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Old 04-14-2013, 06:27 AM
 
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We are planning to relocate to the Toms River area and are drawn to Beachwood. Coming from the suburbs of Philadelphia, there are many things that I can do with my 4-year-old and hope to continue in similar types of activities. Aside from the beach activities, what does this area have to offer families with young children (farms open to the public, children's museums, gardens or arboretums, zoo, horse riding, roller/ice skating, etc.)?
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:42 PM
 
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Here's a start for you~
Link to Beachwood recreation/upcoming events: Recreation Department - Upcoming Events - The Borough of Beachwood, New Jersey

Winding River Skating Center
1211 Whitesville Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755
Phone: (732) 244-0720
Link: Winding River Skating Center

Popcorn Park Zoo
1 Humane Way, Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 693-1900
Link: Popcorn Park Zoo - Forked River - Reviews of Popcorn Park Zoo - TripAdvisor AND Popcorn Park Zoo Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

Cape May County Zoo
707 Rt. 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Link: Home - Cape May County Zoo

Links to horse back riding:
Horse Sense - Welcome
SUNSET STABLES
Bella Rosa Riding Academy - Home

Allaire State Park, Monmouth County
4265 Atlantic Ave. Farmingdale, NJ 07727
(732) 938-2371
Link: Allaire Village
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Toms River, NJ
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Good list by timneh5.

You can add that Ocean county College has a planetarium.

The Ocean County Library system is one of the best in the country with a really nice library right in Toms River

Pt. Pleasant has Jenkinson's Aquarium

Toms River has Insectropolis

There are plenty of u-pick farms within 30 minutes. Depends on what you want to pick and the season.

There are also different nature programs at Cattus Island and Island Beach State Park - however I'm not sure how much they'll have this year since they are still recovering from Sandy.

There are also plenty of sports opportunities: T-ball, soccer, martial arts, etc.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Lakewood, NJ
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While I don't have specifics for you I have a friend who lives in Beachwood and she has a 5 year old. They ALWAYS have a ton of activities planned through local events so there is definitely a lot to do in the area for small children. I'll try and get some more info when I talk to her.
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