Weekday Fun in NJ: Chocolate Making, Animal Storytime, Pajama Jam
If you’re looking for fun indoor activities that won’t cost a dime, this is the week for you! Preschoolers can enjoy such free activities as More Fun for Munchkins, Pottery Barn Kids storytime, Uptown storytime, and First Friday storytime. And kids who are a little older are welcome to the no-cost School Age Story and Art and Pajama Jam.
Monday, January 30
More Fun for Munchkins – Watchung
Preschoolers will love this busy morning of crafts, puppets, songs, and stories at Watchung Library. Preregistration is required. FREE
School Age Story and Art – Holmdel
Kids in grades K-2 can stop by Holmdel Public Library after school to create a stamp-print lantern in honor of the Chinese New Year. Preregistration is required. FREE
Tuesday, January 31
Baby and Me Hike – Chester
Get fresh air and exercise with your baby in tow at Hacklebarney State Park. Pre-registration is required.
Pottery Barn Kids Storytime – Short Hills, Hackensack, Princeton, Shrewsbury
Perfect for a winter morning, Pottery Barn's weekly storytime will keep little ones entertained with favorite tales—and you can get some shopping in afterward. Attend five sessions and receive a prize. FREE
Wednesday, February 1
Winter Tales from Around the World – Summit
Preschoolers are invited to explore exotic cultures and faraway lands at Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s story and craft workshop. Preregistration is required.
Winter Preschool Nature Classes – Pennington
Turtle Time is the theme of this week’s nature program at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. The fun includes outdoor exploration and indoor activities. Preregistration is required.
Thursday, February 2
Uptown Storytime – Hoboken
Explore city life with your preschoolers through stories and songs at Hoboken Historical Museum. The program runs every Thursday, and pre-registration is required. FREE
Pajama Jam – Sayreville
Throw on the PJs and bring your preschoolers, with their stuffed animals, to a pre-bedtime storytime at Sayreville Public Library. Wind down with stories, songs, and stretches. FREE
Friday, February 3
Mommy and Me at Chocolate Works – Montclair
End the week on a sweet note at Chocolate Works. Children and their caregivers are welcome to create chocolate concoctions, play games, and dip goodies in the 6-foot chocolate fountain. Preregistration is required.
First Friday Storytime – Trenton
Preschoolers will learn about nature and history at Tulpehaking Nature Center’s monthly outdoor workshop. Stories, crafts, and other activities round out the fun. FREE
Top photo: Kids can explore Winter Tales from Around the World, including stories about this cute Arctic fox and more wildlife, at Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s story and craft workshop. Photo courtesy of Reeves-Reed Arboretum.