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For a complete list of hours, call 1-888-569-1000 or visit www.atlanticare.org/urgent. LOCATIONS Berlin Clementon Egg Harbor Twp. (Pediatricians on-site)


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publisher’s note Our Spring calendar is filling up quickly with some great family fun events this March, April and May. You can find these great events on our calendar in this issue and online. Our calendar online is updated daily so check back often. We think it is important to make the best educated decision for your child’s education so we put together an easy guide of the best schools in the area— We are proud to present this issue the Jersey Shore Family 6th Annual School Resource Guide. It’s time to start thinking about Summer camps! They fill up quickly so if you want your child to get a spot in their favorite camp, we suggest early registration.

inside Features:

Importance of Outdoor Play.......... 4 School Directory........................ 6-7

Summer Camp Directory......... 8-9

10-11 Spring Events........................... 12-15 Tips to Get Kids Outside. ........ 16-17 Spring Bucket List. ......................... 18 Celebrate Earth Day..............

Also in this issue, find a great article from a local mom who knows the benefits of keeping your kids moving this Summer. We look forward to the ACUA Earth Day Festival every Spring. Don’t miss the highlighted events to this years festival in this issue. Drop us an email and tell us how we are doing and what you would like to see in the next issue.

P.O. Box 96, Mays Landing, NJ 08330 PublisherS, Pam Joseph and Sherrii Brentari To place an event listing e-mail information to pamela.jsf@gmail.com

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT PAM pamela.jsf@gmail.com

All of Jersey Shore’s past issues are online and our website has the best community resources like “Kids Eat Free,” trip ideas and more. Visit JerseyShoreFamily.com.

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The Importance of



Summertime is sneaking up quickly… As the weather starts to turn, we all get excited for longer sunshine filled days. But wait… reality hits… the Kids will be out of school!? Craziness sets in… what am I going to do with my children to keep them occupied… engaged… learning… and the list goes on and on! Most parents don’t realize the importance of outdoor play. Being in the sun, running and playing during the summer is so important (even beyond wearing them out so they sleep at night!) They have spent almost ten months of the same routine… wake up early, breakfast, bus stop, classroom learning, homework, limited free time and an early bedtime so they are rested properly for the next day of learning! As this structured life is very rewarding it’s also very sedentary… they NEED a break! Research has shown that only 6% of children get half of daily recommended outdoor active play. Active play in nature and outdoors is essential for healthy child development and is essential for their health and well-being.

Studies show…

• Sunshine and natural light lowers the chance of nearsightedness and improves distance vision • Bacteria, viruses and other gross things in the soil, help the immune system and brain development • Encourages memory performance and better attention spans, even for kids with ADHD symptoms


• Improves a child’s mood and reduces stress and anxiety, coming from a combination of producing positive physiological and psychological responses to play • Increased vitamin D for healthier blood, calcium and stronger bones • Increases better physical fitness, building active, healthy bodies • Increases creativity • Better physical coordination (sensory skills-balance, agility, dexterity & depth perception) • Increases testing performances, critical thinking skills, overall improvement in all academic subjects So now, that we all want to go outside and play… Remember, summertime is when we are able to reward our kids for all of their hard work and dedication during the school year. At Galloway Summer Camp we encourage constant outdoor activity by focusing on both structured and free play… we know the importance of physical activity and of being a child… Come join your neighbors and sign up today! A great way to get them out… plus add a weekly field trip, crafts & activities… You can’t get much better than that… See you at Sign Ups! Check us out on Facebook! Jennifer M. DiLuzio Administrative Assistant at Galloway Community Services and Mom of Hailey (12), Cole (7), Bryce (3) & Ethan (2)

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For Campers...

Entering Kindergarten thru Entering 6th Grade!

Weekly Sessions... Pick & Choose Your Weeks Or Sign Up for the Entire Summer!

Sat. March 11 9 am -12 noon

1. June 19-23rd… $210.00

Tue. March 14 5 - 7:30 pm

3. July 5-7th… $120.00

Thur. March 23 5 - 7:30 pm

Held @ Camp Location… 636 S. New York Rd, Galloway

2. June 26-30th… $210.00


4. July 10-14th… $210.00 5. July 17-21st… $210.00 6. July 24-28th… $210.00 7. July 31-August 4th… $210.00 8. August 7-11th… $210.00 9. August 14-18th… $210.00 10 August 21-25th… $210.00 .

