A day in Jersey City

A day in Jersey city

JERSEY CITY

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

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

Start your day with a waterfront walk

WATERFRONT WALK

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

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

exchange place jersey city

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

Breakfast

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

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

breakfast in jersey citry

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

After-noon

Hamilton Park , Jersey city
Hamilton Park , Jersey city

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

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

Early Evening

historic downtown

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

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

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

Evening

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

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

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

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

dinner in JC

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city

Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city

Van Vorst park

Sooner than you can anticipate , the sun will shine and embrace us in its warm glory. Leaving us with Saturdays to fill and Sundays to find places to soak in the family fun.If you are in Jersey city, and in the Historic Downtown neighborhood of Jersey City- head to Van Vorst park. Your opportunity to be outside and among nature, birds, trees, and flowers! We have curated a list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city.

Established in 1835, this two acres of extensive green oasis was named after the European Van Vorst family that settled in area during the 1600s. Evidently the park is nestled between the neighborhood that contains nineteenth century row houses and brownstones and currently it is the confluence of families and visitors around the area. If you plan to spend a day around Van Vorst park Jersey City follow our  list of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city.

1. Inside the Park

Timing : Park hours 6 AM – 10 PM

Van Vorst Park Play area

A two acre space full of green trees and ample seating, bounded by Barrow Street on the east, Montgomery Street on the north, Jersey Avenue on the west and York Street on the south. One can walk around the area on the paved walkway and families can enjoy some time picnicking on the green grass.

This park has two playgrounds, ample swings and a sandbox, a summer splash pad that is loved by the young ones. The splash pad is small, yet big enough for young children to immerse in Summer fun, laugh out with joy!Explore other sprinkler parks in Jersey city

Van Vorst park also has large gazebo at the center to sit in, relax on a sunny day. A park for your fur babies is another attraction.

Fountain at Van vorst prk
The fountain at the Van Vorst Park

An iconic cast iron water fountain sits in the western quadrant of the park. Competitive sports, such as football and soccer are prohibited in the park area, making this park a preferred place for quieter walks and fun space for young .Vegetation in the park is diverse and is maintained by the community.

2. Events

Movies in the van vorst park

Throughout the summer the Van Vorst park hosts special musical events, Shakespeare in the Park, a community flee market, Films in Park , and much more.

The park has a Saturday morning farmers’ market from spring through the fall. On Saturdays from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM this farmer’s market is held near the gazebo . With a  variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and variety of mouth watering baked goods,  there is always something fresh and delicious to take home.

The park is managed by the Friends of Van Vorst Park (FVVP) – a not-for-profit Corp founded in 1991 that assists in the development and maintenance of the gardens and public spaces within Van Vorst Park in downtown Jersey City. Do check their schedule on movies and event here :

 https://www.fvvp.org/calendar/

3. Around the Park

There is a strong reason why this area is called the historic downtown. The many street names nestling Van Vorst park honor local 18th and 19th century figures such as Colden Street for Cadwallader D. Colden, Varick Street for Richard Varick, Colgate Street for William Colgate of Colgate-Palmolive, and American Revolution military figures such Montgomery for Richard Montgomery. if you love history add this area and its many streets in the list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city!

Van Vorst Mansion

Van vorst mansion

The Van Vorst House is a colonial-era residence in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, located at 531 Palisade Avenue in The Heights. The stone house was built 1740–1742 by descendants of the first settlers in the region. It is arguably the oldest building in Jersey City

Barrow Mansion :

Built in the early 1800s, the Barrow Mansion is a yet another reminder of the vast history of Jersey City. The Barrow Mansion lot was purchased by William Barrow in 1835. The Barrow Mansion is home to many artistic performing groups, wellness classes, and community programs.

Farmers Market :

Farmers market

A large farmers market can be seen Monday – Thursday between April and December in historic downtown of Jersey city next to Grove Path plaza. Bring your bags to stock up on fruits , vegetables, baked goods, Fresh seafood, Jams , natural creams and handmade goods. This is one of the most sought after places for visitors and residents of the area.

4. Places to eat around Van Vorst Park

Once you are done spending time walking leisurely within the park and applauding the rich history of this neighborhood, it is time to enjoy the many varied food options around Van Vorst park. List of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city cannot be complete unless we add eateries and cafes in the list.

 Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory :426 Jersey Avenue

Brownstone diner

A classic American diner with many food options and all day breakfast , The pancake choice is amazing and portion sizes large. Be sure to get there either early or factor enough wait time during weekends if you want to come here for breakfast or brunch. Although the diner has a parking lot, it is a popular place and thus spots run out easily!

 Razza Pizza Artigianale: 275 Grove Street

Raaza pizza things to do around Van vorst park Jersey city

Another gem in Neighborhood, head here if you are a Pizza lover… or not. The restaurant boasts of locally grown and procured ingredients. The chef and owner Dan richer adds his personal touch in the selection of ingredients and making process. The chef uses flour that is milled in in Clifton and makes his own bread and butter. Maybe this is the secret ingredient of their delicious Pizza , that is possibly one of the most loved Pizza of Jersey city.

