12 Creative DIY Kits To Keep You and the Kids Entertained

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If you’re running out of creative ideas to keep you and your littles busy, a DIY kit from a local business is that genius solution you could use right about now. Here’s what’s awesome about it: You don’t have to worry about finding stuff from a bunch of different sites or stressing about a shipping time—everything is ready to go, portioned out, with instructions and most places are doing a delivery or curbside pick-up. From family DIY pizza or sushi making (dinner is served) to crafty paint kits to self-care, we’ve highlighted a few below. Want more? Click here for our full list of DIY kits by local NJ businesses.

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Check out these fun 12 DIY Kits from NJ businesses for kids and adults (and click here for more):

Kids:

Giuseppe’s Pizza Kits
Instead of delivery, make it a family affair with a pizza kit. Giuseppe’s Pizza in Old Bridge is selling ready-to-go pizza making kits with dough, sauce, and mozzarella. All that’s left to do is clear some counter space, spread out some flour, and get to rolling.

Living Reclaimed
Sign up for one of these kits that include repurposed materials to put your kids’ favorite sayings into a piece of hanging art. And don’t worry about overseeing it all—there’s a video that your kids can watch that explains how to go about making your sign.

With a ton of different decorating options from SpeckledSquid, your whole fam will have fun creating their custom cookies.

DIY Sugar Cookie Decorating Kit from SpeckledSquid on Etsy
Got a sweet tooth but none of the essential ingredients to make it from scratch? The SpeckledSquid from Beach Haven gives you the tools for a cookie decorating contest like royal icing, sprinkles and piping instructions to decorate their pre-made sugar or chocolate cookies (included in the box).

My Little Party Place
If your little is celebrating a quarantine birthday or you just want a weekly surprise for your kids, My Little Party Place in Berkeley Heights is delivering kits in the surrounding areas (click here to see if your town is included).  Each kit includes a craft like decorating an apron, making slime or painting a wooden box, a salty snack, 2″ spiral lollipop, your choice of 1 novelty item, activity sheets, stickers, and a birthday balloon.

Creative Twist Events Craft Boxes
If your fam is into themed arts and crafts, Creative Twist is doing it up with Harry Potter, Fairy, and even Unicorn Room Make-Over boxes. They’re rolling out different themed boxes each week, giving you such fun ideas like edible slime kits to whipping up a lip balm with their Spa box. Oh, and did we mention our favorite— their make-your-own donuts kit? Plus, if you can’t do curbside pick-up, they’ll ship it directly to you.

Bovella’s Bakery provides you with pastry bags like a real baker to create custom cupcake designs.

DIY Mini Cupcake Kit from Bovella’s Bakery
What’s cuter than cupcakes? Mini cupcakes. Bovella’s Bakery Cafe DIY kit includes 12 mini cupcakes (chocolate & vanilla) with 3 color icing bags, sprinkles & edible frosting images to put on top, available for pick-up or local delivery.

Have fun making sundaes at home thanks to Four Boys Ice Cream.

Four Boys Ice Cream
For those who scream for ice cream, Four Boys Ice Cream has a Take Home Sundae Kit that brings the ice cream parlor experience into your kitchen. Each kit includes ice cream, 4 toppings like hot fudge and sprinkles, and wafer cones that you can assemble any way you’d like. Available by pick-up only from any of their 4 locations.

Create fun accessories with TechnoChic‘s STEAM Craft Kits.

TechnoChic
Want to combine the homeschool science class with a hands-on project? TechnoChic from Jersey City has awesome STEAM Craft Kits like light-up unicorn headbands, blinking bowties, make your light-up cards and twinkling tutus. Your kids will learn about circuit building with this tech-forward craft and impress their schoolmates on Zoom.

Satisfy that sweet tooth and occupy your time thanks to Sweet T’s Bakeshop.

Sweet T’s Bakeshop DIY Cupcakes and Cookies
In addition to their regular sweet offerings, Sweet T’s Bakeshop is offering frost your own cookie and cupcake kits that go a long way in entertaining kids (and adults) on a rainy afternoon.

Grown-ups:

Everything you’ll need to make your sushi at home, from nori sheets to a sushi mat via Sushi Hana

Sushi Hana
Make it a date night activity after the kids go to bed with this sushi kit that includes everything you need to create your fave meal—instructions, a sushi mat, seasoned sushi rice, nori sheets, avocado, cucumber, salmon, Kani crab stick, wasabi, ginger, and soy sauce. Each kit serves 2 people, and the best part? They’re only $12.

Pinot’s Palette
If you and your S.O. like to create or just want to try something new, check out Pinot Palette’s virtual wine and paint nights for adults. RSVP to their events calendar, pick up your supplies curbside at their Hackettstown location, uncork your favorite bottle and get ready to create your masterpiece in the class on ZOOM.

Ateliers 113 has got your professional hair color covered with their take-home color kits.

Ateliers 113
Got roots? Instead of wearing a hat, order an At-Home Color Kit from Ateliers 113 in Summit. Call to chat about your tone specifics with a colorist, and they’ll send out a kit premeasured with directions to mix and apply at home (delivery and curbside pick-up are also available if you’re local).

For DIY kits in NJ, click here for our full list and be sure to check back for updates and new additions.


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Cyd is proud to be born and raised in New Jersey. She spends most days exploring the Garden State looking for the best diners, coffee shops and outdoor activities. She also loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, as well as being a dedicated Fraunt (friend/aunt). Her favorite spots in NJ include Asbury Park, Cape May and Hunterdon County.

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  1. Hi Cyd- Thank you so much for this helpful list.
    Do you also list businesses that are doing things virtually?
    I am the owner of Suburban Speech Center in Short Hills.
    We are having a lot of success with virtual teletherapy for those children with speech and language disorders.
    During this difficult time, many children are not receiving services because their therapy Centers are closed or sessions were in a hospital or school setting.
    Is there anyway we could get the word out there that we are still continuing speech therapy virtually?
    Thanks. Dr. Nancy Polow 201-841-2345

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