Picture Gallery: JCFamilies’ Annual Holiday Party 2018
How fun wasn’t the JCFamilies Holiday Party this year? We have collected the best photos from the event – check if you can spot yourself or someone you know!
How fun wasn’t the JCFamilies Holiday Party this year? We have collected the best photos from the event – check if you can spot yourself or someone you know!
Be sure to RSVP for the annual Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park on March 24th!
If your child wants to participate in the egg hunt, be sure to check the schedule of events as there will be different time slots for different age groups. The younger kids can be accompanied by parents, and older kids will have the opportunity to search for eggs on their own. This surely is the most favourite Easter Egg Hunt in Jersey City. Since it was a huge success last year and we received lots of positive feedback from families.
There is also a time slot for kids with special needs. Be sure to check the schedule and RSVP to join in on the fun!
Our Easter Egg Hunt in Jersey city is a candy-free event, and once kids collect eggs, they will turn them in for treats, ranging from gliders to necklaces. Be sure to bring your own Easter basket or container. Children will have lots of space to search for eggs and there will be lots of supervision as students from NJCU have volunteered to work at the event, ensuring that everyone has a good time and is safe while participating. The day will also include dance performances from NIMBUS Dance Works and Next Step Broadway. A DJ will be spinning tunes and there will be food vendors and other local businesses and schools represented. And of course, the Easter Bunny will be on hand to meet and greet all the revelers.
Please donate it at HPNA table:
Paper goods (such as toilet paper and paper towels)
189 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone:(201) 420-1550
The Brunswick School camp definitely tops the List of Summer Camps in Jersey City and it is one of the most popular camp in our city.
Click here to register : Summer Camp 2018
150 Warren Street, Suite 108, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 333-5600
At Waterfront Montessori, we believe that children never stop learning. Provided an environment in which learning and play are indistinguishable, they continue to learn and grow no matter the time of year. Waterfront Montessori Summer Programs are designed for fun with a purpose. Our exceptional teachers provide a safe and stimulating environment in which children are free to explore their passions. By tackling new challenges b8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Both indoors and out, children will make friends, develop their confidence and most importantly, have fun learning. This year’s Summer Camp will run from July 1st until August 16th, 2019. register through their website:
116 Hillcrest Rd., Warren, NJ, 07059 – Phone: 908-580-CAMP
Camp Riverbend—where the fun never ends! Fun, camp spirit and achievement through swimming, sports, crafts, cooking, canoeing, adventure course and much more! All the fun is led by an amazing staff of teachers and college students. Join the Breene family for a summer of confidence and friendship. Lunch included. For boys and girls, ages 3-14. Bus service included from downtown Jersey City and Hoboken. Camp river bend has been in our list of Summer Camps in Jersey City for last 4 years.
252 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201)205-1218
Summer camp is running from June 24th until August 30th. Children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active, as we emphasize physical development and personal success. Our themes and programs change daily, so no two camp days at My Gym are ever the same.
Whether you are looking for the best place to send your children on cold and rainy days or trying to keep them active and cool during the hot summer months, My Gym camp is the place to be. We make it easy for parents with our drop-off program, pay-by-the day options, and multi-day discounts. Ideal for potty trained children 2.5 yr to 13 yr olds.
Morning Session is from 9am to 12pm. It will provide a dance class, a Martial Arts class and a craft.
Lunch time from 12pm to 1pm. It’s bring your own lunch and story time. $10 per member
Afternoon Session from 1pm to 4pm. The children will participate in the gym area with energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, relays, arts and craft so much more.”
125 First Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (732) 236-8970
Zaniac Summer Camps are running from June 17th until August 30th 2019. They are ideal for your curious child. Go on a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math Adventure with us! Each camp is tailored to your child’s needs. Small camp sizes ensure an exceptional experience. Our instructors are fully-trained and vetted role models who love working with kids and technology. Camps are grouped and focused for your child’s age and grade. It’s Summer Adventure for your child’s mind at Zaniac! Go from true beginner coder with Scratch or Blockly to writing custom code in Pythonor Java. Discover and investigate with a themed STEAM Quest Camp where your child can be an astronaut or a superhero! Explore mechanical and electrical engineering through hands-on innovation to build robots and fly drones! Create your own projects with our design camps–from musical compositions to 3D prints!
Each Zaniac Summer Camp Features:
Weekly Full-Day Camp: $559
Camp Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.aftercare available until 5:30pm*Weekly Half Day Camp: $399
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*Weekly after-care from 4:30-5:30 available for $35 per week
54 Wilder Road, Suffern, NY, 10901 – Phone:(845) 354-1466
Deerkill Day Camp, celebrating its 60th season as a family-owned camp, is an ACA-accredited day camp that offers a warm and supportive environment on a beautiful 15 acre campus in Suffern, NY.
Our group leaders, the counselors who are with your children throughout the day, are mature adults. Deerkill offers a superb swimming program, teamsports and 17 specialty programs in the creative, graphic and performing arts. Our campers are ages 3 to 15. Sessions run 2 to 8 weeks from June 27th to August 23, 2019. Transportation from Jersey City is by air-conditioned minibus. Hot lunches, towels, trips and a weekend pool club are included. No tipping allowed.
1018 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone:(201) 683-9100
From June 25 th to August 31st / Mon – Fri- 8:30am to 3:30pm
Every day we have a great schedule of classes, Ballet, Tap, Jazz ,Hip Hop, Music, Arts, Musical Theater. On Fridays we will provide a pizza party lunch. At 2pm we invite parents and caregivers to join us for an in house demonstration of what the students have learned all week.
225 Morris Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 333 – 4100
June 25th to August 24th. 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. Jersey City and Hoboken. Comprehensive Program with bus transportation, meals, STEM, art, gym/fitness/sports, trips, swimming, and more
210 9th Street, Suite1, Jersey City, NJ – 07302 – Phone:(201) 420-8111
The Scandinavian School of Jersey City offers a 4 week Forest Camp for children ages 4-7, as well as a 10 week on campus Summer Camp- you can register for one week or come for all 10! Camp weeks are theme based, such as “From Garden to Table”, “Magic of Textiles”, Stamp & Print Lab”, “The 100 Languages of Art: Clay, Painting & Sculpture” as well as “Building, Potions and Motion: STEAM Discoveries” to make a few. We offer a half day schedule or extended day. We will utilize both of our buildings located at 210 9th Street and 513 Manila Ave, as well as our magical backyard and garden, in addition to neighborhood parks, JC waterfront and a variety of field trips to places near and far.
WHO? Children ages 2.5 to 6.
WHEN? We are Flexible. June 25th, 2018 through August 24th, 2018.
Weekly registration available and half day
The more weeks you register, the bigger the discount.
WHAT? Early Language Education is a Gift that Lasts a Lifetime. Take Advantage of this Perfect Mix of Fun Academics and Outdoors Activities!