The Kitchen Step: 500 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

The kitchen stepDelicious, crafty , creative and friendly ; the Kitchen step is Van Vorst neighborhood bistro that offers classic delicious American cuisine along with some tasty cocktails. Buzzing almost throughout the day , the place is a must try if looking for things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city

Short Grain : 183, Montgomery Street

Short grain Van Vorst park Short Grain focuses and tailors its menu to anyone who is health conscious or choses to be a vegan. A sunny coffee shop, serving sandwiches, and small plates full of fresh ingredients and spices. Coffee lovers or not, Short grain is a must try when in Van Vorst neighborhood.

Wonder Bagels : 517 Jersey Ave., Jersey City

Wonder Bagels

We wont call it justice until Wonder Bagels is a part of one of the most loved places in the area. Freshly baked everyday , the bagels are sumptuous in every way. This place also serves salad and other options for breakfast. Worth every single minute that you might spend in queue here.

One is spoilt for choices when fetching for restaurants and coffee shops here. There are many gems and local favorites near the Van Vorst park area. Many other hidden gems and local nooks that are favorite with families -Tell us your favorite thing to do in Van Vorst park area !

Getting to Van Vorst Park

Ride the PATH train to Grove Street and make the 10-minute walk from there. Alternatively, use the light rail system to reach Marin Boulevard. The walk from Marin Boulevard station is also under 10 minutes.

If you are looking for greener pastures and other parks in the area head to Hamilton Park , Liberty state park or Lincoln Park within Jersey city

 

Learn about the Performances happening at the 5th Cultural Diversity Festival’18

Performances  in the 5th Cultural Diversity Festival’18 in Jersey City

Date: August 18th
Location: Hamilton Park
Time: from 4 to 7pm

Event details at http://jcfamilies.com/event/annual-cultural-diversity-festival-in-jersey-city/

CALAI CHANDRA SCHOOL OF BHARATANATYAM
31 River Court, 102 – Jersey City, NJ 07310 – Phone: 201 217-0640

The School of Bharatanatyam: At Newport in Jersey City, lessons are imparted on weekdays and weekends at convenient times to kids, parents and working professionals. Students enjoy the River view, lawn, rose garden and, the cityscape across the river — through large windows — while soaking in this ancient art, in a mirrored, wooden-floor studio!

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YEE’S HUNG GA INTERNATIONAL KUNG FU ASSOCIATION

The school is located in the heart of Clifton, New Jersey. Please feel free to visit them in person during their regularly schedule or by appointment. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call them at (973) 772-8988.

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AU CAPOEIRA
Grassroots Community Space
54 Coles St. Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (908) 432-2405

The mission of Arts United Capoeira is to promote understanding, appreciation and practice of Capoeira, which is a Brazilian art-form that combines music, dance, self-defense, ritual and a way of life.

Our commitment is to create a safe, welcoming, non-discriminatory environment to learn, explore, and grow as individuals physically, mentally and spiritually. The elements of this unique art-form unite people from all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds.

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JERSEY CITY BALLROOM
189 Brunswick St, 3rd Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 969-6260

Jersey City Ballroom believes that dance makes life better and they want to share that with you! They offer Latin, ballroom, swing, tango and more for the Jersey City community and surrounding areas. #dancemakeslifebetter

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JAPANESE SWORDSMANSHIP SOCIETY (JSSS)
The Japanese Swordsmanship Society is dedicated to preserving and promoting the traditional martial arts of Japan. JSS teaches Iaido, Naginata, Jodo and Kyudo classes in New York City and New Jersey.

For Iaido[email protected]

For Naginata[email protected]

For Jodo[email protected]

For Kyudo[email protected]

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SALSA FEVER ON2 DANCE ACADEMY

83 Franklin Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307  – Phone: (201) 792-1616
Energetic center featuring salsa dance instruction for all levels

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AFRICAN FUSIN DANCE

West African dance traditionally pulls movements from everyday life of chores, work and imitating animals.  African dance uses all these types of gestures to tell a story or to celebrate life.

This dance performance is a mixture of traditional West African, West Indian and Afrobeat dance moves. It is a total body workout, the best cardio you will ever have.

Classes are held at various locations in JC and in The Heights. Nearby classes are held at Grassroots Community Space 54 Coles street.

Please write to [email protected] to get your email in her list to be sent Eventbrite links to register.

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JOHN PAUL GARCIA

Jersey City raised guitarist, who has played in many different genres and acts over the years, from rock to Cuban Salsa, Spanish Rock to Nueva Bachata. Currently he is primarily a Latin-style nylon string guitarist looking to collaborate with other musicians interested in the Latin guitar style of music. 

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PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOP
196 Morgan Street, Ground Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression and essential learning skills through the arts.

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YOKO NAKAHASHI and FELLOWS
307 Main Street, Hackensack, New Jersey, 07601 (Inside FMA Center)

A group of children connecting America and Japan with the sound of Taiko

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KERRI SMITH ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE
110 Bright St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (856) 912-3883

Offering Irish Dance classes Jersey City, NJ that improve each dancer’s poise and confidence while having fun and staying healthy!

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THE JERSEY CITY FIREFIGHTERS EMERALD SOCIETY

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

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

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

Be sure to RSVP for the annual Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park on March 24th!

If your child wants to participate in the egg hunt, be sure to check the schedule of events as there will be different time slots for different age groups. The younger kids can be accompanied by parents, and older kids will have the opportunity to search for eggs on their own. This surely is the most favourite Easter Egg Hunt in Jersey City. Since it was a huge success last year and we received lots of positive feedback from families.

