Free Things to Do in NJ in January
Want to get the kids out of the house without digging through your wallet? We've got you covered.
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Looking for some fun but don’t want to splurge? No problem. We found some free things to do in NJ this month. If you’re looking for more fun, take your preschoolers to these events in January.
Wednesday, January 2
Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Time: 6:30-8 pm
Deets: All ages are invited to learn about ice Pokémon, plus melt a figurine out of a ball of ice using salt and warm water. Your lil’ gamers can bring their trading cards and handheld devices, too. Registration required.
Sunday, January 6
Where: Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, New Brunswick
Time: 1-3 pm
Deets: Children, parents and grandparents can work side-by-side on arts and crafts, then check out interactive workshops designed to help families spend quality creative time together.
Wednesday, January 9
Where: Hillsborough Library, Hillsborough
Time: 7-8 pm
Deets: Come together for an evening celebrating the Beatles, their British Invasion in America and how they became such an influential powerhouse in the 20th century.
Friday, January 11
Where: Cranford Public Library, Cranford
Time: 4:45-6 pm
Deets: You’re never too old to create a classic fort! Bring sheets, blankets and pillows for an evening in the library (past closing!) and a magical reading experience.
Sunday, January 13
Where: Goldfish Swim School, Denville
Time: 2-5 pm
Deets: Take advantage of the school’s free family swim, snacks, refreshments, activities and raffles on opening day.
Wednesday, January 16
Where: The Eclectic Chic Boutique, Montclair
Time: 2-3 pm
Deets: Queen Elsa will stop by for storytime with kids ages 4-9, then the kids can color and sip refreshments.
Friday-Sunday, January 18-20
Where: Rutgers University Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick
Time: 9 am-5 pm
Deets: Bring your green thumb to the largest and oldest orchid show in the Garden State. Orchids from around the world, grown by hobbyists, will be on display, plus workshops for beginners will be available.
Wednesday, January 23
Where: The Village Apartments, South Orange
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Deets: Up-and-coming performers (some fresh from Off-Broadway stints) will give you a taste of the pizzazz and sensation you’d expect on a Broadway stage.
Where: Bridgewater Library, Bridgewater
Time: 2-3 pm
Deets: Stop by to hear and see testimony, interviews and photographs of local Holocaust survivors.
Sunday, January 27
Where: Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, Edgewater
Time: 1-3 pm
Deets: What’s better than free ice cream? An afternoon filled with face painting, balloons, instruments and STEAM activities for the kids.
Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Time: 9 am-4:45 pm
Deets: Take a look at objects that collectors have deemed worthy of collecting, preserving and displaying over the years. Some include a caribou antler from Ice Age New Jersey, a 1930s flight suit from a South Jersey female pilot, Native American projectiles and more. Every Tues.-Sun. through April 28.
Where: Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Time: 1-4 pm
Deets: Fill up your glass with Terhune wine, munch on light fare and kick back in the new wine barn for live music from local artists, ranging from classic rock to jazz to blues. Every Sunday through May 26. Admission is free, food and drink cost extra.