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KIDS EAT FREE – NEW JERSEY RESTAURANT GUIDE PARENTS WILL LOVE

Ever wonder where your kids can eat for FREE in NJ?  Here’s a guide parents will love.  I have compiled a list of restaurants where your child(ren) 12 and under can eat for free on different days of the week.  Make family night an awesome one for your kids and your pocket!

Please keep in mind these offers are subject to change at any time (the day of the week or times may vary).  We suggest you call and confirm prior to your visit. You must purchase an adult meal to get deal.

WHERE WHEN CONTACT COUNTY
Cheeseburger in Paradise Secaucus Tuesday (after 4pm) 201-392-0500www.cheeseburgerinparadise.com  
Buffalo Wild Wings Locations: Brick, Bridgewater, Eatontown, Linden, North Brunswick, Parsippany, Rockaway, Secaucus, Watchung, Woodbridge Wednesday (3-7pm) 732-475-7645www.buffalowildwings.com    Various Counties
Chevy’s Fresh MexLocations: Clifton, Linden Monday (after 4pm – kids under 5yo) 973-777-6277www.chevys.com  
Brother Jimmy’s BBQNew Brunswick Monday, Tuesday, Friday 732-249-7427http://www.brotherjimmys.com/new_brunswick  
IHOP All locations – various nights Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 866-444-5144www.ihop.com ** Contact for specific day and time Various counties 
IKEA Elizabeth, Paramus Monday – (everyone free breakfast until 11am) Tuesday – kids free 888-888-4532http://www.ikea.com    
Ariang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi BarMountainside, Parlin Monday and Tuesday 908-518-9733www.partyonthegrill.com   
McCormick & Schmicks Sunday      
Bennigan’s Sunday    
Willie McBride’s, Branchburg & Hoboken Sunday Willie McBride’s, Branchburg & Hoboken  
Smashburger Monday & Tuesday    
The Brick Oven of MorristownMorristown Monday & Thursday 973-984-7700http://www.brickovennj.com  
Denny’sLocations: Avenel, Bordentown, Carney’s Point, Clementon, East Brunswick, Galloway, Northfield, Turnerville, Vineland Tuesday 732-634-4160www.dennys.com  Various Counties
MIller’s Ale House Mount Laurel

 

Tuesday MIller’s Ale House     
Arthur’s, Hoboken Wednesday    
TGI Friday’s Thursday    
Jake’s Way Back Burgers, Voorhees Thursday Jake’s Way Back Burgers, Voorhees  
MoonShineMillburn Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 973-218-6042
www.moonshinesupperclub.com
 
  
O’Reilly’s Pub & GrillNewton Monday 973-383-4091
www.oreillysnewton.com
 
 
Toro LocoSouth Orange Sunday & Monday 973-761-1515www.toroloco.net  
Stage House TavernSomerset Wednesday (nights) 908-322-4224www.stagehousetavern.com  
Blue Moon Mexican, Wycoff Tuesday Blue Moon Mexican, Wycoff  
Pizza Hut Tuesday    
Pizzeria UNOLocations: Clifton, Deptford, Hamilton, Maple Shade, Metuchen Tuesday 973-574-1303www.unos.com  
Hooter’s Saturday    
The Famished FrogMorristown Monday 973-540-9601www.famishedfrog.com  
MemoireRidgewood Sunday 201-857-8899www.diningatmemoire.com  
Applebee’s Tuesday    
Baja Fresh Wednesday    
Cold Stone Creamery Tuesday    
Uproot Warren Monday 908-834-8194www.uprootrestaurant.com  
JalapenosGlen Rock Sunday 201-445-5566www.jalapenosmexgrill.com  
The Pop ShopCollingswood & Medford Saturday (free Breakfast 7:30-10:30am) 856-869-0111www.thepopshopusa.com   
JasmineMedford Monday & Tuesday & Thursday 609-654-8818www.jasmineorientalcuisine.com     
RoccaGlen Rock Thursday 201-670-4945www.roccanj.com  
Friendly’s Wednesday    
Escondido’s Mexican RestaurantFreehold Tuesday 732-577-0200www.escondidonj.com   
Al DenteMoorestown Monday 856-437-6593www.aldenteitaliana.com  

