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Things To Do This Weekend, January 25-27

Get the most out of your weekend at these NJ area events. We found more than 30 for you to choose from.


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Grab your mittens, coats and hats—there’s plenty to do in the Garden State in January. Bundle up the kids and hit the best places to take your preschoolers in NJ and free things to do this month.

Atlantic County

Friday, January 25

Stories, Stay and Play

Where: Brigantine Branch, Brigantine
Price: Free
Deets: Ages 1-3 can sing songs, craft and listen to stories with Miss Bonnie and her friends. After storytime, stick around and play in the kids’ room.

Bergen County

Saturday, January 26

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Where: Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School, Oakland
Price: Free
Deets: Ages 2-8 can listen to children’s author Amalia Hoffman read her book The Klezmer Bunch, then leave their favorite stuffed friend for an overnight library party. Kids can wear their pajamas, plus indulge in bedtime milk and cookies, too.

Sunday, January 27

Musical Petting Zoo

Where: Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, Edgewater
Price: Free
Deets: What’s better than free ice cream? An afternoon filled with face painting, balloons, instruments and STEAM activities for the kids.

The Chocolate Expo

Where: Garden State Plaza, Paramus​
Price: $10-30
Deets: See the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, meet the actor behind Mike TeeVee in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, plus send the kids to the Kidz Zone. There’ll be free face painting, photos with princesses, wire art and other kids activities.

Burlington County

Saturday, January 26

Multilingual Storytime

Where: Burlington County Library, Westampton Twp.
Price: Free
Deets: Ages 4 and up can make a themed craft with Miss Surinder, who’ll read a multilingual folktale in Punjabi, Hindi and English. Registration recommended.

Camden County

Saturday, January 26

Kids Gaming Day

Where: Camden Downtown Branch, Camden
Price: Free
Deets: Gamers ages 7-12 can compete on either the Wii U or Playstation 4. Bring siblings and friends! Registration recommended.

Cape May County

Saturday, January 26


Where: Wildwood Crest Library, Wildwood Crest
Price: Free
Deets: If your kiddos ages 5-12 are gearing up for LEGO Movie 2, they can show off their build skills by creating, playing and sharing with others, then rewatch the first movie.

Cumberland County

Saturday-Sunday, January 26-27

Mid-Winter Antique Show

Where: WheatonArts and Cultural Center, Millville
Price: $5
Deets: Make plans to shop and explore at more than 40 booths filled with ceramics, antiques, vintage items and more.

Essex County

Friday-Sunday, January 25-27

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series

Where: Prudential Center, Newark
Price: $20+
Deets: Do your kids love cars and trucks? They can see eight gigantic 12,000-pound vehicles in all their glory, doing backflips, driving on two wheels and racing 70 mph, all to win the championship title.


GRAMMY Museum Experience

Where: Prudential Center, Newark
Price: $10
Deets: In collaboration with the Estate of Whitney Houston, the GRAMMY Museum is bringing the legendary singer’s life to its storied halls. Check out hands-on exhibits, outfits and treasures from the singer’s (and many other artists’) career and life. Ends June 30.

Gloucester County

Saturday, January 26

4th Annual SE4SK Winter Festival

Where: Woodbury
Price: Free
Deets: Kids ages 3-15 with special needs and/or disabilities living in Gloucester or Camden county are invited to play games, visit a magician, face painter, princesses and more. There’ll be a photo area, too. Address will be provided once registration is completed.

Hudson County

Friday-Sunday, January 26-27

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Pile the kids into the car and head to the toy hospital to learn the importance of caring for others and staying healthy this winter, all while nursing toy patients in the operating room, nursery, ER and pet vet clinic.


The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: Included with admission
Deets: The game is afoot at LSC, where kids can test their Sherlockian skills, solving crimes by comparing prints, performing experiments and more. Every Tuesday-Sunday through May 27.

Hunterdon County

Saturday, January 26

Maple Tree Tapping

Where: Echo Hill Park, Flemington​
Price: $3
Deets: Have your kids ever wondered where their favorite pancake syrup comes from? Take a walk to the sugar bush, then watch a maple tree tapping demo.

Mercer County

Friday-Saturday, January 25-26

Zorro, The Musical

Where: Kelsey Theatre, West Windsor
Price: $20
Deets: Follow Diego de la Vega, a masked man fighting for justice in Spanish colonial California. There’ll be swordfighting, flamenco dancing and magic, plus plenty of music to keep you at the edge of your seat.


