A day in Jersey City

A day in Jersey city

Called the sixth borough of Manhattan, Jersey City is a vibrant, diverse, and an exciting place to stay or to spend time. Strip down the crowds, the cacophony, the traffic of New York City and you will find its quieter equivalent – Jersey city. A true melting pot of many cultures, communities, food and ethnicities. The thriving multi cultures have left a lasting mark on this city. Irrespective of which lens you dawn- family, fun ,architecture , art or history , this place will win you over! So if you are looking to spend a day in Jersey city, scroll down for a splendid day !

Home to plenty sight-seeing ,parks, cultural hubs, restaurants the city has a lot to offer. If you are looking to spend a day in Jersey city, it helps that it is located on a large peninsula . Surrounded by water on three sides, this makes for spectacular sweeping water views and panoramic sky lines to gaze.

Start your day with a waterfront walk

WATERFRONT WALK

Depending on where you are staying, you can start your day in Jersey city with a waterfront walk or a Jog. Wherever you are, you are never far from Hudson river and the panoramic sky line. Walk along the Hudson River waterfront walkway or jog along the Newport waterfront and watch the waves crash on the pier. You can also take a walk near the exchange place waterfront and stroll while you watch the ferries go by. These places are a walkers or a runners delight and offer unmatched view of the New york skyline.

If you would like to bike instead , you can hire one from the Citi bike at Newport Path or Essex light rail station  . Take a guided bike tour of the waterfront.

exchange place jersey city

Don’t forget to take a selfie of the sweeping Manhattan view while grabbing a big mug of aromatic coffee at the many coffee shops along the waterfront walkways!

Breakfast

The cities waterfront is lined up with many cafes and restaurants . You are spoilt for choices and a day in jersey city isn’t enough. Enjoy a big breakfast while watching the seagulls chirping away. If you land here in summer, most of the cafes offer outdoor seating .  Soak some sun and pile on calories.

brownstone dinerAnd here are the gastronomical options for sumptuous breakfast. In mood for some sinful pancakes? Head to Brownstone diner and pancake factory for Nutella filled waffles or pancakes stuffed with eggs, bacon and cheese. Whatever you order at this place , it’s a pancake galore, enjoy every bite! If you are particularly looking for kid friendly restaurants, there are many choices too

breakfast in jersey citry

In mood for some healthy yet tasty choice of breakfast we would suggest Short Grain or O’Kafe. These cafes offer healthy choices, some gluten free and vegan options as well. A cozy, cute coffee place with delectable choices and local’s favorite is Sam a.m. Nothing comes close to wonder Bagels and if you are craving handmade bagels this is your place! The queues will speak for its greatness and the super hit and famous bagels!

After-noon

Hamilton Park , Jersey city
Hamilton Park , Jersey city

If you are planning a day in Jersey city with your little ones,  urge you to explore the many parks and help them burn out that unlimited energy. Head to Hamilton park and spend a day lazying either in the gazebo or shooting hoops while the children  play in the park.  Alternatively head to the Van vorst park if you are closer to Paulus hook area.

liberty science centreIf you are headed to liberty state park you can easily plan an entire day’s worth of activities here, This massive green space is not only home to a waterfront park but also the Liberty Science Center, which is fun both for kids as well as for parents. Enjoy the planetarium while the budding scientist squeaks with joy or just plan a picnic in this vast green expanse of this State park.

Early Evening

historic downtown

If you are an art enthusiast or love a little piece of history , head to Jersey city historic downtown. There is a strong reason why this area is called the historic downtown. The many street names honor local 18th and 19th century figures .  Colden Street for Cadwallader D. Colden, Varick Street for Richard Varick, Colgate Street for William Colgate of Colgate-Palmolive.  Beaux-Arts structures such as the H&M Powerhouse and Court House are reminiscent of gone by era .

Old colgate clockThe old Colgate Clock, a remnant from the factory stands tall and proud. Evidently Jersey City is a storied site. Walk a little further around this area and stand and stare at the Victorian-style residences . Wander around the streets to see some well preserved examples of these gorgeous Victorian abodes.

Historic Downtown is home to many cultural attractions including the Jersey City Museum, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse. Take a walk and experience some beautiful wall murals  just as the sun goes down on a day in Jersey city.

Evening

Just as the sun is setting , get in groove on Grove street! This part of the historic downtown district comes alive in the evening hours with a bee line of some great food options, music and fun activities. Take a walk along this the site of several new hot spots, a pedestrian-only thoroughfare and immerse in the buzz and vibe of this place.

taldeWant to head to a buzzing yet a place full of character head to Talde a vibrant restaurant, housed in a former police station, this restaurant boasts a delectable array of Asian-fusion delights, including pretzel pork dumplings crispy oyster and bacon pad thai, get a seat at the bar and enjoy some cocktails.

pizzaIf you are in mood for some Italian, head to Porta Pizza, one of the most popular places in town serving handmade Neopolitan-style pizza in their open kitchen, and also offering mouthwatering Italian dishes that are made from fresh, sustainable and local ingredients. You can chose to drink and dine downstairs or head upstairs to their rooftop bar!

