Camp Riverbend Beach Party Open House

Choosing a summer camp?  Come in from the cold…to Camp Riverbend’s Beach Party Open House!  Saturday January 20, 10 am – 12 noon for prospective campers of all ages (3-14).  Riverbend counselors will be leading tropical games, crafts and cooking activities for kids and parents.  Meet our directors and tour the camp grounds.  Please email [email protected] or call 908-580-CAMP to reserve your space.   Camp Riverbend is 30 minutes from downtown Jersey City.  Daily summer bus service included.

Preschool of Rock Pop up Family Jam in Downtown JC

Preschool of Rock Pop Up Family Jam: Classes at $15 per class -that’s a 50% discount
An interactive 45 minute parent and me music classes performed live on guitar and drums. Our high energy children’s music class is filled with drumming, shaking, dancing, laughter, and instrument discovery.
Only 20 kids in the session so please pay to save your spot.

Buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2xvvfZ4https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DZGFZHZCR8DEG

More about PRESCHOOL OF ROCK

PRESCHOOL OF ROCK IS REDEFINING MUSIC EDUCATION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD BY INSPIRING CREATIVITY, CONFIDENCE, AND FREEDOM THROUGH CARING ROLE MODELS, INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM, CULTURALLY DIVERSE INSTRUMENTS AND HIP MUSIC.

http://www.preschoolofrock.com/about/#.WbAdqa2ZOqA

The fees is non-refundable and non-adjustable.

Preschool of Rock Back to School Jam in Downtown JC

Ski Friend Craft for Kids

Ski Friend DIY Craft for KidsBy now the kids are going stir crazy inside with all this cold weather and snow, so I wanted to offer a ski themed craft that is both fun to make and can double as a toy for creative play. This cute ski friend can be made by all ages – just check out my special tips below!

Materials:
– Pipe cleaners
– Popsicle sticks (small size)
– Toothpicks or wire
– Pom poms
– Wooden bead (for the head)
– Paint / or permanent markers
– Scrap of yarn or string
– Hot glue, craft glue or double sided tape (see below)
– Scissors
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
1) Cut a pipe cleaner in half to make the body for your skier. I chose a few different colors so it looks like pants and a shirt.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
2) Fold one pipe cleaner half like an upside down V to make the legs. Fold the other pipe cleaner half around it to form arms, as the photo shows.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
3) Paint a wooden bead for the face. You could also use a thin tipped permanent marker for eyes, a nose and a mouth.
4) Using hot glue (adult supervision only) or craft glue (such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue), attach the head to the body, and the feet to two Popsicle sticks. Attach pom poms to the head for a hat.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
5) Fold each pipe cleaner hand around a toothpick to create ski poles.
Ski Friend DIY Craft for Kids
6) Tie a little yarn or string around the skier for a scarf.

Ski Friend DIY Craft for KidsVARIATIONS

This craft really works the best with hot glue, because if done right – it can be played with over and over again! The kids will have a great time bending the knees, etc. like a real skier. If you do use hot glue, make sure it heats completely before applying (usually 5 minutes after plugging the glue gun in).
If you do not wish to use hot glue, strong double sided tape could be used to adhere the feet to the Popsicle sticks.
Don’t have a wooden bead at home? Simply use a sticker for the face (such as a round colored dot from the dollar store).
As long as you have pipe cleaners and Popsicle sticks at home – you can get creative with this fun, winter craft!

Ashley Lucas (aka Lady Lucas) is an artist, illustrator, author and crafts designer. Her adorable characters can be found online via her website and Etsy shop (which highlights instant coloring books & party crafts). She offers bespoke, private art lessons to children in Jersey City and Hoboken ages 4 – 12 years.

JCFamilies’ Events Sponsorship/ Advertising Offer for 2018

As you know, JCFamilies is Hudson County’s leading resource for parents and caregivers. We provide our sponsors with an unparalleled reach to local, diverse, socially connected and well economically established audience. JCFamilies organizes some of the largest events in the area with thousands of families in attendance.

OVERVIEW

“JCFamilies is a purpose driven qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; which allows all 2018 donations to be tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law”. We are an organization  dedicated to providing wholesome parenting experience to local communities. JCFamilies is the largest and fastest growing society of parents in the Jersey City area. More than 25,000 local parents connect with us across JCFamilies properties:

  •       Flagship website: www.JCFamilies.com
  •       Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MeetUp
  •       Annually published and locally distributed JCFamilies parents’ guide (Education Guide)

We offer our members a unique opportunity to connect and network with families and businesses in Jersey City and surrounding areas. By combining information about local events, children’s entertainment, education, local businesses and much more we are able to effectively keep our members engaged while continuously increasing our sponsors’ visibility.

