Keep your kids busy with the holiday fun drop-in activities Wednesday-Sunday of vacation week. Photo courtesy of The Newark Museum
Keep your kids busy with the holiday fun drop-in activities Wednesday-Sunday of vacation week. Photo courtesy of The Newark Museum

Winter Break Weekday Fun in NJ: Art Studio, Dance Camp, New Year's Party

Monday is a banner day for New Jersey families. Not only is it Christmas, but it's also the first official day of winter break! A week off from school means a week of digging for entertainment for the little ones. Luckily, Mommy Poppins NJ has a full roster of winter break activities throughout the state.

Make Christmas last all week, with holiday adventures like Cranbury Christmas Lights, Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Underwater, and Jenkinson's Sea of Lights. Plus, stay warm with hands-on museum fun at New Jersey State Museum's Winter Break Art Studio, Morris Museum's Winter Vacation Celebration, and Newark Museum's Holiday Fun Days. And get ready for the New Year at Lawrence Library's New Year's Eve Party for Families.  

Read on for our best children's events the week of Dec 25-29, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and December GoList for even more end-of-the-year happenings.

The Cranbury Light Show is one of NJ's most dazzling displays. Photo courtesy of Christmas Spectacular on Main Street Cranbury, NJ

Monday, December 25

Central NJ:
Cranbury Christmas Lights – Cranbury
Top off your Christmas celebrating with a dazzling light show, featuring 120,000 lights choreographed to music. Plus, check out New Jersey's tallest Christmas tree.  FREE but donations are welcome. 

Jersey Shore:
Christmas in Cape May – Cape May
Spend Christmas Day taking in the holiday magic at Cape May’s cozy Dickens Village–like scene, with trolley rides, house tour, festive decor, and much more.

See all Monday events.

Jenkinson's Sea of Lights in Point Pleasant. Photo courtesy of Jenkinson's Boardwalk 

Tuesday, December 26

Central NJ:
Winter Break Art Studio – Trenton
The kids can get crafty over winter break with free projects every day at New Jersey State Museum. FREE

Preschool Story and Music Time – Westampton
Bring the little ones to a free storytime at Rancocas Nature Center, featuring stories and songs. Pre-registration is required. FREE

Jersey Shore:
Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights – Point Pleasant
Spend winter break at the shore, where Jenkinson’s Aquarium dazzles with lights and decor. Crafts, face painting, and Santa photos are all part of the fun. Runs through Thursday.

See all Tuesday events.

No Evles! No Elves! at Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre. Photo courtesy of the Bickford Theater

Wednesday, December 27

Northern NJ:
Winter Vacation Celebration – Morristown
There’s no shortage of activities for winter breakers at this Morris Museum celebration. The fun includes a winter-themed craft, a Touch the Music workshop, and a performance of No Elves! No Elves! In the Bickford Theatre.

Whole Food Kids Club – West Orange
It’s a busy, and free, morning for the younger set at Whole Foods, with stories, crafts, and snacks. FREE

Jersey Shore:
Winter Wonderland Dance Camp – Tinton Falls
Fun and free, this dance party features holiday dances, crafts, and snacks for 4–12-year-olds. FREE

See all Wednesday events.

Make sure to pre-register for Penny's Storytime on Thursdays at the Hoboken Historical Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

Thursday, December 28

Central NJ:
New Year’s Party for Families – Lawrenceville
Ring in the New Year a little early at the Lawrence Library, with music, magic, crafts, refreshments, and a celebration at noon. Pre-registration is required. FREE

Northern NJ:
Holiday Fun Days – Newark
Something fun and crafty awaits every day this week at Newark Museum. Projects include Winter Wonderland Watercolor, Seasonal Stained Glass, and Twisted Trimmings.

Penny’s Storytime – Hoboken
Swing by Hoboken Historical Museum with your preschooler every Thursday for stories and songs about city life. FREE

See all Thursday events.

Take a spin on the ice at the Van Saun skating rink. Photo courtesy of the Bergen County Executive's Office

Friday, December 29

Northern NJ:
Bergen County Winter Wonderland – Paramus
Treat the family to everything winter has to offer at Van Saun Park’s winter festival, complete with ice skating, train and carousel rides, food trucks, the zoo, and other seasonal activities. Events runs through the weekend.

Southern NJ:
Christmas Underwater at the Adventure Aquarium – Camden
Catch this underwater Santa before he swims away at Adventure Aquarium. Scuba Santa shares the tank with sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, and a giant underwater Christmas Tree. The final swim takes place Saturday.

Central NJ:
Storybook Yoga – Gillette
After a busy week, unwind at Long Hill Library’s yoga session for 2–6-year-olds. Pre-registration is required. FREE

See all Friday events.

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