And if the mood calls for Beer at a gastropub head to Wurstbar and enjoy the menu lined up with delectable Sausage and beer !

dinner in JC

A local favorite of Jersey City is Taqueria, and you cant go wrong with this choice. Buzzing with happy vibe, you will be welcomed into a chaotically-decorated space, or enjoy time at the Patio. Love the tacos or torta and thank us later !

Another popular Italian restaurant is the Roman Nose serving authentic Italian cusine. Enjoy the time ordering food or gulping some creative cocktails. Sway to the music and keep the beat on.

A day in Jersey cityEnjoy the waterfront walk after you are done with dinner. Most places are open late and the night time skyline view is the perfect end to a day in Jersey city!

Calling it a day in Jersey city. Hope you had a splendid day!

Pictures courtesy : Google Images , NYtimes

JC Summer Camp Directory’19

Summer Camps in Jersey City and Hoboken 2019:

JCFamilies has the most trusted directory of summer camps serving Jersey City, Hoboken, and the surrounding areas.  We have assembled a list of the best options for children of all ages, abilities, and interests.
The camps in our directory range from local schools and activity centers with diverse activities for campers, to more singular-focused camps (dance, STEM, robotics, soccer, tennis, swimming), to the more classic summer camps which are located out in the county.  All camps outside of the metro area provide transportation from/to JC/Hoboken.
Use this directory to find a full day and 1/2 day options for your little campers.  Whether you’re looking for a few days a week, a few weeks of the summer, or the whole summer, you can find what you’re looking for here.

THE BRUNSWICK SCHOOL

http://hobokenfamilies.org/summer-camps-in-hoboken-nj/

 

 

 

http://www.thebrunswickschool.com
189 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone:(201) 420-1550. 

Summer Camp Dates: June 24th-August 16th (4 week minimum). Half day and full day options. 5 days/week. 3-8 year olds welcome (3 year olds must be fully potty trained).

 

WATERFRONT MONTESSORI

 

 

 

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

Summer Camp Dates for children 2 through 6 years old:
Thursday, June 27 through Friday, August 9. Register through their website.

CAMP RIVERBEND

Summer Camps in Jersey City and Hoboken

https://campriverbend.com
116 Hillcrest Road, Warren, NJ 07059, – Phone (908) 580-CAMP

Camp Riverbend—where Tradition meets Tomorrow! 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 Riverbend has been in our list of Summer Camps in Jersey City for the last 5 years. 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.

MY GYM Jersey City  

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

Summer Camps in Jersey City and Hoboken

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.”

ZANIAC LEARNING

Summer Camps in Jersey City

http://www.Zaniaclearning.com/jerseycity
125 First Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: 201-360-2450

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:

  • Personalized attention with small camp sizes
  • Gain tech skills with role model instructors
  • Fun & safe high-tech environment
  • Daily outdoor activity
  • Weekly library visits & local field trips
  • Zaniac T-shirt with every camp

Weekly Full-Day Camp: $599
Camp Hours: 8:30 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.aftercare available until 5:30pm

Half Day Camp: $399  
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*Aftercare from 4:30-5:30 is $50 and until 6 is $60.

List of Summer Camps in Jersey City

http://www.deerkilldaycamp.com
54 Wilder Road, Suffern, NY, 10901 – Phone:(845) 354-1466

Deerkill Day Camp is a very popular camp option among Hoboken-area and Jersey City families. This third-generation family business, celebrating its 62ndseason, is located on a wooded 15-acre site and brings a community feel to the summer camp experience for campers age 3 through 15.

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

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

2019 Session (June 27 to August 23) 

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

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

  • Family weekend pool club at no additional cost. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 plus Thursday July 4thand Friday July 5th. Open Saturday June 29 to Sunday August 18
  • Convenient pick-up locationsby air-conditioned mini-buses supervised by bus counselors
  • Hot lunches prepared daily in our own modern kitchen
  • Field trips and all camp supplies
  • Ice cream and Ices for afternoon snack
  • Daily towel service
  • Group photo, camp shirt, backpack, DVD yearbook, Fall Festival, winter reunions

Tuition varies by camper age and pick-up and session length. You may go to their website and enter your child’s information to see rates for the 2019 summer and request a brochure.  For more information call 845-354-1466, [email protected] log onto www.deerkilldaycamp.com.

THE LITTLE GYM

https://www.thelittlegym.com/jerseycitynj
380 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302, Phone: 201-222-6209.

