Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City

The Best Holiday Events In And Around Jersey City

There is almost no better than the time of year then when we are surrounded by holidays. It’s a time filled with happiness, cheer, delicious foods, cozy fires, and family. Furthermore, the holiday season always means tons and tons of special events are taking place as well. Thankfully, Jersey City is a town that has plenty of holiday cheer to offer. In this post, we will explore some of the best holiday events in and around Jersey City. Let’s take a look at what is happening this year!

JCFamilies’ Annual Holiday Party for families In Jersey City

Annual Holiday Party for families In Jersey City

Join us for this festive event where local JC Families come together to celebrate the holiday season!

There will be a magic show, a holiday theme shadow Puppet Show, pictures with Santa, a kid’s fashion show, a dance party and more.

3:00 to 3:15pm – Kids’ Keyboard Performance by  Yukiko Tanaka & students

3:15 to 4:15 pm – Magic Show by Magician Cisco

4:15 to 5 pm – Shadow Puppet Show (holiday related)

5:00pm – Kid’s Dance Performance by Next Step Broadway

5:05 – Flamenco Dance Performance by Natallia Bassava

5:30 to 5:45pm – Fashion Show: Let the Kids Shine!

5:45 to 6:30pm – Dance Party with DJ Little Heads

RSVP here : http://jcfamilies.com/event/annual-holiday-party-for-families-in-jersey-city/

Holiday Marketplace at Hudson County Community College (Free Event)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for a day of great gift buys 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!

Parents, shop while your kids enjoy the festivities and demo some of our upcoming spring programs!

Schedule for the event :

12:00 – 1:00:     Sew Your Own Felt Ornaments & Gifts with Joys in Teaching

1:00 – 1:30 Holiday Story Books to Stage with Speranza Theater Co.            (Book Readings & Crafts)

1:30 – 3:30 Magic, Puppets, & Balloon Twisting

3:30 – 4:00 Holiday Story Books to Stage with Speranza Theater Co. (Book Readings & Crafts)

12:00 – 3:00 Face Painting for Kids

12:00 – 4:00 Selfies with Santa

Hudson County Community College’s Department of Community Education & Office of Student Activities

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Holiday Lights Spectacular – West Orange, NJ 

Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City

If you and the kids find nothing more spectacular and mesmerizing than Christmas and holiday lights, a trip to the Holiday Lights Spectacular is a must this holiday season. The event is free and begins on November 17. It is open every night from 5-9 pm (except for December 24-25). It takes place at the Essex County Turtleback Zoo and is a walkable light show. It features tons of sparkling lights and over 50 different animals and characters that are full of lights as well. Although the event is free, it is recommended you bring food and clothing donations to help make everyone’s holiday season merry and bright. This is one of the best holiday events in and around Jersey City.

Swedish Christmas Fair – Upper Montclair, NJ 

Holiday Events In and Around Jersey City

You certainly don’t have to be Swedish to enjoy this festive Christmas event. There is a little something for everyone at this fair. There is a large selection of foods, gift, and crafts to browse through. What makes this even so unique is the handmade Swedish crafts like woodwork, linen, and decorations available for purchase. They will have a Swedish cafe filled with traditional food fare like waffles, open-faced sandwiches, coffee bread, and much more.  You can win a ton of prizes and raffles as well and it is a great event to teach your children about other cultures and holiday traditions. This is one of the most unique holiday events in and around Jersey City. The event takes place Sunday, November 19th from 10 am to 6 pm.

Holiday Decorations at The Stickley Museum – Morris Plains, NJ 

Beginning in mid-November, The Stickley Museum puts on a magical holiday decorations display. Tours run Thursday through Sunday at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m. This is a cool old world way to get into the holiday spirit and one of the best holiday events in and around Jersey City.

The Log House will be festooned for the holidays in period style with a focus on Gustav Stickley’s own ideas about the season. Using holiday greens, pinecones, and the home’s forest palette, the decorations bring nature indoors and spotlight the Arts and Crafts movement’s emphasis on finding beauty in simplicity and natural materials.

Newark Annual Tree Holiday Lighting Celebration – Newark, NJ

On November 27 at 4 pm, Newark will be having their annual tree lighting. There will be festive music, pictures with Santa with a special holiday gift, bouncy house, synthetic ice skating rink, a trackless train, numerous carnival games, children’s characters, and Victorian carolers. The tree lighting will take place at 6 pm. There will be lot and street parking and the rain date is the 26th. The whole event is free.

