With December's winter break a distant memory, it's time to start planning for the next one: Presidents Day (February 17-19)! Depending on the district, NJ schoolchildren will be home for three or four days—and some even longer—making it the perfect time for a family outing or day trip, or two.
Looking for indoor fun or outdoor activities like skiing, ice skating, or snow tubing? We've got you covered. To plan a family adventure, check out our best bets for winter day trips, and don't miss our February GoList, FREE February fun, V-Day picks, and Events Calendar for even more suggestions.
Read on for our roundup of the best February break activities for kids of all ages.
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Be awed by outer space at the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium at Liberty Science Center. Photo courtesy of LSC
1. Have an out-of-this-world experience at the enormous Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium at Liberty Science Center, which just opened in December 2017.
2. See more than 8,500 aquatic species at Adventure Aquarium.
You can be a rock and roll star at the Grammy Experience Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum
3. Rock out at the new GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center in Newark, or try another top Jersey museum.
4. Make some presidential crafts and enjoy face painting, performances, and workshops at the State Theater's annual Family Day celebration on President's Day. FREE
5. Enjoy the whimsical tail of Mr. Popper's Penguins, playing at both the State Theater and at the Bergen County Performing Arts Center.
From beginners to experienced skiers, Campgaw has it all. Photo courtesy of Campgaw
6. Hit the slopes close to home at Campgaw or Mountain Creek.
7. Grab a snow tube and hold on tight for a ride down some major hills.
8. Lace up your ice skates for a spin around an outdoor rink, or stay warm gliding around an indoor skating rink.
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Glide down an ice slide at Skylands Stadium's Frozen in Ice Carnival. Photo by Jean Philippe for Skylands Stadium
9. Bundle up and admire the ice sculptures, slip down the 50-foot ice slide (ski pants recommended), and enjoy s'mores and carnival games at Skylands Stadium's indoor/outdoor Frozen in Ice Carnival. New for 2018 is a kid-friendly slide and an ice candy shop. FREE on Wednesdays for kids under 12 (max of two per paid adult).
10. Treat the kids to a pancake breakfast and then learn how to tap a maple tree for a taste of syrupy sweetness at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center or the Tenafly Nature Center.
11. Don some cold-weather attire for a stroll through the impressive Grounds for Sculpture.
Spin the color wheel and jump to the matching square at Imagine That!!! Photo courtesy of Imagine That!!!
12. Play the day away at the newly renovated Imagine That!!! children's museum. All tickets for weekends, holidays, and school vacation days must be purchased online and in advance.
13. Take a day trip to Morristown, where you can visit George Washington's headquarters and the Morris Museum, which will be hosting some special Presidents' Day activities.
14. Tee up for indoor mini-golf at Monster Mini Golf, and play some video games while you're waiting for your turn.
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Get creative at the drop-in arts program at the Montclair Art Museum. Photo courtesy of MAM
15. Spend the day at the Montclair Art Museum, which will be hosting an hour-long, drop-in gallery program for children 5 and up.
16. Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum with crafts and stories about the Year of the Dog.
17. Kids ages 8 to 12 can join Mad Science teachers at the Trailside Nature Center for a unique hands-on learning experience.
18. Listen to a story at Hoboken Historical Museum.
19. Blast off with your little astronauts at the Raritan Valley Planetarium.
20. Head into NYC for Lego Live, where you can enjoy 65,000 square feet of building activities, live performances, and demonstrations.
21. Make time for some ten-pin at a family-friendly bowling alley.
22. Gaze at the stars and hear mythological tales about the constellations at Monmouth Museum's StarLab Planetarium show.
23. Enjoy story and craft time at Alstede Farms.
24. Check out Gobsmacked! (an energetic a capella and beatbox show) at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.
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Play City has plenty of space for kids to run, jump, and play. Photo courtesy of Play City
25. Drop in for a few hours of fun at one of New Jersey's indoor playgrounds, like the new Play City in Weehawken.
26. Paint a stars and stripes–themed canvas at Fire Me Up studio, or drop in to one of these other top art studios with kids programming.
27. Indulge in a chocolaty treat at a Mommy and Me workshop at Chocolate Works.
28. Cross off an activity from our list of 30 things to do with preschoolers before they turn 5.
29. Marvel at the Peking Acrobats, a troupe of gymnasts, cyclists and jugglers that will leave you breathless.
30. Enjoy the Northlandz model train museum, featuring the world's largest model railway.
Top photo of the Grounds for Sculpture, courtesy of the Grounds for Sculpture