Elaine Paoloni Quilici

Elaine Paoloni Quilici

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The Best Museums for Kids in Northern New Jersey

When bad weather hits, a trip to a museum can be a great cure for cabin fever. With winter in full force, it's time to check out a few local gems that offer kids hands-on art and science exploration. At these northern New Jersey museums, kids can study the stars at a planetarium, learn about dinosaurs that once roamed New Jersey, create their own works of art, meet animals, make music, and much more. They're guaranteed to learn something—and get nice and tired in the process.

Read on for our favorite spots in northern New Jersey, and be sure to check out our roundup of museums in central and southern NJ, too.

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.

Hot Dog! Disney Junior Takes Its Dance Party on Tour

Do you find yourself doing the "Hot Dog Dance" while making dinner? Do you sometimes sway to the sound of Doc McStuffins singing “Time for Your Check Up?” Then you—and presumably your kids—will be excited to hear that Disney Junior is launching a national dance party tour featuring characters and music from many of their most-loved shows.

Kicking off in March, the Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour will be an interactive concert with singing, dancing, and even games. You’ll hear songs from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard, Vampirina, and Puppy Dog Pals. It’s the first time all of these characters will appear together in one live show. 

It will tour several Mommy Poppins regions, including New Jersey, Texas, and Los Angeles.

Find Family Adventure with a Hike at Palisades Interstate Park

When the changing colors of falltime decorate the Palisades, there’s no better time to head out on a family hike at Palisades Interstate Park. This park can lure even the most reluctant hikers: in addition to breathtaking views of the Hudson River, it offers opportunities to spot hawks and explore a castle, and there's even a cafe where young troopers can refuel. Read on for ways to enjoy this stunning spot.