Festival of Trees “Deck The Halls” – Chester, NJ

This is an annual event in Chester, NJ and is a charitable event with the goal to raise awareness and support for the Senior Resource Center (SRC). The event takes place from December 2 to the 9th. If you are looking to donate and support a charity during the holiday season, this one of the best holiday events in and around Jersey City.

New Jersey Ballet: The Nutcracker – Morristown, NJ

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. With stunning stage sets, beautiful dancing, and out of this work music, this is a special treat for the whole family to go and see. Shows run from December 4 to the 24 with tons of show times so you can surely fit in your trip to this holiday ballet.

Run Santa Run – Montclair, NJ

If you are looking for a fun event, but one that also gets you outside and active, look no further than this charity run. It is put on to support The American Cancer Fund. It is a 5k fun run and5-mile walk. The run is lead by Santa Clause and you must be registered by November 15th to receive your Santa hat. “Come out and enjoy holiday music, hot cocoa, prizes and local vendors and food trucks. Children will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa your free Santa hat. ” Cost is $8 16 & Under, $25 Adults.

Kid’s Night – Hoboken, NJ

On December 2, 2017, to Dec 9, from 5:30 PM until 09:00 PM, this drop-off event is designed especially for kids. With everything included, this is one of the coolest holiday events in and around Jersey City for the kids. The cost is $35 per child or $60 for siblings. Included in the price is:

  • Dinner: Pizza from Napolis, juice, and a cupcake
  • Art Project: Your child will create a great craft during our art class.
  • Dance Party: This is an upbeat movement class with fun games and activities.
  • Movie: Shown on our professional 6 foot by 8-foot movie screen and projector for a mini-movie experience.

Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony- Jersey City, NJ

This annual event takes place at the Pedestrian Mall on December 7th 6:45 pm. This is a free event that is perfect for the whole family to attend. There will be free fresh cookies for the kids, music, and more. Santa will be there are there will be refreshments served all throughout the event.

Holiday Market and Craft Fair – Jersey City, NJ

On December 9 and 10 from 12-6:60 pm, this craft fair and market will feature a warm and cozy shopping village in a heated and toasty tent. There will be a ton of arts, crafts, and specialty goods to browse through like art, jewelry, home accessories, clothing, and much more. All prices are very budget friendly and make great holiday gifts for all family and friends. There will also be tasty holiday treats and live entertainment. Plus, for the adults, holiday cocktails will be served. Santa will be there for pictures with the kids, fun fingerless gloves will be given away, SWAG bags will be given away, and more free holiday goodies.

Christmas Tree Lighting 2017 – Hoboken, NJ

On December 5th, at 5 pm, Hoboken will have their annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This year, they will have Elvis the Elf and an appearance by the one and only Santa Clause. There will be tons of live performances, music, and prized and giveaways! The lighting takes place in front of City Hall. It is a great, fun safe, and festive way to really kick off the holiday season with the whole family. The event is free.

City Hall Holiday Crafts Fair – Hoboken, NJ 

On December 2-3 from 11 am to 5 pm, the City Hall Holiday Craft Fair will take place in Hoboken. There will be unique and fun holiday items from local vendors and businesses. Items will include things like: “art, jewelry, fashion accessories, pottery, wooden home decor, hand knit scarves, hats, mittens, baby sweaters, baby clothes, Silly Chilly hot sauce, holiday ornaments & gift wrap, soap & body products, candles, sachets, dog & cat treats, hot & cold compresses & much more.”

Furthermore, Mrs. Clause will be doing face painting for kids on the second floor of City Hall! This is a perfect holiday event to attend with the whole family as there will be a little something for everyone. Plus, you can get some holiday shopping done and support local businesses for the holiday season.

 The Radio City Christmas Spectacular- NYC 

From November 10-January 2018, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is something you should do with the family at least once. The show has been in production since 1933 and is one of the most timeless Christmas traditions in the entire country. The show features Santa, The Rockettes, and tap dancers galore. The sets are stunning and super magical for kicking off the holiday seasons and getting you and the kids into the Christmas spirit. This is a must see show and one of the best holiday events in and around Jersey City.

Bryant Park Winter Village- NYC

From free ice skating on a 17,000 square foot outdoor rink to more than 150 holiday shops to some of the most delicious food vendors and eateries, this is a holiday event not to miss. You can get some holiday shopping done, chow down on holiday treats, and skate until your heart in content. Bring your own skates though if you don’t want to pay the $20 rental fee! This is truly a magical winter village and one of the greatest holiday events in and around Jersey City.

