The Garden State is a fun place to be this weekend with the Peking Acrobats, Ringling Brothers Circus, and a train show visiting the state. If you prefer quieter pursuits you can learn about maple sugaring at Tenafly Nature Center or Great Swamp. Or, travel a bit to the Poconos for a Winter Festival at Shawnee. Have a great weekend!

Feb. 23rd to 27th. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Fully Charged. Experience a mega-dose of excitement at this show! Prudential Center. Newark, NJ. $15 to $150. Link here


The Fab Four. 8pm. This group keeps the spirit and the sounds of The Beatles alive for fans of all ages. Mayo Center for the Arts, Morristown. $37 to $57. Link here


Timeless and Graceful: Peking Acrobats. 1pm and 4pm. With gravity defying contortion, dangerous wire-walking, trick-cycling and daring chair maneuvers, these acrobats will keep you on the edge of your seat! $15 to $59. BergenPac, Englewood. Link here

World's Greatest Hobby Show. (Sunday too) 10am to 5pm. An introduction to the art of model railroading in an entertaining, lively and family-friendly atmosphere. Giant riding train and Thomas the tank engine. $10, under 16 years, Free! NJ Convention and Expo Center, Edison. Link here

Pippi Longstocking. 1:30pm and 4pm. American Family Theatre will charm audiences with this mini-Broadway musical about an independent girl and her pet horse and monkey. Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Morristown. Link here

Maple Sugar Festival. 12pm to 4pm. Tree tapping demos, games, maple syrup snow cones, crafts and more! $4. Great Swamp OEC, Chatham. Link here

Jazzy the Clown. 11am to 3pm. Face painting and other activities. Ikea, Paramus. Free! Link here

Colonial Cooking Contest. 10am. Research a recipe from Early American times, cook it and enter in the annual contest. Win an award, too! Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison. Link here


Shawnee Winter Carnival Day. 11am to 3pm. Demonstrations, ice sculpting contest, vendors, product samples, giveaways, outdoor bbq, entertainment and more! Shawnee on Delaware, PA. (1 and 1/2 hrs from North Jersey) Link here

Winter Festival. 11am to 2pm. Rides, games, food, inflatables, raffles and vendors to ease those winter blues! Free. JCC of Bayonne. Link here

Cinderella. 2pm. NJ Ballet presents a sunday matinee for kids and adults. All tickets are $15. Kean Stage, Wilkins Theatre, Union. Link here

Beat the February Blues Hike. 1pm to 2:30pm. Get some fresh air and go for a hike! Look for animal tracks and signs. Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Englewood. Link here

Maple Sugaring. 2pm to 3pm. Discover the history of syrup making and see how trees are tapped and the sap is boiled down. Dress warmly as program is indoors and outdoors. Tenafly Nature Center. Link here