There is also a time slot for kids with special needs.  Be sure to check the schedule and RSVP to join in on the fun!

Our Easter Egg Hunt in Jersey city is a candy-free event, and once kids collect eggs, they will turn them in for treats, ranging from gliders to necklaces. Be sure to bring your own Easter basket or container. Children will have lots of space to search for eggs and there will be lots of supervision as students from NJCU have volunteered to work at the event, ensuring that everyone has a good time and is safe while participating. The day will also include dance performances from NIMBUS Dance Works and Next Step Broadway. A DJ will be spinning tunes and there will be food vendors and other local businesses and schools represented.  And of course, the Easter Bunny will be on hand to meet and greet all the revelers.

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

Please donate it at  HPNA table:

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

RSVP NOW…….
Great Egg Hunt in Jersey City

JC Summer Camp Directory’19

Summer Camps in Jersey City :

List of Summer Camps in Jersey City

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

THE BRUNSWICK SCHOOL

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

WATERFRONT MONTESSORI

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

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

 

CAMP RIVERBEND

Summer Camps in Jersey City and Hoboken

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

Camp Riverbend—where Tradition meets Tomorrow! Fun, camp spirit and achievement through swimming, sports, crafts, cooking, canoeing, adventure course and much more!  All the fun is led by an amazing staff of teachers and college students.  Join the Breene family for a summer of confidence and friendship. Lunch included.  For boys and girls, ages 3-14. Bus service included from downtown Jersey City and Hoboken. Camp Riverbend has been in our list of Summer Camps in Jersey City for the last 5 years. Both indoors and out, children will make friends, develop their confidence and most importantly, have fun learning. This year’s Summer Camp will run from July 1st until August 16th, 2019.  Register through their website.

 

MY GYM Jersey City  

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

Summer Camps in Jersey City and Hoboken

Summer camp is running from June 24th until August 30th. Children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts and crafts, music and so much more. Each camp program is uniquely designed to keep your children moving and active, as we emphasize physical development and personal success. Our themes and programs change daily, so no two camp days at My Gym are ever the same.

Whether you are looking for the best place to send your children on cold and rainy days or trying to keep them active and cool during the hot summer months, My Gym camp is the place to be. We make it easy for parents with our drop-off program, pay-by-the day options, and multi-day discounts. Ideal for potty trained children 2.5 yr to 13 yr olds.

Morning Session is from 9am to 12pm. It will provide a dance class, a Martial Arts class and a craft.

Lunch time from 12pm to 1pm. It’s bring your own lunch and story time.  $10 per member

Afternoon Session from 1pm to 4pm. The children will participate in the gym area with energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, relays, arts and craft so much more.”

 

ZANIAC LEARNING

Summer Camps in Jersey City

http://www.Zaniaclearning.com/jerseycity
125 First Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302 – Phone: (732) 236-8970

Zaniac Summer Camps are running from June 17th until August 30th 2019. They are ideal for your curious child. Go on a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math Adventure with us! Each camp is tailored to your child’s needs. Small camp sizes ensure an exceptional experience. Our instructors are fully-trained and vetted role models who love working with kids and technology. Camps are grouped and focused for your child’s age and grade.  It’s Summer Adventure for your child’s mind at Zaniac! Go from true beginner coder with Scratch or Blockly to writing custom code in Pythonor Java. Discover and investigate with a themed STEAM Quest Camp where your child can be an astronaut or a superhero! Explore mechanical and electrical engineering through hands-on innovation to build robots and fly drones! Create your own projects with our design camps–from musical compositions to 3D prints!
Each Zaniac Summer Camp Features:

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

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

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

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

List of Summer Camps in Jersey City

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

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

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

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

2019 Session (June 27 to August 23) 

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

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

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

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

THE LITTLE GYM

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Apple Montessori School

https://www.applemontessorischools.com

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

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

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

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

 

SMART START ACADEMY

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

At Smart Start Academy we bring our children’s imagination and dreams come to life.  Our summers are filled with daily outdoor play, cooking classes, awesome projects and activities, sprinkler day and so much more! Through new found friendships, exciting bus/walking field trips around New Jersey, several special guests and partnership with our children friendly community vendors.  S.S.A is the summer camp that your child will talk about for years to come. Guaranteed!

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

LIGHTBRIDGE ACADEMY of Hoboken-Marshall

https://lightbridgeacademy.com/locations/hoboken-marshall-nj
100 Marshall St, Hoboken, 07030

 

June 24th, 2019-August 28th, 2019; 7 AM-6:30 PM M-F, Lightbridge Academy of Hoboken-Marshall @ 100 Marshall Street, Hoboken, NJ; weekly themed camp including field trips, walking trips, in-house special guests and demonstrations, cooking, dress-up days, daily outdoor play and water play on our own private playground and sprinkler pad!

NIMBUS DANCE WORKS

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

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

Contact them directly for more details and registration.

NEXT STEP BROADWAY

233 9th st, Jersey City, NJ, 07302. Phone: 205-566-0110, 

June 17th – August 23rd 2019

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

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

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

See you at NSB Summer camp!

