Archive for the ‘Family Activities’ Category

Family Fun Easter Weekend @ the Steel Pier is Saturday & Sunday, April 19-20!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — The famed Steel Pier will again be entertaining the entire family on Easter weekend, beginning with a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 19.

bunnyFor $10, children ages 12 and under will enjoy a pancake breakfast (served 11am- noon) with the Easter Bunny and unlimited rides until 5pm. The pancake breakfast for adults is $6.

On Sunday, April 20, in conjunction with Atlantic City Special Events and hosted by Jim Craine (below right) and the Atlantic City All Stars — celebrating 40 years in show business this year — the Steel Pier’s annual Best Dressed Easter Contest will start 2pm. Registration is 11:30am-craine1:30pm Sunday and free for all families.

The Easter Bunny will put in another special-guest appearance at 1pm, giving away free goodie bags to all kids.

Special Steel Pier ride ticket prices will be available at the event, including buy-one-get-one-free ticket book sales at all ticket booths, or through steelpier.com. The Steel Pier offers more than 25 kiddie and extreme rides (including the only touring helicopter on the Jersey shore) as well as numerous food outlets, a family-style  pub and an ocean-view bar.

Call (609) 345-4893 for more details, or visit steelpier.com.

The Easter Bunny’s On His Way!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

This Saturday, April 12, features some fun Easter Egg hunts for the little ones, and the following Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, will see the ubiquitous Easter Bunny thrilling children down in the Wildwoods. All hunts are free.

That wascally wabbit the Easter Bunny will be making his South Jersey rounds soon.

That wascally wabbit the Easter Bunny will be making his South Jersey rounds soon.

On April 12 from 10:30-11:30am, the annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt & Chad Juros Magic Show will happen at the Greentree Church, 125 Schoolhouse Rd., in EHT. Children ages 2-10 years are invited to participate in the hunt, which will be followed the incomparable Chad Juros and his magic. There will be prizes and over 3,000 eggs to find.

Children should bring a basket to collect eggs. Call (609) 927-3838 for more.

In Ocean City April 12, the Great Easter Egg Hunt will take place from 11th to 14th streets on the beach in O.C. starting 2:30pm. Five age groups will be birth-2, 3-4, 5, 6, and 7. Only the youngest group may have an adult accompany them into the area. There will be 100,000 eggs distributed, 5,000 with prizes inside.
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Marine Mammal Stranding Center to Second Annual Host 5K Benefit

Monday, April 7th, 2014

By Kaitlin Montague
ATLANTIC CITY — On Saturday, May 3, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is hosting its second annual “Run for the Animals” 5K. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is a private non-profit organization that was founded in 1978 by Robert Schoelkopf, still current director, with just a few volunteers to help achieve his goals. Currently he and his wife, Sheila Dean, along with small paid staff, continue to work with the animals in need. The Stranding Center is currently located on the barrier islands of Brigantine, which contains New Jersey’s largest wildlife safe haven, though it was originally based in Gardner’s Basin in the inlet section of Atlantic City.marine-mammel-strandiung-center-300x225

Currently, the Center has responded to over 3,900 strandings including whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that have washed ashore in this area over the years since its foundation. Although the Center is only responsible for strandings in New Jersey, it is occasionally asked to aid in the rescuing of animals in other states, as well. Since the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in a non-profit organization, most of its funding derives from donations, grants, memberships and fundraisers like this “Run for the Animals” 5K.

All proceeds for the event will benefit the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. Check in for the event is from 7-8:45am at Laguna Grill in Brigantine. There is a $28 registration fee that will include the run and a tee shirt. Register at raceit.com. Activities will take place after the race: awards, a silent auction, music, face painting, games and arts and crafts.

Because running isn’t appealing to all, there is also a one-mile dog walk on the beach and a pet parade that will benefit Beacon Animal Rescue. The registration fee is $10 and the dog walk will commence at 9:30am at the Laguna Grill. Register at beaconaminmalrescue.org. Pets should be dressed to impress for the parade! For questions about either event, please call (609) 266-0538.

