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Where Can Parents Find Fun Local Activities For Kids?

Things to do when the summer seems hot and long.

The thermometer reads 90 something and you want a break from the pool. Catching up on some sounds good but you need to get the kids out of the house. Whether you want to get out for the day or just for an hour, our area has lots of fun options for families indoors and out.

Looking for a creative activity? Stop by the BeadBugz studio at DoodleBugz in Madison to do a beading project. Need a Harry Potter fix? Relax and cool off while seeing Deathly Hallows Part 2 or The Smurfs at Clearview's Madison Cinema

Check out the summer calendar of events for kids at The Library of the Chathams and the Madison Public Library.

The Great Swamp offers a variety of activities that kids enjoy if you are eager to be outdoors. A serene walk or bike ride (with or without training wheels) can be found at Loantaka Brook Reservation. You can even head out to Jockey Hollow for a hike and some history.

Why spend lots of time in the car when gas prices are scary and traffic can be a nightmare with kids? Inquiring Patch minds want know: Madison and Chatham Parents, What kinds of activities are you doing with your kids this summer that are closer to home? 

Colleen Bohensky August 03, 2011 at 03:43 PM
We've been spending most of our time at the pool. The girls both love it... and I'm pretty happy cooling off in the water too. We've been going to the Madison library and are registered with their summer reading program. We've also been visiting McCool's for ice cream more times than I can count.
Elizabeth McConnell August 03, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Oh the things you can do! When my kids were toddlers, we would take nj transit from Madison to Summit and walk to the playground that's about w block from the train station. We would walk to town for ice cream and then head home. This summer, we've gone to Philadelphia for the day, up to Mailon Dickerson state park in Jefferson to have a campfire, laser tag at funplex, fun Econ lesson at the consignment store (too small jammies can earn you a used wagon!) built a go kart with wooden boxes we got free from a store (can't divulge my sources!) Hit up Michaels and stop and shop for supplies to make cake pops. Looked up zumba on YouTube to work off the cake pops. Whew!
Melissa Bartoli August 03, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Love the train idea! You could take the train from Chatham to Madison and then a quick walk over to McCool's...just another option! I know few little ones that would love it! And I forgot to mention the Turtle Back Zoo - www.turtlebackzoo.com - go first thing in the a.m.

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