New Jersey

Holiday Break December 28-30th: Wolves, Winter Walks and Wacky Science

You’ve got 3 days to fill with the kids before New Year’s Eve hits—what to do? Put the resolution writing aside and head to a great long-running event, including Trenton’s Patriot’s Week, 12 Days of Science at Liberty Science Center, Family Fun Week at Newark Museum and Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration; or take a hike, catch an ice-skating show or go on a wolf watch. It’s nearly your final family time in 2009–spend it wisely, and together!

Christmas Weekend Events Dec. 25-27: Patriots, Puppets, Penguins, "Peanuts" and More!

Finally! Christmas is here. A long weekend full of gift wrap, relatives and relaxation, right? Not if your house is like ours—I give my kids 3 hours after opening presents before they start with the, "I’m bored" line of whining. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, don’t worry–there’s plenty of activities happening to keep everyone busy; from Santa scuba-diving to a "funky Jewish music" concert, and from patriot re-enactments to puppets and penguins. So take up Grandma and Grandpa on that offer to entertain the kids, hustle them off, then hurry up and dismantle the holiday decorations–without the added "help" of little hands!

Weekend Events for NJ Kids Dec. 19-20: Kwanzaa, Crafts and Lights, Lights, Lights!

Done baking? Shopping completed? Holiday parties over? Of COURSE not!  Exactly why you and the kids need a break from the chaos.  Scrap the gift wrap, bundle up and head out to a Kwanzaa festival;  holiday lights at a zoo, aquarium or children’s garden; jump on a holiday train ride with Santa; or just enjoy nature with birds and crafts.  ‘Tis the season, and you’ll be darn sad you missed it playing Betty Crocker if you don’t take advantage of it now!

Weekend Events for NJ Kids December 12-13: Myths, Museums and Movies

If you’re up to your two front teeth in Christmas trees and Santa Claus, this is actually a great weekend for a breather!  Catch a reenactment of George Washington’s historic crossing of the Delaware River; hear Native American myths at the Newark Museum; explore a Cezanne exhibit and enjoy a free family event at the Morris Museum; and take your teddy bear for a picnic at your pick of places!  For those who can’t do without a dose of pre-Christmas inspiration, check out the family holiday workshop at Grounds for Sculpture, or watch the movie, “The Polar Express” on the IMAX screen at Liberty Science Center.  Then you’ll be whistling “Merry Chrithmath!”

Weekend Events for NJ Kids December 5-6: Santa, Santa Everywhere!

Santa is coming to town… in every way imaginable; by old-fashioned sleigh, by train, and even by helicopter!  Along with Santas galore, there’s tree-lighting celebrations, craft fairs and festivals, and plenty of hot chocolate to go along with it all!  For those seeking refuge from the host of holiday goings-on, enjoy a Santa-free family puppet and marionette show.

Celebrate Christmas in New York Old School with Sinterklaas

Before New York was New York, it was New Amsterdam and before Santa Claus was Santa Claus, he was Sinterklaas. In the Netherlands, children leave their shoes out on the night of December 5th for Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) who comes to their houses and fills the shoes with chocolates and candies (or bundles of sticks for the naughty) in celebration of St. Nicholas’s Day on December 6th.

Celebrate Christmas in New York the old school way by adding a little Sinterklaas to your Holiday mix.

NJ Thanksgiving Break Events Nov. 26-29: Turkey Trots, Super-Heros and Holiday Lights

While Thanksgiving Day activities for families may be limited to Turkey Trot fun runs, after the parade is over and the turkey eaten, take advantage of all Jersey has to offer before the holiday madness sets in!  Dine with your favorite super-hero, try your hand at some Cezanne-inspired artwork, go treasure hunting with a real archeologist, see live owls, or get into the holiday mood with holiday light shows and cookie decorating.

Weekend Events for NJ Kids November 21-22: Candle-making, Crafts and Carpentry

It’s almost Turkey Time!  This weekend, get an early start on Thanksgiving festivities by experiencing an 1836 Thanksgiving celebration at an historic village and learning more about the Lenape Native Americans.  In keeping with the season, enjoy a smorgasbord of fun craft workshops, including candle and ornament making, decoupage candle holder making, recycled crafts, mini-furniture making, and even a workshop on how to build an owl house.

Weekend Events for NJ Kids November 14-15: Chilly Fun, Trains and Teddy Bears

There is lots of fun to be had this weekend both indoors and out!  Celebrate New Jersey's Lenape Indians both with indoor crafts at the Morris Museum or an outdoor hike at Morris Great Swamp.  Lovers of the outdoors and nature may be tempted to squeeze in a last nature walk, learn how to go bird watching, brave the cold for an evening around the campfire, take in a train show at the gardens, or enjoy a live animal presentation of reptiles.  Prefer your animals cuddly and inanimate? Grab your teddy bear and head to an indoor teddy bear picnic and celebration!

Weekend Events for NJ Kids November 7-8: Outdoor Animals and Indoor Fun

Winter may be just around the corner, but it isn't time to give up fun outdoor activities just yet!  This weekend, kids can head outdoors and get up close with all kinds of animals: watch wild ducks, learn all about horses, or attend an outdoor animal storytime.  They can also travel back in time at a historical farm and explore sausage and bacon making, or learn how to turn apples into cider.  Too chilly for you? Look for a good time indoors with a free theater series with campfire stories, a Mo Willem’s show at SOPAC, or family fun at the Newark Museum.


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