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Things To Do This Weekend, January 18-20

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




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

Saturday, January 19


Where: Atlantic City Free Public Library, Atlantic City
Price: Free
Deets: Ages 6-12 can use the library’s LEGOs to bring their imaginations to life. From skyscrapers to cars, they’ll put the pieces together.

Bergen County

Sunday, January 20

Where the Eagles Fly

Where: Historic New Bridge Landing, River Edge
Price: Donations suggested
Deets: Learn about the landscape’s historic and cultural significance with the Bergen County Historical Society and Bergen County Audubon Society. Take a tour of the site, watch for bald eagles and red hawks and listen to live folk music.

Burlington County

Saturday, January 19

Winter Adventures in the Park

Where: Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences, Mount Holly
Price: Call for info
Deets: Bundle up and head to the park with Smithville Historian Eric Orange to see happens outside in the wintertime.

Camden County

Friday, January 18

Baby Buddies

Where: Haddonfield Public Library, Haddonfield​
Price: Free
Deets: Infants 3 months to 1 year old (and parents!) can hang out on play mats to read books and play with toys.

Cape May County

Saturday, January 19

LEGO Competition

Where: Avalon Free Public Library, Avalon
Price: Free
Deets: Grades K-8 can bring their competitive spirits to this event where groups will work together to design and assemble a super cool LEGO project. The library will provide LEGOs.

Cumberland County

Thursday, January 17

Zoobrary at the Zoo

Where: Bridgeton Free Public Library, Bridgeton​
Price: Free
Deets: Your tots can learn about and meet animals they’d normally find at the Cohanzick Zoo, the first in NJ. Registration not required.

Essex County

Friday, January 18

MLK Celebration

Where: NJPAC, Newark
Price: $39-89
Deets: Join CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown and other artists at this annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose dream hasn’t been forgotten.


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

Friday, January 18

The Jason Bishop Show

Where: Pfleeger Concert Hall, Rowan University, Glassboro​
Price: $25
Deets: Illusionist Jason Bishop will wow you and the kids while supporting a good cause. The night will raise money for CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) for Children, a passion of Bishop’s who spent most of his childhood in foster care.

Hudson County

Sunday, January 20


Where: Liberty State Park CRRNJ Terminal, Jersey City
Price: $3
Deets: Using paper and other natural materials, ages 5 and up can create unique art pieces from items that have been recycled. Registration required.


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. Ends January 27.

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 19

Winter Tracking

Where: Echo Hill Park, Flemington​
Price: $3
Deets: Inspect nature for clues about local wildlife. Whether in the snow or mud, you’ll learn how to search for animal tracks with Senior Park Naturalist Laura Bush.

Mercer County

Friday-Sunday, January 18-20

Noises Off

Where: Kelsey Theatre, West Windsor
Price: $18/adults, $14/kids
Where: This play-within-a-play follows B-list actors the night before their show’s opening at the Grand Theatre. As they struggle to perfect the play, stressors and mistakes result in hilarity.

Saturday, January 19

Terhune Orchards Read and Explore: The Gingerbread Man

Where: Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Price: $8
Deets: Ages 2-8 can settle in for a story about how the Gingerbread Man grows on a farm, then they’ll have the opportunity to decorate their own cookies to take home.


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 deemed worthy of collecting, preserving and displaying 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

Friday-Sunday, January 18-20

Orchid Show

Where: Rutgers University Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick
Price: Free
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.


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

Saturday, January 19


Where: iPlay America, Freehold
Price: $20-75
Deets: The kids can see their fave singing YouTube sensations. The girl group evolved from covers to original songs, and are known for performing tight, clean harmonies and delivering motivational words.

Morris County

Saturday, January 19

American Girl Live

Where: MPAC, Morristown
Price: $29-79
Deets: Her favorite dolls are hitting the stage with tales of courage and friendship, plus songs that’ll teach the kids to follow their hearts and imagination.


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

Saturday, January 19

Behind the Scenes Tour

Where: Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Point Pleasant Beach
Price: $19/adults, $12/kids
Deets: Ages 5 and up can get a behind-the-scenes look at their fave aquatic animals. Tour the building with staff and learn how the aquarium takes care of all its finned friends.

Passaic County

Friday-Saturday, January 18-19

Alice in Wonderland

Where: Passaic High School, Passaic
Price: $7/adults, $5/students and seniors
Deets: Journey to Wonderland with Alice and the Passaic High School Drama Club, and maybe discover how a raven is like a writing desk.

Salem County

Friday-Sunday, January 18-20

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 19

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Where: Planetarium at RVCC, Branchburg​​
Price: $10
Deets: The Magic Tree House’s Jack and Annie are back for some space travel. Journey through the Milky Way, check out the moon, sun, planets, constellations and solve the mystery of M’s identity.


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

Sunday, January 20

Cold Noses Warming Hearts - Meet a Therapy Pet

Where: Sparta Public Library, Sparta
Price: Free
Deets: Learn about the training and tasks of therapy pets, plus meet one in person. The kids will also find out why therapy pets are helpful for healing.

Union County


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

Sunday, January 20

Harry James Orchestra

Where: Sitnik Theatre, Hackettstown​
Price: $30/adults, $20/kids
Deets: Music lovers, lend your ears. Playing major venues since 1983, the Harry James Orchestra is known for its calming arrangements and rhythmic playing.


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. Ends January 25.

New York City


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. Ends January 27, 2019.

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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