Top 15 {kid-friendly} Things To Do in NJ, January 19-21


Spend time with your little ones this weekend surrounded by amazing ice sculptures at Ice Sculpture Demonstration Day at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, getting some healthy grub at the Vegan Pop-Up Shop in Asbury Park, celebrating all things winter at the Lambertville/ New Hope Winter Festival, 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:

Vegan Pop Up Shop in Asbury Park. via

1. January in Asbury Park: A Vegan Pop-Up Shop At The Shore
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Bundle up and join the many families on the boardwalk in January for the first of the 2018 vegan pop-up shops. Vendors and entertainment from all over are collaborating on an epic calendar of events celebrating all things meat-free.
Asbury Park Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Cost: $5 Early Bird General Admission, $20 Early Bird Season Pass; Click here to purchase tickets

2. Free Spearfishing Seminar
Friday, January 19, 2018 | 6:00PM to 9:00PM

The Spearfishing Seminar of the year is here for those interested in learning all about the basics of spearfishing. This event features mouth-watering beer and brisket to make sure your family kicks off 2018 together.
Duke’s Supper & Spirits
401 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey 08742
Cost: Free

3. Last Weekend of Patcong Valley Railroad Train Show
Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, January 21, 2018 | Saturday & Sunday 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Patcong Valley is the place to find all things model railroad. Check out the highly detailed and museum-quality HO scale model railroads. Let your mind wander since there is something for everyone to see at this museum.
Patcong Valley Model Railroad
1315 US-40, Richland, NJ 08350
Cost: Free

4. New Jersey RV & Camping Show
Friday, January 19 – Sunday, 21, 2018 | Friday 12:00PM to 8:00PM, Saturday 10:00AM to 7:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM to 5:00PM

RV Enthusiasts are welcome to the New Jersey RV & Camping Show. Discover the latest makes and models of recreational vehicles from the nation’s top RV manufacturers. Special factory rebates, financing, and on the spot loan approval makes this show a can’t-miss for the RV enthusiast. The show will feature a huge parts and accessories exhibit, along with campgrounds, tow vehicles, and everything you may need for your next RV vacation.
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837
Cost: Free for Kids Under 12, $10 General Admission

5. Lambertville / New Hope Winter Festival
Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, January 28, 2018 | Times vary by day, please click here to view the full schedule

The Lambertville / New Hope Winter Festival is a jam-packed 9 day family-friendly event including ice sculptures, concert, chili cook-off, karaoke night, Hawaiian Luau, Winter-Fest Blues & BBQ, and Taste of Winter Fest all wrapped into days of endless entertainment.
Lambertville, NJ
Cost: Free but some events may be ticketed. Please click here for more information

6. Read and Explore: Gingerbread Man
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 10:00AM to 11:00AM

Terhune Orchards Read and Explore program is bringing in the start of their winter education series, following the popular Read and Pick Program. The first read in the program will go over The Gingerbread Man, talk about how he grows on a farm, and then each child will follow with a decoration of a big gingerbread cookie to take home.
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Cost: $7 General Admission, Registration is Required. Please click here to register or call 609-924-2310

Small Explorers at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. via

7. Small Explorers Series at The New Jersey State Museum
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 10:00AM to 10:45AM

The Small Explorers Series is a unique adventure where participants are exposed to different themes through stories, crafts, and play. This event can only be described through experience, and those who stay until 11:00AM can catch a Planetarium show as well.
New Jersey State Museum – 2nd Floor Discovery Den
205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
Cost: Fre

8. Camp Riverbend “Beach Party” Open House
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Take your family away from the cold and visit Camp Riverbend for their Beach Party Open House event. This extravaganza will feature tropical games, craft making, and cooking activities.
Camp Riverbend
116 Hillcrest Road, Warren, NJ
Cost: Free

9. Blessing of the Vineyard
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 1:00PM to 5:00PM

The honoring St. Vincent Tournante the Patron Saint of the Vineyards, will be officiated by Father Morley. Join families after the blessing ceremony, as event-goers will retreat back to the warmth of the winery. This relaxing afternoon at the winery will also include live music.
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, New Jersey 08533
Cost: Free

Jersey Shore Comic Book Show in Toms River. via Grey House Harbor and Facebook

10. Jersey Shore Comic Book Show
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 10:00AM to 4:00PM

The best way to forget the cold will surely involve visiting the Jersey Shore Comic Book Show. The first show of the New Year will be back at the Toms River Elks Lodge on Sunday, January 21st from 10am to 4pm. This heroic event will feature guest artists, vendors, and cosplay/costume groups. Vendors will have comics, paperbacks, graphic novels, anime, toys, action figures, pop-culture, craft items, collectibles, and so much more.
Toms River Elks Lodge #1875
600 Washington St, Toms River, New Jersey 08753
Cost: Free for Kids 12 & Under, $5 General Admission

11. Hopewell Barn Musicale
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 3:00PM

The best way to make your winter more exciting is to jazz it up. The Hopewell Barn Musicale is an exciting variety show with the Le Van Sisters and an array of violin, jazz, opera, folk, classical and playful adaptations of pop. Experience the mastery of music in a beautiful and intimate setting. Your family can also enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments after the show followed by a Meet & Greet with the artists. Many children have been inspired to take up an instrument after attending a Le Van Sister performance, so if you have any aspiring little musicians, make sure they come out to this musical haven.
PO Box 1453, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Cost: $10 Child (Floor or Bench Seating), $30 Standing Room, $35 General Admission; Please click here to purchase tickets. 100% of this show’s proceeds will be donated to the Waldorf School of Princeton.

12. Cabin Fever Hunt
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 8:30AM to 3:00PM

This “rain, snow, or shine” winter hunt will only be limited to 75 attendees, so don’t delay in registering. Get the registration form with all the details here.
Borough of Belmar Taylor Pavilion
500 Ocean Avenue, Belmar, New Jersey 07719
Cost: $100.00 General Admission, $20 Optional/Additional “Big Silver” Hunt, Registration is required. Please click here for registration form.

Ice Sculpture Demonstration Day at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. via

13. Ice Sculpture Demonstration Day
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 11:00AM to 4:30PM

Ice Sculpture Demonstration Day at Grounds For Sculpture features an exploratory experience in the park as your family views skilled master carvers turn huge blocks of ice into art using power saws, chisels, brawn & grit. This event is a best seller, so make sure your family gets tickets early.
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, New Jersey 08619
Cost: $10 Child/Student, $16 Adult; Please click here to purchase tickets

14. Junior Ornithologists: Birds From The Beginning
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 1:00PM to 3:00PM

Birds From The Beginning is a marvelous program that brings you to the world of birds through an introduction lesson. Those attending will take a look at their unique anatomy, biology and behaviors. Families will learn about binoculars and put them to good use to look at ways to identify birds in the field, then go outside with binoculars and try to identify all of the exciting birds.
Duke Farms
1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough, New Jersey 08844
Cost: $5 Child, Free for Adults; Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Please click here to register

15. Wonderful World of Snow Globes
Sunday, January 21, 2018 | 2:00PM to 4:00PM

The Wonderful World of Snow Globes is one of the premiere and unique events around displaying a variety of snow globes. You can also gain a short history lesson and indulge in fine children’s craft and light refreshments.
Miller-Cory House Museum
614 Mountain Ave, Westfield, New Jersey 07090
Cost: $3 Kids Ages 3-12, $4 General Admission


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