20+ Things To Do on February Break in New Jersey
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
2. Live the American Dream
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
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
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
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.
Bundle up and stroll around the Grounds for Sculpture. Photo by David Howarth
14. Explore Outdoor Art
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
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.
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
25. Head Down the Shore
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