Looking for things to do in NJ this weekend with your kids? You don’t need to find the Yellow Brick Road to see The Wizard of Oz in Montclair, or visit Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster at Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party! in NYC. If you don’t want to sit for a show, get outside and take the kids to Touch a Tractor in Oldwick. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Forest Valentine Search in Chatham Twp. or Valentine’s All Star Comedy Show at NJPAC in Newark.
You don’t have to leave the house to celebrate V-Day, either. Try making these treats, cookies, crafts and DIY Valentines with your lil’ ones But if you’re looking to go out with your sweetheart, these restaurants and date night ideas are sure to please your S.O.—plus there are plenty of places that’ll watch your kids while you’re out.
If you want to stay inside, take a look at our favorite indoor activities. Even though it’s winter you can still experience the great outdoors, we found some awesome activities the kids will love. Got a bunch of younger kids to entertain? We’ve got activities that cater just to them, plus free events for the whole fam. Check out our calendar for events near you, or browse things to do in NJ this weekend by county below.
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!
This interactive show at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden features iconic characters from your childhood and theirs. Family favorites like Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster will have you moving, grooving and laughing. Select dates through Feb. 23.
For the Love of Charlie Brown!
See the Peanuts gang perform skits and songs from “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” and other television specials, picked for Valentine’s Day at Montclair Art Museum. There’ll also be arts and crafts to take part in (limited to first 25 participants, additional $5).
Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail
Bring your partner to Terhune Orchards for a weekend of vino and chocolate. Taste Terhune’s wines (and baked goods) paired with locally-made chocolates before getting cozy by the firepit and making s’mores.
The Wizard of Oz
You don’t need to head down the Yellow Brick Road to get to Emerald City—just make the drive to Studio Playhouse. Dorothy will meet three special friends on her way to meet the great and powerful Oz.
FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 14)
You’re the Balm! Valentine Workshop
Get crafty with your pint-sized valentines (ages 5 and up) at Just Bead Yourself and make your own flavored lip gloss and matching bracelets.
Friday STEAM: Stupid Cupid
Bring your 5-and-uppers to the Warren County Library for entertaining science and V-Day challenges inspired by Cupid himself. Registration required.
Marvel at the newest laser concert at the planetarium at RVCC, where songs like “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher and “Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast will play, timed to colorful lasers. Reservations recommended.
Forest Valentine Search
Hit the trails at the Great Swamp OEC in search of hidden valentines with your little loves. Registration required.
$3/ages 3 and up
SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 15)
Valentine’s All Star Comedy Show
Get ready to laugh on your date night at NJPAC with these four comics: Billy Bellamy, who coined the phrase “booty call”; Luenell, who appeared in A Star Is Born; Don Curry, from Next Friday, and The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood.
Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote
Adapted from Native American oral traditions, Coyote wonders about the lights in the night sky. Ages 6-12 can listen to Native American stories and learn about lunar eclipses and phases, plus what mankind learns from exploring the Milky Way at the Planetarium at RVCC.
Parents’ Night Out
Celebrate V-Day with your SO—and not the kids. Drop the kids at Flippin’ Out Tumbling & Gymnastics of Nutley for Parent’s Night Out. The kids can tumble while you grab dinner or catch a movie with your honey.
Animal Story Time
Spend some time with animal ambassadors at Tenafly Nature Center while the kids build confidence in their reading abilities by telling the animals a story. Registration required.
Learn to identify maple trees, determine grades of syrup, tap at least five trees and collect sap at The Hermitage Museum.
Touch a Tractor
All ages are welcome to climb on Melick’s working antique farm tractors. Then, try a scavenger hunt and roast some marshmallows.
Winter Fairy Festival
Bring the kids to the Watershed Institute for dancing, games, fairy art and winter tales. Then, go exploring both indoors and outdoors.
$10, free/ages 2 and under
SUNDAY (FEBRUARY 16)
Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Music
Make plans to visit the Garden State Discovery Museum for a concert with Steve Pullara that’ll have your kids raising their voices and using their imaginations.
Included with admission
On Sundays through March 22, all’s sweet at Tenafly Nature Center. Your family can learn how to identify a maple tree and the history and technology behind maple syrup, plus boil sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup to taste.
$5/members, $15/member family; $10/non-members, $30/non-member family
Wild Kratts: Creature Power! Exhibition
Race to Liberty Science Center for this exhibit based on the Wild Kratts PBS show and explore the Australian Outback for kangaroos, koalas and platypuses. You’ll also head to Antarctica for penguins and ice shelves and a tropical rainforest for jaguars, monkeys and sloths. Ends May 31.
Included with admission
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