Are you ready to put some adventure in your summer? Then it’s time to head over to The Little Gym of Jersey City for some awesome Summer Camps!

Summer camps at The Little Gym are adventure filled 3-hour camps for children ages 3-8 years old. Each camp theme is based on fun, exciting missions or “Quests” that the kids are challenged to complete each day! Each day of camp involves a fun, creative storyline that will incorporate opportunities for the kids to exercise their muscles, imaginations and cooperation skills – working together to complete each Quest! Different themes will cleverly incorporate all Three Learning Dimensions of The Little Gym (Get Moving!, Brain Boost! & Citizen Kid!)

This year some of the themes are: Dance Around the World, Yoga Kids & Mindful Friends, Sports of All Sorts!, A Royal Renaissance, Crazy Carnival, and Super heroes Unite!

Don’t these themes sound like a whole lot of fun? They run all summer long starting on June 24th through August 30th. Schedule a day, a few days, or several full week sessions. You can customize your child’s camp days to fit your schedule. Camps are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9AM to 12PM | Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1PM to 4PM.

Any questions? Check out their website www.tlgjerseycitynj.comor call them at 201-222-6209.

 

Apple Montessori School

https://www.applemontessorischools.com

Two Hoboken Locations: 1055 Maxwell Lane (201) 963-4949 & 220 Sinatra Drive (201) 222-1464.

Apple Montessori Camp has been loved by campers for over 45 years! With two locations in Hoboken for children ages 2-9, we’ve got a summer of jam-packed fun and a bounty of learning opportunities ahead. Every day is a new adventure with field trips, in-house events like the Reptile Man, and child-inspired programs like Creative Kids, Junior Scientists, Tech Time, Young Chefs, Shining Stars and much more. We offer indoor and outdoor activities, theme weeks, ice cream truck visits and extras like crazy hat day.

We even help children beat the summer learning slump. Apple Summer STEAM exposes campers to a broad spectrum of scientific concepts and mathematics using technology, engineering, and the arts. Plus we offer proven Montessori curriculum and FasTracKids e-learning.

Apple Montessori Camps are run by year round teaching staff in a loving, safety-certified accredited school. Camp runs July 1-August 23. Visit us to learn more. https://www.applemontessorischools.com/summer-program/

 

SMART START ACADEMY

http://smart-startacademy.com/
4 locations, check their website for their addresses

At Smart Start Academy we bring our children’s imagination and dreams come to life.  Our summers are filled with daily outdoor play, cooking classes, awesome projects and activities, sprinkler day and so much more! Through new found friendships, exciting bus/walking field trips around New Jersey, several special guests 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!

Full Time and Part Time Programs available – Come check us out & Book your tour today! 

LIGHTBRIDGE ACADEMY of Hoboken-Marshall

https://lightbridgeacademy.com/locations/hoboken-marshall-nj
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!

NIMBUS DANCE WORKS

List of Summer Camps in Jersey City
165 Newark Ave. Jersey City NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 377-0718

Nimbus Dance Works will be doing their Summer Camp JCSummerArts, for six weeks starting Monday-Friday from July 22nd-August 31st.

Contact them directly for more details and registration.

NEXT STEP BROADWAY

233 9th st, Jersey City, NJ, 07302. Phone:  201-706-3025, 

June 17th – August 23rd 2019

Join us for a performing arts summer camp at Next Step Broadway. Children will be dancing, singing, and acting their way to a Musical Theatre performance. This performance will be presented on the last day of each session promptly at 4:00pm. They will be involved in every aspect of the production including, creating costumes and scenery. Some of the musical selections from past years included pieces from Aladdin, The Sound of Music, Cats, Mary Poppins and Matilda. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the sun and the water park at Hamilton Park across the street as well as downtime to nap, relax, or view and discuss different aspects of musicals.

Campers meet Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 4pm. Early Drop-off at 8:00am and/or Extended Day option(s) until 5:30pm are also available. The first two sessions are 1 week, while the others are two weeks. We welcome ages 3 thru 12 years (must be 3 by June 1st cut off date and MUST BE POTTY TRAINED). Campers will be split into three different groups and receive instruction appropriate to their age level. To maintain the highest standards of teacher to student ratios, limited spots are available for each session. Campers will receive a NSB hat, which is theirs to keep and to wear outside in the sun!

NEW FOR 3 & 4 YEAR OLDS – Now our younger campers can participate in a SHORTENED DAY from 9:00am to 1:00pm. They will still attend their 3 classes of dance, acting and voice, enjoy a morning snack, lunch and have playtime at the park!! This option is only available for 3 and 4 year olds. You still have the option of Early drop off. **3 years old ONLY do Shortened Day**

See you at NSB Summer camp!

NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY

http://www.njcu.edu
110 Culver Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 200-2528

The NJCU Summer Camps are 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. Our goal is to create a safe and fun atmosphere for our neighborhood children where they can play, learn, and grow. We offer exciting activities such as swimming, team sports, arts and crafts, and relay/obstacle courses. Our staff is highly experienced, enthusiastic, and excited to educate your child on the importance of staying active! – Hours: 9-4 (8-5:30pm) Extended Care – July 1- August 9 ( 2 Week Sessions) 3 Sessions Total (July 4th Off) – Swim Lessons incorporated through Camp.

 

THE SCANDINAVIAN SCHOOL OF JERSEY CITY

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.scandischool.com
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.

Read about us in The Wall Street Journal HERE

HAMILTON PARK MONTESSORI

List of Summer Camps in Jersey City

1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (551) 208-2178

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 6/24-8/16. Register HERE.

 

HUDSON MONTESSORI SCHOOL

10 Regent Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (201) 516-0700
Summer Camp offered from June 17 through August 9, Toddler/Bridge Summer Camp, Primary Maker Summer Camp & Elementary STEAM Maker Summer Camp.

 

THE LEARNING SUITE

324 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07305 – Phone: (201) 706-3403

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.

 

HUDSON SPROUTS ACADEMY

http://hudsonsprouts.com
679 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ, 07306 – Phone (201)918-6924

Summer Camp: 8:30am -5 pm with available extended hours at our center at 769 Montgomery St. Jersey City. Weekly themes. Music, STEM, Art and Movement classes. Special events and field trips.

 

KEY ELEMENT LEARNING 

www.keyelementlearning.com
338 Grove Street, Jersey City, 07302 NJ

Summer Camp offered from June 1st to August 31st. Register at their website or call 201-200-1160 for details.

LAKEVIEW DAY CAMP 

https://www.lakeviewdaycamp.com
505 Riva Avenue, East Brunswick, New Jersey, 08816, NJ 

Lakeview Day Camp is a Traditional Day Camp that has been serving children ages 3-15 years old for 80+ years. Campers enjoy beautiful facilities, including a 5 mile long lake, four new heated swimming pools, three zip lines and full adventure aerial park, a 360 hydraulic rock wall, magnificent sports complex and a indoor/outdoor Creative Arts Center just to name a few! Our lead staff are professionals in teaching, child development, social skill counseling. At Lakeview, we know each child is an individual and provide personal and exceptional care to help them achieve goals, make friends and Have Fun!

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.

 

THE WALDO SCHOOL 

http://www.worldofabc.com
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.

SAINT DOMINIC ACADEMY

 

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

SDA Rising Leaders program is for girls entering 4th – 8th Grade in September 2019. for girls entering grades 4-8.
This enrichment program is designed to help young women
explore their interests, enhance their talents and abilities,
develop leadership skills and create new friendships.

 

GLOBAL SOCCER ACADEMY

https://www.globalsocceracademy.com/summer-camp
Gateway Field: 23 Merseles Street, Jersey City, New Jersey 

 

Early Registration for Global Soccer Academy is now Open!

Global Soccer Academy is a local soccer academy located in Jersey City where professional coaches teach multiple aspects of the game. 

Camp Dates: 
Session 1.  June 24th – June 28th
Session 2.  July 8th – July 12th
Session 3.  July 15th – July 19th
Session 4.  July 22nd – July 26th
Session 5.  July 29th – August 2nd

Price options: 

Camp: $295 (March 1st – May 31st)

Late Registration $345 (After June 1st)

Before Care included (8am-9am).

Aftercare available $50 (3pm-5pm)

SCHOOL OF ROCK 

https://locations.schoolofrock.com/hoboken
720 Monroe St., Unit E104, HOBOKEN, NJ 07030.  Phone 973-464-0860 

BEST OF THE 90’S CAMP: 6/24 – 6/28 from 9am – 3pm. Come celebrate bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Weezer and many more in our Best of The 90’s Summer Camp, perfect for 7-18 year olds with some experience.

QUEEN PERFORMANCE CAMP: 7/8 – 7/12 from 9am – 3pm. Come learn the music of the iconic band Queen in our Queen Performance Summer Camp. Best for ages 7-18 year olds with some experience. LITTLE WING BEATLES CAMP: 7/22 – 7/26 from 10am – 12pm. In this camp, 4-5 year olds will discover the music of the iconic band, The Beatles while learning about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play. ROCK 1O1 CAMP: 8/5 – 8/9 from 9am – 3pm. Rock 101 is for beginners 7-12 years of age. No experience needed. Students will explore their instruments through musical games and activities, and will end the camp with a performance at the end of the week!

ROOKIES CAMP: 8/19 – 8/23 from 10am – 2pm. In this camp, 5-7 year old beginners will learn about different rock instruments and begin their introduction to music theory, appreciation, and what it’s like to be in a rock band!