– Immersion (French, Spanish or Mandarin) without frustration
– Highly qualified, native speaking instructors
– Songs, games, arts & crafts, movement and other fun activities
– Great classrooms
– Extended hours and half day options available
We train kids & teens to play instruments while using smart phones & tablets to make songs and then music videos. Some children also learn singing and theatrical skills as well. It keeps them away from “video games” for a bit by thinking they are making music for them! Watch the videos on the site, it works!
720 Monroe Street E306, Hoboken, NJ, 07010 – Phone: (201) 745-0186
Half Day Programs 9am – 12pm & 1-4pm, Full Days 9am – 4pm. First Week Starts June 18th. Last Week Starts August 27th. Kids 5,6,7 & Kids 8,9,10, 11 & Tweens/Teens ages 12-17
Our Summer Enrichment Program provides students fun and exciting themes while our HPMS teachers support students in their math, reading and writing skills. We offer two sessions from 6/25-8/17 (4 weeks per session). The sessions are from 9-3pm, and Extended Day Program is available.
The Learning Suite’s “Express Yourself”
(Explore Visual & Performing Arts Through Stories) summer camp is a 6-week experiential, theme-based program designed to combat summer learning loss in a fun and stimulating environment! Reading, Writing, Math, and Science are all incorporated through the arts!
Each week there is a different theme for camp, based on a popular children’s book. Children ages 2.5 – 6 years old will explore a variety of topics, through hands-on discovery and active play.
June 17-21: The Gingerbread Man
June 24-28: The Little Red Hen
July 1-5: Goldilocks and The Three Bears
July 8-12: The City Mouse and The Country Mouse
July 15-19: Why Flies Buzz
July 22-26: How Turtles Got Their Shells
Full and part-time enrollment options are available.
222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07305 – Phone: (201) 253-1380
Science Camp at Liberty Science Center offers a fun, innovative, and inquiry-based curriculum chock full of exciting hands-on exploration and challenges. Email [email protected] or call 201-253-1380 for details.
78 Erie Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (718) 825-6598 / (201) 685 – 8220
Registration for 2018 Mind and Body Camp is now open! Sign up
Gymnastics-Mindfulness and Yoga Fusion
Reading – Writing and Math Activities (hands on learning)
Music: Introduction to the Keyboard Piano
June 25 – Aug 31
2 weeks – 3 weeks or 4 weeks
Enroll by 2/28 and save 10%
9:00 am – 1:30pm
Spots are limited
110 Culver Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 200-2528
The NJCU Summer Camp is geared towards offering a rewarding experience for your child. The camp features facilities both indoor and outdoor, including an indoor pool, 3 hardwood courts, an outdoor athletic complex with collegiate regulation size soccer, softball, and baseball fields and private locker rooms.
2018 SUMMER CAMP DATES (2 Week Sessions)
Ages 6-12 (Athletic Ability Not Required)*
(13 and 14 year olds may inquire about junior counselor program)
Session 1 – July 9 thru July 20
Session 2 – July 23 thru August 3
Session 3 – August 6 thru August 17
Monday thru Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm, Extended Day Available
Cost: $250 per week
*Swimming Lessons Included
498a Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (646) 675-7739
Start & end date: 6/25-8/31, Hours: 9-3pm, Location: Tiny Greenhouse, Activities: a sweet mix between outdoor fun – indoor coolness and lots and lots of art.
47 B Harrison Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (646) 667-0091
Summer Rock Band Camp: 2 classes per week with pro musicians starting July 2-August 17th. Broken in two sessions (Session A is 4 weeks, Session B is 3 weeks) students will be assigned to group based on audition. 4 ensembles per session, 4-6 students per group. Open to vocalists, guitarists, pianists, bass players, drummers, woodwind and brass instruments. Final concert for all groups to be held at end of summer.
1202 Shipyard Ln, Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (201) 377-5495
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years
When: May 7 – Aug 31
Times: 9:00AM-11AM, 9:00AM-12PM, 9:00AM-3PM,
Early Drop-Off/Late Pick-Up Options: Flexible morning drop-off 8:30AM ($6/30mins) Aftercare 3-7PM($25/Day)
Camp Kidville is THE place for learning, playing, and making new friends from May to August! Each camp group participates in developmentally appropriate activities in gym, music, art, exploration and more. Weekly themes such as The Wild Wild West and Safari Adventure set the stage for sports and movement games, live jam sessions with a Kidville musician, take-home art projects, interactive story time and dramatic play in our state-of-the-art air conditioned facility. To balance, Camp Kidville also spends outdoor time with an amazing line-up of exciting and structured activities either during walking field trips and/or at the playground. Join us today for THE ultimate summer camp experience.
At Smart Start Academy we bring our children’s imagination and dreams come to life. Through new found friendship, exciting bus/walking field trips around new jersey, several special guest and partnership with our children friendly community vendors. S.S.A is the summer camp that your child will talk about for years to come. Guaranteed!
Do you ever wonder how you get the housework done, cook, feed the kids, make that all too important run to Target, take the kids for playtime, walk the dog and by the last thread of sanity grab a coffee at Starbucks …all while having the kids home from school?
Easy, you drop them off at VIBGYOR CREATIONS art filled SUMMER CAMP.
Summer Camp will be led by our skilled and talented VC Staff. The program will focus on Art, Science, Math Art, Cultural Arts, Sensorial Exploration and much much more.
Dates: June 18 – August 31
Session 1: 11:15 am – 1:15 am
Session 2: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Session 3: 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Age: 18 months – 12 yrs. old
196 Morgan Street, 1st Floor, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 424-3075
31 River Court #219, Jersey City, NJ, 07310 – Phone:(201) 792-2650
Surati’s new space at Hamilton Park will host dance, music and theatre classes and events for children, youth, families and adults of all ages.
Surati Day Summer Camp 2018 will begin Monday, July 2nd.
This summer, kids ages 2 to 16 can learn about other cultures at local arts organization Surati’s summer culture camp.
Kids who train with Founder and Artistic Director Rimli Roy and other assistant teachers, get to learn about and participate in dance, music, theater, arts and crafts with a special emphasis on India. Several workshops involving guitar. keyboards, storytelling, costume-making and henna tattoos will also be offered.
They can learn and enact portions from various folk tales like the Jatakas, Panchatantras and Hitopadesha as well as participate in introductory sessions of classical, folk, ballet, modern, jazz and Bollywood dance and vocal music.
Students enrolled in the camp will also get the option of performing at one or more Summer events in Jersey City.
Camp sessions begin July 2nd. For more information, visit our website, email or call us.
278 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07310 – Phone: (917) 655-5040
PicoTech has available for grades K-2, 3-5, & 6-8th graders 11 weeks of “STEAM” Engineering, Sustainability, Robotics, & Design camps with a different theme each week. Hours are from 8:30AM-5:30PM and half day morning or afternoon sessions are available.
Kids will enjoy exercise and free time during the day and we will be venturing outside to the local parks and local partners too! All camps are designed around our proven educational methodology called Project RED (Research, Engineering, & Design) Students work in engineering groups of up to 4 to create each project! Not only do they learn about the theme for the week but this environment fosters leadership & social skills.
