Top 15 {kid-friendly} Things To Do in NJ, February 9-11


Spend time with your little ones this weekend taking in all the love in the air at Jenkinson Boardwalk’s Family Date Night, Princeton’s Hearts On Fire Palmer Square On Ice, the Asbury Park Valentine’s Market & Brunch, plus so many more kid-friendly things to do around New Jersey this weekend.

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Here are 15+ Things To Do This Weekend in NJ:

Family Date Night at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. via

1. Family Date Night
Friday, February 9Saturday, February 10, 2017 | Friday & Saturday 6:00PM to 9:00PM
Looking for a family Valentine’s ‘daytime’ event? Come on down to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk with your family for a fun-filled afternoon on the boardwalk. A Family of Four package will get you admission to Jenkinson’s Aquarium, a plain pizza, a pitcher of soda, a $10 PlayCard at the Pavilion Arcade, and 4 treats at the Sweet Shop. This great package is only for this weekend so don’t miss out.
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey 08742
Cost: $54.95 Family of 4

2. Valentine Chocolate Walk
Friday, February 9, 2018 | 6:00PM to 9:00PM (Rain or Shine)
Be prepared for the tastiest stroll your family has ever been on. Start your night at the Downtown Bordentown Association (DBA) tent at 223 Farnsworth Ave. to purchase or pick up your Chocolate Walk Passport. Then, walk around town visiting the stores and restaurants listed in the passport. Don’t forget to get your chocolate treat and get your passport stamped every time you make a stop. Once your passport is complete, return to the DBA tent for a chance to win prizes. Additionally, if you spend $20 or more at any of the businesses, you can enter to play Spin-the-Wheel for a chance to win more prizes.
Downtown Bordentown Association (DBA) Tent
223 Farnsworth Ave
Cost: $5 General Admission

3. 29th Annual New Jersey Home Show
Friday, February 9 – Sunday, February 11, 2018 | Friday 3:00PM to 8:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM to 7:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM to 5:00PM
The New Jersey Home Show is the largest home show in the state, with over 200 exhibits. If you’re thinking about starting a project, you can find a contractor on the spot, meet Taniya Nayak of ABC, HGTV and FOOD Network for designing ideas, or watch cooking demonstrations from top-talented chefs. The New Jersey Home Show has something for everyone.
New Jersey Convention Center
97 Sunfield Ave Edison, NJ 08837
Cost: $10 General Admission, Tickets can be purchased here

SweetART Market in Princeton. via

4. SweetART Market: Valentine Gift Market
Friday, February 9 – Saturday, February 10, 2018 | Friday 5:00PM to 8:00PM, Saturday 9:00AM to 5:00PM
The SweetART Market: Valentine Gift Market is the perfect place to get a handmade gift for your sweetheart. Local artisans will be selling ceramics, jewelry, sweet treats, and so much more. Young artists 12 years old and under are welcome to the Craft Corner to make festive cards and fun fabric pillows for an additional fee of $5.
Princeton Shopping Center
301 N Harrison St, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Cost: Free

5. Cupid’s Chase 5K
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | Times vary by location, please click here to view the full locations list
The Cupid’s Chase 5K strives to raise money to help the lives of people with disabilities so get ready to run, walk, and roll (think: baby strollers and wheelchairs) at this great event.
Participating Locations: Bridgewater, Glen Rock, Gloucester County, Moorestown, Morristown, New Brunswick, Princeton, Seaside Heights
Please click here to view times for locations
Cost: $30-$40 General Admission

6. Cabin Fever Reliever
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Flander Pediatric Dentistry’s 8th Annual Cabin Fever Reliever is back just in time to save us from the winter blues. This event is filled with kid-friendly activities such as dancing, games, crafts, sports, and karate. The venue will be split into four zones: art, sports, enrichment, and dance. Each zone will have different activities to entertain kids ages 2 to 10.
Mount Olive Recreation
204 Flanders Drakestown Rd, Budd Lake, New Jersey 07828
Cost: Free; Due to space, strollers are not permitted.

