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  • Kids huddled Staten Island’s Project LAUNCH: RUMC boosts medical and mental health services for kids

    Staten Island’s Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) has been a community-focused hospital for over 100 years and now the hospital is taking its comprehensive clinical and behavioral health services to a new level with a program called Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health). Funded by a highly competitive five-year SAMHSA grant, Project LAUNCH addresses the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral needs of kids from birth to age 8, and aims to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn and able to succeed. Project LAUNCH will improve coordination across local child-serving organizations and identify any service delivery gaps within those networks. It will also train providers in socio-emotional health and treat children and caregivers with a focus on strengthening their relationships and managing challenging behaviors. The Project LAUNCH team ensures routine delivery of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale to new moms, and then directs any positive screenings to Project LAUNCH behavioral therapists for further consultation. But there is another important component to Project LAUNCH— it allows RUMC to ensure that all North Shore residents have easy access to culturally competent and clinically appropriate mental health services. For example, RUMC will screen 5,000 people for mental health needs and provide mental health services to those in need. Community health workers have enrolled over 345 North Shore residents to date who have assisted with referrals and access to such items as food, clothing, housing, baby essentials—and they often provide more than just supplies. When one Spanish-speaking mom—who had been reluctant to ask for assistance for her newborn because of language barriers—enrolled in the program, she not only received diapers and baby food, but a Spanish-speaking local community health worker was able to encourage her to advocate for herself and seek out more resources in the community. RUMC’s Project LAUNCH will also release a mobile unit—the first of its kind—which will deliver medical services directly to the community. The van will be staffed by a family nurse practitioner, a behavioral health therapist, a community health worker and an EMT. Using the van, the staff will complete wellness checks, provide medical education, screen for social determinant of health needs, and deliver behavioral health services. The Project LAUNCH team also engages in community outreach and activities—such as cohosting and attending wellness fairs and promoting annual social media campaigns to increase awareness about medical or mental health risks. It is an ambitious project—and further proves that RUMC is continuing its commitment to providing culturally sensitive care to meet Staten Island’s diverse social, cultural, and linguistic needs.     For more information, contact Project LAUNCH program supervisor Danielle Bartolome at 718-442-2225 ext. 157 or [email protected]  Sponsored Content | Richmond University Medical Center

  • smiling family Family Fun Guide Summer 2021

    Ahh, summer…truly our favorite time of year. After all, it’s the season of family vacations, beach days, and no homework! And after the last year and a half, we know you’re ready to get out and have fun with your kids. So, in an effort to help you find all the family fun you’re craving, we’re proud to present the first issue of the Family Fun Guide! It’s full of fairs and festivals, travel advice, and fun activities for your family—think: local attractions, day drip destinations, amusement and water parks, and more — all nearby in Staten Island, New York or New Jersey! Link to the Summer 2021 Family Fun Guide below! Happy Summer! Summer 2021 NYC Family Fun Guide

  • roller coaster Amusement Parks Near Staten Island

