Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Let's Try Simply Delicious Dinners!

One day it hit me that I was going to have to decide what to make for dinner for the rest of my life. Sure, we'd have the occasional night out to eat, or maybe pizza or Chinese food, but for the most part, that lingering question would always be there. I've heard about services that send you meal ingredients or even recipe cards, but they all seemed kind of expensive to me for what you got. But then I was contacted by a new local business called Simply Delicious Dinners. They're based in Central New Jersey, and they provide ready made meals to their customers. They arrive frozen, and all you have to do is heat them up. Can you imagine how excited I was to try them out?


Monday, December 28, 2015

What is Greenberg's Train and Toy Show? A Jersey Momma Review

You've probably seen the ads or received postcards in the mail for Greenberg's Train and Toy Show.  It is held a few times a year, usually in the NJ Expo Center or the Garden State Exhibit Center (two different places, mind you, and I always confuse them!).  And if you have a little train lover (or even a big train lover) in your house,  you might wonder what this show entails.

We have been to the Greenberg Train and Toy Show several times over the years, and each time we go it's a little bit different.  So just a disclaimer to let you know that what I describe here might not hold true for every show.  What I can tell you about the show is just what it's like, in a nutshell, but keep in mind that each show might feature different vendors, attractions, etc.

Mr. Jersey Momma helps the boy get a better look at the trains.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Kawaii Box Review and Giveaway!

In Japanese pop culture there is a term for everything cute, and that term is KAWAII! Sanrio characters like Keroppi frog and Hello Kitty were a huge part of my childhood.  Even today I have a hard time resisting Kawaii items in stores (pencils with smiling bunny tops, puffy food stickers with little eyes and noses drawn on them- need I say more?).  Kawaii is an art form, and it's one that my heart appreciates.  Mr. Jersey Momma says it's one thing he doesn't understand, but what does he know?  Anyway, if you happen to have the same Kawaii obsession that I do, you might appreciate this fabulous service called Kawaii Box.  Read all about it below, then enter to win a Kawaii Box of  your own!


Monday, December 14, 2015

A Review of Roadside America - What's Inside?

Somewhere in your travels between New Jersey and Pennsylvania (especially on your way to or from Hershey from Central or Western New Jersey) you might have noticed a little place by the side of the road, aptly named Roadside America.  Have you driven past there, wondering, what exactly is Roadside America?  Well, now you can find out!  Come with us as we visit Roadside America in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania!


Monday, December 7, 2015

A Review of the Planetarium at RVCC: The Alien Who Stole Christmas

Last year I purchased a Groupon for the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College.  This is literally a stone's throw away from where I live, and after reading about it online, I figured it might be fun to try.

What is the Planetarium at RVCC?

Raritan Valley Community College is located in Branchburg, not far off of Rt. 78, 287 and 22.  It's very easy to get to.  The planetarium offers star shows, laser light shows and an observatory open on select days for viewing.  My review is based on one of their public star shows, The Alien Who Stole Christmas, which is offered throughout the month of December.

What is the Planetarium Like?

The Jersey Momma's Boy was four when we took him to the planetarium.  He loved the idea that he was going to a college campus, and it was exciting for him to see the college buildings, the planetarium, and the dome of the observatory.  Upon entering the planetarium, you'll see what looks almost like the tunnel of a spaceship.  My son was in awe of this!


You'll check in at the lobby, get your tickets, shop if you like (there is a very small case of souvenir goodies you can buy if you're so inclined).  The Jersey Momma's boy was fascinated by the coin drop- one of those giant contraptions where you throw your coins in and watch them spiral to the bottom:


Once you venture into the "space tunnel," you can view some space displays and glowing windows of space facts.  The lights are pretty dim once you get through that tunnel, preparing your eyes for the planetarium itself.  I don't have any pictures for you from here on in, because the lighting was not really suitable for photos.

The Alien Who Stole Christmas

The planetarium doors open a few minutes before show time.  It is important to note that once the doors of the planetarium are closed, they cannot let you in, so don't be late to your show (they suggest you arrive 20-30 minutes before show time).  Also, if you need to leave to use the restroom, they cannot open the doors to the planetarium to let you re-enter, by order of the fire marshall.  So do your business before you head in there!  The show itself is cute, but a little hokey.  Don't expect superb graphics and computer animation. These are just cartoon images projected onto the ceiling, narrated by your host of the show, who is in the room with you, reading into a microphone.  The story revolves around some aliens kidnapping Santa, but it's nothing scary and recommended for ages 6-10.  My son was only 4 and he was okay with the show, but not all little ones are the same!  Think ahead to what your child will like best.  The seats are comfy enough, and they are tilted back so you can look up at the giant pseudo-sky without hurting your neck.  The whole show runs about 40 minutes.

