If you are from New Jersey, you may have heard about Red Bank. It is nestled in Monmouth County, along the Navesink River. But if I am being truly honest, I have to admit (with embarrassment) that up until two weeks ago, I had never been to the super quaint town. I am so happy that I was able to visit not once, but twice, this month, and now I get to share it with you all.
Being a mom is not easy and if you are from the East Coast you know all about cabin fever during our long winters. Having a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old can get pretty tricky when it comes to entertainment around here. If you’re stumped on what to do with the kids here in New Jersey, I want to help you find things to do in our area. Let me share my experience in Red Bank.
First things first, there are so many things to do and downtown Red Bank is really eye-pleasing. From dining to entertainment and simply walking around Broad Street, I guarantee you can spend an entire day there having fun with kids or adults. There are some amazing shops and restaurants. On our first visit to Red Bank, we had the pleasure of going to A Time to Kiln; a super cute pottery and crafts spot in the middle of downtown Red Bank. We got to choose a couple of adorable pieces and the kids had so much fun painting them and learning all about the pottery process. Wendy was amazing and so sweet to the kids. They even painted a beautiful vase for me and that is what I loved most about A Time to Kiln, that not only are you making some fun memories but you get to keep these little treasures for years to come. If you are looking for something to do with the kids (or planning a party!) in New Jersey, I totally recommend A Time to Kiln for some fun all year-round.
After painting, we walked around browsing through the cute boutiques and just taking in the adorable downtown views. There were so many great stores, galleries, hair salons and restaurants and the fact that it was about 68 degrees in February was pure perfection for a Saturday afternoon in New Jersey. Next time you plan a day trip or outing, head over to Red Bank for some fun for the entire family.
After our experience in A Time to Kiln, I was eager to head back to pick up our pottery pieces (it takes one week after the oven process and related details are complete), so we made the best of the day and also enjoyed some throwback fun by stopping by Yestercades. So OK: Imagine a full video game experience that will take you back to your childhood! I am talking Sega Genesis, Nintendo, Atari!! And a full lineup of arcade games; including of course, the legend himself: Pacman!
My 5-year-old son got to bring a couple of his friends and the kids had a blast. I loved watching them play arcade games. They also enjoyed air hockey and foosball. If you are looking for a cool gaming spot, check out Yestercades. You can also host your kids’ parties and I would say maybe even an adult party, why not? I know my husband and his best friend truly enjoyed themselves and the games took them back to their earlier years. It’s such a cool and different spot. And I think it’s a great way to bond with the kids while sharing your memories about the games.
Next time you are wondering what to do in New Jersey, I would recommend visiting Red Bank. You have a variety of things to do with the kids, for adults and for the entire family. I researched the restaurants a little and the reviews are great. I can’t wait to visit again soon. I’ve already told my husband we have to come back and enjoy a date night at one of the outdoor restaurant as soon as the temps get warmer.