    Looking to plan some exciting day trips with the family this summer? Consider heading to one (or more!) of the many amusement parks located less than a two-hour drive from Staten Island. Take a look at our roundup below, and start working on your action-packed summer itinerary. Luna Park at Coney Island 1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY lunaparknyc.com • 718-373-5862 Price: 2-hour Family Fun Wristband: $40; 2-hour Thrill Seeker Wristband: $40 Hours: Depending on the day and weather, hours vary. Mild to extreme thrill rides, games, and dining. The Family Fun Wristbands allow access to Convoy, Tea Party, Windstarz, Speed Boat, Seaside Swing, Brooklyn Barge, Magic Bikes, Circus Coaster, Lynn’s Trapeze, Coney Tower, Coney Clipper, Coney Island Hang Glider, Luna 360, Clockworkz, Electro Spin, Atlantic Aviator, Brooklyn Flyer, Tickler, Circus Candy, Fire Patrol, Rainbowheel, AeroMax, Grand Prix, and Mini Mouse. The Trill Seeker Wristband gives access to Coney Island Cyclone, Steeplechase, Sling Shot, Zenobio, Soaring Eagle, Astro Tower, Endeavor, and Thunderbolt. Adventureland 2245 Route 110, Farmingdale NY adventureland.us • 631-694-6868 Price: $39.99 ages 2-24; $ 24.99 ages 25 and older; free for children 1 and younger. Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm (closing time in May will be 7/8 p.m.) Open since 1962, Adventureland has roller coasters and thrill rides; family, kiddie, and water rides; and games. Gift cards, birthday party packages, and group rates available. New this year: Sports Tower. Adventurer’s Park (Formerly Nelly Bly) 1824 Shore Parkway, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY adventurerspark.com • 718-975-2748 Price: $4, single ticket Hours: See the calendar on the website. Park hours are subject to change without notice. Calling all adventurers: This amusement park features family rides, water boats, go karts, bumper cars and more. Check the website for more attractions. Storybook Land Egg Harbor Township, NJ storybookland.com • 609-641-7847 Price: $26.95 per person. Season tickets available. Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday 11:00 – 5:00 A nursery rhyme themed amusement park primarily for families with young children. Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel 111th Street and 55th Avenue, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens NY fantasyforestnyc.com • 718-788-2676 Price: $3.50 per ticket Hours: See the calendar online for open dates and hours One roller coaster, family rides and games, and a carousel are right in the heart of Queens. Don’t miss tons of great family-friendly performances throughout the summer as well, every weekend pretty much every Sunday at Flushing Meadows. The carousel was brought to Coney Island in 1964 for the World’s Fair and is the only ride left from the World’s Fair in Queens. Don’t miss the chance to ride this historical gem. Check the website for a complete schedule. Six Flags Great Adventure 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ sixflags.com/greatadventure • 732-928-2000 Price: $39.99 and up Hours: Check the morning of your visit, as park hours are subject to change. A full calendar is on the website, but guests are encouraged to check the morning of their visit, as park hours are subject to change. Wild Safari animal park has merged with Six Flags to become the world’s largest theme park (more than 500 acres). The Safari Off Road Adventure features 1,200 animals from six continents, which you’ll view from an open-air Safari vehicle driven by an expert. The main park consists of a variety of rides, from thrilling coasters to rides for kids. Jenkinsons Boardwalk 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, NJ jenkinsons.com • 732-892-0600 Price: Aquarium: $15; $9 children 3-12; $10 seniors; free for children younger than 2. Beach: Weekdays $11 weekdays; $12 weekends; $3 children ages 5-11; free for children younger than 5. Amusement Park: 1 credit $.50, 20 credits $10, 50 credits $25, 110 credits $50, 250 credits $100. Adventure Lookout: $7, Junior $5. Mini Golf: $11; $8 children. Hours: Check the website as hours are updated often and vary per attraction. Features several rides and attractions for small children to teens. Attractions include Time Freak (player vs. player interactive game), 7D Dark Ride Theater at South Beach Arcade, (multi-sensory interactive experience), and the South Beach Arcade. The park also hosts free weekly shows and special events; check the website for a schedule. Field Station Dinosaurs Re-opening June 19, 2021 Overpeck County Park, Henry Hoebel Area, Fort Lee Road, Leonia, NJ fieldstationdinosaurs.com • 855-999-9010 Price: $17; free for children younger than 2 Hours: June 19-Sept. 5: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm; Sept. 5-Nov. 14: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm; also open Nov. 11-12. Enter a natural oasis featuring more than 30 life-sized, realistic-looking animatronic dinosaurs (including the