The JCFamilies community is comprised of local, young, diverse, socially connected and well economically established families with one or more children under the age of ten, making it an exceptionally desirable audience for local advertising. We offer several highly effective and cost efficient options for businesses to establish and maintain significant presence within our market – your target customer base.

We appreciate your trust in working with us in the past and would like to extend a warm invitation to continue to collaborate in 2018.

Advertising & Sponsorship package options for 2018:

  1. EVENTS

1.1 Events in 2018: * Please note the dates are tentative.

  • Easter Great Egg Hunt- Saturday – Mar 24th
  • Baby Fair – Saturday – April 14th
  • Spring Festival – Saturday – April 14th
  • JC Summer Camp Fair – Saturday – April 28th
  • Mother’s Day – Friday – May 11th
  • JC Fitness Fair – Saturday – May 19th
  • JC Kids’ Run – Saturday – June 2nd
  • Cultural Diversity Festival – Saturday – Ago 18th
  • JC Education Fair – Saturday – Sep 22nd
  • Harvest Festival – Saturday – Oct 6th
  • Halloween Parade – Wednesday – Oct 24th
  • Halloween Spooktacular – Saturday – Oct 27th
  • Holiday Party –  Saturday  – Dec 8th

Event Packages Available. Please write to [email protected] to learn more about package discounts.

1.2 Feministival Series/ Summer Family Events

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

  • Feministival  – Friday – May 11th
  • Feministival  – Friday – June 8th
  • Feministival  – Friday – July 13th
  • Feministival (Bubble Show) – Friday – Aug 10th
  • Feministival (Back to School Picnic) – Friday – Sept 14th

* Please note the dates are tentative.

Please write to [email protected] to learn more about participation options.

2. ADVERTISING on the website:

JCFamilies Key Statistics :

  •       Website: over 3,500 members
  •       Facebook: over 10,0000 fans
  •       Twitter: over 1,500 followers
  •       Instagram: over 6,200 followers
  •       MeetUp Groups: over 2,200 members

Different advertising packages levels available. Please write to [email protected] to learn more about the options.

JCFamilies membership is free to the members.  “JCFamilies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law and it is your donation that allows us to maintain operations, while continuously delivering and expanding a diverse portfolio of programs to local parents.

CONTACT US: [email protected]

JCFamilies Team

www.JCFamilies.com

https://www.instagram.com/jcfamilies/

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www.Twitter.com/JCFamilies

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

8 Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in and Around Jersey City

Santa is officially coming to town! There may be nothing more magical than bringing the kids to visit Santa Clause for the first time during the holiday season. Their faces light up, they get to whisper their Christmas lists to Santa, and you get to capture these moments in special pictures to keep forever. The 8 best places to take pictures with santa in and around Jersey City :

In this post, we will take a look at the top 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City. We have also included places that are located close to Jersey City as well to offer more of a variety of places you can take the kids.

Newport Centre – Jersey City, NJ

Located right in Jersey City, this is a great place for your kids to meet Santa. Santa is located in the center court of the mall and is available to take pictures and sit with your kids during normal mall hours. This is a great option for one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City

(201) 626-2078

30 Mall Dr. W, Jersey City, NJ 07310

SPECIAL HOURS

12/04–12/07/2017: 10AM–8:30PM (Holiday Hours)
12/08–12/14/2017: 10AM–9PM (Holiday Hours)
12/15–12/16/2017: 9AM–9PM (Holiday Hours)
12/17/2017: 9AM–8PM (Holiday Hours)
12/18–12/22/2017: 9AM–9PM (Holiday Hours)

 Jersey City’s Pedestrian Mall – Jersey City, NJ

Santa will be available for photos with the kids during Jersey City’s annual historic Christmas tree lighting and Menorah Lighting. The event takes place on December 7th and will feature live music, festive lights, Santa Clause, caroling, and more! It’s the perfect holiday event for the whole family.

119-158 Newark Avenue
Jersey City NJ

December 7th
6:45pm – 8:00pm

North Bergen’s Public Library – North Bergen, NJ

Join for their annual holiday celebration on December 15th as it is one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City! The event starts at 4 pm. There will be goodies bags and the chance to meet Santa Clause! This is a great family-friendly event and a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

(201) 869-4715

Main Branch
8411 Bergenline Avenue
North Bergen NJ

December 15th
4:00pm

The Mall at Short Hills – Short Hills, NJ

Take photos with Santa at this great all through December 24th. He will be there every day for your kids to meet! This year there is an interactive theme so kids can feel like they are apart of Santa’s elite flight academy. They will also get a personalized badge at check-in and they get to try on a virtual flight suite. There is also so much more for kids to do! Packages start at the reasonable price of $23.

