Date: 09 Feb 2006
Subject: [TeaneckShuls] Re: Play Centers for Toddlers
Many wanted the responses for the playgroups in the local area. Following is
what I received so far:
1. Sydney's Playground in the village is great!
2. un-Believables in Waldwick-10 minutes from Fair Lawn.
3. Little Rays Activity Place, main st, Bergenfield
4. kids kingdom, edgewater
5. NJ Children's Museum, Paramus
6. Van Saun zoo educational center
7. kidz kazoom - Rt 17
8. the children's museum - Rt 17
12. Little Rays (new place) in Bergenfield
Day trips in Philly area -
Day Trips for Kids NJ/Tristate Area -
as of 8/24/10 (in case page is discontinued)]
Kid Trips in New Jersey
Here is an assortment of day trips and activities that are (or sound)
suitable for kids of all sizes. All are drivable from Northern New Jersey.
Just click the links to get detailed information. I'm not giving detailed
reviews, different kids(and grownups) enjoy different things - explore for
yourself! And I'd love to hear about other places that folks have discovered
- please leave me a note in my guestbook with any new places for us to
In Jersey City. Fabulous! 'Nuff said.
In Newark, of course! Cute little planetarium, mini-zoo, some
galleries of art and a reconstructed historic house.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
In NYC - the biggie
|American Museum of
Also in NYC - the biggie for science - also the huge Rose Center
Franklin Mineral Museum
In Franklin. Small museum but cool rocks!
Hill Mining Museum
In Paramus. Great for very little ones - 3-7 - hands on play areas
In Morristown. Animals and minerals, a dollhouse display, art, etc
In Montclair. Smallish art museum
Whippany Railway Museum
In Whippany. Teeny museum, and some old railway cars to explore
Trailside Nature & Science Center
In Mountainside. A small museum in a park with nature trails
Meadowlands Environment Center Center
In Lyndhurst. An indoor learning center and there is a boardwalk
through the swamp
|New Jersey Naval
In Hackensack. Tour of a World War II era naval submarine - the USS
|Aviation Hall of
In Teterboro. Small museum with aviation memorabilia and an old
airplane out back - and a replica of a M*A*S*H unit too for some
National Historical Park
In Morristown. Washington's Headquarters, Jockey Hollow. Restored
buildings and grounds
In Union. Restored colonial mansion, picnic area.
In Wayne. Briefly was Washington's Headquarters in Wayne- restored
building and small grounds
In Patterson. Restored mansion of silk baron. Art collection.
Stickley Museum In
Parsippany. Haven't yet visited.
Ringwood. Restored historic mansion and grounds
National Historic Site
In West Orange. Haven't visited here since I was a kid.
|New York Hall
In Queens. Excellent hands-on museum.
Island Children's Museum
In Staten Island, NYC. A nice children's museum - more of a museum
than a play area.
Liberty, Ellis Island
State Discovery Museum In
Cherry Hill. I haven't yet visited.
State Aquarium In
Camden. I haven't yet visited.
Ho-Ho-Kus. Haven't yet visited.
Macculloch Hall In
Morristown. Haven't yet visited.
Early Trades & Crafts In
Madison. Haven't yet visited.
Jersey Museum of Agriculture In
North Brunswick. Haven't yet visited.
Prison Museum In
Burlington County. Haven't yet visited
Sea-Air-Space Museum In
Lake Hoptacong Historical Museum In
Landing. Haven't yet visited
Stone Museum In
Monroe Township. Haven't yet visited.
Passaic County's Historical House Museums
Wayne Township Historic House Museums
Yeshiva University Museum In
The Jewish Museum In
of Jewish Heritage In
NYC. Very nice. Of three floors, one is devoted to the Shoah. You
can easily skip that for younger kids.
National Museum of the American Indian-Heye Center In
NYC. The bulk of the collection is now in Washington DC.
Historic Richmond Town In
Grounds For Sculpure In
Hamilton. Haven't yet visited.
Police Museum Haven't
House Museum NYC
- Haven't yet visited
Living Torah MuseumBrooklyn. Haven't yet
of Woodbine Heritage Woodbine.
Haven't yet visited
Museum VillageMonroe, NY. Haven't yet
Museum of the Moving Image NYC
Haven't yet visited
Wonder Lab NYC.
Haven't yet visited
Roosevelt BirthplaceNYC. Haven't yet
In West Orange. Nice smaller zoo - with a train ride
Van Saun Park Zoo
In Paramus. Nice smaller zoo, train ride, carousel, very nice
playground. Officially it's the Bergen County Zoological Park.
Popcorn Park Zoo
In Forked River. Haven't yet visited
Zoo & Museum
In Sussex. Haven't yet visited, but the kids have gone with
|Bronx Zoo, NY
Aquarium, Central Park Zoo
All in NYC.
In Madison. Trails and boardwalks through the swamp.
Passaic County Parks
Parsippany Parks and Facilities
Ringwood State Park
In Ringwood. Botanic gardens, and many acres of parkland.
Brook Nature Center
In Englewood. Small Nature Center and some nice hiking/walking
In Verona. Boating available
Monclair Parks & Recreation
In Netcong. Old west street with some storefronts, shows, petting
zoo and mini-golf
In Sparta. Lake with beach, swimming and boating. Also waterslides.
