This week kicks off with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—a day off from school and an opportunity for kids to volunteer their time. You can take part in various community projects as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service, or skate your way through the day at MLK Day Skate & Play. Plus, it’s a great week for storytime freebies. Bring the little ones for story events, such as Uptown Storytime, Meet the Author: Fred Freda and Spot is Here. Read on for our best children's events the week of January 16–20, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and January GoList for even more wintry events and MLK Day activities.
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Just because it’s January doesn’t mean the little ones need to be cooped up indoors. Winter nature programs are in the spotlight this week. Bundle up, and check out Toddler Trek: Tricky Tracks and Little Explorers Winter Nature Program. It’s also a great week for young LEGO fans. Morris Museum hosts a Winter Fun Tot Tour that includes its LEGO exhibit, while pre-teens and teens can try the LEGO League Challenge at Old Bridge Library.
If you’re looking for a fun, indoor activity that will appeal to the whole family, bowling may be right up your alley! (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves.) Here in New Jersey, there are plenty of bowling facilities that offer year-round fun: small-town/neighborhood bowling alleys that offer traditional games with modern touches, such as automatic scoring and gutter bumpers; and newer, flashier bowling alleys that feature high-tech bells and whistles like interactive games, video walls, and glow ball. In addition, fun centers throughout the state often include bowling alongside laser tag and video arcades. And bowling alleys are an ideal spot for low-maintenance birthday parties, play dates, and weekend day trips.
Happy New Year, everyone! Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, it’s time to settle into January with cozy indoor activities and plenty of boredom-busters. Storytimes are a perfect winter freebie for little ones. Check out some this week at Marlboro Library’s Family Winter Storytime and Craft and Tulpehaking Nature Center’s First Friday Storytime. If you’re looking for something more active, try Winter Camp at Kidville, Tyke’s Tuesday at ISC, or Parent’s Night Out at Pump It Up.
Christmas has come and gone, and New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Sandwiched in between is a week the kids look forward to all year: 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.
This week, you can get creative juices flowing with artsy activities, including Kids Mini Camp at Kayla's, Holiday Break Art Workshop, and Unfrozen Holiday Dance Camp. Stay warm at museum exhibits, such as Liberty Science Center’s Meet Curious George or Newark Museum’s Holiday Fun Days. Plus, rejoice at Hanukkah celebrations this week, including Springfield's Grand Menorah Lighting.
If your little sweetie loves to chat, eat goodies, and has the patience to make it through a sit-down meal, he or she may be ready to enjoy an afternoon at one of NJ's many local tea rooms. From the fine china and finger sandwiches to the tempting sweets, your little one will be enchanted during this special one-on-one mommy time.
This is it—just one more week until Christmas and Hanukkah. When you're finished making your list and checking it twice, take a minute to check out our big list of fun holiday events. You can get ready for Hanukkah at Barnes & Noble’s Hanukkah storytime; enjoy Christmas entertainment at a Holiday Express Benefit Concert and a performance of NJ Ballet’s The Nutcracker; and ring in the official start of winter at Bergen County Winter Wonderland.
With winter just around the corner, get those last licks of fall-like fun this week at outdoorsy nature events including Kids' Bug Club, Sprout and Seedlings, and Little Explorers Winter Nature Program. Of course, there’s no shortage of holiday fun going on, with festive displays at Christmas Ice Caverns, Storybook Land’s Christmas Fantasy with Lights Parade, and Sea of Lights, among many others. Read on for our best children's events the week of December 12–16, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, December GoList, and Holiday Guide for even more holiday season fun.