(Editor’s Note: Winter break is here, and it’s the weekend, so we’re re-running this guide to family fun.)
If you have to work and need childcare, here is our list of Vacation Camps to help out.
Here are 10 Fun Things To Do During Winter Break (and this weekend):
1) Go ice skating! There are tons of places to go locally and beyond.
2) Liberty Science Center’s Twelve Days of Science
Who: All ages.
What: Hang out with a penguin, make snow indoors, taste ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, and see special shows like Bubblemania. See the classic holiday film The Polar Express in the nation’s largest IMAX Dome theater, or catch one of our other IMAX or 3D features!
Where: Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City NJ.
When: December 21 and January 1 from 9 am – 5 pm.
Cost: Most are FREE with Museum Admission.
3) Holiday Tram Rides Through Twinkling Grounds For Sculpture Park
Who: All ages.
What: Travel through the park in style on our tram specially decorated just for the season. Enjoy holiday melodies while you are driven throughout the merrily transformed landscape. Plus, GFS’s extended evening hours in December mean more time to enjoy the twinkling sights. Drop by the Peacock Café for a warm treat before or after your ride. Happy Holidays! Rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be guaranteed.
Where: Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ.
When: Fridays and Saturdays in December from 5:00 to 8:30 pm.
Cost: General park admission.
4) Movie Day at Glen Ridge Library
Who: All ages
What: Come enjoy a movie with other children in the library.
Where: Glen Ridge Library, 240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ.
When: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm
5) See a play!
NJ Ballet The Nutcracker
Who: Children 4 and up accompanied by caregivers.
What: The annual tradition returns in this seasonal favorite that enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, a full orchestra, eye-popping special effects and a touch of holiday magic.
Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ.
When: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 1 pm
Cost: Tickets: $25 – $59
Oliver! at Paper Mill Playhouse
Who: Older children accompanied by caregivers.
What: Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, this beloved classic will enthrall you from the start with the miraculous tale of a young orphan’s quest to find home and family in Victorian London. Hear iconic songs including “Food, Glorious Food,” “Who Will Buy?,” and “Consider Yourself.” Don’t miss this extraordinary musical with a holiday TWIST for the entire family.
Where: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ.
When: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm
Cost: Tickets: $35 – $116 per ticket
Three Bears Holiday Bash
Who: All ages
What: Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the Three Bears Holiday Bash is a great way to get into the holiday spirit!
Where: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, 81st Street and Central Park West, NYC, NY
When: Various times through December 30, 2013
Cost: Tickets: $7 children under 12, $10 all others
6) Drop in and Play at The Messy Artist
Who: Children 18 months-old to 5 years-old accompanied by caregivers.
What: Drop in and play with all of the fun and exciting art activities at The Messy Artist. Enjoy five exciting stations. Stay or an hour or the whole time, it’s up to you.
Where: The Messy Artist, 356 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ.
When: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $25 per child and $10 for participating siblings; $15 per child and $10 per sibling for enrolled students
7) Holiday Train Exhibit
Who: All ages.
What: Bill “The Train Guy” Cinque comes back to the Roseland Free Public Library to set up his annual working holiday train exhibit. Enjoy the lights, moving trains, and quaint homes that make up this railroad.
Where: The Roseland Free Public Library, 20 Roseland Avenue, Roseland, NJ.
When: Exhibit hours are From Dec. 14 through Dec. 28. Check times here
Cost: Free. For more information call 973-228-8636.
8) Take a Day Trip—we have so many places to choose from.
9) Take the kids to an indoor play space.
10) Enjoy a Kwanzaa Celebration. The American Museum of Natural History throws its 35th annual celebration with music, dance, story and more.