15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ, Feb 3-5


Spend this weekend with your kids experiencing fun and interactive events throughout New Jersey. Celebrate all things winter at Palmer Square On Ice or at Skylands Stadium’s Frozen in Ice Carnival. Commemorate Black History Month at the Grand Re-Opening of the Underground Railroad Museum, celebrate the Super Bowl at Renaissance Church’s Super Bowl Party, or learn all the ins-and-outs of an aquarium at Jenkinson’s Aquarium Behind the Scene Tour!

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

Here are our top picks for family events in NJ this weekend:

Frozen in Ice Carnival

Frozen in Ice Carnival, Photo via SkylandsStadium.com

1. Frozen in Ice Carnival
February 3-26, 2017 | Times vary by day
This year the Skylands Stadium is hosting the coolest event for the winter time with an all new interactive carnival theme; who doesn’t want to be Frozen in Ice? The Frozen in Ice carnival introduces their new Kids’ ice slide, ice carousel, ice ferris wheel, and carnival games with plenty of prizes! Professional Ice artists from Sculpted Ice Works will be carving over 100 tons of ice into breathtaking masterpieces. In the outside area, there will be a S’mores fire pit, and a snowman building activity on the baseball field. As if things could not get any better: there is a ice lounge for adults as well as free parking for the event goers. This is an event your family won’t want to miss!
Skylands Stadium Event Center
94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 07822
Cost: $15 Children, $20 Adults

2. Palmer Square On Ice
February 4, 2017 | 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Come see Palmer Square’s beautiful forestry transformed into an icy wonderland! Gaze at plenty whimsical sculptures, take pictures on an Ice Throne, enjoy hot chocolate at the Ice Bar, or warm yourself up by visiting all the markets. This event is welcome for all ages and is completely free, so don’t hesitate to take part in all the wintery fun!
Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
Cost: Free

3.  Grand Re-Opening of the Underground Railroad Museum
February 4, 2017 | 10:00AM
February 5, 2017 | 4:00PM
The Grand Re-Opening of the The Underground Railroad Museum at their brand new permanent location is a historical event you and your family do not want to miss! To reign in the celebration of Black History Month, the museum will be host to live music, poetry, and light refreshments for all! There will be a short opening ceremony at 1:30PM on Saturday, February 4th, and the event is completely free to the public. Since the museum holds a maximum of 40 people and is located in Historic Smithville Park, don’t forget to take a walk on the park grounds if the lines too long!
The Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County
803 Smithville Road Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton Township,NJ 08060
Cost: Free

4. Renaissance Super Bowl Party!
February 5, 2017 | 6:00PM – 9:30PM
Renaissance Church will be displaying Super Bowl LI on their massive screen at the Opera House. There will be food and drinks in the auditorium so you can mingle during the game and in-between commercials! All they ask of you is to show up and get ready to have a great evening at Renaissance Church!
Renaissance Church
2 Kent Place Blvd, Summit, NJ 07901
Cost: Free Children, $20 Adults

5. Chocolate Family Festival
February 4, 2017 | 11:00AM – 4:00PM
The Chocolate Family Festival is a day full of the greatest treat on earth, chocolate! Along with the sweets, lollipop mustache or lip crafts, games, and interactive activities such as chocolate inspired design face painting all will be taking place throughout the day. To top it all off, there will be a hands-on workshop with orchestral string instruments titled: Touch the Music Workshops for those of all ages.
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non-Members

Lollipops For Breakfast

Lollipops For Breakfast, Photo via morrismuseum.org

6. Lollipops for Breakfast
February 4, 2017 | 11:00AM and 1:30PM
In Lollipops for Breakfast, main character, Sylvie, decides she’s wants lollipops for breakfast, and she comes up with a sweet idea to make them from scratch! Sylvie and her trusty pet bird go off on a sugar-filled adventure to hunt for missing ingredients, combat giant candy machines, and get immersed in a magical pop-up cookbook. The show features puppetry, music, and is told entirely without words!
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non-Members

February 4, 2017 | 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Come to St. Thomas The Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church to celebrate the 30th Annual Slavonic Festival! The festival will have food specialities such as Potato Pancakes, Haluski, Beef Goulash, as so much more! There will also be live performances by the The Adlers Band, raffles, and church tours to keep your day jam packed!
St. Thomas The Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church
1407 St. George Avenue, Rahway, NJ 07065
Cost: Free

