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Things to do this weekend in New Jersey January 21-23

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Baby, it’s cold outside, but there’s still lots of fun to be had this weekend in the Garden State! Catch a show, snuggle with a huggable reptile at Super Pet Expo, or visit Grounds for Sculpture for a nighttime exhibition that will enchant your senses. Are you planning to stay home on Sunday and make yourself comfortable? Don’t miss a virtual Valentine’s Day wreath craft class that’s fun for the whole family.

EVERY WEEKEND

Rent the 25th Anniversary Tour: The Farewell Season of Love
MPAC, Morristown
Friday Sunday
For a quarter of a century, RENT has inspired us to choose love over fear and live without regrets. This Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning phenomenon has become more than a musical — it’s a cultural touchstone and a source of joy and empowerment for millions. RENT’s 25th Anniversary Farewell Season of Love is your last chance to experience this acclaimed touring production – so don’t miss it!

SUPER PET EXPO

Super Pet Expo
New Jersey Convention Center, Edison
Friday Sunday
Animal-loving and curious kids will welcome a visit to the 21st Super Pet Expo. They can bring their dogs to race, keep reptiles and amphibians, watch hundreds of butterflies pollinate plants, walk down an alley of alligators and feed a giant tortoise. They watch parrots and a cat and crab show, and learn how best to take care of their animal friends.

Rob Paulsen in Animaniacs Live in Concert!
Wellmont Theatre, Montclair
By popular demand, vocal legend Rob Paulsen will be featured in Animaniac’s Live in Concert! Rob is the voice of Yakko on Animaniacs, Pinky on Pinky and the Brain, Raphael (and Donatello) on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yakko on Animaniacs, and Carl Wheezer on Jimmy Neutron. He has an Emmy, Annie and Peabody award.

FRIDAY

Our city
Kelsey Theatre, West Windsor
Thornton Wilder’s timeless Our Town explores the universal themes of life, death and everything in between through the eyes of a small town in New England at the turn of the 20th century.
Shakespeare ’70 brings us an ‘Our Town’ for our time, with an ensemble cast, the play asks the question: ‘Do people recognize life as they live it? Every, every minute?”

SATURDAY

Read and discover: The Gingerbread Man
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
The Terhune Orchards Reading and Picking Program is a winter training series that follows the popular seasonal reading and picking program. During the first Read and Explore program we will read The Gingerbread Man and learn the origins of all the ingredients – where do they come from? Each child then decorates a large gingerbread man cookie to take home.

abandon ship! @ Battleship New Jersey
Battleship New Jersey, Camden
Students and their parents can experience a guided tour of the battleship and a classroom lesson. This month focuses on what to do when the ship has suffered catastrophic damage. Students are challenged to secure a door and stop flooding, find their life raft, and try on a WWII-era life jacket and helmet.

Nature in Motion: Adaptations: How do animals stay warm in winter?
Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold
The Nature on the Move van, filled with hands-on nature activities, is coming to Turkey Swamp Park! Just look for our colorful van near the Shelter Building parking lot and a park system naturalist will present a 45-60 minute interactive program.

School festival of the school election week
University of St Peter, Jersey City
Bring the kids and learn about great school opportunities in New Jersey at the first school fair of School Choice Week. It’s going to be a fun day out with face painters, DJs, balloon artists, Amazing Sprout U School Choice dancers, tasty snacks and drinks, a cool photo booth and more. This family-friendly event features dozens of schools and cutting-edge new educational options to choose from.

American patchwork quartet

American patchwork quartet
Sitnik Theater, Hackettstown
Acclaimed artists Falu Shah (vocals), Clay Ross (guitar/vocals), Clarence Penn (drums) and Yasushi Nakamura (bass) showcase the dynamic diversity of contemporary culture by reinventing timeless songs from America’s past.

A Night of Comedy from Ginger Ninja Productions
Investors Bank Theater, Succasunna
Take in a comedy night with The Legendary Wid, who has performed on Stand-Up Spotlight, Make Me Laugh and Caroline’s Comedy Hour. Also starring on this show are John Kensil (Comedy Central, Good Morning America) and host Matt Dolan (NYC Underground Comedy Festival).

