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At State Theatre New Jersey’s annual Family Day festival, families can spend the school-day holiday enjoying performances, workshops, and hands on activities, plus costumed characters, face painting, balloon animals, games, a photo booth,  food, and more. The day-long festival spreads across The State and other local venues, bringing downtown New Brunswick alive with nonstop activity!

Family Day Sponsor

Horizon Foundation

Family Day Media Sponsor

Magic 98.3

on the state theatre mainstage 

Mr. Poppers Penguins

Mr. POpper's Penguins

Mon, February 19, 2018 at 10am, 12:30pm, & 3pm
Direct from a smash-hit New York and London West End season! Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect family treat for ages 4- 104! 

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Family Series Lead Sponsor
Investors Bank


in the state theatre upstairs lobby

Sand Art

sand art

10am-3:30pm | $4-$10
Kids can get creative by making their own sand-art masterpiece.

Coloring Station

coloring station

10am-3:30pm | FREE
Take a break at the coloring station, supplied with crayons and coloring pages.

Photo Booth

Photo booth

10am-3pm | FREE
Stop by our photo booth, grab some fun props, and take home a memory of your Family Day adventure!

in the state theatre downstairs lobby



10am-3:30pm | $3—Everyone's a Winner!




Face Painting

Face painting

10am-3:30pm | FREE
Show your Family Day spirit by showing off your “cheek art,” courtesy of our talented face painters. (for kids only)

Balloon Animals

balloon animals

10am-3:30pm | FREE
Watch as our talented “twisters” create colorful balloon shapes for kids to take away.

in the Heldrich hotel

These fun, hands-on workshops invite children to explore both their physical and creative sides.
No advance registration is required, but space is limited. Participants will be admitted to workshops on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops are for kids only (with the exception of “Hand in Hand” and “Zumbini,” which require a participating adult for each child).

Hand in Hand


10am-10:45am   (ages 3-4; adult needs to participate along with each child) | FREE
Led by Princeton Ballet School
A first dance class for young children! This workshop will focus on discovering the world of rhythm and dance through gentle exercises—"hand in hand" with parents or caregivers.

Kid Zumba


10:30-11:15am   (ages 0-4; an adult needs to participate along with each child) | FREE
Led by Garden of Healing Yoga & Wellness Center
Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will delight in this gentle workshop, which uses music and movement to build children’s confidence and develop their social, motor, and cognitive skills.

Colab Workshops

"Fables in Performance"

11-11:45am   (ages 3-5) | FREE
Led by coLAB Arts
Everybody loves stories. What are some of your favorites? Let’s create one together!

Yoga Madlibs

"Yoga Mad Libs"

11:30-12:15am    | FREE
Led by Garden of Healing Yoga & Wellness Center
Lots of giggles are in store, as we make up silly sentences using yoga poses instead of words!

Beginners Ballet

"Beginning Ballet"

12-12:45pm  (ages 6-8) | FREE
Led by Princeton Ballet School
This workshop offers young dancers an exciting introduction to the world of ballet.

Yoga Madlibs

"Yoga Mad Libs"

12:30-1:15pm    | FREE
Led by Garden of Healing Yoga & Wellness Center

Colab Workshops

"Penguin Journey"

1-1:45pm  (ages 3-5) | FREE
Led by coLAB Arts
Mr. Popper’s penguins came to England all the way from Antarctica. In this workshop, we’ll become penguins and take a journey home to the South Pole!

Kid Zumba

"Kids Zumba"

1:30-2:15pm   (ages 7-11) | FREE
Led by Garden of Healing Yoga & Wellness Center
Come shake it up to the music, rhythms, and beats of Zumba. Jump, dance, shake, and swing your hips as we make fitness fun!

Jazz Dance

"Jazz/Theater Dance"

2pm-2:45pm  (ages 9 and up)  | FREE
Led by Princeton Ballet School
This dance workshop invites children to discover the magic of Broadway...and all that jazz!

Colab Workshops

"Intro to Improv and Theater Games"

2:30-3:15pm (ages 9 and up) | FREE
Led by coLAB Arts
Mr. Popper dreams of being an explorer. Using improv and theater games, we’ll set off on an adventure to new lands, including the South Pole!

Craft Stations

Craft stations

10am-3:30pm | FREE
Stop by our craft stations and make a plastic-spoon penguin puppet or glittery tiara. (for kids only)



10am-3:30pm | $3—Everyone's a Winner!


at united methodist church

Joanie Leeds

Joanie Leeds


Kids and adults alike can free their inner rock star with the catchy, upbeat songs of Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner Joanie Leeds. Joanie’s interactive, high-energy performance brings audiences to their feet with songs about everyday things, like sunglasses at the beach, goodnight hugs, and popcorn popping.

KB Whirly

KB Whirly


KB Whirly is a groovy, get-up-and-dance, one-man band. His music—ranging from R&B and jazz to funk folk, and Broadway—wittily weaves life's fables and follies into universal songs that will have everybody clapping, singing, laughing, and learning.

on livingston avenue

Ice Sculpting



Watch a master artist turn a block of ice into a gorgeous sculpture…using a chainsaw!

Fire Truck

New Brunswick Fire Department
New Brunswick DARE Program
Costumed Characters

Outside, kids can sit behind the wheel of a real fire truck or police ATV, and get their pictures taken with Olaf, Elmo, and the Minions!


11th Annual State Theatre New Jersey Family Day


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