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Things To Do This Weekend, February 16-18

Don’t stay home this weekend—embrace the winter season at these NJ area events.


Courtesy of RVCCArt's facebook page, peking acrobats


It may be cold out, but that doesn’t mean adventure is out of the question. Instead of staying in this weekend, grab the kids and spend some time at activities and events in and around the state. Try a Family Paint Night, check out Kidabaloo (the kids will love the moon bounce) or get some hands-on maple sugaring experience.

If you’re looking for more fun, there’s also plenty of free things to do, places to take your preschoolers and STEM events going on around NJ this month. Don’t forget to celebrate Chinese New Year, either.

Friday, February 16

Love the Earth

Where: Fairview Farm, Gladstone
Price: $25/kid
Deets: You know the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. Show your kids how to put that mantra into action by hiking and tree hugging before turning everyday items into something new.

Infant and Toddler Storytime

Where: Morris County Library, Whippany
Price: Free
Deets: Hit the library with your toddlers for a quick storytime. No registration required, ages 0-2.

Presidential Storytime

Where: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, NYC
Price: Free
Deets: If you’re spending some time in the Big Apple, listen to funny stories about previous presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Get a closer look at historic men’s clothing, then make a presidential finger puppet. Ages 6 and under.

Valentine’s Day Dance Party

Where: Play City, Weehawken
Price: $25/kids, $20/siblings and members
Deets: The kids can grab a slice of pizza, gobble down cupcakes and dance their socks off at Play City. Don’t forget to wear red or pink to celebrate this sugar-fueled holiday.

Tween Lock-In: Life-Sized Board Games

Where: Bridgewater Library, Bridgewater
Price: Free
Deets: Your tweens can get locked in the library after hours. Don’t worry, it’s not spooky, but it is a fun way to play board games with friends!

Family Paint Night

Where: The Messy Artist, East Hanover
Price: $20
Deets: The whole gang can gather for this family-centric painting event. Grab your brushes and get to work—don’t worry, instructors will lend a helping hand if you’re having trouble. Registration required.

Peking Acrobats

Where: The Theatre at RVCC, Branchburg
Price: $25-35
Deets: Do your kids love watching the Winter Olympics? They’ll love this elite troupe of gymnasts, cyclists, jugglers and acrobats. There’ll be plate spinning, pole climbing, chair balancing and more.

Masters of Illusion

Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Price: $39-69
Deets: Witness sleight of hand, levitation and jaw-dropping escapes. The whole family will leave believing in the impossible.

The Princess Bride

Where: Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway
Price: $3
Deets: Travel back to the ’80s—er, a little farther—for this screening of The Princess Bride. Buttercup grieves the loss of her love Westley when he’s kidnapped by criminals and pursued by both a mysterious swordsman and her betrothed, the evil Prince Humperdinck.

Friday-Saturday, February 16-17

Peter and the Starcatcher

Where: Villagers Theatre, Somerset
Price: $20-22
Deets: Journey to the second star to the right at Villagers Theatre, where you and the kiddos can learn the history between Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Watch Peter grow from a poor orphan boy into the memorable leader we know and love.

Friday-Sunday, February 16-18

The Outsider

Where: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
Price: $39-99
Deets: Follow Ned, who unexpectedly finds himself in the role of Governor...with no experience and a fear of public speaking, Ned’s new position is looking like a nightmare.

Museum Detectives: What Is It?

Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Intrigue your little ones with unusual objects that’ll give them clues on how, when and why the objects were made. The Morris Museum’s interactive exhibit encourages observation and problem-solving skills.

Frozen in Ice Festival

Where: Skylands Stadium, Augusta
Price: $20/adults, $15/ages 12 and under
Deets: Skylands Stadium’s Wild West-themed frozen extravaganza features more than 100 tons of ice, a 50-foot ice slide, a s’mores fire pit and more—and if that’s not enticing enough, check out the ice maze, skating rink and ice saloon.

Saturday, February 17

Gamer’s Club

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Price: Free
Deets: Ages 6-12 can try their hand at all types of games: video, board, card and more. Bring your own portable devices and cards, too. Registration required.

