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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!

NJ Ballet's Nutcracker Is a Sweet Treat for Kids and Adults

When I was a kid, going to a performance of The Nutcracker was one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Like many little girls, I would sit in the theater and imagine that I was Clara, waking up on Christmas Eve to find a Nutcracker prince battling a mouse king in my living room, and then getting whisked away to a magical land where snowflakes, candy, and flowers danced just for me. 

From the look of the crowd at Mayo Performing Arts Center, where NJ Ballet is performing The Nutcracker through Christmas Eve, kids are still really into it. And this grown-up loved it, too. 

The Best Museums for Kids in Northern New Jersey

When bad weather hits, a trip to a museum can be a great cure for cabin fever. With winter upon us, it's time to check out a few local gems that offer kids hands-on art and science exploration. At these northern New Jersey museums, kids can study the stars at a planetarium, learn about dinosaurs that once roamed modern-day New Jersey, create their own works of art, meet animals, make music, and much more. They're guaranteed to learn something—and get nice and tired in the process. Read on for five of our favorite spots in northern New Jersey, and be sure to check out our roundup of museums in central and southern New Jersey, too. 

Small Town Christmas Celebrations in New Jersey

If you're looking for a quaint holiday experience this year, we recommend skipping the mall and heading to one of New Jersey's charming small towns. You’ll find boutiques and specialty shops that are filled with one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Plus, many small towns go the extra mile by sponsoring events and entertainment for the entire family. Check out our roundup below for some great small-town fun. 


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