Skating hours: Daily 8am–10pm, through March 4.

Holiday Shops: Mon–Fri 11am–8pm, Sat, Sun 10am–8pm, through January 2. Many shops are open on major holidays.

Holiday Banding Concert- Hoboken, NJ 

If you are looking to listen to some classic holiday songs, you certainly don’t want to miss this Holiday Banding Concert. All music is performed by favorite local musicians and they may also throw in some of their own original holiday songs as well! The event will take place on Sunday, December 18, 2016, doors open at 5:30 pm and admission is $10.00. The admissions fee will go to support Hoboken’s Movies Under the Stars Outdoor Summer Series.

 

Public Libraries in Jersey City

Public Libraries in Jersey City

Public Libraries are a valuable resource to the community, constantly providing valuable services that engage children and families, inspire creativity, and enrich minds. Hudson County’s Local Libraries are a vital resource for multi-cultural families, high schoolers in need of digital media and internet access, ESL parents and children, and the general community. Education is the key to success and with events like Financial Literacy Classes, Story Time Events, and ESL classes, we want people to know exactly what our libraries have to offer. With tons of family-friendly programs, activities, workshops, classes, and events, your local Library is your main resource for community and culture, and so, it’s important to know where your resources are. That’s why JCfamilies has complied this Directory and Guide to Public Libraries Located in Jersey CIty.

Public libraries are great for adults, kids, and families. They are the perfect spot to borrow books, ready, relax, work, or partake in a variety of educational activities. Even better is the fact becoming a member of a public library is affordable – because it is free! So, grab the kids and head off to the library for some quiet reading and learning time at these public libraries in Jersey City.

Jersey City Free Public Library

Of course, the main library to attend in Jersey City is the Jersey City Free Public Library. It is located at 472 Jersey Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07302. The library features “400,000+ pieces of printed, audiovisual, and electronic resources that addresses the needs of the truly multicultural clientele of the city’s 240,055 population,” so there is an endless amount of reading and educational material. The library also has a full online catalog so you can browse the library’s selection from home before heading out to the branch of your choice. This is a great feature if you are looking for a specific book – like if your child needs a book for school or a certain piece of research literature. This makes it one of the best public libraries in Jersey City.

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Ongoing Events

Here is a list of the ongoing events, for both kids and adults, the main library branch has scheduled.

Children’s Room

The main library branch features a children’s room. The children’s room is meant for kids up to 8th grade and has an array of colorful decor that helps kids learn, grow, and thrive in their environment. They have story hour, arts and crafts, movies, and a LEGO club to partake in as well! All are free to members of the library.

Programs and Events

As most libraries have, the main library has many different programs, events, and classes for members to do (both kids and adults). Some examples of classes you may take at the library are:

  • Healthy snacks
  • Adult movie night
  • Halloween craft
  • LEGO club
  • Book club
  • Exercise classes
  • Family game night
  • Heritage celebrations
  • Knitting

Public Library Branches

The Main library also has many smaller branches located throughout Jersey City as well.

Five Corners Branch

This is one of the most popular and busiest public libraries in Jersey City. It has everything you could ever need in a library with plenty of space to spread out, read, research, and find quiet time.

678 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07306

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Ongoing Events

Calander of ongoing events at this branch is located above.

Glenn D. Cunningham Branch

This Regional branch now provides a wide variety of picture books for children, fiction and non-fiction for young adults, as well as significant collections of books on Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Civil War, in commemoration of the 200th birthday of our nation’s 16th president and the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Books in the Reference area have received a much-needed augmentation as well, including new Library materials on African-American history, as well as test preparation materials, such as the SAT, GRE, and Civil Service Exam.

275 Martin Luther King Dr., Jersey City, NJ 07305

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Ongoing Events

Ongoing events at GCB.

Greenville branch

Public Libraries in Jersey City

With all of the regular features of a typical library, this branch also has a brand new auditorium and has an Afro-American Historical Society Museum on the second floor.

1841 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305

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Ongoing Events

Heights branch

This branch has many unique features but has everything a regular library has as well. According to the branch website, this library features all of the following:

“The double-door vestibule opens to the Circulation Desk, which is surrounded by an open-air, large bright room that houses Reference, Young Adult’s, Children’s and Pre-school areas. This branch is handicapped accessible, with additional computers on the lower level, where patrons can browse amongst the magazines and popular novels and read in its quiet area, or enjoy a speaker in the presentation room.”

