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Mile Square Mama: 4 Hidden Gems in Hoboken for Families

by Jennifer
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There are so many tried and true spots in Hoboken that are popular with families, but sometimes it’s nice to venture a bit off-the-beaten-path. There’s truly nothing like finding a hidden gem within our square mile, especially when you’ve lived in town for ages. You can’t go wrong with these secret spots for families. Of course, now they won’t be hidden gems much longer!

little grocery


The Little Grocery on Jefferson Street is always busy for breakfast, but families should add to their must-lunch list. The owner is so sweet and has been even been known to offer kids ice cream in a bowl—just like grandma’s house! Not only do you get a delicious meal there, but it’s great to support such a wonderful small business. It’s also a short walk from the Summer Must-Do splash park at 3rd and Madison**. There is now a second location at 1212 Washington, so The Little Grocery is about to go mainstream!


**The Splash Park at 3rd and Madison {for summer – hard to think about with these chilly temps coming}: Madison Street Park is the perfect park for summer fun. It’s fenced in, has lots of great shade, and there is water—the trifecta for kids and parents alike! If your kids are old enough to let you sit {one can dream!}, there are plenty of benches. And there is room to spread out a picnic blanket if you can pull together a packed lunch.


puppetonia hoboken

Courtesy of Puppetonia

Puppetonia on Washington has a drop-in program that features entertaining, interactive and educational puppet shows. Kids love the fun and upbeat music and colorful puppets while parents appreciate that each puppet show incorporates important social skills, early academics, thinking skills, motor skills and self-expression.

little city books hoboken


Little City Books is one of Hoboken’s newest businesses {+ Best New Business from the HG 2015 Awards!} and they carry a great selection of books for parents and children. Be sure to stop in for Story Hour on Fridays at 11am—it’s free! As a bonus, you’ll be right around the corner from Choc-O-Pain. Their coffee will keep you going on your adventure day {or any day that ends in Y, really}.


What is your favorite hidden gem in town for families?

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