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10 Things to Do with Kids in Ridgewood, NJ

10 Things to Do with Kids in Ridgewood, NJ

How to spend the day in Ridgewood, New Jersey, with your family

If you are looking for a family outing on a rainy afternoon at the movies or on a warm summer day at the pool, you can find something to do in Ridgewood, New Jersey, on any day. The village has so much to offer every member of the family from a salon for little girls to a ceramics shop for every artist, young and old. Though the quiet suburban town of Ridgewood is right outside New York City, it has tons to offer such as shops, family-friendly restaurants, and activities that anyone would enjoy.

Here are our top 10 family-friendly things to in Ridgewood:

American Bulldog Coffee Roasters

31 N. Broad St., Ridgewood, NJ

American Bulldog Coffee Roasters offers a great atmosphere to work and enjoy time with the family while enjoying a great cup of coffee. In addition, The American Bulldog Coffee Roasters provides fresh, organic, and vegan baked goods such as quinoa banana muffins, blueberry with lemon glazed scones, and soft baked chocolate chip cookies. Between the delicious coffee and baked goods, it is no wonder families keep coming back for more.

Bazaar Star Beadery 

216 E. Ridgewood Ave., #2, Rear Cottage, Ridgewood, NJ

Bazaar Star Beadery is a place for families to come and make their own bracelets, necklaces, and anklets with a wide assortment of beads in all sorts of styles such as emerald, crystal colored, and even lettered beats for kids to spell out their names. The make-your-own jewelry place also features beaded birthday parties for kids to make their own creations as well as a bead camp for kids interested in beading.

Ben & Jerry’s

106 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood, NJ

Thanks to our favorite guys Ben & Jerry, we are able to enjoy some delicious ice cream that kids will be begging for every night. With a wide assortment of delicious flavors from Sweet Cream & Cookies, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, and Frozen Fruities to non-dairy flavors such as P.B. & Cookies and Caramel Almond Brittle, we can’t help but make a pit stop for a pint of this sweet ice cream.

Bow Tie Warner Theater

190 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ

Bow Tie Warner Theater is the best place to spend a rainy day and catch that movie your family has been excited to see—the only issue will be trying to get the family to decide which movie to see. Bow Tie Warner Theater casts a wide variety of new movies, always served up fresh, buttery movie-theater popcorn. If your child is huge movie buff, Warner Theater also offers birthday party packages for a great movie-themed birthday party.

Color Me Mine

210 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ

Color Me Mine is the perfect activity to do with the kids that they will definitely enjoy. Color Me Mine is a paint your own ceramics chain at which your little artist can pick a piece of pottery, from pots and bowls to figurines and piggy banks, to paint and make it their own creation. This is the perfect crafty activity that inspires children to get their creative juices flowing and is something that you can keep to cherish at home.

Country Pancake House and Restaurant

140 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ

Calling all breakfast lovers, the Country Pancake House and Restaurant is the place to bring the family for a relaxing weekend brunch. The Country Pancake House and Restaurant offers more than 100 unique and delicious pancakes such as the Hawaiian Delight (coconut pancakes), Halloween feast (pumpkin spice pancakes), and Great Cocoa (natural cocoa and peanut butter chips pancakes). If those pancakes do not sound mouth-watering enough there are also many French toast, egg dishes, and waffle options to satisfy everyone, plus a menu that’s just for kids.

Graydon Pool

259 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ

Graydon Pool is the place to stay cool this summer that the whole family will enjoy! Visitors must either have a membership pass or purchase a day pass (the price may vary depending on whether visitors are residents of Ridgewood). Giving off a beach vibe with its sandy-floored pool, kids do not have to travel far to build sand castles! The pool also has several diving boards for kids that have the courage to jump off, as well as a playground, picnic area, and a variety of games.

Historical Society & School House Museum

650 E. Glen Ave., Ridgewood, NJ

If you are looking to do something fun and educational to do with the kids while learning about the town of Ridgewood, the School House Museum is the place to go. The current exhibit for the family to visit and enjoy is The Revolutionary War to the 1960’s Revolution, which features many mementoes from that time period such as a U.S. Navy uniform.

Ridgewood Public Library

125 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood, NJ

Ridgewood Public Library is every book-lovers dream and also hosts tons of fun activities that kids will enjoy. Some of the fun events that the Ridgewood Public Library offers kids are the local history show and tell, Zumba for kids, and a summer sing-along. It is clear that the Ridgewood Public Library is the place to be for kids!

Sweet & Sassy Salon

216 E. Ridgewood Ave., #1, Ridgewood, NJ

The Sweet & Sassy Salon is every girly-girl’s dream destination since it is a place that specializes in spa services for kids. At the Sweet & Sassy Salon, little ones can enjoy spa services such as mini-manis, mini-pedis, and mini-facials. The Sweet & Sassy Salon is also available for your daughter’s birthday party, which features a fancy pink limo to pick everyone up for the party.

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