+ $30 Reg. fee per child Camp is ALL Inclusive… NO HIDDEN COSTS!

Includes… Weekly Field trip; Daily Swimming; Outdoor/Indoor Games; Crafts; Water Ice; Camp T-Shirt; Camp Water bottle; Lunch Bag; Special Treats & Lots of FUN!

Additional Info...Contact Community Services @ 652-8657!!! Jersey Shore Family School Resource Guide 2017


2017 Annual

School directory Club Z! Tutoring Service

KidAcademy Learning Center

609-390-5717 [main #], 465-0062, 625-8559, (800) 708-8867

(609) 646-3435, (609) 383-1036

101 Morton Ave., Absecon

501 Butter Road, Palermo

www.clubztutoring.com Tutoring one on one in home or public library, all grades and all subjects. Qualified/Certified teachers. Serving all of Atlantic, Cape May, and Ocean Counties.

Highland Academy

51 N. Shore Rd., Absecon NJ 08201

609 652-9500

www.highlandacademy.org Independent school educating pre-school - 8th grade students. Children’s education is individualized to nurture each student’s natural gifts and talents.


www.kidacademy.com KidAcademy Learning Center offers a High Reach Curriculum which focuses on a monthly theme. Each month the children will enjoy learning academically through hands on activities as well as doing daily art, science, cooking and physical education. Our program offers qualified degreed teachers and a state of the art facility. We have programs for ages 6 weeks to 12 yrs.

The Purple Crayon Enrichment Center

303 Central Ave. Suite 5 Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234


www.purplecrayonec.com The Purple Crayon Enrichment Center is an educational preschool program for children ages 2-6 with a focus on handson learning and individualized attention.

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Toddler Town, LLC

SunnyLand Child Care Center

Summer Camp Directory

425 South Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton


Find us on Facebook! CAMP BY THE SEA A licensed child care center that Milton & Betty Katz 6wks-6yrs. JCC accepts children Hours of 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate operation are M-TH 6:30am-6pm and 6:30am-5:30pm. 609-822-1167,Friday Ext. 138 Very reasonable rates www.campbythesea.org and will accommodate The Milton & Bettyflexible Katz JCC’s Camp schedules. By The Sea, has been funchild in Statedelivering subsidized the sun for children ages two through care accepted. Involved tenth grade for 70inyears. A trusted GROW NJ KIDS. resource for South families, Like Jersey us on Facebook. and open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation, the JCC’s summer camp program is conveniently located in its Margate, Atlantic County facility.

5034 Wellington Ave., Ventnor


Featuring trips to local amusement Find us onday Facebook! parks, water and parks; Child care forparks infants tostate 8 years old. seaside activities including surf Flexible scheduling and open lessons, stand-up paddle boarding, bay kayaking Monday-Friday. and even parasailing, our camp offers Summer care available flexible scheduling up to a full eight-week enrolling now. enrollment. Camp By The Sea also offers 17 Specialty Camps tailored to specific interests. Both budget and schedule friendly, Specialty Camps are one-week programs making an experience-rich summer accessible to everyone. If travel is your teen’s passion, Camp By The Sea is offering three amazing Teen Tours with its 2016 Road Rulz Travel Camp.

“25” Years of Educating for Success!

Enroll by 4/30 and receive a

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Summer Camp Directory At The Top Basketball Camps

The Galloway Swim and Science Camp

326 N Huntingdon Ave., Margate

(609) 822-3805

Galloway Swim Club 433 8th Ave., Galloway

www.atthetopcamps.com Improve your individual offensive skills in basketball through the use of proven drills and techniques. We offer five different camps to help you with your game. You will be shown how to dribble and score over or around your opponent. All camps are co-ed, ages 6 to 15. Camp hours 9:00 am-Noon, Monday-Thursday.

(609) 568 5535

gallowayswimclub.com Swim and Science Camp June 19th23rd, Included on June 22nd, Guinness Book of World Records, Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson. Seasonal Memberships are now available for Summer 2017! Swim lessons also available.