Sugar-Maple Tapping Time

Where: The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho-Kus
Price: $25/family, $15/person
Deets: Learn how the colonists and Lenni Lenape got their sweetener from trees, while getting a hands-on tapping experience. Taste syrup made from last year’s trees and take home the supplies your family can use to tap the maples in your own backyard.

Earth, Moon, Sun and Coyote

Where: Planetarium at RVCC, Branchburg
Price: $8
Deets: Join Coyote, a character adapted from Native American oral traditions, in a fun, full-dome show that explains Native American stories, explores lunar phases and eclipses.

Terhune Orchards Read and Explore: Keeping Warm in Winter

Where: Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Price: $7
Deets: Join Terhune for their winter education series, where kids ages 2-8 can learn how animals keep themselves warm during the winter. They’ll hear two stories about animals, explore the sense of touch and create a paper bag animal to take home. Registration suggested.


Where: Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Price: $13
Deets: Kidabaloo is the place to be this weekend—play games, make crafts, hit the bounce house, sit for some face painting and more. There’s plenty of interactive fun for both parents and kids, plus Sean Ryan Fox (Jasper from Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger) will make an appearance.

Sunday, February 18


Where: MPAC, Morristown
Price: $39-59
Deets: Seven professional singers and beatboxers weave stories using acappella, traditional street corner harmonies and multi-track live looping.

Guided Hike

Where: Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills
Price: Suggested donation $10/non-member, $5/member
Deets: Volunteers will guide you and your smaller, bundled crew through the woods. Look for signs of wildlife and help record important data.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 2018 Kids Week

Where: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, NYC
Price: Free with museum admission
Deets: This Sunday starts the beginning of a week-long festival of activities, hands-on workshops, live performances, special guests and interactive demonstrations for the whole family.

Losar Family Day: Himalayan New Year Celebration

Where: Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
Price: Free
Deets: Observe the Lunar New Year with an afternoon of arts, crafts and music all dedicated to the Himalayan New Year. Learn about traditional celebrations, tour the galleries, listen to music and make a Losar and Fire Bird-themed craft.


African American History Month

Where: National Constitution Center, Philadelphia
Price: Cost varies
Deets: Trek to the National Constitution Center anytime throughout February in honor of African American History Month. Explore the “We the People” exhibit and study up on historical milestones. You’ll learn about the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil War and Amendments 13-15.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

Where: Great Swamp OEC, Chatham
Price: $3
Deets: Be sure to bring your sweet tooth for this experience. Learn how syrup is made from tree to pancake at this maple sugaring demo at the Great Swamp OEC until February 25.

Member Miniatures: Big Art in Small Packages

Where: Monmouth Museum, Lincroft
Price: $8
Deets: Check out mini-masterpieces at the Monmouth Museum, all created by museum members, until March 11.

Teen Marine Science Institute

Where: Adventure Aquarium, Camden
Price: $100
Deets: High schoolers can gain hands-on experience, including learning about marine science and biology-related careers, at the Adventure Aquarium. Program ends in June.

Art in the Park

Where: Trenton City Art Museum, Trenton
Price: $10/members, $12.50/non-members
Deets: Try some professional art classes at the Trenton City Art Museum before March 10. Each week offers a new challenge, like making patterned animal paintings or creating a collage.

Storybook Style: A Selection of Works from the Minds of Living Illustrators

Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: Free with admission
Deets: See whimsical illustrations come to life before March 11 at the Morris Museum. Check out drawings from books, magazines and even advertisements on display.

MAM Family Art Adventure

Where: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Discuss artwork and engage in a fun hands-on project in the studio at the Montclair Art Museum. Calling all little Picassos ages 6-12. Program ends in August.

Hearth and Home

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Visitors of the New Jersey State Museum can explore the homes of Native Americans in the Eastern Woodlands and other environments across North America. Learn how they adapted to the climate and surroundings. Program ends in September.

