For a day of free winter fun, explore the Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, then head inside to check out the Trailside Nature & Science Center. Photo by Margaret Hargrove
For a day of free winter fun, explore the Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, then head inside to check out the Trailside Nature & Science Center. Photo by Margaret Hargrove

40+ Free Winter Events and Activities for NJ Kids

If your budget's in recovery mode from the holiday season, explore these 40+ ways to spend time without spending a dime this winter in New Jersey. Free winter events including storytimes, crafts, and museum happenings offer warm indoor fun. And if you're ready to brave the cold, bundle up and enjoy admission-free festivals and farm activities. 

Read on for our list of the best free winter events and activities for the whole family this winter. And be sure to check out 35+ Free Events for NJ Kids in January and Events Calendar for even more great ideas. 

Free Winter Fun Anytime

Free Indoor Play Spots
Keep the kids busy and warm at these play spaces without spending a penny. Disney Junior Play Zone is one of several free mall play areas, perfect for a shopping or sanity break.

Nature Centers
Learn about the great outdoors while indoors at nature centers of New Jersey. Most have outdoor hiking paths and play areas as well. If the weather cooperates, explore the sensory trail adjacent to Trailside Nature and Science Center.

Stores with Freebies
Spend time, not money, at kid-friendly stores that offer free activities. Barnes & Noble and Pottery Barn Kids hosts free storytimes throughout the week. Home Depot is home to free building workshops once a month. And if you're at the mall, wander through the Disney Store for movies, coloring and a play castle.

Unique and Free Indoor Spots in NJ
Think outside the play space and have free indoor fun at places like the Princeton University Art Museum and Duke Farms' beautiful Orchid Range.

Libraries
Don't forget your local library for no-cost fun, such as storytimes, Bingo, crafts and Museum Passes.


Hoboken Public Library
500 Park Avenue
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Somerset County Library Bridgewater Branch
1 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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

Barnes & Noble
44 Brick Plaza
Brick, NJ 08723

Monmouth County Library Headquarters
125 Symmes Road Near Route 9
Manalapan, NJ 07726

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

Pottery Barn Kids- various locations
,

Barnes & Noble
112 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, NJ 07039

Watchung Booksellers
54 Fairfield St.
Montclair, NJ 07042

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

Hoboken Hisorical Musem
1301 Hudson St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030

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

Lovin' Oven
62a Trenton Ave
Frenchtown, NJ 08825

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

Lakeshore Learning
275 State Route 18
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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

Hoboken Fire Department Museum
213 Bloomfield Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

Westfield Garden State Plaza
1 Garden State Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652

The Disney Store various locations
, NJ

Rutgers Geology Museum
85 Somerset St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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

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

Tulpehaking Nature Center
157 Westcott Ave
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Great Swamp OEC
247 Southern Blvd.
Chatham, NJ

Ocean County Library
Jackson Branch 2 Jackson Drive
Jackson Township, NJ 08527

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

Ocean County Library
101 Washington Street Toms River Branch
Toms River, NJ 08753

Piscataway Public Library
500 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park
221 Ocean Avenue North The Activity Center
Long Branch, NJ 07740

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

Longstreet Farm
44 Longstreet Rd.
Holmdel, NJ 07733

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
324 Forest Drive South
Short Hills, NJ 07078

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

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd
Princeton, NJ 08540

South Street
between James Street and Atno Avenue
Morristown, NJ

Bergen County Parade
Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