SUNDAY

Jersey Shore Winter Comic Show
Toms River Elks Lodge, Toms River
Visit this comic festival with vendors selling old and new comics, sports and non-sports trading cards, toys, action figures, funko pops, anime, Pokemon, manga, movie posters, steampunk and crafts.

Hunt Berry Duo
St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Westfield
Acclaimed Baroque cellist and viol player Shirley Hunt will perform in a duo with leading fortepianist Shirley Berry in a concert at St Paul’s Episcopal Church. The general public is invited to attend this in-person live steeple concert, which will also be streamed live.

Virtual workshop on making Valentine’s wreaths
Learn how to create a fun handmade fluffy bow wreath for Valentine’s Day. This is a great family-friendly activity for adults and kids, taught by Cheryl, the owner of Cheryl’s Sparkly Creations. Participants can choose to attend the class with a DIY kit or be given a shopping list. This course is suitable for adults, children from 8 years of age. A parent and a young child can work on this craft together. This is also a fun activity for a corporate event.

Guided nature hike
Cheesequake State Park, Matawan
This 1.5 to 2 mile guided nature hike is ideal for children ages 8 and up. Dress appropriately for the weather. Dogs allowed on a leash. Call the day of the event for weather cancellation.

CONSTANTLY

Winter Village Newark
Mulberry Commons Park, Newark
Thursday Sunday
Experience the beauty of Newark at the Winter Village, a stylish open-air festival overlooking beautiful downtown Newark, with curbside food, ice skating and a marketplace. Enjoy food and hot beverages from select local companies in a cozy, heated private capsule or igloo.

Newport skates
Newport Skates, Jersey City
Every weekend
Newport roller skates, Jersey City’s only outdoor ice cream skating Ice rink, is open for the 2021-2022 season. Skater once again enjoy great views of the New York City skyline while zipping around the ice rink. Online ticketing is available through the Newport roller skates Website.

NIGHT FORMS/REASONS FOR SCULPTURE

Night Forms: Dreamloop by Klip Collective
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Twp.
Thursday Sunday
Grounds For Sculpture announced a two-year partnership with Klip Collective to present a distinctive multi-sensory after-work experience. The Night Forms series will interact directly with a selection of contemporary artworks and distinctive horticultural features throughout the park’s 42 acres, furthering the non-profit organization’s commitment to creating unique experiences that bring art and nature together.

Holiday Light Show
Shady Brook Farm, Yardley, PA
Friday Saturday
Shady Brook Farm’s spectacular Holiday Light Show features more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland. Encounter quirky displays and familiar characters as you cruise through in the comfort of your own automobile, or enjoy the show on an open-air covered wagon ride (weather permitting).

Let it shine: A lantern spectacle
Bergen County Zoo, Paramus
Thursday Sunday
Come and enjoy an enchanting walk through the zoo. These larger than life lanterns are amazing to see in person. With over 30 scenes, these handcrafted art marvels are more breathtaking than the previous ones.

2nd Annual Winter Wonderwalk
Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May
Cape May’s only Victorian House Museum, the Emlen Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St., has had its grounds transformed for the holiday season. Winter Wonderwalk is an exciting new addition to the decked out estate. Stroll the grounds and check out this fun and whimsical depiction of winters gone by. Anyone can register! Individuals, families, community groups, businesses and school groups are all welcome to participate.

Terhune Orchards Winery in winter
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton
Saturday Sunday
This winter, the winery is open on Saturdays and Sundays with indoor and outdoor seating. The seasonal hot mulled wine is a wonderful way to warm up. Sample a variety of wines on a tasting flight or enjoy wine by the glass. The fire pits are open all weekend. All ages can enjoy s’more kits and hot cocoa.

Harbaugh Village
Tuesday Sunday
Mullica Hill
Harbaugh Village was founded by Steve Harbaugh after years of attracting local and national visitors to his Christmas display and toy ride at his South Jersey home. Now it’s not just about the holidays. Harbaugh Village is a year-round attraction for communities in South Jersey and beyond. Bring your family, friends and loved ones to enjoy endless entertainment, attractions, local vendors, event spaces and more!

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