Contact us today at [email protected] for more information.
1400 Clinton St. Hoboken, NJ, 07030 – Phone: (917) 613-9056
Week-long workshops in Dance and Theatre! Offered July 9 – August 17th.
Full day workshops are for ages 6-17 and run Monday-Friday from 9AM – 4PM.
Half day workshops are available for ages 4-6 and run Monday-Friday from 9AM – 12PM.
Full day Dance and Theatre workshops are designed for all skill levels to practice a miriad of techniques. We offer four week-long dance workshops and two week-long theatre workshops. Take one week or take all six: it’s up to you! Each workshop is taught by MST’s staff of professional dancers, actors, directors, and choreographers and features a master class by guest artists with such credits as Broadway, The Rockettes, The Metropolitan Ballet, and more. For ages 6-17.
Half day workshops combine theatre, dance, movement, and arts & crafts into one fun week of art making! Take one week or take all six: it’s up to you! Each week will focus on a different William Steig story (like his famous classic: Shrek!) and will culminate in a performance for family and friends. For ages 4-6.
70 Sip Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306
The program will run from July 9th – August 30th and feature programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), SAT Language and Math Prep, Culinary Arts (Baking and Cooking), and Theater (Acting, Playwriting, and Stage Production).
Through hands-on activities, our STEM, SAT Prep, Culinary, and Theater professionals apply individualized learning and utilize cutting-edge technology to foster creativity, problem solving skills, and confidence in your child.
Your child will have a memorable and fun experience in a college setting, while learning skills throughout the summer that will prepare them for when school starts in fall.
DCM Summer Camp operates from July 2nd-2018 – August 31st 2018. We offer daily workshops and recreational activities that reinforce core academic skills, life skills, nature and science, and guidance to career paths for kindergarden-8th grade (Ages 4-13). Fees: -$100 non-refundable registration fee. -$100 per week per child -$25 daily aftercare or $100 flat fee for the week -Camper pick up and drop off for an additional fee. We are located at the Triangle Park Community Center 247 Old Bergen Road, Jersey City, NJ 07305. Hours 8:00 am- 3:00 pm. Aftercare available 3pm-6pm for an additional fee of $25 daily or $100 weekly.
Bonus features include -Field trips weekly -Free breakfast and Lunch
Please Contact President and Camp Director Monica Shaw of Deliverance Children’s Ministry, or call 551.200.0519 or email [email protected]visit us: Instagram:@dcmnonprofit Facebook: @ dcmnonprofit Twitter: @ dcmnonprofit
1050 Kennedy Boulevard. Bayonne , NJ, 07002 – Phone: (201) 436-6900
Summer Programs for ages 2.5 to 14 years.
Camp Dates: June 25 to August 17
Fully expanded sports program, art appreciation, theather/improve , themed weekly events and weekly field trips including overnights.
Pleased to announce the British Swim School to head the aquatics program for camp this summer.
Look at low rates on website. http://www.jccbayonne.org
Address: 338 Grove Street, Jersey City, 07302 NJ
Address: 505 Riva Avenue, East Brunswick, New Jersey, 08816, NJ
2019 Camp Season begins June 24th and ends August 16. The camp is full day, Monday through Friday for children ages 3-15. Our activities include a wide variety of Arts, Sports, Swim, Adventure and Play.
Address: 100 Marshall St, Hoboken, 07030
June 24th, 2019-August 28th, 2019; 7 AM-6:30 PM M-F, Lightbridge Academy of Hoboken-Marshall @ 100 Marshall Street, Hoboken, NJ; weekly themed camp including field trips, walking trips, in-house special guests and demonstrations, cooking, dress-up days, daily outdoor play and water play on our own private playground and sprinkler pad!
Address: 159 2nd St and 110 1st St, Jersey City, 07302, NJ phone: 201-721-6000
We offer two summer camp programs for children in preschool through 6th grade. Our Preschool camp is for children in Toddlers through PreK 4, and our STEM camp is for children in Kindergarten through 6th Grade. Both camps offer three program timings: 830 – 130, 830 – 400, and 730 – 600.
We love the Superbowl- the food, the commercials, the fans, and most importantly, the game. No matter who you’re cheering for, there’s a place in Jersey City for your friends and family to get together and enjoy this 2018’s biggest sports event. Whether you’re looking to cheer on your favorite team on a big screen TV, debate the best commercial over a beer, or host your own party at home, Jersey City’s restaurants are here to serve up some great food and drink.
Here’s our guide for the Jersey City’s 2018 Superbowl Events
Piggyback Bar is hosting a viewing party at Harborside. They’ll have the game playing on two 20′ screens and for $30, you get your seat, an all inclusive buffet including suckling pig, ribs and more and drink specials all game long. Use code jc_eats for $5 off ticket price.
LITM is recommended for those looking for a non-Superbowl Party. They’ll be screening the commercials and will have the half-time show, but the rest of the night will be dedicated to drinks, food, and fun. The party starts at 6pm.
Zeppelin Hall will have the game playing on five giant screens with $5 wings and $4 Coors Lights from 6pm to closing.
Hudson Hall is launching their inaugural Super Bowl party. They’ll have the game playing on a giant screen while serving up pint and pitcher specials, pastrami sliders, 30 wings for $30, and much more. They also have catering options for those staying at home.
HopsScotch are going to have giveaways at halftime and the end of the game, and of course, specials for the duration of the game.
O’Hara’s Downtown fills up quickly, but it’s worth heading there a few hours early for a seat. Grab a beer tower, a great spot in front of one of their 15 TVs or the projector, and get comfortable.
PJ Ryan’s & PJ Ryan’s Squared has two locations: one downtown in the Van Vorst Park neighborhood, and one in Journal Square. Both locations will have specials running during the game.
Third Base Sports Cafe (Grove Square) For $30 (if purchased in advance) or $40 at the door, you can get wings, sliders, pasta, quesadillas, pizza, fries, and (drumroll please…) an open bar! (
SUPERBOWL AT HOME:If you’re staying in and/or playing host, here are some great catering and take out specials.
White Star has a wide-ranging catering menu with mac & cheese, chicken fingers, sliders, and all manner of buffalo items including buffalo cauliflower for the vegetarians in your group.
The Dark Side of the Moo has six different Super Bowl packages, depending on the size of your group and the food that you want, all customizable.
Talde is offering buckets of Korean-fried chicken, wings, cheeseburger sliders, and assorted sides with varying order sizes to fit the needs of your group. Orders must be placed by Friday
For something a little different for this year’s Super Bowl, check out Pokay’s tacos. They’ll provide nori shells and all the fixings to help recreate their poke tacos at home and poke bowls are also available.
Andrea Salumeria, home of some of the best sandwiches in New Jersey, will be open that day with special hours from 9am-2pm with menu specials and order pick-up, so make sure to get your orders in.
Grandma Downtown has a full line-up of game dishes available to order including various kinds of mac & cheese, soups, chili, porchetta, and sides. Vegetarian dishes are available.