largest ever made). The exhibition encompasses the latest theories and discoveries in the fields of paleontology, geology, and environmental studies. Participate in more than 40 live shows, games, and workshops. At the Paleontology Lab, kids get a book and can dig for fossils like a paleontologist, and dig for fossils at the big site. Keansburg Amusement Park 275 Beachway Ave., Keansburg, NJ keansburgamusementpark.com • 732-495-1400 Price: Waterpark: $33 for 3-hour entry. Hours: Park closes Monday-Thursday between 10-11pm and weekends and holidays between 11pm and 12am; Waterpark open Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm; Monday-Friday, 11am-6pm. Check the website for updates. Ride Prices: Individual ticket $1; Sheet of 50 $38; Book of 100 $69; Book of 200 $129 Features dozens of rides for kids and teens, and a water park with a lazy river and more than 19 slides with varying speeds, plus plenty of rides designed for smaller children, including a kids’ lagoon area. Attractions include body slides, a looping roller coaster, a wave swinger, bumper karts, a haunted manor, and the chance to swim with a live mermaid. Land of Make Believe & Pirate’s Cove 354 Great Meadows Road, Route 611, Hope, NJ lomb.com • 908-459-9000 Price: $31.89; $28.14 seniors; free for children younger than 36 months Hours: See website for schedule. Thrill rides and water rides rule at the 30-acre Land of Make Believe, with its free-fall ride, Pirate’s Cannonball, and rocking tugboat ride, along with Blackbeard’s Pirate Fort. The park is designed specifically for parents to participate with their children. New this year: the spinning coaster, Twisted Timbers. Nickelodeon Universe 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ americandream.com/venue/nickelodeon-universe • 833-263-7326 Price: Ages 10+ Non-Peak Days starting at $59/Peak [more…]

  • boat on a lake at mystic, CT Your Entire Family Will Love These Road Trips from Staten Island

    Looking to plan an exciting road trip with the family this summer? Consider heading to one (or more!) of the many destinations that are perfect as road trips from Staten Island. How lucky we are to have so many options for family fun within comfortable driving distance of Staten Island?! It wasn’t easy to pick our favorites—but pick we must, so pick we did. Read on for the best family-friendly road trips from NYC to be had in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, and start working on your action-packed getaway! And if you want to stay a little closer to home, consider a day trip to a locale even closer to Staten Island. Although most venues and locations are fully open, it’s a good idea to confirm availability when it comes to activities and restaurants. Everything from opening hours to the reservation process can change or be different from pre-pandemic times. We highly recommend contacting individual venues before heading out. 11 Road Trips from Staten Island for Families Road Trip #1: The Adirondacks Image: Fort Ticonderoga. Credit: Garrett Ziegler Here’s a fun fact: Adirondack Park is larger than Glacier, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great Smokey Mountains, and Yellowstone put together. At 6 million acres, the Adirondacks are a truly awesome road trip from NYC, in every sense of the word. Approximate drive from Staten Island: 6 hours What to See and Do Ooh and aah at Ausable Chasm, a deep Ice Age-era gorge often called “the Grand Canyon of the East.” The classic tour caters to families, with an easy walk and gentle river float. The adventure tour—appropriate for kids 8 and up—lives up to its name, with edge walks and cable bridges Peer above the tree line at the Wild Center. The Wild Walk at this natural history center rises 30 feet into the air and culminates in a bouncy net known as the Spider’s Web (the walk is fully accessible). You can also pay a visit to the center’s outdoor animal ambassadors, among them a raven and a porcupine. Summit a high peak. With 46 mountains to choose from, the Adirondacks High Peaks have options for everyone, from the littlest hikers to individuals with physical disabilities. Discover military history at Fort Ticonderoga. A key location during the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars, Fort Ticonderoga offers historical interpreters, detailed exhibitions, weaponry demonstrations, and grand views of Lake Champlain. Pretend you’re an Olympian at the Olympic Center. As you soar through the air on a Skyride gondola, you