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

Best Activities for New Jersey Families February 2019

There's so much to love about February! There's Valentine's Day, of course, as well as the Chinese New Year, President's Day (this month marks George Washington's 287th!), and Black History Month

Got a sweet tooth? Check out Morris Museum's Chocolate Family Day, or go maple sugaring at one of several spots around the state. You can revel in family-friendly festivals at State Theatre and Westfield YMCA  then head to the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum for the annual Lunar New Year and Welcome Spring Celebration.

There are tons of kid-friendly performances this month, including staged versions of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Darci Lynne & Friends: Fresh Out of the Box, and Junie B Jones. And there are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, including Family Date Night at Jenkinson's and a My Little Man and Me party at Liberty Hall Museum.

For a full list of happenings, don't forget to check out our Event Calendar. Happy February, NJ!

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Visit the burrows of February's furry weather forecasters at the Watershed Institute's Groundhog Day Celebration. Courtesy of the Watershed Institute

Groundhog Day Celebration – Pennington
February 2, 2019
We're ready for spring, and Watershed Wally is ready for Groundhog's Day. Learn all about groundhogs, along with activities and treats, at Watershed Institute.

A Very Frozen Event – Netcong
February 2, 2019
Chill out at this everything-Frozen celebration, including a big-screen showing of the film, crafts, a sing-along and prizes. Don't forget your Frozen-inspired costumes.


See acrobats in colorful costumes, twirling ribbons, and dancing dragons in Nai Ni Chen's Chinese New Year performance. Courtesy of NJPAC

Year of the Pig: Nai Ni Chen Dance Company – Newark 
February 2-3, 2019
Nai Ni Chen presents a spectacular celebration of the Chinese New Year at NJPAC, featuring colorful costumes, twirling ribbons, dancing dragons, and a blend of traditional and modern Chinese dance. 

Family Date Night at Jenkinson's – Point Pleasant
February 8-9, 2019
Make Valentine's Day a family affair and head to Jenkinson's for an evening of fun that includes admission to Jenkinson's Aquarium, a $10 play card for the Pavilion Arcade, pizza, and treats at the Sweet Shop.  

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella – Morristown
February 8-9, 2019
Bring your princes and princesses to this contemporary take on the classic tale. The Tony Award–winning Broadway musical features the pumpkin coach, glass slipper, masked ball, and an amazing orchestra.

Chocolate Family Day – Morristown
February 9, 2019
Head to the Morris Museum for a sweet day filled with treats and activities. Attend a Touch the Music workshop, make a special Valentine's card, see a performance of Morgan's Journey, sample chocolates, and more.  

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon at SOPAC – South Orange
February 10, 2019
Find out why Amber Brown is having the worst year of her life as she takes the stage in this humorous production at SOPAC.

Black History Month at the Newark Museum – Newark
February 10, 2019
The Newark Museum hosts an afternoon of activities that explore Afrofuture, inspired by the Museum's Arts of Africa collection, with music, dance, and art workshops.

Valentine's Day Fun – various locations
There's a ton of Valentine's Day fun happening around NJ. Celebrate with the little man in your life at Liberty Hall Museum on February 9, make your own sweet treats at Reeves-Reed Arboretum on February 13, and more. Check our calendar for a full list of events!

The Aluminum Show – Morristown
February 14, 2019
Like nothing you've seen before, aluminum objects star in this magical, musical, multi-sensory production.


Singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer brings her show-stopping talent to NJPAC. Courtesy of NJPAC

Darci Lynne & Friends: Fresh Out of the Box – Newark
February 16, 2019
America's Got Talent fans won't want to miss champion Darci Lynne at her NJPAC debut. Darci performs with her famous musical puppet friends. 


Junie B. Jones takes the stage at Paper Mill Playhouse this month. Courtesy of Theaterworks USA

Junie B. Jones at Paper Mill Playhouse – Millburn
February 16, 2019
Junie B. Jones is ready to tackle first grade. Join Junie as she takes the stage and takes on new adventures with her new teacher, new friends, and new glasses.


George Washington cuts the first piece of his birthday cake. Photo by Petra Chesner Schlatter

George Washington's Birthday Celebration – Washington Crossing, PA
February 17, 2019
Head across the Delaware river to celebrate our first president's 287th birthday at a party featuring children's activities and cake cut with General Washington's own sword. Buildings in the historic village will be open during the day, and kids are encouraged to bring homemade cards to present to George himself, who will be on hand for the festivities. Admission is free.

Family Day at State Theater New Jersey– New Brunswick
February 18, 2019
School is closed today, but there's plenty for the kids to do at this day-long festival. Spread across several New Brunswick venues, Family Day includes dozens of performances, workshops, and hands-on activities, many of them free. There's also face painting, balloon animals, games, food, and more. While in town, grab tickets for Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live at State Theatre. 

Jakes Branch Birthday Bash – Beechwood
February 23, 2019
Happy birthday, Jakes Branch! Celebrate the nature center's 10th birthday with crafts, games, live animals, and cake.

Free Kids Expo – Westfield
February 23, 2019
Carnival games, crafts, sports, inflatables, and more are all part of the fun at this free event for the kiddos. 


Kids can learn how to tap maple sap at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Courtesy of the arboretum

Maple Sugaring – various locations 
Liquid sugar pouring out of trees? Sounds like something Willy Wonka made up, but it happens every winter right here in New Jersey. There are several spots that offer demonstrations, tastings, and more, including Tenafly Nature Center, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center. Sweeeet!

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