 

NEW JERSEY CITY UNIVERSITY

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

The NJCU Summer Camps are geared towards offering a rewarding experience for your child. The camp features facilities both indoor and outdoor, including an indoor pool, 3 hardwood courts, an outdoor athletic complex with collegiate regulation size soccer, softball, and baseball fields and private locker rooms. Our goal is to create a safe and fun atmosphere for our neighborhood children where they can play, learn, and grow. We offer exciting activities such as swimming, team sports, arts and crafts, and relay/obstacle courses. Our staff is highly experienced, enthusiastic, and excited to educate your child on the importance of staying active! – Hours: 9-4 (8-5:30pm) Extended Care – July 1- August 9 ( 2 Week Sessions) 3 Sessions Total (July 4th Off) – Swim Lessons incorporated through Camp.

 

THE SCANDINAVIAN SCHOOL OF JERSEY CITY

List of Summer Camps in Jersey City

http://www.scandischool.com
210 9th Street, Suite1, Jersey City, NJ – 07302 – Phone:(201) 420-8111

The Scandinavian School of Jersey City offers a 4 week Forest Camp for children ages 4-7, as well as a 10 week on campus Summer Camp- you can register for one week or come for all 10! Camp weeks are theme based, such as “From Garden to Table”, “Magic of Textiles”, Stamp & Print Lab”, “The 100 Languages of Art: Clay, Painting & Sculpture” as well as “Building, Potions and Motion: STEAM Discoveries” to make a few. We offer a half day schedule or extended day. We will utilize both of our buildings located at 210 9th Street and 513 Manila Ave, as well as our magical backyard and garden, in addition to neighborhood parks, JC waterfront and a variety of field trips to places near and far.

Read about us in The Wall Street Journal HERE

HAMILTON PARK MONTESSORI

List of Summer Camps in Jersey City

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

Our Summer Enrichment Program provides students fun and exciting themes while our HPMS teachers support students in their math, reading and writing skills. We offer two sessions from 6/24-8/16. Register HERE.

 

HUDSON MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

 

THE LEARNING SUITE

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

The Learning Suite’s “Express Yourself”
(Explore Visual & Performing Arts Through Stories) summer camp is a 6-week experiential, theme-based program designed to combat summer learning loss in a fun and stimulating environment! Reading, Writing, Math, and Science are all incorporated through the arts!

Each week there is a different theme for camp, based on a popular children’s book. Children ages 2.5 – 6 years old will explore a variety of topics, through hands-on discovery and active play.

June 17-21: The Gingerbread Man
June 24-28: The Little Red Hen
July 1-5: Goldilocks and The Three Bears
July 8-12: The City Mouse and The Country Mouse
July 15-19: Why Flies Buzz
July 22-26: How Turtles Got Their Shells​

Full and part-time enrollment options are available.

 

HUDSON SPROUTS ACADEMY

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

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

 

KEY ELEMENT LEARNING 

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

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

LAKEVIEW DAY CAMP 

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

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

2019 Camp Season begins June 24th and ends August 16. The camp is full day, Monday through Friday for children ages 3-15. Our activities include a wide variety of Arts, Sports, Swim, Adventure and Play.

 

THE WALDO SCHOOL 

http://www.worldofabc.com
159 2nd St and 110 1st St, Jersey City, 07302, NJ Phone: 201-721-6000

We offer two summer camp programs for children in preschool through 6th grade. Our Preschool camp is for children in Toddlers through PreK 4, and our STEM camp is for children in Kindergarten through 6th Grade. Both camps offer three program timings: 830 – 130, 830 – 400, and 730 – 600.

 

HARBOR HILLS DAY CAMP

www.harborhillsdaycamp.com
75 Doby Road, Mendham, NJ, 07945, Phone (973)-895-3200

Summer Camp Dates: June 24th to August 16th, 9-4, Morris County, NJ.

 

SAINT DOMINIC ACADEMY

 

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

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

 

GLOBAL SOCCER ACADEMY

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

 

Early Registration for Global Soccer Academy is now Open!

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

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

Price options: 

Camp: $295 (March 1st – May 31st)

Late Registration $345 (After June 1st)

Before Care included (8am-9am).

Aftercare available $50 (3pm-5pm)

SCHOOL OF ROCK 

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

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

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

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

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

 

NJPAC’S CENTER FOR ARTS EDUCATION

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

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

 

SWIM STARS SWIM SCHOOL 

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

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

LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER

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

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

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

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

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

 

HUGS AND BUGS CLUB

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

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

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

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

 

LUNA DE PAPEL 

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

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

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

 

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

Welcome to Jersey City: Starter Guide for Jersey City Newbies

New in Jersey City ? Welcome to our city…this little guide will help you in many ways, check it out..

Moving is never easy, especially with kids. It’s easy to see how newcomers to the downtown Jersey City or Hamilton Park neighborhoods could get a bit overwhelmed with the bustle of the area. Here’s a starter guide to get started, but be aware that Jersey City is a buzzing and growing city that continues to evolve before our eyes, so it’s by no means comprehensive. Feel free to add your own ideas to our Facebook page, or in the comments section!

And also, WELCOME! All of us at JCFamilies were new in town once too – we know and completely understand the mix of excitement, trepidation, and confusion that can come with a big move. We hope you’ll introduce yourself to us at our next event!

1.SHOPPING

While it might be less daunting to order everything online, there’s real value to getting outside and seeing what you see. Every time you step out, you will feel a little bit more confident and more comfortable in your new neighborhood.