14 Zabriskie St., Jersey City, NJ 07307

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Ongoing Events

Miller Branch

Public Libraries in Jersey City

This location features The Computer Learning Resource Center, MacBret Room with Mac computers, laser printers, scanners, flatscreen TVs, cordless headphones, and more. They also have a special teen center in the library and have an extensive collection of African American History books, articles, resources, etc. All of these features make it one of the best public libraries in Jersey City.

489 Bergen Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07304

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Ongoing Events

Pavonia Branch

Public Libraries in Jersey City

This library offers a ton of different classes, is great for young professionals who live close to the branch, and is great for families and children. The library partakes in many local festivals and has extended weekend hours.

326 Eighth St., Jersey City, NJ 07302

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Ongoing Events 

 Hudson County Community College Library

Public Libraries in Jersey City

Although this is a college library, if you have a Free Public Library card for Jersey City and have a valid photo ID, you can use this library as well. It is a great quiet place to go and read or study. It is best suited for older kids and adults as it is a college/school-based library.

The mission of the HCCC Library is to support students, staff, and faculty in their pursuit of knowledge. The Library strives to support student success by offering relevant, current, and interesting materials, both in print and online. The Library currently holds more than 40,000 books, 750 DVDs, 37,000 online journals, and 2,800 E-books.

Collection highlights include the Culinary Collection, the English as a Second Language Collection, and the College Archives, which includes newsletters, catalogs, yearbooks, handbooks, and photographs relating to the administration, faculty, staff, and students of HCCC.

Mon 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Tue 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Wed 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Thu 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

Pole Position Jersey City, NJ

Pole Position Raceway Jersey City, NJ

Indoor and outdoor go-karting is becoming a popular sport and fun activity all around the United States. This is a great activity for both kids and adults alike, making this the perfect way to spend time with the whole family. It is fun, active, and a great way to get out of the house and spend time together. Plus, Poe Position Jersey City is all indoors, which makes it the perfect rainy day activity!

How It Works

Racing at Pole Position Jersey City could not be simpler. Go-karts are Italian designed and go up to 45 mph. They are designed to emulate real race cars and the tracks heed to formula racetrack courses. All participants are required to sign a waiver and if you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign it for you.

Ages

All participants are required to sign a waiver and if you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign it for you.

There are 3 different age categories for racers – adults, non-license, and junior. Adults require a valid driver’s license and a minimum height of 4’8″, non-license requires no driver’s license, ages 12-17, and height of 4’10”, and juniors are for ages 6+ and height of 4′ – 5′.

Types of Racing

There are two different kinds of racing you can do at Pole Position Jersey City. We will take a look at those two options below.

Arrive & Drive

This is the most popular style of racing at Pole Position Jersey City. Essentially, all you have to do is walk in, sign your waiver, register, and get into the racing queue. They will get you out onto the race track as fast as possible and there is no reservation required.

Head to Head

Head to head racing required reservations and a group of 8 drivers, minimum.

You can compete in head-to-head, two, three or four race events. The main event will be lined up in pole position. The first driver to cross the finish line on the final lap wins. Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals will be awarded at the Winners Circle Podium. This is popular for company team building events or group parties.

Racing Leagues and Lessons

If you are looking to do something a little more serious than just racing around the race tracks at Pole Position Jersey City, you can opt to take lessons or even join a league!

Racing leagues race one night per week for four weeks. Leagues are only open to adults who have a valid driver’s license and are 58″+ tall.

Racing lessons are available as well. Pole Position Jersey City offers summer camps, a racing clinic, and the Academy of racing science. You will learn from the pros, how to drive like a pro, and will become the best go-kart racer you can be! You can learn more about each type of lesson, here.

Pricing

There are quite a few ways that pricing works at Pole Position Jersey City. They offer annual memberships of $55 for adults and non-license and that includes:

  • 2 free races (1 race on day of membership purchase, 1 race on next visit)
  • Free RPM t-shirt
  • Discounted race price
  • Promotional benefits throughout the year

If you do not opt for the membership pricing goes as follows:

  • 1 Race – $20
  • 2 Races -$38
  • 3 Races – &54
  • 5 Races – $80
  • 10 Races – $150

Eat and Drink

Of course, you are going to get hungry after going fast on the track, so luckily Pole Position Jersey City has food and drink so you can recharge! They offer a wide variety of snacks and also offer catering to business events or parties as well.

