Nothing bonds a family like a road trip. This Presidents’ Day weekend we set our sites on New Jersey, and five destinations that offer fun for kids enjoying a little extra time off from school. So get those portable DVD players and road-trip playlists ready for your New Jersey staycation adventure:
Besides being beautiful, tree-lined and home to an Ivy, Princeton offers an array of fun spots for kids to explore and let off some steam. Princeton Playspace has “Open Play” sessions throughout the long weekend 9AM-5:30PM in its 5,000 square feet indoor playground and will remain open on Friday and Monday. With activities suitable for children ages 10 and younger, let them safely explore under supervision while you chill in the cafe with a novel. Speaking of books, another great stop is the Cotsen Children’s Libra
ry located inside the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University. Open to the public, kids of all ages will find the environment perfectly suitable for escape into the imagination and
storytelling. A third stop we recommend is Princeton Battlefield State Park, site of the historic battle between George Washington (whose birthday is the inspiration for this holiday) and the British Army, when on Sunday 2/18 from 3-4:30pm you can participate in the Ten Crucial Days Walk and Talk Tour, which brings the details of the arduous battle and surprising victory to life!
Another New Jersey town with a military past is Morristown, also known for its crucial role in the American Revolution, but we’re suggesting something a little less 1770s and more 1980s inspired for your family’s visit. The Morristown Game Vault is home to over 100 old school video games including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and all the Pinball. Open on both Friday and Monday of the long weekend with regular hours, combine your visit with pizza at The Godfather of Morristown (about a five minute drive away) to enjoy high scores all around.
This college town also extends beyond the university community for family fun and Presidents’ Day Weekend is no e
xception! Enjoy Family Day at the State Theatre on Monday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm New Jersey’s annual Family Day festival features performances, workshops, costumed characters, face painting, balloon animals and more! You can also include a show on the theatre’s
mainstage — the musical Mr. Popper’s Penguins is live at 10am, 12:30pm, & 3pm and we think the whole family will find performing penguin puppetsfun.
It may seem hard to believe, but Spring is less than a month away. The snow’s been scarce so far but that doesn’t mean you can’t find it at Mountain Creek, where skiing, tubing, twisting and more are in full effect all Presidents’ Day Weekend long. No one can deny the escape factor of an invigorating trip to the mountains, but Vernon also offers a chance to leave it all behind indoors at Solve It Escape Rooms. The buzz on this place is real and here’s why: players become immersed in a “themed” room and can only “escape” after solving a series of puzzles, unraveling clues and completing the mission. So, maybe a road trip isn’t the only way to bond a family.
And finally, the Jersey Shore is not just for summer lovin’ and having a blast. When the weather is chilly (and the overnight rates lower) check out the Congress Hall Hotel, a resort with a full slate of Presidents’ Day Weekend activities including a Cape May Family Treasure Hunt, Chocolate Lovers Feast, Cape May Lighthouse Walk, and Ghosts of Cape May Tour. Besides being a lovely town at the intersection of the Atlantic and Delaware Bay, Cape May has recently made the news because its frozen waters look a lot like areas in the Arctic Circle.