100 Ways to Have Summer Fun ~ Jersey Family Fun Day Trips & Destinations ~ Summer 2015

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Jersey Family Fun's Day Trips & Destinations guide for the summer of 2015 is our biggest guide to date. With 100+ Ways to have summer fun and 88 pages of ideas, this guide is just what you need to plan a summer of fabulous memory making with your family.


  • Table of Contents

    Events 2 Free & Discount Adm. Days 3 Free Food & Meal Days 8 Free & $1 Movie Days 11 Concerts & Performances 18 Unique Events 21 Activities 32Day Trips 40Family Travel 71

    The Jersey Family Fun Team

    Editor Jennifer AuerEvents & Ast. Editor Crystal Rodgers

    Writers & Team MembersMelanie Cortese

    Joanna Gnudi CortinaJillian FletcherMelissa Garner

    Lauran Randazzo JonesTraci Weston-Murn

    Nancy Moore Palutis

    Bring on summer!

    Every day my kids come home from school and remind me how many school days they have left. I admit I am half-excited and half-terrified. Excited to not have any more days of homework but terrified at the thought of how to fill so many days off from school with fun activities. Do you feel the same?

    Its with that in mind that we created our BIGGEST day trips and destinations guide to date. Weve packed it with over 100 ways to have summer fun with your kids. From community events to vacation destinations we hope youll find this a valuable tool in planning your summer of fun.

    Thank you to our team of writers for their work to create the great articles and directories. We appreciate our advertisers who make it all possible. And a special thanks to Gap Kids and Gymboree for their Nanotex clothing, pictured on the cover and pages 40 and 71. This stain-resistant wrinkle-free clothing can help your kids and mine look good all summer long, no matter what adventures you choose and we wish you many fun adventures.

    Enjoy your summer,Jennifer Auer, Editor

    Click the image for our complete calendar of events.

  • Bank of Americas Museums on Us

    On the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America's Museums on Us Program allows each card holder to get one free general admission at more than 150 museums nationwide. Look below for a list of museums in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York. Each card holder gets one free general admission. All you need is a photo id and your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card.

    Bank of America Free Admission Weekends Summer Schedule

    June 6th & 7thJuly 4th & 5thAugust 1st & 2ndSeptember 5th & 6th

    Participating Museums in New JerseyMontclair Art MuseumLiberty Science CenterNewark MuseumAijira, a center for contemporary art (closed Sundays)Morris MuseumWheaton Arts & Cultural CenterThe Noyes Museum of Art at Richard Stockton CollegeGarden State Discovery Museum

    Participating Museums in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Museum of ArtNational Constitution CenterNational Museum of American Jewish HistoryAfrican American Museum in PhiladelphiaAllentown Art Museum Carnegie Museum of Art

    Participating Museums in DelawareDelaware Art Museum (No Sundays)Delaware Museum of Natural History

    Participating Museums in New YorkThe Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Museum of Modern ArtStaten Island Children's MuseumBrooklyn Historical SocietyChildren's Museum of ManhattanQueens Museum of ArtLong Island Children's MuseumSuffolk County Vanderbilt MuseumLong Island Museum of American Art, History, & Carriages (Closed Jan-Feb)Old Westbury Gardens (May - Dec Only)

  • Philadelphia Museum of ArtDuring special Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art Pay What You Wish Days on the first Sunday of the month and Wednesday evenings your family can go to the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art at at fraction of the price.

    On these special days you are invited to the museum and you can pay whatever you can afford, just please pay something as the museum says even if it's just a

    penny. It is a great way to introduce you family to the arts museum.

    Pay What You Wish Days 2015 Summer Schedule

    No advance registration is required.Sundays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and pay what you wish is all day.Wednesdays 10:00 am - 8:45 pm pay what you wish begins after 5 pm.

    Wednesday, May 6th, 13th, 20th and 27thSunday, June 7thWednesday, June 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24thSunday, July 5Wednesday, July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29thSunday, August 2ndWednesday, August 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26thSunday, September 6

    The Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin ParkwayPhiladelphia, PA 19130Phone Number 215-763-8100

  • Please Touch Museum offers $2 Admission Days

    On the first Wednesday night of each month your family can visit the Please Touch Museum for $2 a person.

    Summer Schedule of $2 Admission Days At the Please Touch Museum Schedule

    Free parking will be offered as well during these times. No advance registration is required.

    Wed., June 3rd 4pm to 7pm Wed., July 1st 4pm to 7pm Wed., August 5th 4pm to 7pm Wed., September 2nd 4pm to 7pm Wed., October 7th 4pm to 7pm

    The Please Touch Museum is located at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park4231 Avenue of the Republic, (formerly North Concourse Drive) in Philadelphia.

  • Franklin InstituteFree Admission Days

    During special Target Community nights you can go to Franklin Institute for Free! Free Admission nights generally occur on the third Thursday of the month.

    No advance registration is required however registration on site might be requested. Parking is also a discounted rate of $6 during the evening!

    2015 FREE Admission Day Summer Schedule Wed., June 17th 5pm to 8pm - Ocean Science Wed., July 15th 5pm to 8pm - Science of the City There is no August schedule as of 3/26 Wed., September 16th 5pm to 8pm - Neighborhood Night

    For tips on how to make the most of a Franklin Institute Free Admission Day click over to this blog post.

    The Franklin Institute is located at 222 N 20th Street in Philadelphia.

  • National Constitution Center Celebrates Wawa Hoagie Day with Free Admission Spend Independence Week learning about our country's history with FREE Admission to the National Constitution Center on Thursday, July 2.

    For the third consecutive year, the Constitution Center will participate in Wawa Hoagie Day. The museum will have extended hours on Thursday, July 2, 2015 (9:30 am to 8 pm). Wawa Hoagie Day is Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Deliciousness at its finest as 5 tons of hoagies will be assembled at the National Constitution Center and served free to thousands of people outside the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall starting at noon. Join in this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire, and police.

    Free Activities Include Special exhibition about Wawa's history Program on the history of the hoagie. Free make & take activities. Ceremonies, Concerts, & Shows. Scholarly chats and walking tours, at the museum and at various Historic Philadelphia locations.

    TheNational Constitution Center is located at the Independence Mall at 525 Arch Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Check out ourNational Constitution Center series to learn more.

  • National Doughnut Day is Friday, June 5

    From Dunkin' Donuts which dominates the tri-state area for these tasty delicacies to the local and independent shops that offer their own creations, a doughnut flavor exists for everyone and Friday, June 5, you can get one for FREE.

    The first Friday in June has been National Doughnut Day since 1938. It was created as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army and in Chicago it still is used as a fundraiser for this organization. It is meant to raise awareness for the social programs offered by the Salvation Army and to commemorate the "donut lassies" who are women that in addition to providing various supplies to soldiers also served them coffee and doughnuts on the front lines during World War I.

    Where to Get Free Doughnuts on National Doughnut Day 2015 Dunkin' Donuts (check your local store) Krispy Kreme Receive a free donut. Montclair Bread Company (113 Walnut St., Montclair) Tim Horton's (1 Hudson Pl, Hoboken) Top That Donuts (210 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach) Shore Good Donuts Duck Donuts

    So whether you are a traditionalist or a culinary daredevil, stop into one of the above vendors for a breakfast treat.

    Free Slurpee Day!

    July 11th is 7-11 Free Slurpee Day at 7-11 stores nationwide from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. Stop in to participating stores to get yours while supplies last.

  • Give yourself the night off from cooking at a discount! Take advantage of these restaurants in New Jersey offering kids a free meal!

    We suggest calling the location to confirm participation and terms. For the specific schedule by day and locations visit our complete listing online.

    Atlantic County Pizza Hut, Dennys, Moes Southwest Grill, Zona Fresca, IHOP, Mays Landing Diner, Friendlys

    Bergen County Moes Southwest Grill, IHOP, Jalapenos, Rocca, Hooters, Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, Millers Ale House, IKEA, Horizon Diner, Lakeside Grille and Bar, Bennigans, Que Pasta

    Burlington County Dennys, IHOP, Charleys Other Brother, Sonic, Pizzeria Uno, Marlton Tavern, Al Dente

    Camden County Qdoba, Dennys, Tortilla Press, Pop Shop, Millers Ale House, Bob Evans, IHOP

    Cape May County Oceanside Seafood, Cabanas

    Cumberland County Bennigans, Dennys, Friendlys

    Essex County IHOP, Nikko, Calandras Mediterranean Grill, Moonshine Supper Club, Franklin Steakhouse, Toro Loco, Verona Inn

    Gloucester County Pizzeria Uno, Landmark, Mozzarella Grill, Vals Seafood Trattoria, Dennys

    Hudson County Otaiko, Arthurs, Elysian Cafe, IHOP, Qdoba, Cheeseburger in Paradise

    Hunterdon County Riley and Jakes, Lovin Oven, The Rail

    Mercer County Town Diner, Pizzeria Uno, IHOP, Moes, Tavern on the Lake, Hooters

    Middlesex County Dennys, The Station Tavern, IHOP, Dickeys Barbecue Pit, Hooters, Pizza Hut, Pizzeria Uno, Brother Jimmys, Moes, Arirang, Buffalo Wild Wings, Millers Ale House

    Monmouth CountyCourt Jester, Buffalo Wild Wings, Rosalitas, All Seasons Restaurant Diner, IHOP, Valentinos, Inkanto, Red Oak Diner, Park East, Shore Cafe, Chubby Pickle, Chapter House, Sycamore Grill, Bubbakoos, Brass Rail, Ninos Coal Fired Pizza, Main Street Bar and Grill, Blue Swan, Molly Maguires Gastropub

    Morris County IHOP, Andreas Dining Room, Buffalo Wild Wings, Moes, Scallopini

    Ocean County Bubbakoos, Buffalo Wild Wings, IHOP, Ninos Coal Fired Pizza, Bubbakoos, 21 South, Sandys Cozy Corner, Lamp Post Inn, Farrells, Burger 25, Four Seasons Diner, Perkins, Pizza Hut, Sand Castle Diner, Toms River Diner, Tiffs, Tuscan House

    Passaic County Chevys, Pizzeria Uno, IHOP, Hooters,

    Salem CountyDennys, Elmer Diner

    Somerset County Moes, Willie McBrides, Buffalo Wild Wings, IHOP, Trio, Stoney Brook Grille, Stage House, Melting Pot, Uproot, Buffalo Wild Wings

    Sussex County OReillys

    Union CountyMolly MaGuires, OhBrians on the Green, IKEA, IHOP, The Station, Chevys, Buffalo Wild Wings, Arirang, Stage House Tavern, Pizza Vita, Tiffs

    Warren County IHOP, Bea McNallys

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  • For 9 weeks New Jersey Regal Cinemas will show select G & PG rated movies for only $1 a showing, Part of the proceeds of admission will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. The movies will be shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am.

    New Jersey Regal Cinemas locations Regal Burlington, Stadium 20, Burlington - Week 1 starts June 23Regal Hamilton Commons, Stadium 14, Mays Landing - Week 1 starts June 23Regal Commerce Center, Stadium 18, North Brunswick - Week 1 starts June 23Regal Hadley Theater, Stadium 16, South Plainfield - Week 1 starts June 23Regal Pohatcong, Stadium 12, Phillipsburg, Week 1 starts June 16Regal Cross Keys, Stadium 12, Turnersville Week 1 starts June 9Regal Cumberland Mall, Stadium 14, Vineland, Week 1 starts June 30The movie schedule may vary slightly from location to location.

    Summer Movie Express Movie Schedule

    Week 1The Nut Job PG Our Nut Job movie reviewAnnie PG Our Annie movie review

    Week 2Earth to Echo PGThe Boxtrolls PG

    Week 3Paddington PGTurbo PG Our Turbo movie review

    Week 4Rio 2 GHow to Train Your Dragon 2 PG

    Week 5Mr. Peabody & Sherman PGThe Book of Life PG Our Book of Life movie review

    Week 6Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb PGPenguins of Madagascar PG

    Week 7The Lego Movie PG Our The Lego Movie reviewDolphin Tale 2 PG Our Dolphin Tale 2 movie review

    Week 8Muppets Most Wanted PG Our Muppets Most Wanted movie reviewAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day PG Our Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day movie review

    Week 9Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles PG Our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reviewThe Spongebob Movie PG

  • If you live near a Cinemark Theater boy are you in luck. This year for their summer movie clubhouse you can purchase a punch card that will grant you admission into all ten of the movies in their clubhouse for only $5 per person. No worries, if you can't get to the theater to

    purchase the tickets in advance you can purchase tickets at each showing for only $1 per person.

    The Summer Movie Clubhouse is a ten-week program of recently released G and PG films for kids. Day, times, and weeks of the series are determined by the local theatres.

    NJ Cinemark Theater Locations

    Cinemark 16, SomerdaleCinemark 12, Hazlet

    Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse - Movie Schedule

    Cinemark 16 Use this coupon for $1 off a snack pack. Showtimes are at 10:00 AM each Wednesday.6/24 - Mr. Peabody and Sherman7/1 - Penguins of Madagascar7/8 - Night at the Museum and the Secret of the Tomb7/15 - How to Train Your Dragon 27/22 - Alvin and the Chipmunks- Chipwrecked Our Alvin and the Chipmunks movie review7/29 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days8/5 - The Nut Job Our Nut Job movie review8/12 - Rio 28/19 - Turbo Our Turbo movie review8/26 - The Croods Our The Croods movie review

    Cinemark 12, Hazlet Use this coupon for $1 off a snack pack. Showtimes are at 10:00 AM each Wednesday and Thursday.6/24 and 6/25 - Mr. Peabody and Sherman7/1 and 7/2 - Penguins of Madagascar7/8 and 7/9 - Night at the Museum and the Secret of the Tomb7/15 and 7/16 - How to Train Your Dragon 27/22 and 7/23 - Alvin and the Chipmunks- Chipwrecked Our Alvin and the Chipmunks movie review7/29 and 7/30 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days8/5 and 8/6 - The Nut Job Our Nut Job movie review8/12 and 8/13 - Rio 28/19 and 8/20 - Turbo Our Turbo movie review8/26 and 8/27 - The Croods Our The Croods movie review

  • The Marquee Cinemas Free Summer Movies is an 8 week program of recently released G and PG films for kids. Kids have their choice between 2 movies playing on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am. Movie tickets are FREE!

    The New Jersey Marquee Cinema Orchard 10 is located at 1311 Rt 37 West in Toms River.