There are several grocery and foodstuff stores within walking distance, but all of the following listed below also have parking lots (except Key Foods) so you don’t have to walk if you don’t want to. Key Foods, however, is the only one nestled right inside the neighborhood, meaning you won’t have to cross any multi-lane super-busy streets with your stroller.

Key Foods – 574 Jersey Avenue
Shop Rite – 400 Marin Boulevard
Acme – 125 18th Street
Target – 100 14th Street
Morton Williams: 105 River Dr S, Jersey City
BJ’s (Members only) – 396 Marin Boulevard, right next to Shop Rite
99 Ranch Market – 420 Grand St

Having a housewarming party? We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that there’s a giant booze warehouse open until 10 pm daily (except Sunday) which also has a parking lot, a create your own six pack craft beer section, a massive wine selection, and discounts on quantity.

Buy Rite – 575 Manila Avenue

In addition to the stores already mentioned, don’t forget that one of the biggest benefits of living in a major metropolitan area is that we don’t have to go to big box stores if we don’t want to. There are bodegas, corner stores, wine shops, and food trucks all around you. The Jersey City consumer is so selective, and has so many options, that you can be confident that any and all of those corner stores will be stocked up on the necessities and will operate in a clean and professional environment. We are proud of our ability to shop local – it’s great to have milk and eggs at the end of the block.

A Glance into Jersey City Farmer’s Market

Healthy places to eat in Jersey City

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City

2. ENTERTAINMENT

Do yourself a huge favor and have a date night in the nearby bars and restaurants without your kids. There are hip and trendy options that are trying hard (and succeeding) to keep your dollars in Jersey City. That said, there are also lots of options for days and evenings with the kiddos.

The Liberty Science Center has four floors of entertainment. Get a membership. When the winter arrives, you’re going to need a place where the kids can run and feel the freedom that they feel outside without the wind whipping into their little faces. The science center is that place. There are always at least two exhibits/rooms for little ones, one which changes and one that stays the same. Right now the rotating exhibit is Curious George. There’s also a section with animals – the Eat and Be Eaten exhibit – and another area where there are giant fish tanks. Explore. You won’t regret it.

2.1 Outdoors:

Hamiton Park, Van Vorst Park and Newport Green. These parks with lots of outdoor space to run around, playground equipment to climb, slide, and swing on, and programming including farmer’s markets and movies in the park. Both are beautiful any time of year (ok, maybe not in the snow…), and are always full of friends. Friends are everywhere in Jersey City – chat someone up today!

2.2 Indoors:

Check out some of these fantastic indoor play spaces in Jersey City and Hoboken. Grab your energetic little ones and get them playing, singing, reading, crafting or exploring. And you don’t even have to travel that far.

JCFamilies Weekly Meet Ups

3. TRANSPORTATION

There are many ways to get around downtown Jersey City, and so many of us are grateful for the walk-able design of the neighborhood. For those times we can’t walk to where we need to be, there are lots of options that are oftentimes easier than driving your own car.

PATH has stations at Grove Street, Newport, Exchange Place and JSQ. All of these will take you into lower Manhattan and midtown in minutes and operate around the clock.

There are 2 ferries options: NY Waterway and Liberty Landing Ferry Service

The Light Rail takes you around New Jersey above ground. We know you’re not the only parent who gets on the Light Rail to go no where in particular, but just ride the train wherever with your little ones. Kids LOVE the Light Rail. They don’t need tickets, but you do. Be sure to STAMP your ticket after purchasing it so you don’t get fined if they check tickets.

CitiBike doesn’t have child seats but it is a fun and easy way to get around if you’re on your own.

Ridesharing companies like uber and lyft have gotten really popular in the past few years. Jersey City has seen a huge increase in their use because many times it’s easier to get a car service than to figure out where you’re going to park.

4. EDUCATION AND DAYCARES

There are so many options for day cares and schools in Jersey City that we couldn’t possibly list them all here. Please, check some options at the JCFamilies Education Guide 2017-18

Some things to know and/or think about when starting your school search:

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

JCFamilies organizes the JC Education Fair & the JC Summer Camp Fair every year. Check our webpage for updates.

5. FITNESS & WELLNESS

Being active is essential for both physical and mental health. Check out our list of local fitness and wellness clubs to find the one that works best for your needs, location and budget.

JCFamilies Fitness Directory

 6. DOCTORS

It’s comforting to know that you and your family are well taken care of with a great group of health care providers in the neighborhood. Our list here is a helpful guide for newbies in the neighborhood.

Looking for a pediatrician? Click here

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

Adult and Pediatric ER

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

7. DENTISTS  : 

7.1 Kids Dentistry

True Dental Care: 255 Brunswick St, Suite 5 – Phone: 201-565-0880
Modern Family Dentistry: 551 Jersey Ave – Phone: 201-798-1000
Dear Tooth Fairy: 432 Grand St – Phone: 201-763-6030

8. PHARMACIES

Newport Pharmacy: 165 Erie St
Downtown Pharmacy: 52 Essex Street & 18 Park View Ave
Palace Drugs and Liquors: 172 Newark Ave #2
CVS: at Target: 100 14th St
Duane Reade: 110 Newark Ave/ 52 River Dr S /1 – Path Plaza

24 Hours Pharmacy

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

9. BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUES

Urban living brings its challenges of space, especially when you are planning your kids’ big day! We’ve made finding a birthday party space easy with our list of venues here.

