Do a family art project at Zimmerli Art Museum on Sunday, January 5. Photo courtesy of the museum
Do a family art project at Zimmerli Art Museum on Sunday, January 5. Photo courtesy of the museum

35+ Free Events for New Jersey Kids in January

Happy 2020, everyone! A brand-new year brings a brand-new crop of free events for the family. Your post-holiday wallet will thank you.

January is the perfect time to keep the little ones busy and warm at free storytimes. Make the rounds at Grumpy Monkey Storytime, Story Snacks, and The Return of Thelma the Unicorn. Science and nature are in the spotlight at no-admission events like Rutgers Geological Museum Annual Open House, Children's Nature Hour, and Drop In and Discover.

Festivals aren’t warm weather–only experiences. Bundle up and enjoy January festivals including the Fire & Ice Festival, Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival, and Winter Festival, Bonfire & Fireworks

Read on for this month's picks, and don't forget to check out our Event Calendar and January GoList for more free and low-cost fun. 


Liberty State Park
200 Morris Pesin Drive Park Office
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Historic Smithville Village
615 E Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville , NJ 08205

Barnes & Noble
112 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, NJ 07039

Hoboken Hisorical Musem
1301 Hudson St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Indigo at Short Hills Mall
1200 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, NJ 07078

Lovin' Oven
62a Trenton Ave
Frenchtown, NJ 08825

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Tulpehaking Nature Center
157 Westcott Ave
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Jakes Branch County Park Nature Center
1100 Double Trouble Road
Beechwood, NJ 08722

Lakeshore Learning
275 State Route 18
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Barnes & Noble Bridgewater
319 Route 202/206
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Cedar Grove Public Library
1 Municipal Plaza
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Hoboken Fire Department Museum
213 Bloomfield Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Jake Branch County Park Nature Center
1100 Double Trouble Road
Beechwood, NJ 08722

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
71 Hamilton St.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Barnes & Noble
44 Brick Plaza
Brick, NJ 08723

Barnes & Noble
112 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, NJ 07039

Pottery Barn Kids- various locations
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Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Watchung Booksellers
54 Fairfield St.
Montclair, NJ 07042

Warren Recreation
46 Mountain Blvd
Warren, NJ 07059

Barnes & Noble Clark
1180 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ 07066

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

New Hope Solebury High School
180 W Bridge Street
New Hope, PA

Longstreet Farm
44 Longstreet Rd.
Holmdel, NJ 07733

Haddonfield Public Library
60 Haddon Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ 08096

Cloverdale Farm
34 Cloverdale Road
Barnegat, NJ 08005

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA
1340 Martine Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ

Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Downtown Mt. Holly
Washington Street High Street
Mt. Holly , NJ 08060

Rutgers Geology Museum
85 Somerset St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd
Princeton, NJ 08540

Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton, NJ 08544