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

Best cure for the post-holiday blues? Load up your January calendar with fun and festive events that the whole family will look forward to!

Start 2020 on a dramatic note with family-friendly productions of Angelina Ballerina, Dog Man, and Disney on Ice. Then kick back with a cup of tea or glass of wine (snacks for the kids).

And if you're ready to brave the chill, go festival-hopping at the Winter Festival Bonfire & FireworksFire and Ice Festival, and Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival.

For more wintry fun, check out our Winter Activity Guide, and discover Free Indoor Play Spots for NJ Kids when the temperature plummets. And as always, you can find many more great things to do in our Event Calendar.

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Catch the 62nd Model Railway Show before it chugs out of town! Photo courtesy of the event

62nd Annual Model Railway Show – North Haledon
Saturday–Sunday, January 4-5, 2020
These are the final two days to catch the Garden State Model Railway Club's annual show, where you can view steam and diesel locomotives, miniature scenes packed with detail, and working signals. A must-see for train enthusiasts big and small. 

Winery Sunday Music Series – Princeton
Sundays, January 5, 12, and 26, 2020
Kick back and relax every Sunday at Terhune Orchards, where families are invited to enjoy local musicians, snacks and wine for the grownups. FREE admission

Teddy Bear Tea – Morristown
Saturday, January 11, 2020
January is a great time for a cozy tea party. Morris Museum invites little ones for treats, photos, and a magic circus show.

Winter Festival Bonfire & Fireworks – Warren
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Dress warm for an evening of winter fun with rides, music, a petting zoo and horse and buggy adventures. Don't miss the fireworks finale. FREE


Disney on Ice: Dream Big skates into the Prudential Center from January 16-20. Photo courtesy of Disney

Disney on Ice Dream Big – Newark
Thursday, January 16 – Monday, January 20, 2020
Disney's bravest heroes share stories of strength and kindness in this magical skating extravaganza at Prudential Center. There are five days of shows, including one on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
 

The amazing Mark Nizer brings 4D to the stage. Photo courtesy of the artist
 
Mark Ninzer 4D- The Only Live 4D Show in the World – South Orange
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Get wowed by this amazing comedic juggler who uses music, movement, and technology to create a 4D spectacular. 
 
Lambertville – New Hope Winter Festival – Lambertville, NJ, and New Hope, PA
Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26, 2020
The two neighboring towns celebrate winter with a week-long festival that includes a host of free family activities, like a slime booth, glitter tattoos and walking tours.
 

Angelina Ballerina The Musical takes the stage at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 19. Photo courtesy of the production
 
Angelina Ballerina The Musical – Morristown
Saturday, January 19, 2020
Everyone's favorite tutu-wearing mouse dances her way to the Mayo stage in a fun-filled musical based on the popular television and book series.
 
Dog Man: The Musical – Morristown
Saturday, January 20, 2020
Follow the adventures of this "crime-biting" dog as he takes the stage at Mayo Performing Arts Center, in a new musical based on the best-selling book series. 
 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration – Newark
Monday, January 20, 2020
Honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with all-day events at the Newark Museum. Activities include film, crafts, interactive tours, and more. FREE


Monster Jam comes to the Prudential Center in January. Photo courtesy of the event

Monster Jam – Newark
Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26, 2020
Rev up your engines! Monster Jam is back at Prudential Center, featuring trucks, speedsters, and ATVs competing in racing and freestyle events.


Brave the chill and check out the Fire and Ice Festival in Mount Holly on Saturday, January 25. Photo courtesy of the festival

Fire and Ice Festival – Mount Holly
Saturday, January 25, 2020
The stunning creations of more than a dozen professional and amateur ice carvers will be on display in downtown Mount Holly, along with a variety of family entertainment. FREE

Frozen Ball – Union
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Queen Elsa casts an icy spell on Liberty Hall in a Frozen-themed event featuring crafts, games, a hot chocolate bar, and sweets.