10 Best NJ Events This Weekend: Jan 29 – 31


Spend your weekend at the 14th Annual Atlantic City Indoor Races at Boardwalk Hall to see if your favorite racer makes it to the finish line, watch C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe come to life at NJPAC, or embrace the wintery outdoors by eating at food trucks, seeing a firework show, and admiring the ice sculpture pieces at Laurita’s Ice Sculpture Festival.

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Meet Mickey Mouse {Featured Event}
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Get the chance to meet the most beloved and well known animated character, Mickey Mouse, at Learning Express Toys of Holmdel. Bring your camera and get ready to pose. Mickey Mouse will be making a special appearance to meet and greet anyone who comes to the event.
Learning Express Toys of Holmdel
2107 State Route 35, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733
Cost: Free

1. Laurita Ice Sculpture Festival
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday, January 31st, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Ice sculptures, food trucks, snowmobiles, a huge playground, amazing wines and more. Embrace the mounds of snow with your family at the Laurita Ice Sculpture Festival before it melts away. The event will include lots of winter activities for the entire family, fire pits, scenic views, and even a firework show. House of Cupcakes, the Empanada Guy, and Five Sisters Catering are just some of the food trucks that will be attending the event. Don’t miss out on this unique winter festival.
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Cost: Adults: $10, children (4-17): $5

2. 14th Annual Indoor Atlantic City Auto Race
Friday, January 29th, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Get your adrenaline pumping this Friday and Saturday at the 14th Annual Indoor Atlantic City Auto Race. Taking place in Board Walk Hall, the 14th annual auto race will feature three divisions: Three Quarter (TQ) Midgets, Slingshots and Sr. Champ Karts. Points will be awarded based on finishing positions and time trial positions on Friday night, leading up to the finale show on Saturday night.
Boardwalk Hall
2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City NJ 08401
Cost: Friday Prices: $25 Front Row Premium Seating, $20 Lower Level Reserved, $17 Upper Level Reserved, $15 General Admission, $5 Child GA.
Saturday Prices: $35 Front Row Premium, $27 Lower Level Reserved, $22 Upper Level Reserved, $20 General Admission, $5 Child GA



Photo via www.njpac.org

3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Sunday, January 31st, 2016 | 2:00 PM
Lucy and her siblings enter the wardrobe’s mystical winter wonderland of Narnia at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center this weekend. Witness Tumnus, Mrs. Beaver, Aslan the Lion, and more of Lucy’s beloved magical friends come to life through the art of dance as they try to conquer Narnia’s cursed winter and rid the White Witch.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
1 Center St., Newark, NJ 07102
Cost: $29-$39

4. Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Go on one last journey with Jack and Annie at the final showing of Magic Tree House: Space Mission. Discover the secrets of the sun, the moon, the stars, and the wonders of space with an unforgettable traveling tree house. Recommended for children from kindergarten to fourth grade.
Planetarium at Raritan Valley College
118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ
Cost: $8

5. Winterfest in Monmouth County
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Take a ride on a wagon, go for a nature hike, try to balance by ice skating, or sit back and enjoy the live music and food vendors. Monmouth County’s winterfest activities, food, and music is a great way to spend the day when you and your family have been cooped inside all day from the cold weather. Bundle up and come celebrate winter by enjoying what the Winterfest of Monmouth County has to offer.
805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, Monmouth County, NJ, 07783
Cost: Free

6. Fan Yang presents The Mega Bubble Show
Sunday, January 31st, 2016 | 1:30 PM
Sunday, January 31st, 2016 | 4:30 PM
Bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles! A bubble spectacular is heading to the Mayo Performing Arts Center to amaze everyone in the family with stunning lighting effects and bubbles of all shapes and sizes.
Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: $20-$40


7. The Frozen Princess
Friday, January 29th, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 10:00 Am and 1:00 PM
Fall into the wonderful story of Olga the snow queen and her sister Annabelle, as they discover what their futures hold as rulers of a beautiful kingdom. Queen Olga cannot control her frozen powers and her younger sister Annabelle struggles with finding her true love. When they meet a Woodsmen, a clumsy reindeer, and a quirky snowman, the story unravels into a tale of love, friendship, and learning how to love who you are.
The Broadway Theatre of Pitman
43 South Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071
Cost: $7-$9
Tickets are available for purchase online or in person. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Box Office during business hours or one hour prior to the show.

8. Ice Harvest
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Have you ever wanted to see 25 tons of frozen ice in one location? At the annual ice harvest, the Howell Living History Farm will be cutting and storing hundreds of blocks of ice. Using tools original used centuries ago, families are welcome to help the professionals at Howell Living History Farm with cutting the ice. Join in this unique, historic, winter-festive event.
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Ln, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Cost: Free

9. Winter Train Show
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, January 31st, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Does your little one love playing with trains? Witness one of the most fascinating train displays in New Jersey by visiting the annual train show in in Bridgewater. The annual winter train show, being presented by the Somerset County County 4-H Train Masters, will be featuring a jaw-dropping 40 by 60 foot display of trains and tracks.
Ted Blum 4-H Center
310 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Cost: $2-$4

10. NJSO Youth Orchestra
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 12:00 PM
If you are looking for a family-friendly concert that includes winter-themed music and talented musicians, head over to William Paterson University for a magical performance by NJSO Youth Orchestra at their winter concert. Appropriate for all ages, the NJSO Youth Orchestra will amaze any music lover, children and adults alike.
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road Wayne, NJ 07474
Cost: $4





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