    Summer Movies Series Schedule

    Orchard 107/7 & 7/8-Mr. Peabody & Sherman/Earth to Echo7/14 & 7/15 - Rio 2/The Smurfs 2 Our Smurfs 2 movie review7/21 & 7/22- Despicable Me 2/Paddington Our Despicable Me 2 movie review 7/28 & 7/29 - Penguins of Madagascar/Lego Movie Our The Lego Movie review8/4 & 8/5- How to Train Your Dragon 2/ The Spongebob Movie8/11 & 8/12 - Dolphin Tale 2/Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Our Dolphin Tale 2 movie review8/18 & 8/19 - Turbo/Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Our Turbo movie review8/25 & 8/26 - Hotel Transylvania/Annie Our Ho-tel Transylvania movie review Our Annie movie review*Special discounts on popcorn and drinks.

    Movies are presented By Pemberton Recreation and Pemberton Township Alliance Group on the Mirror Lake Beach.

    FREE Admission, FREE Popcorn, FREE Gift for Children in Attendance!

    Movies Series Schedule

    July 10th - The BoxtrollsJuly 17th - Big Hero 6 Our Big Hero 6 movie reviewJuly 24th - Dolphins Tale 2 Our Dolphin Tale 2 movie reviewJuly 31st - PaddingtonAugust 7th - Hunger Games The Mocking JayAugust 14th - Annie Our Annie movie reviewAugust 21st - Guardians of the GalaxyAugust 28th - Cinderella

    A Good Movie. A Bag of Popcorn. A Cone of Ice Cream or Maybe A Burger or Cotton Candy.Special times with friends. That's Movie Night at OSPAC. 7:30pm

    OSPAC Free Summer Movies will be at 4 Boland Drive in West Orange.

    Movie Nights Schedule

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 ~ Frozen Our Frozen movie reviewTuesday, August 11, 2015 ~ MalficentTuesday, August 18, 2015 ~ The Lego Movie Our The Lego Movie review

  • Bring your blankets and chairs to catch a free movie anywhere throughout the county all summer long!

    Gloucester County Park Movie Schedule with Park Locations

    5/8 Dolphin Tale 2, East Greenwich Township, Samuel Mickle School, 559 Kings Hwy., Mickleton Our Dolphin Tale 2 movie review

    5/22, Dolphin Tale 2, Borough of Westville, Galbraith Park, River Drive Our Dolphin Tale 2 movie review

    5/29, Annie-Its a Hard Knock Life, Harrison Township, Ella Harris Park, 155 Commissioners Rd. Our Annie movie review

    6/5, Frozen, Deptford Township, Fasola Park, 12 Sycamore Lane Our Frozen movie review

    6/12, Frozen, National Park ACA Fields, 700 Hessian Avenue Our Frozen movie review

    6/19, The Boxtrolls, Woodbury Heights, 500 Elm Ave

    6/26, Annie-Its a Hard Knock Life, Woolwich Township Locke Avenue Park, 56 Locke Avenue Our Annie movie review

    7/10, The Boxtrolls, Woodbury Heights, 500 Elm Avenue

    7/15, Annie-Its a Hard Knock Life, Woodbury, Stewart Lake Park, 235 East Red Bank Avenue Our Annie movie review

    7/17, Annie-Its a Hard Knock Life, Washington Township, Washington Lake Park Amphitheatre, 626 Hurffville - Cross Keys Road Our Annie movie review

    7/22 The Lego Movie, Borough of Wenonah, Wenonah Park, East Mantua and South West Avenues Our The Lego Movie review

    7/29, Dolphin Tale 2, Logan Township, 125 Main Street, Bridgeport Our Dolphin Tale 2 movie review

    7/31, Paddington, Greenwich Township, Memorial Park, Memorial Avenue Gibbstown

    8/5, Into the Woods, James G. Atkinson Park, 138 Bethel Mill Road, Sewell Our Into the Woods movie review

    8/7, Frozen, Borough of Glassboro, New Street Park, 410 East New Street Our Frozen movie review

    8/12, The Boxtrolls, Mantua Township, Chestnut Branch Park, 545 Main Street

    8/14, Frozen, Monroe Township, Monroe Township Public Library, 713 Marsha Avenue Our Frozen movie review

    8/21, Frozen, West Deptford, Riverwinds, 1000 Riverwinds Drive Our Frozen movie review

    8/26, Paddington, South Harrison Township, Stewart Park, 67 Ferrell Road, Mullica Hill

    8/28, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,Very Bad Day, Borough of Pitman, Sunset Auditorium, Laurel Ave Our movie review

    9/9, Frozen, Franklin Township, Malaga Lake Park, Malaga Road Our Frozen movie review

    9/11, Frozen, Borough of Paulsboro, Fort Billings Park, North Delaware Avenue Our Frozen movie review

    9/18, Muppets Most Wanted, Sweedesboro, Swedesboro Lake Park, 701 Park Avenue Our Muppets Most Wanted movie review

    9/25, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,Very Bad Day, Elk Township, Elk Township Park, 700 Whig Lane Road Our Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day movie review

  • Free Friday Flicks

    at Kips CastleVery few castles exist in the United States. However in New Jersey, and more specifically, in Essex County is the home to Kip's Castle. The ten acre estate spans Montclair and Verona, but Kip's Castle originally built in the early 1900's is considered a resident of Verona. Originally referred to as "Kypsburg" it took over three years to build. After many years of neglect, in 2007 it acquired a new owner, the County of Essex which then became part of the Essex County Parks.

    Fast forward to Free Flicks on Fridays. This annual FREE activity is a fun tradition for residents in Essex County. The gates of Kip's Castle open at 6:30 PM on Friday nights in June to the public for movie nights. Prior to the start of the film there will be entertainment that ties into the film being shown. At dusk, the family friendly films are shown on the

    grassy lawn. Families are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blankets, and just enjoy each other's company on spring nights. If the weather is not conducive to outdoor viewings, then the rain date is the following Saturday.

    Here is the 2015 Free Friday Flicks at Kip's Castle Movie Schedule!

    Frozen: June 5, rain date June 6. Come beforehand to meet and greet with the princesses of the film! 6:30pm. Our Frozen movie review

    The Lego Movie: June 12, rain date June 13. Come beforehand to build with Legos with the help of Snapology. 6:30pm. Our The Lego Movie review

    Divergent: June 19, rain date June 20. Come beforehand for a archery demonstration. 6:30 pm.

    Eat, Pray Love: June 26, rain date June 27. Come beforehand for a cultural experience. 6:30 pm.

    Kip's Castle is located at 22 Crestmont Road in Verona (Essex County).

    Take your family and meet up with friends at this outdoor movie event!

  • The free fun Atlantic City events continues this summer with free movies 3 different nights a week at different locations. Families are invited to bring beach chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy the movies. Movies will take place at dusk on Fridays, Sundays and Mondays at the following locations.

    Friday Nights at Bartram Ave Beach

    July 10 - The Lego Movie, PG Our The Lego Movie reviewJuly 17- Big Hero 6, PG Our Big Hero 6 movie reviewJuly 24 - Up!, PGJuly 31 - Paddington, PGAugust 7 - Tangled, PGAugust 14 - Ratatouille, PGAugust 21 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, PG Our Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day movie reviewAugust 28 - Cinderella (2015), PG

    Sunday Nights at Brighton Park

    July 12 - Into the Woods, PG Our Into the Woods movie reviewJuly 19 -Annie (2014), PG Our Annie movie reviewJuly 26 - Paddington, PGAugust 2 -Maleficent, PGAugust 9 - Dolphin Tale 2, PG Our Dolphin Tale 2 movie reviewAugust 16 - The Hundred Foot Journey, PGAugust 23 - Cantinflas, PGAugust 30 - Cinderella (2015), PG

    Monday Nights at Historic Gardner's Basin

    July 13 - Annie (2014), PG Our Annie movie reviewJuly 20 - The Blind Side, PG-13July 27 - Divergent, PG-13August 3 - Mom's Night Out, PGAugust 10 - Maleficent, PGAugust 17 - Captain America Winter Soldier, PG-13August 24 - The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1, PG-13August 31 - The Expendables 3, PG-13

    More free movies from

    Shore Flicks Galloway Township Community ServicesWildwoods

    Save this link to our Free & $1 Movies Series

  • Garden State Discovery Museum

    Grubbin and Groovin ConcertsGarden State Discovery Museum has announced the dates for their free summer concert series for 2015. Last year was the first year for the Garden State Discovery Museums free Grubbin' and Groovin' concerts. They were outside and there was good food and good music by live bands. This year Garden State Discovery Museum has announced the dates of the 3rd annual summer concert series.

    The Grubbin' & Groovin' Summer Concerts series will be every Wednesday starting July 1st until August 12th.

    The music entertainment will be there from 5 pm until 7 pm and the food trucks will be there until 8 pm. Along with these free concerts, admission to the Garden State Discovery Museum after 5 pm is only $5 so that's a great bargain.

    Garden State Discovery Museum has yet to release the summer concert series line-up but we are sure it won't disappoint.

    What to expect Food Trucks Outside Fun Bounce Houses After 5 pm only $5 admission Music to dance to when outside

    Garden State Discovery Museum is located at 2040 Springdale Road Suite 100 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003.

  • Bring the Magic of Live Theatre to your Family this Summer at Washington Crossing Open Air TheatreBeginning June 20, 2015, the outdoor theatre will kick off its season. There will be 9 family friendly shows on the weekends featuring some of our favorite fairy tales and stories, even a few of our Disney favorites. The open air theatre is attached to Washington Crossing State Park where you could go on a hike, take a tour and visit the site where George Washington crossed the Delaware River either before or after you see a performance.

    Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre Children's Play Schedule for 2015

    Beauty and the Beast - June 20, 21, 27, 28 - Saturdays at 11:00 am & Sundays at 4 pmThe classic tale of a prince, turned into a beast by an evil witch. The Beast falls in love with the beautiful Belle. When Belle is imprisoned by the Beast, will her love be able to transform the creature back into a man?

    Alice in Wonderland - July 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 - Fridays & Saturdays at 11:00 am & Sundays at 4 pmJoin Alice on her trip through Wonderland as she meets some beloved characters, A Garden Of Beautiful Flowers, a truly Mad Tea Party, a mysterious grinning cat and the Queen and King of Hearts and their court.

    Disney's Aladdin Jr - July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 - Fridays & Saturdays at 11:00 am & Sundays at 4 pmWelcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where we're about to begin the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince! All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film come to life with an Academy award-winning score, with songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice.

    The Little Mermaid - July 31, August 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 - Fridays & Saturdays at 11:00 am & Sundays at 4 pmBased on the childrens story by Hans Christian Andersen, a little mermaid dreams of going on land. Banished by her father, the King of the Sea, she is forced to fend for herself.

    Disney's 101 Dalmations - August 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 - Fridays & Saturdays at 11:00 am & Sundays at 4 pmIn a loving home in the city of London, Dalmatian parents, Pongo and Perdita happily raise their Dalmatian puppies, until the monstrous Cruella De Ville plots to steal them for her new fur coat! Join all the dogs of London, as they daringly rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen.

    Disney's Cinderella Kids - August 28, 29, 30, September 5, 6 - Fridays & Saturdays at 11:00 am & Sundays at 4 pmPoor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella's dreams come true. She goes to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love!

    Box Office Information

    Adults & children New Jersey residents - $5.00 per person. Non New Jersey Residents are $7.00 per person. They only accept cash. The park does have a parking fee of $5 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. All seats are general admission on wooden benches. The park recommends bringing a blanket to be more comfortable.

    Please call 267-885-9857 for cancellations and delays due to weather. Picnic tables are available in the vicinity for you to enjoy before or after the show. Public restrooms are available adjacent to the box office.

    Washington Crossings Open Air Theatre is located at 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road in Titusville.

  • Are you looking for a fun and inexpensive way to introduce your family to live theater?

    Plays in the Park is a great way to introduce your child to live theater. Children age 12 and under are able to attend the shows for FREE and adults tickets are inexpensive.

    Imagine a night under the stars, (don't forget your lawn chair or blanket to sit on) enjoying a snack with your kids watching a family friendly play on a large outdoor stage. Sounds perfect right? The Plays in the Park program has been around for over 50 years and makes for some great childhood memories. Shows start at 8:30 pm and the box office opens at 5:30 pm to sell tickets. You can purchase your ticket, set up your chairs, and go explore the grounds of the park or spend the day at the park, pack a picnic dinner and then go see a show.

    Plays in the Park,More Theater Fun for Families

    Click these links to see whats new in these series:

    Family Friendly Concerts Family Friendy Performances Concert Calendar of Events Performance Calendar of Events

    Plays in the Park 2015 Summer Performance Schedule

    Young FrankensteinWednesday, June 17 through Saturday, June 27No Sundays | 8:30 pm

    OklahomaWednesday, July 8 through Saturday, July 18No Sundays | 8:30 pm

    Jesus Christ SuperstarWednesday, July 29 through Saturday, August 8No Sundays | 8:30 pm

    Shows play every night of the week at 8:30 pm, except for Sundays

    Box Office Information

    All summer performances begin at 8:30 p.m. There are no performances on Sunday.

    They only accept cash. Adults - $7.00 Senior Citizens - $5.00 Children 12 and Under Free

    Plays in the Park Location

    Plays in the Park is located in Roosevelt Park in Edison, off Route 1 next to Menlo Park Mall.

  • New Jerseys 4H Fair ScheduleWho doesn't love a day at the fair? We love everything about the fair: the animals, the shows, the rides, and all that wonderful fair food. No summer is complete without a trip to the fair and there are so many to choose from. We have compiled a list each county fair to help you find the closest one to you. Weve listed dates here. For locations and more information please visit our full complete listing of 4H Fairs.

    Atlantic County 4H FairAugust 6 - 8, 2015

    Bergen County 4H FairSeptember 19 - 20, 2015

    Burlington County FairJuly 14 - 19, 2015

    Camden County FairSeptember 26 - 27, 2015

    Cape May County 4H FairJuly 16 - 18, 2015

    Cumberland County Cooperative FairJuly 6 - 11, 2015

    Gloucester County 4H FairJuly 23 - 26, 2015

    Hunterdon County 4H FairAugust 19 - 23, 2015

    Mercer County 4H FairAugust 1 - 2, 2015

    Middlesex County 4H FairAugust 3 - 9, 2015

    Monmouth County 4H FairJuly 22 - 26, 2015

    Morris County 4H FairJuly 16 - 19, 2015

    Ocean County FairJuly 8 - 12, 2015

    Passaic County 4H FairAugust 13 - 16, 2015 (tentative dates)

    Salem County FairAugust 4 - 7, 2015

    Somerset County 4H FairAugust 12 - 14, 2015

    Sussex County Farm and Horse Show/New Jersey State FairJuly 31, - August 9, 2015

    Warren County Farmer's FairJuly 25, - August 1, 2015

  • Jenkinson's Pavilion and Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach is the place to be this summer! Families can enjoy live performances, weekly fireworks, movies under the stars and musical concerts. Admission to all of the events listed below is FREE. Parking is available at both the Jenkinson's Aquarium lot as well as private lots located on Ocean Ave. Rates for the lots varies by the day and hour.

