Top 15 {kid-friendly} Things To Do in NJ, January 26-28


Spend time with your little ones this weekend celebrating all things winter at Thompson Park’s WinterFest in Lincroft, practicing yoga at Adventure Aquarium’s Yoga Day in Camden, tasting the best mozzarella in the tri-state at Hoboken Mutzfest, plus so many more kid-friendly things to do around New Jersey this weekend.

While you’re out and about around New Jersey, don’t forget to tag #NJMOM and @njmom, and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Here are 15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ:

Fire & Ice Festival in Mount Holly. via

1. 2018 Fire & Ice Festival
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 10:00AM to 4:00PM

The Fire and Ice Festival combines the best of the chili world and ice sculpting world into one amazing event. Let your taste buds go wild as you feast on all the chili Burlington County has to offer, and then vote for the People’s Choice Award for Finest Chili. After you’ve got your fill of the excellent chili options, watch professional ice carvers transform 300-pound blocks of ice into breathtaking ice masterpieces. To top it all off, there will also be fire truck rides for all the kiddies.
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
5 Church Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Cost: Free

2. 2018 Fly Fishing Show
Friday, January 26 – Sunday, January 28, 2018 | Friday 9:00AM to 6:00PM, Saturday 8:30AM to 6:00PM, Sunday 9:00AM to 4:30PM

You will be hooked once you check out this Fly Fishing Show. Pun intended. For three days in its new location at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, immerse yourself in the world of fly-fishing with other enthusiasts, authors, and celebrities. This fan-favorite show will also feature fly tiers, exhibitors, and a learning center. The International Fly Fishing Film Festival – IF4 is back for one night only on Friday, January 26.
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave, Edison, New Jersey 08837
Cost: $5 Child, $18 One-Day Adult, $28 Two-Day Adult, $38 Three-Day Adult

3. Family Fun Fridays at Berlin Market
Fridays, January 26 – December 28, 2018 | 5:00PM to 7:00PM

Is shopping with your kids a nightmare? Well, the Berlin Market is a dream come true. Every Friday for the rest of this year, this marvelous event offers free face painting, balloon characters, and airbrush or glitter tattoos to dazzle the kids. What better way to spend your Friday night than getting in some shopping while eating good food and making memories at the Berlin Market?
Berlin Farmers Market
41 Clementon Rd, Berlin, New Jersey 08009
Cost: Free

Winterfest at Thompson Park in Lincroft. via

4. WinterFest at Thompson Park
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 12:00PM to 4:00PM

Embrace and celebrate winter with your entire family. WinterFest is a fun family day that includes cross-country skiing, hands-on activities, wagon rides, arts & crafts, photo opportunities, and living history displays.
Thompson Park
805 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, New Jersey 07738
Cost: Free

5. 50th Annual Open House at The Rutgers Geology Museum
Sunday, January 27, 2018 | 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Looking for a gem of an activity to do this weekend? Bring your family out to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Geology Museum. With a host of educational activities, lectures, arts and crafts, a mineral sale, and free fossil and mineral identification, you’re sure to find a diamond in the rough when you check out this event.
Rutgers – Geology Museum
85 Somerset St., New Brunswick, NJ
Cost: Free

6. Family Weekend Series: Ready for Robots
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 10:00AM to 12:30PM

The Family Weekend Series Program: “Ready for Robots!” allows families to learn about how robots respond to their environments. This is a great hands-on program for parents and children alike.
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
Cost: $25 General Admission, $20 LSC Members; Price includes science center day admission. Registration is required. Please call 201.253.1310 or email to reserve a spot.

Meadowlands Chili & Salsa Cook-Off in East Rutherford. via

7. Meadowlands Home-Style Chili & Salsa Cook-Off
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 7:00PM to 10:00PM

Find out if you can handle the heat at Meadowlands Home-Style Chili & Salsa Cook-Off. Get your taste buds going by trying out all the different kinds of chili and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.
The Meadowlands Racetrack
1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: Free

8. Annual Winter Festival 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 12:00PM to 3:00PM (Snow Date: January 28)

Come join Friends of High Point State Park for the Annual Winter Festival. The schedule for this exciting event ranges from indoor and outdoor games, ice fishing, fun with snowshoes, sled dog demonstrations, curling, bird crafts, guided hikes, weather talks with local meteorologist Nick Stefano, story time for kids, and sing-a-longs. Light refreshments will be available as well.
High Point State Park
1480 State RT 23, Sussex, New Jersey 07461
Cost: Free but a $5 Donation is appreciated

