Meet other local Humanist families who seek a non-religious way of understanding the world and of living meaningful, ethical and fulfilling lives without belief in the supernatural, and who want to raise their children to value and feel comfortable with such an outlook.

Meetings include children's activities, an outdoor activity (weather permitting), some organized adult discussion (with children playing supervised nearby), pot-luck food, and lots of informal chatting opportunities with like-minded families.  We are developing a group lending library of books for children and parents raising children in a Humanist family.  For more information, contact Tamara, Mindy and Barry at families at njhn dot org.

Topics for children's activities include:

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Recommended Reading

Charlie's Playhouse Blog (Talking Darwin and evolution with the kids) *Featuring our own NJHN Families kids, Darwin and Huxley*

An Annotated Bibliography of Children's books about Evolution and Charles Darwin (in honor of Darwin's 200th birthday) (PDF)

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer and Jesse Reisch

Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion by Dale McGowan

Humanism for Kids from Family of Humanists


Past Events

December 19, 2009, 12:00 pm:

HumanLight 2009 - a great humanist family event!

Madeline's on Vosseller, 518 Vosseller Ave, Bound Brook, NJ 08805

See details on NJHN home page


September 19, 2009, 2:00 pm:

Talk Like a Pirate Picnic

A casual picnic in Taylor Park, in Millburn. It's a nice, big park with plenty of space to hang out, ride bikes or just play. Bring snacks (to share if you like) and pirate costumes and jargon optional, but fun ;-)

Bring lawnchairs or blankets, as seating will be on the grass.


May 17, 2009, 11:00 am:

Program/Activity TBA.

Location: Forest Road Park, Fanwood


April 19, 2009, 11:00 am:

We will have a friendly spring gathering with a fun children's activity and lots of adult chatting.

Location: Forest Road Park, Fanwood


March 15, 2009, 11:00 am:  Trip to the

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West @ 79th Street, NYC.  This will be a group activity, so when we see who wants to come along, we might arrange a carpool or have a meal before or after.  There's a great IMAX film called Wild Ocean, but please be sure your young ones are ready for the IMAX experience.

RSVP at families at njhn dot org.


February 22, 2009, 11:00 am:  Darwin Day activities for the kids - including playing with this cool timeline!

Location: Forest Road Park, Fanwood.


January 25, 2009, 11:00 am: Resolutions - Think Globally, Act Locally. 

Like-minded families will gather to have an activity and discuss how to make the world a better place by starting very locally.  Perhaps we will have a pot-luck food sharing, as that was SO successful for our Harvest Feast!! 

Location: Forest Road Park, Fanwood.


December 20, 2008, 4:00 pm:  HumanLight Party!  See NJHN Home Page for details and registration.

Location: Morris County Cultural Center, Morristown.


November 16, 2008, 11:00 am: Fall Harvest/Giving of Thanks (to the sun, earth, farmers, truckers, chef, etc.). We will be coordinating a list of harvest meal things for people to bring. If you haven't been to a meeting yet, or haven't been in a while, this is one to come to.
Location: Forest Road Park, Fanwood.


October 26, 2008, 12:00 Noon:  Activity and hike at Watchung Reservation Nature Center


September 21, 2008, 12 Noon: Picnic & Nature Hike.  Meet at picnic tables near the old nature center buildings. Bring a picnic for your family to eat at the tables. At 1:00 pm we'll go for a walk to collect natural treasures. We'll return to the center grassy area for an activity and conversation.

UPDATE:  Sunday, September 21, is "International Day of Peace"  www.internationaldayofpeace.org


Let's talk about what this means while we have our picnic lunch. You may want to bring in some ideas on how to bring about more peaceful families and communities, and how we can contribute toward making a more peaceful world.
After lunch, we'll go on with our other scheduled activities.


July 27, 2008: NJHN Annual Picnic at Schooley's Mountain Park


May 18, 2008:  Meeting welcoming new members - topic: overview of Humanism