New Jersey

NJ Weekend January 29-30: Fire, Ice & Winter Festivals

Winter, snow, and ice may not be my idea of fun, but when you add the word "festival" after them I may just change my mind! This weekend New Jersey brings you two winter fests with ice-cold entertainment like live ice-sculpting and dog sled demonstrations that is balanced off by warming events like a chili cook off, a pancake breakfast, and tons of indoor fun for kids like a puppet show and a Frosty the Snowman musical. Harold and the Purple Crayon is playing on-stage at NJPAC. Older kids can brave the outdoors trying their hand at snowshoeing or searching for bald eagles. Finally, the Morris Museum has a fun "heart art" art project that is free with museum admission.

DIY Kids: FREE Crafts at Lowes, Home Depot & Michaels


Looking for some cheap and fun entertainment for the kids in the cold weather? (and we're talking really cheap because it's really cold...) Look no further than your local DIY outlet. Entertain the kids AND run some errands. Best of all? These events and the craft materials are all FREE!

Weekend events in NJ January 22-23: FREE Wassail Party at Terhune Orchards, An Owl Prowl, Balloon Story Theater and More!

Feel like burning up some old Christmas trees? Or dancing and howling around some apple trees? There’s a lot of outdoor fun in NJ this weekend, so pull on your long underwear and head out. Of course, if you’d rather not freeze your patootie off, you can go indoors for a fairy princess tea party, some Cabin Fever movie shorts or a balloon animal extravaganza. Have a great time!


Ice Skating Rinks in New Jersey


Ever feel like the only exercise your kids get in the winter is lifting the Goldfish to their mouths while watching the tube? Enter the snowy classic: ice skating. Whether indoor, outdoor, or semi-covered, get your Michelle Kwan on and take your pick of New Jersey’s best kid-friendly ice skating rinks!

MLK Weekend Events

We have five inspiring Martin Luther King Jr Day events lined up for kids on this long weekend! Kids can celebrate MLK Day through art, performance, community events and leadership activities at the Newark Museum, Morris Museum, Arts Council of Princeton, Express Yourself Studios, or the Essex Environmental Center. On Saturday and Sunday participate in special zoo programs at the Turtleback Zoo or Jenkinson Aquarium, explore the outdoors maple-sugaring at Great Swamp or learning how to cook outdoors at Plainsboro Preserve, get hands-on at the New Jersey State Museum's new kids workshops, or make some snowflake inspired art work at the Liberty Hall Museum. Or take advantage of the snow and take the kids skiing on NJ's slopes!

NJ Events January 8-9: FREE Tix to Bari Koral Family Band, The Swan Song of Holiday Lights, Tot Sculpture, Maple Sugaring!

Yes, we're all wiped out from the holidays, but instead of couch potato-ing through the rest of the winter, why not venture out and see what New Jersey has to offer this weekend. We have a great contest for four FREE sets of tickets to the awesome Bari Koral Family band, and you can also finally see the holiday lights you missed because you were too busy during the actual holidays or take part in the wonderful winter activity of maple sugaring. Happy New Year, Jerseyites!

NJ Indoor Playspaces: Beyond the Ball Pit--Bring on Theaters, Laser Tag, Puppet Shows and Go-Karting!

When the winter cold sets in, not only do the kids bounce off the walls, they also manage to turn the house upside-down. Better plan: Let them get the wiggles out somewhere else. Indoor playspaces were created by some very wise adults, let us tell you. Our favorite kid-tested spots will keep the small ones entertained for hours, and you with a clean house (plus some sanity).


NJ Weekend December 18-19: Kwanzaa, a Whoville Feast & Skate with Santa

Only one week left until Christmas!  Keep the kids busy with free festivals like the Kwanzaa Festival at NJPAC with everything from dance classes to crafts, or the free Maplewood Dickens Village Holiday Event with a petting zoo, face painting, horse and wagon rides and holiday crafts.  Grinch lovers can enjoy a Whoville Feast at Liberty Hall Museum with real Roast Beast.  Santa will also be making an early appearance at local ice skating rinks in West Windsor, Roselle, Secaucus and Jersey City.  Finally, check out some holiday lights, either the old fashioned kind in the form of a candlelight tour of the Historic Allaire Village, or the more modern kind at the Turtleback zoo and the Planetarium.

And for more great holiday fun, see our Holiday Guide.

Raising Young Scientists in NJ: Free, Fun, and Drop-In Science Programs

So they say science is falling by the wayside with today's kids. Not in NJ!  Home to geniuses like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison, New Jersey offers tons of opportunities to expose kids to the sciences.  No need to commit to a series of expensive classes.  Whether it's kids' chemistry experiments, a visit to a planetarium, or exploring for fluorescent minerals, you can pick and choose among these fun science finds.

Five Kid-Friendly NJ Nutcracker Performances

There is just something about Tchaikovsky's Sugar Plum Dance that makes you want to bake Christmas cookies, break out the holiday lights, and sip hot cocoa on the living room couch.  Seeing a performance of the Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that we honor every year.  We have found six spectacular kid-friendly performances of the Nutcracker for your family, ranging from grand and impressive to tot-friendly...

And for more cool holiday outings, check out our
Holiday Guide.


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