This past week, as we paused to remember the fallen heroes of 9/11, we not only recalled the horror of that day 12 years ago, but we also took a moment to reflect on all that we are thankful for. And that can sometimes be so difficult - as mothers and fathers, we often feel we are barely keeping our heads above water - we are chauffeurs, cooks, nurses, psychologists, teachers and more, and balancing it all is never easy. But even in all of the craziness of our day-to-day lives, it's not how well we juggle all our responsibilities, rather it is who is standing right next to us, often just looking up to us for nothing else but our undivided love.
So now, as school starts up again, and the delightful, almost carefree rhythm of summer has been replaced by alarm clocks, brown bag lunches, afterschool activities, and homework, we need to remind ourselves to slow down and enjoy the small moments. It is true that here at NJ Kids we are in the business of helping promote the best activities, events and businesses in New Jersey - and we will always be working for you and your family looking for all the great things to do. But sometimes, even we need to remember that we don't have to be running around playing games, or doing crafts or visiting a museum or zoo to impress our kids and keep them entertained. Simply sitting with them reading a book, or snuggling at bedtime or taking a walk outside and asking them about their day can be equally important. We need to give them our time, and our full attention. That's what they want most. You never know what tragedies life can bring, but we also don't know what joys we can share if we don't take the time to enjoy the small moments.
The NJ Kids Team
Puppetry Weekend @ Field Station Dinosaur
Saturday, September 14 - Sunday, Septermber 15, 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Join renowned puppeteer Noel MacNeal (Bear of Bear in the Big Blue House) and Field Station: Dinosaurs' puppeteers for a weekend behind the scenes. Explore puppet making, puppeteering, and ... Secaucus. Read More >>
Hefty Harvest and Scary Scarecrows Family Festival
Saturday, September 14 - Sunday, Septermber 15, 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
The Garden's annual celebration of the bountiful harvest includes games, crafts and more. For a small fee, you can make your own full-sized scarecrow to take home (while supplies last). Bring your Bou... Camden
Atlantic City Seafood Festival
Saturday, September 14 - Sunday, Septermber 15
The Atlantic City Seafood Festival is a two day extravaganza of fun, food and entertainment celebrating the treasures of the Atlantic Ocean while highlighting our sea side city. The festival will off... Atlantic City
Sunday, September 15, from 1-4 pm
In celebration of a new musical season, the JCC Thurnauer School of Music will hold an Open House for the entire community. Thurnauer faculty, students, and parents will provide guided tours; where potential students will be able to try sample classes, visit an instrumental "petting zoo", and enjoy an outdoor court yard concert. The music school open house is part of the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades' afternoon Open House. Read More >>
Open House Week @ YMCA of Montclair
September 9 - 15 Drop in and participate in our fitness classes (must be 13 or older). Join during Open House Week and receive one free month of membership (new adult members only, some restrictions apply). Win prizes: 6-month adult membership, 3-personal-training-sessions package, or a session of swimming lessons. Family Day on Sunday September 15 from 12 to 4 pm. Tour our Park Street location and enjoy a jam-packed day filled with FREE activities for all, including Hip Hop Dance, Zumba, Yoga, Open Swim and Dodge Ball. Read More >>
Join Us at NJ Kids Club at The Outlet at Bergen Town Center
Thursday, September 19, 10:30am-12pm
Storytime, music, dance crafts, raffles. Free Giveaway: "Duck" Lunch Bags. FREE!! Route 4, Paramus, NJ, Read More >>
Mommy & Me Day! at Imagine That Museum
Tuesday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Experience a day of fun for both the kids and the adults! All adults enjoy FREE Admission (with pre-purchased tickets) and have a chance to WIN some fabulous giveaways from local, family-friendly vendors! All moms will receive a special gift. Read More >>
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