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19 STEM Summer Camps for NJ Kids

When you think "summer camp," you might picture canoeing on a lake, playing capture the flag, and eating s'mores by a campfire. But camp can also be about coding, constructing robots, and building with Lego. We've rounded up 19 New Jersey STEM camps that promise a summer of fun for budding scientists, engineers, and computer programmers. Find more New Jersey summer camps in our Camp Guide and Full Directory of Listings

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Chocolate Fest, Zoo Fun, Winter on the Farm

Black History Month kicks off with an exciting event in New Jersey this weekend: the grand re-opening of the Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County. This weekend also offers opportunities to visit with creatures of the land and sea, with a Tots Program at Turtle Back Zoo and a Behind the Scenes Tour at Jenkinsons Aquarium.

Love is in the air with a couple of events heralding the arrival of Valentine's Day, including the Chocolate Festival at the Morris Museum in Morristown and a My Little Valentine craft workshop at the Crop Shop in Hoboken. For more midwinter fun, be sure to check out our February GoList, as well as our excellent list of 30 FREE indoor activities. And you can find all of this and more in our Event Calendar!

Also, don't forget to check out our New Jersey Camp Guide to find the perfect summer enrichment destination for your kid.

February GoList: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

In honor of Valentine's Day, we've put together our top 14 picks for the month of February. Those with a sweet tooth might want to check out the Chocolate Festival at the Morris Museum or go maple sugaring at one of several spots around the state. You can celebrate winter at the Garden State Discovery Museum, then head to the Newark Museum to celebrate Black History Month. This month's selection of live performances is eclectic, to say the least, with options ranging from The Little Mermaid to the Peking Acrobats and the Harlem Globetrotters. And of course, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, including a Valentine-themed walk in the woods at Schiff Nature Center. Have a great month, you guys! And for a full list of happenings, be sure to check out our Event Calendar

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Disney on Ice, Pinkalicious, MLK Day

We honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with a federal holiday on Monday, and that means school will be closed. If you're trying to figure out how to spend the long weekend, you've got plenty of options, whether you want to take in a performance featuring ice skating princesses, take part in a celebration of Dr. King, or pretty much anything in between. You can have breakfast with the animals at Jenkinson's Aquarium and learn all about the Fire Department Museum in Hoboken; you can cure cabin fever with outdoor options that include a maple sugaring demonstration and an MLK Day of Service opportunity for teens at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. If you'd rather stay warm and toasty, check out one of NJ's many indoor play spaces and fun zones. Still looking? Find more fun things to do in our Calendar of Events and January GoList

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Daniel Tiger, Model Trains, Scavenger Hunt

This coming weekend brings a flurry of fun things to do, from visiting with beloved characters like Curious George and Daniel Tiger to exploring the great outdoors and learning about the creatures that make their home here in the winter. You can find more activities in our Event Calendar, and our January GoList is your go-to source for the very best things to do throughout the month. 

January GoList: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

What's the best cure for the post-holiday blues? Sending the kids back to school, of course. But here's the second-best: finding fun new activities to enjoy in the new year. In honor of 2017, we've picked 17 of the best activities happening in January. This month, you can operate an earth mover, learn how to tap a maple tree, have breakfast with animals, celebrate the Chinese New Year, and see performances featuring such favorite characters as Cinderella, Daniel Tiger, and Pinkalicious. Got a model train lover or a monster truck fanatic? You'll find something for them, too. For more wintry fun, check out our Winter Activity Guide, and discover the best places to play indoors when it's just too cold to be outside. And as always, you can find many more great things to do in our Events Calendar.

Christmas and Hanukkah Weekend Fun for NJ Kids

If you’ve been running around like a crazed elf for most of December, hang in there. The big weekend is here at last, with Hanukkah starting on Saturday at sundown, Christmas on Sunday, and Kwanzaa starting Monday. You can still find plenty of events that will let you soak up the holiday season as a family, whether you want to take in a classic performances of A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker; skate your heart out at Hanukkah on Ice; or go walking in a Winter Wonderland.

If you're looking for something that's not particularly seasonal but still super fun, why not take the whole family roller skating? We've also rounded up best bets for a quiet Christmas Eve filled with family activities. Looking ahead to the week off from school? We put together a jam-packed list of cool kid happenings all school holiday long. Whatever you decide to do this holiday weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends.

For more options, check out our Event Calendar and December GoList. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy Kwanzaa to all!

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