Ace’s Wings, the specialty wings maker who made their vending debut during last year’s Project: Eats, is accepting a limited number of orders. They’re offering $40 trays with 30-35 wings per tray (and their wings aren’t small) with up to two flavors per tray.
Salt + Seed has all your vegan needs covered with dishes like buffalo cauliflower, BBQ heart of palm with slaw and chips, and much more available to order. You can reach them through DM on Instagram or via email.
SUPERBOWL IN HOBOKEN
If you are in Hoboken or planning to go, check these options brought to us thanks to Hoboken Happy Hours.
1 Republik will have the game on their many screens with no cover. Book your party by calling 201-696-1033.
Black Bear Bar & Grill, the first 100 people are entered to win prizes depending on the quarter. Prizes include:
The Dubliner: Join the party on the 2nd floor! Tickets for Superbowl Sunday at The Dub Pub are $25 and include wings and beer for the duration of the game. The game will be projected on 2 giant screens for your viewing pleasure. Click here for tickets.
Green Rock for their $30 Tailgate Party starting at 4PM until Kickoff. It includes unlimited Coors drafts, Miller drafts, Captain drinks and wings! Then stay for the game with specials including:
House of ‘Que: For no cover, you can catch the Super Bowl on House Of ‘Que’s huge projector screen with specials
The HUB: Head to The HUB early for their pre-game tailgate starting at 2pm! Then, stay for the game for drink, shot and wing specials. With guest DJs in attendance, this is a can’t-miss party. VIP packages are also available.
Mike’s Wild Moose Saloon: America’s favorite game of the year will be at one of America’s favorite party spots. That can only mean an ALL AMERICAN TAILGATE PARTY, including giant subs, tailgate salads, live DJs, drink and shot specials, full game sound, giveaways, raffles and prizes, including a 43” flat screen TV.
Pilsener Haus: Head to Pilsener Haus for their Zuperbowl featuring $5 1/2L of Pilsener Haus Original, specials after each touchdown and give aways! The party starts at 6PM.
The Shannon: Reserve a table for the Super Bowl at The Shannon, and your table will receive a free plate of wings! While you eat all the wings, take advantage of their bucket, pitcher and shot specials all night long. And don’t forget about their raffle happening every quarter!
The Shepherd & the Knucklehead: Hang around after the game, and you could win a Bud Light Lazyboy at The Shepherd & The Knucklehead on February 4.
Urban Coalhouse: Watching the Super Bowl in the comfort of your own home? Hosting a party for your friends? Urban Coalhouse is here for you with their various catering specials, including Kickoff, Red Zone and Hail Mary packages.
Wicked Wolf Start the tailgate early at Wicked Wolf’s Super Bowl Sunday Tailgate Party starting at 11AM!
Willie McBride’s: Head to Willie McBride’s for a plethora of drink specials.
New in Jersey City ? Welcome to our city…this little guide will help you in many ways, check it out..
Moving is never easy, especially with kids. It’s easy to see how newcomers to the downtown Jersey City or Hamilton Park neighborhoods could get a bit overwhelmed with the bustle of the area. Here’s a starter guide to get started, but be aware that Jersey City is a buzzing and growing city that continues to evolve before our eyes, so it’s by no means comprehensive. Feel free to add your own ideas to our Facebook page, or in the comments section!
And also, WELCOME! All of us at JCFamilies were new in town once too – we know and completely understand the mix of excitement, trepidation, and confusion that can come with a big move. We hope you’ll introduce yourself to us at our next event!
While it might be less daunting to order everything online, there’s real value to getting outside and seeing what you see. Every time you step out, you will feel a little bit more confident and more comfortable in your new neighborhood.
There are several grocery and foodstuff stores within walking distance, but all of the following listed below also have parking lots (except Key Foods) so you don’t have to walk if you don’t want to. Key Foods, however, is the only one nestled right inside the neighborhood, meaning you won’t have to cross any multi-lane super-busy streets with your stroller.
Key Foods – 574 Jersey Avenue
Shop Rite – 400 Marin Boulevard
Acme – 125 18th Street
Target – 100 14th Street
Morton Williams: 105 River Dr S, Jersey City
BJ’s (Members only) – 396 Marin Boulevard, right next to Shop Rite
99 Ranch Market – 420 Grand St
Having a housewarming party? We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that there’s a giant booze warehouse open until 10 pm daily (except Sunday) which also has a parking lot, a create your own six pack craft beer section, a massive wine selection, and discounts on quantity.
Buy Rite – 575 Manila Avenue
In addition to the stores already mentioned, don’t forget that one of the biggest benefits of living in a major metropolitan area is that we don’t have to go to big box stores if we don’t want to. There are bodegas, corner stores, wine shops, and food trucks all around you. The Jersey City consumer is so selective, and has so many options, that you can be confident that any and all of those corner stores will be stocked up on the necessities and will operate in a clean and professional environment. We are proud of our ability to shop local – it’s great to have milk and eggs at the end of the block.
Do yourself a huge favor and have a date night in the nearby bars and restaurants without your kids. There are hip and trendy options that are trying hard (and succeeding) to keep your dollars in Jersey City. That said, there are also lots of options for days and evenings with the kiddos.
The Liberty Science Center has four floors of entertainment. Get a membership. When the winter arrives, you’re going to need a place where the kids can run and feel the freedom that they feel outside without the wind whipping into their little faces. The science center is that place. There are always at least two exhibits/rooms for little ones, one which changes and one that stays the same. Right now the rotating exhibit is Curious George. There’s also a section with animals – the Eat and Be Eaten exhibit – and another area where there are giant fish tanks. Explore. You won’t regret it.
Hamiton Park, Van Vorst Park and Newport Green. These parks with lots of outdoor space to run around, playground equipment to climb, slide, and swing on, and programming including farmer’s markets and movies in the park. Both are beautiful any time of year (ok, maybe not in the snow…), and are always full of friends. Friends are everywhere in Jersey City – chat someone up today!
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.
There are many ways to get around downtown Jersey City, and so many of us are grateful for the walk-able design of the neighborhood. For those times we can’t walk to where we need to be, there are lots of options that are oftentimes easier than driving your own car.
PATH has stations at Grove Street, Newport, Exchange Place and JSQ. All of these will take you into lower Manhattan and midtown in minutes and operate around the clock.
There are 2 ferries options: NY Waterway and Liberty Landing Ferry Service
The Light Rail takes you around New Jersey above ground. We know you’re not the only parent who gets on the Light Rail to go no where in particular, but just ride the train wherever with your little ones. Kids LOVE the Light Rail. They don’t need tickets, but you do. Be sure to STAMP your ticket after purchasing it so you don’t get fined if they check tickets.
CitiBike doesn’t have child seats but it is a fun and easy way to get around if you’re on your own.
Ridesharing companies like uber and lyft have gotten really popular in the past few years. Jersey City has seen a huge increase in their use because many times it’s easier to get a car service than to figure out where you’re going to park.
