Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Disney on Ice, Pinkalicious, MLK Day

Things to do with kids in New Jersey on MLK weekend, January 14–16, 2017

We honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with a federal holiday on Monday, and that means school will be closed. If you're trying to figure out how to spend the long weekend, you've got plenty of options, whether you want to take in a performance featuring ice skating princesses, take part in a celebration of Dr. King, or pretty much anything in between. You can have breakfast with the animals at Jenkinson's Aquarium and learn all about the Fire Department Museum in Hoboken; you can cure cabin fever with outdoor options that include a maple sugaring demonstration and an MLK Day of Service opportunity for teens at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. If you'd rather stay warm and toasty, check out one of NJ's many indoor play spaces and fun zones. Still looking? Find more fun things to do in our Calendar of Events and January GoList

All Weekend

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream – Newark
January 13–16
Little princesses will love the latest Disney on Ice offering, which glides into the the Prudential Center this weekend. Dare to Dream follows the adventures of Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Tiana, with Mickey and Minnie hosting the proceedings.


Last chance to hit the ice at Bergen County Winter Wonderland. Photo courtesy of the venue.

Bergen County Winter Wonderland – Paramus
January 14–15
This is the last weekend to experience the Winter Wonderland in Van Saun Park, where the fun includes ice skating, unlimited carousel rides, and admission to the zoo. Moms and dads can fortify themselves at the beer garden. 

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations – Chatham
January 14–15
Head over to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center to learn how to tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Afterward, you get to taste-test different syrups, including some made at the Great Swamp OEC. 

Saturday, January 14

Breakfast with the Animals – Point Pleasant
Start your day with some of the residents of Jenkinson's Aquarium in this special program for kids ages 5 and up (accompanied by an adult). You'll receive special early entry to the aquarium, a continental breakfast, and time to ask questions about the animals. Pre-registration required.


Story Pirates will perform a show based on stories written by kids. Photo courtesy of Bergen PAC.

Kidz Cabaret: Story Pirates – Englewood
In the latest offering in Bergen PAC's Kidz Cabaret series, stories written by kids across the country provide the material for a wild sketch comedy musical performed by professional actors. The performance will also include an improvised segment based on suggestions from kids in the audience. For ages 3 and up.

Character Jump with Pikachu and Squirtle – Roselle Park
Pokemon fans will flip for this open jump session at Pump It Up, where they can bounce with Pikachu and Squirtle. The session will last 70 minutes, followed by a brief photo session during which parents can take photos of their kids with the characters. 

Sunday, January 15

Pinkalicious The Musical – Morristown
In the musical version of the beloved children's book, a girl's indulgence in too many pink cupcakes causes a severe case of Pinkititis, and hilarity ensues. The show comes to Mayo Performing Arts Center for two afternoon performances.

Learn About the Fire Department Museum – Hoboken
On the third Sunday of each month, the museum offers two tours geared especially toward young children – one for 2-3-year-olds and one for 4-6-year-olds. FREE

Shopkins Tea Party – Westfield
Just Bead Yourself welcomes Shopkins aficionados to create their own Shopkins necklace, backpack pull, or bookmark, play a game of  Shopkins bingo, and have a tea party with pink lemonade and cookies.  

Monday, January 16

Explore the Dream Through Art – Maplewood
Kids ages 4–12 are invited to Express Yourself Studio, where they can participate in an art project exploring the themes of peace, equality, and friendship in honor of Dr. King. Three sessions are available. 

MLK Day of Service at Reeves-Reed Arboretum – Short Hills
Help your kids give back by taking part in a Day of Service at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Teens can join the Horticulture Department for a morning of outdoor work, and kids of all ages can stop by the Education Center to create cards that will be given to patients at a local hospital for Valentine's Day. FREE

MLK Day Skate and Play – Westville
Spend your day off roller skating at Deptford Skate Center, where the festivities include skating, admission to the Funzone, inflatables, pizza and drinks – plus a special visit from Marshall from "Paw Patrol." 

Top photo: Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Photo courtesy of the production.

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