It’s that time of year when you are constantly torn between cuddling up under a cozy wool blanket or chasing the snowflakes outside. This weekend you can take your pick between braving the wintery weather or staying toasty indoors: Sing your heart out at Frozen Jr. in Lambertville, sample tasty treats with a teddy at the Teddy Bear Tea in Morristown or enjoy a moonlit stroll at the Full Moon Hike in Summit.
Featured image via Morris Museum
Here are 8 kid-friendly things to do this weekend around New Jersey:
Family Movie Night Screening of Coco
January 10, 5PM – 8PM
It’s time for a family movie night experience that is un poco loco: Littles can get their faces painted, then take family selfies at the photo booth. After, snuggle up and settle in for a sing-along screening of Coco. Don’t worry about skipping dinner—pizza, popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
Holmdel High School Auditorium
Cost: $5 tickets
Full Moon Hike
January 10, 7PM – 8PM
Even on a cold winter night, a full moon never fails to dazzle. The whole fam can enjoy a moonlit stroll through the woodland trails at Reeves-Reed Arboretum on this easy walk with an expert guide, who will talk about the fascinating ways our senses work differently at night. You won’t be able to resist snapping a few moon pics for the ‘gram. After, warm up with a yummy cup of hot cocoa.
Frozen Jr. at Music Mountain Theatre
January 11, 11AM & 1PM shows
Get ready to let it go—introduce your littles to theater as you join Anna and Elsa on their magical journey to discover the true bond of sisterhood in this abbreviated production (perfect for first-timer theatergoers who can’t sit long). This wintery tale comes to life on the stage with beloved songs from the animated film and brand-new musical numbers from the Broadway production.
Music Mountain Theatre
Cost: $8 per ticket
Teddy Bear Tea
January 11, 11AM & 1PM seatings
Paddington isn’t the only teddy bear who loves tea—bring your kids and their stuffed besties dressed to impress at the Morris Museum’s Teddy Bear Tea. They’ll be thrilled to meet other stuffies (and practice manners) at this traditional posh high tea with scrumptious treats. Afterwards, head into the theater for a fun performance.
Cost: members $25, non-members $30 includes tea and performance
Tales and Music From the Wild West
January 11, 3PM – 5PM
The entire fam will have a rousing good time, as local entertainer Richard Stillman brings to life the Wild West, with storytelling and songs. Watch as he performs cowboy hat tricks and rope spinning skills, then clap your hands along to his country clog dance. After, kids can head straight to the open gym to play games and run around—just enough to get that energy out before dinner.
Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair
Winter Festival Bonfire and Fireworks
January 11, 4PM – 7PM
Bring you whole crew out to celebrate the season—there’ll be bonfires glowing and marshmallows for toasting and live music outside. Kids will have a ball at the petting zoo, on the carnival rides and taking a horse and carriage ride. When temps start to fall, warm up with yummy hot cocoa, sit by the fire and enjoy the dazzling fireworks display.
Warren Municipal Building
Seashore Open House
January 12, 1PM – 4PM
Get your beach fix by visiting the activity center at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park for mid-winter fun down the shore. Stop by for hands-on activities with the Park System Naturalist, who can teach you all about the beach, the sea and the aquatic animals who live there. As you enjoy light refreshments, kids will keep busy creating their own beach keepsake.
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center
Long Branch, NJ
Storytime with Author Stephanie Sommerlad-Bello
January 12, 11AM – 12PM
Looking for a fun way to instill a love of reading in your kids? Check out this extra-special story time with NJ author Stephanie Sommerlad-Bello. She will be reading from her charming children’s book, Trinket and the Legend of the Locket, a tale about the secret worlds behind everyday objects. After the reading, Stephanie will sign copies of her books and lead littles through a fun arts and crafts activity.
words! Asbury Park
Asbury Park, NJ