Other Activities

If you are not into racing, but would still like to attend a fun outing with your family, Pole Position Jersey City has other fun activities as well! There is an arcade for classic games and new state of the art technology, a fun bowling alley, and a real-life race simulator that gives you one of the most realistic and authentic racing experiences out there.

Parking and Distance From JC

There is a large parking lot with an ample amount of parking for anyone who wants to go to Pole Position Jersey City to race or watch. Pole Position is located at 99 Caven Point Rd, Jersey City, NJ 07305, so it is located right in Jersey City. It is only a 10 minute drive from downtown, so fun is not far away!

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Pumpkin Picking Near Jersey City

The Best Pumpkin Picking Near Jersey City

14th Street Garden Center

Pumpkin Picking Near Jersey City

Although this is not a pumpkin patch, they sure do have a large variety of pumpkins, in both look and size. They are delivered to the market fresh every day from local farms and are great for a hassle-free and easy way to bring your kids to pick out their Halloween pumpkins. You can also find a variety of fall decorations, like corn stalks, gourds, and multi-color corn! You cannot get any closer place to go pumpkin picking near Jersey City since this is actually in JC!

Ward’s Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Picking Near Jersey City

Located in Ridgewood, NJ, this pumpkin patch is only a short drive from Jersey City and offers a traditional pumpkin picking experience. They have a ton of different pumpkins, fall decorations, yummy fall and Halloween treats, and lots of cute Halloween displays set up around the patch. This is a great option for pumpkin picking near Jersey City for the little ones.

Riamede Farms

Pumpkin Picking Near Jersey City

If you are looking to take your pumpkin picking experience one step further, Riamede Farms lets you actually cut your pumpkin right off the vine! You need to bring your own cutting sheers, so make sure you don’t leave the house without your own pair.

This farm offers free hayrides on the weekends throughout the pumpkin patch and the orchard as well.

Stony Hill Farm

Pumpkin Picking Near Jersey City

This farm has pick your own pumpkins in the patch as well as pick your own apples! They have a farm market store that features seasonal plants and some delicious homemade baked goods. One of the best features of this farm is their new Maze Fun Park.

Mazes and more! Corn mazes, fence mazes, rope mazes, tile mazes, and more. Stony Hill’s Fun Park has lots of activities for kids, families, school groups, and other groups. We have lots of attractions daily during our Market season from May to November. Then from September through November, you won’t want to miss our 10-acre corn maze and other fall fun!” 

Sun High Orchards

Pumpkin Picking Near Jersey City

From apple picking to pumpkin picking, hayrides, cider, pies, bread, soups, ice cream, farm tours, there is always something to do or eat at Sun High! There is something for the whole family at this wonderful orchard.

“2017 begins our 29th season of providing educational and fun farm tours for schools and playgroups.  Reservations are required for participation.  As always the market kitchen is in full swing preparing pies, bread, cookies, salads and homemade ice cream and now offering HOT SPICED CIDER!”

Alstede Farms

Pumpkin Picking Near Jersey City

This is truly one of the best places to go pumpkin picking near Jersey City! They have Farm Fun Days, live music, apple and pumpkin picking, Harvest Moon Hayrides, Night Time Corn Maze, Cedar Mill Tours, pumpkin pancake breakfasts, and so much more! This is a farm where you will get a true family-friendly fall experience.

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

This is a family run farm in North Salem, NY where you can pick your own pumpkins right from the patch. On the weekends throughout the fall they have hayrides, farm animals, bouncy castles, and live music, which is perfect for the little ones.

The Fall Festival weekends are “held every weekend from September 9th – October 29th as well as Thursday, September 21st, Friday, ?

F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm

This is a super popular fall family spot and one of the best places to go pumpkin picking near Jersey City. Tucked away is Long Island, this place features a massive corn maze, pumpkin patch playground, hayrides, and a petting zoo. For the adults and older kids, there is a scary haunted house.

Of course, there is great pumpkin picking and they hold fall festivals and events every weekend through the fall season.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

If you don’t mind crowds and tons of people, Wilkens pumpkin patch and farm is always a crowd favorite. They have a pumpkin patch and offer apple picking. They have free hayrides for taking you out to the patch and orchards on the ground are quite hilly in this location.

Just like many of our other options, this farm has a large corn maze.

