41 Free Things To Do In February

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It’s been a long winter so far, but we’ve got some happy news— there are a bunch of free events in NJ this February to give you a break from the boredom. Whether you prefer to do virtual things from the comfort of your home or get out and about, we’ve rounded up a list of 40 free February activities around the state that kids and families can enjoy. As with everything these days, COVID-19 rules and regulations are continually changing, so best to check ahead for in-person events. Ready to make a plan? Scroll down to find things to do that will make February (and winter) fly by.

feature image via Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

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Here are 41 free things to do in NJ in February

Virtual Things To Do

Asbury Park Valentine’s Virtual Bazaar 2021
February 1st-14th

Support Local Artists, Makers, and Local Shops virtually.

Toddler Show and Share at the Cherry Hill Public Library 
February 5th from 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

This class will include a story and it allow littles to share their own stories. For ages 0-5, please register in advance.

Virtual Magical Melodies with Mr. Chris
February 5th from 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Dance and sing-along to kid-friendly tunes with Mr. Chris and the
Millburn Public Library. 

Rainbow Craft with Miss Tess
February 7th, please call to reserve a craft

Follow along step by step for this fun craft project. To reserve a craft, call (732) 528-9381.

Duke Farms Virtual Storytime: “Charlie and Sally’s Maple Syrup Day”
February 9th, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Enjoy this lively story about maple sugaring with Duke Farms.

Raptor Trust “For the Love of Birds” Art Contest
Now through February 10th

This contest is open to grades K-5 and submissions must be in by February 10, 2021. 

Year of the Golden Ox Virtual Celebration
February 11th – February 13th
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company.  

Safe @ Home
February 11th from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
This program is designed for students in grades 4-6 to prepare them to be safe when home alone. Space is limited, please register 732-597-6075.

Valentine’s Day Origami
February 11th from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Registration is required for this origami event with the Bergen County Library. 

Cape May County Library Virtual Valentine’s Day Dance with Mr. Jon and Carrie
February 12th from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day dance with Mr. Jon, Carrie, and special guest George the Monkey.

Celebrating Carnival with The Newark Museum of Art 
February 13th from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Learn about the traditions, music, and food of Carnival with this virtual event.

Learn about Jackie Robinson with the Bright Star Touring Theater
February 13th from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Learn about baseball great Jackie Robinson with a virtual presentation by the Bright Star Touring Theatre.

Duke Farms Webinar: Winter Sowing Demo
February 13th from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Learn how to sow seeds through this webinar offered by Duke Farms.

Virtual Valentine’s Day Craft
February 13th at 1:30 PM
Join the Clifton Public Library in making a special Valentine’s Day craft for your loved one.

Winter Reading Challenge
February 15th – 26th
Join the Winter Reading Challenge at the Johnson Public Library in Hackensack. Complete at least five activities to be entered in a raffle. 

Let It Shine! The American Civil Rights Movement Presented by Bright Star Theatre
February 15th – March 1st
This virtual production is for ages 7 and up, and it will introduce younger audiences to poignant events through stories and songs. 

Too Many Hats: Finding Balance During COVID-19
February 18th from 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

This workshop is for working professionals to learn about the importance of self-care. There will also be discussion about how the pandemic has changed the ideal work-life balance.

Duke Farms Webinar: Caring for Raptors- From Rehab to Release
February 19th from 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Students will meet a live bird ambassador on camera to learn all about the natural history of New Jersey’s native raptors.

Morris County Park Commission Wild Animal Experts Online: Tricky Tracks
February 20th and 21st from 12:00 AM – 12 PM
Learn about tracks animals make and how to spot them. Preregistration Required is required for this virtual event; please call 973-635-6629. 

The Cat Kid Comic Club
February 22nd from 6:00 PM – 6:40 PM
Celebrate the newest Dav Pilkey graphic novel with “Cat Kid Comic Club” at the Cape May Public Library. This event is for ages 5-10, and registration is required. 

