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Jersey City Public Library Preschool Story Hour Begins Today!

storytimeIt’s that time of year again! After many cold and boring winter months, The Jersey City Free Public Library has resumed its spring Preschool Story Hour. The spring schedule begins today March 4, 2013 and will run until May 24, 2013. All of the branches in JC are participating on various mornings. Here’s a list of all the locations, dates and times. Click here to see the full schedule. Children eight years and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The library will be closed on March 29, 2013.

March 1st was NEA’s Read Across America Day and March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’s birthday. What better way to celebrate than to take your little ones to the library and read with them!

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Jersey City Family Memorial Day Activities & Events

Here are some of the family-friendly Memorial Day events, activities and deals you can enjoy this weekend in the Jersey City and NYC area!


Jersey City Opening Park Sprinklers & Pools this Weekend! 

It’s that time of year! Jersey City is opening all park sprinklers and pools for Memorial Day weekend. Sprinklers are being turned on for all parks (that have them) in Jersey City and will continue to be on through Labor Day. The Pavonia and Webb Park pools will be opened, along with the indoor pool at Pershing Field will be opened. Here’s some more info:

Pavonia Pool (West Side & Pavonia) will be open this weekend (Friday – Monday) 10am – 6pm. Normal pool hours will be Monday – Friday 8:30am – 10:30am for lap/senior swim and 4pm – 7pm.

Lafayette Pool & Aquatic Center (Johnston & Pacific) will be open this weekend from 10am 0 6pm. Normal pool hours will be Monday – Friday 7am – 10am for lap/senior swim and 4pm – 7pm.

Pershing Field Pool will be open Monday, May 28 from noon – 6pm.

Sprinklers are located at 15 different parks throughout Jersey City. For a listing of locations, click here. Sprinklers are open daily beginning tomorrow from 11am – 6pm, weather permitting. (The city’s list has left of Hamilton Park Splash Pad, which is located on 9th and McWilliams Place in downtown JC).

**Note: Hamilton Park’s Splash Pad will not open this weekend. There is a technical issue that the city is hoping to have worked out very soon.**


JC Farmer’s Markets 

Don’t forget the Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market this evening at the Grove Street PATH Plaza from 4pm – 8pm and they will be back on Monday. Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market happens Saturday from 8am – 3pm. Also, don’t forget the Riverview Fisk Park Farmer’s Market on Sundays from 9am – 2pm in Jersey City Heights. You can sign up for emails here and check out their latest newsletter here.

Creative Grove 

This “meeting place, market, art experiment and scene” convenes every Friday at the Grove Street PATH plaza in downtown Jersey City. Tomorrow, check out the Community Rhythm Drum Circle and Wine Tasting Party. They urge you to bring the kiddos and check out art, wine and some nibbles! Admission is $20. Friday, May 25 from 3pm – 9pm at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Map.

Governors Island Alliance’s Family Festival 

This FREE event is going to be a fun-filled day for kids and adults–tons of music, theater, dance, arts & crafts, face painting, maritime education and more right on Governors Island. So, if you are going to be in town this weekend, it’s a great excuse for a day trip! Saturday, May 26 from noon – 4pm on Governors Island, NYC. Getting there: Take the free ferry from the Battery Maritime Building (10 South Street) in lower Manhattan starting at 10am (starting at 11am the ferry will run every 30 minutes). There is also a free ferry running from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park starting at 11am (running every 20 minutes). Last ferries leave Governors Island at 7pm.

Deals of the Day

10 or 20 Group Fitness Classes 

This Groupon deal is offering group fitness classes at Hamilton Health and Fitness in downtown Jersey City for up to 75% off the regular price. Choose from the 10 class option for $59 (a $200 value) or 20 group classes for $99 (a $400 value). Classes offered range from yoga to pilates to kettlebell. Click here for a class schedule. Remember you can’t use this offer on Reformer, Tower or Circuit Pilates classes. This deal expires in one day! Map.