1200 Morris Tpke., Short Hills, NJ 07078

(973) 376-7350

10 am – 9 pm through December 24th

Garden State Plaza – Paramus, NJ

On Macy’s Court level 2, Santa will be there. Photo packages start at $25 and for an extra $10 you can also purchase a digital download. All of the packages also come with a $20 promo code to Shutterfly as well! If you want your fur baby to be in the photo as well, there will also be a pet night so you can bring your pup along for the photoshoot as well. Remember, all pets must be leashed and well behaved. All of these fun options make it one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City.

One Garden State Plaza Paramus NJ 07652

201.843.2121

10 am – 10 pm

Winter Wonderland – Harlem, NY

Meet Santa at the historic Apollo Theater! The whole afternoon will be filled with pictures, Santa Clause, and holiday fun and cheer. You can also bring donations for kids in need – they accept toys, books, clothing, and CDs. All items are donated to the Greenhope Services.

Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street

Saturday, December 9, 2pm-6pm

Macy’s Santaland – Midtown West, NY

This famous store truly transforms into a Christmas winter wonderland this time of year. They have an entire North Pole Village set up, elves roaming around, an enchanted forest featuring animatronic toys, and a full train display.Please note that for this year you need to make reservations for your visit it Santa.  Photo packages start at $21. We highly recommend taking the trip out to the city as this is one of the 8 best places to take pictures with Santa in and around Jersey City and even the country in our opinion.

151 West 34th Street, between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Eighth Floor

Friday, November 24-Sunday, December 24, times vary.

Santa’s Winter Garden – Battery Park City, NY

Photo packages start at $29.

This is a magical place where you and the kids can visit Santa and get photos phone by a professional photographer. After the pictures are done, there is on-site shopping, attend the luminaries light show, and take a spin on their outdoor ice rink. They will also have hot food available upstairs so you can warm up after all of the fun winte activities!

Brookfield Place, 220 Vesey Street, at West Street

Friday, November 24-Sunday, December 24. Times vary

The 8 Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in and Around 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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Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey City

Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey City

Whether you want to cut your own tree, pick a live tree and have it cut for you!! Please, check out some options in & around Jersey City.

JERSEY CITY

    14th STREET GARDEN CENTER
793 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07310 – Phone: (201) 963-1414
https://www.14thstreetgardencenter.com

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CHRISTMAS TREE LOT AT THE HOME DEPOT
180 12th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310, USA – Phone: 201-963-6513

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BOUQUETS AND BASKETS
548 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA – Phone: 201-216-1188
https://bouquetsbaskets.net/

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PETER AND ST. PAUL ORTHODOX CHURCH IN PAULUS HOOK
109 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA

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DAIRY QUEEN – PARKING LOT
513 Westside Ave, Jersey City, 07304

Trees of all shapes and sizes, as well as other Christmas decorations, are sold annually at the lot.

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STONY HILL

We buy premium Christmas trees from superb growers who cut the trees for us the day before we pick them up. Other Christmas items include wreaths (plain and decorated), roping, Boxwood Trees, and, grave blankets.

Check their availability at the following markets
Grove Pointe Farmer’s Market – Mondays from 4 to 8pm
Exchange Place Market – Tuesdays from 12:30 to 6:30pm
Hamilton Park Farmer’s Market – Wednesdays from 3 to 7:30pm
Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmer’s Market – Thursdays from 4 to 8pm
Journal Square Farmer’s Market – Fridays from 11am to 7pm
Paulus Hook – Saturdays from 11am to 4pm

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CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS

DEPIERO’S FARM STAND & GREENHOUSES
156 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645. Phone: (201) 391-4576
http://depieros-farm-stand-and-greenhouses.business.site/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Fresh cut Christmas Trees, Hand-made wreaths all sizes 8” to 6’, remembrance blankets, kissing balls, swags, mantel pieces, farm grown poinsettias. Custom orders welcome.

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   ROHSLER’S ALLENDALE NURSERY AND FLORIST
100 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, NJ 07401, USA
https://rohslers.com/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

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SECOR FARMS
85 Airmont Ave, Mahwah, NJ 07430, USA
http://www.secorfarms.com/winter
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Right after Thanksgiving we reopen with hundreds of pre-cut Christmas trees: Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir and Douglas Fir of all different shapes and sizes. Our tree specialists will help you to find the perfect tree.

In addition to our trees, we have a wide variety of decorated and undecorated wreaths, kissing balls and white pine roping to suit your decorating needs. Decorated grave covers and grave blankets are also available.

