Georgette Gilmore is a freelance writer, social media junkie, food & coffee lover, avid reader, binge-watcher, and mom of two adorable Gilmore girls.
She is a Contributor at Cool Mom Picks, writer at Baristanet, and Consultant at
Sandler & Wald Social Media.
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:
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 byJ. Harrison Ghee) and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff (played byHarry Connick, Jr.), who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer, Doyle Lonnegan (played by Tom Hewitt).
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.
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 a2-for-1 Easter Sale. You 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.
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!
Melissa 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.