8. A Winter’s Day on the Farm
February 5, 2017 | 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Even if It’s still cold outside you can always stay toasty at the heart warming Fosterfields Farm. Experience winter farm activities such as: a wagon ride, craft making, meeting farm animals, and the winter exclusive event of tapping trees for maple sap! Along with all those activities, if the weather stays accepting, farmers will show farm goers the art of harvesting ice from the pond.
Fosterfields Farm
73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township, NJ 07960
Cost: $6 Children, $8 Adults

Illusion: Nothing Is As It Seems Exhibit, Photo via LSC.org

9. Illusion: Nothing Is As It Seems Exhibit
February 4 – August 27, 2017 | Times vary by day
Illusion: Nothing Is As It Seems is an exhibit that will make your little ones question their senses, and have them see what the world looks like through many different exercises. There will be thought-provoking exhibits, a magic mirror that morphs you into your inner spirit animal, a demonstration on how Pepper’s Ghost is used by amusement parks, and so much more! Get ready to have your mind blown with plenty of events for the whole family, and we guarantee you will go home with a new feeling for the world around you!
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305
Cost: Children $17.75, Adults $21.75

10. Kids Club: Powered by Nat Geo Kids
February 4, 2017 | 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Kids Club that is powered by Nat Geo Kids: encourages all young adventurous children to explore the world through DISCOVERY and through PLAY. This event hosted by 94.3 The Point at the Freehold Raceway Mall features plenty of games, prize drawings, and free Carousel rides until 11:00AM. Make sure you bring your little ones out to this event so they can Discover more of the beautiful world around them.
Freehold Raceway Mall
3710 U.S. 9, Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: Free

11. Mary Poppins Jr.
February 3, 2017 | 8:00PM
February 4, 2017 | 3:00PM
Mary Poppins Jr. is based on the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins Jr. is a story of Mary who is a magical English nanny who is famous advising that, “a Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”. Make sure you’re apart of this special pilot, which plans to fine tune its craft in front of many production loving audiences in hopes to make its way to bigger venues nation-wide!
Bloomfield College-Westminster Arts Center
449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Cost: $12

12. PetPALS 5th Annual Souper Craft Fair
February 4, 2017 | 10:00AM
The 5th Annual Souper Craft Fair is back and better than ever! This artistic paradise will play host  to various crafters, vendors, and so much more! You will have the chance to make handmade items for your pets or for your loved ones, you can explore various frames and glass pieces, and of course search for the perfect accessories that are all over the fair! After all the hustle and bustle of crafts and shopping, make sure you find the free massage booths right before you head home. Along with the craft and vendor stations, there will be hearty homemade soups, playful puppets, and candy so you could leave for home with your handcrafted masterpieces as well as sweet delights.
Oaklyn Fire Hall
32 W. Clinton Ave, Oaklyn, NJ 08107
Cost: Free

Jenkinson's Aquarium

Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Photo via Instagram @TeamLT519

13. Behind the Scenes Tour
February 4, 2017 | 9:30AM – 11:00AM
Have you ever wondered what goes into running an aquarium? Jenkinson’s Aquarium lets kids take an exclusive Behind the Scenes Tour to show the “ins and outs” of one of the biggest Aquariums in NJ! Sneakers and registration are required for this event, and is open to ages 5 and up only.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium
300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Cost: $10 Children, $15 Adults

14. STEAM Boot Camp 3D Printing
February 3, 2017 | 9:00AM – 2:00PM
STEAM Boot Camp 3D Printing is a basic-intermediate level training event that will allow attendees to understand 3D printing technology, and how to use programs such as 3DP and CAD. Along with a full day of learning: a small lunch, coffee/tea, and bagels are included so you can go home with a full stomach and a new skill set you can’t find anywhere else!
Picoturbine International
78 John Miller Way, Kearny, NJ 07032
Cost: $75

15. Penguin Pace
February 4, 2017 | 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Spend some time outside and run in the widely popular Penguin Pace. Registration/Check-in begins at 7:45AM with the race starting at 9:00AM. Entry of this event includes event shirt, mug, and fresh hot cocoa to take home! There will be a hot cocoa party to celebrate kids crossing the finish line, so remember….the quicker you run the faster you’ll get some delicious hot cocoa!
Packanack Lake Community Church, Wayne, NJ 
120 Lake Drive East, Wayne, NJ 07470
Cost: Free


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


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