    Jenkinson's Free summer events For kids

    Children's Variety ShowsAll variety shows begin at 7 pm at the South Beach Stage (located across from the amusement park train)

    MONDAYS June 29-Ron Valentine Comedy July 6- Doc Swan's Magical Comedy Show July 13-YOSI July 20-Goowins Balloowins July 27-John Bundy & Morgan Magic Illusion Show Aug 3-Pinao Hula Show August 10-YOSI August 17- Breen Swanson Silly Circus August 24-David Darwin One Man Show August 31- Cow Larry's Wild West Show

    Free Movies under the StarsAll movies begin at 8:30 pm at Jenkinson's Beach Pavilion on FRIDAYS (lineup not posted as of 5/18/15)

    Musical Festival All FREE concerts begin at 7:30 pm at the inlet beach

    WEDNESDAYS July 1-Bronx Wanderers July 8th-La Diva Tenors July 15-British Invasion July 22-Big Band Extravaganza July 29-Festa Italiano August 5-Broadway and Beyond August 12-NJ State Opera August 19-Irish Festival with Bobby Byrne Aug 26-Larry Chance and the Earls

    There's More to the ShoreOn the beach across from Jenkinson's Aquarium: 5:30 -6:30 pm

    THURSDAYSCome meet with an Aquarium Interpreter as they talk about various animals that make the Jersey Shore their home. Learn about ways you can help keep their home clean.

    FIREWORKS: Fireworks occur every THURSDAY at dusk.Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show!From June 25th-Aug 31.

  • Thunder Over the Boardwalk.Tips to Enjoy the Air Show With Your KidsThe Atlantic City Airshow "Thunder Over The Boardwalk" returns to the skies over the beautiful free beaches and Boardwalk of Atlantic City on Wednesday, September 2 and we have your tips to enjoying the show.

    Our team has been taking our kids to the Atlantic City Air Show Thunder Over the Boardwalk for at least 6 years and we have some tips to make the Atlantic City Air Show Thunder Over the Boardwalk more manageable for parents. After all, it is a once-a-year event and we want you to be there when the Atlantic City Air Show returns.

    Tips to enjoying Atlantic Citys Air Show Thunder Over the Boardwalk

    Take advantage of public transportation or the shuttles shuttles usually run from Bader Field and a few other locations on the outside of Atlantic City. Beat the inflated parking prices and take the shuttle instead. Learn more about the options on our site later this summer.

    Arrive early! Yes, admission is FREE. Get there early, whether you want to sit on the beach, on the boardwalk, or youve bought a VIP seat in a tent, get there early to claim your spot.

    Bathrooms Nope, you dont have to go trek into a casino when your child has to go potty. Behind the tents there are port-o-potties. They are spaced out, there was one every couple of feet. Make sure you have your flip flops or sandals on. Underneath the blaring sun the sand gets incredibly hot to walk on.

    Pack lunch and snacks Youve found your spot on the beach. Youre comfortable. The kids are good. Do you really want to track all the way up the beach to stand in lines for overpriced food? Enough said. Moms and dads you know what I mean.

    Pack, pack, and pack again Atlantic City Air Show Thunder Over the Boardwalk will run for several hours. If you arrive early that can be a long day in the sun for the kids. Make sure you are prepared. Pack all the essentials.

    Keep following us online for the performance schedule and more details as the air show gets closer.

  • Get Fishing With Your KidsGrab your pole and head to the fishing hole on Saturday, June 13!

    New Jerseys Free Fishing Days are a no-risk way to introduce your kids to freshwater fishing. Children under 16 don't need a license. All other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect.

    Free Fishing Day Locations

    Atlantic County: Hammonton Lake, Birch Grove Park Ponds, Lake Lenape & Mill Pond.

    Bergen County: Liberty Park Pond, Indian Lake Pond, Wild Duck Pond, & Scarlet Oak Pond.

    Burlington County: Atsion Lake, Bastso Lake, Crystal Lake & Strawbridge Lake.

    Camden County: Blackwood Lake, Cedar Pond, Cherrywood Lake & Cooper River Park Lake.

    Cape May County: Cape May Park Ponds, Den-nisville Lake, East Creek Pond & West Pond.

    Cumberland County: Cumberland Pond, Cedar Lake, Sunset Lake & Union Lake.

    Essex County: Clarks Pond, Diamond Mill Pond, Orange Pond & Lake Vincent.

    Gloucester County: Alcyon Lake, Franklinville Lake, Mullica Hill Lake & Logan Pond.

    Hudson County: Duck Pond, Lincoln Park Lake, W. Hudson County Park Pond, & Woodcliff Lake.

    Hunterdon County: Amwell Lake, Echo Hill Pond, Dermott Pond, & Deer Path Park Pond.

    Mercer County: Baldwin Lake, Grovers Mill Pond, Erta Lake & Whitehead Mill Pond.

    Middlesex County: Bissets Pond, Green Acres Park, Hooks Creek Lake, & Milltown Pond.

    Monmouth County: Allentown Pond, Deal Lake, Echo Lake, & Shadow Lake.

    Morris County: Atwater Lake, Budd Lake, Speed-well Lake & Mt. Hope Lake.

    Ocean County: Butterfly Bogs Pond, Turn Mills Pond, Success Lake, & Wells Mill Lake.

    Passaic County: Dundee Lake, Mill Pond, Sally's Pond & Surprise Lake.

    Salem County: Avis Mill Pond, Daretown Lake, Rainbow Lake & Salem Canal.

    Somerset County: Best Pond, Spooky Brook Lake, Spring Lake & Powder Mill Pond.

    Sussex County: Blue Mountain Lake, Cranberry Lake, Jefferson Lake & Saw Mill Lake.

    Union County: Milton Lake, Brookside Park Pond, Seely's Pond & Surprise Lake.

    Warren County: Blair Lake, Catfish Pond, Sunfish Pond & Delaware Lake.

  • kids Bowl Free with the

    kids Bowl Free Program

    Kids Bowl Free provides bowling games to children nationwide age 15 and under at participating centers. Its a great way to start a busy day of fun or to wind down after a long day of running. The free

    bowling is also a great perk on a rainy day. It gave the kids a reason to get some exercise and get out of the house for a bit. Many programs started this month.

    How The Kids Bowl Free Program Works:

    Complete the FREE registration form on KidsBowlFree.Com for the bowling alley you want to attend. (Please note you can go to more than one participating alley but you will need to register for each one separately using a different email address as per the KidsBowlFree.Com website).

    Kids get to bowl up to 2 free games per day, all summer long. Some of the alleys are actually starting their free game passes this month. You can find out start and end dates on each locations registration page or the Jersey Family Fun website.

    The Kids Bowl Free playing times are available 7 days a week. Check the registration page for the times your alley allows.

    Kids must be 15 years old or younger.

    Shoe rentals are not included, but some of the bowling alleys do offer a shoe rental pass for purchase. You would have to check with your bowling alley for fees.

    Some alleys offer a discount on food, check with each individual alley.

    Youll receive an email every Sunday containing a link to the coupons for that week. Just print them out and bring them with you.

    Theres also a Family Pass that allows up to 4 adults to bowl all summer. The pass costs $24.95 and can be added on to your account at any time. An adult is considered anyone 16 and up.

    Find participating bowling alleys at these sites: Jersey Family Fun Kids Bowl Free

  • kids skate Free this summerDid you know there are roller skating rinks around the country that offer FREE roller skating for kids?

    Kids Skate Free has a nationwide listing of where kids can skate for free. Were sharing the listing of New Jersey locations.

    New Jersey locations where Kids Can Roller Skate for Free in New JerseyTo view more details or register for a center please click on their name. You will then be brought to their page where you will be able to sign up and start skating for free. About once a week you will get an email with information to download your free passes. You can register up to 4 children under the age of 12.

    Roller Skating Rinks in Mays Landing, Atlantic County, New JerseyYoungs Skating Center, 763 Park Rd., 609-625-1191

    Roller Skating Rinks in Mt. Laurel, Burlington County, New JerseyInternational Sports, Skating, and Fun Centre of Mt. Laurel, 1 Hovtech Blvd, 856-273-2828

    Roller Skating Rinks in Cherry Hill, Camden County, New JerseyInternational Sports, Skating, & Fun Centre, Cherry Hill, 600 Kresson Road, 856-428-8588

    Roller Skating Rinks in Deptford, Gloucester County, New JerseyDeptford Skating & Fun Center, 510 Deptford Ave, 856 845 7353

    Don't see your local skating center? Try to recruit them to be part of the program. Click here to print out a letter from Kids Skate Free for your local skating center.

  • Michaels PassPort to imaginationYour Kids Passport to Fun

    This summer Michael's Passport to Imagination is offering a 7- week program where kids can cre-ate crafts focusing on the 7 continents.

    Michael's Passport to Imagination Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am - 12 pm. The cost is only $5 per day or $12 for 3 ses-sions and registration is recommended.

    3 Reasons to Sign Your Kids Up

    1. Beat the Heat! These crafts are a great way to keep your kids busy while staying cool.

    2. Family Bonding! This a great opportunity to work together with your child to create something you are both proud of!

    3. Educational without the kids knowing! Art boosts creativity, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and spatial awareness.

    themes For PassPort to imagination

    Week of June 14 - Pirates Monday - Pirate Doubloon Necklace & Eye Patch Wednesday - Spyglass and Treasure Map Friday - Parrot Puppet

    Week of June 21 - Week at the Lake Monday - Paper Sailboat Wednesday - Felt Picnic Friday - Fun Fishing Day

    Week of June 28 - County Fair Monday - Woven Flower Wednesday - Craft Stick Ferris Wheel Friday - Hot Air Balloon

    Week of July 5 - Strolling Down Main Street Monday - Patterned Pinwheel

    Wednesday - Travel Memory Game Friday - Faux Stained Glass

    Week of July 12 - Celebrate the Arts Monday - Crayon and Watercolor Painting Wednesday - Pinch Pot Monster Friday - Tissue Paper Art

    Week of July 19 - Celebrate Music Festival Monday - Fringed Bell Anklet Wednesday - Music Themed Painting Friday - Water Bottle Holder

    Week of July 26 - Flea Market Fun Monday - Duck Tape Bracelet Wednesday - Duck Tape Wallet Friday - Make Believe Camera

    Contact your local Michaels Passport to Imagina-tion or visit them online to register.

  • Lowes Build & Grow ClinicsLowe's Build and Grow Kids Clinics are the perfect Saturday morning activity for kids ages 4 and up.

    Here is what you need to know about Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Clinics: Available two Saturdays a month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (some exceptions may apply) Registration is highly recommended. Waivers must be signed for each child participating. The Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Clinics are FREE! Great for children ages 4 and up. At every Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Clinics each child gets a free building kit, goggles, apron and patch. Each Lowe's Build and Grow Kids kit comes with easy to follow directions. Friendly Lowe's employees are on hand to help parents and children. If you don't have time to the Lowe's Build and Grow Kids project that day, you can pick up a kit to take home (They make great projects for a snow day or school vacation.)

    Why we LOVE Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Clinics: These Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Clinics are a great option for play dates and family days. Kids have such a fun time working together and showing each other their finished projects. Each clinic has a theme that is usually associated with an upcoming movie or event. Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Clinic participation helps children develop valuable skills. Building these amazing kits helps children enhance fine motor control and strength, increase eye-hand coordination and improve listening skills as they learn to follow directions. Social skills are also enhanced as children work together with friends and parents to make the projects.

    We have made so many fun and interactive projects last year at the Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Clinics. We are really looking forward to all the great projects Lowe's Build and Grow Kids Clinics will offer this upcoming year.

    Registration usually opens the Monday after the last workshop, and it is highly recommended as the clinics fill up very quickly.

    Upcoming Clinics June 13 - Iron Man's Avenjet June 27 - Captain America Motorcycle

    To find the latest Lowe's Build & Grow Clinics visit our Calendar of New Jersey Events or the Lowe's Build & Grow Clinics Schedule.

  • Home Depot Kids WorkshopsFrom race cars to boats to desktop calendars, Home Depot Kids Workshops offers a different workshop the first Saturday of the month intended for children ages 5-12. You can drop in between 9 am - 12 pm and have your kids create that months project. While Home Depot requests the Kids Workshop attendees register online, they can accept walk ins.

    Here is some information about the Home Depot Kids Workshops and why we enjoy them. Free and fun Home Depot Kids Workshops are for children ages 5-12. Home Depot Kids Workshops are offered the first Saturday of the month at your local Home Depot store between 9 am 12 pm. All children keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron (for new attendees), and a commemorative pin. Home Depot staff are there to assist with the projects. This is first come, first serve. The apron and workshop kit is given to those who arrive earlier so there may not be sufficient supplies towards the end of the workshop. Children need to be present at the store to participate in the Home Depot Kids Workshops. At some stores, paint is offered for each project so it might be best to dress the kids for mess. Registration for the Home Depot Kids Workshops is available online and is requested to ensure that there is sufficient supplies for all the attendees. Finished projects can make great gifts for grandparents, godparents, or other relatives. Summer workshops may be held outside.

    Make sure to register for Home Depot Kids Workshops on Home Depots website.

    Home Depot Kids Workshops Summer Schedule June 6, 2015 July 4, 2015 August 1, 2015

    Click over to read more about Jersey Family Funs experiences at the Home Depot Kids Workshops.

  • Lakeshore Learning Store

    Free Make & Takes for KidsEvery Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm Lakeshore Learning Store hosts a free craft and registration is not required. The crafts are for children 3 and older. The crafts are based on themes like current events or the season.

    Upcoming Make and Take Events

    May 23rd- Memorial Day Flag May 30th- Hello Sunshine Mobile June 6th- Beaded Bubble Wands June 13th- Design Your Own Racecar June 20th- Great Catch Fishing Pole June 27th- Storybook Cottage July 11th- My Aquarium July 18th- Jumping Jellyfish July 25th- Stay Cool Sun Visor

    Lakeshore also offers: A giant smart board where your children can play interactive multi-player educational games. They also have tons of toys around the store that are open that your kids can test out before they buy them.

    NJ Lakeshore Learning locations

    Cherry HillMarketplace at Garden State Park2020 Marlton Pike WestCherry Hill, NJ 08002856-910-0888

    East Brunswick275 State Route 18East Brunswick, NJ 08816732-967-8585The East Brunswick Lakeshore also offers FREE crafts on Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm.

