Are you new to Clifton or visiting for a day — or longer — with your family? There is a wide variety of fun, family-friendly activities your kids will love in the Clifton, New Jersey, area. Keep reading to learn about a few of our favorites.
Travel back in time and take your family to the age of knights, jousting, myths, and legends at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in nearby Lyndhurst, NJ. You and your loved ones will feast on a delicious dinner of roasted chicken, herb-based potatoes, buttered corn, tomato bisque soup, and delicious garlic bread, along with drinks to wash it all down. While eating, you'll feel you're back in the history books as you watch jousting and enjoy the grade and beauty of the horses. You'll see your kids' imaginations run wild and feel as if you're watching history unfold right in front of you.
Experience history firsthand with a visit to the Dey Mansion in Wayne, New Jersey. This Georgian building was actually the headquarters used by George Washington during the American Revolution. The mansion is decorated in period furnishings, which will help your kids imagine what life was like during the late 1700s. Explore the mansion, replica outbuildings, and even the colonial-style gardens as you take a trip back in time to this period of American history. The mansion also hosts special events like Colonial Tea, where you can learn about tea time in the 18th century, and Tours After Dark, where you're led through the historic Dey family cemetery by lantern light.
At the Morris Museum in Morris Township, New Jersey, history, art, and science combine for a unique educational experience. Watch your children gain a deeper understanding of American Indian heritage, enjoy hands-on fun where they can play engineer, and learn about what's under their feet in the Rocks and Minerals Gallery. Be sure to also check out the Morris Museum's famous grizzly bear in the Mammal Gallery. In addition, this museum is for more than just the kids because it will also engage the adults in your group with some fantastic events, such as theatre performances and jazz.
For the sports enthusiasts in your family, a visit to the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center showcases the history of baseball, the Yankees, and the astounding career of baseball legend Yogi Berra. The museum's movie theater is designed like a baseball park and shows films during operating hours. Immersive learning is a top focus in the museum, which is located in nearby Little Falls, New Jersey, and it offers an interdisciplinary education program to address topics in social studies, language arts, and STEM.
Let your family fun, jump, and play to their heart's content, and visit the JUMPnasium in Fairfield, New Jersey. This fun, unique environment consists of 13,000 square feet of climate-controlled space where your kids can jump, slide, bounce, and climb. JUMPnasium hosts enormous inflatables, trampoline basketball, indoor soccer, and more. This indoor fun park has something for kids of all ages and is sure to result in a great night's sleep for all.
Wander over to the Newark Museum in the city of Newark, New Jersey, where your family can marvel at the wonders of the world, whether historical, cultural, or scientific. This great family museum features both permanent and changing exhibits, covering topics like why volcanoes blow up and why earthquakes shake. The museum has over 83,000 objects to explore, from minerals and skeletons to interactive, hands-on exhibits. And when you're done inside, head outside to the historic 1794 Old Stone School House, a one-room schoolhouse that hosted students for hundreds of years.
If your family enjoys wildlife, then the Bergen County Zoo over in Paramus, New Jersey, is a must-see. This zoo does an exceptional job of combining education with the excitement of coming face-to-face with wild animals. The zoo has a large variety of animals large and small, from prairie dogs to the grand mountain lion to the American bison. What makes this zoo especially unique is the number of hands-on activities that your kids will love, in addition to the many live animal exhibits the whole family will enjoy.
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Partake in a one-of-a-kind experience when you travel back to the dinosaur age at Field Station Dinosaurs in Leonia, New Jersey. This cutting-edge family attraction features over 30 realistic dinosaurs that come to life, including the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made. On its 20-acre property, kids will explore mysterious trails, venture down mountain paths, and learn the story of the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth.
If you have younger kids, The Messy Artist in East Hanover, New Jersey, is a must-visit. This art program, with classes designed for kids from ages 18 months to 13 years old, is designed to bring out the inner artist in every child. Outside of the regularly scheduled classes, kids can drop in and work their way through different stations, each with a different art experience. Whether they are developing a masterpiece from Play-Doh or channeling their inner Picasso on the easel, the experience is designed to help kids be creative and let their imaginations run wild.
Bowcraft Playground is a family-friendly theme park with a little something for everyone. For the adventurous among you, take a trip on the high seas with the Galleon Pirate Ship. On this ride, the entire family will rock to new heights as you swing back and forth. For those who love some speed, you'll want to try the Crossbow Roller Coaster. If adrenaline-inducing rides aren't your thing, enjoy a ride on the Train Express or challenge one another to bumper cars. For the little ones, the merry-go-round is always a favorite. You can even try your skills at some classic and modern arcade games at this West Scotch Plains, New Jersey, site.
After spending a fun day with your kids, come by and visit Unique Gold and Diamonds to browse our selection of vintage and custom jewelry. Whether you're looking to sell jewelry, have it repaired, or design a new custom ring, we are your local jewelers and are here to help.