This was one of several events in being held in Jersey City parks over the summer, sponsored by JC Families, which has expanded its reach out of the Newport section of the city over the last few years.
The activity-based Newport group started in 2010 ago to give new mothers and moms with young children opportunities to meet up for play dates without having to leave Jersey City.
Over the years, the group has spread out to other neighborhoods, and brought together parents in nearly every neighborhood.
Total JC Families membership is about 2,500 families, according to founder Mamta Singh.
“We started in 2010 because there really weren’t any activities in Jersey City for moms with young children,” said Singh. “If you wanted to find activities for your children, you either had to go into New York or Hoboken. So, we wanted to create something here in our own neighborhood.”
Like other new mom-centered groups, most events sponsored by JC Families are designed to give young children an activity-based outlet to channel their energy – like arts and crafts, bubble blowing, and soccer workshops – while also giving parents an opportunity to socialize with their own peers.
And like magic, kids and parents responded to the wave of a large bubble maker, laughing together, some parents lifting small children high into the air to catch the bubbles.
Called a “Bubblefest,” these events are being brought to Jersey City Parks.
“We started in 2010 because there really weren’t any activities in Jersey City for moms with young children.” – Mamta Singh
JC Families hosts events year round. Most of their members are in Newport, Exchange Place, Hamilton Park and Grove Street, but the group does have members in Jersey City Heights, Columbia Street, even Hoboken.
Upcoming events include a parade at the 4th Annual Cultural Diversity Festival scheduled for 10 a.m. on Aug. 26 in Hamilton Park.
Jersey City has one of the most diverse populations in the United States, where more than 75 languages are spoken in the public school, organizers said.
The festival is a day of celebrating the diversity of the community and it will feature an array of fun and culture-related activities planned for the whole family including art, musical acts, dancers and food representing these cultures.
If you're an expectant or current parent, check out the website: http://www.JCFamilies.com/ Membership is free.
Al Sullivan may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.