17 February 2014

Our Spring Wish List

Plans For Spring

One of the exciting things to look forward to this spring is good weather and finishing up the school year early!  We will be done with school mid May this year!  We started in August on purpose!  This year I am really excited to take all three of my kids to some awesome learning places and great parks!  I have listed below the places we will visit this spring and included prices, info, and links for those of you in the NJ area!  Bare in mind my kids ages are Julia-6, Mark- 4 1/2, and Micah-practically 1.

Local Parks:

Dorbrook Park, Colts Neck (cost is free, includes a huge playground, huge sandbox, jungle gym, bathrooms, and sprayground which opens mid June)

Holmdel Park Longstreet Farm, Holmdel (cost is free, includes 2 playgrounds, farm with sheep, peacocks, chickens, pigs, horses, and cows (milking is at 3:00 during the week), huge lake, tons of open grass and BBQ picnic areas, bathrooms, also great for running, and power walking with strollers because of sidewalks and hiking trails)

John Philips Park, Old Bridge (cost is free, baseball field, cricket field, soccer fields, 2 playgrounds for toddlers and one for older kids, swing set, bathrooms, benches, hiking and fitness trails, lots of sidewalks which is great for bike riding)

Thompson Park, Jamesburg (cost is free, two playgrounds, huge deer area, small animal farm, bathrooms are far from play ground, the children love to feed the deer which is allowed, the other animals you can see are all types of birds like turkeys, geese, roosters, peacocks, etc)

Learning Places-(click on place to view website)

Liberty Science Center, Jersey City 14C on Turnpike- (must pay admission and price of theater/Imax tickets, we got a year membership which has totally been worth it because a family of 5 pays about $91 for regular admission and theater tickets and the year membership is less than $125...totally pays for itself with a second visit, awesome exhibits, zoo on 3rd floor, Bob the Builder play area good for all ages on 4th floor, cafe and theaters and story time ages 2-5 year olds on 2nd floor, all the movies are educational.  So far we have seen one on Penguins (great for all ages) and Watermelon Magic (life cycle of plants awesome for 3-6 year olds). (gift shop) Admission: Adults 13 and up pay $19.75, Kids 2 and up pay $14.75, Imax or film $10/$8 per person....Hours Mondays: Usually closed, Tuesday-Friday 9-3pm, weekends 9:00-5:30pm

Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange-(must pay admission, we have a year membership which is totally worth it, Adults $11, Children $8, Under 2 Free...hours 10-3:30pm)  Variety of animals, cafe, carousel, playground, indoor exhibits, penguins, monkeys, peacocks, prairie dogs, pony rides, farm animals (you can feed them for a fee) eagles, panthers, cheetahs, turtles, train ride, reptile indoor exhibit, and gift shop)

Wonder Wing Museum, Brookdale College, Lincroft-($7 per person, children under $2 are free, huge ship to climb, ropes to climb, boat to play in, dress up corner, water play, craft room, lighthouse to climb, tree to climb) The only thing I recommend is to pack a lunch because you are not allowed to eat inside the museum we go to our car to eat or eat at picnic bench on the side.  On Fridays at 2:00 ages 4-6 Twinkle Tots Planetarium is open.

Rainy Spring Days: (click on name of place to visit website link)

Junglerrrific, Howell- Indoor play area for babies, toddlers and big kids, carousel, ball pit, indoor slide, cafe to eat, must wear socks (everyone required to take off shoes)  The owner Barry is so neat and clean and great with kids!  Cost $7 per child who plays, parents are free, it opens at 10 am- 6pm Mon-wed, and 10-5 Thurs/Fri.

All About Fun, Matawan-Indoor play area with dress up room, game room, music room, video games, craft area.  Times are Mon/Wed/Fri 10-3 Thurs-closed, Tues 1-4pm, cost $7 per child.

We are hoping for Spring temperatures this weekend!  We can't wait for all the snow to melt away!


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