U N I V E R S I T Y June 19 through August 18 • Ages 4 - 14 Camp Hours 9am-3:15pm Free hour from 8:00 - 9:00 & Fee Based extended care until 5:30pm • Air conditioned facility ACTIVITIES INCLUDE • Flexible scheduling Swimming, arts and crafts, ceramics, • Experienced counselors movies, indoor/outdoor • Regular camp ratio 1:10 sports to include • Mini-camp ratio 1:7 basketball, volleyball, organized games, • Theater games & mini plays track, tennis, etc. • Cafeteria style lunchroom

For additional information call 652-9500


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Galloway Summer Camp 636 S. New York Road

(609) 652-8657

Like us on Facebook.... Program runs weekly. Safe & Exciting environment where your kids swim, play, create & attend weeky field trips... all while building friendships! Camp Motto... “If your Kids come home clean... then we didn’t do our job!”

Highland Academy Summer Camp Stockton University 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway, NJ 08205

609 457-0023

Camp ages 4-14 includes sports, arts, crafts, theater games, ceramics and so much more!

Nature Center of Cape May 1600 Delaware Avenue., Cape May


njaudubon.org/centers/nccm New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May offers a wide variety of summer camp programs for children 3 to 16 years old including weekly discovery kids programs and special camps such as outdoor eco-adventure camp, kayak and stand-up paddleboard camp, Conservation Crusaders and a youth fishing camp. Daily rates are also available. For more information and online registration go to our website www. njaudubon.org/centers/nccm

Toddler Town Infant Nursery & Pre-School

“Quality Care When You’re Not There” State subsidized child care accepted Involved in GROW NJ KIDS

425 S. Egg Harbor Rd. • Hammonton

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ACUA’S 27th Annual Earth Day Festival This year’s 27th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 (rain or shine) at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township from 10 am until 4 pm. There are lots of free fun, educational activities for everyone. The celebration has many new exciting events in addition to traditional favorites. Over 100 vendors, crafters and exhibitors will be part of the celebration. “Thanks to South Jersey Gas, Atlantic City Electric and the other Earth Day sponsors, ACUA is able to provide a fullday of environmentally themed activities and programs for the entire family,” said Rick Dovey, ACUA President. “We are grateful to be able to bring such high-quality programming on a range of environmental issues to our visitors,” said Dovey. Free Workshops Free workshops will be held every hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the amphitheater. Topics include beekeeping, rain barrels and native plants and more! Composting demonstrations will be held throughout the day in the community garden. Wind, Solar and Wastewater Facility Tours This is the twelfth year that the public is welcome to take tours of New Jersey’s


first commercial wind farm. Free shuttles will take participants to and from the wind farm from the Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township beginning at 10 a.m. (last shuttle at 3:15 p.m.). In addition, tours of ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment Facility and solar project will be available. Recycling Center Tours Come see how mixed recycling collected from Atlantic County residents, schools and businesses is processed and separated into valuable commodities to market. This sophisticated system of conveyors, magnets, eddy currents, optical sorting and manual quality control sorting is incredible! Eco Hayrides Eco Hayrides, a perennial favorite, take visitors to the top of the landfill for panoramic views of the area, including Atlantic City and the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm. Seedlings The ACUA will be giving out free beach plum and red maple seedlings, as well as free seed packets. Entertainment Don’t miss the Turtlesinger, an interactive program and where you will learn about,

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touch and feed live turtles. Be part of the show in Middle Earth Studios’ performance. Woodford Cedar Run will be presenting their Raptors and Reptiles program and will have a table exhibit with live birds of prey and reptiles. Other highlights include games, live music, pony rides and pictures with Supercan. Exhibitors Part of the celebration includes exhibits by many community and environmental groups including: Atlantic City Aquarium, Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association, Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Community Food Bank, animal activist groups, solar vendors, and many family service organizations.

glass items, local honey, health/nutritional products, repurposed/upcycled items and art and fair trade products. Colors of the Earth 5k Run Join us for our 4th Annual Colors of the Earth 5k Run. This is an untimed event that emphasizes fun over competition. It is open to all runners and is limited to the first 200 participants. Runners will be given white t-shirts and sunglasses as part of their registration fee. As you run the course you’ll pass through four color stations where volunteers will blast runners with dyed cornstarch. Please register online (preregistration required). All proceeds from the run will benefit a local charity.