In Little Falls. Independent league baseball. Haven't yet visited
|Masker Pick It
In Warwick, NY State. A bit of a drive, but the trees are low to the
ground, and good for kids' picking.
|Black River &
In Flemington. Steam engine trains and rail yard
In Stanhope. Restored historical village. Temporarily closed to the
Pequest Trout Hatchery In
Oxford. Haven't yet visited
Middlsex County Parks
Johnson Park In
Piscataway. Nice park, with a small animal haven
East Jersey Olde Towne In
Johnson Park. Restored houses, relocated into a "village"
James A. McFaul Environmental Center In
Wyckoff. Hiking trails, nature center, and lots of daffodils in
Mahwah. Skiing, Snow tubing. Haven't yet visited
ferries from Hoboken and more
Melick's Town Farm In
Oldwick. Haven't yet visited
Historic Richmond Town
In Staten Island,NYC - Haven't yet visited
Also in Staten Island, NYC. Another smaller Zoo
Morris County Parks
In Sterling Forest, New York State
Nature Center In
Mount Laurel. I haven't yet visited, but it was recommended to me.
Tenafly Nature Center In
Vernon. Skiing and snowboarding in the winter, tennis and swimming
in the summer. Haven't yet visited.
Vernon. Skiing and snowboarding. Haven't yet visited
Newark. Atlantic league baseball. Haven't yet visited
Augusta. Haven't yet visited
Willowbrook Golf Center In
Wayne. Two outdoor miniature golf courses. Haven't yet visited.
(Thanks for the info Lindy!)
Columbia. Haven't yet visited.
The Raptor Trust In
Millington. Wild bird rehabilitation center.
Bear Mountain State Park In
Branch Brook Park In
Fairway Golf Center In
Piscataway. Haven't yet visited
Wawayanda State Park In
Hewitt. Haven't yet visited.
Homstead Camp In
New York State. Middletown, NY. Haven't yet visited
|Race Farm In
Blairstown. Pick your own apples and other produce.
Newton. Corn maze, produce. Haven't yet visited
Fort Lee Historic Park In
Fort Lee. Haven't yet visited.
||Farms View In
Wayne. Pick your own produce. Haven't yet visited.
|Duke Farms In
Hillsborough. Haven't yet visited.
Frelinghyusen Arboretum In
Morristown, haven't yet visited
Greenwood Gardens In
Short Hills. Haven't yet visited. Currently open for tours only.
Staten Island Ferry
Montclair. Haven't yet visited.
US Military Academy Band At
West Point. Concert Schedule
Gateway Recreation Area Sandy
Demarest Farms Hillsdale.
Pick your own apples, peaches. Haven't yet visited.
High Point State Park In
Sussex. Haven't yet visited.
NJ State Parks
Lee Turkey Farm East
Windsor - pick your own. Haven't yet visited
Riamede Farms Chester
- pick your own
Pochuck Valley Farm Glenwood
Pick your own. Haven't yet visited
Battleview Orchards Freehold
Pick your own
New Jersey Fresh List
of NJ pick your own farms
Lawrence Farms Orchards New
York State - pick your own farm. Haven't yet visited
Pennings Orchard New
York State - pick your own. Haven't yet visited
New Jersey Playgrounds Descriptions
of various playgrounds around the state
Another Family Spot
Links about Judaism for
Coloring Page Links
Credits for graphics and webrings
From: Moshe Fuld [mailto:moshe.fuld@v..]
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2004 7:38 PM
To: TeaneckShuls@yahoogroups.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: [TeaneckShuls] what to do w/ the kids
Guaging from the responses I got re my posting what to do w/ the kids,
apparently nobody knows about the Palisades Mall. We went there today & it was
great. Besides the shopping, there is a movie theather, a mini Sportsworld, a 4D
short interactive movie and an IMAX. It is good for at least 4 hours of fun for
kids of all ages. Moshe FUld
Date: Wed Apr 16, 2008
Subject: Chol moad
i asked for day trips and many people emailed me for info that i got ,
i really only received one email with alot of things to do, so i thank that
person and i am forwarding the list:
here are a few ideas
*in queens right over triboro bridge ther is a museum called museum of the
moving image. it has a lot of hands on activities. just know that no strollers,
and parking is a little tough, but not impossible. it is not far from flushing
meadow park which has the science museum and a zoo with a carousel, and a
playground for all children. (one or two days)
*bronx botanical garden has a great children's garden and activity center
*staten island has a zoo, and there is also some great, empty parks and a
children's center (forgot what it's called) all not far from the ferry which is
fun for those who have never done it.
*madison square garden has a back lot tour. you get to go into the different
locker rooms and if you go when the circus is in town, you get to see the
performers as they run around in the back
*on the lower east side, the tenement museum and the eldridge street synagogue
take your kids back to another era (read them All of kind of family series by
*if you want to travel a little-in catskills there is minnewaska state park with
great trails, or on the same mountain ridge, but more expensive, with easier
trails mohonk resort. you go as a day guest and you take a van to the top of the
mountain and then hike the trails. (a 6 year old should be able to handle the
"lemon squeeze" trail)
*philly has a two days worth of activities (franklin museum, children's museum,
duck boats, liberty bell)
*boston (3 1/2hours drive) has a ton of stuff to do. science museum, children's
museum, art museum, u.s.s constitution, anoather half hour drive up to salem....this
is a big trip. you could go to newtown also
*in tarrytown/kykuit there is the rockefeller mansion, and the phillipsburg
manor (hands on colonial villagea) it is around 45 minute drive
*we sometimes found a beach ....quiet at this time of year, and our kids would
just dig and play football...no lines, or crowds no cost!