If you're in Jersey City or in the New York metro area, it's very easy to get stuck in a rut and forget the plethora of activities and events available for children and adults in the area, not to mention the loads of family-friendly businesses who welcome and love little ones.
Since we're entering a new year, we thought it'd be helpful to share our picks for a family-friendly good time. We should mention some of these items range from budget-friendly to zero dollars and make a great past time activity, kid or no kid. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new this year. Trust us, your kids will love you and so will your brain. ;)
On to the list, in no particular order...
1) Liberty Science Center (www.lsc.org)
Where do we begin? Touch Tunnel. Infinity Climber. IMAX Dome Theater. #LSCAfterDark monthly parties for adults!
Wild! It seems like everyone's favorite field trip destination since 1993 has suddenly become that much cooler and with good reason. Only a few minutes away from downtown Jersey City and Lower Manhattan by car or public transportation, the science museum has undergone significant renovations and expansions since its opening and boasts nearly 300,000 square feet in space.
Sign up for their mailing list or follow them on Instagram to hear about the cool activities happening throughout the year. We're sure there's something for the adorable nerd in each of us.
Note: If you have to pick just one event, catch a flick at the IMAX Dome Theater. The viewing experience is unreal and, not to mention, the dome is the largest of its kind in the United States. So cool!
2) Family Fitness Fun/ City Challenge (www.citychallengerace.com)
Start a fitness challenge together! There's no truer saying than the family that works out together, stays together. Join a local race or partner up with other parents and kids in your area to begin a weekly workout playdate. Not only is physical fitness and health a great discipline to pass on to your child, but think of all the fun memories and, bonus, everyone will be in great shape.
3) Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org)
Oh, MOMA, how we heart thee! Let us count the ways... Like, you know, it's right there and they offer amazing free family programming. C'mon people.
4) Cooking Classes/ Cooking Kits for the Family
Pick up a spoon, a fork or a.... whatever you call those things and get to cookin'! Invite the kiddies too, not only will this simple activity increase their self confidence, but it proves to be a great bond builder and tasty activity... so we hear.
Note: Please never leave children unattended in a hot kitchen and always provide adult supervision during prep and meal time. Safety first.
5) Mural Hunting
These days, it feels there is a mural on every street corner, but how much fun is it to explore Jersey City on foot and discover all of the cool art and local culture.
Get your niftiest telescope out and go to the nearest green space by you and look at the stars! Who knows how long they'll be around? The green space too. :(
7) American Museum of Natural History (www.amnh.org)
It's hard to ignore this behomoth of a cultural institution as it, too, has something for everyone. Whether you're into dinosaurs, aquatic life or gazing at the stars, it's easy to visit several worlds in one day at the American Museum of Natural History.
8) Doodling, Drawing or Coloring
Pick up a pencil or pen and draw! Not only is this activity becoming more popular among cool and crafty adults who need a pause from their busy lives, but it also offers parents a key opportunity to sit with their children and talk meanwhile relieving stress themselves. Share a drawing journal with your child and work on something together. Later on, this journal may become a fun keepsake of cherished memories.
9) One World Observatory (www.oneworldobservatory.com)
For better or for worse, on Sept. 11, 2001, Jersey City witnessed a part of history. Why not take the kids to explore a true testament to the spirit of New York City and its untarnished resilience. Furthermore, ride the elevator to the top of the nation's tallest building and experience the City from several angles. Stay through the evening and enjoy one of the most breathtaking sunsets ever.
10) MoMath or the National Museum of Mathematics (momath.org)
... because National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey won't be open until Summer 2017 and, also, it's really the coolest thing to happen to math!
*** Short list: Brooklyn Academy of Music (www.bam.org), Nite Hawk Cinema (www.nitehawkcinema.com) and National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey (www.natgeoencounter.com).
The first two options are in Brooklyn and, unless, you're willing to make the trip, just remember they're in Brooklyn. National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey won't be open until Summer 2017, but so worth the wait! In fact, visit their website to learn when tickets will be available.
Happy New Year! What are some of your family resolutions for the new year?