I’ve lived and vacationed around the Jersey shore my entire life. I know well the smells of the salty ocean air and the feel of the sand and surf under my feet. It’s almost therapeutic. As a child, I lived at our family’s bay side home year round and discovered the contrast of winter weather at the beach. Massive snow drifts, a frozen bay and desolate side streets of a coastal community became our frosty playground. Later, we moved “up North”. Well, the Union County, New Jersey kind of North. Not the Maine kind. I also spent some time in Maryland when my boyfriend-would-be-husband beckoned me South where we enjoyed the Navy town and Annapolis harbor. Seemingly, I’ve always kept the coastline within reach. I have warm memories of living and playing “down the shore”.
Point Pleasant and Jenkinson’s Boardwalk was a summer indulgence. Reliving it as an adult and sharing it with my children is an even bigger treat. Recently, writers of JerseyMomsBlog were invited for a day of fun by Jenkinson’s and I believe we stepped collectively on the fun button. From the thrill of the classic Himalaya to bumper cars, mini-golf, funhouse hijinx and sweet treats ~ we did it all.
We ventured into Jenkinson’s Sweet Shop for the proverbial ice cream cone and discovered a veritable smorgasbord of candy-coated sunshine including old-school goodies from days gone by like Chiclets, Wonka Fun Dip and Pop Rocks. Remember Razzles!?? First it’s candy, then it’s gum. (Flashback ’84. Roller skating to Joan Jett. Pac Man. Head bands.) Ok, I’m back. Thing about Jenks is that they’ve really put some thought into making your whole experience a pleasure for every age.
Our little ones (and big) enjoyed the shady reprieve from the sun of miniature golf. My 3 year old was thrilled to locate a golf club “just his size” and when not using it as a light-saber, he all explored the winding greens and waterfalls of Breakwater Cove. Next time, we’ll prep them that it’s bad form to advance into the next players green before they’re done.
My favorite part of the day was our visit to Jenkinsons Aquarium. I unintentionally timed that right. The dark, cool and open space was a welcome refreshment to cap off our day in the sun. The kids were calmer and open for a fun lesson by really knowledgeable and delightful Jenkinson’s staff. (Props to Megan who spent quality time with us!) The updated penguin habitat had just opened, so we were really excited to see them acclimating to their new digs.
We loved the wholesome family fun ~ if you’re into that kind of thing. Overall, Jenkinson’s was a hole in one! Don’t forget to enter to win family wristbands! JerseyMomsBlog is giving these away soon!