The schools at the Jersey Shore dismiss students early today for Christmas break. And there's plenty to do before Christmas, but what about next week?
By Monday, you'll be hearing the kids repeating of oft spoken kids mantra, "Mom, I'm bored!"
So, here's a week long guide to 'What to do at the Jersey Shore after Christmas!'
Monday - December 27th is the reenactment of the Affair at Cedar Bridge in Barnegat, on Old Halfway Road off Route 72. It's a reenactment of the last skirmish of the American Revolution. It begins at 2pm, and lasts until 4pm.
The reenactment is a wonderful way for kids and adults to learn of the Jersey Shore's Revolutionary history. You'll be outside, so bundle up!
Tuesday - December 28th is story time at the Long Beach Island Branch of the Ocean County Library. Register here, or call 609-494-2480 for the Family Story time program which begins at 3:30.
Wednesday - December 29th take a drive up the Parkway to the Ocean County College's Novin's Planetarium. They have three programs that are sure to spark interest in kids of all ages.
At 11:30 it's The Stars from my Backyard, then at 1pm Wonders of the Winter Sky and at 2:30 Season of Light. These programs are scheduled daily between Christmas and New Years.
- 'The Stars from my Backyard' program offers the youngest Planetarium visitors discoveries from the incredible night sky.
- 'Wonders of the Winter Sky' is a chance tosee some of the bright stars, constellations and other celestial highlights of the current night sky.
- 'Season of Light' is the feature presentation this year. It's a look at holiday traditions from around the world that are meant to bring light into this darkest of seasons, as well as some possible astronomical explanations for the mysterious Star of Bethlehem.
Thursday - December 30th at the Tuckerton Seaport there are family activities (these programs happen each day this week) and admission is only $5!! Family craft activities in Tucker's Lighthouse -- winter themed make and take crafts! All crafts are from 1 pm to 3 pm, but check with the Tuckerton Seaport.
Friday - December 31st, you've made it (almost)! The big event happens in Seaside Heights on the Boardwalk. It's First Night Ocean County, a family way to celebrate the New Year. The Boardwalk stands are open and there will be fun for the whole family from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm with fireworks at 5:00 pm
And of course throughout the week, the Barnegat Lighthouse is open from 8am until 4pm Monday through Friday. For hiking and nature Cloverdale Farm Park in Barnegat is open during daylight hours, and there's nothing better than the Library (find an Ocean County Library branch near you) on a cold winter day.
Now you have the weekend to recover, and it's back to school on January 3, 2011!