    Hackensack449 Essex St.Hackensack, NJ 07601201-441-9214

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  • New Jersey Towns Selling Discount Amusement Park TicketsTickets are available but may sell out, so if something interests you act fast! Purchase of these tickets may be limited to residents only.

    atlantic countyEgg Harbor Township has tickets for Adventure Aquarium, Moreys Piers, Steel Pier, Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor, Philadelphia Zoo, Hershey Park, Splash Zone, Clementon Park, Sahara Sams, and IPlay America.

    Bergen countyRutherford has tickets for Crayola Experience, IPlay America, Action Park, Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor, Dorney Park, Diggerland, and Hershey Park.

    Burlington countyPemberton has tickets for Adventure Aquarium, Moreys Piers, Crayola Experience, Hershey Park, Six Flags, Diggerland, Iplay America, Philadelphia Zoo, Sahara Sams, and Splash Zone Wildwood.

    camden countyGloucester has tickets for Adventure Aquarium, Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor, Moreys Piers, Phila-delphia Zoo, Hershey Park, Sahara Sams, Steel Pier, Dorney Park, and Clementon Park.

    essex county Roseland has tickets for Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor, Moreys Pier, Casino Pier, Hershey Park, Philly Zoo, IPlay America, Dorney Park Splash Zone, and Adventure Aquarium.

    gloucester county Deptford has tickets for Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Philadelphia Zoo, Moreys Piers, Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor, Splash Zone, Adventure Aquari-um, Clementon Park, and Dutch Wonderland. East Greenwich has tickets for Camel Beach, Clem-enton Park, and Sahara Sams. Glassboro has tickets for Sahara Sams, Philadelphia Zoo, and Adventure Aquarium. Washington Township has tickets for Adventure Aquarium, Clementon Park, Splash Zone, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Dutch Wonderland, Great Adven-ture, Moreys Piers, Mountain Creek, Philadelphia ZooSahara Sams, and Steel Pier. West Deptford 2015 information coming June 1

    Harrison Township has tickets for Hershey Park, Splash Zone, Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Moreys Piers,Philadelphia Zoo, Adventure Aquarium, Steel Pier, Sahara Sams, Clementon Park, Crayola Experience, Diggerland, and Medieval Times.

    middlesex county Middlesex has tickets for Adventure Aquarium, Moreys Piers, Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Dorney Park, Philadelphia Zoo, Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, Mountain Creek Water Park, Hershey Park, and The Steel Pier. South River has tickets for the Somerset Patriots.

    morris countyMontville has tickets for Action Park, Adventure Aquarium, Casino Pier, Clementon Park, Crayola Experience, Digglerand, Dorney Park, Hershey Park, iPlay America, Moreys Piers, Philadelphia Zoo, Saha-ra Sams, Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor, Splash Zone, and Steel Pier.

    ocean county Brick has tickets for Philadelphia Zoo, Moreys Piers, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Crayola Experience, Dig-gerland, Great Adventure, and Casino Pier. Jackson has tickets for Great Adventure.

    Passaic countyClifton has tickets for Hershey Park, Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor, Dorney Park, Philadelphia Zoo, Diggerland, Action Park and the Crayola Experience.

    union county Berkeley Heights has tickets for Great Adventure, Hurricane Harbor, Dorney Park, Mountain Creek Water Park, and Hershey Park. Clark has tickets for Great Adventure, Moreys Piers, Hershey Park, and Dorney Park. Westfield has tickets for Moreys Piers, Great Adven-ture, Hurricane Harbor, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Medieval Times, Clementon Park/SplashWorld, Ac-tion Park, Steel Pier, Sahara Sams, IPlay America, Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, Adventure Aquari-um, and Diggerland.

    If you dont see your community listed please keep following this post where well share updates.

  • Put Your Library Card to Great Use with the Museum Pass ProgramMany New Jersey libraries are participating in museum pass programs. The museum pass program varies from library to library contact your library for more information. The basic way it works is to visit your library and sign out passes to take your family to visit your favorite museums. Some libraries allow you to sign out the passes for 3 days at a time though some may require a refundable cash deposit.

    The New Jersey counties that have libraries that participate in the Museum Pass Program are listed below. Click here to see our complete listing that lists and links to participating libraries.

    Bergen County Burlington County Camden County Essex County Gloucester County Hudson County Hunterdon County Middlesex County Monmouth County

    Morris County Passaic County Somerset County Sussex County Union County Warren County

    Cape May ZooCohanzick ZooCape May Point State Park nature trails & build-ingsEgg Harbor Township Nature ReserveHowell Living History farmBarnegat LighthouseHeritage Glass MuseumNew Jersey State Police MuseumPrinceton University Art MuseumAtlantic City Art CenterSouthern New Jersey All Sports Museum and Hall of Fame Hopewell MuseumCape May County MuseumPrinceton Arts MuseumPrinceton Historical SocietyNew Jersey State HouseTwin Lights Historic SiteSomers Point MansionSea Girt LighthouseC.A. Nothnagle Log House Fort Hancock Historic DistrictKuser Farm Mansion Historic Batsto VillageUS Coast Guard Training CenterThe Korean War MemorialZimmerli Art Museum

    Check out these NJ Day Trip locations with Free Admission

  • Gardens & Arboretumsin atlantic county Egg Harbor Twp Arboretum 609-926-4093

    in Bergen county Theilke Arboretum 201-447-0452James McFaul Environmental Center Garden 201-891-5571

    in Burlington county Butterfly Garden 609-265-5858Smithville Mansion Garden 609-265-5858Barton Arboretum 609-654-3000Sculpture Garden 609-894-9311

    in camden county Camden Childrens Garden 856-365-8733Barclay Farmstead 856-795-6225

    in caPe may countyEmlen Physic Estate 609-884-5404Butterfly Garden 609-861-0700Leamings Run 609-465-5871Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Garden 609-898-2300

    in essex county Presby Iris Gardens 973-783-5974Avis Campbell Gardens 201-746-9614Cora Hartshorn Arboretum 973-376-3587

    Greenwood Gardens 973-258-4026

    in hunterdon county Hunterdon County Arboretum 908-788-1202

    in mercer county Grounds for Sculpture 609-586-0616Sayen Park Botanical Garden 609-890-3630Drumthwacket Garden 609-609-683-0057Herrontown Woods Arboretum 609-303-0700

    Morven Museum & Garden 609-924-8144

    in middlesex countyBucceluch Mansion Gardens 732-745-5112Rutgers Gardens 732-932-8451

    in monmouth county David Shaw ArboretumDeep Cut Gardens 732-671-6050

    in morris county Willowwood Arboretum 973-326-7600Frelinghuysen Arboretum 973-326-7603

    in ocean county Edith Duff Gwin Gardens

    in Passaic county New Jersey Botanical Garden 973-962-9534Laurelwood Arboretum 973-202-9579

    in somerset county Cross Estate Gardens 973-539-2016Leonard J. Buck Garden 908-234-2677Duke Gardens 908-722-3700

    Colonial Park Arboretum & Rose Garden 732-873-2459Wagner Farm Arboretum 908-350-7383

    In Union County Cedar Brook Park Shakespeare Garden 908-527-4900Reeves Arboretum 908-273-8787

    in warren county Merrill Creek Reservoir Butterfly Garden 908-454-1213Pohatcong Native Arboretum 908-343-5274

  • new Jersey nature centersin atlantic countyEdwin B Forsythe National Wildlife RefugeWarren E. Fox Nature Center

    in Bergen countyCloster Nature CenterDemarest Nature CenterFlat Rock Brook Nature CenterLorrimer SanctuaryMeadowlands Environmental CenterRidgefield Nature CenterTenafly Nature CenterJames A McFaul Environmental Center

    in Burlington county Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Preserve Rancocas Nature CenterPaws Nature CenterPalmyra Cove Nature Center

    in camden county Camden Co. Environmental Center

    in caPe may countyCape May Bird Observatory Nature Center of Cape May Cape May Point State Park The Wetlands Institute

    in cumBerland countyAlbert J. Kolonich Jr. Nature TrailMeadow Wood Environmental FacilityMaurice River Bluffs Nature Preserve

    in essex countyEssex Co. Environmental Center Cora Hartshorn Bird Sanctuary

    in gloucester countyScotland Run Park Nature Cen. Greenwich Lake Park

    in hudson county Liberty State Park Interpretive Center

    in hunterdon county Whittemore Wildlife Sanctuary

    in mercer county Lawrence Nature CenterStonybrook Millstone Water-shed Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center

    in middlesex countyPlainsboro Preserve

    in monmouth county Manasquan Reservoir Env. Cen.

    Huber Woods Environmental CenterPoricy ParkAllaire State Park Nature Center

    in morris countyPyramid Mountain Natural His-toric AreaGreat Swamp Outdoor Educa-tion Center Kay Environmental CenterBamboo Brook Outdoor Educa-tion CenterSchiff Nature Preserve The Raptor Trust

    in ocean county Jakes Branch County ParkLighthouse Center for Natural Research Island Beach State Park Nature CenterCooper Environmental Center Wells Mills Nature Center

    in Passaic county Garret Mountain Reservation

    in salem county Alloway Creek Watershed

    in somerset county Somerset Co. Environmental Center Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary BernardsvilleDuke Farms

    in sussex county Kittatinny Valley State Park

    in union county Trailside Nature & Science Center

    in warren countyPequest Trout HatcheryMerrill Creek Reservoir

  • Pennsylvania Zoos Local to NJ

    Elmwood Park Zoo - 1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown, PA. 610-277-3825.

    Lehigh Valley Zoo - 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, PA. 610-799-4171.

    Philadelphia Zoo - 3400 W. Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA. 215-243-1100. Our review

    new york Zoos Local to NJ

    Bronx Zoo - 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY. 718-367-1010.

    Central Park Zoo - 64th Street and 5th Avenue, New York, NY. 212-439-6500.

    Prospect Park Zoo - 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 718-399-7339.

    Staten Island Zoo - 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY. 718-442-3100. Our review

    new Jersey ZoosTurtle Back Zoo (Essex County) - 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange. 973-731-5800. Our review

    Space Farms Zoo & Museum (Sussex County) - 218 County Road 519, Sussex. 973-875-5800.

    Bergen County Zoo (Bergen County) - 216 Forest Ave, Paramus. 201-262-3771. Our review

    Popcorn Park Zoo (Ocean County) - 1 Humane Way, Forked River. 609-693-1900. Our review

    Cape May County Zoo (Cape May County) - 707 Route 9 North, Cape May. 609-465-5271. Our review

    Cohanzick Zoo (Cumberland County) - 45 Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton. 856-453-1658. Our review

    other nJ Places to view animals

    Lakota Wolf Preserve (Warren County) - 89 Mt Pleasant Road, Columbia,. 908-496-9244.

    Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (Morris County) - 568 Tempe Wick Road, New Vernon. 973-538-3500.

    Pequest Trout Hatchery (Warren County) - 605 Pequest Road, Oxford. 908-637-4125. Six Flags Great Adventure (Ocean County) - 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson. (732) 928-2000

  • Dive into fun without getting wet at New Jerseys AquariumsWho doesn't love exploring an aquarium? There are so many great animals living under the sea, and an aquarium is a great place to check them out. Fish, seals, dolphins, and sharks! How can you pick a favorite? You have to check them all out. We are lucky enough to have several local aquariums for you to check out this summer. We've listed them here to help you plan your summer adventures.

    aquariums in new Jersey Adventure Aquarium (Camden County) 1 Riverside Dr. Camden, NJ 08103 (856) 365-3300, Click over to read our Adventure Aquarium review.

    Jenkinson's Aquarium (Ocean County) 300 Ocean Ave. Point Pleasant, NJ 07842 (732) 892-0600, Click over to read our Jenkinson's Aquarium review.

    Atlantic City Aquarium (Atlantic County) 800 North New Hampshire Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (609) 348-2880, Click over to read our Atlantic City Aquarium review.

    Marine Mammal Stranding Center (Atlantic County) 3625 Brigantine Boulevard, Brigantine, NJ 08203 (609) 266-0538. This is not an aquarium but does teach about aquatic life and may have other rescued animals in shallow pools.

    aquariums in new york New York Aquarium 2300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, New York 10460 (718) 220-5100

    Long Island Aquarium 431 East Main Street Riverhead, NY 11901 (631) 208-9200

  • New Jersey Lighthousesin atlantic county Absecon Lighthouse31 S Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City Admission adults $7 to climb, seniors $5, children 4-12 $4, Atlantic City residents with ID $3, Active military & kids under 4 free.

    in caPe may countyCape May Lighthouse215 Light House Ave, Cape May Point Admission adults $7, children 3-11 $3, free for under 3 (If you go the visitors center they give you free tickets to children 12 and under.) Our review

    Hereford Inlet Lighthouse 111 N Central Ave, WildwoodOct. 20 - May 23 Open Wednesday - Sunday 10 AM - 2 PM. Please call to confirm hours during these months. May 24 - Oct 21 Open daily from 9 am 5 pm. Admission adults 12 yrs. and up $4, 11 yrs. and under $1. Call 609 522-4520. Buy combination tickets for both Cape May County lighthouses at Hereford Lighthouse. Our review

    in cumBerland countyEast Point Lighthouse10 Lighthouse Rd, HeislervilleThere is no online available information about admission but you can call (856) 546-7810.

    in gloucester countyTinicum Rear Range Lighthouse2nd St, Paulsboro No fee to climb but they ask for a donation. Our review

    in monmouth countyTwin Lights Lighthouse2 Light House Rd, Highlands There is no fee to climb.

    Sandy Hook LighthouseGateway National Recreation Area, Highlands There is no online available information about admission but there is a number to call.

    Sea Girt Lighthouse9 Ocean Ave, Sea GirtThere is no online available information about admission but you can call (732) 974-0514. in ocean countyTuckerton Seaport Tuckers Island Lighthouse120 W Main St #1, TuckertonClimb is included in Tuckerton Seaport admission. Our review

    Barnegat Lighthouse208 Broadway, Barnegat LightAdmission is free before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Our review in salem countyFinns Rear Range LighthouseOld Fort Mott Rd, PennsvilleNo fee to climb but they ask for a donation. Our review

  • New Jersey BeachesBelow is a list of New Jersey Beaches by county and information about their daily/weekly beach Badges/Tags rate. More detailed information about each beach and their tags is available on our site.

    atlantic county Beaches Atlantic City - Free Brigantine - Daily $8, Weekly $14. Longport- No daily information available. Season long badges available. Margate - $10 weekly. Ventnor - $10 weekly. Margate badges are honored in Ventnor.

    caPe may county Beaches Wildwoods - Free Avalon - $12.00 weekly and daily $6.00. Beach-tag reciprocity between Avalon and Stone Harbor Cape May - Daily $6, Three-day $12, Weekly $18, Cape May Point - Daily $10, Weekly $20 Ocean City - Daily $5, Weekly $10 Stone Harbor - Daily $6, Weekly $12. Beach-tag reciprocity between Avalon and Stone Harbor.

    monmouth county Beaches Allenhurst - Daily badge $7 Asbury Park - Weekday $5, Weekend $6 Avon-By-the-Sea - Daily $9 Belmar- Daily $8.