What You Need to Know
  • This is a planetarium, so it will be dark.  Sometimes, very dark, as you need to be able to see the night "sky" above you.  If your little one has issues with the dark, just keep in mind that this might not be the right event for them.  If you have to leave during the show, just remember that they won't let you back in.
  • As of the publication date of this entry, tickets are $8 each, or you can watch two shows for $14 on the same day
  • They recommend that you call ahead to reserve a seat, although there are no assigned seats once you enter the theater
  • This was a great learning experience for my son.  He was able to experience a real planetarium at a low cost and learn a little bit about the solar system in the process.
  • We once attended a different show in the summer and it was a nice change on a hot day, perhaps an alternative to a movie?

Jersey Momma Tips
  • Be on time!
  • This is a small planetarium on a college campus, so as I usually say, don't expect it to compare to larger, more costly planetariums in museums.
  • If you think the Alien Who Stole Christmas might not be right for your child, check out what else they have to offer.  There are other star shows and music laser light shows, too, all of which look like a lot of fun.
  • The planetarium also offers events for children with autism.  Check their event listings page for more details.
  • Head over to their Facebook page or sign up for their email list for more information.



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Picture Book Month: Making Pupcakes for A Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?  Here in The Jersey Momma household, we're picture book enthusiasts.  I have so many picture books that they're overflowing down the stairs (and some are even stored in boxes in the basement!).  So I am more than excited to join my fellow bloggers in celebrating this fantastic event.  Many thanks to Krystal of Healthy Happy Thrifty Family for inviting me to participate!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath

If you're looking for a fun and easy craft that you can do at home with your little ones, check out this Thanksgiving turkey wreath idea. It makes a cute decoration for Thanksgiving dinner, and constructing it can keep the kids occupied on a rainy (or cold!) day. There's not much to it and you can easily cut corners by taping down the pieces instead of gluing. It also makes a cute gift to give to someone, especially a teacher. You can jazz up the turkey, too, with clothes or a name across the belly.



Monday, October 26, 2015

More Cookie Decorating with Sweet Dani B

You might recall me writing about Sweet Dani B in the past, praising her amazing cookie decorating skills and fun workshops.  I was fortunate enough to attend her Summer Cookie Decorating Workshop in Asbury Park, as well as previous Valentine and Christmas workshops in Flemington.  She never ceases to amaze me.  Take a look at the fun we had during Sweet Dani B's Halloween 15 Monster Mania Cookie Workshop at Porta Pizzeria in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Then make some plans to attend one of Dani's workshops  yourself!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fall Fun: Let's Visit The Last Fling Pumpkin Sling

When it comes to Fall fun, you can find it all- pumpkin picking, apple picking, hayrides, corn mazes, apple cider, cider donuts, haunted hayrides- you name it, we've got it, and within local driving distance too, for the most part.  But if you're looking for something a little, say, unique this Fall season, why not give the Last Fling Pumpkin Sling a shot?  (ha!  That was a play on words and I wasn't even trying!)


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Jersey Momma: Let's Try Enjou Chocolat!

Every now and then I like to give a shout-out to local New Jersey businesses, especially when you can find their products outside of New Jersey, too.  I had the opportunity to sample some chocolate from Enjou of Morristown, thanks to the fine people over at Chocolate.org.  Yes, yes, I might have received my chocolate for free, but I swear to you that I would not recommend something to you that I totally didn't love!!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Baby Mantra for Sensitive Skin: A Quick Review and Giveaway

I was recently contacted by Baby Mantra to see if I was interested in reviewing their gentle, personal-care products.  My first thought was, 'Sigh, The Jersey Momma's Boy is not a baby anymore! He's seven!' But they were quick to point out that their products are not just for babies, but for children (recommended for aged newborn to 8) and can be very helpful for children with sensitive skin, which just so happens to be The Jersey Momma's Boy.  So I agreed to try their line and let them know what I thought.  And for the record, even though this is a sponsored post, I would not suggest you try a product that I didn't approve of myself. That's not how I roll!




