire) — who has no taste for battle — works secretly as an apprentice in the scriptorium of the local monastery, learning the ancient art of calligraphy. As the Vikings approach, revered illuminator Aidan (Mick Lally) arrives at the monastery and recruits Brendan to complete a series of dangerous, magical tasks.”

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2.- Make a dance party: After breakfast, turn up the music and start dancing with the little ones. Once they are kind of exhausted ask them to help you to build a living room Campsite

3.- Build a Living Room Fort: Let’s flip our household routine upside down.  Wear pajamas, turn out the light, hide some snacks and make s’mores while watch a movie or read favorite books. Have tons of blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and stuffed animals. Hopefully they will be more relaxed and will take a nap under the fort.

4.- Make your own game: We found this website where you can make your own game with your own rules. How cool is that?

5.- Clean the house: We know , we know! Cleaning the house sometimes is not fun but this is the perfect day to clean your closets and get rid of the clutter in those drawers. Just 15 min each room and start the week with a house more organized.

6.- Arts and crafts: We have tons of arts and craft in our Pinterest board, Check them out and have fun!

7.- Neighborhood Play Date: Schedule a playdate with some of your neighbors. Make shifts so each family can have some quite time during the day.

8.- Bake; Kids love to cook and eat what they prepared afterwards. What about some cookies or muffins. When they are ready, also can be decorated,

9.- Photoshoot: Take all the halloween costumes, wigs, hats and glasses and make a fun photoshoot!

10.- Call or visit Grandparents: we bet you’ll make happy everyone with this one.

11.- Plan your next vacation: This is a perfect day to do it. One more thing out of the check list.

12.- Help a neighbor to shovel snow, specially if he is a senior

13.- Warm bubble bath for the little ones: Let them play for a while there before bedtime

14.- Write a letter with your little one to that family member or friend overseas.

15.- Play with the snow! Click here to read fun things to do with the snow.

Fun things to do in jersey city

Fun things to do in jersey city

Take the Ferry for Fun! Jersey City to Manhattan

Fun things to do in jersey city :Summer is winding down, but the weather will be great for a while. With school starting back up, it’s a great time of year to ditch the weekend getaway and stay local with the family. Take the kids to lower Manhattan for some fun activities! Here are some that my family has been enjoying.

Fun things to do in jersey cityThe Ferry

The ferry is part of the adventure! Kids love boats and who can resist a ride on the Hudson River? It’s a short ride, but a fun one. Catch the ferry at the Paulus Hook Terminal at the end of Sussex Street at the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway in Jersey City. The ferry takes you over to the World Financial Center Terminal in lower Manhattan. For a quicker and easier experience, download NYWaterway’s smartphone app and purchase your tickets in advance. FYI, there are brand-new (and clean) bathrooms at the Paulus Hook Terminal in the building you buy tickets. [I would suggest using them before the ferry ride because the ones at WFC aren’t as clean or nice.] The ferries depart every 15 minutes and travel time is approximately 7 minutes.

Fun things to do in jersey city

Fun things to do in jersey cityHit the Park

There are two great parks very close to the WFC Terminal in NYC. Rockefeller Park is the closest and is located just off the waterfront walkway to the left of the ferry terminal. It is located at the north end of Battery Park City, west of River Terrace. There is a duck pond, wide lawns, as well as a large playground. The playground offers a sand area, water features, unique playground equipment and more. Plus, you can pick up free equipment at the Batter Park Conservancy Parkhouse for ping-pong, knock-hockey and other games! Teardrop Park is located between Warren and Murray Streets, east of River Terrace. This two-acre park features a fantastic slide, sand boxes, an “ice wall”, water play areas, places to rock hop and much more! Hit one or both of these parks during your excursion and the kids will love it! Rockefeller Park is also a great place to wait for the ferry, since you can see it from the playground.

Fun things to do in jersey cityTake a Walk or a Ride

The Battery Park City Esplanade runs along the Hudson River for the entire length of Battery Park City and is lined with parks and gardens. It’s a great place to walk from the ferry with many interesting stops along the way and gorgeous views of Jersey City! There is also a bike path. Taking a bike on the ferry will cost you an additional $1 per bike, but can be worth it, especially with the reduced ferry rates on the weekends. If you don’t have a bike, there is a convenient Citi Bike location at Vesey Place and River Terrace, very close to the ferry terminal. If you are into biking, try riding out to West Street and north up the West Side Highway. The views are terrific and there are many things to do along the way, including The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Fun things to do in jersey cityGo to the Movies

The Regal Battery Park Stadium Cinema is just blocks from the ferry terminal. This movie theater is newer, big and offers large comfy seats and 11 screens. Plus, there’s always convenient show times for families.


Visit a Museum

We all know there are a ton of museums in the NYC area, but choosing one can be tough. Luckily, there are some interesting museums within walking distance from the ferry at WFC. The Skyscraper Museum is located at 39 Battery Place just off Battery Park. It’s a great option for kids who are very into buildings. Another fun museum that’s not too far is the National Museum of the American Indian located at Bowling Green. They offer family activities including music, dance and art. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is now open and a close walk from the ferry. The Battery Park City Library is located at North End Avenue at Murray Street. The library offers many activities and events for families.

Fun things to do in jersey cityEat!

So, there’s also some good eats around this area. One of our favorite post-park eateries is Shake Shack’s Battery Park location. It’s only a few blocks from the playgrounds I mentioned and it’s just around the corner from the movie theater. Plus, there is plenty of outdoor seating, so it’s perfect for beautiful summer and fall days. They offer everything you want from a Shake Shack, including burgers, fries and those yummy milkshakes. There is also a Blue Smoke located in Battery Park, as well. The famous BBQ restaurant boasts menu favorites like fried chicken and ribs. They also offer a kids menu featuring mac and cheese, ribs and grilled cheese (plus dessert!). If you feel like walking a little bit, I highly-recommend Luke’s Lobster, located on William Street in the Financial District. It’s a nice walk from the ferry and the lobster rolls are delicious.

Also visit Brookfield Place NY, where you can find a French market and a huge dining area, also they always have some show or activity going on for all ages.