Learn about the Titanic at Liberty Science Center, feed and talk to hippos at Adventure Aquarium, or learn how to ski or snowboard at Mountain Creek. Watch The Berenstain Bears Live: Family Matters, Celebrate Barnegat Bay at Jenkinsons Aquarium, or see what it takes to make an intricate dazzling costume at All That Glitters: Embroidering Character in Costume.
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Photo via Heather Mosher Photography.
1. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
Open until May 31, 2016
This exhibition is designed with a focus on the legendary RMS Titanic‘s compelling human stories. It features more than 100 authentic artifacts set within replicas of cabins and other areas within the famous ill-fated ship.
Liberty Science Center
Jersey City, New Jersey
Cost: Tickets starting at $17.75
2. The Berenstain Bears Live: Family Matters
Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 2 pm
Adapted from the classic children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical brings everyone’s favorite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can’t stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right.
The South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
Cost: Children $23 | Adults $28
3. Hippo Feed & Talk
Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10:30 am & 2:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday, January 9 & 10, 2016 at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Connect with our hippos in this one-of-a-kind experience! Watch as our biologists provide a training session and toss treats to our massive Nile hippos Button and Genny. Don’t forget to explore the Hippo Haven exhibit!
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
Cost: Children $19.95 | Adults $26.95
4. Tots on Tour!
Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11 am
Listen to a story, become GFS Park Explorers, and make art in hands-on workshops designed for 3-5 year olds. Lesson and theme changes monthly. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; first-come, first-serve.
Education Center – Learning Center
Price: Free with park admission. Advance registration not required.
Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619
Cost: Children $10 | Adults $15
5. All That Glitters: Embroidering Character in Costume
Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 12 pm to 3 pm
Art House is pleased to present a special exhibition “All That Glitters: Embroidering Character in Costume”. Costume designer James E. Crochet curates a dazzling collection that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating the most intricate and exquisite costume details for the stage. From sketches, to samples of embroidery, beading and trim, to the final garment, the exhibition explores how character is revealed through ornamentation.
Art House Productions
136 Magnolia Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306
6. Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun Ongoing Exhibit
Open until July 2016
Our highly anticipated toy exhibit Toys through Time: The History of American Fun will encompass five rooms in the museum and will have interactive and hands-on features. The collection ranges from about 1850 to 1950 and will include board games, dolls, trucks, rocking horses, puppets, doll houses and so much more! Liberty Hall Museum wants young visitors to see the variety of toys children from long ago played with (no technology!) and for parents and grandparents to reminisce about their own childhood and some of their favorite toys or games they played with. The family that plays together, stays together!
1003 Morris Avenue, Union, Union County, NJ, 07083
7. World’s Largest Ski & Snowboard Lesson
Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10 am
Mountain Creek wants to set the World Record for the LARGEST multi-venue Ski and the LARGEST multi-venue Snowboard Lessons ever taught! Participants will receive Free Limited Lift Ticket (Sugar & Magic Carpet only), Free Rentals, and Free Lessons.
200 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462
Cost: Children under 6 Free | Youth $40 (At window) $18.99 (Online) | Adults $40 (At window) $21.99 (Online)
8. New Jersey Youth Chorus
Sunday, January 20, 2016 at 3 pm
Come enjoy an afternoon of beautiful sound with the talented young singer of the New Jersey Youth Chorus.
Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: Tickets starting at $10
9. Celebrate Barnegat Bay
Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Barnegat Bay isn’t only a great place for boating and fishing, but many animals also call it home.
Horseshoe crabs, terrapins, harbor seals, and sharks all inhabit these waters. Learn how you can keep the bay clean for future generations.
300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Cost: Children $7 | Adults $11.00
10. CentraState Foundation Family Winter Festival
Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Join the 2016 Junior Humanitarian Contestants as they host an afternoon of (indoor) winter fun for the whole family to benefit the Pediatric Center at CentraState. A Special Appearance by everyone’s favorite Snow Princess and Snowman at 2:00PM!
Jack Aaronson Conference Center – Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus
901 W Main St, Freehold 07728
Cost: Children $10 | Family of three or more children $25 | Free Adults