Glad you clicked on our Grab & Go Kids Planner! We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children.
Each week, we'll give you the info on the best family activities or events for the week. This time, there's a fun extra event for Monday, Feb. 21, President's Day!
- Healthy Cooking for Kids (and grownups too!)
Where/When: Whole Foods, 300 Bergen Town Center in Paramus, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Why Go: Learn how to make healthy meals kids will love. If you bring older kids with you, families can start to bond in the kitchen.
- Ice Skating in Ridgewood
Where/When: Twinny Park and
Why Go:It sure would be fun to enjoy the last of the ice before the heat chips away at the fun. Both areas allow ice skating provided no signs are posted.
- USS Ling at the New Jersey Naval Museum
Where/When: 78 River St., Hackensack, weekends; last tour at 3:15 p.m.
Why Go: Ahoy, mate! Have you seen the USS Ling 297? This class fleet submarine, 312 feet long, weighing approximately 2,500 tons, is open to the public for tours. Also, there is the New Jersey Naval Museum, which contains a large collection of unique items ranging from a SEAL delivery vehicle to an authentic Mark V Diving Suit.
Pricing: A free pass is available for members during February break from the Friends of the Westwood Library. The pass must be reserved in advance and is available to one family per day. Otherwise, guided tours of the LING are $9 for adults and $4 for children under 12.
- Sleeping Beauty
Where/When: Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, 305 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River; Sunday, Feb. 20, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Why Go: You can never get enough classic fairytales and princesses, right? Sleeping Beauty will come alive on stage with dancing, singing and beautiful costuming via Plaza Productions. Ages 3 and up.
Pricing: $10 for members, $15 at door.
- Presidents’ Day Holiday Bumper Bowling
Where/When: Montvale Lanes, 14 West Grand Ave., Montvale; Monday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Why Go: Bowling, anyone? Hosted by the Pascack Junior Women's Club, this area-wide event is ideal to keep kids of all ages entertained for the holiday. Plus, benefits go toward local charities. Don’t forget your sneakers!
Pricing: $10 per bowler, up to five bowlers per lane.
- The American Museum of Natural History
Where/When: Central Park West at 79th St., New York, N.Y.; anytime this weekend.
Why Go: Enjoy a trip to The American Museum of Natural History in nearby New York City courtesy of the . Contact the library for information on borrowing the Family Museum Pass, donated by The Friends of the Library.
Pricing: $50 deposit left while using pass, returned at end of excursion.
- New Jersey Children's Museum
Where/When: NJ Children's Museum, 599 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Why Go: The Children's Museum has a week of great activities planned for you and your little ones; Monday Feb. 21: Dinosaur crafts, Tuesday Feb. 22: Everything Pirate, Wednesday Feb. 23: Knights, Princesses & Castles, Thursday Feb. 24: Bead crafts, Friday Feb. 25: Anything Goes Crafts
Pricing: $10 plus tax per adult and child; babies under one are free.
- The Kootz at Campgaw Mountain
Where/When: The Lodge at Campgaw, 200 Campgaw Road, Mahwah; Thursday, Feb. 24, noon to 4 p.m.
Why Go: Take a break from snowtubing, snowboarding or skiing and check out The Kootz, a fun classic rock, pop, soul and blues band for all ages.
Pricing: Daily snow passes for Campgaw range from $22.40 to $34. Discounts apply if you are a county cardholder. Private lessons are also available for first-time skiers.