New Jersey

NJ Weekend Events Feb. 13-15: Free Fun for Valentines' Day, President's Day, Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras: Phew!

Wow! President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year’s celebrations: a big ol’ batch of holidays rolled into one long weekend!  Enjoy everything from sweet chocolate festivals, colonial candy making and a “Voices and Hearts for Haiti” concert for V-Day, and on President’s day engage in presidential events and crafts at the Newark and Morris Museums. Say ‘Gung Hay Fat Choy” at a teahouse celebreation, then make Mardi Gras crafts to prep for “Fat Tuesday.” Feeling anti-holiday?  Burn the paper hearts and head out maple sugaring or birdwatching; deal in some live animal demonstrations and a dinosaur weekend; or think thespian at the State Theater of NJ where kids can enjoy 29 different performances, workshops, and events.

 

NJ Weekend Feb. 6-7: A Frenzy of Winter Events--Indoors, Outdoors and many FREE!

SIX? MORE? WEEKS OF WINTER????  If you’re like most moms, you’re feeling a little stir crazy by now. Maybe even planning groundhog stew. Hey, even the best of ‘em can only stomach so many tissue roll projects and Disney videos.  Thankfully, a big batch of family fun gets you and the kids out of the house and into a whirlwind of activity this weekend.  The folks in Hoboken are betting on cabin fever to turn out big crowds to their festival on Saturday. In Sparta, they’re counting on snow for sledding contests and snowshoe races at their big Winter Carnival.  For those who want to get out, but stay in, children’s shows abound.  And for the quieter types, there’s maple tree tapping or a fashion-focused tea party. C’mon...ditch the DVD player and the craft glue, load the kids in the car, and kick up your heels!

No Shadows Allowed! Free and Fun NJ Groundhog Day Events

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!  Let’s hope Mr. Groundhog’s coat grew especially thick this year!  Shake up your routine on Groundhog Day and keep your fingers crossed there’s no shadow to be seen.  Maybe you can’t make it all the way to Pennsylvania to see Punxsutawney Phil make his annual prediction, but New Jersey teams with terrific activities in celebration of this common New Jersey garden pest (sorry Phil!).

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!)

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