In honor of Valentine's Day, we've put together our top 14 picks for the month of February. Those with a sweet tooth might want to check out the Chocolate Festival at the Morris Museum or go maple sugaring at one of several spots around the state. You can celebrate winter at the Garden State Discovery Museum, then head to the Newark Museum to celebrate Black History Month. This month's selection of live performances is eclectic, to say the least, with options ranging from The Little Mermaid to the Peking Acrobats and the Harlem Globetrotters. And of course, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, including a Valentine-themed walk in the woods at Schiff Nature Center. Have a great month, you guys! And for a full list of happenings, be sure to check out our Event Calendar.
Lollipops for Breakfast. Photo by Liz Linder/courtesy of the museum.
Chocolate Festival – Morristown
Appropriately, our list begins with an event for chocolate lovers. This annual festival returns to the Morris Museum with chocolate-inspired games, tasty crafts, and a performance of Lollipops for Breakfast.
The Rainbow Fish: Sensory-Friendly Performance – Morristown
Will the rainbow fish give away his beautiful, shimmery scales? Find out in this musical based on the beloved children's book at Mayo Performing Arts Center. The performance has been designed especially for kids on the autism spectrum, with reduced sound and light levels and a relaxed environment in which audience members are free to talk and move around.
The Frosty Ball – Cherry Hill
There's nothing like a ball to add some sparkle to the dreary middle of winter. Dress in your best Frozen attire and come for an evening of music, dancing, crafts, treats, and more.
Black History Month at the Newark Museum – Newark
This event shines a spotlight on the museum's African American art collection. The day will be packed with performances, talks, tours, and art making, including special programs geared toward kids ages 3–5 and 5–12.
Frozen Sing-Along and Costume Party – Englewood
The Frozen fun continues with a sing-along screening of the movie at Bergen PAC. Come dressed as your favorite character, and stick around after the movie to take pictures with Anna and Elsa.
Mega Bubble Show – Red Bank
Bubble artist extraordinaire Fan Yang is the real deal—he is in the Guinness Book of World Records for such achievements as the largest bubble ever blown and the largest bubble wall ever created (156 feet). His interactive stage show features lighting effects, lasers, and some pretty incredible bubble creations.
Valentine's Day Fun – various locations
To help the kids get ready for V-Day, take them on a Love Bug Tot Tour at Morris Museum, make natural Valentine cards at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, or look for Valentines in the forest at Schiff Nature Center.
Harlem Globetrotters – Newark
The beloved basketball team brings its amazing athleticism and theatrical stylings to the Prudential Center for one night only. Parents who grew up watching them on TV (remember their special-guest appearance on "Scooby Doo"?) can relive a part of their youth, and kids will love the Globetrotters' blend of basketball wizardry and comedy.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a performance by the Peking Acrobats. Photo courtesy of NJPAC.
Peking Acrobats – Newark
China's most talented tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, and gymnasts will come to NJPAC for an afternoon of astounding acrobatic feats. The performance will also feature musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments, as well as high-tech special effects and colorful costumes. It's a spectacle in the truest sense.
The Little Mermaid – South Orange
The young mermaid who dreams of life on land comes to SOPAC in an original musical adaptation by internationally acclaimed theater company Panto Company USA. Note that this is different from the Disney version, but there will be a handsome prince, an evil nemesis, and original and familiar songs, plus lots of audience participation.
George Washington's 285th Birthday – Washington Crossing, PA
Head across the Delaware river to celebrate our first president with a birthday 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 just $1.
Family Day at the State Theater – New Brunswick
School is closed today, but there's plenty for the kids to do at this day-long festival. Spread across four venues—the State Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, United Methodist Church, and Livingston Avenue—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.
Disney's Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve – South Orange
Genevieve is a singing train conductor, and DC is a beat boxing, break dancing railroad engineer. They're both coming to SOPAC to perform soulful renditions of kids' songs, including some much-loved Disney tunes, in a show geared toward 4–8-year-olds. Stick around for a post-show meet-and-greet with Genevieve and DC in the SOPAC lounge.
Kids can learn how to cook maple sap down into syrup over a fire at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Photo 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!