    Bradley Beach - Daily $8 Deal - Weekday $8, Weekends/holiday badge: $10 Highlands - Free access to river beaches Keansburg - 732 787-0214, call to see if bay beaches will be open. Loch Arbour - Monday- Thursday $5, Friday - Sunday and holidays $8 Long Branch - No daily information available. Season long badges available. Manasquan - Daily $9 Weekly $40 Monmouth Beach - Daily $9Ocean Grove - Daily $8, Weekend special: $12, Weekly special $40 Sandy Hook (Gateway National Recreation Area)- There is no entrance

    fee to Sandy Hook, there is a $15.00 per car parking fee Sea Bright - Daily, $8 Sea Girt- Daily $10 Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park - Weekdays $8 Weekends and holidays, $8 for individuals. Daily parking is $8 Spring Lake - Daily $10 Union Beach - Bay beach is free; parking available

    ocean county Beaches Point Pleasant Beach - Daily-Weekdays- $2.50 (children 5-11) $8.50 (children 12-adult), children under 5 are free. Weekends- $2 (children 5-11) $9.50 (children 12-adult), children under 5 are free. Barnegat Light - Daily $5, Weekly $20 Beach Haven - No daily information available. Season long badges available. Brick - Daily $5, Harvey Cedars - Daily $6, Weekly $20, Seniors $9 for season. Badges needed for age 11 and older Long Beach Township - Weekly $20, Daily $5, Ship Bottom - Daily $7, Weekly $20 Surf City - Daily $7, Weekly $17 Seaside Heights - $6 daily Seaside Park - No daily information available. Season long badges available. Lacey Township - $5 daily for children 5-adult

  • Have Splashtastic Fun with these

    New Jersey Splash PadsBelow is a list of New Jersey splash pads by county and information about their rates. More detailed in-formation about each one is available on our site.

    Bergen county Jewel Street Spray Park ~ FREE for Garfield resi-dents, $5/day for non residents Phelps Park ~ FREE Borough Park ~ Fee Lyndhurst Town Park ~ $1.00 Admission Walter Lubbe, Jr. Playground - FREE Inwood Terrace and Juanita Place ~ FREE Polifly Park Splashppad, Hackensack, Pollitt Driver, Must be an Elmwood Park resident.

    Burlington county Johnson's Corner Farm ~ $7.50 per child, $3.75 ages 13 & up

    camden county 4th & Washington St. Park ~ FREE 7th & Clinton St. Park ~ FREE Pyne Poynt Park ~ FREE Ralph Williams Park ~ FREE Alberta Woods Park ~ FREE

    cumBerland county Bridgeton City Park/Cohanzick Zoo ~ $2

    essex county West Side Park ~ FREE Riverfront Park ~ FREE Weequahic Park ~ FREE

    hudson county We have a significant listing for Hudson County, more than we can list here. Please visit this link for more information.

    mercer county Nassau Park Pavilion ~ FREE

    middlesex county Veterans Park ~ FREE Veterans Field & Carteret Waterfront Park ~ FREE

    monmouth county Dorbrook Recreation Area ~ FREE Asbury Splash Park Michael J. Tighe Park

    morris county Randolph Park ~ $5 for residents, $10 for non-resi-dents Mt. Olive ~ Turkey Brook Park coming soon

    ocean county Sprayground in Pine Lake Park ~ Fees

    Passaic county Frank Aaccaria ParkWeasel Brook Park

    somerset county Michael Lepp Park

    union county Phil Rizzuto Park ~ FREE Kellogg Park ~ FREE Snyder Ave Park ~ FREE Warinanco Park ~ FREE Pine Street Park ~ FREE Ponderosa Farm Park ~ FREE Cedar Brook Park ~ FREE Mattano Park ~ FREE Mickey Walker Spray Grounds ~ FREE

  • Wonderful Water Parks for FamiliesNew Jersey is home to 20 water parks both indoors and outdoors making it easy to find a place to splash within a short drive. There is nothing like splashing in a wave pool or hearing your child scream with delight as your family conquers the family raft ride or a giant water slide at their favorite water park.

    Burlington County Water Parks CoCo Key Indoor Water Park, 915 rt 73, Mt Laurel (856) - 234-7300 *See our review, please note the giveaway is over* Splashing Speedway at The Funplex 3320-24 rt 38, Mt Laurel (856) 273-9666

    Camden County Water Parks Clementon Splash World, 114 Berlin Rd, Clementon (856) 783-0263, See our review Sahara Sams Oasis Indoor/Outdoor Water Park, 535 North Rt 73, West Berlin (856) 767-7580 *JFF Partner in Fun* See our reviews

    Cape May County Water Parks OC Water Park, 728 Boardwalk, Ocean City (609) 399-0483 Montego Bay Indoor Waterpark, 1800 Boardwalk, North Wildwood (800) 962-1349 Raging Waters (Morey's Pier), 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood (609) 522-3900 Ocean Oasis (Morey's Pier), 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood (609) 522-3900 Splash Zone Water Park, 3500 Boardwalk, Wildwood (609) 729-5600

    Mercer County Water Parks Waterworks Aquatic Park, 271 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor (609) 799-2400

    Middlesex County Water ParksCrystal Springs, 380 Dunhams Corner Rd, East Brunswick (732) 390-6981

    Monmouth County Water Parks Runaway Rapids, 275 Beachway Ave, Keansburg (732) 495-1400

    Morris County Water Parks Splashplex at The Funplex, 182 NJ Rt 10, East Hanover (973) 428-1166

    Ocean County Water Parks Thundering Surf Water Park, Taylor & Bay Ave, Beach Haven (609) - 492-0869 Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, 537 Monmouth Rd, Jackson (732) 928-1821 Breakwater Beach, 800 Terrace Ave, Seaside Heights (732) 793-6488

    Sussex County Water Parks Biosphere Pool Complex at Crystal Springs Resort, Route 94 Hamburg (855) 842-0558 Tomahawk Lake Water Park, 155 Tomahawk Trl, Sparta (973) 398-7777 *Cash Only* Action Park Mountain Creek, 2000 Rt 94, Vernon (973) 827-2000

    Warren County Water Parks Pirates Cove, 354 Great Meadows Rd, Hope (908) 459-9000

  • sahara sams Providing Inside & Outside Water Fun for FamiliesSahara Sams, located in West Berlin, has come to be a favorite water park among the Jersey Family Fun team. With so much to do inside and out theres always guaranteed to be a way to have fun.

    Some things we love about Sahara Sams They have life jackets galore. For little ones that arent good swimmers yet, it is great that they have these available all throughout the park for the kids to use. It is unbelievably clean. We have visited other water parks and spraygrounds in the past where water shoes felt necessary because things were a bit icky. Sahara Sams has been spotless from top to bot-tom. The bathrooms were impeccable and had nonslip rubber mats for wet feet. It is laid out perfectly. With little ones wanting to play in the toddler area and older kids wanting to explore Tim-buk-tu area, they are able to be next to each other, with chairs stationed in the middle, for parents to watch everyone at once. The lifeguards were great. We frequently see the lifeguards go out of their way to keep the kids safe.

    What Sahara Sams has to offer:

    Tim-bu-Tu which includes two slides one closed and one open slide. Mt. Kill Family slide for children 42 inches and taller. The Mile Nile for children 48 inches and taller that is a body slide! Snake Eyes: two slides side by side using a joined tube. Lazy river Lizard Lagoon only for the littler ones 42 inches and smaller. Indoor surfing simulator (must be at least 8-years-old and 48 inches, waiver needed to be signed before using) Basketball area in water Outdoor Splash Pad during warmer months Outdoor pool for warmer months

    Sahara Sams really does make it easy for a simple day trip. All you really need is your bathing suits and towels. Dont feel like lugging around a heavy bag of clothes? Rent a locker! Not in the mood for lunch at the snack bar/caf? Feel free to go eat somewhere down the road or picnic in your car - your bracelet allows you to come and go out of the park as you please!

    Its the perfect day trip for a family on a rainy OR sunny day.

    Check the Sahara Sams website for the most up-to-date schedule. Sahara Sams Oasis is located at 535 North Route 73 in West Berlin in Camden County.

  • Our list of New Jersey Museums was so extensive we just couldnt fit it in this guide. Please click over to see our listing on Jersey Family Fun with New Jerseys museums listed by county.

    New Jersey Museums

  • Terrific Times Ahead with

    the tuckerton seaPortIf youve been a Jersey Family Fun reader for a while you know how awesome we think Tuckerton Seaport is. Whether its a great event or an interactive exhibit, theres always so much to explore with the kids.

    tuckerton seaPort uPcoming events

    Privateers & Pirates Festival - June 6 The days activities begin at 11 am with a Pirate Meet & Greet. Get your hands on a treasure map as you enter to join in the fun of a treasure hunt. Wear your best pirate costume and you might win a prize. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day with Pirates for Sail and be immersed in an interactive pirate adventure for a swashbuckling good time. If its treasured memories you seek, spend the day at the Seaport and live the pirates life of plunder. Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for children, and free for Seaport Members.

    Baymens Seafood & Music Festival - June 20 & 21 Enjoy delicious Jersey fresh clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp from the finest local seafood purveyors. Drink from the brew court featuring crafted beers from New Jerseys own River House Brewery. Shop for gifts and souvenirs from dozens of unique vendors. Listen and dance to the music from local favorites. Bring the whole family and plan to spend the day. Cost: $8. Parking is free.

    Ice Cream Social- July 4 Taste testing kits $8.00. Vote for your favorite South Jersey ice cream parlor! Truckerton Truck and Brew Fest- Aug 15 & 16Fourteen food trucks serving up food and fun!

    When you add fun Tuckerton Seaport activities to these unique upcoming events theres plenty of reasons to visit the Tuckerton Seaport.

    Tuckerton Seaport Admission & Parking Rates: Adults $8, Seniors $6, Children ages 5-12 $5. Under 5 and Seaport members free.

    Tuckerton Seaport is located in Tuckerton at 120 West Main Street. You can check out our past articles about Tuckerton Seaport to see more reasons why its a great family day trip.



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  • Animal Grossology....where getting grossed out is fun

    With a daughter constantly asking her how does this work? and why does this happen?, JFF writer Lauran was beyond thrilled when she was offered the chance to take a trip to the Drexel Academy of Natural Sciences. Not only were they excited because it was her preschoolers first visit to a museum, but also because they were able to get a sneak peek at the brand new exhibit Animal Grossology.

    aBout the 'animal grossology' exhiBitThe 'Animal Grossology' exhibit is based upon the best-selling Grossology children's book series by Sylvia Branzei and offers a fresh take on gross things that animals do. The exhibit uses play to introduce young people to the world of biology and features sophisticated animatronics and imaginative animated characters to engage visitors.

    One of our favorite areas is Slimy, Slimier, Slimiest!" This is an interactive game where a snail, sea cucumber and a hagfish compete to see who is the ultimate slimiest. The children got to push buttons on the Slime-o-meter to guess who indeed is the slimiest.

    Blood SuckersSlime isn't the only thing that animals need in order to survive. Insects feed off of human blood. I know, disgusting...but very true. And 'Animal Grossol-ogy' does a great job of turning something so dis-gusting into a fun learning experience with a insect station that allowed us visitors to squeeze pumps and watch as huge model insects become filled with blood. There was also a game in which children can vote on what color blood animals have. Each time they push the correct answer their empty container fills with fake blood-first to get to the top wins!

    Vomit MunchersThe grossest part of the exhibit was when we learned about how some animals eat their food. The hilarious Freddie the Fly explains that he doesn't have teeth so in order to eat he first vomits on anything he lands on food wise, making it all mushy, in order for him to slurp it up-definitely not for the faint at heart! More im-portantly we learned that flies carry many germs and that is best never to eat anything a fly has landed on! We played with a statue of a cow and helped pass food along her FOUR stomachs.

    The Gas We PassChildren love talking about poop and the exhibit encouraged just that! We played a game in which we had to match the poo to the perpetrator and in the end solved the case of the party pooper! We got the chance to smell what a skunk scent was like and even watched a video of a tapeworm squirming around in someone's belly and then measured how long an actual tapeworm would be!

    We had such a silly and interesting time. Who knew that science could be so much fun! The Animal Grossology Exhibit runs until August 30th. There is a $5.00 entrance fee to view the exhibit (this is additional to the regu-lar general admission price. Read more about the Academy of Natural Sciences in our blog series.

    The Academy of Natural Sciences is open daily: Monday-Friday 10 am - 4:30 pm and weekends 10 am - 5 pm.

    The Academy of Natural Sciences is located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Go Back in time with the Roebling Museum

    JFF writer, Nancy recently visited the Roebling Museum on a beautiful Saturday. Here she shares her experience during her first time at the museum. The Roebling Museum had the right mix of fun and learning to make the day great for both adults and children.

    What My Kids Loved About the Roebling Museum: On the day we visited, there was a really fun family craft scheduled. We made a family photo album and were able to print out photos for inside the album right there. The kids really loved painting and decorating the covers as well as pasting the pictures inside. It came out beautifully and it's a great keepsake for our family. There were cool little models and figurines spread throughout the museum. It was a perfect

    way to get them to learn some historical information while they checked them out. They were genuinely interested and wanted us to read to them the description of what the models were about. The outdoor portion of the museum is a huge fenced-in, grassy area. After behaving so well and checking out all of the exhibits inside, they loved to stretch their legs and run in the grass while we saw the outdoor area.

    What I Loved About the Roebling Museum: All of the displays were extremely pleasing to the eye. With tons of pictures, enlarged quotes, and model displays, it wasn't just a typical museum layout. It

    really encouraged the kids to ask questions about what they were seeing. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. It's clear the staff loves telling visitors the history of the Roebling Museum and they did a great job of explaining it to both children and adults. The family craft was a perfect way to get the kids to warm up to the museum and to get excited to see the other things in the museum. It was an added bonus to see the kids working so well together on their album.

    The Roebling Museum's mission exhibits the history of John A. Roebling's Sons Company, the Roebling family, and the village of Roebling. It is located at 100 Second Avenue in Roebling, New Jersey in Burlington County. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 6-12, and free for members and children under 6. For operating hours, special events and programs, please visit their website.

    To see more Roebling Museum photos from our visit, please visit our Jersey Family Fun Facebook photo album.

