Van Vleck House and Gardens: Montclair, NJ

Van Vleck House and Gardens, nestled within the charming NJ suburb of Montclair, is by far one of our favorite places to visit. It’s serene, lush, and ripe with educational opportunities for littles. All of the trees and flowers are intentionally selected to support wildlife – chipmunks, butterflies, bees, birds, and squirrels – and spottingContinue reading “Van Vleck House and Gardens: Montclair, NJ”

NJ Botanical Garden: Ringwood, NJ

My boys LOVE flowers, but they love picking them and giving them away even more. The other day, my 21 month old lovingly picked a bunch of dandelions and clovers and handed me a small bouquet just beaming. My 4 year old tells me, “Mama, put them in water so that they last a long,Continue reading “NJ Botanical Garden: Ringwood, NJ”

Loantaka Brook Reservation: Morris Township, NJ

We discovered this gem a few weeks ago and it has quickly become a favorite respite from our densely populated urban life. Magical. Heavenly. Peaceful. Green. That’s how I would describe this place. Babbling brooks, cute little bridges, stroller-friendly trails, wildflowers, grassy fields, and tons of animals. We spotted chipmunks galore, butterflies, dragonflies, fish, dogs,Continue reading “Loantaka Brook Reservation: Morris Township, NJ”

Grover Cleveland Park: Essex Fells, NJ

We begin the day by singing a song: “Let’s go on an adventure! Time to go and explore. So much to see on our adventure. I can’t wait to see more!” Singing helps energize our boys and excites us to explore something new. I tell them about the place we’re going to that day overContinue reading “Grover Cleveland Park: Essex Fells, NJ”