Our Summer Camps are performance-based, meaning students learn to play by rehearsing and performing together in a fun environment. From beginner camps to themed camps, we offer a wide variety of options to ensure your child has an amazing, immersive musical experience.

 

NJPAC’S CENTER FOR ARTS EDUCATION

https://www.njpac.org/arts-education-1/for-parents-and-students/summer-programs/ 
1 Center St, Newark, 07102, NJ. Phone 973-353-8055, Email [email protected]

An unforgettable summer awaits you at New Jersey Performing Art Center! Develop your inner artist by taking classes in dance, acting, musical theater, jazz and hip hop. Classes are taught by professional artists and provide students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a supportive and engaging learning environment at NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education or in residence at Rutgers University’s Newark campus.

 

SWIM STARS SWIM SCHOOL 

https://www.swimstars.biz
99 Highland Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07306. Phone (201) 744-4667

Our goal at Swim Stars Summer Camp is to provide a safe, fun, and educational environment for your child. Through our daily swim lessons, your child will learn and perfect their swimming skills while understanding the importance of water safety. Our 4:1 teacher to student in-pool ratio allows for quick and focused learning of motor skills in the water. Non-swimmers will be turned into independent and safe floaters, while intermediate and advance swimmers will improve their four strokes.
Our 8:1 counselor to camper ratio outside the pool allows children to develop essential character skills such as confidence, determination and self reliance – all while developing motor skills. Our summer camp strives to encourage personal growth in each and every child by providing them with an excellent program facilitated by nurturing and highly experienced staff. We strive to instill values that foster key civic values, such as respect for others, integrity, responsibility, sustainability, and generosity of spirit.
Every day will be a new adventure filled with crafts, dancing, outdoor and indoor sports – all curated to match our weekly themes.

LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER

https://lsc.org
222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07305. Phone: 201-253-1380

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

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

Course Levels & Topics Include:
Explorer Level (entering grade 1) – Coding, the laws of motion, chemistry
Scientist Level (entering grades 2 – 3) – Robotics, flight, wizardry
Innovator Level (entering grades 4 – 5) – Astronomy, animals, robotics
Visionary Level (entering grades 6 – 8) – Sailing, virtual reality, ciphers

Campers will also have access to all of the exciting, hands-on exhibits at Liberty Science Center including Dino Dig, Infinity Climber, the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium—the biggest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere—and more.

HUGS AND BUGS CLUB

http://hugsandbugsclub.com
Summer Camp at Chrysalis Cove
537 Park Avenue, Hoboken, NJ, 07030. Phone: 201.253.0449

Join us for a 10 week indoor & outdoor program from June 24th through August 30th. There will be so much for your children to explore with different themes each week such as Bringing the Outdoors In, Mindfulness & Meditation and Hugs & Bugs Club Marketplace, field trips around Hoboken, and much more!

Our summer camp is built around Hugs & Bugs Club child-centered approach which includes:
• Calming nature-filled environments, free of overstimulating elements
• Learning through organic, creative exploration
• Educational sensory activities
• Small group settings to allow for individual attention and to encourage bonding with peers

Summer camp is available for children 3 1/2 -7 years old. Sessions will be held Monday-Friday from 9:30am-2pm with a 2 week minimum enrollment.

 

LUNA DE PAPEL 

https://www.lunadepapel.us
321 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07304. Phone: 201-705-2305, 

Starts 6/17/2019 Ends 9/6/2019 from 9am – 4pm plus extended hours.

Practical life skills focus: Weaving, Sewing & Embroidery, crochet; Earth & Water – working with clay, plaster, cement; Each day we will also schedule games, and activities including movement and dance.

TINY GREENHOUSE

https://www.tinygreenhousejc.com
498A Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07302. Phone: (646)675-7739

Our Summer Camp returns for 2019 with a wide variety of art, craft and outdoor activities based on a unique theme each week. Each day we will create, build, experiment, and have fun with art. Our experienced teachers assure an environment where every child feels confident to explore, create and connect with other campers.

THE FRENCH AMERICAN ACADEMY

 209 3rd St, Jersey City, NJ, 07302-2801. Phone: (201)338-8320 ext 210, 
French Immersion Summer Camp for children from 3 to 11 years old. Camp runs from 8:30am to 3pm with After Care from 3pm to 6pm and is located at 209 Third Street Jersey City New Jersey 07302. Visual Arts, Sports, Songs, Story-Telling in French for Pre-Schoolers and Elementary students. Beginners in French are welcome.

