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Fall is officially here and school is back in session!  One of the best things about fall are the many outdoor activities available to celebrate the season.  At Sunshine Preschool & Infant Care our months of October and November are always packed full of activities such as hayrides, pumpkin picking, healthy feasts, and costume filled parades. 

Outside of school there are many local events that parents can do with their children to help celebrate the season.

Many local farms offer pick your own options where families can take a hayride together, pick some apples, pumpkins, or other produce, and often times also be able to see farm animals.

  • English Farm right next door to the preschool is open for visitors. 
    Check out the market where you can purchase fresh produce, eggs, and fall decorations. 
    Stroll around the farm to see the animals, try the corn maze, or take a weekend hayride to the pumpkin patch. 
    http://www.englishfarm.org/
  • Hillview Farms in Gillette offers families apple and pumpkin picking opportunities in the month of October. 
    Hayrides to the apple and pumpkin fields are provided free of charge every Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm.
    http://hillviewfarmnj.com/
  • Ripple Hill Farm in Basking Ridge
    http://www.ripplehillfarm.com/
  • Wightmans Farms in Morristown
    http://www.wightmansfarms.com/

    Along with the ongoing farm activities there are a number of local events geared towards families with young children.  Many of them are free or cheap as well.
  • Snyder Farm Fall Festival
    Sept 27th – Oct 25th on the Weekends from 11am-6pm
    Hayrides, corn maze, food, facepainting.
    $10 per person, children under 2 are free
    http://www.snyders-farm.com/fall-festival
  • The Lord Stirling 1770s Festival
    Sunday Oct 5th 10:30am-4:30pm
    Return to the past and experience daily colonial life and craft industry at this annual festival. 
    Children of all ages will enjoy hayrides, clay crafts, stenciling, tin piercing, and colonial games.
    Snacks, lunch, and cold drinks are available.
    Suggested donation: $5 per person
  • Dewy Meadows Day
    Saturday Oct 11th from 11am-3pm
    The Merchants Association of Dewy Meadow Village invites you to attend Dewy Meadow Day Basking Ridge.
    Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and participate in a Costume Parade, as well as complimentary pony rides, petting zoo, face painting and much more!
    Free! 
  • By the Ligh of the Moon
    Friday, Oct 17th 6:30pm-9:00pm
    Environmental Education Center
    Listen for animal sounds. Make sparks fly. Hone your night vision and more as you traverse the swampy trails with a Naturalist beneath the stars.
    Indoor activities may include live critters, face painting, and more! Cookies and cider top off the night.
    Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. We recommend wearing your boots and leaving your stroller at home due to wet, dark, and uneven terrain.
    $6 per person
    http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksFacilities/eec/ParkFeatures.html
  • Brick Fair for Lego enthusiasts
    November 1st & 2nd from 11am-4pm
    Pre-purchase tickets, children under 3 are free
    www.brickfair.com
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The Summer Camp at Sunshine Preschool is almost full! We have created a unique camp program that lets preschoolers experience summer the way it should be!

Lots of outdoor play and learning - start the day under the big tent with large group time that includes music, themed games, hands-on activities (extra fun during science and space exploration week!) and a Bible story. Daily swim time rounds out our day. Under the supervision of certified, experience lifeguards, we are offering swim lessons for 2014!

Indoor activities - snack, arts & crafts, and age appropriate rest times give preschoolers the chance to unwind and then re-energize for their next activity. And in case of inclement weather, our large facility is equipped with a variety of indoor play spaces including a gym and activity room!

Special events - the 4th of July parade, a trip to the farm, Carnival day, and weekly visits to the Sweet Shoppe are just a few of the highlights of the Summer!

Parents tell us that they love our flexible schedule options, affordable rates, and the quality of the program. If you have older kids, our sister program, Day Camp Sunshine, is conveniently located on our property as well offering a one-stop solution for busy families.

Register today and give your child an amazing summer experience! Still have questions? Contact us at 908-604-2707 or email camp@sunshinepreschool.net

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It's finally here! After a very long winter, the first day of spring has arrived and we are anticipating a wam(ish) and sunny day! Weather like this usually means the preschoolers get to go outside and enjoy their playground, do sidewalk chalk, and take walks around our park-like property. Even the littlest ones will get fresh air on their buggy rides now that the sun is out. Our three year old classroom just put up a bird feeder right outside their window that we're hoping many feathered friends will enjoy!

b2ap3_thumbnail_springpostbboard.pngAs spring rolls in, we'll be doing a lot of seasonally themed activities here at Sunshine Preschool & Infant Care. If you'd like to continue the learning at home with some fun, quick and easy activities, we'd suggest trying out one of these from Mike Stelzner over on mykidsadventures.com. He recently posted an article on the top indoor and outdoor spring activities for busy parents who want to create meaningful moments with their kids without adding more stress to their already super busy lives.

Don't miss the ideas about making your own bird feeder at home (and the info on bird watching) and how to take chalk art to the "next level". Let us know which ones you tried, or better yet - send us a picture with you and your child having a fun with one of these great activities! Happy Spring!

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Are you looking for something fun for your preschooler to do this summer? 
Consider Jr. Camp Sunshine in Basking Ridge, NJ!

Our 9-week fun filled summer camp is high energy and set-up to be perfect for 3-5 year olds needing a summer adventure!  Each week revolves around a unique theme, which is explored through the morning puppet show, as well as the daily art projects, games, and activities.  We provide a nice balance of indoor and outdoor fun for the comfort of our little ones. 

Every afternoon we have a rest time, and then change and head to our preschooler friendly pool for our afternoon swim time.  At the pool, the children are carefully watched by the camp staff, as well as the addition lifeguards on duty. 

Throughout the week, there are special events such as a stop at the Sweet Shoppe on Thursdays and a weekly big event, which fits the current theme.  This event ranges from a parade for Independence Day, to visiting a carnival help on the camp property for our “Under the Big Top” week, to exploding a volcano during our science week. 

Families are welcome to sign up for the whole summer or pick and choose the weeks and programs that work best for their busy summer schedules.

Check out our website for more information or click here if you would like to schedule a tour.

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