7 Kid-Friendly Things to Do This Week

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It’s the beginning of February, mamas, and this week, there are plenty of ways to have family fun indoors and out. Dance and sing along to Virtual Magic Melodies with Mr. Chris, watch and learn how to tap a tree at the Maple Sugaring Demo at Howell Living History Farms in Hopewell, or take a stroll through Freneau Woods on a Winter Family Fun Walk in Aberdeen.

featured image via @themilleredition

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Virtual Magical Melodies with Mr. Chris
February 5th from 11 AM – 11:45 AM
Dance party at home? Yes, please. Gather around the laptop with your littles to watch Mr. Chris perform his brand of high energy music on the guitar and the trombone. The whole fam will have a blast dancing and singing along to his kid-friendly tunes (and a great way to sneak in some extra cardio).  
Free
Millburn Public Library
Virtual

Ice Cream for Breakfast Day 
February 6th from 8 AM – 1 PM
Who says you need to wait until dessert for ice cream? Make it a morning treat on this National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Indulge in the yummy breakfast-themed ice cream menu with sundaes like bacon, cereal themed concoctions, waffle sandwiches, and even frozen coffee milkshakes. Order from the window and then enjoy every last lick by the firepits next to the seating outside. 
Free
Tranquility Farms
47 Decker Pond Road
Andover

Tap the Sugar Maples
February 6th from 10 AM – 4 PM
February marks the time when farmers begin their annual sap collection and maple syrup production. Bundle up the fam and be a part of this year’s adventure by joining Howell Farm’s expert tree-tappers for a lesson on how to make maple syrup at home, using trees in your very own backyard.
Free
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane
Hopewell

Maple Sugaring Demo 
February 6th from 1 PM – 2 PM, and 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Bigs and littles will be in awe of the techniques of how the sticky sweet stuff goes from tree to your breakfast table. During the session, learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator.
$5 per person, free for children under 3
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center- Morris County Park Commission
247 Southern Boulevard
Chatham 

Winter Family Fun
February 6th from 7-8 PM
February 7th from 1-2 PM
Spend an evening under the stars or an afternoon in the woods on one (or both) of these fun family days. You’ll learn about what animals you can find in the Freneau woods, as well as what they do during hibernation, while also observing all the sights and sounds of the winter forest at night and during the day. 
Free
Freneau Woods Park
360 Monastary Lane
Aberdeen

Guided Nature Walk
February 7th from 2 PM – 3 PM
Bundle up and have the whole family venture into the great outdoors. On this guided walk in the woods across Tenafly Nature Center’s beautiful grounds, you’ll all enjoy a sensory visit immersed in nature. 
$6 per person for non-members, $3 per person for members, free for children under 2
Tenafly Nature Center
313 Hudson Avenue
Tenafly

Sally and Charlie’s Maple Syrup Day
February 9th from 10 AM – 10:30 AM
Author and illustrator Katie Enberg will be reading her children’s story about two friends discovering how maple syrup is made. You’ll learn about how trees are tapped, the equipment used, and how tree sap turns into delicious maple syrup, all from the comfort of your couch. 
Free
Duke Farms
Virtual

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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.

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