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

Birthday Party on a Budget

Jersey City

Winter and After School Classes for Kids in Jersey City

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

If you are looking for fun and educational winter and after-school classes for kids in Jersey City, there are quite a few good options to choose from. After school programs give parents the peace of mind their child is in a fun, exciting, and safe environment that provides them with more learning and enrichment experiences. These are the top classes in Jersey City for your child to attend. Let’s take a peek!

Vibgyour 

“Sleigh bells ring but here at Vibgyor Creations, it’s our paint brushes that glisten! Join us for Winter in Vibgyorland!

From snowflakes to snow globes, in this series of classes, children will delight in the creation of their very own winter-themed artistic projects.

Sign up for an individual session, or join us for the entire series of festive fun and seasonal studies!”

Be sure to check out this great option for winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

Cost $25 per class
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Starting: Dec 5th, 2017
Ages: 2-4 years old – 4:30 to 5:15
Ages 5-8 years old – 5:30 to 6:15pm

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

111-101 River Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Zaniac 

This special after-school program is great for parents who really want their kids to excel in learning and academics, but also want them to have a ton of fun and make a lot of great friends. There are a ton of different classes to choose from for your kids. For instance, you can enroll them in classes and programs like math, reading, computer programming, homework center, engineering, game-based learning, art & design, chess, touch typing, and more.

All classes run for different time periods, meet on different days, and have varying schedules. Classes tend to range in price of $149-$399, generally run for 6 weeks, and meet for 90 minutes 5-6 days per week. Although on the more expensive side, your child will get top-notch education and experiences that will positively impact their future. This is by far one of the best winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

We built Zaniac to engage K-8 students around the world in supplemental science, technology, engineering, and math education – giving them the skills and motivation they need to create a better future. Our programs are designed from the ground up to prioritize fun, active engagement, and an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. Zaniac is an inclusive learning environment and welcomes children with special cognitive / physical abilities or on the spectrum.

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

My Gym – Jersey City

Winter classes available and the annual winter camp will run again from December 26-29th. They are also doing a Pre School Prep Open House Dec 2nd 10-12pm and Dec 8th 6-8pm. There are many different classes to choose from and they split up classes by age group, so your child can feel comfortable and safe in their environment. You can even sign them up for martial arts! This is one of the best winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

252 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 205.1218

FastTrack Languages

The following are being offered during Winter/17:

1. Reading -Writing and Math: Monday to Friday  (ages 3 to 12) – From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. 1 or 2-hour sessions.
2. Baby and Me Italian classes: Sat 11:00 am
3. Italian classes: Age group  4 to 8 yrs old on Mondays 3:30 pm. – 4:30 pm  /  Sat 12:00pm – 1:00pm
4. Spanish:  Age group 3 to 7 yrs old on Tuesdays 3:30 pm -4:15 pm
5. Gymnastics: Toddler Program / Mon – Frid 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you are looking for your child to learn a new language in a fun and educational environment, this class is the perfect winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

78 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302 

(201)-685-8220

CrossFit JC

This class is for kids 5 to 18 years old. Tha class aims to teach kids the fundamentals of mechanics, consistency, and intensity in working out. Classes are held on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 4-4:45 Monday and Thursday and 11:30-12:45.

109 Christopher Columbus Drive, Jersey City

1.833.CFJC.FIT

Jersey City Kick Boxing

JC Kick Boxing offers Muay Thai classes for kids during the winter months. Classes are unlimited for $99 per month or you can take 3 classes for $29 to test it out.

Kids Muay Thai is a beginner martial arts class that focuses on Muay Thai Kickboxing basics and exercise drills. Your child will have fun and stay healthy as they do exciting kickboxing and boxing drills designed specifically for children. This class is for children ages 5-11.

Children must be dropped off on time and picked up on time for their classes. We have a strict no bullying policy inside and outside the gym.

There is a wifi lounge for parents during class times or parents may watch the class.

201.539.1333

Next Step Broadway

For the 1st 3 Wednesdays in December come take a class with a former Rockette. Our very own Ms. Keisa will be teaching a jazz/tap/kickline class Dec 6th, 13th and 20th from 7:15pm-8pm. No tap shoes, no character shoes, no previous dance experience needed! This is a perfect option for winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

Email the studio [email protected] to register. $18/class. Discount for parents with students already enrolled in classes.

233 9th St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 706-3025

JC Taekwondo & Kickboxing Academy

This place offers a children’s program that has classes running all through the winter. Classes are based on age. You have to call for pricing information, but they do have a special currently available for 1 free class.

150 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

201-333-1006

Steam Works Studio 

From robotics to animation to programming classes and much more, there is something for all kids here. They are offering classes on the weekends and each program runs for 6-12 weeks long.

Brunswick Center, 189 Brunswick St, Jersey City

(855-783-2687)

 New City Kids

This program offers an after-school center that helps kids from first grade through college with leadership skills, academics, music, and much more. Your kids can partake in classes like drums, keyboard, visual arts, dance, and much more. There are also academic based classes like reading programs to help kids that struggle with reading in school.