Seal Day at Marine Mammal Stranding Center

Monday, April 7th, 2014

acw_sealMMSCThe Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC),  in Brigantine will celebrate “Seal Day” on Saturday, April 12, 10am-3pm.

There will be guided tours of the rescue and rehabilitation facility along with educational demonstrations and arts and crafts activities for the kids.  There will also be screenings of videos documenting the Center’s founding and present-day work with marine mammals and sea turtles.

Have your photo taken with The Center’s animated mascot “Lu-seal.”

The event is free but donations are welcome. For more info go to the MMSC Website.

AmeriHealth April Fools Half Marathon @ Revel on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Photo by Christine Steiner

Photo by Christine Steiner

REVEL BEACH, ATLANTIC CITY — On a splendid spring weekend, AmeriHealth New Jersey, Revel Casino Hotel and the Katz JCC of Margate presented the April Fools Half Marathon series on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

The event was part of the 56th annual Atlantic City Marathon race series and featured the Shore Medical Center 11K and 7K runs on Saturday, April 5, and the half marathon on Sunday, April 6. The Kids Fit Final Mile, sponsored by Atlantic County Council of Education Association, was also held on Saturday.

Steven Brog, Esq., was this year’s race committee chairman and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian was a special guest. Atlantic City Weekly was a proud sponsor of the event. Click the video link below for highlights of the event.

Absecon Lighthouse: Extended April Hours

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Dogs are welcome on the Lighthouse grounds, too.

Dogs on leashes are welcome on the Lighthouse grounds, too.

Looking for something fun and fit to do with the kids on Spring Break?  Absecon Lighthouse, normally closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, will be open daily from Thursday, April 10 through Monday, April 28 from 11am to 4pm.  The last climb is at 3:30pm.

Go to the lighthouse website and print off a special coupon for $1 off admission when you climb.  The museum, grounds, and parking are all free.

Normal business hours will resume on May 1, with the lighthouse being open Thursdays through Mondays, 11am to 4pm.

First lit in 1857, Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the third tallest in the country.  It is the oldest man-made structure in Atlantic City, boasts a first-order Fresnel lens still in place at the top, and offers fabulous views of Atlantic City and Brigantine.

Admission to climb the 228 steps to the top is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children 4-12, and $3 for Atlantic City residents.  Active Military are invited to climb for free.

Brigantine Concert Series Starts April 10 w/the Famed Atlantic City All Star Band

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

BRIGANTINE, N.J. — The recently announced 2014 Brigantine Concert Series, which gets into full swing during the summer with three live-music events in each of July and August, kicks things off Thursday, April 10, with area favorites Jim “The Singing Lifeguard” Craine and his Atlantic City All Stars, who this year are embarking on their “40th Anniversary Overnight Success Tour.”

Jim Craine and the A.C. All Stars

Jim Craine and the Atlantic City All Stars

“It’s an honor to be kicking off Brigantine’s annual concert series,” says Craine, whose All Star Band will be performing the songs of legends like Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Al Jolson, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond and many others.

All Brigantine Concert Series shows are free and start 7pm at the Brigantine North School Auditorium, with the exception of Family Fun Day during Fourth of July Weekend when the Original Hobo Band of Pitman, N.J. (established 1946) performs at the 15th Street Recreational Complex (6pm Saturday, July 5), and the Jack Melton Band performs at the Brigantine Beach Community Center at 7pm on July 24.

After the A.C. All Stars, the series continues with a Memorial Day Weekend concert Saturday, May 24, at the North School Auditorium with the Atlantic Brass Band — an award-winning brass ensemble now in its 26th year, and widely considered to be one of the finest brass bands in the nation. The following day, Sunday, May 25, the Atlantic Brass Band will be the opening act in the 25th annual Cape May Music Festival starting 8pm. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, the festival runs from May 25-June 14 (click here for info on last year’s event).

The full Brigantine Concert Series schedule is below. All shows are free and all ages are welcome. For more info call (609) 264-7350.

