MetroCareers: 7 Ways to Spend the Summer

Summertime is the bane of working parents. The kids are excitedly anticipating sleeping in late, going to the playground and swimming. The parents? Are scrambling to find summer child care and activities that won’t break the bank.

The Metro Moms work for ourselves for precisely this reason; so we can dial back on work responsibilities to prioritize spending summertime with our kids or even run a business that has summers off.

With one foot in New York and the other in New Jersey, Hoboken-area families have a wide variety of fun, inexpensive and educational activities that can occupy your kids for a day or week. If you need to stay flexible this summer because of travel plans, these options have a maximum one-week commitment.

  • Part-time Summer Camp: Learning Fun Hoboken provides outdoor toddler art, movement and education from teachers certified in early childhood literacy. Bonus? The instructors can babysit and tutor your child after camp finishes at noon, and the company provides tax-deductible receipts. Older kids (ages 5+) love rock climbing camp at Gravity Vault in nearby Chatham.
  • Group Swim: The Metro Kids are much more likely to get in the water when their friends are there. Swim experts recommend two to three kids per class to maximize fun and safety. Instructor Tony Lang charges $200 per person for ten sessions and can meet your group at local pools, including Secaucus Swim Center and Pershing Field Pool.
  • Free Bowling: At AMF Bowling, kids 15 and under can bowl for free every day until 8 p.m. from now through September 3rd. The closest AMF bowling alley is AMF Wallington, a 20-minute drive from Hoboken. Register here to get your free weekly bowling voucher.
  • Get Science, Camping and a Movie: Get out of the heat at Liberty Science Center with an overnight camping trip among summer exhibits about nocturnal creatures. Share films, meals and fun activities during your science slumber party.
  • See the Animals: Van Saun Park and Turtleback Zoo are both great options for toddlers, with pony and train rides plus really nice carousels.
  • Take the PATH or Ferry into NYC: Ride the Bryant Park carousel and the giant Ferris Wheel at the Times Square Toys R Us, or grab tea at the American Girl cafe by Rockefeller Center. Kids under five ride free on the PATH train (stroller-friendly stations are listed here) and on New York Waterway ferry.
  • Rainy Day Arts & Crafts: Rain in the weekly forecast? Put together a playgroup and schedule Gina Dobson of Fun on the Run Bags to give your group a free tutorial on how to make four fun travel toys. Bonus? Her photographer will give each child a free portrait. More fun arts and crafts are available on the Metro Moms Pinterest page.

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