Saturday Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable

Where: Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
Price: $3
Deets: Take Fido on a guided trail walk at Lord Stirling Stable all the way through spring. All pets must be leashed at all times. Registration required.

Family Sundays at Rubin Museum

Where: Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Bring your little ones all year long to participate in a new art activity each month at the Rubin Museum.

Drop in Studio Every Sunday

Where: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Visitors of all ages are invited to explore a new activity each week with a Montclair Art Museum instructor and leave with their own masterpiece.

Radical Rocketeers

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Price: Free
Deets: On the first Saturday of every month, all ages are welcome to try their hand at rocket building at the Warren County Library. Basic supplies will be provided, but you can also bring your own. Registration required.

First Friday Story Time

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center, Hamilton
Price: Free
Deets: On the first Friday of every month until May, your tot can listen to a story, then create a craft or participate in an activity at the Tulpehaking Nature Center.

Embattled Emblems

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Timed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s intervention in World War I, this exhibition showcases posters, flags and propaganda used to create patriotism and garner support for the war. Head to the New Jersey State Museum for a lesson in American history. Program ends in August.

Book Art: A Novel Idea

Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Zip over to the Morris Museum for book art composed of…books! Book art is a cool medium that can be both subtle and complex, from adding a drawing to a page to creating a sculpture of books. Wow your little ones with the power of creativity. This exhibit ends March 4.

Newport Skates

Where: 95 River Dr. South, Jersey City
Price: $7
Deets: If you love ice skating, you’re in for a treat. This outdoor skating rink will be open through March. Teach your kids the ropes while enjoying beautiful views of the NYC skyline.

A Season of Wonder

Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: Free with admission
Deets: No matter the generation, you always remember your childhood dolls, toy cars and trucks. Get nostalgic with the museum’s unique collection of toys and take your kids down memory lane. This program ends March 4.


Where: Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Illuminate their imaginations with stories from the 18th and 19th centuries at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. Learn about the creation of light, early electrical experiments and today’s modern technologies before February 23.

The American Museum of Natural History Presents: Earthflight

Where: The American Museum of Natural History
Price: $28/adults, $16.50/ages 2-12
Deets: Head to the big city for an immersive experience narrated by Cate Blanchett. Follow the migration of birds across four continents and eleven countries from the POV of their wings. Whether you check it out in 2-D or 3-D, this event is sure to fascinate and educate your little ones. This program ends March 8.

Thomas and Friends—Explore the Rails

Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Hit the Liberty Science Center and visit with your tot's favorite tank engine! Introduce them to STEM concepts by letting them take control of Thomas’ cab, make repairs to Percy in the Sodor Steamworks shop, dress like a conductor, play at the Tot Spot and so much more. Program ends May 13.

Tropical Butterflies Alive in the Winter

Where: American Museum of Natural History, NYC
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Head to the American Museum of Natural History and visit over 500 iridescent butterflies. The 80-degree conservatory house’s lush vegetation and blooming tropical flowers will wow your kids. Program ends May 28.

Erwin Redl's Whiteout

Where: Madison Square Park’s Oval Lawn, NYC
Price: Free
Deets: Check out these LED lights floating two feet above the ground across Madison Square Park. The orbs will move thanks to a computer-generated wave pattern and New York weather. This program ends March 25.

Storybook Style

Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: Free with admission
Deets: See the museum’s collection of art from the minds of established and emerging illustrators that’ll tickle your kids’ imaginations. This program ends March 11.

Project Feeder Watch at Plainsboro Preserve

Where: Plainsboro Preserve, Cranbury
Price: Free
Deets: Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned birdwatcher, the family can check out different birds and help scientists collect data on various avian populations at the Plainsboro Preserve until April 30.

Mega Model Trains

Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Visit this intricate model train set that crosses a 288-square-foot city landscape, plus a waterfall, planetarium and even a sasquatch. This program ends March 4.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Where: DR2 Theatre at Union Square, NYC
Price: $50-70
Deets: Check out this theatrical version of Eric Carle’s classic story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The show features multiple puppets and tells the stories of Carle’s other works, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks and The Very Lonely Firefly. Ends April 8.

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