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Things to Do With Children in New Brunswick, NJ

by Tiffany Barry

New Brunswick, New Jersey is a city with a well-rounded collection of child-friendly activities. Here, your kids can enjoy the city's annual special events, indoor activities, as well as time in the great outdoors. No matter your children's ages or interests, New Brunswick has things to do to keep them busy and happy.

Library Activities

The New Brunswick Public Library offers a variety of special events for children 3 years old and older. Drop in for weekly Math and Science Story Time where librarians read stories, sing songs and lead activities all focused on important math and science concepts for children ages 3 to 6. During the summer, your preschool and elementary-age children can participate in the summer reading program. Register at the checkout desk to receive a packet with a summer reading list and activity log. Your kids can earn prizes each week by completing the reading activities and turning in the activity log. The New Brunswick library also hosts special events each month for children ages 7 to 17. For example, on Spy Day your kids can create disguises and play laser tag, while on Game Day, they can join in with other kids, playing board games and interactive video games. The library also hosts events for older children and teens where guests come by and present interesting materials like fossils as well as live wild animals.

Sports and Fitness

The News Brunswick Recreation department offers a variety of sports programs for children. Enroll your preschoolers in the Little Kickers soccer program for non-competitive activities and games that teach basic soccer skills. Boys and girls ages 7 to 12 can participate in the Fall Soccer League and play competitively. Additionally, boys and girls 5-years-old and older can register for basketball, little league T-ball, little league baseball and softball. Annually, you and your children can take part in the Soap Box Derby, the largest derby of its kind in the entire state of New Jersey with nearly 50 participants racing every year. The derby is a two-day event focused on family fun. Children as young as ages 7 to 10 compete in the Stock division, while older children compete in the Super Stock and Masters divisions. Each division races separately, and the winner of each receives a trophy. Build a soap box car with your child and enter the Soap Box Derby, or enjoy the derby as spectators. The day before the big race, you can attend the family picnic, as well.

Classes

The George Street Playhouse is devoted to providing a home for veteran and emerging theater artists and even offers instructional classes and seasonal camps through the George Street Playhouse Academy. Classes are open to children as young as age 5. Enroll your children in a theater class and watch their creative expression blossom. Classes present an engaging way to introduce and enjoy theater and develop skills like self-confidence. At the Music Notes Academy in East Brunswick, just 20 minutes outside New Brunswick, your kids can take in-studio music lessons. Lessons focus on music theory, instrument performance and songs. Additional audition and competition performance classes are available for students interested in performance opportunities. Younger children from ages 1 to 4 can attend the Music Notes Academy's Little Notes class. This class focuses on early literacy, instrument play, vocal play, rhythms and beats.

Outdoor Activities

Buccleuch Park offers year-round outdoor activities for your children. Take a stroll with your kids through the rock garden or flower garden or have a picnic under the shaded pavilion. The park also offers a playground and many athletic fields for soccer, baseball, softball and basketball plus courts for tennis and cricket. In the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, beginning in New Brunswick and continuing to Trenton 25 miles north, is a trail made of fine-textured crushed stone. It's perfect for hiking, jogging or bicycling with the kids. You can enter the trail at 25 different points and 16 of them have places to park your car.

About the Author

Tiffany Barry is a freelance writer with a background in early childhood education. She has been in the childcare field for more than 10 years. Barry writes about education, parenting and motherhood.

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