Come take a walk through a greenhouse bursting with colorful poinsettias and poinsettia baskets for the perfect holiday gift.

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ALSTEDE FARM
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930 . Phone: 908-879-7189.
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Come Visit Santa’s Country Corner!
Santa will be touching down at Alstede Farms just in time for the perfect family portrait. He’ll be checking his list while you happily check off your Christmas card photo opportunity from your list. Come share unforgettable moments on our farm and kindle your Christmas spirit by visiting our beautiful display of firs, pines and wreaths. Stay to enjoy Country Christmas with Santa, roast a marshmallow, and then make a delicious stop into our farm store for fresh baked treats, homemade ice cream and freshly picked produce.

Country Christmas with Santa hours are 11am-4pm on 12/2, 12/9, 12/10, 12/16 12/17, 12/23, 12/24, & 2-5pm on 12/3

Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey CityPlease note that on Sunday, Dec. 3rd Santa will be available at his country corner from 2:00 pm – 5 pm because Santa’s having breakfast with us that day! Interested in having breakfast with Santa? Find out more about having breakfast with Santa by clicking here.

Our farm store is open 9am-8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, Sundays- Thursdays 9am-7pm.

Stop by his Country Christmas Corner to say hello and treat yourself to some warm cider or a seasonal ice cream while on the farm.

Available for purchase:  hot cider, hot chocolate, donuts, and more.

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DIXIEDALE FARM
347 Hillside Ave and River Rd., Chatham 973-507-4343
http://www.dixiedalefarm.com/index.htm
Approximately 35 min from Jersey City

Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey CityBring the entire family for an od holiday experience. Don’t Forget your camera.

Wander the 10 lush acres and find the perfect tree check the height and make your final selection. Cut it yourself, we will show you how, or let us cut it for you.

Visit Chatham’s Quaint Main Street for breakfast, lunch or a cup of hot cocoa.

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SIMONSON FARMS
http://www.simonsonfarms.com/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey CityU-Cut Christmas Tree:
1- 260 Dey Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512 ***CASH ONLY or Pre-Pay with credit card at Retail Lot***
2- 120 Cranbury Neck Road, Cranbury, NJ 08512 ***CASH or Visa/Mastercard***
Bring your own saw or use ours!

Fresh –Cut; Retail Lot:
118 Dey Road, Cranbury, NJ, 08512

Twine to tie trees down & netting available at all locations

Fraser/Canaan Fir, Douglas & Concolor Firs; Blue & Norway Spruce; White Pine, and more
And our Christmas Shoppe has everything else!
Wreaths, evergreen roping,grave pillows, tree stands, lights, holiday gifts, ornaments and accessories

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HIDDEN POND TREE FARM
4 West Field Rd. , Mendham, NJ 07945 – Phone: 973-865-6362
http://www.hiddenpondtreefarm.com/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Where to buy Christmas Trees & Wreaths In & Around Jersey CityCheck and Cash ONLY
Cut your own Christmas Tree
Free Hayrides (Weather Permitting)
FREE MARSHMALLOW ROAST & BONFIRE

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ORT FARM
25 Bartley Road, Long Valley NJ 07853
http://www.ortfarms.com/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Christmas Season at Ort Farms
-Wreaths
-Douglas Fir and Fraiser Fir Trees (4 ft-11 ft)
-Decorated Wreaths
-Swags
-Kissing Balls
-Grave Blankets
-Grave Crosses
-Interior Decorations
-Centerpieces
-Boxwood trees and candle holders

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PARKS FARM
525 Route 24, Chester, NJ 07930 – Phone: (908) 879-5509
https://www.parksfarmsllc.com/
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

Fresh-cut Fraser Firs (Various sizes 6-12 ft.)
Wreathes – plain & decorated
Kissing Balls
Roping
Designer Bows and more!

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BARCLAYS TREE FARM
35 Orchardside Dr., Cranbury 609-799-1855
http://www.barclaystreefarm.com
Approximately 1 hour from Jersey City

We offer an excellent selection of Choose and Cut Christmas Trees.

2017 HOLIDAY DRIVES IN JC

   JERSEY CITY 21ST ANNUAL TOY DRIVE

The City of Jersey City has been celebrating the Mayor’s Toy Drive since 1996 and on Friday, December 15, 2017 Mayor Fulop of Jersey City will host the 21st Annual Toy Drive at City Hall.