Duke Farms: I Spy a Sugarbush!
February 27th from 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
This class is for ages 4-8 to discover outdoor explorations. 

Webinar: Live from Duke Farms- Sugar Maple Ecology
February 27th from 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Learn about everything sugar maples do for the ecosystem in this Zoom class. 

Barnes and Noble Virtual Saturday Storytime
February 1st – 28th
Click on the link every Saturday to hear a featured picture book read aloud. 

Free February events in NJ in-person

Free Movie Mondays at the Rink at Renault’s Vintner Wonderland
February 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd
Enjoy a movie at Renault Winery every Monday in February.
72 North Bremen Avenue
Egg Harbor City

Princeton Farmers Market
Select Thursdays in February 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Shop the Farmer’s Market in Princeton on select Thursdays in February; check the website for updates.
46-80 Franklin Avenue, parking lot
Princeton

Tap the Sugar Maples at Howell Living History Farm
February 6th from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Learn how farmers collect sap and create maple syrup. Preregistration is required for this event.
70 Woodens Lane
Hopewell Twp.

Winter Nature Walk in the Woods
February 6th from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM and February 7th from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Take a nature walk in Freneau Woods Park in Aberdeen.
360 Monastary Lane 
Aberdeen Township

Walking Tour of the Battlefield
February 7th at 1:30 PM
Meet at the Visitor’s Center Auditorium to take a Monmouth Battlefield tour with the Friends of the Monmouth County Battlefield.
16 Highway 33-BR
Manalapan

Winter Market presented by Grow It Green Morristown
February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Visit a Winter Farmer’s Market every Sunday in February in the parking lot behind the Morris Museum.
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown

The Casual Birder at Dorbrook Recreation Area
February 9th and February 23rd at 9:00 AM
Dress for the weather for this bird nature walk open to all ages; participants under 18 must be with an adult.
353 Route 537
Colts Neck

Wondrous Winter Walk at Clayton Park
February 10th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Take a wintery walk in the woods. All ages are welcome; under 18 must have an adult present.
161 Emely’s Hill Road
Upper Freehold

Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Market at Bell Works
February 10th from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Check out over 40 different vendors for unique items, all while listening to live music.
101 Crawfords Corner Road
Holmdel

Winter Storywalk at the Thielke Arboretum
February 10th-14th
Enjoy the children’s story “Big Snow,” by Jonathan Bean, as you and your family walk through the Thielke Arboretum.
460 Doremus Avenue
Glen Rock

NJ Young Birders Club at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
February 13th from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
This bird-watching event is open to youth ages 11-17, and a parent/guardian must be present. Preregistration is required.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
208 Broadway
Barnegat Light

Old Fashioned Valentine’s Day
February 13th from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Experience an Old-Fashioned Valentine’s Day at the Howell Living History Farm.
70 Woodens Lane
Hopewell Twp

“Black and Native American Troops at the Battlefield of Monmouth”
February 14th from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Join the Friends of the Monmouth Battlefield at the Visitor Center Auditorium for this program.
16 Highway 33-BR
Manalapan

Bergen County Zoo
February 1st – 28th from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM 
The Bergen County Zoo is free during the off-season.
216 E. Forest Ave
Paramus

Stitches in Time at Historic Longstreet Farm
February 20th from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Learn hand-sewing basics. This class is for ages 8 and up; anyone under 18 must be with an adult.
44 Longstreet Road
Holmdel

Maple Sugaring at Howell Living History Farm
February 20th and 27th from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Help farmers collect sap in the woods and learn all about maple sugaring; preregistration is required.
70 Woodens Lane
Hopewell Twp

“George Washington Minute by Minute at Monmouth”
February 21st at 2:00 PM
Meet the Friends of the Monmouth County Battlefield at the Visitor’s Center Auditorium.
16 Highway 33-BR
Manalapan

Seashell Sunday
February 28th from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Discover all kinds of beach treasures at the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center.
719 Port Monmouth Road
Port Monmouth

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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.

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