  • The Miller Cory HouseAbout the Miller - Cory House MuseumBuilt in 1740 and retaining many of its original qualities, the Miller Cory House in Westfield is a hidden Union County treasure that has been standing for centuries. The home has been owned primarily by two families, the Millers, then the Corys, and has been in the possession of the Westfield Historical Society since 1972. It is currently run by volunteers and open Sundays 2-4, for special programming (see Winter 2015 schedule below). It's a low cost way to spend an afternoon learning about local history!

    What You'll Find at the Miller-Cory HouseIf your children are interested in the past, or studying colonial times currently, the Miller-Cory House offers a step back into that time. Rooms are set up as they would be when there were 8 children and two parents living there. The ceilings are low, the beds are small and the "kitchen" is a fireplace. Many of the floors are original and an exposed area of the wall shows how the house was constructed. Docents are available in each room to educate guests, describe what life was like, and explain the collections inside. The interior is small enough for younger children to not get overwhelmed or uninterested. The picturesque grounds are more extensive, and have all plantings identified. In the warmer months they offer a great outside activity! Trained artisans in period costumes also offer open-hearth cooking demonstrations beginning in March.

    JFF Writer, Melanies Recent Visit to the Miller-Cory HouseEarlier this year Melanie took her children and a friend to the museum's snow globe activity day. They had never been to the Miller-Cory House, but after a visit to Philadelphia and the colonial period attractions there, her 9 year old and her friend had some knowledge about the time period. They were all amazed at how 8 children could sleep in one room! The Milk Room was a favorite, with all the dishware, pottery, spinning wheels and candle-making supplies. Snow globes were displayed in one bedroom, and the second bedroom had a docent reading winter stories. In the main room/kitchen area volunteers offered a snow globe craft and snacks! Both the 4 year old and 9 year olds were happy to have a craft, and as they created they were aware of more items on display. There is a gift shop with unique items, educational and decorative and fun! We spent just under an hour there and look forward to going back for future events to learn more about the colonial era.

    Admission (unless otherwise noted): $3.00 age 13 & older; $2.00 ages 3-12; free under age 3.

    Miller-Cory House Museum is located at 614 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, New Jersey. 908-232-1776

  • 9 Must Do Summer Activities

    at Liberty Science Center

    This spring, we had the incredible opportunity to visit the Liberty Science Center. This is one of those museums that had been on our bucket list for a while, but being from the southern half of the state the drive isn't always doable. But with a beautiful day and with an invitation from the Jersey Moms Blog to a blogger event, we had lots of reasons to make the trip. I'm so glad we did. It was just under 2 hours from Atlantic County. While we could go on and on about the reasons to visit, the boys and I came up with our list of the must do activities at Liberty Science Center.

    must do activities

    Be a part of science experiments. ~ Check the Liberty Science Center schedule when you arrive to see what science experiments your kids can sign up to be a part of or demonstrations they might have a chance to volunteer in.

    Build a microbe and battle body invaders.

    Use your muscles to generate hydropower.

    Walk across a steel beam 20 feet high in the air.

    Examine cells under a microscope.

    Every hat tells a story, listen to stories from different construction workers.

    Magnetize the nano magnets.

    Activate earthquake forces against your structure in just one of the Skyscraper's exhibits many interactive areas.

    Climb the Infinity Climber. This is a suspended multi-story play space with some areas as high as 35 feet above the floor. Kids and their parents can climb on 64 petal-like platforms anchored to large curved steel pipes. It may weigh 21,000 pounds and be the worlds first suspended climbing play space but it feels completely secure and is totally fun.

    See more Liberty Science Center photos by checking out our Facebook Gallery.

    To learn more about the Liberty Science Center, please visit their site at http://lsc.org.

  • national liBerty museum,a trip through Life, Liberty, & FreedomRecently, JFF writer, Melissa took a trip to the National Liberty Museum in the heart of Philly. She was pleas-antly surprised and very moved by what she saw.

    When you first enter the National Liberty Museum you are to check in and given a bar code to use for the games and quizzes on different floors.

    the national liBerty museum galleries First Floor: Liberty Hall & Voyage Second Floor: Hall of Expression & Heroes of Expression Third Floor: Gallery 321 & The Glass Room Fourth Floor: The Great Room, Liberty Studio & Liberty Lab

    My favorite floor contained Hall of Expression & Heroes of Expression. These I believed were simple enough for young children to understand and appreciate. You can read the full review for details on the other floors on Jersey Family Fun.

    second Floor Features oF hall oF exPression/heroes oF exPression: Young Heroes Wall: No matter how young you are you can make a difference in your school, community,

    and the world. See pictures and the stories of different people who have won this award. The Jelly Bean Children: Life Sized jelly beans put together to look like children. Showing us that we are all

    the same inside but different on the outside just like jelly beans. The Shredder: Use the pieces of paper to write down a bad word or something not nice that someone said to

    you that has bothered you. Put it in the shredder and get rid of it forever! Use the flashlight and magnifying glass to look at a glass ant hill. Learn about Anne Frank See the Nelson Mandela exhibit, leave a note about he has impacted your life.

    Through-out the center of the National Liberty Museum on each level you will see a beautiful red "Flame of Liberty" by Dale Chihuly 20 ft glass sculpture that is simply breath taking.

    national liBerty museum admission costs: Adults $7.00, Seniors $6.00, Students

    $5.00 Children ages 5-17 with an adult $2.00 Children under 5 years no charge. Family Admission $15, includes two

    adult family members and all of their chil-dren.

    Museum members are admitted free.

    national liBerty museum hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday 12 noon to 6:00 pm on Sunday. Open daily during the summer ending on

    Labor Day. Call for schedule on holidays, as these are

    subject to change.

    The National Liberty Museum is located at 321 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

  • amusement Parks in new Jersey

    Six Flags Great Adventure (Ocean County) - 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ. 732-928-2000. Read our reviews.

    Morey's Piers (Cape May County) - 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ. 609-729-3700.

    Casino Pier (Ocean County) - 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ. 732-793-6488.

    Action Park (Sussex County) - 200 NJ-84, Vernon Township, NJ. 973-827-2000.

    Bowcraft Amusement Park (Union County) - 2545 US 22 W, Scotch Plains, NJ. 908-389-1234.

    Clementon Amusement Park (Camden County) - 144 Berlin Road, Clementon, NJ. 856-783-0263.

    Gillian's Wonderland Pier (Cape May County) - Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ. 609-399-7082.

    Land of Make Believe (Warren County) - 354 Great Meadows Rd, Hope, NJ. 908-459-9000. Read our review.

    Steel Pier (Atlantic County) - 1000 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ. 609-345-4893.

    Diggerland USA (Camden County) - 100 Pinedge Ct, West Berlin, NJ. 856-768-1110. Read our series about Diggerland USA.

    Keansburg Amusement Park (Monmouth County) - 275 Beachway Ave, Keansburg, NJ. 732-495-1400.

    iPlay America (Monmouth County) - 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ. 732-577-8200. Read our series of blog posts on iPlay America. The Funplex (Burlington County) - 3320-24 Route 38, Mt Laurel, NJ. 856-273-9061. Fantasy Island Amusement Park (Ocean County) - 320 7th Street, Beach Haven, NJ. 609-492-4000. Wild West City (Sussex County) - 50 Lackawanna Dr, Stanhope, NJ. 973-347-8900. Jenkinson's Boardwalk (Ocean County) - 300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. 732-892-0600. Eagleswood Amusement Park (Ocean County) - 597 Main Street, West Creek, NJ. 609-978-6606. Storybook Land (Atlantic County) - 6415 E Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. 609-646-0103. Blackbeard's Cave (Ocean County) - 136 Atlantic City Blvd, Bayville, NJ. 732-286-4414.

    amusement Parks in Pennsylvania

    Knoebels Amusement Resort - 391 Knoebels Blvd, Elysburg, PA. 570-672-2572.

    Sesame Place - 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA. 215-752-7070. Read our reviews.

    Hershey Park - 100 W Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA. 717-534-3900. Read our review.

    Dorney Park - 3830 Dorney Park Rd, Allentown, PA. 610-395-3724.

    Dutch Wonderland - 2249 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA. 866-386-2839. Read our series of blog posts on Dutch Wonderland.

    amusement Parks in new york

    Luna Park, Coney Island - 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 718-373-5862.

    Darien Lake - 9999 Alleghany Road, Darien Center, NY. 585-599-4641.

    Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park - 3059 Deno Vourderis Place, Brooklyn, NY. 718-372-2592.

    Rye Playland - 1 Playland Pkwy, Rye, NY. 914-813-7010.

    Adventureland - 2245 NY-110, Farmingdale, NY. 631-694-6868.

  • Are Your Kids Digging Diggerland?Diggerland USA is the most unique amusement park we have ever been to!

    The rides at Diggerland are fun and exciting but they are not your typical roller coaster type rides. Read our Diggerland series to learn about the fun weve had. The attractions at Diggerland are real life construction vehicles. What other theme park will allow you to operate a back hoe or take a ride on the sky shuttle? Visitors can practice their digger operating skills at one of the various digger attractions or try their hand at the dumper obstacle course. There are mini rovers and barrel train for smaller visitors, and full size diggers for the grown ups. There is also a ropes course for taller visitors and a huge playground for smaller children. A day at Diggerland USA provides so many new experiences that your children will be talking about it for weeks. My kids still talk about our first visit there in the fall.

    Keep checking our page for updates about special events going on this summer at Diggerland USA! On Saturday June 13, 2015, they will be celebrating dinosaur mascots, Digger and Daisy's first birthday. There will be lots of birthday fun throughout the day. On June 21st they will be celebrating Father's Day by letting dads in free with a paid kid's admission.

    Click over to learn more about Diggerland USA from (their site). our blog post series, and our videos of their rides and shows.

  • El Diablo Six Flags Great Adventure's Newest Roller Coaster

    Recently, we were invited to attend the opening of Six Flags Great Adventures newest thrill coaster El Diablo. JFF assis-tant editor, Crystal took her thrill seeking 15 year old and her daughters best friend. These girls love a good thrill ride!

    Six Flags Spokeswoman Kristin Siebeneicher explained how El Diablo came to town. The park was looking for a ride that families could ride together, something that younger patrons who wanted a thrill but weren't quite ready to tackle one of the larger coasters. Park research showed that this ride was just what they needed a "thrill seeker training ground" if you will to help bridge the gap between kiddie ride and the drops of El Toro or Nitro. Standing 7 feet tall the ride rockets riders around the fiery loop, six times leaving hearts racing and full of excitement. This will help those younger guests conquer their fears and before they know it they will be riding with the parks biggest thrill seekers! It's an exciting transition for park guests! El Diablo is located in the Mexican-themed Plaza del Carnaval standing bright red next to El Toro.

    Kristen introduced Park El Hefe aka Park President John Fitzgerald who told us a bit more about the folklore and naming of El Diablo. As we know New Jersey is full of folk lore about the Leeds family and the Jersey Devil our Hockey team is even named the Devils. With this being the parks 13th roller coaster and the lore stating that Mrs. Leeds 13th child was born to haunt the pine barrens of NJ which the park borders, the naming was a natural fit. Fitzgerald stated "The New Jersey Devil is now here to haunt thrill seekers ... and is going to help thrill seekers of all ages graduate to our major coasters." We couldn't agree more, I can't wait to bring my 11 year old to try it out in the coming weeks.

    Jersey Family Fun was among the first riders on El DiabloThe girls loved it. They got off the ride with their hair a mess and smiles on their faces. They could understand how this was the training ride for park guests. When asked their thoughts they said it was "Fun, Scary, Super Cool and fast when it went fully around" Their favorite part of the ride was when it stops at the top for a brief moment. They felt safe and secure with the shoulder harness and additional seat belt. They are looking forward to riding it with their younger siblings.

    el diaBlo By the numBers 24 riders sit in "face-off" seats Rocket forward ad backward pendulum style Complete 6 revolutions with maximum hang

    time 7 stories tall 48 inch height requirement 13th roller coaster

    To see more photos from the El Diablo Media Preview Day check out our Facebook album.

  • 8 ways to Spend a Day at Sandy HookSandy Hook (part of Gateway National Recreation Center, a 3 part National Park in New York and New Jersey) is the peninsula at the intersection of ocean and bay, in Monmouth County. It's a New Jersey treasure that has hosted generations of family beach days, class trips, and outdoor ad-ventures. We packed up bikes and beach gear and traveled to Sandy Hook in April. The weather was 80 degrees at home, but certainly cooler at the shore. It was a perfect day to explore.

    1. Biking/HikingHit the paved trails at Sandy Hook and see ocean, bay, and forest all in one trip! The multiuse path-way is 7 miles long, with plenty of parking lots along the way, so you can choose multiple places to start your journey. During the summer you can rent a bike on the island so, no bike rack, no worries.

    2. History

    Sandy Hook is home to Fort Hancock, a Nike Missile Base, and multiple hidden historical landmarks. Veterans of the Nike Missile system offer monthly tours and living historians offer tours of the park's gun batteries on select dates. Park rangers also offer throughout the day and early evening. While exploring we found plenty of monuments and educational information to stop and learn about.

    3. Lighthouse

    While we didn't make it there during our visit, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse offers tours beginning at 1 PM daily until 4:30 PM. Children 48 inches and over can climb the lighthouse. Find the lighthouse in Fort Han-cock, and don't miss seeing the on your way in and out of the park.

    4. Beach

    Of course, there's the beach! Lifeguards are only on duty in season, and in posted areas. There's plenty of sand to play on though, and the breeze is perfect for kite flying. Search for shells, sea glass, or lounge with a book.

    5. Camping

    Make it an overnight at Sandy Hook and reserve one of the 20 campsites offered in Horseshoe Cove. Sites are primitive with only a fire ring, grill and picnic table. Camping is available April-October.

    6. Nature Walks

    Sandy Hook is a perfect place for plant identification and birding. We were shocked to find cactus as we wan-dered. The American Littoral Society plans many FREE events on Sandy Hook for families. Take a solstice walk, search for horseshoe crabs, or learn how to identify native trees and plants. There are 325 species of

  • Keep playing in the sand on the Atlantic City Beaches where admission is always FREE.

    Walk the boardwalk.

    Visit Gardener's Basin and watch the boats come in and out.

    Feed a stingray at the Ocean Life Center Aquari-um

    Climb the Absecon Lighthouse, one of the tallest in New Jersey

    Watch a kid friendly show at the Tropicana Imax Theatre

    Take a walk through or climb on a 6 story el-ephant named Lucy.

    Ride the rides at Steel Pier

    Stay still the sun goes does and watch the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall light up with their nightly free shows that mix music, special effects, and lighting for an incredible experience.

    9 atlantic city day triPs For kids

    birds, and seals often find their way to Sandy Hook as well.