About Baby Mantra

Right from the source:  "Baby Mantra’s earth-friendly range of extremely gentle personal care products for children (newborn to 8 years old) are made with all-natural skincare ingredients. Baby Mantra products have been certified by the Natural Products Association (NPA), are gluten-free, allergy-tested and cruelty-free.
You can find Baby Mantra products across the country at Babies R' Us retail locations, and stores like Albertsons, Jewel Osco, Walgreens, Duane Reade and Meijer. We recommend using the store locator on the company's website to find a store nearest you. In addition, Baby Mantra can be found online on websites such as Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com (and retail stores nationwide), Drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Diapers.com.
You can read about the founders of the company here. You can also follow and like Baby Mantra on Facebook. On a side note, I totally love their pretty logo. :)



Baby Mantra's Products

We tried Baby Mantra's 3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Shampoo and Wash. I, personally, loved this because it literally does three jobs in one! What more can a momma ask for? A little goes a long way- we just needed a small drop to give us lots of bubbles. The Jersey Momma's Boy wasn't crazy about the smell, but I thought it was gentle and soothing- a touch of lavender gave it a really fresh scent without it being overly 'baby scented' (I didn't want my seven year old to smell like baby powder- well, at least I didn't think he'd want to smell like baby powder!).


It has some terrific ingredients in there like lavender oil, aloe vera and honeysuckle. It's allergy tested, cruelty-free and vegan. It's also NPA certified and gluten free! The Jersey Momma's Boy had no itchiness, dryness or ill-effects from the Baby Mantra 3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Shampoo and Wash. Two thumbs up from us! It left his skin soft and smelling wonderful.



If you prefer a shampoo separate from the 3-in-1, try Baby Mantra's Newborn Shampoo and Body Wash. Again, great smelling like the Bubble Bath (very similar scent between the two). The scent is also not over-powering, which is nice! But let me tell you why the Jersey Momma's Boy loved this. It was low foaming, which made it easier to rinse out of his hair and off of his skin. He hates rinsing his hair and getting water and soap in his eyes. This was such a natural product that it easily rinsed clean and left no residue. Kudos for that, Baby Mantra!!


We also tried out the Baby Calming Lotion. Lord knows the Jersey Momma's Boy could use some calming! Hee hee. But honestly, I was eager to try this one because The Jersey Momma's Boy tends to get itchy skin, especially after baths, and is prone to little rough and bumpy patches. The calming lotion contains oils and natural extracts, so the consistency is a little bit thinner than some lotions I know. This is great for babies because it won't leave a greasy or heavy feeling on their delicate skin. But this might have been a little too thin for The Jersey Momma's Boy, who ran off to bed yelling, 'My butt feels squishy!' after using this.


I loved the pump feature of this lotion, since it can be difficult with a newborn or infant to juggle a bottle of lotion while trying to apply it!

We also tried out Baby Mantra's Detangling Conditioner. Again, a great, fresh smell since it's made with coconut oil and lavender. If you are using this on an older child, they won't be smelling like baby powder! I loved that it was made with all natural ingredients, especially the shea butter, which is one of my favorite scents. Just like their other products, it's NPA certified, gluten free, allergy tested and vegan! Some other conditioners we've used leave hair a little bit limp, and this one did not do that. I also noticed a shininess after using it, which was an added plus!



I was psyched to hear that Baby Mantra will be coming out with a sunscreen. This is something we totally need, since The Jersey Momma's Boy can only use one very expensive sunscreen on the market right now, since all others seem to give him a skin rash. We're counting on you, Baby Mantra!


Where to Buy

As stated above, you can use Baby Mantra's online store locator to find the products near you.

Want a coupon code? Of course you do! If you sign up for their newsletter, you can earn free coupons each month. Want to win some of their awesome products? Visit The Jersey Momma Facebook page to sign up for the Baby Mantra giveaway!

You can follow Baby Mantra on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, so go show them some love!

Disclaimer: I received this product for the purpose of this review, however, I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything specific. These are my own opinions and they have not been influenced in any way by Baby Mantra. And you know I wouldn't recommend anything I didn't love myself, right? Okay, glad we got that straight.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Best Adult Coloring Books

The best adult coloring books can really work wonders. If you're looking for a relaxing, quiet hobby (you, yes you, not your kids, not your family, you!) then adult coloring books might be right up your alley. Coloring in coloring books was always fun as a kid. Now there are coloring books geared towards adults, with more complex patterns and more 'grown up' illustrations.You can choose whatever medium you like (it doesn't have to just be crayons!). Colored pencils are my medium of choice at the moment. Sharp ones! They say coloring is a stress reliever and a great way to find some 'quiet time.' It's also something you can do with your kids, in your own way.

