With Presidents’ Day Weekend and the winter break week, filling the days up (especially during COVID) can be challenging. But with a bunch of family-friendly things to do at home and out this week, there’s a lot of ways to make those hours fly by. Lace-up your skates for a Family Night Skate at Renault Winery’s Vintner Wonderland in Egg Harbor, join a Black History Craft Class online or ogle amazing ice sculptures at the Fire & Ice Festival in Cranford. And if you’re looking for more family-friendly activities, check out our list of free things to do all during February.
featured image via Renault Winery Resort
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Black History Month Pop Up Weekends
February 13, 14 12PM-4PM
Support local Black-owned businesses at this maker and artisan pop-up market that will be hosting a Valentine theme this weekend. Shop from over 15 vendor stalls, discover new businesses in the area, listen to live music, and then grab something to eat with the fam.
3 Bond Drive
Valentine’s Day Party
February 14, 1:30PM-3:30PM
Littles and bigs can bounce to their heart’s content for an hour and a half, then follow that up with pizza, a drink, and a treat—and there’ll be bubbles and other fun surprises. Make sure they wear red socks for a free tattoo. Advance reservations, as well as masks and socks, are required.
Pump It Up Piscataway
145 Ethel Road W
Cost: $20.00 per child; parents join for free
iPlay America’s Valentine’s Day Specials
February 14, 11AM-9PM
Grab your masks and head to this indoor amusement park where kids can go on rides, play games, and even get a couple of treats from Broadway Sweet’s Candy Bar. If you’re planning on grabbing lunch there, you can add on pizza and soda for an additional fee. There are also outdoor igloos and firepits for dining outside.
110 Schanck Road
Cost: $45.99 for two ride passes, a game card, and two treats; $55.99 to add a large pizza and pitcher of soda.
$22.99 for each additional person (ride passes and treats included)
Family Night Skating at Vintner Wonderland
February 16th from 3 PM – 8:30 PM
Show off your skating skills at the Renault Winery & Resort, which has an ice-skating rink suitable for all ages. Merchandise and concessions will be available in the rink area, and great music will keep you in the holiday spirit.
$7-$50 per person
Renault Winery Resort and Golf
72 N Bremen Avenue
Egg Harbor City
Black History Month Kids’ Craft Class
February 18th at 3 PM
Create a culturally meaningful craft with scout leader and kindergarten teacher Jen Bes. Jen will also explain the importance of Black History Month in terms that young children can understand. Craft kits will be distributed for free in advance of the class.
Livingston Justice Events
Caring for Raptors Webinar
February 19th from 2 PM – 2:45 PM
Learn about the native raptors and natural history from a Raptor Trust Educator and rehabilitation technician over Zoom. Kids will meet a live ambassador bird on camera, and they can ask questions about how humans can protect these majestic birds.
Saturday Winter Markets
February 20th from 10 AM – 2 PM
Browse the winter market for tasty jams, chocolate, honey, and more treats and homemade items. You can also get a walking stick and head out for a hike around the trails. It’s a great way to get the family moving while also supporting local businesses.
Whitesbog Preservation Trust
120 West Whites Bogs Road #34
Family Fun Day- Chinese New Year
February 20th from 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Celebrate The Year of the Ox by joining Liberty Hall Museum in their craft demonstration. From dragon puppets to plates, you’ll be making crafts that are similar to traditional Chinese icons. You’ll also learn a lot about Chinese culture as well.
$10 for 1 child and 1 adult, plus $4 per additional children
Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Avenue
Fire & Ice
February 20th from 12 PM – 4 PM
Have a day out and explore downtown Cranford for their Fire & Ice event. There will be an ice carver from 1PM-3PM, as well as a fiery wing contest. Kids will love trying wings from participating restaurants and voting on their faves.
All About Owls
February 20th from 3 PM – 4:30 PM
Learn all about owls, their adaptations, and how they survive in the wild. You’ll inspect feathers, go on a short walk, and even meet a special friend at the end. There’ll be an owl pellet dissection program in the case of bad weather.
$10 per person for non-members, $5 per person for members
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Avenue
Morris County Park Commission Wild Animal Experts Online: Tricky Tracks
February 20th and 21st from 12:00 AM – 12 PM
Winter is a great time to learn who has been out and about in nature. Throughout this virtual class, available both days, kids can identify some common tracks routinely seen this time of year and then use their new skills on their next hike.
The Cat Kid Comic Club
February 22nd from 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM
Celebrate the newest Dav Pilkey graphic novel with “Cat Kid Comic Club” at the Cape May Public Library. This event is for ages 5-10, and registration is required.