Weekend Family Fun: LEGO, Monster Jam and More

Happy weekend! We’ve rounded up some family-friendly fun in the area, so if you’re looking for something to do, you’re in the right place. Check ’em out!

On Friday, celebrate International LEGO Day at American Dream (Court A, Level 1, 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford) from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Budding builders of all ages will enjoy a bricktacular demonstration from LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s Master Builder, playtime and build activity with LEGO® bricks, a giveaway, and a special appearance from a special guest! This event is free, but pre-registration is required.

All weekend, Van Saun County Park (216 Forest Avenue, Paramus), Friends of the Bergen County Zoo will host the final weekend of Let It Glow – A Holiday Lantern Spectacular from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Let it Glow is a symphony of vivid glowing colors to tease your eyes and dazzle the mind. Enjoy an enchanting stroll throughout the zoo. With over 30 scenes, these hand-made artistic wonders are more breath-taking than the last! The last night for this event is January 30th. Tickets can be purchased at the door but buying online is recommended as the event may sell out. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 3 and older. Children 2 and under are free.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp) continues to host the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. Held daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. There’s a new theme every month and this is the final weekend for January’s theme, “Black & White.” There’s a lot of beauty to be seen in Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s winter garden just waiting for you to go look for it! You might even see some hints that spring is really only two and a half months away. Get outside and explore the gardens with this contact-less family photo scavenger hunt. The cost is $10 per family or group of 4 or less. Preregistration is required.


Big Apple Circus will present shows its final shows this at Lincoln Center (10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC). The performance puts a modern twist on a beloved classic and performing throughout the holidays and into the New Year. This all-new production will feature Guinness world record holder, daredevil, Nik Wallenda, and his fearless family of highwire walkers. Joining the Wallendas is an international cast of gold-medal-award-winning, world-class circus artists in this Reenergized, Reimagined, and Reinvigorated production of circus artistry. See these performers, previously on America’s Got Talent, The X-Factor, or YouTube, “live” in this up-close and immersive event. Tickets start at $35 and there are performances on Saturday at 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7:00 PM and Sunday at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM.

Symphony Space will present a virtual performance, Just Kidding: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Explore the culture and traditions of Indigenous Americans in this fascinating performance of dances, songs, and stories by Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. This is a free livestream event. Reserve your spot online.

On Saturday, Newark Museum of Art (49 Washington Street, Newark) will host MakerSPACE from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The MakerSPACE at The Newark Museum of Art comes back on selected Saturdays! Be part of a fun, interactive area where visitors of all ages play, tinker, and create as they make connections between the materials, processes, and concepts of artwork and natural science objects in the Museum’s collections and their own creativity. Look at the artwork in the galleries, learn more about it, then experiment with materials and processes in the MakerSPACE. Register online. This program is included with Museum admission.

On Saturday, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation (15 Snake Den Road, Ringwood) will host Winter Survival Day for kids in grades 6-9. Put your outdoor skills to the test and compete to survive the winter weather. Fires will be lit, shelters will be built, and one team will triumph! Cost is $8 per person and tickets can be purchased online.

For the next three Saturdays, you can catch Lunar New Year performances at Hudson Yards (20 Hudson Yards, NYC). At 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM, enjoy traditional lion dances and ribbon-twirling performances by The New York Chinese Cultural Center in The Great Room on Level 1 of Hudson Yards.

The Prudential Center (25 Lafayette Street, Newark) will present Monster Jam on Saturday at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and Sunday at 1:00 PM. Monster Jam features the most famous trucks in the world, like Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco, and others, competing in action-packed motorsports events. Tickets are $15-$110.

Maple Sugaring Demos will be held at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Township) on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM. Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make real maple syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. This year, the program will be held entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather. Spiles and syrup will be available for purchase, while supplies last. Cost is $5 per person. You must preregister and select your time slot.

Turtle Back Zoo will host FNC: Nature Adventurers on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This session, entitled Conifer Convention, will meet at Regatta Playground (Cherry Lane, West Orange). Get outside and enjoy our South Mountain Reservation’s fresh air with the whole family! Recommended for ages 6+. Nature is a treasure trove: what will you create? Join in and collect natural materials to create home décor and search for local wildlife, including our favorite pinecone producing conifers along the way. Craft supplies included, but you are welcome to bring any extras you’d like to add! Cost is $15 and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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