For great cheap thrills, get tickets for the whole family to go see the NJ TITANS, a pre-professional team in the
North American Hockey League, play on their home ice. Get the excitement of a big-league-style sporting event—complete with theme nights, giveaways, and snack-bar treats—that won’t break the bank. Fri & Sat (check website for schedule), Ice World at MIDDLETOWN SPORTS COMPLEX, 214 Harmony Rd, Middletown, 732.856.9700 middletownnjsportscomplex.com
In the under-the-sea-themed WonderWing at theMONMOUTH MUSEUM, kids 6 and younger get to explore a pirate ship,
perform in the Tiki dress-up theater, climb a tree house, step inside a lighthouse, slide down a whale, and play in a kelp forest. For ages 7-12, the Becker Children’s Wing current exhibit, “Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate,” is designed to spark curiosity and invite hands-on participation. Kids learn how weather reports are broadcast...gaze up at a
night-sky planetarium show...time-travel back to ancient Egypt...and more. Additional MM activities during school
breaks include themed art projects using recycled materials in the Green Arts Studio, interactive science
programs, preschool story and craft times, and a family friendly film series. Monmouth Museum, Brookdale
Community College, 765 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, Parking Lot 1, 732.747.2266, monmouthmuseum.org
for times & info.
BREAK A LEG
The Great White Way comes to Main Street. Kids get to dance and sing under the direction of Broadway professionals. They learn choreography, vocals, acting and staging for a real Broadway production number, then get to perform it at the end of class.
Lion King – Martin Luther King Day, Mon Jan 16. Hamilton – Presidents Day, Mon Feb 20;
6:30pm ages 7-15, 8pm Teens/Adults age 15+; THE STUDIO ON 35, 21 Main St (Rte 35), Eatontown; To register call
Huber Woods, Thompson Park, Dorbrook Park, Hartshorne Woods, Holmdel Park... From easy to challenging, paved paths to nature trails, MONMOUTH COUNTY PARKS have miles of trails for kids to be hikers, bikers, runners or just-forfunners.
monmouthcountyparks.com for a list of parks and trails. SANDY HOOK OFF-SEASON Our neighborhood National Park has 7 miles of paved pathways for walking, bicycling and rollerblading. Or, drive straight out to the furthest point to walk/run/
peddle around the historic Ft. Hancock military post. The Keepers’ Quarters, Barn, and the nation’s oldest continually operated Lighthouse, are open for tours 7 days a week. Although many of the 325 bird species that call Sandy Hook home have migrated south for winter, kids can still spot ducks, loons, herons, and maybe even an elusive Snowy Owl. Just print out a field guide available on the Sandy Hook website, and grab your binoculars. Gateway Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, nps.gov/gate
HAVE A REC-ING BALL
With options for preschoolers to teens, and fees just $5 per visit, the 21,000 sq.ft., indoor, the Open Gym and
Drop-In Rec Programs at the FORT MONMOUTH RECREATION AREA are great places to play when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating. Preschoolers age 2-5 will love the mini obstacle course, science stations, craft creations and building fun, on weekdays 10am-4pm. Kids thru Teens can shoot hoops, use the play equipment, exercise, or try some of the table games
during Open Gym (Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Check website for schedules. Ft.