Hour-Long Facial or Swedish Massage

This AmazonLocal deal will get you an hour-long Eminence Organic facial ($90 value) or an hour-long Swedish massage ($115 value) for only $40 at DreamZ Beauty Salon in Hoboken. You can buy up to three vouchers for this deal and there’s two days left to purchase it. Map.

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Jersey City Family Events & Activities

Here are some of the family-friendly events, activities and deals you can enjoy this week in the Jersey City, Hoboken and Northern NJ area!

Groove On Grove

Every Wednesday, catch live music at the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Tonight’s lineup includes The Aster Pheonyx Project, J Ross Parrelli, a BMX demo by Grove Street Bicycles and more! Don’t forget the beer and liquor provided by Barcade & Saigon Café. Wednesday, April 25 at 6pm. At the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Map .

The Wizard of Oz Sing-A-Long! 

The family-favorite movie comes to life! Join in and sing along with the songs of The Wizard of Oz. If you dress in costume, you will receive a special surprise! April 26 – April 29 from 7pm – 9pm. Monroe Center for the Arts, 720 Monroe Street, Hoboken. Map.

Arbor Day Celebration at Terhune Orchards 

This farm and orchard is such a fun place for a family daytrip! It’s one of my family’s personal weekend favorites. This Friday, Terhune, in Princeton, will be celebrating Arbor Day by inviting families and pre-school kids to the farm for story time and a free blue spruce seedling. FREE event, Friday, April 27 at 10am and 4pm. Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ. Map.

Deals of the Day

Family Membership to Newark Museum

Brick City’s been all the talk these days. Now you and your family can be a part of it and experience the local culture that Newark Museum has to offer! This livingsocial deal boasts a one-year membership to the museum for two adults and up to four kids (with four tickets to the Planetarium) for just $30! If you are looking for some summer fun on a budget, this deal is for you. This deal expires in five days. Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ. Map.

Massage Packages at Serenity Day Spa

Moms and Dads need deals, too! This grown-up only deal, brought to us by Groupon, gives a great deal for a massage right here in Jersey City at Serenity Day Spa. Choose from a 60-minute Swedish massage and paraffin treatment (normally $110) for $49 or a 60-minute couples massage, aromatherapy and two glasses of wine (normally $230) for $89. This deal expires in one day! (If you miss the deal, they are currently offering grand opening specials like $1/minute power massages or $50 for some massages and treatments.) Serenity Day Spa, 262 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ. Map.

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Jersey City Family Activities and Events

Spring Preschool Story Hours are back at JC public libraries!

Here are some of the family-friendly activities and deals you can enjoy this week in the Jersey City and Hoboken areas!

Spring Preschool Story Hours: Spring story time has commenced at Jersey City Public Libraries. The new schedule is in effect until May 25, 2012. The main branch will hold family story time on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11am. Click here to see the schedule of all the neighborhood library branches.

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten’s Family Fun Day: Bring the family down to Pilsener Haus in Hoboken for a beer and family fun! Activities include live music from “Big Jeff” and the Bouncy People and the Jammin’ Family Band. Get ready for “a whole bunch of country-rockin’ original tunes, well-known children’s favorites” and more. Sunday, March 25 from 12:30pm – 3pm. 1422 Grand Street, Hoboken

Events for Mama & Dada

Sixpoint Sessions @ LITM: If you have a babysitter readily available, head out to LITM tonight and enjoy yummy Sixpoint draught beer selections like Sweet Action, Resin Double IPA and Righteous Ale. Also, enjoy great music on vinyl via DJ Jersey Dan. Tonight starting at 9pm.

Deal of the Day

Unlimited Yoga at SunMoon Yoga: Enjoy this fabulous Living Social deal and pay just $29 for a month of unlimited yoga at SunMoon Yoga in downtown Jersey City ($49 for two months). Hurry, it expires tonight! 413 Monmouth Street, Jersey City

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