 XOXO

Kari

Breakfast with Santa – 2014 Guide

What is Christmas if you don’t BELIEVE…specially on the big white bearded man in the red and white suit!  As we all know Santa Claus is a big part of Christmas celebration and without him it would just be simply strange and boring. So for those of you who play on the tradition of Santa Claus I am sure you will love to know where you can take the kids to have “Breakfast with Santa.”  My sister and I took our kiddos to one last year and it was super cute.  The kids get to take pictures with Santa, do arts crafts, play and eat.  It was a fun little outing and a great experience for the children.  So in case you are interested in some “Breakfast with Santa.” There are many going on and here is a list of some that I found in our area.

Christmas is about the kids….let’s make it as fun as we can and keep the spirit of Christmas ALIVE!

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!

The Sea Grill or Rock Center Cafe

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Enjoy a fabulous time at the Sea Grill or Rock Center Café while having breakfast with Santa and his elves.  All kids receive a special gift from Santa and families enjoy VIP admission to the staking rink.  Reservations required.

Where:       The Sea Grill at 19 West 49th Street and the Rock Center Café at 20 West 50th Street, NY, NY

When:         Dates and times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.

Cost:            The Sea Grill: $110-$140 for adults, $75-$95 for children under age 10

Where:       Rock Center Café: $80-$125 for adults, $50-$85 for children under age 10

Macy’s

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A classic holiday tradition Breakfast with Santa at Macy’s at Stella 34 Trattoria and Bar.

The magic begins on November 29 and continues until Christmas Eve.

Reservations required – Space is limited.

When:        November through December (see below)

December 13 at 9 and 10:30am

December 14 at 9am only

December 20 at 9 and 10:30am

December 21 at 9am only

December 22, 23, 24 at 9 and 10:30am

Where:Macy’s Stella 34 Trattoria & Bar 151 W 34th Street 6th Floor, NY NY

Cost:$40 children, 3-10 years, $55 adults

Contact:212-967-9251

Website:http://www.patinagroup.com/stella_bws/

Ages:3-10 years

Breakfast with Santa in Old Tappan

Enjoy a small breakfast sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Old Tappan. Take pictures with Santa and delight in a fun- filled time with arts and crafts, games, goodie bags and more.  Reservations required.

When:          December 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Where:         Old Tappan Fire House, 231 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan

Contact:       201-750-7365

The Bernards Inn

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Delight in an extravagant Breakfast with Santa at The Fenwick Ballroom. The children will also get to indulge in a desserts table.

Featuring a Traditional Gingerbread House by Executive Pastry Chef Elizabeth Katz will be on display.

When:            Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM to 2:30PM

Where:           The Bernards Inn – 27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Cost:                $39 Adults, $20 Children, fee under 2

Website:        http://www.bernardsinn.com/inn-events/136-sunday-breakfast-with-santa

 

At Imagine That

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Bring the kids and enjoy a super fun breakfast with Santa and his elves. Each child receives a special gift from Santa. Oh what fun you can take a picture with Santa too!

When:              Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM Repeating every 14 days through December 21, 2014

Where:             Imagine That!!! A NJ Children’s Museum  – 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932

Cost:                  $13.99 for adults, $15.99 for children

Contact:           973-966-8000

Website:         Imagine That

Fred & Ethel’s Lanternlight Tavern

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Enjoy a buffet breakfast and picture with Santa at Fred & Ethel’s Lanternlight Tavern. Reservations accepted.

When:           Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 9:00AM (Repeating every week s through December 20, 2014)

Where:          Fred & Ethel’s Lanternlight Tavern 1 North New York Road, Absecon, NJ 08205

Cost:               $14

Website:       http://historicsmithvillenj.com/towne/events-festivals/25-breakfast-with-santa/event_details

 Camden Children’s Garden

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 Children’s tickets include brunch, printed photo with Santa, free ride on carousel and train, holiday crafts. Reservations must be made in advance. Tickets are $26 per person, $20 for members. Children 2 and under free.

For more information, please contact the Camden Children’s Garden at 856-365-8733 or info@camdenchildrensgarden.org.

