15 Things To Do In NJ This Weekend & Winter Break (5 Free NJ Events!)


Things to do in NJ this weekend through January 4, 2015!

NJ Mom has gathered up 15 events and things to do in NJ this weekend and throughout Winter Break to keep everyone in the house happy. Some events are free or low cost, but all of them are memorable. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and winter break!

bubble trouble morris museum1.Bubble Trouble

December 27th from 11:00am- 1:30pm
A bubble volcano. Bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, he engages and delights audiences of all ages.   Perfect for the holidays and ages 3-9.
Cost: $10/ members, $12/ non members, $9/groups
To learn more, visit their website.


2. Make a Mitten Frame Craft at Imagine That!!!

December 27th, 10:30am – 5:30pm
Stop by Imagine That!!! and have your little one create a keepsake Mitten frame for the holidays!
Cost: Reserve in advance, only $12.99/ child (adults: $9.95)
A New Jersey Childrens Museum
4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932
To register, visit their website.


3. Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes

January 1st, 1:00pm
Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric as he breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Phillip, in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora, defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon!
Cost: tickets start at $25
Izod Center
50 Sate Route 120 East Rutherford, NJ 07073
To register, visit their website. 


December 26, 2014 at various times. Repeating every day through December 27th
The original animated television classic comes to life. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical soars off the screen and onto the Prudential Hall stage this holiday season.
Cost: $30 – $60
New Jersey Performing Arts Center One Center Street, Newark NJ 07102
To register, visit website.



December 27-30th (Various times)
An IMAX Experience plays in LSC’s IMAX Dome Theater for a limited engagement just in time for the holidays. The heart-warming film tells of a boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on a journey of self-discovery.
Cost : $6 for member kids and $8 for member adults, $9 for kids 2-12 and seniors 62 & over, $11 for adults
Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City NJ 07305
To register, visit their website. 

6. Bounce! Trampoline Sports Launches Sensory Friendly Programming

January 2nd, 9:30am – 10;30am
Bounce! is committed to increasing access and inclusion for those children and families affected by Sensory Processing Disorders and others with sensory challenges including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Cost: $12
612 Corporate Way Vallay Cottage, NY
To register, visit their website.



Dec. 29, 2014. 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Stop by Imagine That!!! and create a Snowman using a sock and other decorative items for your little one to take home!
Cost: Child $13.99 Adult $9.99
A New Jersey Childrens Museum
4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932
To register, visit their website.


8. Macculloch Hall Exhibit Tours

January 4th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Did the holidays rush by and you missed a chance to visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM)? There is still time this January to step back in time and join us for guided tours and visit the Christmas exhibit
Cost:Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free.
45 Macculloch Avenue Morristow, Nj 07960
To register, visit their website.

grounds for sculpture

9. Rat’s New Year’s Eve

December 31 @ 5:00 pm – 11:55 pm
Step back into Giverny this New Year’s Eve at the Grounds For Sculpture restaurant, Rat’s. On Wednesday, December 31, 2014, there will be New Year’s Eve dinner from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. There is a la carte dining or a five-course tasting menu. It is $99.00 per person. For $150.00 per person, you can add wine pairing.
Rat’s Restaurant
16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619
Cost; $150
To register, visit their website.


10. Adventures in Reading Introducing StoryWalk Outdoor Exhibit

Through December 31, 2014. 9 am – 7 pm.
Calling all nature lovers who love books! StoryWalk is an interactive outdoor exhibit that turns reading into an adventure along the trails without electronic devices. Hikers can read a nature-themed story while they walk in the woods. Designed for beginning readers, the stories will appeal to all ages. TNC will post a new story, page by page, along a trail each season.
Cost: Free
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ 07670
To register, call 201-568-6093 or visit their website.


11. Old Fashioned Christmas

Nov 21-Jan 1, 2015, hours vary
Victorian Cape May is the perfect setting for a beautiful, old-fashioned Christmas. The Physick Estate will be decorated for the season with festive lights and trimmings. And don’t miss the Carroll Gallery’s exhibit showcasing holiday traditions throughout the years with model trains, toys and more.
Cost: Free
The Carriage House Gallery at Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington Street, Cape May NJ 08204
To register, visit their website.

 model train barron arts center

12. Holiday Model Train Show at Barron Arts Center

Through December 28th. Various times: (Mon-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat & Sun 2-4pm)
Kids of all ages will delight in viewing the trains on display in Barron Arts Center’s annual holiday exhibit. Stop by on December 5th for the opening reception and township tree lighting, featuring a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus.
Cost: Free
Barron Arts Center
Barron Arts Center 582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge NJ 07095
To register, visit their website.


13. Holiday Lights at the Zoo

December 27-January 4th at 5:00pm to 9:00pm (repeats daily)
The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s Holiday Lights program is returning this winter. Visitors will be granted free admission. In-kind donations of canned goods, toys, and pet food are encouraged.
Cost: Free
Turtleback Zoo 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange NJ 07052
To learn more, visit their website or call 973-731-5800


14. New Milford High School Flea Market & Collectible Show

January 4th 9:00am – 4:00pm
New Milford High School Flea Market & Collectible Showfundraiser for NMHS Athletic Boosters
50+ exhibitors…indoors & outdoors.
Cost: Free
New Milford High School
330 River Road New Milford, NJ

 Jenkinsons sea of lights

15. Jenkinson’s Sea of Lights

December 26th, 27th and 28th from 6:00-9:00pm
Enjoy a fully decorated Jenkinson’s Aquarium and see Scuba Santa between 7-8pm each night! Then head into Jenkinson’s Pavilion for facepainting, arts & crafts, games, and much more! All ages are welcome.
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
300 Ocean Avenue
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
Cost: $6 per person

To learn more, visit Jenkinson’s website.


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