The after-school center is for kids in grades 1-8 and takes place the entire Jersey City academic school year. This winter and after-school classes for kids in Jersey City is a great option for families who need something all year long on a consistant schedule. We highly recommend checking out this as a great choice for winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City.

240 Fairmount Ave,
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201.915.9896

Bricks 4 Kids

If you have a kid that loves to be creative, loves building, and has a thing for Legos, look no further than this unique after-school class. During the class, there is plenty of learning to do as your child will learn about the concepts of friction, gravity, torque, scale, gears, axles and beams. All of the materials are provided and classes go all throughout the school year.

At this time, Bricks 4 Kids come to your children’s school and they already have some of their programs in JC after-school programs currently. Check with your school to see if they offer this program. If you are interested in recommending this program to your children’s school, you can contact them at [email protected]

Locations vary in Jersey City schools.

Jersey City Martial Arts

If you want something active and fun, but also would like your child to learn the power of self-defense, JC Martial Arts school is a great after-school class option. Every day of the week, they will pick your child up from school and transport them to the martial arts school building. Classes can be attended every day after school for the duration of the school year.

If you want your child in winter and after school classes for kids in Jersey City that provide them with great physical activity, enrichment, and fun while learning to protect themselves through self-defense, we highly recommend this after-school program.

419 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 222-8996

Alpha Minds Academy

This is an enrichment program that provides kids with the ability to learn as much as possible and improve their intellect with activities like chess, STEM, languages, and much more. Classes and programs run for the school year, from September to June, with the winter class schedule being January to March. Classes take place on Saturday’s from 9 am to 3 pm. Fees are $308 per class.

Boys and Girls Club 225 Morris Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07302

201-844-8535

Waterfront Montessori 

This fantastic after-school program is for kids that range in age from 3-14 years old. They focus on classes designed for physical and artistic expression. You can choose from classes like chess, music lessons, art, Java Programming, robotics, physics, yoga, creative movement, French, sewing, and tons and tons more. You do have to go through an admissions process and apply for the class or program of your choice. After school care is from 3:15 pm – 6 pm Monday through Friday and is $12 per hour.

The application is $75 and non-refundable.

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

Piano Lessons, Yukiko Tanaka

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

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

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

Important Note

*AfterSchool Program classes will now require individual student enrollment at an extra charge. We have reduced our Extended Day Tuition and no longer offer automatic enrollment in AfterSchool Program offerings.
**Parents should note that Waterfront Montessori requires a commitment from the parents for the entire academic school year from September to June. There will be no reduction for absences, holidays or partial months.

Saanwee – Hindi Language Arts

A centre for Hindi Language Arts in Jersey City to share the colorful culture of India through its language. We offer courses for both children and adults at all levels in Colloquial Hindi Speaking, Reading & Writing, Hindi for Travelers, Language & Cultural Immersion. Our specially designed classes for kids include Hindi Balvatika (4-8yo) and Hindi Pathshala (9-12yo) 
 
We are known to teach with love, patience and motivation, bringing a new perspective and an immersive experience for all ages.
 
Contact:
Priti Gupta-Udeshi (Artistic Director & Founder)
Winter and After School Classes for Kids in Jersey City

 

 

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Where to BuyChristmas Trees and Wreaths In and Around Jersey City

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

One of the greatest bonding moments around the holidays is the ability to decorate the Christmas tree! Just picture it. Holiday tunes playing on the radio, maybe, if you’re lucky there are snow flurries falling from the sky, lights flickering in different patterns and putting ornament after ornament on branches. But first, you need a tree! There are plenty of choices to choose from right in your area! We’ve created a list of places on Where to Buy Christmas Trees and Wreaths In and Around Jersey City!

14th Street Garden Center

793 Jersey Ave, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 963-1414

14th Street Garden Center is Jersey City’s premier family run garden center and has several Christmas tree options! Can’t make time to go out and get your tree? Don’t worry, 14th Street Garden Center delivers your tree right to you! Pair your tree with a beautiful wreath. Don’t forget your wreath hanger!

Christmas Tree Lot at The Home Depot

180 12th St, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 963-6513

Nothing brings home the feeling of Christmas like finding the perfect tree. Whether you prefer the inviting scent of a fresh-cut evergreen or the ease and convenience of an artificial pre-lit Christmas tree, you’re sure to find a tree you love at The Home Depot. They offer fresh-cut trees  of all sizes, shapes and types! Save yourself the trouble of buying a new tree every year and get an artificial tree!

Cal’s Christmas Trees

60 Monroe St, Hoboken in St. Joseph’s Church Parking Lot

Phone: (201) 394-8467

As always Cal’s Christmas tree will offer a full line of Christmas Trees, Wreaths, garland, tree stands and more! They are open from 9 AM – 10 PM daily and the staff is very helpful.

DePiero’s Farm Stand & Greenhouses

156 Summit Ave, Montvale

Phone: (201) 391-4576

Fresh cut Christmas trees from DePiero’s Farm are looking for a good home! trees looking for a good home. DePiero’s Farm Stand proudly offers fresh cut Fraser fir Christmas Trees all sizes 4′ to 15 feet and hand-made wreaths all sizes 8″ to 6 feet, kissing balls, swags, mantel pieces and much much more.