Sunday Music Series

Where: Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Price: Free admission
Deets: Fill up your glass with Terhune vino, 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.

Objects Count: A Decade of Collecting

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Price: Free
Deets: Take a look at objects that collectors have preserved and displayed over the years. See a caribou antler from Ice Age-era New Jersey, a 1930s flight suit from a South Jersey female pilot, Native American projectiles and more. Every Tuesday-Sunday through April 28.

Middlesex County


Read and Play

Where: New Brunswick Free Public Library, New Brunswick
Price: Free
Deets: Every Wednesday, ages 4 and under can gather around for story time and free play. Ends February 6.

Monmouth County

Sunday, January 27

Annual Beef & Brew St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser

Where: Proving Ground, Highland
Price: $30
Deets: Nosh on a buffet dinner and wash it down with two beers, plus check out the gift auction, pipe bands and Irish dancers.

Morris County

Saturday, January 26

The Magic of Adam Trent

Where: MPAC, Morristown
Price: $29-69
Deets: Adam Trent creates high-tech illusions that’ll leave you laughing—and believing in magic.


Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum

Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: Included with admission
Deets: Check out more than 40 musical instruments from the brasswind family spanning decades and cultures. See trumpet-like artifacts like the didgeridoo, keyed bugle and Swiss alphorn. Ends March 17.

Narrative Threads: New Jersey Quilts and Textiles

Where: Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison
Price: Included with admission
Deets: An important part of history, textiles fueled the country’s industry and this exhibit features piece from New Jersey textile artists inspired by the past and future. Ends June 9.

Ocean County

Sunday, January 27

Jersey Shore Winter Comic Book Show

Where: Elks Lodge, Toms River
Price: $3     
Deets: Calling all cosplayers! This collectibles show features vendors, artists and writers who love the same comics as you. There’ll be tons of guests, like Marvel Comics’ Joe del Beato and the Star Wars 501st Legion, plus raffles, prizes and more.

Passaic County

Saturday, January 26

Reading with Zina in Arabic

Where: Clifton Public Library, Clifton
Price: Free
Deets: Preschoolers can listen to stories read by volunteer Zina in Arabic. The program aims to help kids develop reading skills and recognize letter sounds.

Salem County


Hancock House

Where: 485 Locust Island Rd., Hancocks Bridge
Price: Free admission
Deets: Walk through the Hancock House, an important landmark first built in 1675 by a shoemaker. From private residence to tavern to museum, this building has a lot of history in its storied walls.

Somerset County

Saturday, January 26

Concert: From Jazz to Soul, From Ella to Aretha

Where: SCLSNJ Manville Library, Manville
Price: Free
Deets: From Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, learn about powerful voices that dominated the radio from the 1930s to 1970s.


Children’s Art Exhibit

Where: Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge
Price: Free
Deets: K-6 graders from around the county have created hundreds of art pieces representative of nature. From landscapes to impressions of trees, there’s plenty to inspire the kiddos. Ends February 3.

Sussex County

Saturday, January 26

Viking Snowshoe Invasion

Where: Mountain Creek Resort, Vernon
Price: $30, $90/including snowshoe
Deets: Ride to the top of the mountain and try either a 5K or mile downhill dash. There’ll be plenty of hot chocolate when you’re done.

Union County

Sunday, January 27

Pete the Cat

Where: Wilkins Theatre, Union
Price: $15
Deets: Ages 2-9 can see their fave blue cat, Pete, for a sensory-friendly performance. Pete shakes things up at Jimmy’s house but when Jimmy needs help in art class, Pete comes to the rescue.


Super Saturday Storytimes

Where: Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains
Price: Free
Deets: Every Saturday at 11 am, gather round for a fun and interactive story time with a weekly theme. No registration required. Ends in August.

Warren County

Friday, January 25

Infant Story Time

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown​​
Price: Free
Deets: Ages 2 and under can listen stories, participate in finger play and sing songs. Registration required.

New York City

Friday-Sunday, January 25-27

Big Apple Circus

Where: Lincoln Center Damrosch Park, NYC
Price: Varies
Deets: Step right up, step right up to the Big Apple Circus, known for its incredible jugglers, acrobats, trapezists and other thrills and tricks.


The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

Where: American Museum of Natural History, NYC
Price: $28/adults, $16.50/ages 2-12
Deets: Fly away with more than 500 live tropical butterflies from North and South America, Africa and Asia. Beauties like swallowtails, large owl and blue morpho butterflies will be fluttering about. Learn about their evolution and life cycles, plus mimicry, diversity and conservation. Ends May 27.

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