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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events in NJ

Martin Luther King, Jr., the chief spokesperson for the Civil Rights Movement, is memorialized annually on the third Monday of January. This floating holiday has evolved into more than just a day off from school. Now deemed a National Day of Service, MLK Day encourages volunteers across the country to donate their time in order to make a difference. This day reminds us of hope, compassion, and the ongoing potential for social change. Many New Jersey towns are hosting local activities, and we've put together a list that includes both celebrations and service activities.

Indoor Water Parks and Pools for New Jersey Families

Winter certainly has its charms: building snowmen, sledding, skating, and hot cocoa are wonderful, but by mid-January you and your family might be looking to warm up in a more tropical environment. While it might be nice to board a plane to a sunny island destination, it’s not always possible or cost-effective. Luckily, you can enjoy some summertime fun even in the coldest months at a multitude of indoor water parks and pools in and around New Jersey. All of these destinations can be reached in about three hours or less by car, give or take your starting address and traffic, of course. Go dig out your bathing suit from behind your coats and mittens, and get ready to take the plunge at one of these exciting parks!

The Best Snow Tubing Spots for New Jersey Families

When it comes to winter activities, snow tubing is one of our favorites. Of course, we love ice skating and all manner of frosty sports, but snow tubing is something the whole family can enjoy—regardless of skill. No experience is necessary, and you can tube alone or in groups. In fact, tubing is a lot like sledding, but a whole lot easier. You can barrel down the snowy slope at thrilling speeds without having to hike back up the hill. It’s done for you! Now that's the kind of winter sport we can get behind. 

Where To Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Kids in New Jersey

New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays that changes drastically once you become a parent. Any kind of grown-up fun usually involves weeks of planning. Who can babysit? How much do we pay on New Year’s Eve? Do we let the tweens stay up until we get home? Unless you truly need an adult night out (in which case, GO for it!), how about a happy compromise? Read on to get the scoop on events in NJ for families who want to ring in the New Year together, from a bash at an indoor amusement park to an aquatic countdown at the aquarium.

Looking for pre-new year fun? We rounded up 25 great things to do this holiday break, and even more fun events happening this week for the kids.

A Dozen Must-Do Holiday Activities for NJ Kids

There are five weekends from December 1 to January 1, and hundreds of ways to fill them. Overwhelmed by the possibilities? If you’re looking for fun activities the kids will love that don’t cost an arm and a leg, look no further than our list of the best family outings worth adding to your busy December “to do” list. From holiday light shows to breakfast with Santa, we’ve compiled 12 great memory-making activities for this month.

Check out our full calendar of events and our holiday guide for more options.

Quirky Christmas: Some NJ Holiday Events You May Not Have Heard Of

We all have our favorite holiday traditions, whether it's viewing annual light displays, cutting down a Christmas tree, or having breakfast with Santa. All good stuff, to be sure. But if you're thinking you might like to mix up your holiday adventures a bit, check out some of these, shall we say, "off the beaten path" ideas. We've got activities that will take you on a boat, to an alpaca farm, and even back in time. Because sometimes parents need to throw something new into the mix to keep kids on their toes. And who knows? One of them might become a new favorite. For even more ways to celebrate the season, check out the December GoList and our Holiday Guide.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Winter Wonderland, The Nutcracker, Teddy Bear Tea

With Thanksgiving behind us and our fridges stocked with leftovers, our attention is turning to peak holiday season festivities! Whether your family enjoys touring beautiful holiday light displays, taking in an exciting live performance, or even attending a teddy bear tea party, there are so many fun events for NJ kids and families this weekend. And if you’re in the mood for a celebrity sighting, Santa Claus himself will be a special guest at many of our favorite picks. For more things to do, be sure to check out our December GoList and Holiday Guide.

Thanksgiving Weekend for NJ Kids: Holiday Lights, Santa, Tree Lighting

There are so many reasons to look forward to Thanksgiving. Delicious meals with loved ones, whether they’re home-cooked, takeout, or enjoyed at a restaurant. There's the first glimpse of holiday lights, including some displays that are out of this world. Holiday-themed family shows like The Nutcracker and Mooseltoe take center stage, and Santa is starting to make some appearances around town. There are so many ways to make amazing memories this Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends, and we’ve selected a bunch that we think look super fun.

For even more options, check out our Event Calendar, and the November GoList. All the best holiday events and fun can be found in our NJ Kids Holiday Guide.

Holiday Trains in New Jersey: Take the Kids on a Christmas Ride

Every year, New Jersey's railroads get decked out in their holiday best to offer special Christmas-themed rides for the whole family. Though these trains don't go all the way to the North Pole, most include a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, along with treats, caroling, and stories. One storybook Santa train invites kids to wear their pajamas and hear a classic Christmas story read aloud on the rails, while another ferries passengers to a Christmas tree farm. Check out these holiday train rides with Santa Claus and book your tickets as soon as possible – they sell out fast! 

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