Rohsler’s Allendale Nursery

100 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale

Phone: (201) 327-3156

The Rohsler family is embarking on its 5th generation at the sixteen-acre nursery and horse farm in Allendale and Saddle River. The nursery continues to grow many of the plants it sells in its greenhouses and fields including perennials, annuals, poinsettias, mums, hydrangeas and more. Get your next tree from Rohslers! They even sell real and artificial wreaths in their Holiday Shop.

Secor Farms

85 Airmont Ave, Mahwah

Phone: (201) 529-2595

Right after Thanksgiving Secor Farms opens its doors offering hundreds of pre-cut Christmas trees: Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir and Douglas Fir of all different shapes and sizes. Their tree specialists will help you to find the perfect tree! They also have a wide variety of decorated and undecorated wreaths, kissing balls and white pine roping to suit your decorating needs.

 

Dixiedale Farms

Located in beautiful Chatham, NJ, Dixiedale Farms has been a member of the community for 100 years. Bring the entire family for an old fashion holiday experience and don’t forget your camera! Wander the 10 lush acres, find the perfect tree, check the height and make your final selection. Cut it yourself with the help of their friendly staff or they can cut it for you! While you’re here, don’t forget to visit Chatham’s quaint Main Street for breakfast, lunch or a cup of hot cocoa.

 

Simonson Farms

260 Dey Rd, Cranbury/120 Cranbury Neck Road, Cranbury

Phone: (609) 799-0140

Trees are always fresh at Simonson Farms! There are two fields for you to explore and pick your perfect tree from! Trees start as low as $9 and can go up to about $50 depending on the size.

Hidden Pond Tree Farm 

4 West Field Rd. , Mendham

Phone: (973) 865-6362

Head over to Hidden Pond Tree Farm where there motto is “Where Christmas Grows All Year Long!” Hidden Pond Tree Farm is family-owned and operated. You can cut your own Christmas tree of pick up one that has been pre-cut. This farm takes cash and check only!

 

ORT FARM

25 Bartley Road, Long Valley

Phone: (908) 876-3351

Ort Farms is the place to find all of your holiday decorations! They are open until December 24th so there is plenty of time to pick out your tree! They have pre-cut Christmas trees with 3 different varieties: Frazier Fir, Douglas Fir and Balsam. They are open Monday-Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM and Sundays from 9 AM – 5 PM!

 

Looking for other ways to bond this holiday and winter season? We have plenty of fun activities for you and your family to enjoy, both indoor and outside. That’s right, outside in the cold!

2018 HOLIDAY DRIVES IN JC

   JERSEY CITY 22ST ANNUAL TOY DRIVE

Last year, over 900 children (ages 1 to 12) preregistered for the event and this year they expect even more. With that being said, please donate new unopened toys for needy children in Jersey City. The drop-off location will be at the Resident Response Center in City Hall at 280 Grove Street, Room 106, Jersey City, NJ 07302.

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THE 8th ANNUAL JERSEY CITY TIES HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE & HAPPY HOUR

The 8th Annual Jersey City Ties Holiday Toy Drive & Happy Hour will take place on Saturday, December 1st at HopsScotch (286 Washington St. in Downtown JC)

All toys and gifts collected will be distributed to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County.

Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift card appropriate for children ages 5-17 years old. You can also make a cash donation, which will be used to purchase additional toys and gift cards for the kids. Cash donations will be matched by Jersey City Ties, up to $350.

Most-wanted toys include:

– Sports equipment (especially footballs and basketballs)
– Lego sets
– Board games
– Dolls (especially Barbies and American Girl Dolls)
– Action figures
– Arts & crafts kits
– Hot Wheels
– Paw Patrol
– Doc McStuffins
– Play-Doh sets
– Nerf balls (no Nerf guns, please!)

If you can’t make it on the 1st, never fear – just drop them an email at [email protected] and they will arrange for a way to collect your donation.

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4th ANNUAL DROP THE TOY HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

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

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

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

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

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   40th ANNUAL WEICHERT TOY DRIVE

 Help spread smiles this holiday season! Weichert, Realtors is thrilled to host its 39th Annual Weichert Toy Drive. Members of the community are invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the company’s sales offices through December 15.

More info: http://bit.ly/2zM4p37

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TOY DRIVE AT PROJECT MARKET

At “Project: MARKET” on Dec 1st and 2nd, there will be a toy drive to benefit families throughout the area. New and unwrapped toys can be brought to the market. The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.outside of Jersey City’s City Hall on Grove and Montgomery streets.

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TOY DRIVE AT PROJECT GREENVILLE

On Dec 1st and 2nd there will be a toy bin at Project Greenville for new and unwrapped toys to be donated to a local charity. The event at Project Greenville, Winter Wonderland, will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. each night. The event will take place at Project Greenville, located at 128 Winfield Ave.

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THE JERSEY CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT TOY DRIVE

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

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

More details at: www.WhiteEagleHallJC.com

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TOY DRIVE AT THE LANDMARK LOEW’S JERSEY CITY

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


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

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

Helping women and children break the cycle of poverty since 1989

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

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

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 your friends and family expecting a delicious meal. Furthermore, it can be just as challenging deciding what dishes to prepare for the big day! There are numerous 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.

Beet Burger

Your heart will skip a beat for these beets! But wait, there’s a twist on this dish. Sink your teeth into the beat burger, which is a great option for vegan and vegetarian guests!

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!