20+ Things To Do on February Break in New Jersey

Cure the midwinter break blues with a visit to the SeaLife Aquarium at American Dream. Photo by Jody Mercier
Cure the midwinter break blues with a visit to the SeaLife Aquarium at American Dream. Photo by Jody Mercier

Sandwiched between the bustling holiday break and the itching-for-warm-weather spring break falls New Jersey's midwinter February Break. This year, Presidents Day falls on Monday, February 21, 2022—and depending on the district, NJ schoolchildren have a three-, four-, or even five-day weekend, making it the perfect time for a family outing or family-friendly winter day trip.

Whether you choose to hang indoors at a popular local indoor play space or embrace the winter weather with a snow tubing trip to one of these nearby hills, there's plenty to keep everyone busy over the long weekend. Read on for our picks for the best February Break activities for NJ kids, and bookmark our Family Activity Calendar for even more ideas.

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Be sure to check with each venue for its COVID guidelines and requirements before heading out to any event; some events are getting canceled or postponed at the last minute due to the latest COVID surge, so always confirm details before departing.

1. Spend a Day at LSC

Everyone’s favorite science museum is back with several fun exhibits. Be sure to check out Wobbly World, a new STEM-powered funhouse, and PAW Patrol: Adventure Play, which is perfect for little ones.

2. Live the American Dream

You could easily spend your entire winter break at this entertainment complex, between Angry Birds mini golf, Nickelodeon Universe amusement park, and the largest indoor water park in North America.

3. Play With Fire & Ice

Head to Cream Ridge for a Fire & Ice Festival featuring ice and wood sculptures, cozy fire pits, food trucks, and more.

4. Visit a Museum

Linger for a few hours at a new-to-you museum in northern New Jersey, central and southern New Jersey, or even one of NYC's kid-friendly spots.

5. Enjoy a FREE Meal

Give yourself a break from cooking and get dinner at a family-friendly New Jersey restaurant where kids eat free.

6. Go Under the Sea

If you’ve already been to Adventure Aquarium in Camden, Sea Life Aquarium at American Dream is well worth a visit.

7. Have Snow Much Fun!

Flurries in the forecast? Bookmark this list of 50 snow day boredom busters sure to save the (snow) day.

8. Play with Legos

Mini builders will get a kick out of the wide variety of bricks available to build with at Legoland Discovery Center at American Dream.

9. Burn off Energy

If your kids have turned your couch into a bounce house, head to one of these trampoline parks or indoor obstacle courses and ninja gyms for them to bounce around instead.

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Imagine That offers lots of programs over February Break
Check out the many program offerings—inside and out—at Imagine That.

10. Play All Day

Normally closed on Monday, lucky for us, Imagine That!!! is open on Presidents Day.

11. Climb to New Heights

If your kids are climbing the walls, then an indoor rock-climbing space like Gravity Vault in Montclair is a fantastic way to harness that energy.

12. Roll With It

Rack up some serious fun at a family-friendly bowling alley.

13. Celebrate With Elmo

Got preschoolers in your brood? Sesame Place hosts a furry fun fest in honor of Mardi Gras.

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The Grounds For Sculpture is a beautiful day trip destination for February Break
Bundle up and stroll around the Grounds for Sculpture. Photo by David Howarth

14. Explore Outdoor Art

Spend a day wandering among the sculptures at the Grounds For Sculpture or one of these other outdoor art destinations nearby.

15. Hit the Slopes

We found the best resorts in and near New Jersey where your family can ski and snowboard.

16. Take a Run at Snow Tubing

If you’re looking for a winter sport that’s a bit less strenuous, snow tubing might be just the thing for your family.

17. Go Sledding

After the flakes have flown, break out your sleds and venture to one of these great local hills.

18. Explore the Great Outdoors

Head to Union County Trailside and Nature Center for the weekend-long February Festivities, including maple syrup demos, educational raptor workshops, magic shows, scavenger hunts, and more.

19. Glide Around the Rink

Lace-up your skates and go for a spin around one of these outdoor ice skating rinks.

20. Explore the Zoo

The Bergen County Zoo, Turtle Back Zoo, and Cape May Zoo, three of our favorite local spots for animal encounters, are open daily.

21. Take a Hike

Marvel at the nature around you, look at how the snow frames the trees, and see what kinds of animals you can spot, all while getting your heart rate up.

22. Go Maple Sugaring

February is the start of maple sugaring season in New Jersey and tons of nature spots offer a taste of this old-school tradition.

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Visit the Reeves-Reed Aboretum on February Break
Check out all the kid-friendly offerings at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

23. Get Some Fresh Air

Visit the Reeves-Reed Arboretum all week long for a robust calendar of kid-friendly nature events.

24. Hit the Road

A day trip or weekend getaway may be in order—and we've got plenty of entertainment for the car ride, too.

25. Head Down the Shore

The Jersey Shore isn't just for summertime visits. Visit one of these boardwalks packed with offseason fun.

Photos courtesy of the venues

There & Back: The Journey to Vietnam and Home
New Jersey Vietnam Veteran Memorial Foundation - 10:00 AM
Festival of Trees
Morven Museum & Garden - 10:00 AM
Playtime at the Library
Ramsey Free Public Library - 11:00 AM
Smithsonian Spark!Lab
Morris Museum - 12:00 PM
Newark Winter Village
Mulberry Commons - 3:00 PM
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