When:          Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00AM to 2:00PM Repeating every week through December 13, 2014 (two seatings 10am and 12pm)

Where:        Camden Children’s Garden 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103

Cost:             $26

Contact:      856-365-8733

Website:     http://www.camdenchildrensgarden.org/events/

Los Amigos

Los Amigos is hosting its Annual Breakfast with Santa! For more information call 856-767-5216 or visit our website www.losamigosrest.com

When:       December 7, 2014 at 9:00Am – 1:00PM

Where:      Los Amigos 461 Rt. 73 North, West Berlin, NJ 08091

Contact:    856-767-5216 or info@losamigosrest.com

Keeping it safe on the playground!

2014-05-27 10.38.00Memorial weekend was off to a good start, my son, age 3, and I decide to attend a nice gathering with friends and family at Alley Pond Park in Queens, NY.  We were enjoying a nice day at the park, riding scooters, eating the inevitable chips and junk food that all kids love so much. Overall, we were having a great day.

My little boy was getting a bit bored towards the end of the day though, so we decided to head to the playground that was nearby.

The playground was a bit high and, in hind sight, tailored a bit toward older kids but I figured he would be ok. There was a bridge that he stumbled on, but again I figured he would be ok. About 5 minutes later my boy trips on the edge of the bridge and goes flying head first into a wooden step. I swore he broke his nose!

It took all I had to keep calm and pick him up and assess the damage. He had a black bruise in the middle of his forehead almost immediately and it was swelling up by the minute. I was applying ice, but at a park with limited supplies it seemed useless.

A peaceful fun day had now turned into a frantic one in a split second. I gathered all my stuff and rushed him to nearest hospital, as head injuries are a bit tricky. I kept talking to him and making sure he was conscious and coherent.

He was evaluated and observed for 4 hours and determined to be ok. He was a very brave boy. We are definitely counting our blessings. The nurse reassured me that the forehead is the ideal spot for a kid to get hit, as it is the hardest part and odds are the brain won’t be affected. Not that anyone wants their kid to have a head injury but if it did happen, that is where you would want it to occur.

The doctor advised me to keep checking for the main symptoms such as fainting, vomiting, dilated pupils, dizziness, disorientation, headache and mood changes. She told me to apply ice on the bump for 20 minutes every hour to hour and a half for the first 24hrs and then only heat.  I was a bit surprised about the heat. I have never heard of applying heat to an injury before. Even in movies you see a piece of meat for a black eye or ice for injured athletes. So I chose to share this story in hopes of informing other parents who may not have heard about this and to make sure they know what symptoms to look for in case of a head injury.

Apparently, the swelling will go down with the ice but if you continue with the ice after 24 hours you will be stopping the blood flow the injury needs to heal and therefore causing a hard bump underneath the bruise. I forget the medical terminology for this bump. I believe it’s a hematoma, but apparently it will take a VERY LONG time go away unless you apply the heat early on. It may take years before you see a difference without applying the heat to increase blood flow.

This bump is not at all dangerous, and other than for cosmetic reasons, isn’t an issue but I figure no one wants their kid going around with a lump in the middle of their forehead if it can be prevented.

We were definitely lucky this time around and I will be a bit more conscious about the playgrounds he plays in. We learned the hard way that all playgrounds are not safe for toddlers. From now on I will choose playgrounds no more than 3 ft off the ground to make sure they are age appropriate.

 

Why every child should have a ZooMoos this summer!

20140710-103432-38072369.jpgWhen we received our package with our very own ZooMoos, Kiara immediately snatched it from my hand and ran with it as she said “mine, mine.” She has not let go of her Sparkle ZooMoos ever since.

What we love most about the ZooMoos is that they are super cute, insulated sippy cup holders that look like a toy and my little one loves to carry it around. I definitely think every parent should get their child one of these.  The holder is designed to keep your child’s beverage nice and cold. It can also keep milk from spoiling by keeping it fresh!  ZooMoos come in various, fun designs your child will love. Go check out www.ZooMoos.com and let us know how you like it.   My daughter’s favorite is Sparkle – the cutest little unicorn ever!  The ZooMoos holder comes ready with its own BPA-free and phthalate free sippy cup, which is very convenient and safe. Its useful design allows you to fit in most sippy cups, bottles or cans. How perfect is that!?

