Looking for things to do in NJ this weekend with your kids? Take your truck enthusiasts to Monster Jam at Prudential Center, where ATVs and other speedsters compete in air-defying competitions, or fuel their mac and cheese obsession in Morristown at Mac & Cheese Mayhem, a fest where they can try the gooey dish at a few different local restaurants. It’s also time for Maple Tree Tapping in Flemington and Summit, so put on your winter coats and learn to make fresh syrup (make sure your pancake mix is on standby!).
If you want to stay inside, take a look at our favorite indoor activities, but if you want to experience the great outdoors, we found some awesome activities the kids will love, too. 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.
If they love driving their mini cars all over the house, they’ll marvel at these giant trucks competing in the triple threat series at Prudential Center in Newark. These ATVs, speedsters and trucks compete for points in six different competitions ranging from racing and freestyle events to tests of agility and speed.
Head to Radio City Music Hall for an adventure in Troll Village with Poppy, Branch and their friends. The show will feature singing, dancing, puppets and special effects, plus new songs and choreography.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Usher in the Year of the Golden Rat at NJPAC’s annual Chinese New Year celebration, featuring dragons, acrobatic lions, peacocks, twirling ribbons, a flower garden and a fusion of American modern dance and Asian art. We found plenty of ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year around the Garden State.
Evil Expo: The Villain Convention
Dress in your bad guy best and head to the Radisson Hotel, where your Joker and Loki fans can celebrate the dark side. There’ll be games, panels, shows, discussions, music, entertainment and more.
FRIDAY (JANUARY 24)
Free Gaming Party
If you’ve got gamers at home, get them out of the house and into the the Rochelle Park Public Library to play multiplayer video games with Super Smash Bros., NBA 2k20 and more. Registration required; light refreshments will be served.
SATURDAY (JANUARY 25)
Mac & Cheese Mayhem
This out-of-the-box mac and cheese event at the Morristown Armory boasts a variety of gooey dishes created by local chefs and restaurants, all competing for the crown. Vendors will be selling small plates, which means you can try them all without filling up too fast. Cast your vote for the Mac Daddy Award, listen to music, indulge in beer, wine and sangria, check out vendor wares and let the kids go crazy at the kids’ activities.
Tap That Tree!
Bundle up and bring your fam to Reeves-Reed Arboretum to learn about tree tapping and get firsthand experience yourself. Registration required.
$15/non-member kid, $5/member kid
Snow Queen Meet and Greet
Bundle up and head to the Garden State Discovery Museum to meet the Queen of Arendelle, no matter the chilly weather—the cold never bothered her anyway. Meet both sisters on Sunday, January 26.
Included with admission
Maple Tree Tapping
Jump in the car with your 5-and-uppers and hit Echo Hill Playground to see the Echo Hill sugar bush, watch a maple tree tapping demo and get your hands dirty yourself. Registration required.
The RVCC Planetarium has you covered with a variety of shows that’ll keep the lil’ ones entertained. Ages 3-8 can hop on a Rockin’ Rocket Ride to learn about the moon, sun and planets to a fun soundtrack. Storybooks in Space (ages 4-8) is all about the stars and planets. Pages from books will be projected overhead, plus you’ll learn what stars are in the sky this weekend. Then, stick around for First and Farthest (ages 10+) to learn about the Space Race.
SUNDAY (JANUARY 26)
Jersey Shore Toy Show
Visit the South Wall Fire Company to see more than 75 tables filled with vintage and modern toys, comic books, vinyls, video games, figurines, pop culture memorabilia and more. There’s something there for every fan, from Star Wars and Transformers to Marvel and DC.
Trailblazers Volunteer Day
Help remove invasive weeds and vines from a natural area inside Liberty State Park Nature Center. Bring your kids ages 10 and up to teach them about volunteering and preserving nature. Registration required.
Naturalists of all ages are invited to Insectropolis to talk about plants, gardening, pollinators, food preservation and more. Bring your own seeds to swap or purchase some from local vendors. There’ll also be workshops (registration required) like Grow Your Own Mushrooms and Edible Bird Seed Native Plants Wreath. Check out demos on tinctures, tonics and lacto-fermented pickles.
Free, $10/suggested donation
Angry Birds Universe Exhibit
Take your little ones to shoot at life-size Angry Birds with massive slingshots. Ends April 19.
Mega Model Trains
Through February 29, head to the Morris Museum where you and the kids can learn the importance of railroads through hands-on activities.
Included with admission
Through March 15, view an exhibition at the Morris Museum centered around graffiti and street art from 12 established artists whose works are displayed directly on the museum walls.
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