    7. Picnicking

    Picnic on the beach or anywhere in the park. The views are different everywhere you go - bay side, ocean side, shaded or sunny. There are grills and tables in Fort Hancock and in season Sandy Hook hosts food trucks. Re-member Sandy Hook has a garbage in garbage out policy so anything you bring in that becomes trash needs to be taken back out.

    8. Fishing

    The American Littoral Society offers surf fishing classes for a fee and also manages the tagged fish program. If you catch a tagged fish, the Society can tell you where the fish has been. Salt water fishing needs a permit, so plan before you go!

    There's plenty more to Sandy Hook - you're bound to have a full day doing these 8 things or the countless more.

  • More Great Summer Day Trips in New Jersey


    If you have a bug lover in the family you need to check out Insectropolis- The Bugseum of New Jersey in Toms River. You can spend your day exploring many types of bugs and the habitats they live in. Investigate how bugs eat, how they move, and why they do the things they do. There are even examples of bugs from around the world.

    World of Wings

    World of Wings, in Teaneck, is a fun and educational way to spend a spring break day. Start your visit by seeing the reptile and amphibian exhibits. Spend some time checking out the butterfly atrium where you can explore a tropical oasis of plants and flowers while watching butterflies in their natural habitat. Next, you can visit the illusion room and see if you can trick your mind. Finally, you can end your visit by stopping at the Just Bounce floor. Children can spend 30 minutes bouncing, sliding, and jumping!

    Camden Childrens Garden

    The Camden Childrens Garden is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and would be a great place to visit during spring break. Spend some time exploring the different gardens on the property including the dinosaur, butterfly, and fitness gardens. Take a ride on the carousel or train. Theres even a ride that simulates what its like to be a butterfly. Read our review.

    Grounds for SculptureLocated within a hours drive from the Jersey Shore, its a garden, an art gallery, a restaurant and a wedding venue all rolled into one. Spend the day on the beautifully landscaped grounds enjoying all sorts of life-sized, and bigger than life sized sculptures. Wander through areas, along a lake and through the woods enjoying the art, the air and even the restaurant. Its a garden of surprises. Check out My Virtual Vineyards review.

  • More Great Summer Day Trips in Philadelphia

    From Mommy Entourage

    Fairmount Water Works in PhiladelphiaNestled between Boathouse Row and the Art Museum off of Kelly Drive, the Fairmount Water Works is a great place to take the kids and is open to the public. Your kids will have a blast learning, exploring the exhibits and then playing outside and looking out over the Schuylkill River. Read her review here.

    Explore Philadelphia Food Tours with VimblyLooking for a guided tour of the Liberty Bell or a taste testing of Philly cheesesteaks? Vimbly offers open time slots and reservations for events, activities, classes and date night ideas on their website that covers the city of Philadelphia. Special features include food tours of South Philadelphia, Segway tours and historical walks! Read her review here.

  • Rain or Shine find more fun at these places

  • Make it an Overnight Adventure

    Sheraton Society Hill in Old City PhillyWe love hotels that offer spacious comfortable accomodations for families, the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill does just that. Not only is it, positioned nicely between Penns Landing and Philadelphias best attractions, but it also can accommodate larger families with their various room arrangements. For example on a recent stay, we had 3 connecting rooms: standard room with 2 double beds, standard room with 1 king size bed, and a Parlor Suite with a lounge area, eating area, and Murphy Bed.

    This was such an amazing stay for us. Our rooms were spacious. The pool was open late. And the Club Lounge is great for feeding kids (and adults), hungry after a busy day exploring Philadelphia. It was just what I needed for a joint vacation with my sister and her kids. Our stay at the Sheraton is one BIG reason why we will remember our time together fondly, as will our boys.

    We cant fit everything we have to say about the Sheraton Society Hill in the pages of this guide, so be sure to visit our full review with video and pictures on Jersey Family Fun.

    The Sheraton Society Hill is located at 1 Dock St. (2nd & Walnut Sts.) in Philadel-phia. You can visit their site here.

  • with One of our Favorite Hotels

    Hyatt Place SecaucusAfter 3 visits to the Hyatt Place Secaucus, I can confidently call this my go-to hotel for the area. With its convenient locations, incredbily spacious rooms, and great customer service, my stays have always been enjoyable and relaxing. Its no wonder why we keep returning. The Hyatt Place Secaucus nestled in the Plaza at the Meadows and surrounded by great shop-ping options and a large selection of restaurants, means you wont get bored or starve. Theres something for everyone. Plus its a great reason to make a weekend of it with either a short drive to Field Station Dinosaurs, where you can visit with the dinosaurs or travel over the bridge to some of your favorite New York spots.

    The Hyatt Place Secaucus Meadowlands rooms have a large living space that is separated from the main sleeping area with a semiprivate wall, providing some privacy between the two areas. The cozy corner couch also opens to a sofa bed for additional sleeping space. Its the perfect room for traveling with a large family. The inroom mini fridge, free wifi, free parking, and complimentary breakfast, are just extra bonuses that make this a hotel we love to visit. Find our full review online.

    The Hyatt Place Secaucus is located at 575 Park Plaza Drive in Secaucus.

  • A Campout to Remember

    Bakers AcresOur most recent adventure took us to the Bakers Acres in Little Egg Harbor where we stayed in the two story Blue Cabin.

    By day, we enjoyed the pool, playground, and Wet & Wild Weekend activities. By night, we fed our bellies and got comfortable in the cabin. We cooked meals outside on the grill and roasted marshmallows on our first campfire. And when it was time to rest, the kids slept downstairs on a bunk bed with three beds and I enjoyed the privacy and spaciousness of the loft. It was a weekend full of fun indoor and outdoor activities and you can read all about it in our blog post here.

    Sea Pirate CampgroundMy family enjoyed our first camping trip at Sea Pirate Campground in Tuckerton during the summer of 2013. It was the perfect place to experience camping for the first time. We stayed in a deluxe 2 room cabin, with 2 sets of bunk beds in one room and 1 full bed in the other. Sea Pirate offers a bit of the comforts of home while also the setting of a campsite. The Campground has a pool, playground, courts, a catch & release fishing pond and more. Read more about them in this blog post.

  • A Sleepover Theyll Never Forget

    Safari OvernightsWant to sleep with dinosaurs and live to tell about it? You can with the Academy of Natural Sciences Safari Overnights. This is your familys chance to experience the Academy after dark with interactive activities and live animals all led by experienced and enthusiastic naturalists! And when the evening fun is done, you can sleep next to lions, tigers, or even the Tyrannosaurus Rex, but dont worry. We promise they dont bite. To learn more about the Safari Overnights visit the Academys site.

    40 Winks with the SphinxOur night at the Penn Museums 40 Winks, was everything an Indiana Jones wanna be kid could ask for. We had museum exploration, hands on activities, tours, and a chance to sleep with mummies. We started our night with some on-our-own exploration, before learning

    about the our schedule for the night. With activities scheduled until 11 pm we were in for a great night of fun. Yoga, Learning How to Write Hieroglyphics, Make and Take Cuneiform Tablets, and a question and answer session with the mummies were all offered. We did not have to pick one activity over another, we had time to enjoy all of them.

    Just when we thought we couldnt have anymore fun, it was off to the trivia game. Later with flashlights in hand, we were off to explore the Penn Museum galleries at night. Read all the details here.

  • a night at the museum,A Unique Overnight Adventure in New YorkLooking for a memorable overnight experience? You can't beat the American Museum of Natural History sleepovers. Not only do you get to imagine yourself in the Night at the Museum movies, but you have hours to explore the museum with no crowds. You will find so much you never knew was there! Jersey Family Fun was invited to February's sleepover as a guest of Animal Jam online games, and we are still talking about the unique experience we had. Read about our experience here.

    After checking in, set up your cot under the whale or in any of the other picturesque locations (determined by the museum) - we slept by a caribou in the glassed in display. Then comes time to get your pajamas on and explore. Exhibits are open and special activities are set up throughout, or watch the 3D show in the LeFrak theater. Find fossils in the dark of the dinosaur room. See a live animal demonstration and do a related craft (for us it was sea stars). Wifi is available so you can use the museum app to find your way around, but there's plenty of staff on hand to help. Lights out at midnight and up again at 7 with breakfast until 8. Your sleepover admission gets you in for the next day too, if you haven't gotten your museum fill.

    Summer dates are July 17 and August 7. Sleepover nights fill fast so make your summer plans soon!

    Click over to the American Museum of Natural History for more information.

  • Hershey Park,Delicious Fun We Cant Wait to ExploreThis summer were delighted to be returning to Hershey Park! We are looking forward to sharing all of our experiences on Jersey Family Fun, but in the meantime were sharing 3 reasons were excited to take a family vacation in our regions most delicious destination.

    1. Chocolate! Going to a town where its rumored that the streets smell like chocolate sounds perfectly delightful. We love history and can't wait to learn the Hershey Story at the Hershey Museum and Trolley Works tour. A great vacation is one that combines learning and fun.

    2. Rides! Hershey Park offers a great variety of family and thrill rides that we all will enjoy. 13 roller coasters will sure keep us busy. This year's new Laff Trakk roller coaster is going to be our first stop! We're hoping for warm enough weather that we can explore the water rides but especially the Wave Rider so we can get our surf on.

    3. Kid Friendly Accommodations! When we check in at the Hershey Lodge, our children will get their own special check in complete with chocolate, games and their own ID. The Lodge not only has indoor and outdoor pools, but has activities like Hershey character visits, animals from ZooAmerica, and games and crafts.

    We plan on having so much fun on Hershey Park trip - a great kickoff to the summer season!

    Read more about our Hershey Park experiences and those from Momma Lew Experiences and See Mom Click.

  • Snack & Learning Fun at Herrs Snack FactoryHerrs Snack Factory Tour is Free for the whole family and fun!

    One of the best things about summer is all the time to spend on car trips and having new experiences. A recent one Jersey Family Fun family decided to check out was Herr's Snack Factory located in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. It's just outside of Maryland! I have always wanted to go since I saw a package of Herr's potato chips with the cute little character Chipper on the side. I have watched the factory tour video over and over again when I was little and had memorized it. So as an adult when I realized that the factory and tour itself was just a small car ride away I decided to call and schedule our free tour. We decided to go early in the morning, which was a great idea. We went the first tour time available at 9 am, it was not busy at all and neither was traffic, just missing the morning commute.

    What to expect during the Free Herrs Snack Factory TourIt is expected to last for about an hour. The tour starts in Chipper's theater to watch a video about Herr, the gentleman that started the whole company. The video is 10 minutes but is pretty interesting and it includes a younger version of the owner and his wife as well as their mascot Chipper so your children will not get bored.

    During the tour you are guided from room to room. It is suggested that you do the Herrs Snack Factory Tour during the beginning of the month to see the most production. The first stop on the production line is the pretzel area followed by the tortilla chip area, and concluded with the chip area and seasoning area. At the completion of the tour everyone receives fresh, hot potato chips right out of the oven on the factory line! I thought it was amazing and so did the kids, they will never be able to eat chips as fresh as they did that day!

    Herrs also has some very interesting flavors you can get from the gift shop, one of the newest flavors my children enjoyed was the cotton candy balls! (sounds disgusting but it tastes just like cotton candy!)

    Theres also the $.17 "oops" potato chip bags in the gift shop, there isn't anything wrong with them except for the fact that they did not meet up to Herr's standards.

    herrs snack Factory tour hours Monday-Thursday 9 am to 3 pm (extended

    hours upon request) Friday 9 am-11 am (can not guarantee

    production running on Friday) You can go online and schedule a tour or call

    1-800-63-SNACK Herrs is closed for certain holidays.

    Herrs Snack Factory is located at 217 Old Baltimore Pike in Nottingham, Pennsylvania.

  • The Turkey Hill Experience...going behind the scenes to see how ice cream is made

    On a rainy day in the Hershey Park area dont hide in the hotel. Instead check out the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia. Here a past writer Gioia shares her experience!

    The Turkey Hill Experience is all about ice cream! Its about a 40 minute drive from Her-shey. We found it easily. The admission prices were very reasonable at $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for children (ages 4 and under are free). We were greeted by a very friendly staff that explained the venue to us and how best to experience it.

    As you enter the hallway on the second floor you realize how large this attraction really is. We were greeted by a very large cow that tells us to get ready to see how milk gets to turn into ice cream!

    As we enter we found the history of Lancaster county and its dairy farm. The boys loved pretending to drive the old-fashioned ice cream truck. They learned about cows and where milk comes from. They even got to actually milk a fake cow!

    A nice ice cream counter is available where you can try all the ice cream you can eat one scoop at a time. Since it was a vacation we let the twins dig in and taste a lot of ice cream! Then, we had a chance to go to the tea room where we got to sample some great Turkey Hill ice teas. We were ready to move on to the interactive exhibits.

    We were impressed by the flavor area where you can smell all the different flavors that are offered by Turkey Hill. The boys had a great time smelling them all! This is a bridge to learning about what flavors of ice cream that you like in order to create your own ice cream.

    The boys also learned about keeping things clean and bacteria. They learned that all of the milk needs to be mi-crobe free. They especially liked seeing the "bugs" under the giant sized microscope. After all that science they went into the next room where there was a gigantic fan and a fun slide. The kids took turns sliding over and over again. They then practiced turning the fan.

    We then went to make our own individual ice cream flavor. While you can't take your creation home with you (yet), you can be really creative.

    There are a lot more exhibits at this Lancaster attraction, that deserve honorable mention. We loved the area where the kids can pretend to load ice cream and it changes color based on the flavor you place in it. We thought the freezer room was amazing! Into a freezer you go to experience how cold it really needs to be to keep the ice cream cold! The adults really loved all the history that was easy to read as our kids enjoyed the interac-tive areas. Heck, they even had a ball pit for little ones to run off all that ice cream sugar!

    The Turkey Hill Experience is located at 301 Linden Street in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

  • Making the Most Out of a Day Out With ThomasWouldn't your kids be thrilled to ride aboard a train pulled by a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine?

    We have had that great experience and seeing the response we got on to our photos and details, we know many of you are looking forward to your own Day Out With Thomas. Heres soem details to help you make the most out of it when you do go.

    First there are a few types of Day Out With Thomas tickets ~ You can learn more about them online. Regular Tickets ~ Thomas Train - $21, Percy Package - $26 Combo Tickets ~ Combo - $28, Strasburg Combo + Percy - $31

    Which Day Out With Thomas ticket should you buy?That depends on your needs and interests. If you just want the experience of riding Thomas or Percy and want to visit other train-related attractions in the area a regular ticket will be fine.

    If the love of trains runs from the youngest to the older members of the family, enjoy the combo tickets. Then, take advantage of the other included activities.

