10 Kid-Friendly Things to Do: Dec 14 – 16


This weekend visit the oldest fossils in the state at Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey in Trenton, ice skate at Winterfest on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, or stop by the Nacho Muthas Holiday Popup for fun snacks and treats in Paramus.

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Here are 10 kid-friendly things to do around New Jersey this weekend:

WinterFest on the Cooper River
Now through February 18, 2019
WinterFest on the Cooper River is back and bringing a winter wonderland to you. Your littles will love ice skating on the river, munching on tasty treats, and visiting The Lodge and Winter Forest. Bonus: For those littles that aren’t too strong on their skates, book a skating lesson!
Cooper River Park
Cherry Hill, NJ
Cost: Skate Rental $4,  
Admission: Adults $6, Children 5-12 $4, Children 4 and under free

Kidzmusik Holiday Party
December 13, 10:30AM – 11:15AM
Enjoy a special discounted music class with your littles at Hoboken Elks on Washington Street. This holiday-themed class is designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to enjoy live music with Mr. Joe and Carmen, through instruments, props, and costumes. Caregivers are invited to move and play, too!
Hoboken Elks
Hoboken, NJ
Cost: $5

Nacho Muthas Holiday Popup
December 14 – 15, 12PM – 8PM
Bring the family to a fun day of eating at Nacho Muthas Holiday Popup, a fun foodie market in the Paramus Park Mall. From Sogno Coffee to Empanada Mania, these vendors have created fresh and packaged treats for you to give as gifts and enjoy all holiday season long.
Paramus Park Mall
Paramus, NJ
Cost: free

Candlelight Tour and Reading of “A Christmas Carol”
December 14, 7PM – 10PM
Get your walking shoes on and your ears ready for a Christmas story told like no other. The classic, “A Christmas Carol” is told via candlelight through a walking tour of the Kingsland Manor. This enchanted evening is a holiday-themed way of stepping back in time.
Kingsland Manor
Nutley, NJ
Cost: $15, Reservation required

METC Winter Traditions: Storytime & Craft
December 15, 11AM – 3PM
Head over to the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts for storytime and crafts. Celebrate winter with stories about early winter traditions and be sure to visit the pop-up exhibit: Winter Fun in the 19th Century. Bonus: Your littles can make their very own sled ornaments.
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
Madison, NJ
Cost: included with admission, Adults $5, Children $3, Children under 6 FREE

Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar 2018
December 15, 22, 23, 11AM – 6PM
On Sundays, Santa visits the Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar to hear all your littles’ Christmas wishes. Otherwise, mom can shop the best local artisans and vendors selling cute and cool vintage jewelry, art, home goods, and more. This event features a holiday photo booth, fireplace lounge, a special holiday menu at the Anchors Bend and Asbury Oyster Bar, live music, as well as kids art classes and holiday craft workshops. Anyone up for some wreath making?
Grand Arcade and Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: free

Hoboken Jingle Bell 5K
December 15, 9AM – 12PM
Grab your antlers, red noses, and jingle bells for this annual event that brings the entire community together. Be sure to bundle up for this 5K or 1-mile fun run that’ll spread holiday cheer throughout the streets of Hoboken and finish in the beautiful Pier A Park.
Pier A Park 
Hoboken, NJ
Cost: 1 mile: $10-$15, 5K $32-$40

Winter Bash
December 15, 2PM – 4PM
Celebrate the season with holiday characters, making crafts, and playing festive games. Win prizes from local businesses by entering your little creations into the gingerbread house contest (different categories for all ages), which will be judged by JB Bakery.
Burlington County Historical Society
Burlington City, NJ
Cost: free

HHA Gift Giveaway
December 16, 2PM – 4PM 
The holiday season is more than making snowmen, drinking hot chocolate, and singing out our favorite holiday tunes. It’s about giving back as well! The HHA Gift Giveaway is a heartwarming experience where you and your family can volunteer to distribute gifts to the Community Room in Hoboken.
Community Room
Hoboken, NJ
Cost: free

Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey
Now through December 31, Tuesday to Sunday, 9AM – 4:45PM
Bring your family back in time to see the oldest fossils from the state and learn a whole lot about geology. The exhibit features ten unique fossil stories that explain dinosaur life in New Jersey. Your littles will love meeting the different kinds of dinos and their Ice Age friends including the Dryptosaurus, the world’s first known carnivorous dinosaur, and Mosasaurus Maximus, a 50-foot marine reptile discovered in South Jersey.
New Jersey State Museum
Trenton, NJ
Cost: Adults $7, Children 12 & under $5

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

More fun things to do this weekend:

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Best Light Shows in NJ This Holiday Season
20 Winter Markets Around NJ
Diggerland’s Winterfest at the Park
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Aquariums around New Jersey
Museums around New Jersey


About Author

Erika is a yogi, writer, coffee enthusiast, and world traveler. If she's not at the beach or chasing the sunset, she's looking for the best iced coffee she can find and planning her next adventure. Her favorite NJ spots include The Saint, Island Heights, and Lava Java House.