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Free Things to Do in NJ in February

Get the kids out and about this winter without having to dig too deeply into your wallet. There are tons of fun (and free!) events for your whole crew.


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Looking for some fun, but don’t want to spend too much hard-earned cash? No problem. We found some free things to do in NJ this month. If you’re looking for more fun with your 5-and-under kid, check out these February events just for preschoolers.

Saturday, February 2

Wassailing the Apple Trees

Where: Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Time: 1-4 pm
Deets: Sing, dance and play instruments, then toast with hot cider and celebrate the trees that produce it. Get cozy at the bonfire, roast marshmallow, hope on a wagon ride and more. You’ll hang bread off the branches. Pretty cool, right?

Wednesday, February 6

Chinese New Year Celebration

Where: Somerville Library, Somerville
Time: 4-5 pm
Deets: Grades K-3 can celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig with stories, games and a nifty craft.

Saturday, February 9

Sugar Maple Celebration

Where: Duke Farms, Hillsborough
Time: 10 am-3 pm
Deets: Check out a variety of activities like wildlife hikes, tree identification, forestry practices, live demos of maple sugaring and more.

Valentines Craft Making Event

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Time: 10 am-2 pm
Deets: All ages can create dino-inspired hearts, plus learn the ancient creatures’ history and habits. Make a pop-up hanging valentine and a “you’re out-of-this-world” planet bracelet while learning about the solar system, too.

Make a Valentine for Your Favorite School Librarian

Where: Somerville Library, Somerville
Time: 1-4 pm
Deets: Crafters in grades K-5 are invited to create a Valentine’s Day card for a librarian at their school.

Sunday, February 10

Ham It Up!

Where: Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton
Time: 1 pm
Deets: Explore art from around the world. Make a Daruma doll, weave Ghana-inspired Kente cloth paper, try Mexican-inspired metal tooling, make a yarn monster or attempt a still life painting.

Musical Petting Zoo and Family Concert

Where: Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, Weehawken​
Time: 1-3 pm
Deets: Kids can try their hand at musical instruments alongside professional teachers, then show some love at the petting zoo.

Saturday, February 16

February Small Explorers Program

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Time: 10-10:45 am
Deets: Ages 6 months to 5 years can visit the American Perspective gallery to learn about the gramophone and African American artists. After, they’ll hit the STEAM Center for painting and collage projects. Reservations suggested.

Art for Families: Mummy Match-Up

Where: Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
Time: 10:30 am-1 pm
Deets: Drop by to learn about life in ancient Egypt, from hieroglyphics to sarcophagi, plus make a cartouche with your kids’ name written in symbols.

Sunday, February 17

Music at the Museum

Where: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, New Brunswick
Time: 1:30-3:30 pm
Deets: Head to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers in New Brunswick for a classical and jazz concert that also doubles as an art showing. The performance will have a theme and museum highlights.

Saturday, February 23

Free Kids Expo

Where: Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield
Time: 1-4 pm
Deets: This open house is pulling out all the stops: Inflatables, sports class stations, dance, carnival games, arts and crafts and more.

Ongoing

Infant Story Time

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown​
Time: 10:30-11 am
Deets: Every Friday, infants age 2 and under can gather for stories, songs and finger plays. Registration required.

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