Presidents’ Day weekend is almost here and some kids have a long weekend while others have the whole week off! If you’re staying local, there are plenty of fun activities you can do as a family right here in NJ. It may be cold outside but these ideas that will keep them happy and occupied during the days off.

Go to American Dream. From Nickelodeon Universe to DreamWorks Water Park, American Dream in East Rutherford has so many entertaining options for kids. Be sure to check out the Toys R Us flagship store.

Take in a Show. Whether it’s Broadway or a local theater, seeing a play or musical is a great way to bond over the break! Broadway is back in a big way with plenty of family-friendly options including The Lion King, Alladin, The Music Man and Six.

Take a Hike. Find your best local nature trail, call up a mom friend and take the kids out for some fresh air. Playing outside is so important for kids, even in the cold weather. Bonus points for ending your hike with hot apple cider.

Take a Dip. You don’t need to take a plane to find a great pool for the kids to play in. Check out your local Y or swim school as many have open swim times for kids to splash and play.

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Climb the Cape May Lighthouse. What better way to spend a winter’s day then by making the trek to the top of this iconic lighthouse? The view from the top is definitely worth it!

Volunteer in Your Community. Whether it’s through an organization or just going to check in on an elderly neighbor, kids can learn so much about the importance of giving back.

Catch a Movie. Whether you go out to the theater to see Sing 2 or Encanto, or just make a movie night at home, this is a super fun way to spend a few hours — just add popcorn!

Hit the Slopes. Kids (and adults) can learn to ski at these nearby mountains across the Garden State. (Hot chocolate for moms who prefer to cheer from the sidelines!)

Sleep In! Winter break can also mean a chance to catch up on some much-needed zzz’s for kids and parents. Pillow forts and tents are optional but highly recommended.

SKATING ON THE SQUARE

Hit the Ice. An afternoon of ice skating is so much fun, even if your kids don’t know how to skate they can have fun trying. Check out the best ice skating rinks in NJ.

Take Insta-Worthy Photos Together. POP! at Bridgewater Commons is a new photo playground that allows you and the kids to pose in a variety of fun settings including a retro laundromat.

Take in Some Art. Night Forms, the new exhibit at Grounds for Sculpture, is viewed at night and utilizes projections and sound to create an immersive experience. It’s on view until April 3.

Plan a Fun Overnight. From nearby Crystal Springs Resort to Hershey, PA, there are so many drivable places to take a mini vacay.

Bowl a Strike! A trip to the bowling alley is fun for the whole fam. Be sure to ask for the bumpers up and ramps for the little ones.

Have Fun on the (Driving) Range. Bigger kids will love a trip to Topgolf where they can practice their swing and play fun games.

Go on an Ice Cream Crawl. Who says you can’t enjoy ice cream in the winter? Try a small scoop at a few of your local places and then rate them.

Hang Out with a Mermaid. Starting February 24 you can take a day trip to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden to see a mythical experience, Mermaids. Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant has the 411 on penguins in a special program.

Get Totally Tubular. Snow tubing is the perfect winter activity for kids of all ages — if you can sit down in a tube, you can do it! A day at Camelback Mountain is always a hit.

Climb the walls. In a good way, at one of NJ’s many indoor rock climbing gyms. It’s a great way to boost their confidence as they reach new heights!

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