Enjoy the Family Winter Carnival in Freehold, Light of Day WinterFest Family Show in Garwood, Macy’s Three Kings Day Celebration in Jersey City, and more family-friendly events this weekend in New Jersey.
Here are our top picks for family events in NJ this weekend:
1. Macy’s Jersey City Three Kings Day Celebration
January 6, 2017 | 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Celebrate Three Kings Day at Macy’s Jersey City with Canticos, featuring a Canticos Christmas story starring A Little Donkey (Mi Burrito Habanero), the Three Kings, and other wonderful Canticos characters. Appearances by actor/singer and Grammy-winning Mandoo Figueredo and Pedro Rodrigo, with music by Champi Benavides and a special puppet show. Visit this special cultural celebration for a Friday evening of family fun with arts and crafts, book readings, sing-alongs, photo opps, a digital play station, and more.
20 Mall Drive East, Newport Centre Mall, Jersey City, NJ 07310
2. Morven’s Festival of Trees
January 6 – 8, 2017 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Morven’s Festival of Trees has become a beloved tradition in Princeton during the holiday season. Brighten up your winter weekend with a visit to Morven Garden & Museum to see the treetops glisten in the museum’s elegant galleries, hallways and porches artfully decorated for the holidays by local businesses, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations.
Morven Garden & Museum
55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: $10, Children 6 and under are free.
3. Central Jersey Cat Fanciers
January 6 – 8, 2017 | Friday 3:00PM – 9:30PM, Saturday 9:00AM – 5:00PM, Sunday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Central Jersey Cat Fanciers is back for its 15th annual cat show in Central Jersey. This will be an opportunity to see many different breeds of cats including Bengals, Sphynx, Maine Coons, Siamese, Oriental Shorthairs, Ragdolls, Munchkins, Persians, Toygers, Savannahs, Siberians, and many more breeds. Feline health presentations will take place around noon on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the cats and kittens, there will be many vendors selling gift items for you and your pet, scratching posts, magazines, jewelry, toys as well as unusual items. There will also be food available.
Sheraton Parsippany Hotel
199 Smith Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Cost: $6 – $8
4. Winter Wonderland at Van Saun Park
January 6 – 8, 2017 | 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Van Saun Park in Paramus is inviting families to embrace outdoor family fun this January at their Winter Wonderland. Spend the evening with your little ones enjoying a variety of family activities including open-air ice skating, a kids beginner synthetic skating rink, additional kids activities, Bergen Express Train Ride, unlimited carousel rides, and entry to the zoo and its programming. Adults and kids alike will find refreshments they can enjoy right at the park; simply head to the indoor/outdoor beer garden, Callahan’s Food Truck, Waffle de Lys Food Truck, and more.
Van Saun Park
216 Forest Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652
Cost: $14 Adults, $10 Seniors, Children 5 and under are free.
5. Battle of Princeton Real-Time Tour & Reenactment
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 6:30AM – 9:00AM
Experience this historical battle that was fought on the Stony Brook Settlement farms of William Clarke and his brother, Thomas 240 years ago, on January 3, 1777. British Army historian William P. Tatum III, Ph.D. Tatum will be joined by other re-enactors to walk you through exactly where, when, and why events unfolded that chilly morning in 1777. Experience the battle minute-by-minute, and learn how this historic event was not at all what Washington had expected.
500 Mercer Rd., Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Cost: Free admission. $10 suggested donation.
6. NJ Toy Show
January 7, 2017 | 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Head to Wayne, NJ this weekend for NJ’s longest running collectibles show with over 80 tables of collectibles. Find the classics and new items to add to your collection, including movie memorabilia, hard to find films, comic books, Transformers, Star Wars, Marvel and DC Comics, G.I.Joe, Disney, Kaiju, Anime, MEGO, Funko Pop Vinyl, toys, action figures, statues, art toys, convention exclusives, and much more.
Community Volunteer Fire Company #1
93-97 Parish Dr, Wayne, NJ 07470
Cost: 8AM-9AM entry – $8, 9AM- 2PM entry- $5, Kids 8 and under are free.
