I'm not the sort of Mom who caters to her kids - you eat what I serve, and it's rarely, if ever, plain, buttered pasta; good manners are expected, regardless of your age, as is proper behavior. I often avoid kids-sized, dumb-downed versions of anything, bypassing kids' menus and hitting art museums, historical sites and even a few churches when we travel. Somehow I believe they'll learn more trying the 'real deal'.
But I've got to tell you - the business of Children's Museums is booming and I've come to learn that these pint-sized museums often offer some really great - and educational - exhibits. And truth is, kids can really learn a lot exploring these hands-on galleries: a block pit turns into a lesson in construction and physics; a pretend kitchen or grocery store reinforces math concepts, a touch tank illustrates the wonders of our world.
So, if you're looking for a great family activity, here are just a few of our favorites (for a more complete listing, head over to our website):
StrawBEARy Surprise & Nature in Art Day Family Festival
Saturday June 8 - Sunday June 9 1 - 4 pm
This is a celebration of one of summer's sweetest fruits with a special twist to honor Mum Bear, the Garden's mascot, on her 7th birthday. This event will include nature crafts and a planting activity. Families can cool off at the Very Berry Strawberry concession stand.
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Thursday June 6
6th St. and the Boardwalk - Celebrate Wonder Bear's Birthday from 6pm-10:30pm. All rides will be only 1 Ticket and at 9pm see a birthday bash fireworks show! Rides open at 6pm and Wonder Bear will be available all night for photos. Celebrating 84 years on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Read More >>Hoboken Summer Enchanted Evenings Concert Series Thursday June 6
These FREE Outdoor Performances will be held Thursday evenings at 7 pm at the Amphitheater Jun 6, 2013 - Aug 22, 2013. Hoboken. Read More >>
Garden State International Heritage Festival
Saturday June 8
The Garden State International Heritage Festival (GSIHF) is a true celebration of the unique diversity of our school, our families and our community ... Secaucus. Read More >>
Fishing Derby in Monte Irvin Orange Park
Saturday June 8 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
For children ages 15 and under. Free to enter. Win a prize! Bring your: Fishing pole, bait, chair, bucket (and family) Saturday registration begins at 8am, Derby begins at 9am, Awards given ... Orange
National Geographic Little Explorers: World Ocean Day at Pottery Barn Kids
Saturday June 8
Pottery Barn Kids is bringing the science museum experience to their store with a celebration of oceans! Kids will learn about sharks and other ocean creatures through hands-on activities, quizzes, songs, and more. The event is free but registration is required. Read More >>
Bugfest 2013 at Insectopolis
Saturday June 8 10:00 - 3:00 PM
What a great way to start the summer! We host a fundraiser for Central Ocean Rotary's scholarship fund. Our bugseum has added fun with cockroach races, face painting, scavenger hunts, prizes, and more. Special guests include the Herbertsville Honey Co., Mosquito Commission, Master Gardeners, and Cattus Island Park. All proceeds from admission will benefit Rotary's Scholarship Fund.
Ocean Fun Day 10th Anniversary at Island Beach State Park Saturday June 8 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Come to Ocean Fun Days and celebrate a decade of ocean discovery! Enjoy exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children's activities all about our coastal environment. You'll have a great time learning ... Seaside Park. Read More >>
Ocean Fun Day 10th Anniversary at Sandy Hook Sunday June 9,11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Come to Ocean Fun Days and celebrate a decade of ocean discovery! Enjoy exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children's activities all about our coastal environment. You'll have a great time learning ... Highlands. Read More >> Spring Festival of Children @Van Vorst Park in Jersey City Sunday June 9, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Children's festival for all ages and families. Free entrance. Takes place at Van Vorst Park in Jersey City. Music, dance, sports and theater performances throughout the day. Chance to meet local bus... Jersey City. Read More >>Fair Lawn Street Fair and Craft Show Sunday June 9 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Over 200 Artists, Crafters and Vendors. Free Admission, Free Parking. Fair Lawn.
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