Weekday Fun in NJ: Storytimes, Winter Nature Class

Things to Do with New Jersey Kids, January 2-6, 2017

Happy New Year, everyone! Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, it’s time to settle into January with cozy indoor activities and plenty of boredom-busters. Storytimes are a perfect winter freebie for little ones. Check out some this week at Marlboro Library’s Family Winter Storytime and Craft and Tulpehaking Nature Center’s First Friday Storytime. If you’re looking for something more active, try Winter Camp at Kidville, Tyke’s Tuesday at ISC, or Parent’s Night Out at Pump It Up.

Read on for our best children's events the week of January 2–6, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and January GoList for even more beginning-of-the-year events.

Monday, January 2

Northern NJ:
Winter Camp at Kidville – Montclair
Make the final day of winter break a busy one at Kidville, with gym activities, crafts, music, and storytime. Pre-registration is required.

Central NJ:
Teen Game Day – North Plainfield
Teens can top off their holiday break with a relaxing afternoon of board, card, and video games. FREE

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Tuesday, January 3

Southern NJ:
Tyke’s Tuesday at ISC – Cherry Hill
Tots are invited to burn some post-holiday energy at International Sports, Skating & Fun Centre. The session includes skate lessons and rental, a snack, and Funzone play.

Jersey Shore:
MMKids StarLab Planetarium Show – Lincroft
Bring your future astronomers to Monmouth Museum’s StarLab Planetarium for an afternoon of space exploration, including constellation study and mythology plus space trivia and facts. Fee is in addition to museum admission.

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Wednesday, January 4

Central NJ:
Winter Preschool Nature Classes – Pennington
Bundle up the tots and head over to Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association for a wintry nature walk, plus indoor stories and activities. Pre-registration is required.

Jersey Shore:
Family Winter Storytime and Craft – Marlboro
Rejoice in the winter season at Marlboro Public Library, where kids are invited to hear winter-themed stories and create a mitten wreath. Pre-registration is required. FREE

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Thursday, January 5


Get creative at Montclair Art Museum's workshop.

Northern NJ:
Kids Creativity Center at MAM – Montclair
The kids can get crafty in a museum setting at Montclair Art Museum's workshop for ages 5 and up. The program is part of the museum's Free First Thursday Night for families. A fee applies for the children's portion. 

Jersey Shore:
Holiday Light Show – Smithville
​Christmas may be over, but Smithville’s beautiful light show continues to illuminate through Friday. Don’t miss the 1,000 Christmas trees dancing to music on Lake Meone. FREE

More Thursday Events

Friday, January 6

Central NJ:
First Friday Storytime – Hamilton
Crafts, activities, and stories that focus on wildlife are all part of the fun at Tulpehaking Nature Center’s monthly workshop for 3-8-year-olds. FREE but donations are welcome.

Northern NJ:
Parents Night Out – Roselle Park
Need a post-holiday, kid-free breather? Drop off the kids at Pump It Up for an evening of active fun, complete with bouncing, games, pizza, and a movie. For ages 5 and up. Pre-registration is required.

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Top photo: Montclair Art Museum. Photos by Gennadi Novash/Just Photo/courtesy of the museum.

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