This bitter cold has me longing for summer and it seems that many people are hibernating after the busy holiday season. There are still lots going on in NJ this weekend–whether a robotics competition, soccer exhibition in Edison, Ski festival at High Point or a Twelfth Night celebration–you can still continue the revelries! Banish those post-holiday blues and bundle the family up!


In the Swing Free Play. 9am to 11am. Have a playdate and enjoy complimentary coffee, juice and snacks. There's an arcade for older kids too. Waldwick. Link here


NJ Youth Soccer Demo and Exhibition. 9am to 4pm. Info for coaches, administrators, parents, referees and players. $10 advance, $15 at door. NJ Expo Center, Edison. Link here

Asian Food Markets Festival. 9am to 6pm. Grand opening of Asian Food Markets in Marlboro, NJ. Lunar New Year Lion Dance and Dragon Dance. 20 stations offering free samples of cuisines. Link here

Ski Festival at High Point Cross Country. 9am to 3pm. Free skis and snowshoes for first timers at cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Displays, clinics and free giveaways. Guided hikes at 11am and 1pm. 1480 Rt. 23, Sussex. Link here

Magic Tree House: Space Mission. 3pm. Jack and Annie from the popular book series discover secrets of the sun, moon, planets, space travel and more! Raritan Valley Planetarium, Branchburg. Link here

First Robotics Competition. Twelve teams of elementary school students are vying to go on to the next level. Liberty Science Center, Jersey City. Link here

NY Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show. (Through Jan 16th (closed Thanksgiving Day). 10am to 6pm. Over 140 NYC landmarks in this amazing train show, Gingerbread Adventures and a holiday film festival. $20 adults; $10 children 2 to 12yrs. Bronx. Link here

Tots on Tour! 11am to 1pm. For ages 3 to 5: Story time, explore the park, and make art. Meet at Visitor Center, first come, first serve. Grounds for Sculpture. Hamilton, NJ. Link here


Bergen County Historical Society's Twelfth Night Party. 2pm to 5pm. Join the Historical Society at Campbell-Christie House. Bring an old family recipe, favorite food, dessert or drink to share. They will provide cider, donuts, coffee and King's cake. Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201-9 Main Street, River Edge. $7 adult and $5 kids suggested donation. Link here

Family Nature Hike. 3 pm to 4 pm. Pre-registration required. Tenafly Nature Center. Link here