Just because it’s January doesn’t mean the little ones need to be cooped up indoors. Winter nature programs are in the spotlight this week. Bundle up, and check out Toddler Trek: Tricky Tracks and Little Explorers Winter Nature Program. It’s also a great week for young LEGO fans. Morris Museum hosts a Winter Fun Tot Tour that includes its LEGO exhibit, while pre-teens and teens can try the LEGO League Challenge at Old Bridge Library.
Read on for our best children's events the week of January 9–13, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and January GoList for even more wintry events.
Monday, January 9
Toddler Trek: Tricky Tracks – Chatham
Toddlers are invited to learn all about animal tracks at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center. An outdoor nature walk rounds out the adventure.
More Fun for Munchkins – Watchung
Tot fun awaits at Watchung Library, with books, songs, finger play, puppets and crafts. Pre-registration is required. FREE
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Tuesday, January 10
4-H Healthy Living Club for Kids – Roseland
Teens can start the new year off on a healthy note at Essex County Environmental Center’s Healthy Living Club, run by teen mentors. The monthly club includes snack making, yoga, and healthy lifestyle tips. Pre-registration is required. FREE
Pottery Barn Kids Storytime – Short Hills, Hackensack, Princeton, and Shrewsbury
Stop by Pottery Barn Kids every Tuesday for an entertaining story time. Your child will receive a free gift after attending five events. FREE
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Wednesday, January 11
Frosty the Snowman – Colts Neck
Perfect for January, this event welcomes kids of all ages to sing about Frosty the Snowman and create a Frosty craft at Colts Neck Library. FREE
Get creative at Montclair Art Museum's art workshops. Photo courtesy of the museum.
Park Bench – Montclair
Introduce the little ones to museum culture at Montclair Art Museum’s monthly art workshop. Preschoolers will create projects, tour the museum, and have snacks.
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Thursday, January 12
Little Explorers Winter Nature Program – Roseland
Preschoolers will love learning about nature through stories, crafts, and a walk at Essex County Environmental Center. Program runs Thursdays and Fridays, and pre-registration is required.
Story Playgroup – Cherry Hill
Drop by the Philly Art Center of Cherry Hill for a fun weekly story time geared toward ages 2 and under. Tots can explore sensory stations, take part in manipulative play, and listen to stories.
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Friday, January 13
Winter Fun Tot Tour – Morristown
There’s always something fun for little ones at Morris Museum. In this program, preschoolers will explore the museum’s LEGO exhibit and enjoy stories and crafts. Pre-registration is required.
LEGO League Challenge – Old Bridge
LEGO aficionados ages 9–14 are invited to Old Bridge Public Library to create robots using LEGO Mindstorms technology. Pre-registration is required. FREE
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Top photo: Kids will flip for the Morris Museum's LEGO exhibit. David Haliski, Super Size Fries, MEGA BLOKS/photo courtesy of the artist.