Weekday Fun in NJ: MLK Day, Story Times, Nature Hikes

This week kicks off with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—a day off from school and an opportunity for kids to volunteer their time. You can take part in various community projects as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service, or skate your way through the day at MLK Day Skate & Play. Plus, it’s a great week for storytime freebies. Bring the little ones for story events, such as Uptown Storytime, Meet the Author: Fred Freda and Spot is Here. Read on for our best children's events the week of January 16–20, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and January GoList for even more wintry events and MLK Day activities.

Monday, January 16

Northern NJ:
Scotch Plains Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service – Scotch Plains
Kids will experience giving and helping the community through various service activities at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and surrounding locations. Projects include food drives, designing cards for troops, and creating give-back boxes for Goodwill. FREE

Southern NJ:
MLK Day Skate & Play – Westville
Spend an active day off at Deptford Skating Center, where the fun includes skating, inflatables, food and drink.

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Tuesday, January 17


Go for a hike with Baby & Me. Photo by Mommy Poppins.

Northern NJ:
Baby & Me Hike – Rockaway Township
Get fresh air and exercise with baby in tow on a hike at Mount Hope Pond. Pre-registration is required.

Southern NJ:
Tyke’s Tuesday at ISC Cherry Hill
Preschoolers are invited for a morning of energy-burning activity at International Sports, Skating & Fun Centre. Skate lessons and rentals, snacks, and the Funzone are included in admission.

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Wednesday, January 18

Northern NJ:
Sports Fun at Golda Och AcademyWest Orange
Little ones can get active after school at this mini sports clinic presented by PJ Library and Lady Roadrunners. The fun includes sports, pizza, and cheering on a basketball game. Pre-registration is encouraged. Non-perishable donations are appreciated. FREE

Central NJ:
Winter Preschool Nature Classes – Pennington
Bundle up and bring the preschoolers on a nature hike at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed. Afterward, the fun continues indoors with stories and activities. This week’s theme is Ice-n-Snow. Pre-registration is required.

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Thursday, January 19

Northern NJ:
Uptown Storytime – Hoboken
Explore city life with your preschooler through stories and songs at Hoboken Historical Museum’s weekly storytime. Pre-registration is required. FREE

Jersey Shore:
Meet the Author: Fred Freda – Howell
Howell Public Library welcomes author Fred Freda, who will share his book Fred the Fish. Plus, learn how to take care of a home aquarium. FREE

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Friday, January 20

Northern NJ:
Kid’s Night Out – Hoboken
Got Friday night plans? Drop off kids ages 6+ at The Crop Shop for an evening of movies, snacks, pizza, and creating a Minion mug. Pre-registration is required.

Central NJ:
Children’s Storytime: Spot is Here – Princeton
Meet the loveable pup Spot at Barnes and Noble of Princeton Market Fair, and hear about his adventures in Where’s Spot? FREE

More Friday Events

Top image: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic, Spot is Here at Barne's and Noble's storytime.

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