7. Welcome Winter Walk
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 9:30AM – 11:30AM
Join Education Director Jeff Hoagland on a morning walk at the Mountain Lakes Preserve in Princeton to explore the wonders of the natural world in winter. Discover the unique survival strategies of local plants and animals, learn where animals store food and how they survive the season’s relentless chill. If weather permits, the group will play the ‘Hibernation Game’. Dress warmly, boots are recommended. Recommended for families with children ages 5 and up.
Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve
30 Mountain Ave, Princeton, NJ 08540
8. Asbury Park Punk Rock Flea Market
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Bring your little rockers down the shore to this premier family-friendly punk rock vendor event organized by Holdfast Records in Asbury Park, NJ. Shop local to find the rarest and most unique vintage clothing, vinyl records, posters, artwork, toys and figurines, jewelry, treats, and so much more. Enjoy the scenic boardwalk during your trip to Asbury’s historic Convention Hall.
Asbury Park Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: $10 Early-bird entry at 10:00AM, $4 entry at 11:00AM
9. Family Winter Carnival
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Junior Humanitarian Program and CentraState Healthcare Foundation present a Winter Carnival for the whole family featuring games, crafts, prizes, carnival fun, and vendors.
The Jack Aaronson Conference Center
At the Star & Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus
CentraState Medical Center
901 West Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: $10 Single Admission, $25 for Three or More Admissions
10. Light of Day WinterFest Family Show
Saturday, January 7, 2017 | 3:30PM
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. This 10-day-long music celebration is composed of various concerts throughout New Jersey to raise awareness and funds for this cause. Celebrate the Light of Day Family Show this Saturday, so your little ones can rock out for a good cause with The Campfire Flies, Jason Didner & Jungle Gym Jam, Miss Nina, and Yosi.
78 North Ave, Garwood, NJ 07027
Cost: $15, Children under 1 are free.
11. Bank of America Free Museum Admission Days
January 7 – 8, 2017
Bank Of America offers Bank of America Free Museum Days on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. Enjoy complimentary admission at 7 museums in New Jersey: Garden State Discovery Museum (Cherry Hill, NJ), Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ), WheatonArts & Cultural Center (Millville, NJ), Montclair Art Museum (Montclair Art Museum), Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ), and Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art Newark Museum (Newark, NJ).
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12. Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show
January 8, 2017 | 8:30AM – 11:00AM
Little train lovers will adore this full-blown, professional train show. Peep your eyes at huge operating model train displays including: Raritan Valley Hi-Railers (40′ x 50′ O Gauge Layout), Combined N-Trak (26′ x 54′ N Scale Layout), and NJGardenSLUG (24′ x 24′ Lego Train Layout). In addition, there will be 400+ tables of model trains for sale by 100+ exhibitors from across the country. There will be free demonstrations, free door prizes, and free test tracks at the show entrance. On-site repairs are available, so bring your favorite models that need a little love.
Garden State Exhibit Center
50 Atrium Dr, Somerset, NJ 08873
13. Morris County Winter Farmers Market
January 8, 2017 | 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Operated by The Foodshed Alliance Farmers’ Access Network, FAFAN is a subsidiary of the nonprofit Foodshed Alliance, which works to strengthen the local food system in northern New Jersey. Local vendors include Apple Ridge Farm & Stone Bakery, Frank’s Pickled Peppers, Chickadee Creek Farm, Hummus Boss, Lickt Gelato, Grow it Green Morristown, and many more.
Indoors at Alexander Hamilton School
24 Mills St, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: Free Admission
14. Family FUNday: Winter Games & Warm Cider
Sunday, January 8, 2017 | 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Warm up by the fire in the hearth and enjoy family-friendly games at the museum. Games are from different time periods in the museum, including an 1800s style checker board and Monopoly from 1945. Participate in the Snowman contest (weather permitting) to show off your winter sculpting skills.
Crane House & Historic YWCA
110 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Cost: $10 per family
15. 59th Annual Model Railroad Show
Sunday, January 8, 2017 | 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Founded in 1953, the Garden State Model Railway Club has been in North Haledon since 1957. The Model Railroad Show features a 1200 square foot HO layout, steam and diesel locomotives, Thomas and Friends, numerous freight and passenger trains, rural and urban scenes, and working signals. Fun for all ages!
Garden State Model Railway Club
575 High Mountain Rd, North Haledon, NJ 07508
Cost: Adults $6, Children under 12 are free with an adult.
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