Do you dread hearing your kids say, “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do!” during weekends and school holidays? Boredom won’t be a problem when you enroll your children in one or more of these activities located close to your Hillsborough, NJ, home.
Hillsborough Branch of the Somerset County Library
The Hillsborough Library is the perfect place to hear a good story, create a craft or even learn more about science and math. Babies and toddlers will enjoy listening to nursery rhymes and stories during regularly scheduled story time sessions, while kids in grades K through 4 can improve their reading skills by reading to a therapy dog.
Do you have a budding scientist or artist? He or she may want to attend the STEAM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) on October 7. The hour-long program includes an exploration of STEAM concepts and 21st Century skills. You’ll also find plenty of Halloween-centered activities from the KIDZ Art Zone on the 9th to Trick or Treat Tales and the Halloween Craftacular on the 19th.
The library offers a full slate of kids’ activities year-round. Be sure to check the library website for the latest information on children’s activities. Some programs are available on a drop-in basis, while others require registration.
Your bundle of energy will get a little exercise and learn a few things about nature during a visit to Duke Farms. Hike or bike the trails or enroll the family in an educational program. This fall, Duke Farms offers several programs sure to pique the interest of the younger generation, including geocaching, a Treasure Map Nature Discovery program, monthly story times and Creature Fest.
Creature Fest, one of the Farms’ popular fall activities, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on October 19 this year. During Creature Fest, you and your kids will see scary plants and wildlife and learn about their place in the environment. Can't make Creature Fest? Make room on your calendar for the Sugar Maple Celebration in February or the Firefly Festival in early July.
Scrap U & Artistry Too
If art is one of your child’s favorite subjects, he or she may enjoy taking classes at Scrap U & Artistry Too in Mountain View Plaza. Kids can enroll in sewing, drawing and painting, mixed media or scrapbooking classes. Art with Care, the class just for children for special needs, is led by a certified special needs art teacher and exposes kids to art from different cultures.
For spur of the moment trips, try the DIY Open Art Studio. You and your kids will be provided with all the supplies you need to create your own masterpieces. Scrap U & Artistry Too also offers themed events throughout the year, including the Family Halloween Craft Event held on October 20.
Code Ninjas turn computer programming into a fun, inspiring challenge for kids ages 7 to 14. Children learn at their own pace, assisted by Code Senseis and fellow Ninjas and earn new color-coded wristbands every time they reach a new level of achievement.
The game-based curriculum uses games like Minecraft, Roblox and Scratch to teach kids coding. They’ll learn how to build their own games while developing problem solving, math and logic skills. Kids can drop in for a coding session any time during regular student hours. Code Ninjas also offers Parents Nights Out and day-long day camps on school holidays.
Ping Pong Lessons
After a dip in popularity, ping pong has emerged as one of this decade’s hottest sports. Just as fun for kids as it for adults, ping pong offers an excellent way to improve hand-eye coordination and develop muscle memory. During 90-minute group lessons at Princeton Pong, your kids will learn the strokes and footwork needed to play the game. Weekly lessons are available for kids ages 7 to 14.
Your children’s favorite activities are just a short drive away when you live in Hillsborough. If you’re not a resident yet, you’ll want to pay a visit to the new homes at Country Classics at Hillsborough. Now in its final phase, the executive home community offers plenty of space for the entire family. Contact us to schedule your tour.