We rounded up our favorite picks for fun family friendly events in Bergen County and beyond on our weekend PLAYlist!
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Events Not To Miss:
What: Liberty Science Center
Why: The new infinity climber, snowflake village and exhibits will be open for hands on fun (even on the 1st)
When: Thursday, Jan 1st through the week. Check website for hours.
Where:222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City
What: Gravity Vault Break Camp
Why: Climbing, Games and Much more. Sign up for 1-3 days.
When: Thursday, Jan 1st and Friday, January 2nd, 12-2pm, great for kids ages 5-13, $45/day
Where:107 Pleasant Ave @ Rt. 17N, Upper Saddle River, 201-934-7625
What: Palisades Climbing Adventure and Billy Beez at the Palisades Center
Why: Kids climb a 40 minute rope course tethered above the mall’s 4 floors while they balance and advance on the rope structure- smaller kids can try the skytykes course. Or set them free at Billy Beez’ clean indoor activity space for an hour for bouncing and sliding.
When: Mall is open regular hours from 10am to 9:30pm, climb tickets start at $16.99, Billy Beez admission starts at $9.95 per child
Where:Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY
What: Camp Gaw
Why: Open NYE and New Years Day, their snowmakers have been working overtime so you can get your runs in.
When: Wednesday, December 31 til 5pm, Thursday, January 1st 8:30am to 8pm, call 201-327-7800 for the snow report
Where:200 Camp Gaw Rd, Mahwah
What: Discover the Dinosaurs
Why: A lifelike Dino Experience featuring “touchable” dinos, a dig, inflatables and more.
When: Friday, January 2 thru Sunday, January 4
Where: Meadowlands Expo Center, Secaucus
What: The Snow Ball at Fashion Camp
Why: Meet the Snow Princess, get your face painted and leave with a blinged out snow princess shirt.
When: Friday, January 2, 12-3pm, $45 for a 3 hour session
Where: 512 Livingston St., Norwood
What: Kids Cooking: Snowman Cupcakes
Why: An interactive, hands-on class for kids ages 6-10.
When: Friday, January 2, 4-5pm, $25
Where: Chef Central, 240 Rt. 17 North, Paramus
What: Warner Bros. Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II at NJPac
Why: See everyone’s favorite Looney Tunes stars projected on the big screen with the NJSO performs the extraordinary original scores live.
When: Saturday, January 3, 3pm, Tickets start at $10, Kids 15 and younger half-off
Where: 1 Center St., Newark
What: Beading Basics at Bazaar Star Beading
Why: An absolute must for the beginner beader who is interested in creating awesome wearable art.
When: Sunday, January 4, 11:30am- 1pm, $55.00
Where: 216 East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
What: Guided Nature Walk
Why: Start the new year outdoors by taking a guided walk on a scenic trail in the forest.
When: Sunday, January 4, 3-4pm
Where: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
If you’re heading out of Bergen…
What: Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus & Andromeda
Why: A fun retelling of a mythological story told at the new planetarium- perfect for kids ages 5-9.
When: Saturday, January 3 & Sunday, January 4, 1pm & 3pm
Where: Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark
What: Storytime in the Galleries at Grounds For Sculpture
Why: Comes bring the littles to enjoy “The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale”, a fun twist on the classic tale.
When: Tuesday, January 6, 10:30am, Free with park admission
Where: 8 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton
What: Cooking Night at JCC on the Palisades
Why: A night of yummy cooking with friends is on the menu!
When: Saturday, January 10, 7-10pm, Grades 3-5, Non-member/$35, Pre-registration required by Jan 5
Where: 411 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly
What: Kids Cabaret Series at BergenPAC
Why: A live theater series designed for children ages 3-7 that offers direct interaction with performers in an intimate setting.
When: January 31, February 8, March 14, April 29 & May 16, $17
Where: 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood