New Jersey

NJ Weekend Jan. 30-31: Fire and Ice and Lots of Freezy, Free Events!

New Jerseyans know what extreme cold and ice mean: time to play and party!  This weekend, watch ice sculptors, meet ice hockey champs, or take a chilly dog sled ride at two winter festivals; try your hand at a historical farm’s old-fashioned ice harvesting; skate over to Disney on Ice; or celebrate winter by Wassailing the apple trees, maple sugaring, animal tracking, or snowshoeing.  If you prefer the warm indoors, don’t worry---those ice festivals also include fiery chili cook-offs and fun kids’ entertainment like puppet shows.  Or you may want to check out the latest car models at the New Jersey Auto Show; the largest and most complete set of T-Rex dinosaur bones at Liberty Science Center; or just hunker down for some heart-warming Valentine crafts.

New Jersey Dance Schools: From Ballet to Hip-Hop, it's Here!

Whether your child’s a tough guy, a tomboy or a tiny princess, there may come a day when they wanna’ cut footloose and dance. While “dance class” used to strictly mean “ballet,” the vast range of New Jersey dance studios now expands that definition to include everything from hip-hop and tap, to ballet and break-dancing classes. So, if you’re dreaming of your child as principal dancer at The Joffrey Ballet, or if you just want to see your little star on stage in a cute costume, there’s a school to fit the bill. Check out the wide array of options sure to please every type of tiny dancer out there, and let your little one bust-a-move!

Weekend Events for NJ Kids Jan. 23-24: Tree-Planting, Tyke Hikes, Puppets, Planets and More!

Don’t let the call of the couch win this weekend; get up, get going and get out! Whether you embrace the season in all its natural outdoor glory, or prefer to pass the time snuggled up inside, your family will find something happening in New Jersey to make your weekend memorable. If you crave vistas and trees, take your tyke on a hike, plant a tree for Tu B'Shevat, or celebrate snow at an Ice Festival. Shows more your speed? Check out “Rumpelstiltskin” brought to life by puppets in Branchburg, or learn about Cinderella’s fairy godmother at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center. The couch can wait!

NJ Martin Luther King, Jr Day Weekend, Jan. 16-18: Chilly Hikes, Hot Beach Parties, Art, Dance and Animals!

You’ve got three days to play! Fill them with winter hikes or beach parties; behind-the-scene aquarium tours and museum safaris; ice shows, musical and theatrical productions; and more! Seeking something a little more....restful? We’ve got the answer–simply cuddle up on the couch and enjoy some kid-friendly entertainment on the radio! Then, celebrate the true spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with time spent learning, thinking, and volunteering.

NJ Children's Theater Brings It! From Community Casts to Broadway Style Blitz

If your winter entertainment’s been limited to Nick Jr. and the Disney Channel, get those buns off the couch and head to a live performance! New Jersey boasts a wide selection of theaters offering top-level kids performances for all ages: plays, magic shows, dancers, acrobats, comedians, puppets and singers. And with the explosion of YouTube, many websites offer links to performance video clips, giving you a taste of the show before you book your tickets—extremely helpful if your little one regularly begins with “I’m bored!” two minutes after the curtain rises. New Jersey theaters’ winter and spring schedules are bursting with fun performances–check ‘em out with a click of the mouse–and put down that darn remote!

Weekend Events for NJ Kids Jan. 9-10: Birds and Breakfast, Maple Sugar and Snowshoes

Find winter birds all over New Jersey's nature centers this freezing weekend: go on an owl prowl, identify and record birds at the bird feeder from the cozy indoors, or make some winter treats to take home for our feathered friends. The cold also brings some fun outdoor activities like maple sugaring and snowshoeing. Or take advantage of free planetarium shows at the New Jersey State Museum, storytelling and crafts at the Newark Museum, Russian dancing at the Garden State Discovery Center, and a princess breakfast at the New Jersey Children's Museum.

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

2014 dates and pricing will be added shortly. 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! That is why indoor playspaces were created. These kid-tested spots will keep younger kids entertained for hours, and you with a clean house (plus some sanity!)

NJ New Year's Eve, Day & Weekend: From Swords and Waterslides to Kings and Cube Bubbles

Make a resolution to spend more time hanging out with the kids in 2010, and jump right in on New Year’s Eve. There are plenty of celebrations to ring in the New Year, even if you party at noon instead of midnight. Here’s four suggestions for kid-friendly New Year’s celebrations at any time of the day, or evening, or even weekend. After the confetti has settled, the weekend is chock-full of fun indoor and outdoor events for kids including calendar-making, bubble shows, macaroni necklaces, nature walks, and even a Three Kings Celebration to end the holiday season.

 

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!

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