Here are some of my favorite picks for adult coloring books. I've included some affiliate links if you want to jump ahead and purchase them, too! If you like these choices, be sure to check out my other posts about the Best Adult Coloring Books and Mediums, Part 2!


Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford

This coloring book (along with its companion mentioned below, Secret Garden), have become so popular that they are often hard to find. At one point the manufacturer actually ran out of copies and the book had to be reprinted to fill demand. You can even visit Johanna Basford's website to see what she's cooking up next or just view her amazing artwork. She also has a coloring gallery so you can get some ideas on how to color her books.

The pros about Enchanted Forest:  adorable illustrations (think mushrooms, cottages, woodland friends, birds and more). The pages are big and the sizes of the illustrations vary, so some are more detailed than others. Enchanted Forest is also an 'inky quest,' which means there are little search and finds and games hidden within, too. But you can ignore those if you'd rather just color!

The cons about Enchanted Forest:  the pages are not extremely thick, so some markers tend to bleed through the other side.

Enchanted Garden coloring book by Johanna Basford - a fabulous coloring book for adults!
A fabulous Enchanted Garden piece by The Jersey Grammy. She added the mushrooms and butterfly

If you're lucky you can find Enchanted Forest at your local bookstore, or if it's in stock, you can use my Amazon link below.

                                                                  

Secret Garden by Johanna Basford

Secret Garden by Johanna Basford has also been in demand for a while now and might be hard to find (I did include an affiliate link below, though, so give it a shot!). It's very similar to Enchanted Forest but it has more flowers and fairies. Equally beautiful and has pretty much the same pros and cons of  Enchanted Forest, mentioned above.

The Secret Garden adult coloring book by Johanna Basford is super popular!

Johanna's books are paperback but they're a heavy duty quality with a thick cover.  Johanna published some recommendations about pencils and mediums to use on her blog.

The Jersey Grammy was not finished with this page yet but I still thought it was beautiful!
The Jersey Grammy used colored pencils for these flowers from Secret Garden

Here's an affiliate link for Secret Garden.  If it's available, get it while you can!  They sell out quickly.


                                                                     

Doodle Invasion by Zifflin and Kirby Rosales 

Doodle Invasion is by FAR my favorite adult coloring book of all time. I found it thanks to an article on one of the coolest sites, Bored Panda. This paperback book is filled with whimsical, silly illustrations, all swirled together to create one image. Sometimes it's a moon, sometimes it's a big whale. I love sitting and coloring all of their little faces and discovering funny things about each drawing as I color it. There are 50 pages. The pros are the wild illustrations and funny drawings. The cons are that the ink is a little thin on the pages and it will sometimes smear or look like it's smearing. This didn't bother me much but it bothered The Jersey Grammy a little bit, who had just come from the thicker pages of the Johanna Basford books.

This was the first illustration I completed from the book and it was all done using Crayola colored pencils (along with a really good pencil sharpener!)

My first completed coloring page from Doodle Invasion

This one was done by The Jersey Grammy:

Colored by The Jersey Grammy - Doodle Invasion adult coloring book

Look for Doodle Invasion at your local bookstore or you can purchase it through my Amazon link below.

                                                                   

You can also visit Kirby's cool website and see all of his awesome artwork, as well as read more about his books.

Movie or TV Coloring Books

There is a cool trend to add favorite movies and television shows to the coloring book craze. They now have Harry Potter coloring books, Game of Thrones coloring books, and even Star Wars coloring books! Series like Outlander and Dr. Who have also jumped on board.


Owls by Noelle Dahlen

Owls is more of a cartoony type coloring book. If major details are too time-consuming for you, you might appreciate a book like Dahlen's instead. These are bold, cute illustrations, and are good for kids, too. The pros are the adorable pics, the thick pages and the price (you can't beat that!). Cons are that it's more kid-like, and less pages than the other books.

Owls is a cute coloring book, and not overly challenging to color for adults
Inside an Owls coloring book!

You can't beat the price of this Owls book! Check out my link on Amazon:

                                                           

There are a ton of owl coloring books out there, so if this one is too simple for you, you can check out some of the other owl ones available on Amazon or at your local bookstore.

Mandalas Collection by Alberta Hutchinson

Mandalas are really fun because of their circular patterns. There are SO many Mandala coloring books out there with all kinds of themes. I bought this one for The Jersey Grandpa because I really liked the illustrations in it. It's called Mandalas Collection by Creative Havens (Alberta Hutchinson is the illustrator).The Jersey Grandpa is the master colorer, and I learned all of my blending skills from him.  You should see the art he can create with crayons alone!

