7 Kid-Friendly Things to Do This Week


We’re heading into the full second week of January, and while the winter doldrums are settling in, there’s still plenty to do with the fam in and out this week. Skate under twinkling lights on eco-friendly ice in Palmer Square in Princeton, play around during the opening weekend of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at Liberty Science Center, or honor Dr. King’s legacy virtually with The Newark Museum.

featured photo via Palmer Square

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Wondrous Winter Walk in Freneau Woods Park
January 13th from 10 AM – 11:30 AM 
Bundle up for this invigorating and informative wintertime walk in the woods. As you listen to a park system naturalist, you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of nature while also learning some fun wilderness facts along the way. 
Free–all ages are welcome, but an adult must accompany children under 18. 
Freneau Woods Park 
360 Monastary Lane

Music Online Trivia Night
January 13th at 7 PM
From 1960s hits to today’s most famous songs, this family-friendly game night about music will be hosted on Zoom but played on your phone through Kahoot. First and second-place winners get special prizes, so work together and see if your family has what it takes.
A minimum donation of $5 is required.
State Theatre New Jersey

Skating on the Square
January 14th-15th from 4 PM – 7 PM, and January 16th-17th at 3 PM and from 4 PM – 7 PM 
Experience the magic of outdoor skating as your family “glice skates” on an eco-friendly, synthetic skating rink. Bundle up and lace up your skates (or borrow some from Palmer Square) for a late afternoon skate and then head into town for a cup of cocoa. And no worries for first-timers—grab a cute whale mover for your little to push and learn balance.
$10 cash or $12 on the card per person
Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street

Virtual Kids’ Art Class
January 16th from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Got a budding artist? Your older kids ages 7-12 can explore with art materials, including acrylic paint, oil pastels, pen and ink, and even clay. They’ll get their creative juices flowing at this online art class and have a beautiful masterpiece at the end of the hour. 
$22 per class
Leaping Dog Art Studios

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Opening Weekend
January 16th-18th from 10 AM – 5 PM
Join the Liberty Science Center for the opening weekend of an exhibit based on the children’s show “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” Kids can play instruments at the Music Shop, handle packages at the Post Office, create a thank-you note at the Thank-You Tree, and more. Immerse your kids in one of their favorite shows for an experience like no other.
Tickets are $25 per adult, $20 per child for museum entry, including the exhibit
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd
Jersey City

Sunday Studio: Halo Moon
January 17th from 1 PM – 2 PM
Stargaze with MAM and learn the science behind halo moons while tapping into your family’s creative side. Kids and their parents can create a painted nocturnal sky with a guided art-making activity taught by a MAM art educator. Littles and bigs will love to learn about nature and the mysteries of the night sky while creating, all from the comfort of their own couch. 
Free for members, $7 per non-member
Montclair Art Museum

Community Day: MLK Jr. Celebration Day
January 18th, 10 AM – 5 PM
This annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. is sure to inspire and educate the entire family. From a trivia game for younger children, a poetry performance about freedom and justice, or a hands-on workshop inspired by an animated film, this day devoted to Dr. King’s legacy will be filled with different media forms to teach children about equality, self-expression, and peace.
The Newark Museum of Art


About Author

Jillian is a born and raised Jersey Girl from Lincroft—where she currently resides. As someone who has taught preschoolers and middle schoolers, and also mentored elementary schoolers, Jillian understands the complexity of child development and is excited to introduce families to New Jersey activities that can accommodate anyone. You can typically find Jillian doing creative writing, having game nights with her family, and hanging out with her two teenage cousins. Jillian's favorite activities in New Jersey include hanging out with friends at Sandy Hook, going for a scenic walk or run through Thompson Park, and enjoying some mouthwatering donuts from Delicious Orchards.