14 Things to Do During Winter Break

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We know how much fun you’re having this winter with your littles going sledding, making snowmen, drinking hot cocoa, and visiting Santa. With 11 days off this winter break, there’s so much more fun to be had with the family. Maybe you’ll visit Diggerland’s Winterfest, go on one of the many First Day Hikes in New Jersey, or visit one of NJ’s best lighthouses.

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 14 things to do during winter break in New Jersey:

Don’t miss Diggerland’s Winterfest

Now through December 30
We know how much your kids love Diggerland, so why not take them to celebrate all the magic of winter during Diggerland’s Winterfest? Enjoy fun holiday events each weekend including a holiday hayride, a holiday parade, and ornament decorating. Diggerland’s Winterfest runs until Dec 30th, so don’t miss out!
Diggerland USA
West Berlin, NJ

Watch acrobats at NJPAC’s Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 26 & 27
A combination of a new cirque adventure and a Broadway musical is exactly what you get with Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Watch over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 astonishing acts, incredible singers, and listen to your holiday favorites in this breathtaking two-hour special that literally defies gravity.
NJPAC Prudential Hall

Go on a First Day Hike

Did you know that every New Year’s Day, the New Jersey State Park Service hosts 27 guided hikes, 2 mountain bike rides and 1 horseback ride in state parks, forests, and historic sites as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes program? From Barnegat Lighthouse to Washington Crossing State Park, these free First Day Hikes offer a fun incentive to get outside, explore, exercise, enjoy nature, and celebrate the New Year with family and friends in one of New Jersey’s state parks. Check out our guide here.

Visit Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in NYC

Now through February 10, 2019
If you’re up for the New York City trek this year, make your way to the West side to see Mickey. Everyone’s favorite mouse is lining the walls of an exhibit in New York City, the first exhibit to celebrate Mickey in a long time. It’s called Mickey: The True Original Exhibition and it’s located at 60 10th Avenue. From now until February, your family can explore the fun and colorful pieces from both historic and contemporary artists.
Mickey: The True Original Exhibition
60 10th Ave. New York, NY

Meet dinos at Jurassic Quest

December 28 3PM – 8PM, December 29 – 31, 9AM – 8PM
Jurassic Quest is the largest exhibit of life-size, moving, museum-quality dinosaurs in America. With some of the dinos walking around and looking at visitors, this event is fun for all ages. Bring your littles and don’t worry, there are interactive baby dinosaurs putting smiles on everyone’s faces. This event features themed rides, inflatable mazes, slides, a dinosaur petting zoo, and plenty of fossils to dig up. Kids tickets are $20, adults are $20, and VIP Kids tickets are $34, which includes unlimited rides and activities.
New Jersey Convention Center
Edison, NJ

Shoot high with The Harlem Globetrotters

December 30, 6PM
This one-of-a-kind show is a must-see with your family. The Harlem Globetrotters jump, dive, dunk, and soar through the air making the craziest basketball shots we’ve ever seen. Back this year with the acrobatic trampoline dunk team, these star-studded athletes will keep your littles (and you) on the edge of your seats. Tickets are $25.
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Learn a new skill at Sewing Camp

December 27, 28, 31, 9AM – 12PM or 1PM – 4PM
You might know a little guy or gal who wants to learn more about sewing, making patterns, and designing their own projects. If so, the School Break Sewing Camp is the perfect winter break activity for them. Not only will they learn basic sewing machine usage as well as some hand sewing, but they’ll learn pinning, cutting fabric, sewing on the line, and how to complete sewing projects. The camp is run for kids from Kindergarten through 6th grade, and all sewing levels are welcome!  A half-day session is $65 and a full-day session is $97.50.
M Avery Designs Sewing Studio
Hoboken, NJ

Strap on your skates at Pier Village’s Ice At The Pier

Now through President’s Day 2019
Strap on those skates and hit the ice with your whole family at this shoreside location. When you’re done skating, Pier Village offers premiere Jersey Shore shopping and dining options, making it easy to enjoy the boardwalk and ocean views in Long Branch all year long. Be sure to also check out #NJMOM‘s Guide to 13 Top Ice Skating Rinks in New Jersey.
50 Chelsea Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Meet Scuba Santa at Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights

December 14, 15, 21, 22, 26-28, 6PM – 9PM
Head over to Jenk’s this holiday season for a fun indoor lights show, Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights. This winter wonderland includes treats, crafts, pictures with Scuba Santa, the Aquarium, the Sweet Shop, and more. Your littles will meet fun characters and enjoy mini holiday shows at Santa’s Headquarters at select times.
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
Point Pleasant, NJ

Stargaze at Robert J. Novins Planetarium 

This planetarium has it all: it can project a view of the bottom of the sea or the stars in the sky. In addition, you can see the night sky above New Jersey. Offering special events all year round, including captivating laser shows, Robert J. Novins Planetarium is diverse and exciting for all ages. In December, you can see Let It Snow, Khrumka’s Adventures in the Winter Forest, Laser Beatles, Dinostars, and many more shows.
Ocean County College
Toms River, NJ

Join Turtle Back Zoo’s Winter Break Mini Camp: Animal Senses

December 26 – 28, 9AM – 4PM
Looking for something educational to do outdoors during winter break? Bring your littles to the Turtle Back Zoo for the Animal Senses minicamp. They’ll learn how animals use their senses, some similar to our senses and some not, to live and navigate our world.
Turtle Back Zoo
West Orange, NJ

Fly high at Skyzone Ocean

The kids will think you’re the cool mom for taking them to Skyzone Ocean’s indoor trampoline park, but be sure to check out their other attractions, too. They’ll love going head-to-head with their friends in the Warrior Course, climbing the giant rock wall, or jumping without fear in the Foam Zone. One thing’s for sure – rain can’t stop you from having fun at Skyzone Ocean.
Skyzone Ocean
Ocean Township, NJ

Visit one of NJ’s 10 best lighthouses

There are over 10 lighthouses in New Jersey and they are all nestled along our beautiful coastline. Climb to the top to see the best views of the coast. Although it might be chilly, visiting a lighthouse is a journey your littles will never forget, so be sure to check out NJMOM‘s Guide to Lighthouses.

Eat with your hands at Medieval Times

Eat with your hands, wear a paper crown, cheer on your favorite knight, and watch jousting competitions all at Medieval Times. The 11th-century themed show has been pleasing audiences and families for ages – literally. It’s a fun, interactive show, where you and the family can cheer on your favorite knight and eat a yummy meal with your hands, just like they used to do back in the day. Shows generally run for about two hours with lots of interactive activities.
Lyndhurst, NJ

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

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Diggerland’s Winterfest at the Park
13 Top Ice Skating Rinks in New Jersey
10 Best Ski Resorts for Families
20 Winter Markets Around NJ
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Aquariums around New Jersey
Museums around New Jersey
Lighthouses around New Jersey
Zoos around New Jersey
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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.

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