"Baby Road Trip BEACH" -- Watch this at home and Baby will think she's at the beach. And when Baby gets to the beach, she'll feel right at home. (Babies to Preschoolers)
"Finding Nemo" -- The kids may be out of school and heading for the shore, but this school (of fish, that is) is always in session. (Toddlers and Up)
"Big" -- This classic flick was filmed in the town of Cliffside Park, New Jersey; you'll find a similar boardwalk down the shore. (School Age and Up)
"Beaches" -- The story of a great friendship started at the shore; maybe your kids will also find a buddy for life. (Pre-Teens and Up)
"Eddie and the Cruisers" -- This fictional rock band sounds like the E Street Band and played regular gigs in Somers Point and Ocean City -- until the lead singer mysteriously disappears over one the local bridges. (Teens)
Crab Cakes -- Two bites and you'll feel two steps away from the boardwalk.
Jersey Summer Salsa -- Take advantage of New Jersey's fresh summer produce to create a salsa that's spicy and sweet.
Make Your Own Taffy -- Who says you can only find saltwater taffy at the shore?
Comforting Calzones -- Fill your belly with something substantial to offset all the saltwater taffy.
"Ribbons of Sand: Exploring Atlantic Beaches" by Larry Points and Andrea Jauck -- The beautiful illustrations and elegant descriptions of how Atlantic beaches look and are formed will make your kids excited to see the real thing. (Ages 4 to 8)
"52 Fun Things to Do at the Beach" by Lynn Gordon -- When the kids are tired of swimming, here are 52 more fun things for them -- and you -- to do. (Ages 4 and Up)
"Safely to Shore: America's Lighthouses" by Iris Van Rynbach -- Betcha didn't know that the Cape May lighthouse was the first lighthouse in the country to be illuminated by a sodium vapor lamp. (Ages 6 to 12)
"Sandcastles Made Simple: Step-by-Step Instructions, Tips, and Tricks for Building Sensational Sand Creations" by Lucinda Wierenga -- With this step-by-step guide, don't be surprised if your "beach house" ends up on "Cribs." (Ages 7 and Up)
"Mystery of the Hidden Beach (Boxcar Children Mysteries)" by Gertrude Chandler Warner -- Your kids may not find a coral reef, but they will be inspired to investigate the mystery of the empty conch shell. (Ages 9 to 12)
"Haunted Jersey Shore" by Charles A. Stansfield Jr. -- The first line declares the Jersey Shore haunted. Will this book make a believer of you? (Ages 13 and Up)
"Down the Jersey Shore" by Russell Roberts and Richard Youmans -- This lively history covers everything from beaches and boardwalks to babes (by way of the Miss America Pageant and how it originated) and boats. (Ages 14 and Up)