•    April 10: Jim Craine and the All Stars, North School Auditorium
•    May 24: Atlantic Brass Band, North School Auditorium
•    June 19: Bob Ferris Big Band, North School Auditorium
•    July 5: Family Fun Day, Original Hobo Band, 15th Street
•    July 17: Bubba Mac Blues Band, North School Auditorium
•    July 24: Jack Melton Band, Brigantine Beach Community Center
•    Aug. 11: South Jersey Wind Ensemble, North School Auditorium
•    Aug. 24: Tri-County Symphonic Band, North School Auditorium
•    Aug. 31: Bob Ferris Big Band, North School Auditorium
•    Oct. 9: Original Hobo Band, North School Auditorium

Plenty o’ Ways to DO AC Free

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

A Compilation of Free Activities Provided By the CRDA
By Kaitlin Montague

ATLANTIC CITY — Everyone wants to have fun for free and during the month of April, Atlantic City is offering fun, free, entertaining events for the public to enjoy.

South Jersey's hippest party band, Don't Call Me Francis, plays The Social and Revel on Saturday, April 5.

South Jersey's hippest party band, Don't Call Me Francis, plays The Social at Revel on Saturday, April 5.

The Noyes Arts Garage, recently acquired by Stockton College, is playing host to a variety of exhibitions throughout April. “The Way We Were” exhibition offers a pictoral timeline of the Northside and Atlantic City dating back to the 1930s to the 1960s. This unique exhibition, geared specifically for Atlantic City, highlights the accomplishments and culture of notable black icons of the Atlantic City area.

In accompaniment to “The Way We Were,” “The Art of Brian Fernandes-Halloran” is also currently being featured at the Noyes Arts Garage (until June 29). This exhibition showcases the works of Brian, a multimedia sculpture artist who channels his inner creativity from significant childhood events and experiences. His works that will be featured consist of Saffron, the resemblance of a dog, Browsing, a self-portrait, and others that will embody his specific style, leaving his viewers open to interpretation. 

Also, everyone is welcome to join in for the opening reception, which includes refreshments, at 4pm.

Also currently at the Noyes Arts Garage is “Hometown Teams,” a Smithsonian exhibition which celebrates American sports through a selection of photographs and memorabilia (until May 4). This exhibit explores assorted features of sports and teams and what constitutes a fan. On Friday, April 4, the Atlantic City Free Public Library staff members, Heather Perez and Beth Ryan will conduct a free, guided tour of the “Hometown Teams” exhibition. The guided tour begins at 1pm. For more information about the tour of the exhibitions, please call (609) 626-3805.

If you’re visiting the Noyes Arts Garage this weekend, be sure to stop by Saturday, April 5 at noon for the Garden State Film Festival Welcome Reception to enjoy live music and refreshments with the filmmakers and film enthusiasts that inhabit New Jersey. Live entertainers will include: Whiskey Danger Heartache, Ryan Douglas Smith and ARGO.

Also fun and free, Atlantic City’s Don’t Call Me Francis, legendary party band, will perform their high-energy tunes at The Social and Revel on Saturday, April 5. Performing for over 25 years, Don’t Call Me Francis is one of the most requested bands in the tri-state area. They have been voted Best Band in South Jersey and the Delaware Valley by the Courier Post’s Readers Choice Awards for 12 years. The concert begins at 9pm. For additional information about the concert, please call (609) 348-0500.
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26th Annual Bayfest Returning to Somers Point on Saturday, April 26

Monday, March 24th, 2014
Somers Point anticipates about 30,000 thousand Bayfest visitors to cover 14 blocks of Bay Avenue on April 26.

Somers Point anticipates about 30,000 thousand Bayfest visitors to cover 14 blocks of Bay Avenue on April 26.

SOMERS POINT, NJ —The 26th annual Somers Point Bayfest — the largest, single-day festival in South Jersey — is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, on 14 blocks of Bay Avenue from 10am-5pm. The festival will take place rain or shine. 

