Michelle Vames

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

There's so much to celebrate in February! There's Valentine's Day, of course, as well as the Chinese New Year, President's Day (this month marks George Washington's 286th!), and Black History Month

Got a sweet tooth? Check out Morris Museum's Chocolate Family Day, or go maple sugaring at one of several spots around the state. You can revel in winter fun at the Garden State Discovery Museum's Frosty Ball, then head to the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum for the third annual Lunar New Year and Welcome Spring Celebration.

There are tons of kid-friendly performances this month, including staged versions of Good Night MoonThe Gruffalo, and Go, Dog. Go!, as well as Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and a prehistoric musical revue starring giant dinosaur puppets.  And of course, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, including Family Date Night at Jenkinson's and a My Little Man and Me party at Liberty Hall Museum.

For a full list of happenings, don't forget to check out our Event Calendar. Happy February, NJ!

Top 12 Indoor Play Spaces Across New Jersey

Looking for an indoor play space that makes your jaw drop and your kids jump for joy? We've rounded up a dozen of the biggest and best spots for playing, jumping, bouncing, climbing, and thrill-seeking throughout New Jersey. 

The Garden State is home to tons of awesome play spaces, and it was tough choosing just 12. We limited our list to those with major wow factor—places where you can tackle a Ninja Warrior–style obstacle course, play laser tag, climb on and through play mazes, bounce on inflatables and trampolines, play arcade games, scale rock walls, and even go roller skating or bowling. While most of these spots aren't specifically geared toward the smaller set, all have areas and/or times set aside just for them. 

Read on to find out which fun zones made the cut. And for even more options, check out our guide to indoor play spaces, where you'll find drop-in play for $15 or less, the best trampoline parks and bounce houses in NJ, and much more. 

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.

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!

December GoList: 25 Best Things To Do in NJ for the Holidays

The turkey's been eaten, Santa is stationed at the mall, and people are driving around with trees strapped to their cars. There’s no denying it: the holidays have arrived!

If you and your kids are eager to celebrate the season, you're in luck—there are so many wonderful events and activities happening throughout the state this month. You'll find plenty of free things to do, as well as activities just for little ones. You can have breakfast with Santa, catch a seasonal show, or hop aboard a holiday train. And be sure to make time to see at least one of the spectacular light displays around NJ.

We know you’re busy with things like shopping, baking, and figuring out what the heck to do with your Elf on the Shelf, so we’ve sorted through all of this month's happenings and picked 25 of our favorites.

For even more ideas, check out our Holiday Guide and Event Calendar. Happy Holidays!

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

Ready or not, here comes the holiday season! 

This month, celebrate Thanksgiving the old-fashioned way at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm and the Historic Village at Allaire. And it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with the start of holiday train rides and holiday light shows like the ones at Skylands Stadium and Turtle Back Zoo. Santa Claus is coming to town, too, with celebrations of his arrival at Storybook Land and Camden Children's Garden.

November is also packed with exciting live performances, including Disney on Ice, Annie, and the National Acrobats and Martial Artists of China, as well as holiday shows like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical and A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage. Beloved annual traditions return for another year, including the Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium and the 60th annual Model Railroad Show in North Haledon. And if you're looking for a New York City day trip, don't miss Play Fair at the Javits Center November 4-5.

Read on for more than 25 can't-miss events coming up in November, and for even more family-friendly choices, be sure to check out our Event Calendar, updated daily with new happenings. Happy (beginning of the) Holidays, New Jersey!

Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner in New Jersey

Not feeling up to hosting Thanksgiving this year? Here's something to be thankful for: There are plenty of restaurants open throughout the state on Thanksgiving Day. Having your holiday out means that you can sit back and enjoy the party—and you won't have to wash a single dish.

We've chosen 20 of New Jersey's best spots to enjoy a holiday feast. Call ahead for a reservation, and then use your extra time to plan some fall fun with the family, or try out one of these Thanksgiving crafts. Happy Thanksgiving!