Recycled Art Contest Crafters/Vendors Come see the projects created for the second A variety of items will be for sale during annual Recycled Art Contest! All art will be the festival such as handmade jewelry, on display at the festival and awards will be energy efficient lighting, vegetable and presented to the winners in each age group. native plants, bird houses and feeders, baked goods, alpaca products, books, handmade Visit www.acua.com/earthday for details. FREE ADMISSION & PARKING!!!

Rain or Shine! • Colors of the Earth 5-K Fun Run at 8:30 am pre-registration req’d - limited to 200 participants • “Eco” Hayrides to the top of the landfill • Shuttle tours to the solar & wind farm at ACUA’s Wastewater Facility • Interactive entertainment - Be an actor in Middle Earth Studio’s performance and don’t miss Woodford Cedar Run’s Raptors & Reptiles program • Live Turtle Presentation with the Turtlesinger • Atlantic City Aquarium’s new Touch Tank • Free Workshops: Beekeeping, Native Plants for Pollinators, Rain Barrels and more • Plus Arts, Crafts, Games, Live Music, Food Court & more!

Sponsored by:

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Sunday, April 23 10 – 4 p.m.

Atlantic County Utilities Authority 6700 Delilah Rd., Egg Harbor Twp. 609-272-6950 or 1-800-613-ACUA www.acua.com/earthday



Happy Birthday DR. SEUSS

Celebrate with these fun events through the Atlantic County Library System


April 16

Celebrate Read Across America

Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:00 AM Mays Landing Branch at Children’s Section Open to all ages. Stop in the library to read your favorite Dr. Seuss books, make a Cat in the Hat hat, and enjoy other fun activities.

St. Patricks Day Parades

easter EVENTS April 15, 9-11 AM

North Wildwood, Atlantic Ave.

Easter Bunny Breakfast (fee) Smithville

Atlantic City, Boardwalk

Easter Parade begins Smithville

March 11 - Parade begins at 11:30 AM

April 16, 1pm

March 11 - Parade begins at 1 PM

Sea Isle, Landis Ave.

March 11 - Celebration starts at 3:30 PM

April 23, 10am - 4pm Earth Day Festival

March 17, 2016


Rain or Shine Haneman Environmental Park, Egg Harbor Township

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Happenings May 14


MAY 6 & 7

Renaissance Faire, Smithville

Travel back to the days of yore and merry olde England as the historic village of Smithville is transformed into the Shire of Smithville in the heart of the English Renaissance. Fun for the whole family including comedy, tragedy, sword fighting, dance, song, knights, jesters and so much more. Stroll amongst the wares of the local vendors and traveling merchants

May 13

Free for MOMS at:

• Absecon Lighthouse

• Wonderland Pier

• Steel Pier

• Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks.

• The Atlantic City Aquarium

• Jersey Shore Children’s Museum

• Sahara Sams

Children’s Festival, Smithville Free event of children’s activities.

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*See our complete list at Jerseyshorefamily.com


G N I R SP May 20, 11 AM

may EVENTS (Continued)

MAY 21 & 22, 10am-5pm

Captain Kidd Pirate Day at Historic Smithville & Village Greene A celebration with crafters, food vendors and music

Wildwood Pirate costume parade begins on 26th & the Boardwalk, a Treasure hunt to follow at 19th & beach, North Wildwood for children ages 12 and under.

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p enings p a H MAY 26- 29

May 29

International Kite Festival

Wildwood FREE to spectators! The largest kite festival in North America taking place on the Beach at Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood and inside the Wildwoods Convention Center featuring kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations.

MAY 26

Memorial Day Parades Egg Harbor City Philadelphia Ave. Begins at 9:30am Services in Lincoln Park & Egg Harbor City Cemetery Linwood Starting at Poplar Ave. Begins at 10:00am Somers Point Shore Road • Begins at 11am

Memorial Day Ceremonies Cape May Convention Hall • Begins at 11:00am


As the first American woman in space, Dr. Sally Ride rightfully earned a full day dedicated to her honor. Remember when space was a thing?