THE EMBANKMENT SCHOOL

http://www.embankmentschool.com
255 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302-1592. Phone: (201)898-5437

Music and Arts Academy at The Embankment School. Learn about the fundamentals of music and art in these engaging and immersive programs led by two experienced professional educators. Camp hours are 8:30-3:30 with after care to 5:30 Weekly Themes: Be your own DJ June 24th- 28th $485 Clay Creations July 1st-5th *no camp on 7/4 $385 Music Academy July 8-19th $500/ week – commit to 2 weeks Students at the Music Academy will perform a concert on the 19th of July! Theater Camp July 22nd-July 26th $485 Ice Cream Chemistry July 29th -August 2nd $485.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF HUDSON COUNTY

http://www.bgchc.org
225 Morris Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07302. Phone: 201-706-0523, 

June 24th through August 23rd, Monday through Friday, early drop off at 7:30 am, late pickup at 6 pm. Includes transportation to and from (to some areas in Jersey City and Hoboken), Includes breakfast, lunch, and snack. Includes trips and swimming. Activities include STEM, fitness, sports, art, dance, martial arts, cooking, etc.

ADVENTURES IN LEARNING

http://www.adventuresinlearningnj.com
50 Harrison Street, Hoboken, NJ, 07030. Phone: 201-683-8411, 

June 24 to August 29 From 8am to 6:30pm Field Trips, Swimming classes, Stem Program, Yoga class, music class, and more.

LEARNING LADDERS

http://learningladdersnj.com
33-35 Hudson St/ 160 Morgan St, Jersey City, NJ, 07302. Phone: 201-9186-643, 

Starts Monday, June 24 till Friday, August 23 divided into 3 sessions of 3 weeks each themed around World Exploration, Time Travel and Healthy Eating

TESSA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

https://tessais.org
720 Monroe Street Suites E105-106 Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: 201.755.5585

Tessa International School Summer Camp: 
Spanish, French & Mandarin immersion

Jumpstart your children’s future and choose from Spanish, French, or Mandarin at Tessa International School’s Fun, Friends & Discoveries Summer Camp.

Tessa Summer Camps are thoroughly enjoyable immersion programs in the language of your choice. With a new theme and adventure every week, learning a language has never been so fun. Children explore a range of fun multi-sensory, highly interactive activities with their teacher in the target language, from outdoor fun to indoor creative play, singing, games, music, and movement. Your child has fun while learning a language and being exposed to a different culture.

Camp is for children ages 2.5 to 6 and takes place at Tessa International School in Hoboken. Weekly registration is available for full or half days.

Early language education is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Take advantage of this perfect mix of fun academics and outdoors activities!

PICOTECH INSTITUTE

This years camp is at one of their partner schools Waterfront Montessori located at 150 Warren St, Jersey City, NJ 07302. Phone: 877-731-9966
PicoTech Institute is the educational division of PicoTurbine International who has been servicing for over a decade K-12 schools in the area of STEM! Their Project RED Pedagogy was created not only by experienced educators but also their highly skilled engineers from their parent company PicoTurbine. With 10+ years of real-world application and extensive piloting with hundreds of schools throughout the world, we develop leadership, problem-solving, and social skills for them to be irreplaceable in the changing world.
Mission: “Materializing Imaginations”
 
Their Summer Camp this year is from July 15th-August 23rd
 
They have two-week sessions with class trips every Friday morning and student presentations on the 2nd Friday of each session. 

“How High Can You Go?” -07/15-07/26
“Lend a Hand and Listen” 07/29-08/09
“Codename: Robot”- 08/12-08/23

The camp is from 8:30-4:30 PM with before and aftercare available upon request. This years camp is at one of their partner schools Waterfront Montessori located at 150 Warren St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
 
Visit them today to book your child’s fun-packed summer!  https://www.picoturbine.com/summer-camp

JCC OF BAYONNE

https://www.jccbayonne.org
1050 Kennedy Blvd, Bayonne, NJ, 07002. Phone: (201) 436-6900, 

Camp Kadimah, celebrating its 68th season, provides a summer camp experience for 2 1/2 -5 yr at Kiddie Kadimah, Kind-4th graders at Camp Kadimah and 5th-9th graders at J-Trippers, a travel camp. Campers get the chance to create their own summer adventure while combining the best of a traditional camp with the choice of NEW ELECTIVES!
2019 session (July 1 to August 23) M-F 9:00am-4:30pm with early drop off (7:00am) and late pick up (6:30pm) available.

GARDEN PRESCHOOL COOPERATIVE

242 10th Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302. Phone: 732-754-5868, 
The camp is open to children ages 3 to 5 years old and fully potty trained. Activities include plenty of outdoor time, arts & crafts, science experiments, and much more! Located in Hamilton Park. Weekly sessions are available between June 24 – August 16, 9am-4pm, M-F. Extended care available from 8:15am-6pm

SURATI FOR PERFORMING ARTS

www.suratiinc.com
31 River Ct, 219, Jersey City, NJ, 07310 – Phone: (201)306-1553

From June 14 through August 30. Duration 9am to 6pm. Location: Newport Jersey City. Activities include Dance, Music, Drama, Storytelling, Mythology, Tales from India Arts, Crafts,
Games, Performance Opportunities
https://www.cobrafencing.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys and Girls, ages 8-14. All Levels are Welcome!