4. EDUCATION AND DAYCARES
There are so many options for day cares and schools in Jersey City that we couldn’t possibly list them all here. Please, check some options at the JCFamilies Education Guide 2017-18
Some things to know and/or think about when starting your school search:
JCFamilies organizes the JC Education Fair & the JC Summer Camp Fair every year. Check our webpage for updates.
5. FITNESS & WELLNESS
Being active is essential for both physical and mental health. Check out our list of local fitness and wellness clubs to find the one that works best for your needs, location and budget.
It’s comforting to know that you and your family are well taken care of with a great group of health care providers in the neighborhood. Our list here is a helpful guide for newbies in the neighborhood.
Looking for a pediatrician? Click here
Adult and Pediatric ER
7. DENTISTS :
7.1 Kids Dentistry
True Dental Care: 255 Brunswick St, Suite 5 – Phone: 201-565-0880
Modern Family Dentistry: 551 Jersey Ave – Phone: 201-798-1000
Dear Tooth Fairy: 432 Grand St – Phone: 201-763-6030
Newport Pharmacy: 165 Erie St
Downtown Pharmacy: 52 Essex Street & 18 Park View Ave
Palace Drugs and Liquors: 172 Newark Ave #2
CVS: at Target: 100 14th St
Duane Reade: 110 Newark Ave/ 52 River Dr S /1 – Path Plaza
24 Hours Pharmacy
9. BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUES
Urban living brings its challenges of space, especially when you are planning your kids’ big day! We’ve made finding a birthday party space easy with our list of venues here.
If you are looking for fun and educational winter and after-school classes for kids in Jersey City, there are quite a few good options to choose from. After school programs give parents the peace of mind their child is in a fun, exciting, and safe environment that provides them with more learning and enrichment experiences. These are the top classes in Jersey City for your child to attend. Let’s take a peek!
“Sleigh bells ring but here at Vibgyor Creations, it’s our paint brushes that glisten! Join us for Winter in Vibgyorland!
From snowflakes to snow globes, in this series of classes, children will delight in the creation of their very own winter-themed artistic projects.
Sign up for an individual session, or join us for the entire series of festive fun and seasonal studies!”
Be sure to check out this great option for winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.
Cost $25 per class
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Starting: Dec 5th, 2017
Ages: 2-4 years old – 4:30 to 5:15
Ages 5-8 years old – 5:30 to 6:15pm
111-101 River Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07310
This special after-school program is great for parents who really want their kids to excel in learning and academics, but also want them to have a ton of fun and make a lot of great friends. There are a ton of different classes to choose from for your kids. For instance, you can enroll them in classes and programs like math, reading, computer programming, homework center, engineering, game-based learning, art & design, chess, touch typing, and more.
All classes run for different time periods, meet on different days, and have varying schedules. Classes tend to range in price of $149-$399, generally run for 6 weeks, and meet for 90 minutes 5-6 days per week. Although on the more expensive side, your child will get top-notch education and experiences that will positively impact their future. This is by far one of the best winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.
We built Zaniac to engage K-8 students around the world in supplemental science, technology, engineering, and math education – giving them the skills and motivation they need to create a better future. Our programs are designed from the ground up to prioritize fun, active engagement, and an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. Zaniac is an inclusive learning environment and welcomes children with special cognitive / physical abilities or on the spectrum.
Winter classes available and the annual winter camp will run again from December 26-29th. They are also doing a Pre School Prep Open House Dec 2nd 10-12pm and Dec 8th 6-8pm. There are many different classes to choose from and they split up classes by age group, so your child can feel comfortable and safe in their environment. You can even sign them up for martial arts! This is one of the best winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.
252 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
The following are being offered during Winter/17:
1. Reading -Writing and Math: Monday to Friday (ages 3 to 12) – From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. 1 or 2-hour sessions.
2. Baby and Me Italian classes: Sat 11:00 am
3. Italian classes: Age group 4 to 8 yrs old on Mondays 3:30 pm. – 4:30 pm / Sat 12:00pm – 1:00pm
4. Spanish: Age group 3 to 7 yrs old on Tuesdays 3:30 pm -4:15 pm
5. Gymnastics: Toddler Program / Mon – Frid 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
If you are looking for your child to learn a new language in a fun and educational environment, this class is the perfect winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.
78 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
This class is for kids 5 to 18 years old. Tha class aims to teach kids the fundamentals of mechanics, consistency, and intensity in working out. Classes are held on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 4-4:45 Monday and Thursday and 11:30-12:45.
109 Christopher Columbus Drive, Jersey City
JC Kick Boxing offers Muay Thai classes for kids during the winter months. Classes are unlimited for $99 per month or you can take 3 classes for $29 to test it out.
Kids Muay Thai is a beginner martial arts class that focuses on Muay Thai Kickboxing basics and exercise drills. Your child will have fun and stay healthy as they do exciting kickboxing and boxing drills designed specifically for children. This class is for children ages 5-11.
Children must be dropped off on time and picked up on time for their classes. We have a strict no bullying policy inside and outside the gym.
There is a wifi lounge for parents during class times or parents may watch the class.
For the 1st 3 Wednesdays in December come take a class with a former Rockette. Our very own Ms. Keisa will be teaching a jazz/tap/kickline class Dec 6th, 13th and 20th from 7:15pm-8pm. No tap shoes, no character shoes, no previous dance experience needed! This is a perfect option for winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.
Email the studio [email protected] to register. $18/class. Discount for parents with students already enrolled in classes.
233 9th St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
This place offers a children’s program that has classes running all through the winter. Classes are based on age. You have to call for pricing information, but they do have a special currently available for 1 free class.
150 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302
From robotics to animation to programming classes and much more, there is something for all kids here. They are offering classes on the weekends and each program runs for 6-12 weeks long.
Brunswick Center, 189 Brunswick St, Jersey City
This program offers an after-school center that helps kids from first grade through college with leadership skills, academics, music, and much more. Your kids can partake in classes like drums, keyboard, visual arts, dance, and much more. There are also academic based classes like reading programs to help kids that struggle with reading in school.
The after-school center is for kids in grades 1-8 and takes place the entire Jersey City academic school year. This winter and after-school classes for kids in Jersey City is a great option for families who need something all year long on a consistant schedule. We highly recommend checking out this as a great choice for winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.
240 Fairmount Ave,
Jersey City, NJ 07306
If you have a kid that loves to be creative, loves building, and has a thing for Legos, look no further than this unique after-school class. During the class, there is plenty of learning to do as your child will learn about the concepts of friction, gravity, torque, scale, gears, axles and beams. All of the materials are provided and classes go all throughout the school year.
At this time, Bricks 4 Kids come to your children’s school and they already have some of their programs in JC after-school programs currently. Check with your school to see if they offer this program. If you are interested in recommending this program to your children’s school, you can contact them at [email protected]
Locations vary in Jersey City schools.
If you want something active and fun, but also would like your child to learn the power of self-defense, JC Martial Arts school is a great after-school class option. Every day of the week, they will pick your child up from school and transport them to the martial arts school building. Classes can be attended every day after school for the duration of the school year.