9. Animals in Winter Live Animal Presentation
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 3:00PM to 4:00PM (Rain or Shine)
Ever wondered how animals survive in harsh winter climates? You and your kids will learn about animal adaptations from a live animal presentation hosted by animal expert Eyes of the Wild. Educational and mesmerizing, this fun lesson in survival of the fittest is guaranteed to have your kids saying “Awww!”
Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Cost: $7 Friends of Van Vleck, $12 General Admission; Pre-Registration is Required. Please call 973-744-4752 ext 3, email, or click here to register

Frozen In Ice: Wild West at Skylands Stadium in Augusta. via

10. Frozen in Ice: Wild West at Skylands Stadium
Saturday, January 27 – Sunday, February 25, 2018 | Times Vary by Day, Please click here for the full schedule

The cold never bothered you anyway, right? Join families from all over New Jersey for a day of super cool family fun at the Frozen in Ice extravaganza at Skylands Stadium. And get ready to buckle up, because this year’s event will feature 100 tons of ice sculptures set in an interactive Wild West theme! Not to be missed is a giant 50-foot ice slide, ice saloon, ice carving demonstrations and competitions, ice games, food and beverage vendors, s’mores fire pit, skating rink, and more. After all the jam-packed fun, your family can enjoy dinner and drinks at WheelHouse Craft Kitchen + Bar. This very “chill” event can only be experienced at Skylands Stadium, one of North Jersey’s premier sports and entertainment venues and home of the Sussex County Miners.
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Pl, Augusta, New Jersey 07822
Cost: $15 Child, $20 Adults; Tickets can be purchased here

11. Monster Jam Triple Threat Series
Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 1:00PM

Go big or go home. Monster Jam Triple Threat Series brings adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans across the country, and this weekend, it will be right here at the Prudential Center. These world-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver what fans want to see most – more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action! Each event tests the versatility of the athletes as they go head-to-head in seven different competitions driving three different vehicles – Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters, and Monster Jam ATVs. These athletes will battle for points in challenging Racing and Freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit. The point leader will receive an automatic bid to the prestigious Monster Jam World Finals to compete for the title of World Champion.
Prudential Center
25 Lafayette St, Newark, New Jersey 07102
Cost: $15+ General Admission; Tickets can be purchased here

12. Wassailing the Apple Trees
Saturday January 27, 2018 | 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Wassailing is an ancient British tradition of dancing, singing, and chanting to the trees to ensure a successful crop for the next season. In addition, guests can make toasts of hot cider and place gifts of cider-soaked bread in the tree branches in hopes of a successful New Year. Don’t forget to warm yourself next to the bonfire and enjoy the live music. Lastly, remember to bring your noisemakers (drums, whistles, bells, and clackers, too!) because the louder things get, the more fun it will be!
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Cost: Free

Yoga Day at Adventure Aquarium in Camden. via

13. Yoga Day at Adventure Aquarium
Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 10:00AM or 12:00PM

Join your fellow Yogis for a unique and relaxing experience you won’t forget. Classes will be 75-minutes long and taught by one of Adventure Aquarium’s own yoga-certified biologists. Choose from an Aquarium and Yoga Combo ticket or a Yoga Only ticket. For family members not participating in the yoga class, you may purchase a Guest ticket to visit the aquarium at a discounted rate. Must be 18 years+ to participate in a yoga class and yoga mats not provided.
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr, Camden, New Jersey 08103
Cost: $39 Aquarium & Yoga Combo, $25 Yoga Only, $16 Guest Aquarium Only; Tickets can be purchased here

14. Celebrate Lunar New Year at The Shops at Riverside
Sunday, January 28, 2017 | 1:00PM to 9:00PM

The Lunar New Year at the Shops at Riverside is celebrating the Year of the Rooster with performances by the Korean Traditional Dance of Choomnoori. Dancers in colorful costumes will perform traditional Korean dances, such as the fan dance and a drum dance.
The Shops at Riverside – Level 1 by The Cheesecake Factory
390 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Cost: Free

15. Hoboken Mutzfest
Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 2:00PM to 6:00PM

Join the Hoboken community for a fun-filled day celebrating Italian Americans’ favorite cheese – mozzarella! Featuring eight of the city’s most renowned mozzarella eateries, this annual event is fun for all the senses and the ages. To top things off, there will be a Frank Sinatra sing-a-long to get you in the mood, and for dessert, you guessed it – a cannoli eating contest.
Elk’s Club
1005 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cost: $25 General Admission; Tickets can be purchased here


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