  • Improves concentration
  • Develops strength and balance
  • Uses the brain as well as the body
  • Encourages self-control and respect

In an era when so many parents are increasingly concerned about their kids’ growing addictions to digital screens, fencing offers a compelling alternative. Fencing builds stamina, strength, coordination, and self-confidence.  Chess helps children develop strategy, attention span, and problem solving skills that are also essential to fencing. Coding helps develop logic and promotes creativity while helping kids learn essential 21st century skills.

Fees: $575 per week.  10% discount for two+ weeks

Location: Cobra Fencing Club, 629 Grand St Jersey City, NJ 07302

Contact info: [email protected] | 201-654-7074

Team Wilderness

In the summer teens want something new and exciting.  Parents want something they can actually afford.  Team Wilderness is both.
We offer 2-week sessions that allow teens to discover the wilderness through hiking, camping, and even waterfall rappelling.  We do this as a way to teach them teamwork, community, and being their best self.  Our aim is to provide an exhilarating and empowering experience so that when they overcome obstacles in the wilderness, they learn they can overcome all of life’s obstacles.  We meet at Saint Peter’s University each day for a different trip.  In the second week we go backpacking for three days.
Since we’re a non-profit we’re affordable for all incomes!  No experience or equipment is needed!
Registration is quick and easy at www.TeamWilderness.org
Session One: July 22 – July 25 & July 29 – August 1
Session Two: August 12 – August 15 & August 19 – August 22
Ages:  13-17

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please send us an email to [email protected]

Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park, Jersey City(Free Event)

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT : Easter Egg Hunt Rescheduled for Next Saturday
 
Due to the amount of snow in the park, we are postponing The Great Egg Hunt to next weekend, Saturday, March 31, 2018.
Rest of the event plan remains the same.

Easter Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park/ Easter Egg Hunt in Jersey City, New Jersey

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.

Our partner in this event is HPNA and we have worked together to keep this event free for our community.
Both JCFamilies and Hamilton Park  Neighborhood Association are non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations and will have donation boxes at the event if you would like to donate to ensure that the Great Egg Hunt and other community-based events stay free and accessible to all families in Jersey City.
We look forward to seeing you at the Great Egg Hunt :Easter Egg Hunt in Jersey City on Saturday March 24th from 10am to 2pm
Egg Hunt, Kids Activities, Bunny Meet and Greet, Music and Dance
Great Egg Hunt in Jersey City : Performances Schedule
12:00 – Nimbus
12:30 – Flamenco performance by Cana Y Cadencia
Partners for Easter Egg Hunt Event 2018:
* We will have different time slots for the egg hunt for different age groups and a special slot for kids with special needs. 
*  3 stations for egg exchange and goodies collection.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your schedule time and bring your own basket.
 
10:00 am Egg Hunt Begins : 
10:00 AM :  0 to 3 Years Old (with the parents)
10:20 AM :  3 to 5 Years Old (without the parents)
10:40 AM :  5 & up (without the parents)
11:00 AM :  0 to 3 Years Old (with the parents)
11:20 AM :  3 to 5 Years Old (without the parents)
11:40 AM :  5 & up (without the parents)
12:00 AM :  Special Need Kids (with the parents)
  
If you are a business and want to participate in the event, please write to us at [email protected] OR [email protected]
We will be collecting the following items for St. Lucy’s Shelter in Easter Egg Hunt Jersey City:

Please donate it at  HPNA table:

Toiletries,
Condiments
Non-refrigerated Milk
Paper goods (such as toilet paper and paper towels)

RSVP NOW…….
Great Egg Hunt in Jersey City

Where to watch Superbowl 2018 in & around Jersey City

Where to watch Superbowl 2018 in & around Jersey City

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

SUPERBOWL IN JERSEY CITY: Thanks to jerseycityeats and to Sasha Kleinman from Have a Night for the following info.

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! (

Taphaus

Halftime Bar & Grill

VB3 Restaurant & 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.

The Ale House

Black Bear Bar & Grill, the first 100 people are entered to win prizes depending on the quarter. Prizes include:

  • 1st Quarter: Olivier Vernon-signed football
  • Halftime: Eli Manning-signed jersey
  • 3rd Quarter: Landon Collins-signed helmet
  • Final: HD TV

City Bistro

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.

Welcome to Jersey City: Starter Guide for Jersey City Newbies

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!

1.SHOPPING

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.