If you want your child in winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City that provide them with great physical activity, enrichment, and fun while learning to protect themselves through self-defense, we highly recommend this after-school program.
419 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307
This is an enrichment program that provides kids with the ability to learn as much as possible and improve their intellect with activities like chess, STEM, languages, and much more. Classes and programs run for the school year, from September to June, with the winter class schedule being January to March. Classes take place on Saturday’s from 9 am to 3 pm. Fees are $308 per class.
Boys and Girls Club 225 Morris Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07302
This fantastic after-school program is for kids that range in age from 3-14 years old. They focus on classes designed for physical and artistic expression. You can choose from classes like chess, music lessons, art, Java Programming, robotics, physics, yoga, creative movement, French, sewing, and tons and tons more. You do have to go through an admissions process and apply for the class or program of your choice. After school care is from 3:15 pm – 6 pm Monday through Friday and is $12 per hour.
The application is $75 and non-refundable.
$30 for 30min lesson, $45 for 45min lesson and $60 for 60min lesson
Contact: 646-441-1464 / [email protected]
*AfterSchool Program classes will now require individual student enrollment at an extra charge. We have reduced our Extended Day Tuition and no longer offer automatic enrollment in AfterSchool Program offerings.
**Parents should note that Waterfront Montessori requires a commitment from the parents for the entire academic school year from September to June. There will be no reduction for absences, holidays or partial months.
Saanwee – Hindi Language Arts
A centre for Hindi Language Arts in Jersey City to share the colorful culture of India through its language. We offer courses for both children and adults at all levels in Colloquial Hindi Speaking, Reading & Writing, Hindi for Travelers, Language & Cultural Immersion. Our specially designed classes for kids include Hindi Balvatika (4-8yo) and Hindi Pathshala (9-12yo)We are known to teach with love, patience and motivation, bringing a new perspective and an immersive experience for all ages.Contact:Priti Gupta-Udeshi (Artistic Director & Founder)
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JERSEY CITY 22ST ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
Last year, over 900 children (ages 1 to 12) preregistered for the event and this year they expect even more. With that being said, please donate new unopened toys for needy children in Jersey City. The drop-off location will be at the Resident Response Center in City Hall at 280 Grove Street, Room 106, Jersey City, NJ 07302.
THE 8th ANNUAL JERSEY CITY TIES HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE & HAPPY HOUR
The 8th Annual Jersey City Ties Holiday Toy Drive & Happy Hour will take place on Saturday, December 1st at HopsScotch (286 Washington St. in Downtown JC)
All toys and gifts collected will be distributed to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County.
Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift card appropriate for children ages 5-17 years old. You can also make a cash donation, which will be used to purchase additional toys and gift cards for the kids. Cash donations will be matched by Jersey City Ties, up to $350.
Most-wanted toys include:
– Sports equipment (especially footballs and basketballs)
– Lego sets
– Board games
– Dolls (especially Barbies and American Girl Dolls)
– Action figures
– Arts & crafts kits
– Hot Wheels
– Paw Patrol
– Doc McStuffins
– Play-Doh sets
– Nerf balls (no Nerf guns, please!)
If you can’t make it on the 1st, never fear – just drop them an email at [email protected] and they will arrange for a way to collect your donation.
4th ANNUAL DROP THE TOY HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
The Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement will deliver toys to various organizations that serve needy families with your help. Let’s support one another while bringing a smile to some tiny faces.
Donations can be dropped off or picked up for your convenience.
They are asking 2 toys per person , one for a boy and one for a girl ages 0 to 12 years old.
Please call 201 589-8322 for more information. Deadline to donations: 12/21/17 Distribution: 12/23/17
40th ANNUAL WEICHERT TOY DRIVE
Help spread smiles this holiday season! Weichert, Realtors is thrilled to host its 39th Annual Weichert Toy Drive. Members of the community are invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the company’s sales offices through December 15.
More info: http://bit.ly/2zM4p37
TOY DRIVE AT PROJECT MARKET
At “Project: MARKET” on Dec 1st and 2nd, there will be a toy drive to benefit families throughout the area. New and unwrapped toys can be brought to the market. The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.outside of Jersey City’s City Hall on Grove and Montgomery streets.
TOY DRIVE AT PROJECT GREENVILLE
On Dec 1st and 2nd there will be a toy bin at Project Greenville for new and unwrapped toys to be donated to a local charity. The event at Project Greenville, Winter Wonderland, will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. each night. The event will take place at Project Greenville, located at 128 Winfield Ave.
THE JERSEY CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT TOY DRIVE
The Jersey City Fire Department’s Capt. Mark V. Lee Sr. Christmas Fund Toy Drive is underway and will go until Dec. 22. They are looking for new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations. The donations can be dropped off at any firehouse throughout Jersey City.
In addition to it, the JCFD Toy Drive is including a Pub Crawl & Mother Show at White Eagle Hall on Dec 2d and portions of all ticket sales will go to the Jersey City Fire Department Holiday Toy Drive. Ticket holders are requested to bring new toys that be collected at White Eagle Hall.
More details at: www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com
TOY DRIVE AT THE LANDMARK LOEW’S JERSEY CITY
At the Landmark Loew’s Jersey theater on Dec. 9, there will be a toy drive along with a visit from Santa. Pictures can be taken from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pets are welcome to come for pictures from noon to 1:30 p.m. Digital pictures are $5, but are free if a child brings a new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive. The theater is located at 54 Journal Square.
YORK STREET PROJECT
89 York St, Jersey City, NJ , 07302 – Phone (201) 451-8225
Kenmare High School | St. Joseph’s Home | The Nurturing Place | St. Mary’s Residence
Helping women and children break the cycle of poverty since 1989
It’s not your traditional holiday wishes but this is what York Street Project needs:
The season of happiness, delicious foods, cozy fires, snowy days and family are upon us! There are plenty of events in Jersey City that truly bring out the cheer around the holidays for you and your loved ones to enjoy! We’ve created a list of The Best Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City!
210 Hudson St, Jersey City
Join JCFamilies for the 7th Annual Holiday Party! The festivities start at 3 PM until 7 PM! Don’t worry about the cold weather. The event will be conveniently located at Harborside Atrium in Jersey City! Families can enjoy pictures with Santa, Music with Preschool of Rock, face painting, a bounce house, a holiday train perfect for kids to enjoy and yummy cookie decorating! Bring your camera and holiday cheer! Admission for children 6 months and up is $7 and $2 for adults 18 and older!
252 9th St, Jersey City
On December 9th, meet your buddies at My Gym for their Cookies with Santa event! The action never stops at My Gym. They have exciting activities, games, rides and treats planned for you. Finish it off with cookies and take a picture with Santa! Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as you can! Members are $20 and $10 for each additional sibling. Non Members will pay $30 and $15 per additional sibling.