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North Wildwood North Wildwood Veterans Monument Begins at 10am Sea Isle Begins at 10:00am


Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens Remember taking off for a day of adventure on your bike, returning home only for dinner? Kids these days don’t have the same incredible experience of exploratory, unstructured play. According to a new survey commissioned by Nature’s Path, 54 percent of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside. “Playing outside in nature is critically important for kids’ development. Research shows it improves everything from problem-solving to cognitive ability to social relations,” said parenting expert Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions. “Between screen time and the busy schedules of both parents and kids, today’s children are spending less time outside and missing out on this fun and beneficial part of childhood.” According to the survey, the majority of moms try to regularly get their kids outside to enjoy the lifelong learning and health benefits of playing in nature. The biggest barriers that prevent this are: fear of letting kids play outside alone, being too busy juggling other priorities and not having the time to supervise outdoor play. Here are five fun ideas to get you and your kids outside and exploring nature:

1. Get crafty. Let your kids collect

leaves, flowers, stones, pinecones or anything that strikes their fancy - and then craft together. Make leaf prints, press flowers between plastic sheets to create placemats, paint stones or sticks to look like animals or make a terrarium in a bottle. The possibilities are as endless as their imaginations.


2. Schedule it. Kids are used to

planned sports and activities, so schedule an hour of outdoor play that they will come to expect. That’s where the planning ends - give them some ideas, but let them use their imaginations and engage in unstructured free play.

3. Explore at night. Turn a simple

walk around the neighborhood into an adventure by going outside in the evening. Let kids take flashlights and glow sticks to help explore nature in a whole new way. Talk about the sights and smells at night and look at the stars together.

4. Share your favorite activities and make new memories. When

you were young, did you love to skip stones on a pond? Build a fort? Jump in to piles of leaves? Tell your kids about your favorite pastimes and experience them together.

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5. Get schools involved. According to the survey, the vast majority of moms (94 percent) agree it’s important that schools also help kids discover nature. Moms can help schools by bringing them a program that’s easy to implement. Nature’s Path EnviroKidz. Ecokeepers is a hands-on, exploration-based program that blends a traditional activity passport for kids to fill-in with a modern-day treasure hunt that uses GPS on smartphones to find hidden caches. It’s free for schools and camps, and complements science and physical education curriculum. Parents can also download the Ecokeepers explorer guide and resources featuring activities to do with the family. The geocache app can be downloaded free from www.geocaching. com or your smartphone’s app store. While busy schedules don’t always make it easy for moms to do everything they’d like to do with their kids, a little planning can help to get kids outside to experience all the benefits of outdoor play.

A Unique Summer Basketball Program At The Top offers you a unique alternative to the traditional hoop camps. It is the quintessential guard workout camp

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• 8 Seperate Weeks • Co-Ed, Ages 6 to 15 • 9am until 12pm (noon), Monday thru Thursday

in MARGATE • A different T-shirt for each camp is given to each camper • Refreshmment Stand will be open during camp hours.



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Make a wish on a dandelion Have a garden tea party Plant seeds Make physical prints of the photos you took last year Pick wildflowers Tie-dye something you can wear Bird watch Pick up litter on the streets to create a clean environment Play hopscotch Search for four-leaf clovers Splash in puddles Paint rocks or make a pet rock Create a nature themed scavenger hunt Build (or decorate) a bird house Buy cheap day-after Easter candy Twirl in a field Cut up strawberries to put in your salad Wear a flower in your hair (or make a flower crown) Draw a rainbow Dye eggs Visit a farmer’s market Do some yoga outside Celebrate Earth Day Watch the sunrise Check out yard and estate sales


• Visit DC to see the Cherry Blossoms • Open all the windows in your house • Go kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boating • Go to a drive-in movie theater • Celebrate Chicken Dance Day on May 14th • Buy a bike, decorate it, & take a ride • Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny • Read some Mother Goose poems



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Programs & Tours Children’s Classes Nature Day Camp Exhibits & Fish Tanks Gardens & Wildlife Observation Deck Nature Store and more!

Supported in part by a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism

Nature Center of Cape May Fun for the whole family!





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Jersey Shore Family Spring 2017  

This issue you will find our 6th Annual School Resource Guide, ACUA's Earth Day Festival schedule, a busy Spring Calendar and more.. Always...

Jersey Shore Family Spring 2017  

This issue you will find our 6th Annual School Resource Guide, ACUA's Earth Day Festival schedule, a busy Spring Calendar and more.. Always...