Diana Dinges is the mom-preneur behind this fabulous invention. Her ingenious idea is sure to make every mom or dad grateful, particularly on a hot summer day.  Dinges is a mother of two and always found herself having to use her college coozies in order to keep her children’s drinks cool. This inevitably led her to the idea and development of ZooMoos as there was nothing out in the market like this for children.

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ZooMoos are suitable for children 6 months and up; they are easy to hold, machine washable and are made of neoprene.  Their durable material is meant for a long-lasting experience. Kiara has already taken her ZooMoos to the park, on our jogs and to restaurants. It is also very easy to spot thankfully, with their beautiful bright colors. No more forgetting her sippy cups (it’s happened a few times in the past before we got our ZooMoos).

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If you are working on introducing sippy cups to your little one, using a ZooMoos is actually a fun way to start. Also, if your child is going to school or daycare, this is by far the best way for him/her to keep their drink cool throughout the day and to identify their own sippy cup or bottle if thrown into mix.

We are absolutely delighted and in love with our ZooMoos!! We highly recommend it!!!

ZooMoos are currently featured on Zulily for a discounted price of $12.99 (retails for $19.99) www.zoomoos.com. Hurry on and get yours! This summer is super hot!!!

xoxo

Karintia

We Are SPARTANS!

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The first two weekends of June have been quite active and exciting for us as a  family. Although we have been cheering for daddy for a while now as he does his  elite Spartan Races, these past two weekends were all about my daughter and me.  On May 31st I became a Spartan  as I completed my first Spartan Race with my  hunny by my side and our daughter watching  from the sidelines.  She was so  excited to see her parents getting muddy, climbing over walls  and crawling under  barbwire among other things.  It was so much fun! I completed 4.5 miles  of hilly t  trails with over 25 obstacles along the way.  Of course, I fumbled on a couple and  had  to pay the penalty of 30 burpees, woo hoo! What’s a Spartan Race without  some burpees?!  Hahaha.  The event as a whole is so full of energy; everyone is  laughing and motivating one  another or helping each other throughout the race, whether it is a hands-on push through an obstacle or simply some words of encouragement to complete the course, it is there for you.  It was definitely a great feeling to know I had my other half there with me helping me through  any obstacle I couldn’t do on my own.   However, the best feeling wasn’t just completing the  race with my love and jumping over the fire holding hands, but the smile on our daughter’s  face as she saw us run the course and waited for us at the finish line.  Seeing her parents doing  something together and having fun, while being active and pushing their limits, it’s an image we wanted imprinted in her mind and I think we conquered.

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The following weekend, on June 8, it was all about our little Spartan, Kiara.  I got her all Spartan geared up and told her she would be running with daddy.  I asked her “Do you want to go running with daddy?” and she replied “Yea, Kiki run with daddy!”  – So we headed to Tuxedo, NY and Kiara was ready to earn her medal.  Needless to say she was the smallest and youngest (at 2 years old) Spartan, but she was all for it. No hesitation, no fear.

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She did her stretches with daddy and all of the other little Spartans before the race and got ready to take on her first .5 mile obstacle course.  She walked through muddy waters, climbed walls, rolled under walls, ran up and downs the hills, crawled under “barbed” wire and more. The best moment was receiving her medal, she was so proud!  She had a blast doing the course and on top of that she was rewarded; she truly loved it.  She kept saying, “look mommy, look daddy, Spartan” as she showed us her medal.  She continued to show her medal to everyone throughout the day, she was so so proud of herself.  It was such a fantastic feeling to see her so happy.  We want her to grow up knowing she can conquer anything she puts her mind to and I believe we are on the right path.  These types of events are a great way to instill such habits!  We are so very proud of our little Spartan.

This weekend we became a Spartan Family!

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**If you are a parent interested in running a Spartan Race or having your child run it – My hubby is a Spartan Group X Coach and his training programs get you ready for any race.  You can get more info here: www.AragonFitness.com

Written by: Karintia De Jesus