City Hall Plaza, 280 Grove St, Jersey City
If you’re in the giving spirit this holiday season, why not bring a toy for the Toy Drive! December 1st and 2nd join The Jersey City Project for their toy drive! Over 6o vendors will be featured.
435 Newark Ave, Jersey City
Chestnuts will be roasting and hot cider will be served to warm you up as you enjoy the beautiful Victorian Yuletide Carolers Annual Concert! Hear the harmonious sounds of the holidays at the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery on December 1st at 5 PM. Kids can also enjoy a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Clause. This is a free event!
161 Newkirk Street, 1st Floor, Jersey City
On December 9th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, join HCCC for a day full of great gifts from local businesses and family fun, including a magician, puppet show, face painting, balloon animals, holiday book readings, kids’ crafts, Selfies with Santa and more! Admission is free! If you are interested in being a vendor at the event their is a $65 fee to secure your spot once you have been approved by the event coordinator!
278 Monmouth Street, Jersey City
All parents deserve a night off! Enjoy a much needed date night, gym time and self rest! On December 15th from 5 PM – 9 PM PicoTech will take care of your little ones! It will cost $45 for 3 hours and $50 for 4! They will provide pizza, popcorn and other light snacks while your little ones enjoy party games, arts & crafts and more! They also offer “Bring a friend” or Sibling 10% Discount for 3 or 4 hours! Visit the event’s site for more info!
560 Northfield Ave, West Orange
Want to see a towering giraffe made of lights? Or how about a glowing lion? A trip to the Holiday Lights Spectacular is a must this holiday season which is why it’s on our list of The Best Holiday Events in and Around Jersey City. They can also see and take photos with Myrtle the Turtle, the mascot of Turtle Back Zoo, and several of his winter friends will be on hand to greet visitors at the Zoo. Step up your selfie game by getting a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Clause! There will also be a mailbox where children can send letters to Santa Clause at the North Pole. You can enjoy the holiday fun on Friday, Saturday, Sunday: November 16- 18, November 23-25, November 30- December 2, every night from December 7 – 31. They are closed Christmas Eve and Day. Admission is free however, donations on non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats are always welcome!
Commonwealth Club, 26 Northview Avenue, Upper Montclair
The Swedish Christmas fair has something for everyone. There will be a great selection of food, crafts, and gifts. Swedish handicrafts like handmade Christmas decorations, linen, and wooden items and a variety of cheeses, herring and other Swedish delicacies as well as home baked goods (bread, cookies, and cakes) are available for you to buy. Enjoy it with your family on November 18th from 10 AM – 4 PM!
2352 NJ-10, Morris Plains
Enjoy an old fashioned season with friends and family and the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms’ special holiday programming! Beginning in November 23rd, The Stickley Museum puts on a magical holiday decorations display. Tours run Thursday through Sunday at 12:15 PM, 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM and 3:15 PM. Standard museum admission still applies. You can also get your holiday shopping done starting November 23rd through the end of the year! This is a cool old world way to get into the holiday spirit and one of The Best Holiday Events in and Around Jersey City.
The Barn at Highlands Ridge Park, 100 North Road, Chester
The Festival is a community celebration featuring a spectacular display of Holiday Trees in a Winter Wonderland Setting. The trees are sponsored and/or decorated by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. The majority of the trees are offered for silent auction during the week-long event. Visitors can also purchase a tree as a donation to a family in need. The Festival of Trees is a benefit event which provides funding for the Senior Resource Center (SRC), a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, support, information, education, training and referral for seniors and their caregivers!
Nothing says “holiday magic” better than the classic Nutcracker. The New Jersey Ballet has been bringing this production to families for more decades. Audiences will be delighted when the theater lights go down and the magical toys come alive on stage. The Nutcracker by the NJ Ballet is the longest running original production in the entire state of NJ. It is a classic show that is perfect for the whole family. Performances will in be in several locations about New Jersey from November through December!
Brookdale Park, Bloomfield/Montclair
If you are looking for a fun event that also gets you outside and active, look no further than this charity run! The American Cancer Fund and Run2Health.com team up for our 4th Annual “Run Santa Run” 5K Fun Run and 1- Mile Walk at Brookdale Park in Montclair/Bloomfield, NJ. A family funSaturday morning December 1, 2018 in one of Essex County’s most beautiful parks. Register by November 15, to receive a free Santa hat. Children 15 and under pay $8 to register and 16 and older pay $25 to register.
119-158 Newark Ave, Jersey City
The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District presents its Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mallon December 3rd at 6:00pm! Please join Mayor Fulop, HDSID and Santa in celebrating the holiday season.
793 Jersey Ave, Jersey City
Santa will be coming to town! On December 9th from 10 AM – 12 PM you and your family can walk amongst giant trees and holidays wreaths while waiting to take a photo with Santa!
278 Monmouth Street, Jersey City
PicoTech Institute Jersey City and Picoturbine International are going into the holidays full STEAM ahead! They are hosting their first ever STEAM Fest for the community to enjoy on December 15th from 3 PM – 6PM! This is a free event and there will be five different stations set up with fun activities for ages K-8th grade!
Grove Street Plaza, Jersey City
Skip the crowded malls & avoid lost packages in the mail this Season by buying directly from local artisans at The Holiday Market on Grove Street! There will be a ton of arts, crafts, and specialty goods to browse through like art, jewelry, home accessories, clothing, and much more making it a hit on our list of The Best Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City! All prices are very budget friendly and make great holiday gifts for all family and friends. The market will be open December 10th, 13th and the 17th-21st from 4 PM – 8 PM! The last day to shop will be December 22nd from 12 PM- 5 PM! There will also be tasty holiday treats and live entertainment and Santa will be there for pictures with the kids. Commuting in? The market is located right near the PATH trains!
Mayor Steven M. Fulop is excited to announce that the 6th Annual Jersey City Mayor’s Holiday Concert will be held at The Landmark Loew’s Theatre on Saturday, December 22, 2018. Entertainment for the evening includes performances by The Jersey Joint and The St. Dominic Academy Dominoes. This concert is free and open to the public, doors open at 7:00pm and the concert begins at 7:15pm.
94 Washington St, Hoboken
The Hoboken Christmas Tree Lighting is Thursday, December 6 from 5 PM – 7 PM in front of City Hall. Hot chocolate will be provided by Apple Montessori School. The event features MC: Elvis the Elf with a special appearance by Santa Claus and many amazing performances!
94 Washington St, Hoboken
On Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2 from 11 to 5 p.m., the Hoboken City Hall Craft Fair will take place bringing with it awesome holiday gifts and treats! Three floors of City Hall will be open to the public, featuring unique handcrafted gift items by local artisans. Treats and refreshments are provided by Baking Mama, and “Mrs. Claus” will offer face painting for children.
Radio City Music Hall at Rockefeller Center
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2018 literally kicks off the holiday season in NYC, and it’s one of the best things to do around the holidays! A yearly tradition since 1933, this classic Christmas spectacle offers tap dancers, a flying Santa Claus and, of course, the world-famous synchronized precision dancing of the Rockettes. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular runs from November 9, 2018 through January 1, 2019.
