Stuck Home For The Break? We Can Help


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MyVeronaNJ-Winter-Break-BeachTalk about timing. For the first time in several years, Verona’s public schools have a full week for February break. Unfortunately, it coincides with the worst economy in years, so trips to Disney and the Bahamas may not be in the cards.

It can be enough of a challenge to juggle kids, activities and work even when school is in session. So MyVeronaNJ is going to spend the next two weeks looking at fun things to do close to home, recreation inside and outside, and a mini-trip or two that won’t break the bank. We’ll also give you some child-care options for days when you’ll be at work. Chime in with your ideas in the comments field of this and all our stories.

We’ve already written about several good options. The Thomas Edison Museum has reopened in West Orange after a multi-year restoration project. It’s not the best trip for toddlers, but any child who has begun to study science in school should appreciate Edison’s inventiveness. The museum is open every vacation day but Monday and kids get in free (adults pay just $7.)

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We’ve also written about good places to run the dogs–and the kids–if the weather isn’t frightful. Check out our posts on easy hikes along the old Erie-Lackawanna railroad line and the trails of Eagle Rock Reservation. But both of these hiking places will be closed on Tuesday and Thursday during the break because of Essex County’s hunts to thin the deer population in county parklands.

Where else will we be taking you? To some of our favorite haunts, like the Queens Hall of Science and refurbished Intrepid Museum in New York City. We’ll show you how to do a quick ski and snowboard trip, and where to find craft classes. Some of these jaunts will require reservations; we’ll be publishing those stories first.

So look for the tag “Winter Break” and keep an eye on our calendar page.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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