I love foreign grocery stores and all the better when they’re in my backyard! After visiting Sojo Spa in Edgewater, we headed to Mitsuwa Marketplace. Unfortunately not everything was open, since it was 7:00 pm. I especially wanted to visit Kai Creamery to get some funky ice cream but they were closed. We still had fun looking around.Continue reading “Mitsuwa With Kids: Edgewater”
Sojo Spa: After Covid
I went to Sojo Spa a few times before Covid, and finally got back this spring. Some was the same, but like all things with Covid, some was different. Here’s what to expect if you go to Sojo Spa after Covid!Continue reading “Sojo Spa: After Covid”
Review DreamWorks Water Park at American Dream
The largest indoor water park in North America (according to DreamWorks; not independently verified) didn’t disappoint.Continue reading “Review DreamWorks Water Park at American Dream”
Grounds for Sculpture at Night With Kids
We’ve been to the Grounds for Sculpture a few times during the day and loved it. It’s a huge place with a lot to see, and many fun and playful sculptures the kids will enjoy. The picture below was the first stop, and the projections on the sculpture kept changing, as did the lights on the trees behind on the right – which I think is the last of the exhibits – it’s a row of trees you walk through that’s pretty in the daytime too.Continue reading “Grounds for Sculpture at Night With Kids”
Review: Holland Ridge Tulip Farm With Kids
I’ve seen the ads for Holland Ridge Farms, and finally went – on opening day. What a glorious place! What’s it like to go to Holland Ridge Tulip Farm with kids? Here’s the scoop.Continue reading “Review: Holland Ridge Tulip Farm With Kids”
Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossoms
The blossoms are in full bloom at Branch Brook Park. Hurry over there! And check out our Branch Brook Park cherry blossom post from previous years.Continue reading “Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossoms”
Review: Big Snow at American Dream
The idea of driving 30 minutes to ski instead of 90+ minutes is appealing. The idea of skiing indoors is novel enough to want to try it. So when Big Snow at American Dream invited my family for a visit as their guests, we said yes. But it’s indoors! It’s in a mall! What about COVID-19? I have an entire section on how they’re handling COVID-19 below. Because it’s a huge topic.
What is Big Snow?
Big Snow at American Dream is an indoor ski area that’s finally opened in East Rutherford. Yes, the massive mall and former Xanadu eye sore that was sitting vacant forever! Big Snow at American Dream is one of several large experiences you can do indoors there, in addition to the Nickelodeon Universe theme park (currently open), DreamWorks Water Park (currently open), and the Sea Life Aquarium (opening spring 2021). Big Snow opened late 2019, closed in March 2020 because of the pandemic, and reopened in October.Continue reading “Review: Big Snow at American Dream”
Review: Primo Mercato at Short Hills Mall
I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve shopped at the Short Hills Mall, because I didn’t realize there was a new Italian marketplace. They invited me for a visit to their 17,000 square foot space. Here’s my Review – Primo Mercato at Short Hills Mall!
Primo Mercato is a cross between a fancier food court and a sit-down restaurant, kind of like a smaller Eataly but without the dry goods shopping – just the eating and drinking. They have five food stations, plus a cafe with bakery/gelato, a pizza making station, and a nice restaurant. And yes, there’s sit-down eating if ordering food fromt the stations. You’ll see some picnic style tables (much nicer looking, of course), and some other types of seating configurations.Continue reading “Review: Primo Mercato at Short Hills Mall”
Amazon Tour with Kids
I write about supply chain management (logistics, operations, transportation etc.) so touring an Amazon fulfillment center (FC) seems like more than a fun thing to do – it seemed necessary for work! There are currently 23 warehouses/fulfillment centers in the U.S. that give tours, including 3 in New Jersey. You can take an Amazon tour with kids, but most tours are on the weekday, which can make it difficult unless you’re home schooling. Here’s what I learned on my Amazon tour.
By the way, you can’t take photos inside the warehouse, so these photos are screenshots from a virtual tour last week, run by Amazon for FIRST Robotics – an international STEM robotics program I’m involved with. You can watch the virtual Amazon tour here which was meant as an Amazon tour with kids, or at least for kids.Continue reading “Amazon Tour with Kids”
Review: TreEscape with Kids – Aerial Adventure Park
My son and I have been to aerial treetop adventure rope/obstacle courses in Arizona and New York, and I had no idea that one existed in New Jersey. Fortunately TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park in Vernon Township reached out and invited us to be their guests, and we went last weekend. They opened in 2017.Continue reading “Review: TreEscape with Kids – Aerial Adventure Park”