Things To Do This Weekend
Spring seems to be peeking through the clouds lately. Enjoy the warmer weather and head out with your crew somewhere fun this weekend. Whether you're at the ice rink, aquarium or planetarium, there's plenty to do with the kids.
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Thursday, February 23
Take aspiring swashbucklers to this one-man show at the Pollak Theatre in West Long Branch about pirate-themed science. Sailors have always pushed science and technology forward, and now your kid can learn about what pirates know best: wind, currents, navigation and the flight of a cannonball. This show is ideal for grades K-5.
Does your child have a favorite stuffed furry friend? Take him to the Somerville Library with his buddy in tow for stories, a pet parade, crafts and snacks. This celebration is ideal for tots and pre-K goers.
Friday, February 24
She’ll be blown away by facts about constellations and planets. She’ll even learn to locate planets in the night sky, thanks to astronomer Paul Cirillo who will be leading the indoor presentation. If the weather allows, your crew will get to view the sky from the observation deck of Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, so bundle up.
Saturday, February 25
Little ones will move, craft and rhyme between Dr. Seuss story time and unique bookmark making. If they haven’t been introduced to Seuss’s work yet, they’re sure to fall in love with these kooky classics. Don't miss this event at various Lakeshore Learning Store locations throughout the state.
This Wally Jones and Casa Mañana Theatre production at NJPAC in Newark is based on the popular Arnold Lobel children’s books. Frog’s upbeat personality and Toad’s grumpiness will charm kids of all ages as they witness the friends’ adventures.
Head to Kidville Montclair for a fun masquerade ball featuring a special float, gifts and beading. Come to dance, sing and play.
Make the trip to MPAC in Morristown to see this curly-haired orphan girl hit the stage and perform beloved songs like “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life” for audiences old and new. The original lyricist and director will be in charge of the production, so it’s sure to be a resurrection of the classic show.
Jersey City's Newport Skates will be hosting Elsa and Olaf on the rink from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Come for some free skating, Frozen fun and photos.
It’s hard not to adore polar bears. Jenkinson's Aquarium at Point Pleasant Beach is teaming up with Polar Bears International to teach visitors about the animal, and to discuss ways to help them as they are currently endangered.
This game is sure to be huge. See the Devils play the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center in Newark with all your favorite hockey fans.
Saturday, February 25-Sunday, February 26
Head to Upper Montclair's Studio Playhouse to see this hilarious fairy tale play. Goldilocks is in court after breaking and entering into the Three Bears' home. What will be her fate?
Sunday, February 26
If your kid loves blowing bubbles in the summer time, this event is a can't-miss, with its bubble volcano, bubble roller coaster, bubble building, fog-filled bubbles, music and magic. There may even be a kid in a bubble at this show at Wayne's Shea Center for Performing Arts.
Kids four to eight will love singing along with the coolest train conductor around at this SOPAC performance. Genevieve takes classic kids songs and performs them with a soulful spin. They’ll love her beat boxing and break dancing, too.
Hoboken's Dozzino is hosting a cupcake decorating party for kids three and up. Each child gets 4 fresh cupcakes to ice and top however they'd like.
At 9 am at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, kids can build whatever their heart desires at this exciting, month-long exhibit. They can use huge foam blocks to construct, or head to the separate area with smaller traditional wooden blocks. Museum admission is $17.75 for kids 12 and under, and $21.75 for adults.
Make the trip to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA in honor of Black History Month. The museum has tons of educational programs, interactive exhibits and activities for your kiddos to learn from. Admission is $14.50.
Visit Basking Ridge's Environmental Education Center on Tuesdays or Thursdays all month long at 12:45 pm with your three-to-fiver. This program is meant to introduce tots to hiking, science, nature and animal interaction. You can register him for the four Tuesday or Thursday sessions for a cumulative $65.
Head to Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside for a sweet taste of this unique American food. Discover the native legend behind it, learn the life cycle of a maple tree and watch syrup being made. Then, of course, have a taste of the real thing.
This is a celebration of all things ice, featuring interactive carnival-esque ice sculptures, ice slides for both kids and adults, ice roller coaster cars, hot food and drink and a s’mores fire pit. Visit Skylands Stadium in Augusta to see live ice carving demos, go for a wagon ride and build a snowman on the baseball field. Kids 12 and under go free on Wednesdays (up to two kids per paid adult).
This wintry highlight teaches tree identification, the history of syrup making and how sap is gathered. Your brood will get to visit the center’s tapped tree and boil down the sap to make fresh maple syrup. Don’t leave Tenafly Nature Center without getting a taste! This event goes from February 5 through March 26.
*Please note: All events are subject to change. Call venues before you head out.