Day Trips, Hot Fun in the Summertime

Make a Splash at These Cool Water Playgrounds in New Jersey

Spraygrounds and Splash Pads in New Jersey

Hello summer heat! If you’re looking for a place to take little kids to cool off on hot summer days, you don’t have to travel very far. Just grab a towel and head to one of these cool, watery, and inexpensive Spraygrounds and Splash Pads in New Jersey:

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All the World's a Stage, Arts & Culture

The Sting, a New Musical Starring Harry Connick, Jr. at Paper Mill Playhouse, Hits the Mark

The Sting at Paper Mill Playhouse | Harry Connick Jr.
Photo by Jerry Dalia — Left: J. Harrison Ghee (Johnny Hooker), Right: Harry Connick, Jr. (Henry Gondorff).

The Sting, a new musical at Paper Mill Playhouse, transports you to Depression-era Chicago, where jazz reigns, the stakes are high, and the dice are always loaded. And it does it in the most entertaining way.

Based on the 1973 Academy Award-winning film, The Sting, the musical tells the tale of a pair of con men, small town grifter Johnny Hooker (played by J. Harrison Ghee) and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff (played by Harry Connick, Jr.), who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer, Doyle Lonnegan (played by Tom Hewitt).

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Day Trips

Jump Around, Jump Around, Jump Up, Jump Up, and Get Down at a Trampoline Park in NJ!

Trampoline Parks in NJ

Looking for a Day Trip that’s so fun it will make the kids flip? Head to one of these trampoline parks in NJ — Huge grids of bouncy trampolines, foam pits to jump into, Dodgeball and Basketball courts, and so much more!

Before you go jumping, there are a few things to know:

  • Many Trampoline Parks require Jumping Time Reservations.
  • You’ll have to sign a waiver for each jumper. Save time and do it online before you get ot the park.
  • No shoes allowed. Most parks require you to purchase their specialty, reusable socks (usually a few dollars), but some will let you wear your own socks. Be sure to check before going.

Let’s bounce!

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Arts & Culture, Museums, Weekend Away

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Offers “Walk Up Wednesdays” in April

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

As if you needed another reason to visit Washington D.C. in spring, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is testing a new admission policy for the month of April — Walk-Up Wednesdays!

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Day Trips, Down the Shore Everything's All Right, Hot Fun in the Summertime

Down the Shore for Less! Jenkinson’s Annual 2-for-1 Easter Sale Starts Soon!

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk 2-for-1 easter sale

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, New Jersey is a Jersey Shore must with kids. It offers a classic beach Boardwalk experience with indulgent food, games, a wonderful aquarium, and thrill rides aplenty!

Every year Jenkinson’s holds a 2-for-1 Easter SaleYou get double the amusement ride passes for the price of one! If you plan to take the kids to Point Pleasant this summer, and you should, this deal is not to be missed.

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Day Trips

Family Day Trips & Mini Getaways for Spring Break

family travel

Not taking a destination family vacation over Spring Break? Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy cool new experiences and family fun with your kids. There are plenty of great Day Trips or Mini Getaways close to home, but a world away from your usual work-school grind for you to enjoy.

We have lots of fantastic ideas for fun close to home. So grab your keys, pack the kids into the car, and happy travels!

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Travel Tips, Reviews, & Giveaways

5 Ways to Get More Playground

playground family travelMelissa Klurman and Georgette Gilmore created Playground to make finding vacation ideas as easy as taking a spin on your favorite swing. Every adventure–whether it’s a staycation or a far flung journey around the world–is personally tested and approved by two savvy travelers who also happen to be moms.

We share our personal favorite getaways, arts & cultural experiences, tips we share with friends, and travels we recommend whenever there’s a need to unwind, rewind, and take a break from the daily work/life grind.

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