Fall Family Events in Jersey City

Fall Family Events in Jersey City

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

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

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

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


2nd Annual “City Nights” Block Party  

Thursday, October 19 at 7 PM – 10 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entertainment for kids

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

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JC Halloween Spooktacular 

Fall Family Events in Jersey City

JC Halloween Spooktacular : Halloween Costume Family Parade and Party

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

Halloween Costume Family Parade

Best Costume prizes for families,

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

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


Spooky Terminal 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Juggler, Cotton Candies, Cookie Decoration, Costume Contest

Facepainting Buy your tickets here:  Click Tickets Here 

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Family Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall

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

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The Best Places for Healthy Food in Jersey City

The Best Places for Healthy Food in Jersey City

JC FISH STAND

http://www.jcfishstand.com/

508 Jersey Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 332-6575

Jersey City Fish Stand is the #1 fresh fish provider in Jersey City. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality seafood that is wild caught or organically raised and strive to supply local, sustainable seafood.

We change our menu daily in order to bring the best product at a reasonable price. Jersey City Fish Stand is located at 508 Jersey Avenue (between Columbus and Wayne Street), and is also at many farmers’ markets across NJ. ​

 

HI FIBAR

http://www.hi-fibar.com/

A high fiber, low carb, zero added sugar (diabetic and kids friendly) snack bar made with natural ingredients with low glycemic index.

 

BUCKET AND BAY

https://www.bucketandbay.com/

150 Bay St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 Phone: (201) 503-5588

We make our gelato completely from scratch, which allows us to select the best ingredients available – including 100% grass-fed milk!

 

The Best Places for Healthy Food in Jersey City

LIZZMONADE

http://lizzmonade.com/

34 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (908) 358-8842

 

WHOS

http://www.whosglutenfree.com/

80 Mallory Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304 – Phone: (201) 654-1266

Delicious and nutritious snacks made with love in a dedicated gluten free kitchen.

 

SQUEEZE’D

http://squeezed-nj.business.site/

Juice Truck or at 8 Springs Studio in the Cast Iron Lofts, 300 Coles St

Jersey City, NJ 07310 – Phone: (551) 240-9126

Mobile Juice & Smoothie Bar promoting good health through our fresh squeezed juices, smoothies and Acai Bowls using fresh fruits, vegetables and ingredients.

 

SUBIA’S ORGANIC CAFE

http://subiasorganiccafe.com/

506 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 432-7639

Vegan cafe fare & heath-conscious juices doled out in a chill, snug space with a sidewalk patio.

Nannies and Babysitters in Jersey City

How to Find Nannies and Babysitters in Jersey City

Finding the perfect babysitter or nanny can be quite the daunting task. You must make sure the person you choose to watch your kids had professional experience, is fun, loving, and will treat your kids just as well as you would. Therefore, it is always a good idea to use credible websites when searching for a new nanny or babysitter. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best websites to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

Care.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey City

Care.com is one of the most well-known and reliable websites to find nannies and babysitters on the Internet. They offer options like in-home and out-of-home care, sitters for date nights, nannies for full-time schedules, live-in and live-out nannies, and just about anything else you could need.

When going to hire a babysitter or nanny, you can view individual nanny’s profile, see their experience, background, schedule preference, if they have a background check available to view, if they are CPR certified, what their interests are, and so much more. From there, you can choose to message the individual, ask for an interview, and eventually meet them in person to make sure they are the right fit for your family. When hired, you can even pay the nanny or babysitter right through the Care.com website for secure payment. Care.com is a great resource to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

Sittercity.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey City

“Over a decade later, Sittercity has connected millions of families and sitters across the country. Parents come to Sittercity to find that perfect sitter who enriches, teaches, and challenges their children.”

Sittercity is also a very well-known babysitter and nanny website as well. They are very similar in function to Care.com. You can post a job listing, have people apply to your job, or actually search for a nanny or babysitter yourself. You can view profiles of different people where you can see their experience, background, education, preferences, and much more.

This site also allows you to request background checks on the people you are interested in, do phone or in-person interviews, and check out the references each individual provides. You cannot go wrong with Sittercity.com to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

UrbanSitter.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey CityThis website is great for families looking for date night sitter and occasional babysitters, but they also have search options for finding nannies as well. This website is unique because you can search by local schools and special parents groups in your neighborhood to find your community’s top rated babysitters and nannies that are actually recommended by other families and moms. On each nanny or babysitter’s profile, you can view personal profile videos, see other parent’s reviews, and browse through “repeat family badges.”

