Bundle up for a Winter Hike at Cheesequake State Park. Photo by Ali Chandra
Bundle up for a Winter Hike at Cheesequake State Park. Photo by Ali Chandra

Things To Do in New Jersey This Weekend and Beyond: Petting Zoo, Winter Hikes, and More

Welcome the late-January weekend by stepping out for a hike or hanging with some furry friends. Imagine That hosts an outdoor petting zoo and pony rides, and you can visit Jakes Branch County Park for a live animal talk, or enjoy a nature hike at Cattus Island. Find more ways to keep kids entertained with these outdoor winter fun destinations for New Jersey kids and our list of the top indoor play spaces open now.

If you're looking for more indoor activities, check out our Poppins@Home site, which features Hopalong Andrew’s music and movement class for younger kids, while older kids can pick up food-prep skills with a teens and tweens wrap party. Plus, keep busy at home with these fun, FREE virtual January events.

As always, you can find more things to do in our Event Calendar and our Winter Fun Guide, which are filled with seasonal happenings.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.


Imagine That - parking lot
4 Vreeland Road
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Cloverdale Farm
34 Cloverdale Road
Barnegat, NJ 08005

Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083

Anrig Hall on the ETS Campus
Research Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Cheesequake State Park
300 Gordon Road
Matawan, 07747

Schiff Natural Lands Trust - Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road
Mendham, NJ 07945

Schiff Natural Lands Trust - Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road
Mendham, NJ 07945

Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NY 07305

Cattus Island County Park
1170 Cattus Island Blvd.
Toms River, NJ

Jake Branch County Park Nature Center
1100 Double Trouble Road
Beechwood, NJ 08722

Howell Living Farms
70 Wooden's Lane
Lambertville, NJ 08530

The Watershed Institute
31 Titus Mill Rd. Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
Pennington, NJ 08534

Downtown Mt. Holly
Washington Street High Street
Mt. Holly , NJ 08060

Newark Museum of Art online
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Duke Farms
80 Route 206 South
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Palmer Square
One Palmer Square East
Princeton, NJ 08542

Grounds for Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619

The Bent Spoon
35 Palmer Square West
South Princeton, NJ 08542

Campgaw Mountain
200 Campgaw Rd
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Mountain Creek
200 Route 94
Vernon, NJ 07462

Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun County Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07653

Cape May County Park & Zoo
707 North Route 9
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun County Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07653

Lakota Wolf Preserve
89 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Columbia, NJ 07832

Echo Lake Stables
55 Blakely Ln.
Newfoundland, NJ 07435

Jenkinson's Boardwalk
300 Ocean Ave
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Frelinghuysen Arboretum
353 East Hanover Ave
Morristown, NJ 07960

South Mountain Reservation
West S Orange Ave
Millburn ,

Pochunk
893 County Rd 517
Vernon, NJ 07418

Great Swamp Outdoor Nature Center
247 Southern Boulevard
Chatham, NJ

Tenafly Nature Center 313 Hudson Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NY 07305

XTreme Energy
250 S Van Brunt St.
Englewood, NJ

Hudson Play
189 Brunswick Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Imagine That Children's Museum
4 Vreeland Road
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Exceptional Explorers
277 Eisenhower Pkwy Shoppes @ Livingston Circle (behind Mezza)
Livingston, NJ 07039

iPlay America
110 Schanck Road
Freehold, NJ

Lily & Liam
250B S Van Brunt St.
Englewood, NJ 07631

Village Play Cafe
17 Watchung Avenue
Chatham, NJ 07928

Kid & Caboodle
1 Evergreen Place, Unit C
Morristown, NJ 07960

Climbzone
5369 U.S. 9
Howell, NJ 07731

Iron Peak Sports & Events
137 Mountain View Rd.
Hillsborough , NJ 08844

Sky Zone Springfield
25 Route 22
Springfield, NJ 07081

Genius Gems
215 Millburn Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041

Genius Gems
215 Millburn Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041

The Great Story
430 Huyler St.
S.Hackensack, NJ 07606

The Great Story
321 Broad Avenue, #135
Ridgefield, NJ 07657

XL Sports World Cherry Hill
650 Kresson Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Mountain Creek Resort
200 McAfee Vernon Road (Route 94)
Vernon, NJ 07462

Blue Mountain
1660 Blue Mountain Drive
Palmerton, PA 18071

Campgaw Mountain
200 Campgaw Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Shawnee Mountain
401 Hollow Road
East Stroudsburg, PA

Mountain Creek
200 Route 94
Vernon Township, NJ 07462

Campgaw Mountain
200 Campgaw Rd
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Camelback Resort
301 Resort Dr
Tannersville, PA 18372

Ski Shawnee
401 Hollow Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Blue Mountain
1660 Blue Mountain Dr
Palmerton, PA 18071

Hunter Mountain
Main Street
Hunter, NY 12442

Mount Peter
51 Old Mount Peter Road
Warwick, NY 10990

Newport Skates
95 River Drive
Jersey City, NJ

Pershing Field Ice Rink
Summit and Pershing
Jersey City, NJ

Secaucus Ice Rink
1203 Paterson Plank Road
Secaucus, NJ

Mercer County Skating Center
West Windsor, NJ

Roosevelt Park Family Ice Rink
151 PARSONAGE ROAD
Edison, NJ

The Asbury Hotel
210 5th Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Van Saun County Park- Ice Rink
216 Forest Ave.
Paramus, NJ

Pinnacle Parkour
45 Everett Drive
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Pinnacle Parkour
1205 Warren Drive
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

High Exposure Climbing
266 Union Street
Northvale, NJ 07647

Hudson Play
189 Brunswick Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Nex Level Arena
19 Royal Road
Flemington, NJ 08822

Get Air
200 Daniels Way Suite 120
Freehold, NJ 07728

Movement Lab
710 Park Avenue
Hainesport, NJ 08036

ClimbZone Howell
5369 U.S. 9
Howell, NJ 07731

Gymnatics Unlimited
2 Lilac Drive
Flemington, NJ 08822

Urban Air
396 Ryders Lane
Milltown, NJ 08850
Online Information Session
Online - Zoom - 9:00 AM
Annual Antique Toy Train Show
The Museum of American History at Deptford, NJ - 10:00 AM
LSC Junior Days
Liberty Science Center - 10:00 AM
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Coloring Book Pickup
Arts Council of Princeton - 10:00 AM
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Blue Cross RiverRink - 11:00 AM
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