can see how far ski jumpers have to fly. Or you can strap on some skates to practice spins and Lutzes at the rink. The museum is full of memorabilia from the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, hosted in Lake Placid. Where to Eat Start with the BBQ nachos at Smoke Signals, then try a bacon-glazed meatloaf or half-chicken, smoked on site. This Lake Placid barbecue restaurant even has a kid-sized version of ribs for young carnivores. Barkeater Chocolates sells bars and boxes of truffles made on-site in North Creek (take a peek at the factory in back), but its imaginatively flavored bark just might be best. Think flavors like Adirondack Adventure, which covers dark chocolate with apricots, cashews, flax seed, sunflower seeds, and cranberries. Although the bark comes in a resealable package, you won’t be needing it. Lake Placid’s Big Mountain Deli & Crêperie boasts 46 sandwiches, one for every peak in the Adirondacks. Its crepes include savory options like maple ham and asparagus, as well as sweet versions like brie and brown sugar. Where to Stay Located on the shores of Mirror Lake, and just steps away from Lake Placid’s main thoroughfare, the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort makes for a great base. Family suites are available, as are boats and other watercraft for fun on the lake. Most of the rooms at High Peaks Resort offer views of Mirror Lake, and rustic furniture adds to the ski lodge, country-living vibe. It’s close to the shops and eateries of Lake Placid. The resort boasts not one, not two, but FOUR pools. Every night—regardless of weather—the kind staff at Whiteface Lodge lights a fire and passes around everything you need for s’mores. Other kid-friendly fun at this Lake Placid institution includes a 3D movie theater, a bowling alley, and organized activities like arts and crafts. Road Trip #2: The Berkshires, MA Image: Jack’s Hot Dog Stand. Credit: Garrett Ziegler Anyone who says the Berkshires are best during fall foliage hasn’t visited during the rest of the year. This rural swath of western Massachusetts couples adventure and art, an irresistible blend for young and old alike. Approximate drive from Staten Island: 4 hours What to See and Do Drive the Mohawk Trail, once used by members of the Five Nations to travel between the Connecticut and upper Hudson Valleys. Stop along the way for wonderful views of the Western Summit, Mount Greylock, Mount Prospect, and Mount Williams. Delight in all forms of art, from sculpture to painting to video and audio installations, at MASS MoCA in North Adams. Are your kid’s not up for walking the vast galleries of this former textile mill and electricity plant? Mosey on over to Kidspace, a gallery designed with children in mind, or ArtBar, where kids can make their own works on weekends. Receive a butterfly kiss at Magic Wings, an 8,000-square-foot sanctuary dedicated to Lepidoptera in South Deerfield. Around 4,000 native and tropical butterflies flit, flutter, and fly inside a flora-filled tropical environment. Although young children are welcome, their strollers are not. Hike Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts. All told the mountain has approximately 70 miles of trails for hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. If you’ve got a book-loving, nature-ignoring sceptic in your party, you might want to mention that Mount Greylock is the site of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the North American version of Hogwarts. Visit the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, dedicated to exploring the intersection of natural science, history, and art with an emphasis on the local area. For example, the Berkshire Backyard exhibitions spotlight the beetles, bears, birds, and bull frogs that live nearby. Where to Eat Quite possibly the [more…]

  • berry picking girl Where and When to Go Fruit Picking Near Staten Island

