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January GoList: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

What's the best cure for the post-holiday blues? Sending the kids back to school, of course! But here's the second-best: finding fun new activities to enjoy in the New Year

Start 2018 right with some fun things to do as a family on New Year's Day, then plan ahead for more adventures throughout the month. You can have breakfast with the animals at Jenkinson's Aquarium, camp in at Liberty Science Center, and check out performances ranging from Disney on Ice to the Cirque du Soleil–esque Underwater Bubble Show. Got a model train lover or a monster truck fanatic? You'll find something for them, too. 

For more wintry fun, check out our Winter Activity Guide, and discover the best places to play indoors when the temperature plummets. And as always, you can find many more great things to do in our Event Calendar.

Family-Friendly Skiing and Snowboarding Spots Around NJ

If you want to help your kids develop a lifelong love of skiing, snowboarding, and other snowy sports, this is a good place to start. We've rounded up some nearby ski resorts where you and your family can enjoy time on the slopes with minimal time in the car. We've also included safety tips for skiing and snowboarding from respected professionals. 

If you're looking for winter fun that's a bit less strenuous, snow tubing might be just the thing. And for even more options, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.

New Year's Weekend Fun for New Jersey Kids

Let the New Year's countdown begin! We've made it to the final weekend of holiday break, and there is still time to delight in holiday lights, enjoy a winter wonderland, catch a performance of Annie, and ring in 2018 with underwater creatures. Resolve to carve out some fun-filled family time with these great events.

You can also check out our post on things to do with the kids on New Year's Eve, and for even more winter weekend activities, see our January events calendar

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. Just be sure to reserve your spot soon!

Looking for pre–New Year entertainment? We rounded up 25 great things to do this holiday break, plus even more fun events happening this week for the kids. Be sure to check our Event Calendar for more.

Winter Break Weekday Fun in NJ: Art Studio, Dance Camp, New Year's Party

Monday is a banner day for New Jersey families. Not only is it Christmas, but it's also the first official day of winter break! A week off from school means a week of digging for entertainment for the little ones. Luckily, Mommy Poppins NJ has a full roster of winter break activities throughout the state.

Make Christmas last all week, with holiday adventures like Cranbury Christmas Lights, Adventure Aquarium's Christmas Underwater, and Jenkinson's Sea of Lights. Plus, stay warm with hands-on museum fun at New Jersey State Museum's Winter Break Art Studio, Morris Museum's Winter Vacation Celebration, and Newark Museum's Holiday Fun Days. And get ready for the New Year at Lawrence Library's New Year's Eve Party for Families.  

Read on for our best children's events the week of Dec 25-29, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and December GoList for even more end-of-the-year happenings.

Christmas Day Fun in New Jersey: What's Open on the Holiday?

Christmas Day is historically a homebound holiday, with parents and children staying in to revel in new presents and spend time with family and friends. But once all the gifts have been opened and the festive potluck polished off, that holiday spirit is still alive and well, leaving kids raring to burn off the last of their candy cane and sugar plum high.

Since shopping malls are largely out of the question until Tuesday, and most indoor play spaces are closed for biz on December 25, there’s not too much recreation readily around the corner. But Mommy Poppins searched high and low to see what’s open on Christmas—and thankfully, there are quite a few fun finds! From bowling and movies to festive light displays, we've rounded up 12 ideas to help you get out of the house on the holiday (plus one for those who prefer staying cozy inside.)

Top 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.

Liberty Science Center Debuts New State-of-the-Art Planetarium

While it might be too chilly to do any outdoor stargazing, solar system enthusiasts of all ages can marvel at the wonders of the universe from the indoor comfort of the newly renovated, state-of-the-art Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium at Liberty Science Center. The Jersey City–based educational center celebrated the grand opening of its latest and greatest addition—which happens to be the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the entire Western Hemisphere—on Saturday, December 9.

Christmas Weekend Events and Activities for New Jersey Kids

If you’ve been running around like a crazed elf for most of December, hang in there: the big weekend is almost here.

You can still find plenty of events that will let you soak up the holiday season as a family, whether you want to take in a classic performances of A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker; take a Holiday Lights Trolley Ride through Cape May; or go walking in a Winter Wonderland. You can see Santa swim with the sea life at Adventure Aquarium, or watch him fly into Princeton Airport on Christmas Eve. And it's the perfect time to pack up the kids and see one of NJ's amazing holiday light displays.

We've also rounded up best bets for a quiet Christmas Eve filled with family activities. Looking ahead to the week off from school? Check out our jam-packed list of things to do with NJ kids during holiday break. And you'll find many more options in our Event Calendar and December GoList.

Whatever you decide to do this holiday weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. Merry Christmas!

40+ Birthday Freebies: Free Meals and Special Deals for NJ Birthday Kids

We've all been caught up in birthday party hoopla, either baking cakes and party-themed treats or spending big bucks to rent a party place. But for those years when a low-key celebration is in order, birthday freebies are a great perk. From BOGO ice cream and pancakes to free bowling and arcade game tokens, coupons and discounts are yours for the taking when you register for kids' clubs or customer loyalty programs.

Read on for our A-to-Z list of birthday discounts, treats, and deals. If you're planning a party, don't miss our NJ Kids' Birthday Party Guide for ideas on party spots, specialty cakes, and at-home party fun. And don't forget that many New Jersey restaurants offer free kids' meals on weekdays, birthday or not! 

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