You can book a babysitter or nanny right online and also pay them through the website as well for a totally hassle-free experience. This is a super cool and fast option for finding a date night sitter or last minute sitter. You will find plenty of nannies and babysitters in Jersey City through Urban Sitter.

GoNannies.com

This caregiver and nanny website is a great place to find long-term nannies and babysitters in Jersey City. GoNannies.com offers the following guarantees:

  • Free Background Checks
  • Online References
  • Anything-You-Need Live Support™
  • Secure Job Postings
  • Professional Caregiver Hiring Kit

Just as with the sites discussed above you can search through different contendents profiles, read over their background and experience, and much more.

GreatAupair.com

“GreatAupair helps people just like you find great Nannies. We give you the most advanced search tools and security systems available to make it safe and easy to find Nannies with the specific traits you want. Whether you’re seeking a part-time, live-out job or perhaps you want a full-time, live-in job… Either way, if you want great Nannies, we’ve got you covered.”

Whether you are looking for a nanny from your neighborhood or you are looking for an Aupair, this website has something for everyone and every family. This website offers very similar features the options discussed above.

The Hoboken Nanny Company 

If you are looking for an even more local nanny placement company, look no further than The Hoboken Nanny Company – established in 2010 by British nanny Claire Jones. This is a local professional nanny placement service that does all the work for you. They will help you find the perfect nanny for your family based on your needs and personal preferences.

Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

The Best Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

Just like our posts about picking your own blueberries and strawberries around Jersey City, there are an abundance of farms to pick your own peaches as well. As we are entering into peach season, the fruits are super sweet, juicy, and fresh. To ensure you are getting the freshest peaches possible, we suggest you take out the family and go pick your own.

Let’s explore some of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City. So, pick a day, pick a farm, grab your baskets, and let’s go pick some Jersey fresh peaches!

Demarest Farms

Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

Pick your own peaches at this huge pick your own farm. Peaches at this farm are not available to pick all the time as they only allow you to pick are their fruits and peaches ripen. Be sure to check their schedule online to see when their next peach picking days are. This is definitely one of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Prepare yourself for a new experience in peach picking. Demarest Farms features well-manicured trees, spectacular views, and tasty peach varieties – home to more than 12 varieties of pick-your-own peaches.”

Location: 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642

 Terhune Orchards

Pick Your Own Peach Farms Around Jersey City

This is a 225-acre family owned and operated farm. They have peach picking in the summer from July until September. They offer up some of the best peaches you can pick on your own. They are perfect for eating straight from the tree or baking into a pie or cobbler.

Once you have picked peaches until your heart’s content, you can also check out the farm’s farm animals. They have sheep, goats, ducks, horses, and much more! You can also check out their tractors – this is a real hit for the little ones. Terhune is one of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ

Alstede Farms

Admission is either free or reasonably priced on the weekends and weekdays for around $6.99 per person. Although you may not want to pay an admissions fee, it gets you a bit more than just picking your own peaches. They offer hayrides, sunflower maze, tours, and much more.

If you are looking for both white and yellow peaches for picking, Alstede Farms is the place for you. Since we are currently in peach season, there peach picking conditions are considered “excellent” on their website. Another bonus? Every weekend through August 13th, they host a peach festival and they also have a peach pancake breakfast coming up as well. This is a super fun and eventful pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester

Johnson’s Corner Farm

You can pick your own peaches at Johnson’s Corner Farm from June to August. They have some really great peach picking around Jersey City and it is not too far of a drive as well, making is a convenient pick your own peach farm around Jersey City. For a minimal fee, you can also access their barnyard filled with animals and also take a super fun hayride with the kids. The farm also has ice cream for when you need a sweet treat at the end of your peach picking adventure.

Location: 133 Church Rd, Medford, NJ

Lewin Farms

Pick your own peaches are from mid-July to mid-September. However, they suggest you give them a call on the day you are planning on heading over so they can let you know what their availability is. During the winter time, they sell freshly cut Christmas trees. You can truly make Lewin Farms a year round trip with the whole family. The farm is 110 acres and is easily one of the most beautiful pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 812 Sound Ave, Wading River, NY

 Ochs Orchard

Peach picking lasts from July to September, so their season is a little longer than most other New York and New Jersey farms.

