Besides being the first weekend in February (and another weekend closer to Spring), it's also a big weekend for football fans since the Giants are in the Superbowl! Although many will be getting ready for the game, there is still lots of fun to be had prior to Sunday's main event. This weekend's activities include maple sugaring, mozzarella making, Mad Science, and a winter day on the farm. Read on for all of our picks and you can always find additional weekend events in our Event Calendar.
Did you know that it's the start of Maple Sugaring here in New Jersey? Get out there and experience this fascinating tradition here in the Northeast. You'll see how trees are tapped, view sap collecting methods, learn about the boiling process and taste the final product. A sweet (and educational) way to spend your Saturday or Sunday before the big game.
Environmental Education Center (Basking Ridge)
10am (Sat only), 12pm & 2pm Saturdays and Sundays through March 11. Free. Call 908-766-2489 for more information.
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (Chatham)
2 pm (Saturdays and Sundays through March 11). $3 per person. Register in advance by calling (973) 635-6629.
Tenafly Nature Center (Tenafly)
2pm Sunday February 5th. Every Sunday through March 11 at 12:30pm & 2pm. Members $5/Non-members $10. Pre-registration required.
Saturday February 4th
Art For Families: Masks and Masquerade (Princeton)
Drop in anytime between 10:30am – 1:00pm at the Princeton University Art Museum for their FREE weekly event which includes a self-guided, interactive tour of the Museum followed by a related art project. This week's theme will have your family examining objects from different African cultures and then making a mask of your own. For more information: (609) 258-3788.
Mad Science: Wonders of Water! (Lyndhurst)
This event combines two of my favorite things in one fantastic event: the educational and amazing Meadowlands Environmental Center and the uber-entertaining Mad Science folks. This event which runs from 10am – 11am at the Meadowlands Environmental Center will wow your kids with ice and liquids to illustrate exciting scientific principles. If you are interested in attending this educational entertainment program make sure to pre-register online as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. $5 per person non-members/ $4 members. For more information: 201-460-8300.
Mozzarella Making (Lawrenceville)
This event at Cherry Grove Farm is not only every kids' dream (being allowed to play with their food!) but cheese-lover parents will also enjoying learning about the process of making mozzarella with their children. Kids will take the lead in this workshop and learn how to stretch and make mozzarella and even get to make their own "mutz" sculpture. Pre-registration is required for this popular event, and they've added additional classes on February 25 and March 3 too. 2pm. $25 per child (parents are free) For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-219-0053.
Cabin Fever Family Day (Hoboken)
WOW, I think the Hoboken Family Alliance, who sponsor this free indoor event, have read the minds of all us weary parents who haven't gotten out much this winter! Yes, this jam-packed event will entertain (and perhaps exhaust) your whole family with a variety of activities such as kid's yoga, sports clinics, dance workshops, as well as Valentine's day crafts and the always popular face painting. You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy performances throughout the morning by local favorites and raffles throughout the event; you can also learn about local camps and other summer activity options. $20 per family payable at the door. 10AM - 2PM. For more information visit here.
Science of the Circus (Jersey City)
This event at Liberty Science Center is sure to fascinate AND educate both kids and adults with the performers at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey demonstrating many laws and principles of physics, such as balance, gravity, and momentum. This is an entertaining way to teach kids that the circus isn't just about cotton candy, popcorn and animals! Free with museum admission. Showtimes at 12pm and 1:30pm. For more information: 201-200-1000.
Sunday February 5th
A Winter's Day at the Farm (Morris Township)
Another great way to combat cabin (er, farmhouse) fever this weekend is Fosterfields Living Historical Farm's annual event. Bundle up the whole family and bring them out to experience winter farm activities from 12-4pm. Your kids will enjoy watching or participating in traditional winter chores such as ice cutting (weather permitting), tree tapping for maple syrup, sawing wood, cracking corn, collecting eggs and churning butter. There are also open wagon rides and of course, visiting with the farm animals. It's sure to be a fun day on the farm and then back at home when the everyone hugs their microwave and vacuum cleaner! $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 – 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2. Call (973) 326-7644 for additional information.
A Collection of Novelty Valentines (Westfield)
It's never too early to get into the Valentine's spirit! At the Miller Cory Museum from 2-4pm you'll get a jump start on all this “love”ly holiday by viewing their unique collection of valentines which feature puns, plays on words or silly rhymes, unusual shapes, and made with materials other than paper. This program also includes a children's craft and storytelling. $3.00 adults; $1.00 students; children under four free. For more information: 908-232-1776.
Don't forget: We have additional activity listings in our Event Calendar. And if you are heading into NYC for the weekend make sure you visit the New York City Mommy Poppins events calendar to get the latest on all the fun to be had NYC-style.
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