    Berry picking is a staple of early summer. Spending the day in the warm sunshine, picking nature’s sweetest treats is the perfect family outing. Pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and more at one of these pick-your-own fruit farms near Staten Island. See below for a list of nearby pick-your-own farms in New Jersey and parts of New York, all of which are less than an hour and a half’s drive from Staten Island. **Always call ahead to confirm before you head out, as picking schedules often vary and may change due to weather and crop availability. Also, ask about special events. Fruit Picking Seasons The dates below are approximate. Picking season varies depending on the locations of the farms and the weather conditions. Blackberries Early July through Early August. The best time to pick blackberries is from mid to late July. Blueberries Mid-June through mid-August. The best blueberry picking is from early July to early August. Cherries June. Cherries have a short season. The best time to pick them is roughly from June 10–June 25. Peaches Early July through mid-September. The height of peach season is from the middle to the end of July. Raspberries Early July through late July. The summer raspberry season is short. They’re best picked in the second and third weeks of July. Strawberries Mid-May through late June. The best time to pick strawberries in New Jersey is usually in early June. Pumpkins Mid-September through late October. The best time to pick pumpkins is just before Halloween, anytime from early to mid-October. Fruit Picking Farms Near Staten Island Alstede Farms 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ alstedefarms.com • 908-879-7189 Pick your own strawberries, currants, red and black raspberries, blueberries, cut your own flowers and sunflowers, sweet corn, vegetables, peaches, cantaloupe, nectarines, honeydew, canary melon, Asian pears, blackberries, elderberries. Battleview Orchards 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ battlevieworchards.com • 732-462-0756 Pick your own strawberries, sour cherries, peaches, nectarines. Country store and a bakery on site with fresh local produce. Homemade apple cider available for purchase. Bonacorsi Family Farm 1137 Croton Rd., Flemington, NJ 662 Pittstown Rd. in Frenchtown, NJ bonacorsifamilyfarm.com • [email protected] Pick your own at 662 Pittstown Rd.: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and peas. Pick your own at 1137 Croton Rd.: a wide variety of apples (including granny smith) and grapes on weekends in the fall. There is also a farm stand stocked with seasonal fruits and vegetables grown on the farm. Califon Farm Market & Orchards 472 County Road Rt. 513 Califon, NJ melickstownfarm.com • 908-439-2318 Pick your own yellow and white peaches through September. On-site store with fresh produce and baked goods. Visitors can go on a horse-drawn hayride on most weekends. There is also the Oldwick Farm Market located at 170 Oldwick Road. Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s 480 Hempstead Ave., Malverne, NY xroadsfarmliny.com • 516-881-7900 A small organic farm that is part of the Nassau Land Trust, a not-for-profit organization composed of a volunteer board of directors. The farm sells sweet corn, a variety of bedding and flowering plants, and vegetables. Demarest Farms 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ demarestfarms.com • 201-666-0472 Pick your own peaches, apples, pumpkins. A local favorite, the farm has an on-site market that carries apple cider donuts, pies and other baked goods. Seasonal produce and flowers are also for sale. DeWolf’s Farm 58 W. Colliers Mill Road, New Egypt, NJ 609-758-2424 • [email protected] Pick-your-own strawberries. Kale, dill and cilantro, sugar snap peas, snow peas, peas and fava beans available April-November. Donaldson Farms 358 Allen Rd., Hackettstown, NJ donaldsonfarms.net • 908-852-9122 Pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. Strawberry Harvest Weekends on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of June. Emery’s Organic Blueberry Farm 346 Long Swamp Road, New Egypt emerysfarm.com • 609-758-8514 Pick your own blueberries. Farmer’s market offers a variety of pastries, pies, and pre-picked blueberries. Giamarese Farm & Orchard 155 Fresh Pond Rd., East Brunswick NJ giamaresefarm.com • 732-821-9494 Pick your own: strawberries, peas, peaches. Hillview Farms 223 Meyersville Road, Gillette Hillview-farms.com • 908-647-0957 Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; fields close at 5 p.m. Pick your own blueberries, peaches, flowers. Pick flowers through September. Lee Turkey Farm 201 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor NJ leeturkeyfarm.com • 609-448-0629 Pick your own strawberries, cherries, sauce apples, peaches, melons, raspberries, nectarines, pears, blackberries, raspberries, vegetables and more. On-site market available. Peterson Farm 438 Quakertown Rd., Flemington NJ petersonfarm.net • 908-782-1682 Pick your own strawberries. The farm also sells dahlias, sweet corn and a variety of hays including orchard grass and alfalfa. Choose-and-cut Christmas trees available in December. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY queensfarm.org • 718-347-3276 The farm museum has an on-site store that carries a unique selection of items for the home and garden, including Queens Farm products, locally made gifts, books and more. Farm-fresh eggs are also for sale Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or until they sell out. Schaefer Farms 1051 Flemington/Whitehouse Road (County Road 523), Flemington, NJ schaeferfarms.com • 908-782-2705 Pick your own blackberries and raspberries. Open Farm stand with homegrown sweet corn, a variety of vegetables, and Nutrena seeds. Farm-grown eggs, flowers, candles, milk, butter, and cheese are also available. Snyder’s Farm 586 South Middlebush Rd., Somerset NJ snyders-farm.com • 732-496-0441 Pick your own strawberries, blueberries Specca Farms 870 Jacksonville Mt. Holly Rd., Bordentown, NJ speccafarms.com • 609-267-4445 Pick your own strawberries, broccoli rabe, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, cabbage, leeks, okra, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, a variety of beans, spinach and kale. Family owned, the farm features an on-site market called the Corn Stop that sells fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, peanuts and other items. Stults Farm 146 Cranbury Neck Road, Plainsboro Township stultsfarm.com • 609-799-2523 Farm stand is outdoors. Sign up for email alerts on the website to be notified when different fruits become available for pick your own. Terhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton NJ terhuneorchards.com • 609-924-2310 Pick your own strawberries, asparagus, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, apple varieties, pumpkins. 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  • three kids in sunglasses 75 Day Trip Ideas Near Staten Island

    Need some inspiration for a quick family getaway? Here’s a mega roundup of day trip ideas that are a two-and-a-half hour drive (or less) from Staten Island. Return to your family’s favorite day trip and road trip destinations or try out some new ones! Be sure to contact each venue to learn about Covid restrictions and availability. Theme Parks & Themed Entertainment Zoos, Aquariums, Whale Watching, Petting Zoos & Animal Fun Amusement Parks & Waterparks Theme Parks for Families with Preschoolers Family Resorts, Waterpark Resorts & Ranches Museums Beach & Park Destinations Fruit Picking Theme Parks & Themed Entertainment Wild Wild West City Stanhope, NJ • 973-347-2355 wildwestcity.com/ Western heritage theme park recreating 1880’s life in Dodge City, Kansas, featuring live-action shows, stagecoach, train and pony rides, and museum-quality exhibits. Field Station Dinosaur Leonia, NJ • 855-999-9010 fieldstationdinosaurs.com Walk the trail and see 32 life-sized, realistic dinosaurs come to life. RPM Raceway Jersey City, NJ • 201-333-7223 rpmraceway.com/race Features go-kart racing for drivers 4′ tall and up, plus arcade and billiards. Diggerland West Berlin, NJ • 856-768-1110 diggerlandusa.com The only construction themed adventure park in North America where children and families can drive, ride and operate actual machinery. TopGolf Edison, NJ • 732-374-4097 topgolf.com Giant golf facility with over 100+ climate-controlled hitting bays, Full-service restaurants, over 200 HDTV’s and more. Crayola Factory Easton, PA • 610-515-8000 crayolaexperience.com/ Explore and learn all about crayons and coloring, plus do art projects and see live demonstrations. Legoland New York Goshen, NY legolandland.com This brand-new Lego-themed indoor family entertainment center and vacation resort features rides, Lego build-and-play zones, a 4D cinema ninja training camp, robot play center and more. GlowGolf Garden City, NY • 516-747-3682 opryglowgolf.com A glow-in-the-dark miniature golf and laser maze center located in Roosevelt Field Mall. Palisades Center Mall West Nyack, NY • 845-348-1000 palisadescenter.com A four-level shopping center offering over 200 stores, 15 sit-down restaurants, a bowling alley, ice rink, the world’s tallest indoor ropes course, and more. The Adventure Park at Long Island Wheatley Heights, NY • 631-983-3844 longislandadventurepark.org The largest forest climbing park in New York with 10 Trails, 15 zip lines, 5 difficulty levels, and over 140 challenge bridges. Howe Caverns Cobleskill, NY • 518-296-8900 howecaverns.com Journey more than 150 