If your child has a birthday coming up, you are likely looking for a special birthday cake! Of course, homemade cakes are always special and delicious, but sometimes life gets in the way and you are too busy to whip up a complicated birthday cake from scratch. Luckily, Jersey City and Hoboken have a ton of great places where you can purchase super yummy and beautiful kids birthday cakes. In this post, we will explore the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City & Hoboken!
This awesome bakery can do both regular birthday cakes and cupcakes. You can completely customize the size, flavor, and shape of your birthday cake. Maybe your little girl is looking for a Minnie Mouse cake or you are looking to celebrate your little boy’s first birthday with a #1 shaped cake, whatever it is, they can do it!
If your kid is looking for a unique cake and they also love their ice cream, look no further than Milk Sugar Love’s huge ice cream sandwich cake! What is so great about this option is everything is organic, making it a safer and healthier option to feed your kids, family, and friends. This is a cool way to switch up their birthday cake making it one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!
This bakery has been in business since 1999, and we can see why. Their cakes are delicious and beautiful. You can choose any cake flavor, filling, and frosting you would like and every layer can be different if you so choose. They do awesome children’s cakes, which makes it one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!
This bakery makes custom cakes and would be delighted to bake your little one’s next special birthday cake. You can choose your flavors and your decorations and whether you want your cake covered in buttercream frosting or fondant.
With an endless amount of cake flavors and frostings to choose from, this place has a little something for both kids and adults alike. Maybe try their peanut butter cake with PB frosting and chocolate or vanilla cake! Sweet is one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!
These beautiful cakes from the Hudson Cakery are perfect for birthdays! You can choose from an array of beautiful and fun styles and they also have some amazing cake flavors like red velvet and funfetti! They do gluten-free cakes as well, which is perfect if your child has a gluten intolerance. These gluten-free cake options make this bakery the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!
Although this bakery is located in Montclair, it had to go on the list since they have nut-free options and all of their baked goods are nut-free as well.
“Yes! We are peanut-free and nut-free. We use Vermont Nut Free Chocolate, Americolor food color and Lucks nut-free sprinkles. We do not have nuts in the Bake Shop and none of our products contain nuts”
However, if your child has a very severe nut allergy, you may want to call and speak with them first about it prior to ordering.
Of course, this famous cake shop and bakery have made the list. This place is known for their yummy and vibrant cakes, which is perfect for a little kid’s birthday cake. You can choose from many different cake options and also custom design your cake with them! This famous bakery definitely earns a spot in the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!
This bakery specializes on gluten-free and plant-based baked good, but that doesn’t mean they don’t taste sinful because they do! You can special order your little one’s birthday cake from here with different sizes, flavors, and fillings.
This dedicated gluten-free bakery specializes in granola and other baked goods, including cakes and cupcakes. They are great for kid’s birthday parties and they have a bunch of different flavors to choose from. Try their pumpkin spice cupcake or their delicious Lord Grey chocolate cake!
This French bakery has some of the most delicious breads and pastries, and they can also do special order birthday cakes as well. Call one of the few shops in both Jersey City and Hoboken to speak with them about special ordering a birthday cake.
Even though this shop specialized in cupcakes, they will also make your an awesome birthday cake as well. They have a wide selection of flavors to choose from and you kid is sure to love their special and delicious birthday cake (or cupcakes!)
793 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07310
Although this is not a pumpkin patch, they sure do have a large variety of pumpkins, in both look and size. They are delivered to the market fresh every day from local farms and are great for a hassle-free and easy way to bring your kids to pick out their Halloween pumpkins. You can also find a variety of fall decorations, like corn stalks, gourds, and multi-color corn! You cannot get any closer place to go pumpkin picking near Jersey City since this is actually in JC!
552 NJ-17, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Located in Ridgewood, NJ, this pumpkin patch is only a short drive from Jersey City and offers a traditional pumpkin picking experience. They have a ton of different pumpkins, fall decorations, yummy fall and Halloween treats, and lots of cute Halloween displays set up around the patch. This is a great option for pumpkin picking near Jersey City for the little ones.
122 Oakdale Rd, Chester, NJ 07930
If you are looking to take your pumpkin picking experience one step further, Riamede Farms lets you actually cut your pumpkin right off the vine! You need to bring your own cutting sheers, so make sure you don’t leave the house without your own pair.
This farm offers free hayrides on the weekends throughout the pumpkin patch and the orchard as well. The patch is located in Chester, NJ!
15 North Rd, Chester, NJ 07930
Chester, NJ making another appearance on our list! This farm has pick your own pumpkins in the patch as well as pick your own apples! They have a farm market store that features seasonal plants and some delicious homemade baked goods. One of the best features of this farm is their new Maze Fun Park.
“Mazes and more! Corn mazes, fence mazes, rope mazes, tile mazes, and more. Stony Hill’s Fun Park has lots of activities for kids, families, school groups, and other groups. We have lots of attractions daily during our Market season from May to November. Then from September through November, you won’t want to miss our 10-acre corn maze and other fall fun!”
19 Canfield Ave, Randolph, NJ 07869
From apple picking to pumpkin picking, hayrides, cider, pies, bread, soups, ice cream, farm tours, there is always something to do or eat at Sun High located in Randolph, NJ! There is something for the whole family at this wonderful orchard.
“2017 begins our 29th season of providing educational and fun farm tours for schools and playgroups. Reservations are required for participation. As always the market kitchen is in full swing preparing pies, bread, cookies, salads and homemade ice cream and now offering HOT SPICED CIDER!”
1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ 07930
Third times a charm! This Chester, NJ patch is truly one of the best places to go pumpkin picking near Jersey City! They have Farm Fun Days, live music, apple and pumpkin picking, Harvest Moon Hayrides, Night Time Corn Maze, Cedar Mill Tours, pumpkin pancake breakfasts, and so much more! This is a farm where you will get a true family-friendly fall experience.
130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY 10560
This is a family run farm in North Salem, NY where you can pick your own pumpkins right from the patch. On the weekends throughout the fall they have hayrides, farm animals, bouncy castles, and live music, which is perfect for the little ones.
The Fall Festival weekends will be held every weekend from September 8th – October 28th as well as Monday September 10th, Wednesday September 19th, and Columbus Day Monday October 8th.
26 Pinelawn Rd, Melville, NY 11747
This is a super popular fall family spot and one of the best places to go pumpkin picking near Jersey City. Tucked away is Long Island, this place features a massive corn maze, pumpkin patch playground, hayrides, and a petting zoo. For the adults and older kids, there is a scary haunted house.
Of course, there is great pumpkin picking and they hold fall festivals and events every weekend through the fall season.
1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
If you don’t mind crowds and tons of people, Wilkens pumpkin patch and farm is always a crowd favorite. They have a pumpkin patch and offer apple picking. They have free hayrides for taking you out to the patch and orchards on the ground are quite hilly in this location.
Just like many of our other options, this farm has a large corn maze.