Brain Boosting Winter Break Activities in NJ

Updated for 2019!

Are you looking for fun and exciting brain boosting activities for your kids to enjoy this winter break?

Of course your answer is YES! After reviewing what NJ has to offer families this winter break, we have put together a list of some wonderful educational programs your kids will LOVE! It is so important for kids to continue to be exposed to educational experiences when they are not in school. Here are some events that are so fun that kids won’t even realize they are learning!

Brain Boosting Winter Break Activities in NJ

Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment on Christmas Day from 1-3pm, 200 re-enactors will replicate General George Washington crossing the Delaware River in 1776.

Open Gym at Skylands Ninja Warrior in Newton is taking place December 23 and 26 11am-4pm. What a fun way for kids and adults to get out that energy during break!

Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Underwater will continue through December 30. Families can enjoy live shows, daily appearances of Scuba Santa, character appearances and more!  You can read about our past visit here!


Sea of Lights at Jenkinson’s Aquarium takes place from 6pm-9on on December 26-28. Families can enjoy a decorated aquarium filled with lights along with holiday crafts, photos with Santa and more.

**Check out our article on 10 Educational Benefits for Visiting an Aquarium!

Rizzo’s Wildlife World will be offering amazing animal shows each day during winter break. Kids can visit with snakes, frogs, turtles and much more. They may even be able to pet them too!

Rizzo's Wildlife World

Turtle Back Zoo’s Holiday Lights will take place each night of winter break (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 5pm – 9pm. Families can visit with various animals while enjoying amazing holiday lights displayed all around the zoo. This event is FREE! Kids can also enjoy December Mini Camp from December 23, 26 and 27. Read more about the holiday lights here.

Turtle Back Zoo

**Check out our article on Explore, Play, Learn: 10 Benefits for Visiting a Zoo!

Liberty Science Center launches it’s annual 12 Days of Science which begins on December 26 – January 1. Children can watch a Toilet Paper blizzard using a math theory as well as meet Penguins! Check out the largest planetarium, in the Western Hemisphere, Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, or enjoy some hands-on learning activities.

Infinity Climber at LSC

Monmouth Museum is offering fun and educational programs for kids during winter break. Families can enjoy midweek programs like a holiday train display and make and take dragon robots. There will also be a fun New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Garden State Discovery Museum is holding Kwanzaa Celebrations on December 28-29 as well as a fun New Year’s Eve parties for kids on December 31. Don’t forget to check out all their exciting and educational exhibits and play areas while you’re there!

Winter Vacation Celebration at Morris Museum will take place on December 27 from 11am-4pm. Kids can make a variety of crafts, enjoy exhibits and catch a holiday show. Check out our review of the Morris Museum!

**Check out our article on 10 Benefits of Visiting a Museum!

Wild About Winter Mini Camp at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center will take place December 27. Camps are available for ages 5 – 8 years old, and camp times vary based on age. Campers will explore nature, make crafts, hear stories and more!

Winter Break Camp at Tenafly Nature Center will take place December 23-27. Camps are offered in two groups: PreK – K and 1st – 5th grade. Participants will enjoy winter themed crafts, stories, hikes, games and more!

**Check out our article on Amazing Nature Centers in New Jersey!

Skylands Christmas Light Show will continue through winter break so don’t miss this amazing display of drive-thru holiday lights. It will be open through January 1.

Skylands Light Show

Bounce U in Paramus is offering exciting opportunities to bounce and play during winter break. Camp includes bouncing and crafts.

Winter Break Bounce at Bounce U in West Windsor will let kids play and learn with friends during winter break. Sessions are offered December 26-30 then kids can enjoy Bouncin’ New Year’s on December 31.

Winter Camps at Pump It Up in Randolph, Freehold and Roselle Park will be offered December 26-27, with full and half-day options available. Kids will have fun bouncing while building social and motor skills. Don’t miss their Noon Year’s Eve Jump too!

**Check out our article on the Benefits of Open Play Sessions!

Winter Break Fun at Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park takes place all week during break. From December 26-30, the park will be open 10am-7pm. There will also be a special New Year’s Eve celebration, Midnight at the Oasis.

Winterfest at Diggerland will take place December 26-30. Ride and maneuver real construction vehicles while also enjoying some holiday fun!

Digger Derby

Go Skiing! There are so many places in and around NJ to hit the slopes this winter break!


Winter Break is a great time to plan a day trip or family getaway! Here are some places we recommend!

The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia offers a fun learning experience for the entire family. Passport to Pangea is an exhibit you can’t miss!

Take a trip to Hershey, PA and explore Hersheypark Christmas Candylane! The park is open every day now through January 1 (except for Christmas Eve and Christmas).

Holiday Lights in The Hollow at Hersheypark


Camelback Lodge offers fun family adventures around every corner. It is a short driving distance from NJ so it makes for a great quick getaway!

The Crayola Experience is a fun place for the entire family to get in touch with their creative side!

Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont is an amazing winter getaway where families can ski, snowboard, snowshoe and so much more!

Please check back frequently as more events will be added as they are announced!

Also check out:

New Year's Eve Celebrations for Kids in New Jersey

Amazing Places to Play Indoors in NJ

Amazing Places to Ski in NJ and Beyond

Amazing Places to Go Ice Skating

Dinosaurs In NJ


Amazing Places for Tweens and Teens to Play Indoors


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