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

New Jersey Top Family-Friendly Activities January 2019

Best cure for the post-holiday blues? Load up your January calendar with fun and festive events that the whole family will look forward to!

Start 2019 right with creative spins on some of your favorite films. See the Frozen crew skate their way into Prudential Center. Sing along with Grease on the big screen at MAYO. And watch The Empire Strikes Back accompanied by live music in various locations. 

January is the perfect time to relax at family-friendly theatrical productions. Don't miss Pinkalicious: The Musical, Pete the Cat, Bubble Trouble, and the debut of American Girl Live. And if you're ready to brave the chill, go festival-hopping at Fire and Ice Festival and Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival.

For more wintry fun, check out our Winter Activity Guide, and discover the best places to play indoors when the temperature plummets. And as always, you can find many more great things to do in our Event Calendar, including some freebies.

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See Princess Anna and other beloved characters in Disney on Ice Presents Frozen. Photo courtesy of Disney

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen – Newark 
Thursday–Sunday, January 3-6, 2019
Disney's latest musical ice spectacular features characters from the mega-hit Frozen. Join Anna as she embarks on a journey to find her sister, Queen Elsa, along with pals Olaf and Sven. Mickey and Minnie host the adventure.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra – Red Bank
Friday, January 4, 2019
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra joins forces with The Empire Strikes Back as the classic movie plays on the big screen, accompanied by a live performance of the score. (Also playing January 5 in Newark and January 6 in New Brunswick).

61st Annual Model Railway Show – North Haledon
Saturday–Sunday, January 5-6, 2019
These are the final two days to catch the Garden State Model Railway Club's annual show, where you can view steam and diesel locomotives, miniature scenes packed with detail, and working signals. A must-see for train enthusiasts big and small. 

Sing Along Grease – Morristown
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Belt out You're the One That I Want and other hits from the classic Grease soundtrack, while the film plays on the big screen at Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Game and Gardens: Family Garden Game Day – Morris Township
Sunday, January 6, 2019
It's all fun and games at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, with life-sized Chess, Plant Scrabble, and Garden-opoly, plus seasonal snacks.

Teddy Bear Tea – Morristown
Saturday, January 12, 2019
January is a great time for a cozy tea party. Morris Museum invites little ones for treats, photos, and a magic show.

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Pinkalicious tells the story of Pinkalicious Pinkerton, a young girl with a penchant for pink cupcakes. Photo courtesy of the production

Pinkalicious: The Musical – Morristown
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Audiences will be tickled pink as they watch Pinkalicious indulge in too many pink cupcakes. A severe case of Pinkititus follows. 


"American Girl Live" is inspired by Luciana Vega, a STEM-loving 11-year-old and the 2018 Doll of the Year. Photo courtesy of American Girl

American Girl Live – Englewood
Thursday, January 17, 2019
The American Girls make their stage debut in an all-new musical with original songs and unforgettable experiences. (Also playing Saturday, January 19 in Morristown and Sunday, January 20 in Red Bank.)

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Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in the one-man bubble extravaganza, Bubble Trouble. Photo courtesy of the production

Bubble Trouble – Englewood
Saturday, January 19, 2019
It's bubbles galore at Bergen PAC with Jeff Boyer's one-man bubble extravaganza. Jeff juggles and sculpts with bubbles in two sensory-friendly performances. 

Lambertville – New Hope Winter Festival – Lambertville, NJ, and New Hope, PA
Saturday, January 19 – Sunday, January 27, 2019
The two neighboring towns celebrate winter with a week-long festival that includes a host of free family activities

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration – Newark
Monday, January 21, 2019
Newark Strong is the theme of this year's celebration in honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Newark Museum. Activities include film, a photo booth, interactive tours, and more.


Monster Jam comes to the Prudential Center in January. Photo courtesy of the event

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series – Newark
Friday–Sunday, January 25-27, 2019
It's all about monster trucks this weekend at Prudential Center. The event will feature ATVs, speedsters, and Monster Jam trucks—which are more than 10 feet tall, 17 feet long, and weigh 10,000 pounds. 

Fire and Ice Festival – Mount Holly
Saturday, January 26, 2019
The stunning creations of more than a dozen professional and amateur ice carvers will be on display in downtown Mount Holly, along with a variety of family entertainment. FREE

Frozen Ball – Union
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Queen Elsa casts an icy spell on Liberty Hall. This Frozen-themed event features crafts, games, a hot chocolate bar, and sweets. 

Pete the Cat – Union
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Literature's coolest cat takes the stage at Wilkins Theatre. Watch this groovy blue cat shake up his new owner's world. This is a sensory-friendly performance.