If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Journal Square.
The Little Gym of Jersey City
The gym has been designed specifically for children, focusing on getting them active through playing and learning sports of every kind. The gym offers classes, camps, drop-in events, and birthday parties. They even offer parent/child classes for something to do together. And if you’re looking for something artistic to do with your kids, The Little Gym has you covered with that as well – their “Kindermusik” class for ages 0-5, allows kids to learn about and create music.
Liberty Science Center
Science comes to life in the most exciting way at the Liberty Science Center. The Center has dozens of interactive exhibits to explore and love. In the Planetarium, watch the show “Planets Tonight”, and you and the kids can travel through the galaxy. In the “Dino Dig Adventure”, you’ll discover fossils and learn more about the dinosaurs. The “Infinity Climber” playground and “Wild About Animals” exhibit are also extremely popular. The Liberty Science Center is a great place for you and the kids to learn together and marvel at the world around you.
Ready for a little friendly competition? Maybe a bit of an adrenaline rush as well? Then it’s time to visit RPM Raceway, where you can race in Italian-made go-karts on several different tracks modeled after famous European tracks. Off the track, you and the kids can also enjoy virtual reality and race simulators or arcade games. This is the place to go if you just want to play all day!
Tiny Greenhouse is an art, crafts, and creativity studio with a slight twist. All the projects they offer use recycled materials. They offer art classes that require advance registration or Open Play Sessions for those who just want to stop by. You and the kids can make a Japanese-style fan, a sculpture, dollhouse, painting, and more! Each art project is guaranteed to get everyone thinking creatively and exploring their fun, artistic side. Arts and Crafts is always a great way to spend time with the kids, and at Tiny Greenhouse, you don’t have to prepare the project yourself (or clean it up after).
Picnic at Canco Park
Canco Park is picnic central in Journal Square. On any fine weather day, dozens of picnic blankets and lawn chairs can be seen throughout the park’s large open lawn. Both children and adults enjoy the magical butterfly garden at the park. Canco Park has become a favorite spot in the neighborhood and its charm far surpasses its size. The park is an oasis of greenery in the city and a must-visit spot for a picnic day with the kids.
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