feet below the Earth’s surface, where you’ll take a tour of an underground cavern six million years in the making. You’ll see stalactites and stalagmites, limestone formations, and the underground Lake of Venus. Read Next | Family-Friendly Amusement Parks Near Staten Island Zoos, Aquariums, Whale Watching, Petting Zoos & Animal Fun Turtle Back Zoo West Orange, NJ • 973-731-5800 turtlebackzoo.com Featuring a multitude of animals, aviary, butterfly tent, shark and sting ray touch tank, endangered species carousel, treetop adventure course, mini golf and more. Read Next | 2021 Summer Family Fun Guide Insectropolis Toms River, NJ • 732-349-7090 insectropolis.com/ View and touch beautiful and bizarre exotic insects from all over the world. Bronx Zoo Bronx, NY • 718-220-5100 bronxzoo.com The largest metropolitan zoo in the United States and one of the largest in the world, at 265 acres of park lands and natural habitats. New York Aquarium Brooklyn, NY • 718-220-5100 nyaquarium.com Large aquarium featuring an aquatheater, sea cliffs, a new shark exhibit with over 115 marine species and more. American Princess Cruise Whale Watching Queens, NY • 718-474-0555 americanprincesscruises.comSpot whales and dolphins in the waters of Rockaway, Queens, New York. Kids can help crew members with official whale and dolphin count. White Post Farms Melville, NY • 631-351-9373 whitepostfarms.com A petting zoo and animal farm, with exotic birds and aviary, inflatable water slides, pony rides, and a giraffe station. Seaquest Woodbridge Township, NJ • 732-283-2945 Trumbull, CT 203-502-8337 visitseaquest.com Offers a unique petting zoo aquarium experience, and the chance to interact with various species. Amusement Parks & Waterparks Crystal Springs Family Aquatic Center East Brunswick, NJ • 732-390-6981 eastbrunswick.org/crystalsprings Featuring splash pools for small children, two large pools for swimming, water slides and a lazy river. The Funplex Mt. Laurel, NJ • 856-273-9061 thefunplex.com An indoor amusement park and outdoor water park with rides, arcade games, live entertainment and laser tag. iPlay America Freehold, NJ • 732-577-8200 iplayamerica.com Featuring indoor rides, attractions, boardwalk games and one of NJ’s largest arcades. Keansburg Amusement Park & Runaway Rapids Keansburg, NJ • 732-495-1400 keansburgamusementpark.com Beach-adjacent amusement park with rides, games, food, arcades, go-karts, plus a waterpark with 18 slides and a lazy river. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Point Pleasant Beach, NJ • 732-892-0600 jenkinsons.com Amusement park rides along the boardwalk plus aquarium, beach-adjacent, fireworks shows, games, mini golf, ropes course and more. Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari Jackson, NJ • 732-928-2000 sixflags.com/greatadventure Featuring rides for kids of all ages and adults, shows, characters, a safari and animal attractions, and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor waterpark (which added its biggest expansion ever for the 2019 season). Playland Park Rye, NY • 914-813-7010 playlandpark.org A historic amusement park, often referred to as Rye Playland, featuring rides for young kids and adults. Luna Park Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY • 718-373-5862 lunaparknyc.com World-famous amusement park located on the boardwalk at Coney Island, featuring roller coasters, kiddie rides and more. Splish Splash Calverton, NY • 631-727-3600 splishsplash.com 96-acre Long Island water park featuring 20 water slides, rides, and attractions, including two wave pools, a large Kiddie Area, a lazy river, and a tropical bird show. Splashdown Beach Fishkill, NY • 845-897-9600 splashdownbeach.com Self-proclaimed “America’s biggest little water park” featuring waterpark with slides, rides, a wave pool & play areas. Hershey Park Hershey, PA • 718-534-3900 hersheypark.com Chocolate themed amusement park with rides for kids of all ages, plus a waterpark, games, a zoo, and chocolate factory tours. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Allentown, PA • 610-395-3724 dorneypark.com A waterpark and amusement rides for little kids up to adults. Whitewater Challengers Lehigh River, Poconos, PA • 800-443-8554 Hudson River, Adirondacks, NY • 800-443-8554 whitewaterchallengers.com White water rafting for families! Hudson River location has zip lining and paintball, plus white watrer afting for kids ages 7+. Lehigh Valley [more…]


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