This weekend meet dogs and cats of all kinds at the Super Pet Expo in Edison, check out whimsical ice sculptures at Hearts on Fire, Palmer Square on Ice in Princeton, or enjoy Family Date Night at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant.
Here are 15 kid-friendly things to do around New Jersey:
PJ Masquerade Ball
February 8, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Put on your PJs and your thinking cap for a fun night at Garden State Discovery Museum. Solve a mini mystery with your favorite masked friends and characters. Look for clues, catch the villain, and enjoy ice cream. Please pre-register.
Garden State Discovery Museum
Cherry Hill, NJ
Cost: $30 Non-Member Child, $25 Member Child, $5 Adult
Family Date Night at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
February 8 & 9, 6PM – 9PM
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Date Night with the people you love the most, your family! Before the holiday, bring your littles to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk for admission to the aquarium, pizza, drinks, arcade games, and treats from the Sweet Shop. For a package deal, you’ll receive aquarium admission, sweet treats, a pizza, and soft drinks.
Point Pleasant, NJ
Cost: package of four: $54.95
Super Pet Expo
February 8 – 10, Friday 3-8PM, Saturday 10AM-7PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM
If you have pet lovers in your life, then this is the expo for you. Bring them to the Super Pet Expo in Edison to shop, play, and learn. You’ll meet dogs, cats, and occasional pigs, ponies, or iguanas. You’ll learn about pet care and grooming. Plus you can shop vendors for fun pet gifts and treats. The event features Trick Workshops, a Pet Me area, a Best Dressed Pet Competition, and performances by The Marvelous Mutts.
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
Cost: Child age 4-11 $10, Adult $13
Sugar Maple Celebration
February 9, 10AM – 3PM
Celebrate the Sugar Maple and learn about the entire maple sugaring process with Duke Farms Executive Director Michael Catania. Participate in activities and nature hikes focused on wildlife, tree identification, best forestry practices, and climate change as it relates to the Sugar Maple and our native forests. Experience the flavor of New Jersey maple syrup and visit live demonstrations.
Tall Pines Winter Botany Walk
February 9, 10AM – 1PM
Wander through the winter woodland and learn about all types of plant species. Although plants are much harder to identify without their leaves and flowers, it’s still possible and you’ll learn how with your guide. This is also a time to learn about invasive species and how to safely remove them from your garden or land!
Tall Pines State Preserve
Valentine’s Craft Making Event
February 9, 10AM – 2PM
Stop by the Museum between 10AM and 2PM to create some awesome Valentine’s including a dinosaur-inspired Valentine, a Pop-(h)art – a pop-up hanging Valentine inspired by pop art of the 20th century, or create a “you’re-out-of-this-world” planet bracelet made from beads and pipe cleaners while discovering more about the solar system.
New Jersey State Museum
Art for Families: Wearable Sculptures
February 9, 10:30AM – 1PM
Learn how to create and enjoy a wearable sculpture with your family and participate in a gallery activity. Design a whimsical, mixed-media costume inspired by one of Nick Cave’s “soundsuits.”
Princeton University Art Museum
Asbury Park Valentine’s Bazaar
February 9, 12PM – 6PM
At the Grand Arcade Convention Hall in Asbury Park, bring your sweetie and friends to shop fun Valentines-inspired vendors. Vendors will be selling gifts ranging from handcrafted jewelry, art, home goods, and chocolates for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart. Pick up gorgeous flower bouquets from Faye & Renée Floral & Event Design or make your own at their Flower Bar.
Asbury Park, NJ
Goldfish Swim School Denville’s Family Swim Event
February 9, 3PM – 5PM
Join Goldfish Swim School for an exclusive family swim event. The event includes free family swim, facility tours and family fun. Get your blood pumping and your face smiling. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goldfish Swim School – Denville
Sweetest Night in Pitman
February 9, 4PM – 8PM
Sample a variety of chocolates and other sweet treats from local chocolate and dessert makers. Look for specialty items from Pitman businesses Uptown. This is a perfect opportunity for a romantic evening out in Pitman and a chance to buy some sweet treats for your Valentine.
Uptown Pitman, NJ
My Little Man & Me: Valentine’s Day Party!
February 9, 1PM – 3PM
Get ready for Valentine’s Day and go on a date with your little man. Your son, nephew, cousin, godson, whoever it is – bring them to the Liberty Hall Museum for a special date. Enjoy games, crafts, snacks, and a photo booth.
Liberty Hall Museum
Cost: $25 per child with one adult, additional adult $5, $20 for museum members
Hearts On Fire, Palmer Square On Ice
February 9 & 10, 12PM – 3PM
See Palmer Square’s beautiful forestry transformed into an icy wonderland. Gaze at whimsical sculptures, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, or warm yourself up by visiting all the shops in the square. Princeton, NJ is one of NJMOM’s top kid-friendly areas to visit – shopping, music, ice cream, fun!
Asbury Fresh Valentine’s Vendor Pop-Up
February 10, 12PM – 5PM
Shop a fun Valentine’s pop-up featuring over 25 locally curated artisans and food makers. Shopping, food, family, fun. What more do you need?
Asbury Park, NJ
The Rock & Roll Playhouse Presents The Music Of Grateful Dead For Kids
February 10, 11AM
Before you head to Asbury Fresh’s Valentine’s Pop-Up, check out this cool event made especially for kids, with a classic twist. This is a family concert series where your littles will be introduced to good old rock n’ roll with the music of The Grateful Dead. If you’re a Dead Head, you don’t want to miss this! Purchase tickets here.
Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: $15, under 1 free
Daddy Daughter Date at Color Me Mine
February 10, 9:30AM – 11:30AM
Dads can bring their little girls to this date brunch at Color Me Mine, which will include pottery with dad, mini bagels, cream cheese, and orange juice. Your ticket covers reservation and studio fee, pottery choice is an additional cost. You’ll leave with a treat bag, pottery, and quality time with dad. Mother and Son Night of Fun is the same event on February 9th!
Color Me Mine
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