One of my favorite Mandala adult coloring books
A mandala coloring page completed by The Jersey Grandpa
Another mandala created by The Jersey Grandpa

Here's a link to the exact Mandala book where these came from. Did I mention these make great gifts? I purchased this one as part of a Father's Day gift and it was a big hit with my dad.

                                                                        

Pixelations by Arkady Roytman

I chose Pixelations as one of my favorites because it's so unique. There are only 32 pages but it's a great price. Again, this one is meant for older kids, but if the details of the adult coloring books are too stressful for you, this one is a different choice. Everything is drawn in square pixels, much like a video game. My Minecraft loving boy also took a liking to this book, and was delighted to find that he could transfer some of the ideas of the drawings to his favorite video game! Pros:  price, thick pages, unique drawings. Cons: really made for kids, not very long so you will finish it quicker than the others.

Pixelations is for kids, but it's still fun to color as an adult!
The Pixelations book features sea creatures, robots, animals and more

Just like the Owls coloring book, if you're not sure about the whole coloring thing, you can't beat the price, just to try it out.

                                                                        

Mediums (What to Use)

This is really a matter of preference, and sometimes the best mediums vary based on what kind of books you are coloring. Each book seems to have different pages, so depending on the thickness and smoothness of the pages, you might want to experiment with different mediums. So far I actually love Crayola colored pencils. But my parents prefer markers at times, and they like a variety of different kinds. Check out my affiliate links below for some suggestions.







Whatever books you choose, I can attest that coloring for adults really is a stress relieving, fun activity. I love taking the books outside with me to color on the deck. I keep my pencils in a little tray so I can see them better, and I take such pride in each picture I finish. I love sharing them on Facebook, so check out my page for the latest updates on my creations! Or just go make your own!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Robot Birthday Party and Robot Party Favors

The Jersey Momma's boy is a big fan of robots.  He specifically loves the movie Wall-E and all of its crazy characters, so when he asked if he could have a Wall-E Robot themed birthday party this year, I thought, why not?  If you recall, we had an Art Themed Party for his 5th Birthday, and that was a huge hit!

I put together a whole party for him in our basement, complete with robot games, activities and crafts.  I didn't think all of the kids would know who Wall-E was, since the movie came out in 2008, so most of the games were named after Wall-E but were more just robot themed.

Do-it-Yourself Robot Party Favors

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Cookie Decorating Workshop with Sweet Dani B

Have you ever been to a cookie decorating workshop?  Sounds appetizing, right?  Actually, I love anything titled a 'workshop' because I get an immediate picture in my head of little elves or Santa or something.  But add the word 'cookie' in there and I'm DEFINITELY in!  So come with us for one of the best cookie decorating workshops around, with none other than Sweet Dani B herself.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Science Experiment for Kids and Toddlers: Moving Food Coloring!

Sometimes I actually enjoy a rainy day (sometimes, I said, sometimes!).  I love that temporary change in weather- the sound of rumbling thunder,  the hint of rain in the air.  If I were alone I could curl up and read a book or watch a good movie with some snacks.  But of course I'm never alone, I'm a momma!  So there's usually a bored kid tugging at my shirt tails.  So here's a quick science experiment you can do to pass the time.  You can create a swirling rainbow of your very own!



What you'll need:

-milk (not skim, must be 2% or higher)
-liquid food coloring
-dish soap

Fill a shallow bowl with milk (I put the bowl on my handy dandy kid tray- I tell you, I use that tray for everything!!).  You can also see my son's Wall-E robot joining us for this experiment in the background.


Pick the colors you want to use and add a few drops to the milk.  My son went overboard and added a lot of drops.  You can't see it in the picture, but at one point he squeezed so hard I thought he emptied the dye bottle.  Although this amount of food coloring still works, I think you get a "swirlier" effect with less drops.  He wouldn't listen to me, but I'm hoping you'll concur.


Now here comes the fun part.  Drip a few drops of liquid dish soap right into the mixture and watch it swirl right before your eyes!


It will actually move and swirl for a good amount of time.  And when it's finished we decided to mess around and see what else would happen, so we added more milk, more dish soap, more color, etc. to see what effects we could get.

And hopefully by the time you're done with your science experiment, the sun will be shining and you can head back outside again!

*If you're looking for a handy dandy art tray of your own, check out my Amazon affiliate link below!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Best New Jersey Day Trips (and Pennsylvania, too!)