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 7th ANNUAL JERSEY CITY TIES HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE & HAPPY HOUR

The 7th Annual Jersey City Ties Holiday Toy Drive & Happy Hour will take place on Saturday, December 2 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 2nd, 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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   39th 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 2nd and 3rd, 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 2nd and 3rd 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

Looking for the Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking for the Best Thanksgiving Recipes, Jersey City?

Thanksgiving can often get overwhelming with all of the cooking to do, the timing to get right, and all of your friends and family coming over expecting a delicious meal. Furthermore, it can be just as challenging deciding what dishes to prepare for the big day as well. There are so many options to choose from and so many different tastes to cater to. We have put together a list of some super great Thanksgiving recipes to help get you started on your preparation. Looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes, Jersey City? Well, we have got you covered!

Candied Yams

Sweets aren’t just for dessert on Thanksgiving. Try this sweet candied yam recipe. It has things ling spicy ginger and toasted marshmallows to make it even more delicious.

 Glazed Baby Carrots

Another sweet and savory veggie dish is a great way to please the adults and also entice the kids to eat their veggies on this indulgent day. Plus, it is only 4 ingredients and so simple to whip up fast. If you are looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes, these carrots are definitely one.

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a must on Thanksgiving and these cream potatoes are great because you can prep them in advance. This recipe is a must try for all mashed potato lovers.

 Foolproof Pie Dough

Pir crust for your favorite pie recipes can also be made ahead as well and then frozen. You can even make it weeks in advance. This is a buttery and flaky crust that everyone will love.

 Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is the perfect food to prep in advance because it only gets better the longer it sits. This recipe is so simple that it can be made in 10 minutes. No need for store-bought and canned jelly style cranberry sauce. This is sure to impress all of your guests.

Three-Cheese Mini Macs

Kids love mac and cheese, so this is a great side dish all little ones will devour. They are also perfect for them to just pick up with the hands and chow down.

Frosted Pumpkin Cupcakes

Kids love cupcakes. So, for their dessert treat flavorful pumpkin cupcakes with sweet and creamy frosting and a perfect kid approved dessert.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

If you want to put a unique spin on classic pecan pie, this recipe includes lush chocolate to take your pie to the next level. The chocolate and nutty pecans make the perfect combo. When looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes, we always like something a little different.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you are sick of regular pumpkin pie for this Thanksgiving’s dessert spread, try this sinfully creamy and flavorful pumpkin cheesecake!

Ginger Apple Cranberry Sauce

If you are looking for a traditional dish, like cranberry sauce, but with a zesty and spicy spin, look no further than this easy and delicious ginger apple cranberry sauce.

Cornbread Dressing

If you want to add some Southern comfort to your Thanksgiving, cornbread stuffing is a perfect sweet and savory dish to add to the spread!

 Sweet Potato Souffle

Having a Thanksgiving with mainly adults and want to add a sophisticated touch? This sweet potato souffle is super simple but looks and tastes so decadent your guests will think you slaved for hours and hours over one dish. If you are looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes with an eleated twist, try this out!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Warm, soft, buttery, and slightly sweet, sweet potato biscuits will please your whole crowd, especially the kids. Kids love sweet and bready baked items, so these homemade biscuits are sure to be a hit.

Pumpkin Pie Parfaits 

Desserts don’t have to be hard. Pumpkin pie parfaits are a wonderful and easy addition to add to your scrumptious dessert table! Give these a try…we know you and your guests will not be disappointed.

Pretzel Turkeys 

If you want a cute treat for the kids that will leave them in awe, be sure to take some time to make these adorable pretzel turkeys with them. It will keep them engaged and also be a fun edible craft project.

Stuffed Delicata Squash

Delicata squash is the perfect fall veggie. If you have any vegetarian friends they will absolutely love this recipe. With ingredients like vegetarian sausage, garlic, feta cheese, and mushrooms, this stuffed squash will please everyone.

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash & Greens Bake

This squash has the looks of spaghetti and it neutral in flavor so it can be paired is any flavor combo. This creamy, cheesy, and greens filled bake is perfect for a healthier Thanksgiving side dish.

Vegan Mashed Potatoes

It is always nice to prepare some vegan dished just in case. These vegan mashed potatoes are delicious and creamy, just like the real deal.

Vegan Stuffing

Stuffing is an easy dish to make vegan-friendly and it certainly does not have to lack any flavor. This recipe is filled with robust and traditional flavors. Give it a try and see!

Sweet Potato Casserole

With pecans and rolled oats, marshmallows are replaced with something a bit more wholesome and nutritious, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste that way!

Vegan Gravy

Yes! You can make delicious vegan gravy. This is one of the best recipes so we definitely think you should try it out.

If you have been looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes, this list is a great way to get your started and help you plan your Thanksgiving feast!