10 Best NJ Events This Weekend: Jan 15-17


Enjoy a night out at the 9th Annual Yuletide Bonfire Family Festival and Fireworks with Warren Township Recreation, help support the Special Olympics by braving the cold and participating in the Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood, experience a unique performance with Stomp, or witness Disney characters come to life during Disney on Ice at the Prudential Center.

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1. 9th Annual Yuletide Bonfire Family Festival and Fireworks
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Join Warren Township Recreation in celebrating the New Year by attending the 9th Annual Yuletide Bonfire Family Festival. Following tradition, the event will include an array of food vendors and one of the best firework shows in January. The event is free to attend, excluding the cost of food from vendors.
Municipal Complex
46 Mountain Blvd., Warren, NJ
Cost: Free

Friday, January 15th, 2016 | 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 | 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Experience the rhythmic and innovative performance of STOMP at the State Theater in New Brunswick. Renowned for using unconventional instruments such as broom sticks, garbage cans, and wooden poles, STOMP brings a unique percussion performance that will astound an audience of all ages. With its breathtaking choreography and one-of-a-kind musical production, STOMP is guaranteed to give you and your family an unforgettable night.
State Theater
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ
Cost: $35-$75

3. Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove
Friday, January 15th, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 | 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Sunday, January 17th, 2016 | 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove, a live celebration of Disney’s most beloved animated characters, musical productions, and fairytale lands. Featuring familiar faces such as Rapunzel, Peter Pan, Simba, Disney princesses, and more, this event will recapture and revisit the characters that children and adults alike have grown with. This event will also showcase “The Circle of Life,” an adventure beyond Neverland, and many more timeless adventures.
Prudential Center
25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ
Cost: Tickets start at $15

4. New Jersey Camp Fair
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Find the perfect summer camp at the NJ Summer Camp Fair at the Quaker Bridge Mall. Featured camps such as the International Ivy Summer Program, Independent Lake Camp, Princeton Day School Summer Programs, South Mountain YMCA and more will be in attendance to help make the hard decision of finding a summer camp suited to your child. The age range for these camps is preschool, elementary school, and children around the age of 12.
Quaker Bridge Mall
150 Quaker Bridge Road, Lawrenceville, NJ
Cost: Free

5. Winterfest Ice Skating Spectacular
January 8th, 2016 through February 12th, 2016
Fridays | 7:00 PM
Saturdays | 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Sundays | 2:00 PM
Love the art of ice skating? Take your family to the Winterfest Ice Skating Spectacular this Friday and Saturday in Camden County. Dance moves, backflips, and specialty skating acts; Winterfest has it all. Performed by professional ice skaters, the Winterfest Ice Skating Spectacular is a free and fun show that features some of the best and most renowned ice skaters in New Jersey.
Cooper River Park’s Jack Curtis Stadium
5300 North Park Drive
Pennsauken, NJ
Cost: Free

6. Penguin Party
Friday, January 15th, 2016 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Learn about different types of Penguins, from traditional cold weather penguins to ones that live in warmer climates, with hands on games and interactive activities. The Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park presents penguin party, an event that will entertain and educate an age range of babies to preschoolers.
Somerset County Park
190 Lord Stirling Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ
Cost: $10 per pair/$5 per additional child (use course code: 51032)


7. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live Event
Sunday, January 17th, 2016 | 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM
Don’t miss out on this engaging live event at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ. Traveling aboard a trolley through the wonderful neighborhood of make-believe, Daniel and his other friends from the PBS show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will take the audience on a wonderful and vibrant musical adventure. The live show will include interactive singing and dancing that will captivate the excite children any age.
Count Basie Theater
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ
Cost: $25 to $65

8. 14th Annual Antique Train Toy Show
Sunday, January 17th, 2016 | ALL DAY SHOW
Take a trip into the past and visit the 14th annual antique train toy show featuring toy trains from the 1930’s, 1940’s, and 1950’s. Racing on two different tracks around a vintage holiday town display, the toy trains are aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable for adults and children alike. Take advantage of this fun event before it closes at the end of January.
South Jersey Museum of American History
123 High Street East, Glassboro, NJ
Cost: $4 for adults; $3 for children


9. One Man Star Wars
Friday, January 15th, 2016 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Based off the original Star Wars Trilogy, actor Charles Ross performs the entirety of the re-written Star Wars rendition by playing all of the characters, creating the effects, sings songs from the score, and fights both sides of the battles. Older Star Wars fans, younger Star Wars fans, and even people who have never experienced the original Star Wars will have a blast at One Man Star Wars.
Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 N Van Brunt St, Englewood, NJ
Cost: $29-$49

10. Dance Theater of Harlem: MLK Celebration
Friday, January 15th, 2016 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at NJPAC’s 2016 MLK tribute. Performed by the acclaimed Dance Theater of Harlem, NJPAC’s 2016 MLK celebration will exude the passion and power of one of the most legendary leaders of the 20th century.
Prudential Hall
1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Cost: $25-$79


11. Invention Day 
Come and join us for interactive activities most typically suitable for children ages 3 to 9.
All 2016 programs are at the PeopleCare center. The Saturday programs typically run from 10 AM to 3 PM, and the Sunday programs run from 1 PM to 4 PM. Families can arrive and leave at any time. Parents and/or caregivers are expected to stay with children during the museum visit. Please use discretion in bringing very young children, as the museum is NOT baby-proof (some craft items are small and could present a choking hazard).
The PeopleCare Center
120 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 (parking and entrance are in the rear of the building)
Cost: A $3/ per child donation is suggested for those who can afford it. For more information, please email us at: somersetcminfo@gmail.com or call us at 908-595-0001. Youth (and youth organizations) interested in helping with programs to obtain service hours should contact Tom Davidson at 908-725-4677 to reserve a program date.



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12. Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
REGISTRATION begins at 10:00 AM
It’s never too late to support an amazing cause! Benefiting the Special Olympics New Jersey, the Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood helps raise money in support for the training and competition of 22,000 athletes. Depending on how much money you raise, you can also win prizes including plunge gear, a printed robe, Adidas clothing, or even a Polar Bear Plunge drink cooler! Not only is the event going to benefit the Special Olympics New Jersey, it will also be an unforgettable experience of going to the beach in the winter.
Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk
Wildwood, NJ
Cost: $25 to register (must raise a minimum of $100 to enter)





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