February 2 Groundhog’s Day will be Punxsutawney Phil's 129th time predicting the weather.  Our fingers are crossed he doesn’t see his shadow and we will be heading to an early spring.  To help cheer him on there are lots of fun events to celebrate this fun day from craft projects, parties, and more. 

Groundhog Day Celebration at Stony Brook Watershed

31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington NJ 08534
Sat Jan 31, 2-4 PM,
Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Watershed Reserve by visiting several burrows of these furry weather forecasters. Learn about their life history and role in the ecological community. After the hike, play a hibernation game (weather permitting), warm up by an outside fire, enjoy a hot beverage and make a Groundhog Day craft.  Families, $7 per person

Weekend Crafting at Imagine That!

4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, N.J. 07932 (973) 966-8000
Sat & Sun Jan 31, Feb 1
It’s Groundhog Day!! Did the groundhog see his shadow? Come create a picture and you can decide if it will be spring soon or if we are in for more winter!

Groundhog Day Hike at Cape May Point State Park

Cape May Point, Cape May, NJ 08204
Sat, Jan 31
New Jersey State Parks will be hosting a Groundhog Day Hike. The scenic hike begins at 1:00 p.m. Participants for the hike will be charged a fee of $3.00. The holiday hike is located at Cape May Point State Park in Cape May. For more information, call 609-884-2159 or visit them online. 

Groundhog Day Family Festival at Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

8601 Lindbergh Boulevard in Philadelphia, PA
Sat, Jan 31 9- 1 pm
Bundle up your family and head to Philadelphia for the annual Groundhog Day Family Festival. On Saturday, January 31, 2015, the Friends of Heinz Refuge at Tinicum present this event complete with a parade, day-long crafts, sing-a-longs, and groundhog activities. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with a guided groundhog walk. The indoor programs begin at 10:00 a.m. Have fun learning about Heinz Refuge’s groundhog family: Tinicum Tim, his wife Tina, and their Tinicum Twins. The Philadelphia Zoo will visit with some of their animals. Light refreshments will be available.

Groundhog Prediction Party at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

9 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940
Sun, Feb 1, 2 -3 PM
Will we have 6 more weeks of winter? Let's ask the Groundhog! Phil, the Groundhog puppet, will be visiting the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts on Sunday, February 1, from 2:00-3:00. Children ages 3-6 are invited to meet Phil, make groundhog crafts, vote for whether Phil will see his shadow the next day, and enjoy some groundhog treats.   Regular Admission: $5 for adults; $3 for all children participating in the program.

Milltown’s Groundhog Day Celebration

February 2, 6 - 8 am
4 JFK Drive in Milltown
On Monday, February 2, 2015, come to Milltown for their annual Groundhog Day Celebration. Started six years ago, this celebration includes music and lots of noisemakers. The event starts at 6:00 a.m. and is hosted by the Milltown Groundhog Wranglers. At 7:20 a.m., Milltown Mel is held up for the crowd to make his weather prediction of an early spring or six more weeks of winter. After the groundhog’s prediction, the crowd can enjoy free coffee, donuts, and hot chocolate. Milltown’s Groundhog Day Celebration takes place at the Joyce Kilmer American Legion Post #25.

Groundhog Day at Turtle Back Zoo

560 Northfields Avenue in West Orange
February 2, 11 AM – 3 PM
What will Essex Ed predict this Groundhog Day? On Monday, February 2, 2015, join the Turtle Back Zoo and discover if we have an early spring or more winter. There will be family activities throughout the day. The holiday event begins at 11:00 a.m. and goes until 3:00 p.m. