January Date Nights: It’s Time to Plan One, Stat
From cooking classes to concerts, these ideas are actually worth leaving your warm, toasty house for.
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Add salads, quinoa, soy sesame steak and more to your kitchen arsenal after a class at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills.
Get wrapped up in your fave tunes from the past at RVCC’s planetarium in Branchburg. Lasers will flutter across the dome while the hits play.
Learn a new DIY skill at this craft workshop at Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Twp.
Feel old-timey by watching a silent film with your sweetie This show at UCPAC in Rahway has a mix of humor, emotion and beautiful organ music.
City Winery brings you a night to remember at City Vineyard, located on Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 in NYC. Take in this cozy venue on the water while listening to soothing tunes and indulging in bar snacks and dinner.
Venture from Chatham’s Great Swamp EOC to NY and PA for some epic bald eagle sightings. It’s a perfect date for nature lovers.
Foodies and food bloggers alike will learn it all at this fest hosted at Garden State Plaza in Paramus. Get tips on taking better food photos, visit vendors and grab a bite.
January 17 and 31
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Plank Pizza Co. Beer Parlor in Saddle Brook hosts paint ‘n gulp events every month. Sip, snack and paint a themed masterpiece with the help of a professional artist on either date.
Dress to the nines (and all in white) for this blowout party at Seasons Catering in Washington Township. Enjoy a mega buffet, dance to a live DJ and take advantage of the open bar, shopping and raffles.
This 21-and-over party happens the third Thursday of every month at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. You’ll use a telescope, play with moon sand, try your luck at using astronaut gloves and more. Don’t miss out on the cocktails or special Star Trek exhibition ($10 more).
Snag tix to this unique performance at the Cranford Dramatic Club Theatre. HypnoMarc is both a comedian and hypnotist. He’ll wow you and your date with a fast-paced show full of surprises.
We could all use a laugh this time of year, so why not get your fix at UCPAC in Rahway? These funny guys will have you hysterical through the whole show.
Into brass music? This show at Morristown’s Bickford Theatre will have it all. From blues to jazz, three virtuosos will have you toe-tapping in your seat.
Be amazed at UCPAC by this world-class crew of illusionists. Disappearances, levitation, teleportation and more will stump you time and time again.
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Be dazzled by three dance performances that vary in style and culture. If you enjoy the ballet, you won’t want to miss this White Eagle Hall production in Jersey City.
Calling all foodies! Downtown Rahway is waiting to be discovered. Participating eateries (including Nancy’s Townhouse, Sabor Peruano, Haruka Sushi and Luciano’s Ristorante, to name a few) are offering a prix fixe menu of $40 or less (minus drinks, tax and tip) for lunch, dinner or both.
These apps are fun, tasty and vegan. Learn how to make them at North Plainfield Memorial Library’s adult-only cooking class.
Head to this East Rutherford hub for a free food fest full of chili and salsa. Get your fair share of free samples before the People’s Choice vote, or show off your skills by entering the contest yourself.
If you're into political satire, this show at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn is a must-see. Governors past and present even came together to shoot a campaign ad centered on the show (yup, including Chris Christie and Phil Murphy). Find out what happens when Ned Newly is thrust into the position of Governor. The show is running from January 24-February 18.
Every Friday for the rest of the year, head to Freehold for a 21-and-over bash. Grab a bite at the Game Time Bar and Grill, dance along to a DJ, explore the indoor boardwalk and treat yourself at the Broadway Sweets candy store. Don’t skip out on go karting, laser tag or the 4-D theater!
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Learn West Coast Swing with WCS National Champion Arjay Centeno. Bring a partner to socialize and dance with at this Belleville hotspot.
Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution on Wednesdays all month long by getting some air at Princeton Integral Yoga Community Center. Go with the girls or bring a date.
On every first and third Saturday of the month, see a live shadowcast of everyone’s fave cult classic at Bellevue Theater in Montclair. Bring your props and dress to impress in true RHPS fashion.
Taste Faustini Wines straight from Napa, CA at the Long Branch tasting room. Sample 3 different 1.5 oz pours alongside chocolate (courtesy of 2 Chicks with Chocolate, a chocolatier with locations in Metuchen and Middletown) and cheese pairings with the help of a wine enthusiast.
Book a seat at this Westwood makeup bar and take a lesson in smoky eye, cat eye, contouring and more. Choose a date and time, then the wine and snacks. You’ll also get 10 percent off all Muah Makeup products after the class.
Get styled as a group at Drybar in Paramus or Summit. Sip some bubbly while getting signature styles like the Old Fashioned, Cosmo and Uptini. All products and styles have punny names inspired by classic cocktails.
Choose a paint day, throw on an apron and get to work at one of 17 New Jersey locales. Don’t forget to bring your snacks or wine to this BYOB fave.
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This paint-your-own gem has studios in 6 NJ towns. Join a regularly scheduled class or book a private party.
Reserve a bay in Edison to shoot golf balls while chowing down on signature cocktails and high-end apps. Best part? You don’t need to be a golfer to have a blast.
Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Eatontown offers a unique way to release your stress . Get safety training before taking a lesson in hatchet throwing. Then practice your skills by throwing in a private pit. You’ll quickly discover how addictive it is to nail the bullseye on wooden targets.