Even with really cold temperatures in Jersey City, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy with your children during the holidays. Winter time offers many events in New jersey and New York City area. Here are a few suggestions to keep your kids entertained.
Thru Jan 2
Origami Holiday Tree
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park W. at 79th St., 212-769-5100. An annual Museum tradition, the theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Discovery, featuring ornaments that evoke the 10th anniversary of the Rose Center for Earth and Space, a dinosaur dig and the Museum’s exhibition Race to the End of the Earth. Volunteers are on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami.
Thru May 30
The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park W. at 79th St., 212-769-5100. Mingle with up to 500 fluttering, iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation in an annual favorite exhibition.
Newark Fire Museum, 1784 One-Room Schoolhouse, Japanese Galleries
Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, 973-596-6550. Housed in the Ward Carriage House in the Alice & Leonard Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, the Newark Fire Museum’s exhibit, Fire Escapes: Danger & Survival, provides children and their families with the key knowledge they need to survive a fire in their home. Visitors pass through a facade replicating a burned-out house, enter various “rooms” with video presentations, and experience a controlled mock fire drill. Kids can climb in the cab of an actual Newark Fire Department truck and try on bunker gear in a fireman’s locker room.
The 1784 one-room schoolhouse, the oldest in Newark, has been fully restored and rededicated.
From Meiji to Modern: Japanese Art Goes Global, 19th to 21st Centuries, new installation in the Japanese Galleries, showcases an array of Japanese art drawn from the Museum’s own permanent collection of the arts of Asia, a collection consisting of more than 30,000 objects.