It’s a long weekend and there’s lots to do. How about heading into NYC? NY Waterway’s ferry service to NYC is free for kids all weekend. Interested in a last minute road trip- here are some destinations (like DC and Philadelphia) within 4 hours’ drive. You could do a day trip to ski or go snow tubing or stay local for any of the great activities below!
Saturday February 17 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM (NYC) Fetch your friends and come on over to The Museum Of Chinese in America for a Year of the Dog Lunar New Year Family Festival! Enjoy Chinese zodiac arts & crafts, lively dance performances, festive snacks, and timeless tales inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions. You’re in for a pawsitively good time! Tickets: $12/person, $8 for all MOCA Dual and Individual Level Members, Free for MOCA Family Level Members and above, children under 2, and Cool Culture Members. Click here to buy tickets!
Saturday February 17 1:00 PM-4:00 PM (Hohokus NJ 45 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Hands-on tapping of 15 maple trees. Learn how the colonists and Lenni Lenape got their sweetener from trees. Taste syrup made from these trees last year and take home the supplies needed for your family to tap the maples in your own backyard. Also includes a tour of the National Historic Landmark where George Washington and Alexander Hamilton camped 240 years ago and where Aaron Burr met and married Theodosia Prevost. Click here to make reservations. $25 per family, $15 per individual.
Saturday and Sunday February 17 + 18 at 2:00 PM (NYC) Spend an Arabian Night at the Galli Theater. “Open Sesame.” With these words, Ali Baba opens a mysterious mountain and finds great treasure. But his greedy brother Cassim also wants part of the treasure… bring children 4 and up to see this theatrical production of “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves” a story of bravery and friendship. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children.
Saturday and Sunday February 17 + 18 Two sessions daily 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM-7:00 PM (NYC) Lego LIVE NYC is an official LEGO Event and for the first time… it’s in Manhattan. It is the first event of its kind and is a must for LEGO fans. Enjoy designing, creating, and playing with millions of bricks. Experience endless building and creating with all your favorite LEGO brands. Tickets start at $30 and may be purchased online.
Saturday, Sunday & Monday February 17, 18 + 19 at 10;30 AM, 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street at the Theater at Madison Square Garden! Introducing an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood… get ready for Sesame Street Live! Tickets start at $35
Sunday February 18th 11:00 AM -3:00 PM (Short Hills, NJ 30 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Take a HIKE! Winter is a special time at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills. Join Cora’s Conservation Corps teen volunteers as they guide you through the woods and show you that winter is the best time to look for signs of wildlife. Become a Citizen Scientist and help record important data this season. This weekend learn all about Tracks and Scat! Please dress for the weather and be prepared for the outdoors and changing trail conditions. Hikes depart at 11am, 1 pm and 3 pm and will last about 45 minutes each.$10 non-members/$5 for members.
Sunday, February 18th shows at 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM – (Englewood, 30 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Bergen PAC presents Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the story of painter and decorator Mr. Popper and his adventures with a penguin that arrives at his doorstep. With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this is a delightful, action-packed adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book. Tickets start at $15
Sunday and Monday, February 18 +19 The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host its annual Kids Week festival .Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in dozens of fun-filled activities, hands-on workshops, live performances, special guests and interactive demonstrations that the whole family will enjoy. This year, Kids Week will showcase that Science is Everywhere! Through themed performances and hands-on activities, kids can learn about the science behind their favorite sports and games, art, theater and music, nature, animals and even outer space and explore the science of sports and games. Kids can hone their fastball skills while learning about the physics of a pitch, perfect their golf swings with experts.
Monday, February 19th 9:00 AM-2:00 PM (Chatham, NJ 40 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Head over to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center for A Day Off with Nature: The Wildlife Olympics. Explore animals’ amazing athletic abilities and how they help them survive in the wild. Enjoy a variety of activities, an interactive walk, and create crafts on this fun-filled day off from school. Preregistration required. Best suited to ages 5 – 9 $35 per child
Monday, February 19th 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Westfield NJ NJ 40 minutes from Hoboken/JC) Jumpy kids
home from school? Join the folks at the Westfield Y for some indoor fun! This event is perfect for families with children ages 8 and under and open to the community…so bring a friend! Kids can enjoy three of our huge inflatables to work off that extra energy. Register online.
$7 per child
Monday, February 19th Two 1-hour sessions 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
(Chester NJ 30 minutes from Hoboken/JC)
Join in for Kids Craft and Storytime at Alstede Farms
. Kids can enjoy a fun winter outing on their day off from school at the farm with Miss Jenn, their culinary and education specialist. Through story time and a craft, they’ll learn about the life cycle of plants and the promise of spring in their seed to seed program offered in the Farm’s greenhouse. Recommended for ages 5 – 11 $9.99 per child Register online
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