8 Kid-Friendly Things to Do This Week

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With winter (hopefully) on the way out and spring coming in, there’s plenty of things to do to keep the whole family entertained this week. Catch the last week of Mr. C’s Train Exhibit in Roseland, learn how to tap and collect maple sugar at Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell, or hit the trails for a pre-spring guided walk at Huber Woods Park in Middletown.

featured image via Howell Living History Farm

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Mr. C’s Train Exhibit
February 23rd – February 27th, 1 PM – 5 PM
If your littles are into trains and tired of their sets at home, make sure you check out this beloved train exhibit during its last week (it ends on Saturday). Kids can work the controls and make the trains move through light-up villages.
Free
Roseland Public Library
20 Roseland Avenue
Roseland

Ralph’s World Music Performance 
February 23rd – March 2nd
The whole fam will love to dance, sing and rock out with children’s entertainer Ralph Covert in your living room. Whip up treats to go along with Covert’s performance—he’ll be singing songs from his hit album At the Bottom of the Sea. Your donation will help the State Theatre’s family programs.
A minimum donation of $10 is required.
State Theatre New Jersey
Virtual

Wellness Wednesday: Live Afro Colombian Dance Class
February 24th at 7:30 PM
Everyone will love to get up and moving with a live Afro-Colombian dance class. Led by Eric Parra, this class introduces dancers of all skill levels to Afro-Colombian culture and will make exercise fun for everyone involved.
Free
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Virtual

Garden Discoveries: Feathered Friends in Winter
February 26th from 1 PM – 2 PM
Learn how birds adapt to winter with an interactive Zoom class. After, head outside to do an activity related to the birds and what your kids have learned. You can pick up kits at Van Vleck House before the class.
$15 per child/class for nonmembers, $10 per child/class for members
Van Vleck House & Gardens
Virtual

The Great Winter New Jersey Camp-In Camp Out
February 26th at 6 PM – February 28th at 11 AM
Who said you couldn’t camp out this winter? The whole family can have a blast during this virtual Girl Scout Camp-In from the comfort of your own home. There will be a full day of activities, including Women in History trivia, a winter survival skills lesson, a campfire singalong, and a dance party. Participants will also receive one or two special patches.
$20 per family
Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ
Virtual

Maple Sugaring
February 27th at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12 PM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, and 2:30 PM
If your kids are curious about how maple syrup goes from tree to the table, bundle up to head to Hopewell for a maple sugaring collection. You’ll be hands-on with the farmers to collect sap in the woods, make syrup, and taste some delicious, whole wheat pancakes. You can also learn how to bring this process to your very own backyard—it’s a messy but deliciously satisfying job.
Free
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane
Hopewell

I Spy…A Sugarbush!
February 27th, 10:30 AM – 11 AM
Register your kids, gather your craft materials (they’ll send you a list after registration), and learn how yellow-bellied woodpeckers get food from a sugar maple tree. Explore and learn all about the trees, and then play along with games, make a craft, and head outside to make your own discoveries. 
Free
Duke Farms
Virtual

Splendid Spring Strolls
March 1st from 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Join a Park Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk to help usher in spring. Say goodbye to the chilly weather as you enjoy the sunshine, see the trees in bloom, and learn about animals returning from their migrations. 
Free
Huber Woods Park
25 Brown’s Dock Road
Middletown

What are you doing this week? We’d love to know—share it with us in the comments below.

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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.

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