The City of Somers Point and the Somers Point Bayfest Committee team with area sponsors to make this longstanding annual tradition possible. Bay Avenue will be filled with music, food, crafters and fun-filled family activities.

The city is expecting more that 30,000 thousand residents and visitors to flock to Bay Avenue this year to enjoy four live bands, 38 food vendors, over 120 crafters and plenty of children’s activities.

An aerial view of a past Bayfest

An aerial view of a past Bayfest

Profits from Bayfest help to fund projects that enhance and benefit the City of Somers Point. Some of the past projects Bayfest has supported include improvements to the Bud Kern Field, the installation of a new playground on the public beach, new banners lining Historic Bay Avenue and donations to the Mainland Region High School Commutation Arts Department.

Parking for Bayfest will be available at the Jordan Road School, located on 129 Jordan Road and Fire House #1, located on 1 Bethel Road. There are also several places for overnight accomodations such as Marriott-Residence Inn, Budget Inn and Economy Motel.

For more information on the annual Somers Point Bayfest, please visit somerspointbayfest.org

Travel Channel Names Atlantic City for ‘Best Beach Boardwalk’

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

ac_beach_skyline_810776003Catching up on the Atlantic City Central blog here with some great news for AC from a couple weeks back.

The Travel Channel’s Annual Best Beach Awards of 2014 has crowned Atlantic City as having the “Best Beach Boardwalk” in the world.

That’s right — the world. A.C. was chosen among such popular world-wide destinations as Jamaica, Fiji, the British Virgin Islands, Brazil, Iceland, California’s Malibu Beach and Florida’s Clearwater Beach.

“Still standing after Superstorm Sandy, there’s never been a better time to visit the Atlantic City Boardwalk, America’s first boardwalk and the home of Miss America,” said the Travel Channel’s Senior Interactive Producer Sara Gilliam in a press statement regarding Atlantic City’s historic wooden thoroughfare.

“For a mix of old and new, take a ride in an iconic rolling chair while snacking on salt water taffy and people watching, indulge in some high-end shopping at Louis Vuitton or Gucci at The Pier Shops at Caesars, and splurge on a night out at one of the city’s spectacular casinos or see some of the world’s top entertainers perform at Boardwalk Hall.  Plus, families with kids of all ages will find endless amusement at the Steel Pier across from Trump Taj Mahal.”

The CRDA and its Tourism District / Special Improvement District and Convention Center Division points out that Atlantic City’s Boardwalk features “four miles of sun and fun just steps away from free, clean sandy beaches.

“Thanks to an expanded Ambassador program, visitors to the city will be treated to a safe, informative and pleasurable experience. Visitors will also find an eclectic mix of amenities and activities along the Boardwalk from bicycle rentals, free volleyball courts and miniature golf to world-class casino hotels, dining, shopping and entertainment. More than 50 convenient and handicapped-accessible walkways and ramps lead to the beach where several beach bars, such as the new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and LandShark Bar & Grill, are a popular summertime hang out.  On a nightly basis, free 3D light and sound shows defy one’s imagination on the façade of Historic Boardwalk Hall while many styles of live entertainment may be enjoyed at several public venues up and down the Boardwalk.”

The other nine locations throughout the world selected in various categories in the annual Travel Channel poll included the following:

Best Exotic Beach: Tavarua, Fiji

Sexiest Beach: White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Best Family Beach: Clearwater Beach, Florida

Best Party Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Best Romantic Beach: The Maldives

Best Beach for Adventure: Leo Carrillo State Beach, Malibu, California

Best Beach Bars: Rick’s Café, Negril, Jamaica

Best Unusual Beach: Vik, Iceland

Best Beach You Haven’t Heard of…Yet: Don Pedro Island State Park, Florida.

Earlier in February, Atlantic City was named the fourth “Most Romantic City in the USA” by OpenTable.com. The city is currently nominated in a poll to select New Jersey’s Top 10 Beaches for eco-tourism, family vacations and day trips. You can vote for Atlantic City here.