Another long winter weekend is just around the corner, and finding fun and educational activities to keep the whole gang entertained can be a challenge. Luckily, New Jersey has no shortage of awesome President’s Day weekend activities happening in every corner of our state.
Celebrate George Washington’s birthday with cake, presidential crafts, a patriotic laser show, or a scavenger hunt.
Check out one of these awesome events, guaranteed to keep kids (and parents) happy over President’s Day weekend.
Imagine That! Children’s Museum
Where: 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park
When: February 18 & 19 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Price: $9.95 per adult, $10.95 per child
Details: Roll up your sleeves and get crafty at this fun children’s museum. Kids can create a picture of their favorite president to take home! Stick around and enjoy the museum’s mainstay exhibits including the pirate ship, pretend restaurant and enchanted castle.
More info: www.imaginethatmuseum.com or call 973-966-8000.
Where: 1 Riverside Drive, Camden
When: February 18, 19 & 20 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $28 per adult, $21 per child, free for kids under 2
Details: Join Adventure Aquarium for their 3rd annual Hippo Awareness Weekend to see these giant animals up-close and personal. Show your love for Genny and Button in the Hippo Kissing Booth, play hippo-themed games and stop by the Hippo Haven Curiosity Table. The aquarium also features a 550,000 gallon shark tank and KidZone, an area just for little ones to explore.
More info: www.adventureaquarium.com or call 856-365-3300.
Sahara Sam’s Oasis
Where: 535 North Route 73, West Berlin
When: February 18, 19 & 20 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Price: $31.95 per person
Details: Forget the snow and frigid temps and have a splashing good time indoors at Sahara Sam’s during their President’s Day Weekend event. Take it easy in the leisure pool, check out the Congo Bongo lazy river, let the kids explore Adventure Playland or dry off and try your hand at the fun games in Sam’s Arcade.
More info: www.saharasams.com or call 856-767-7580.
Washington Crossing Historic Park
Where: 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA
When: February 19 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Price: $1 per person
Details: For a dose of both learning and leisure, celebrate George’s Washington’s birthday with crafts and children’s activities in the park’s historic buildings. Then gather round to sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy cake at the visitor’s center. Children are encouraged to bring birthday cards for George.
More info: www.washingtoncrossingpark.org or call 215-493-4076.
Liberty Science Center
Where: 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
When: February 20 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: $21.75 per adult, $17.75 per child, free for kids under 2
Details: Liberty Science Center boasts four floors of science fun for kids and parents alike and is open extended hours on President’s Day weekend. Check out their special programs including Animal Encounter, Story Time: The Human Body, Kid Construction and Nikola Tesla Lightning Show. And don’t miss the Block Party exhibition, perfect for little ones to explore!
More info: www.lsc.org or call 201-200-1000.
Montclair History Center
Where: 110 Orange Road, Montclair
When: February 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Price: $10 per child
Details: Drop by the historic Crane House for hands-on President’s Day crafts geared towards kids and a lesson in history about how past presidents and their families worked and lived. Families can design a log cabin, try weaving and making money and take part in a “Symbols of our Country” scavenger hunt. Best for ages 6-10.
More info: www.montclairhistory.org or call 973-744-1796.
State Theatre New Jersey
Where: 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick
When: February 20 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Price: $15 & up for theater tickets (plus some free festival events)
Details: Get your tickets for one of three special President’s Day performances of Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey and then spend the rest of the afternoon at the theatre’s annual Family Day Festival. Keep the kids entertained with costumed characters, face painting, balloon animals, ice sculpting demos, hands-on activities and more.
More info: www.statetheatrenj.org or call 732-246-7469.
Where: 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown
When: February 20 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $10 per adult, $7 per child, free for kids under 3
Details: Morris Museum has you covered with a day packed with entertainment and learning. Visit the current exhibits, register for a Vacation Day Workshop or make a patriotic craft. The American Pride Laser Spectacular will show at the Children’s Theatre at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm (additional fee for tickets).
More info: www.morrismuseum.org or call 973-971-3700.
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