Chocolate Family Day at Morris Museum in Morristown. via

7. Chocolate Family Day
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 11:00AM to 4:00PM (10:00AM Museum Members Early Access)
The Chocolate Family Festival is a day celebrating the greatest treat on earth – you guessed it, chocolate! Along with sweets, lollipop crafts, games, and interactive activities (such as chocolate-inspired face painting), attendees can also experience a hands-on workshop with orchestral string instruments for all ages.
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Cost: $15 Combo Ticket (Museum Admission & Children’s Theatre Ticket)

8. The Fairy Tale Monster Mystery
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 11:00AM & 1:30PM
In The Fairy Tale Monster Mystery, someone is stealing all the monsters from the fairy tales. Can your family imagine a fairytale story without any dragons, ogres, witches, or ghouls? You can’t – because there will be no story or conflict or drama! Bring your family out and follow along with the enchanting tale of two young children as they try to solve the mystery.
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Cost: $15 Combo Ticket (Museum Admission & Children’s Theatre Ticket), $12 Non-Members, $10 Museum Members

9. 2nd Annual Indoor Winter Carnival
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 11:00AM to 5:00PM
The highly anticipated Colonia Middle School’s 2nd Annual Indoor Winter Carnival is finally here. With six inflatable jump houses, face painting, games, and more, your family is sure to have a hopping good time.
Colonia Middle School
100 Delaware Ave., Colonia, New Jersey 07067
Cost: $1/Game or Food Ticket, $15 Unlimited Inflatable Bracelet

10. Hearts On Fire, Palmer Square On Ice
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 12:00PM to 3:00PM
Come see Palmer Square’s beautiful forestry transformed into an icy wonderland. Gaze at whimsical sculptures, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, or warm yourself up by visiting all of the markets. This event is welcome to all ages and is completely free, so don’t hesitate to take part in all the winter fun.
Palmer Square
40 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
Cost: Free

11. My Little Man & Me: Valentine’s Day Party
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Attention moms, grandmas, and aunts, get ready for a fun-filled Valentine’s Day celebration with your little man. There will be games, crafts, snacks, and punch for you to enjoy. There will also be a photo booth so you remember this special moment.
Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave, Union, New Jersey 07083
Cost: $25.00 Child & One adult, $5 Each Additional Adults, Tickets can be purchased here

12. 3rd Annual Asbury Park Mardi Gras
Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 1:00PM to 5:00PM
Mardi Gras at Asbury Park is back for another year full of great events for the whole family. Join eventgoers for free family fun including mask making, face painting, and love-inspired musical tunes. The daytime event is followed by the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball in the evening.
Downtown, Asbury Park
600 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Cost: Free

13. Cabin Fever Festival
Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Got cabin fever? Head to Hoboken Family Alliance’s annual Cabin Fever Festival to cure your winter blues. This open house featuring local, kid-friendly businesses will show you what’s new in kids’ classes, activities, and summer day camps. Hang out, listen to live music from kids’ musicians and see dance performances, while your kids get their faces painted, balloon animals made, and more.
The Brandt School
215 9th Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: Free for HFA members; $20 per family for non-members

Valentine’s Market & Brunch in Asbury Park. via

14. Valentine’s Market & Brunch
Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM
Love is in the air… and Asbury Park is the place to celebrate it! Bring your loved ones to the Grand Arcade in Convention Hall for a jam-packed day filled with gifts, workshops, and roller skating. Your kids will have the chance to buy hand-tied flower bouquets, handcrafted jewelry, or make soap at one of the workshops. There will also be plenty of live music, food, drinks, photo ops for all those attending the market.
Asbury Park Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Cost: Free

15. 47th Ocean County Bluegrass Festival
Sunday, February 11, 2018 | 12:00PM to 5:00PM
The Ocean County Bluegrass Festival invites your family to enjoy the finest and most accomplished bluegrass bands and performers. These great talents are not only from the United States but from around the world as well. True to their organizational name, the lineup always includes old-time music and related genres that will resonate with bluegrass and country lovers.
Albert Music Hall/Pinelands Cultural Society
131 Wells Mills Road, Waretown, New Jersey 08758
Cost: $1 Child, $10 Adult

16. Last Weekend of Turtle Back Explorers: Winter 2017/2018
Sunday, February 11 – Monday, February 12, 2018 | Sunday & Monday 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Join Turtle Back Zoo as they use movement, stories, games, and crafts for interactive, science-based lessons to teach the wonderful and fascinating world of animals. Supervised outings to specific areas of the Zoo will support the lesson (weather-permitting). This is a drop-off program for 4 & 5-year-olds only.
Turtle Back Zoo – The Education Center
560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, New Jersey 07052
Cost: $25 Child, Tickets can be purchased here




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