Of course, this stunning orchard has other attractions at the farm as well. They have farm animals for the kids to meet, a gorgeous view of the valley below, and you can even pack a picnic lunch to eat with the family. It is the perfect location to get back in touch with nature and experience some fresh, clean air! Ochs is a great option for pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.
Location: Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY

Mead Orchards

From mid-July to early September, Mead Orchards have pick your own peaches along with berries and other fruits and veggies. This huge farm has over 180 acres. When berries and juicy peaches at the farm run out, be sure to make a trip in the fall when they have an abundance of apple and pumpkins. It’s the perfect place to get you in the fall and Halloween spirit and one of the best pick your own peach farms around Jersey City!

Location: 7 Scism Rd, Tivoli, NY

Battleview Orchards

Freshly baked pies, gift baskets, pick your own fruits and veggies, seasonal events, a country store…Battleview Orchards has so much stuff to do and see. Of course, they have pick your own peaches that are available to pick from July to the beginning of September. This is definitely a must check place for pick your own peach farms around Jersey City.

Location: 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728

Eastmont Orchards

This is a huge farm that has tons of pick your own options, including many varieties of peaches. They supply you with their own bags for easy picking. Picking is also super easy for younger kids. Be sure to check their Facebook page before heading down to the orchard to make sure they have pick your own peaches open for that day.

Location: 181 County Road 537 East, Colts Neck, NJ 07722

How to Talk to Your Teen About Anxiety

There’s a myth that talking about anxiety only makes it worse, as if making someone think about being anxious will make them anxious. This is false, as it assumes that anxiety is only triggered when teens are actively thinking about what makes them anxious. Anxiety disorders don’t work like that. For many, anxiety is more than just moments of stress and nervousness – anxiety is an overarching condition that affects people even when they aren’t actively thinking about it.

 

In reality, talking about anxiety is the first step to helping your adolescent overcome it. Here are some tips for how to go about this without being “naggy” or exerting too much pressure.

 

Let them know that anxiety is normal

 

The first thing you can do to set you and your teen on a positive path is to define what anxiety is and what it is not. Anxiety is a physical or behavioral response to thoughts, usually concerning the unknown. Anxiety is normal and all humans experience it. Anxiety can become a problem when you let it affect your day-to-day life, social interactions, and relationships with others.

 

What anxiety is not is an illness or disease. If your teen knows that their anxiety, while heightened and possibly problematic, is not outside the boundaries of normal thought, they will be more likely to open up to you about it.

 

“Educate yourself about anxiety and its adaptive role in helping humans survive,” says ParentLine.com.  “Explain the physical changes in the human body when danger is perceived (sweaty hands, blood to extremities, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing etc.). By explaining these you are helping to normalize anxiety as well as assisting your child in identifying and understanding the way their own body reacts when anxious.”

 

Let them know that their anxiety is real

 

Whether you think there is any rational basis in your teen’s anxiety is pointless. It is real to them, no matter what you think. It’s incredibly important to make sure they know that you recognize their anxiety as real. If not, they will have a harder time opening up to you.

 

“Does hearing ‘Don’t worry. Relax!’ help you when you’re anxious about something? It probably doesn’t comfort your child much, either. It’s important to acknowledge that your child’s fears are real. Your empathy will increase the chances that your child will accept your guidance and be motivated to work on reducing anxiety,” notes AnxietyBC.com.

 

Encourage a dialog, but don’t nag them to ‘get over it’

 

This is where the delicate nature of parenting really comes into play. You need to encourage an open dialog with your child but you need to prevent yourself from overstepping and moving into the “pressuring” territory.

 

You should empathize with your child’s anxiety but you should not encourage it. For example, you should tell them you understand that they don’t want to go to school today for whatever reason, but you should not let them stay home from school.

 

Be specific about the anxiety

 

When discussing anxiety with your teen, it’s not enough to just accept that they are stressed out, nervous, or scared. You need to do what you can to make the anxiety as specific as possible and provide encouragement in the form of possible solutions.

 

Here’s an example: If your teen is worried about falling behind at school and expresses specific anxiety about not understanding coursework, then you can provide a specific solution like tutoring (don’t worry; you can usually negotiate on price) or talking to the teacher. If your child just says they are nervous about school, it’s hard to help.

 

The bottom line is that you must normalize, accept, but also eventually push back against your teen’s anxiety. In order to do any of this, however, you must build a comfortable situation where teens will be responsive to a dialog. Once you begin talking about the specifics of anxiety, you’ll be able to offer possible solutions.

Author

 

Noah writes for WellnessVoyager and enjoys offering his travel expertise to readers.

 

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