5 Central Jersey towns for family-friendly fun

Written for on 2/22/18

Everyone knows that Central Jersey is full of award-winning restaurants, unique bars and lounges, stunning venues and theaters and bustling shopping centers.

However, most Central Jerseyans are certainly not taking their 7-year-old to a five-star restaurant or seating them for a two-hour show.

If you’re looking for some family-friendly fun, though, Central Jersey has a new crop of activities on tap that make for a great weekend out as well as family bonding that will keep everyone satisfied.

Check out these towns throughout Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Union (and Mercer) counties to find out where you can take the kids for some family fun.

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5 throwback things to do in Central Jersey

Written for on 1/18/18

It’s officially 2018, and with the new year, many of us are asking ourselves, “Where did the time go?”

You’re not alone. These days, it seems like our favorite “retro” activities — playing old arcade games, hanging out at the local pool hall and roller skating to our favorite tunes — are becoming cool again.

If you’re finding yourself feeling nostalgic about the past, then check out some of these retro — and most importantly, indoor — activities that you can do throughout Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Union counties.

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Retro arcade adds new tourism element to Metuchen

Written for on 10/11/16

Most bustling downtowns have an abundance of popular restaurants and colorful retail shops. But in the age of the internet, there’s one component that can sometimes be left out — or more fittingly, at home — a business that can offer an experience or an activity.

Eric Berger, Metuchen Downtown Alliance chairman and property owner of Hailey’s Harp, Pub and Harp-Cade as well as several other properties throughout Central Jersey, thought that downtown Metuchen could use some more activities for locals. He also saw the success that Yestercades, a classic video game arcade, has enjoyed in Somerville at 29 Division St. since its May 2014 opening.

So Berger, who is also the property owner of Yestercades Somerville, brought up the idea of a classic video game arcade to Chris Flynn, owner of Hailey’s Harp and Pub at 400 Main St., about six months ago.

“I thought it was something the Metuchen downtown could really use because this kind of concept really draws people in,” he said. “It’s really important for a town to have experiences as well as shops. That does exist in Metuchen in terms of businesses such as our yoga studio or karate school, but this adds another piece to the mix — something that you can’t do online.”

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