    What's included in your Day Out With Thomas tickets (both ticket types) Underneath tent activities Listen to stories Watch a movie Choose from several temporary tattoos Play with different types of trains and tracks Build with Mega Bloks Color Thomas the Train coloring packets (Al-

    though we suggest bringing a small pack of cray-ons because we didn't see any available.)

    Photos with Sir Topham Hatt around the station. Listen for announcements of where he will be.

    Photo backdrops are located throughout the sta-tion so you can get some cute pictures of your kids.

    On the Station side you can ride or pump different train cars

    For more information and Tips For Your Day Out With Thomas visit our blog post.

    Day Out With Thomas Summer Schedule June 20, 2015-June 28, 2015 Sept. 12, 2015-Sept. 20, 2015

    Call 866-468-7630 for more information.

  • 9 Reasons to Visit the Amish Village in Lancaster

    Ahh, to experience the life of the Amish, if only for a little while is to have a bit of relaxation from the rush, rush, rush, of our typical daily lives. It's also a lesson in how different cultures live and an appreciation for what we have. With that in mind we give you our reasons to slow down and visit The Amish Village in Lancaster.

    Learning is more fun in a 1 room schoolhouse where your siblings are in your class. Several buildings & shops to explore.

    It's legal to make your child work hard. (Don't worry; they will be too busy having fun to know it's work.) Trying new foods isn't a hassle, especially

    when it's something so yummy. Feed animals you don't get to see everyday. Learn how an Amish child dresses differently than your own children Burn off energy running on the grass or exploring the playground. Countless places for great family pictures. There is so much to learn.

    What you need to know about visiting The Amish Village 25 minute guided tours of the Amish House are available as well as 90 minute tours of the Amish area. You can self-explore the grounds and other buildings on the 12-acre property. Admission prices vary by age and include the house tour. Adults: $8.50 Children 5-12: $5.25, 4 & younger FREE The Amish Village is open Monday - Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sundays 10 am - 5 pm. The Amish Village is located at 199 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks, Pennsylvania. To view our Amish Village pictures visit our Facebook Gallery.

  • Hang out

    With Snoopy & Friends atdorney Parks Planet snooPy

    Debbie Zelasny, a.k.a. The Jersey Momma, ventures to Allentown, Pennsylvania to review Planet Snoopy. Situated inside of Dorney Park, Planet Snoopy is home to over 15 Peanuts-themed rides for kids, as well as daily meet and greets and live action shows featuring your favorite Peanuts characters. Read her review.

    New York City can seem overwhelming, but the list of family friendly activities is long and worthwhile!

    1. Get a different view of the city on the High Line. Free to the

    public, filled with art and nature and vendors, the High Line is not to be missed. Enter at various points from 34th Street to Gansevoort Street in Chelsea. Be ready for some art discussions, plant identification and people watching.

    2. The Bronx Zoo is one of the premier zoos in the US and is a reasonable drive from New Jersey! Ride a camel, experience the 4D theater or watch a penguin feeding. And of course explore their 50+ varieties of animals. The Zoo is free all day on Wednesdays!

    3. New York theater is legendary, but if Broadway is too expensive or the shows are too long, try an off broadway show or special children's performance. TADA! Youth Theater will offer Princess Phooey in July and August and all TADA! shows are family friendly. Enjoy the nice weather and find an outdoor show - Story Pirates at Hudson River Park. It is just one of the Monday night programs held at Pier 25 in Tribeca.

    4. New York City offers dozens of museums but one of our favorites is the American Museum of Natural History. The dinosaurs, the planetarium, the whale - prepare to spend a whole day and learn a whole lot! You won't be able to see it all in one day so plan your visit in advance and be ready to plan a second visit soon after.

    Whatever you choose to do in NYC, bring your camera, your walking shoes and your sense of adventure. There's something different every day!

  • Enjoy our listing of New York City museums with free admission. You can learn more about each of these museums in our detailed listing here.

    new york city museums with Free admis-sion everyday (or Pwyw Pay what you wish) American Folk Art Museum American Museum of Natural History (PWYW) Bronx Museum of Arts (PWYW) Brooklyn Museum (PWYW) The Cloisters (PWYW) El Museo del Barrio (PWYW) Metropolitan Museum of Art (PWYW) Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Nuseum of American Illustration Museum of Biblical Art (PWYW) National Museum of the American IndianSmithsonian Institution New York City Police Museum (PWYW) P.S.1 MoMA (PWYW) Socrates Sculpture Park Staten Island Museum (PWYW) Studio Museum in Harlem (PWYW)

    museums with Free admission days or hoursMonthly free hours Bronx Museum (First Friday, 6-10 pm) Brooklyn Childrens Museum (Second Weekend, before 11 am) Brooklyn Museum (First Saturday, 5-11 pm) El Museo del Barrio (Third Saturday, 11 am-8 pm) Neue Gallerie (First Friday, 6-8 pm) Noguchi Museum (First Friday, (PWYW)) South Street Seaport Museum (Third Friday, 6-8:45 pm)

    Weekly free days or hoursmondays Yeshiva University Museumtuesday Brooklyn Botanic Garden China Institute 6-8 pm Staten Island Museum 12-2 pm Wave Hill 9 am-noon

    wednesday Bronx Zoo (PWYW) Brooklyn Childrens Museum 2-5 pm Museum of Jewish Heritage 4-8 pm New York Botanical Garden Queens Botanical Garden April-October, 3-6 pm Van Cortlandt House Museum Yeshiva University Museum 5-8 pmthursday China Institute 6-8 pm Museum of Arts and Design 6-9 pm (PWYW) Museum of Chinese in America New Museum of Contemporary Art 7-9 pm Trinity Church: Concerts at One 1-2 pm (Sep-tember through May)Friday International Center for Photography 5-8 pm (PWYW) Japan Society 6-9 pm Morgan Library & Museum 7-9 pm Museum of Modern Art 4-8 pm Neue Galerie 6-8 pm New-York Historical Society 6-8 pm (PWYW) New York Aquarium 3 pm-closing (PWYW) New York Hall of Science 2-5 pm (September through June) Rubin Museum of Art 7-10 pm Staten Island Museum 12-2 pm Whitney Museum of American Art 6-9 pm Yeshiva University Museumsaturday Brooklyn Botanic Garden 10 am-noon Jewish Museum New York Botanical Garden 10 am-noon Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 5:45-7:45 pm (PWYW) Wave Hill 9 am-noonsunday Frick Collection 11 am-1 pm (PWYW) New York Hall of Science 10-11 am (September through June) Queens Botanical Garden April-October, 4-6 pm Studio Museum in Harlem

    Check out these New York City Museums with Free Admission

  • Bronx Zoo presents ny is wild this SummerNew York City is home to some amazing sights and activities. One of the best is the Bronx Zoo, which provides an educational and fun-filled experience for people of all ages. This summer, the Bronx Zoo will turn NYC into a city-wide social photo safari by inviting consumers to learn about 120 Ways #NYisWild. The more people share their in-park photos using the #NYisWild hashtag, the more chances they have to win a trip to Belize, one of the locations where the Wildlife Conservation Societyowner and operator of the Bronx Zoo does some exciting and relevant conservation work.

    what does the Bronx Zoo have to oFFer Families? Over 19 animal exhibits including: Baboon Reserve, Sea Lion Pool, Butterfly Garden, World of Reptiles and many more 4-D Theater: An immersive experience featuring sensory effects and visual drama. Ages 6 and up. Camel Rides Bug Carousel-Your favorite bugs from beetles to grasshoppers are ready to take a spin with you. Penguin Feedings- Watch the penguins bob for fish daily at 3:30pm. Friendly zookeepers are on hand to answer any questions about these Magellanic Penguins. Wild Asia Monorail-take a ride into the heart of Asian Wilderness. Tour guides will point out the exotic animals such as the Red Pandas, elephants and rhinos. Sea lion pool-Come feed the sea lions twice a day at 11:00 am & 3:00 pm. Sea lions are curious and the interaction they have with the visitors is great stimulation for them! Zoo Trolley-With over 265 acres the zoo is very large. The zoo trolley makes seeing every inch of the zoo possible

    ticket inFormation For the Bronx Zoo(both Total Experience tickets & Premium Memberships include unlimited access to all programs and zoo experiences listed above) Total Experience Tickets: Adults(ages 13 and older) $30.55 online and $33.95 at the gate Total Experience Tickets: Child (ages 3-12) $21.55 online and $23.95 at the gate Total Experience Tickets: Senior( ages 65 and older) $26.05 online and $28.95 at the gate. Children under 2 are FREE Tickets can be purchased online at http://bronxzoo.com/tickets. Exclusive offer!!! For a limited time you will receive a 20% discount when you purchase tickets at https://NYisWild.com.

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  • 30+ Tips for Your disney world vacation from Families like YoursThe Auer family just had our first Walt Disney World vacation. It was a blast! Since we needed tips, we asked our readers for help. We're sharing their tips.

    overall disney world Planning triPs You will not see everything. Don't try. I've been more over 30 times AND I used to work there and I still haven't done everything. Pick one attraction for each family member-do those. Anything above and beyond is a bonus. ~ HD Go to www.disboards.com for all kinds of discussion boards for all things disney. It's an amazing board if u have time to look at all the posts. I was just there a few weeks ago and had an amazing time. Have fun!!! ~ RS I think the biggest thing is to not worry about which attractions you see or how many rides you can fit in a day, have each person pick their must-do each day before you leave (or on the plane ride there.) Have your meals planned ahead of time, parks you want to

    visit, your Fastpass+ reservations scheduled and then just enjoy the little moments. Like when they have that first Mickey bar. Those are the things they will talk about long after the trip is over. The whole point of a Disney vacation is to enjoy time with your family. I visit Disney World multiple times a year and STILL have not done it all, no one can do it all in a week--so don't try and really don't stress. There are lots of tour-ing tips and strategies, etc which are important and will help... but as you are riding the bus and waiting in lines... remember to savor the time you all are spend-ing together. ~ Dana (I plan people's trips for free as a travel agent who specializes in Disney--- my website is www.traveldealsbydana.com Don't try to do it all. Plan in some downtime. ~ Julia

    tiPs For the walt disney world Parks Use the crowd calendar. Get early morning reserva-tion at Hollywood & vine if you want Jedi train-ing. Leave 30 min between fast passes. ~ GD Make sure you take advantage of the Fast Passes. Fast Pass for early in the day and then you can add ad-ditional Fastpasses in the park after you use your first 3! ~ LK Www.kennythepirate.com is the best site ever! Best tips on everything especially characters and which rides to FP. ~ NS Basic plan. { HAVE FUN } also be careful and vigi-lant. ~ JK We signed up for Fast Passes but some lines weren't so bad so we'd use the regular line and transfer the fast pass to something else. We brought our own glow sticks and necklaces for night time parades and saved a ton of money that way. We also rented a stroller before hand (didn't think we'd need it with 4 & 8 year olds but they were sooo happy we had it). Make sure you get your Magic Bands. Have fun!!! ~ GD My son-in-law found an app for his android that helped us guide through wait times. ~ EW The most important advice I think is use the Fast Pass, book ur favorite rides in the morning through FP and after they r used u can try to book more rides during the afternoon, the best rides book fast, so get them out of the way in the am. ~ CJ Disney App..lets you know how long each wait is for rides, gives you a map of rides and location of charac-ters, you can also adjust your fast pass with it. ~ DL Plan ahead and read as much as you can about the parks. Checking crowd calendars really helps make the parks more enjoyable. Go first thing in the morn-ing (arrive a half hour before opening so you can wan-der and look at things before the crowds arrive) Bring backpacks with water, flip flops, sunscreen, snacks, a poncho and your autograph books. Take breaks and

  • don't worry if you miss things - you will! It all can't be done in one visit. Impossible. And then enjoy! ~ LS Take breaks. We go in the morning take a break to nap or swim in the afternoon then go back to a park at night. ~ MC My best advice then is to make sure you book your dining and fast passes. I try to book my fast passes based on when and where my dining res-ervations are so that I don't have to worry about getting to another park. ~ Jessica

    dining & Food Ohana Breakfast is our absolute favorite. You don't need a park ticket to go and it's cheaper than many of the other character breakfasts (food is much better too!). ~ LK And we also stocked up with Garden Grocer (both were delivered to our hotel). Water. Water. Water. We definitely felt ripped off by Chef Mick-eys and wouldn't recommend it. ~ GD To plan for our meals we visited the disneyfoodblog.com to read their reviews and allears.net to take a look at restaurant menus and prices. If u r on dining plan, Be our Guest for lunch is the best bang for ur (Quick Service) buck. ~ CJ Bring snacks into the park and single serve drink packets you can add to the water. We do the dining plan now that has the snack credit built in but many moons ago before we did that I would each kid they got $5 a day for a snack so to use it wisely and make sure it was on something they really wanted. ~ Crystal We love Ohana breakfast too. If you're buying the meal plan our favourite restaurants are O'Hana, Whis-pering Winds Cafe, and Prime Time Cafe. ~ LS You can ask for a cup of water for free at any food counter. ~ RS Grocery delivery is your best friend! I would recom-mend cases of water & snacks at a minimum, my family eats most of our breakfasts & lunches from the room, dinner out. ~ JM

    shoPPing & souvenirs At home we converted chore money into Disney Dol-lars. I found a template on the Disboards and printed it and put them into an envelope then before each trip I would run and buy a gift card for each kid with what they earned so they were in control of their own spending money so to speak. ~ Crystal

    Pictures If you plan for Hollywood Studios and your kids are Buzz and Woody Fans... Get that photo done ASAP as that line rarely dropped under an hour wait. ~ GD Take advantage of all the photopass/memory maker

    photographers it's a great way to make sure you get included in some of the photos. Even if you didn't pur-chase the memory maker they will still take a photo for you with your camera. ~ Crystal

    sPecial touches We brought our own glow sticks and necklaces for night time parades and saved a ton of money that way. ~ GD Oh and you can buy pins on Ebay ahead of time much cheaper to trade if you're planning on doing that. ~ LS I did my 5 year old's hair every morning like a princess--some tiara headbands from Claire's, tight bun, and glitter from our arts and craft stash at home. Saved us a lot! Plus I think she looked a whole lot cuter than some of the $250+ hairdos from Bibbitty Bobbity Boo! ~ CB Main Street Barbershop is a hidden gem! We go there for haircuts and pixie dust every trip! (Much cheaper than home!). ~ LK I used to surprise my kids with gifts from the charac-ters I would hit the local Disney store or even Target and Dollar store and get trinkets then I would leave it each night of our stay from a different character. I also create my own autograph book each year its unique and different then the $14 dollar ones in the park. ~ Crystal I created a fun letter from Mickey and friends per-sonalized for the boys. ~ Tina

    We hope these tips help you as much as they helped us.

    Happy Travels!