A Glance into Jersey City Farmer’s Market

Healthy places to eat in Jersey City

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City

2. ENTERTAINMENT

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.

2.1 Outdoors:

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!

2.2 Indoors:

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.

JCFamilies Weekly Meet Ups

3. TRANSPORTATION

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:

  • Jersey City provides a free public school option beginning at age 3. Since there is limited space in the local schools, JC outsources their pre-k program to contracted child-care centers. All of these contracted child care centers use the High/Scope curriculum.
  • In addition, many downtown and Hamilton Park families choose private, Montessori, religious, or cooperative education options for their young children because they allow parents more flexibility and can be closer to home than the public option.
  • Nannys and au pairs are also very common for parents who choose in-home care for their babies.

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.

JCFamilies Fitness Directory

 6. DOCTORS

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

Are you a woman? Are you an expectant mom? Are you planning to have a baby? Do you have kids? Primary Physicians info here: Carepoint Health and DRS

Adult and Pediatric ER

  • Hoboken University Medical Center / Carepoint: 308 Willow Ave, Hoboken, NJ, 07030
  • Christ Hospital / Carepoint : 176 Palisades Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07306
  • Jersey City Medical Center: 355 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

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

8. PHARMACIES

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

CVS Pharmacy : 59 Washington Street, Hoboken
Rite Aid: 2859-61 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

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.

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

Birthday Party on a Budget

Jersey City

Winter and After School Classes for Kids in Jersey City

The Best Winter and After School Classes for Kids in Jersey City

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!

Vibgyour 

“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

Register by emailing [email protected] or [email protected]

111-101 River Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Zaniac 

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.

125 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 360-2450

My Gym – Jersey City

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

(201) 205.1218

FastTrack Languages

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 

(201)-685-8220

CrossFit JC

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

1.833.CFJC.FIT

Jersey City Kick Boxing

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.

201.539.1333

Next Step Broadway

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

(201) 706-3025

JC Taekwondo & Kickboxing Academy

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

201-333-1006

Steam Works Studio 

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

(855-783-2687)

 New City Kids

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
201.915.9896

Bricks 4 Kids

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.

Jersey City Martial Arts

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

(201) 222-8996

Alpha Minds Academy

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

201-844-8535

Waterfront Montessori 

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.

150 Warren St #108, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 333-5600

Piano Lessons, Yukiko Tanaka

  • Age 3 and up
  • All Level – Suzuki Method or Traditional Method
  • 15 years of teaching experience
  • Piano recitals and public performances around Jersey City
  • Learn music theory as well in the lesson
  • Lessons at private music studio in downtown Jersey City

$30 for 30min lesson, $45 for 45min lesson and $60 for 60min lesson

Contact: 646-441-1464 / [email protected]
website: www.snowinthefield.com

Important Note

*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)
Winter and After School Classes for Kids in Jersey City

 

 

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2018 HOLIDAY DRIVES IN JC

   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.

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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.

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4th ANNUAL DROP THE TOY HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

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

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

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

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

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   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

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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.

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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.

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THE JERSEY CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT TOY DRIVE

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

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

More details at: www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com

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TOY DRIVE AT THE LANDMARK LOEW’S JERSEY CITY

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


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

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

Helping women and children break the cycle of poverty since 1989

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

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

Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City 2018

The Best Holiday Events In And Around Jersey City 2018

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!

JCFamilies’ Annual Holiday Party 

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!

My Gym

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.

The Jersey City Project Toy Drive

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.

Annual Tree Lighting & Victorian Yuletide Carolers Concert

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!

Holiday Marketplace at Hudson County Community College 

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!

Parents Night Out at PicoTech Institute

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!

Holiday Lights Spectacular

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!

Swedish Christmas Fair 

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!

Handcrafted Holidays The Stickley Museum

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.

 

Festival of Trees “Deck The Halls” 

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!

New Jersey Ballet: The Nutcracker

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!

Run Santa Run 5k Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk

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.

Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony

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.

14th Street Garden Center

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!

STEAM FEST 

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!

Holiday Market and Craft Fair

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!

The 6th Annual Jersey City Mayor’s Holiday Concert!

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.

Christmas Tree Lighting 

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!

Holiday Crafts Fair 

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.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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.

The holidays are the perfect season to enjoy activities with the family, enjoy all of the yummy food and yes, even the snowy and cold weather!

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

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!

Cocoa Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and 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!

Milk Sugar Love 

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

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!

Carmen Rosa’s Bakery

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!

Dulce de Leche Bakery 

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.

Sweet Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

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!

The Hudson Cakery

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!

Little Daisy Bake Shop

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.

Carlo’s Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

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!

Om Sweet Home

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.

WHOS Gluten Free

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

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!

Choc O Pain

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

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.

Cupcake Salon

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!)