New Jersey is a fun place to live because of its proximity to so many fun theme parks, state parks, beaches, shops and more.  As the weather turns warmer, we often search for fun weekend adventures, so I gathered a few of my favorite day trips in one place for you to see.  Some are outside The Garden State (but not too far outside, just Pennsylvania!), and some are completely free.  Check it out!


Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Review of the Lehigh Valley Zoo - Let's Go!

If you love visiting New Jersey zoos, like Turtle Back Zoo, Popcorn Park and Bergen County Zoo, you might enjoy taking a short trip across the border to the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, just outside of Allentown.



Where is Lehigh Valley Zoo?

Located off of Rt. 78 from New Jersey (and Rt 100 in Pennsylvania), this zoo might be a bit of a hike depending upon what area of Jersey you are from (Hunterdon county folks might not mind the trek, whereas those in Northern NJ might find the distance trying with kids!).  Check out their map and directions to determine its distance from where you are.



How Much Will it Cost Me?

The zoo is open year round and their admission prices change depending upon when you visit.  Children under 2 are always free, and regular ticket prices vary between $8 - $13 based on season (as of the publication date of this entry).  They also offer senior discounts and group discount rates, too.  Parking is free.  Woot!

Prairie dogs!!

What Will I See There?

According to their website, The Lehigh Valley Zoo has "approximately 300 animals representing 104 different species."  They list them all on their website, and some of them are quite different than what you'd find at New Jersey's Turtle Back Zoo.  What does Lehigh have that Turtle Back doesn't?  Let's see, just to name a few, there were zebras...


Camels...

"That camel was THIS big, momma!"
A Kookaburra!!!  (I am a huge 'bird nerd' and was so excited to see this Australian native here!!).  The Kookaburra makes such an amazing sound.  I stood there for ten minutes, waiting for him to 'laugh,' but he never did.  Oh well, I still love ya, guy!

"Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree..."

What's Special About the Lehigh Valley Zoo?

One of the best things about the Lehigh Valley Zoo (in my humble opinion) is the natural setting and the ability to get fairly close to the animals for viewing.  I especially liked the little walk-through area to see the wallabies up close.


And this emu looks so inquisitive, but we kept our hands clear just in case (remind me to tell you about the time we saw a boy get nipped by an emu on a preschool farm field trip...)


The penguins looked like little boys in tuxedos...



Okay, so I zoomed in with my camera. Maybe you can't get quite as close to these animals as these photos let on, but it's still pretty close.

What Else Can I Do at The Lehigh Valley Zoo?

So glad you asked!  There are some cute stops in between the animal viewing.  There's a fun little playground...


A bird feeding and walk-through area (swans, ducks and waterfowl feeding area as well as an exotic bird area walk-through)...


There is a petting zoo/barnyard feeding area, but the Jersey Momma's Boy thought these goats were a little too friendly.  Ha!


There are paddleboat rides (but call ahead for availability, because we went during the week and the paddleboat rides were closed)

And there was even a horse-pulled wagon ride, too (although I can't find anything about this on their website so I'm not sure if it's still available).

There is a cute garden area with 'insect friendly' areas and a 'pizza garden' with different herbs to view.

You can crawl inside an empty 'wolf den' (of course the Jersey Grandmomma had to climb in there, too!)

Watch your head, Jersey Grandmomma!

Where Can I Eat at The Lehigh Valley Zoo?

They actually had a good selection of food here, or you were welcome to bring your own food and picnic at any of their benches or picnic tables.  They had plenty of snack bars, ice cream and drinks to buy along the way.  Prices were reasonable.  My one complaint about their website is that it tells you nothing about their food and what they offer, or if the food stands are open year round.

Other Jersey Momma Tips

*Like most zoos, there is a lot of walking.  So bring the strollers if you need them (or you can rent them at the entrance) and a good pair of walking shoes.  Paths are well paved and open.  There are some up and down hilly areas to traverse, but nothing overly steep or tiring.  There are shady spots and sunny spots, so if you're going in warmer weather, you can find some areas of relief (and plenty of places to sit down).

*There are two souvenir shops- they are small but they offer a cute variety of things.

*The zoo has plenty of family friendly events during the year, so be sure to check their website or Facebook page to help plan your visit.

*There are restrooms located throughout the zoo and they have baby changing areas, too.  Not the most sparkling, newest bathrooms you will ever see, but they were clean enough!

*Bring your camera!  Do I even need to tell you that?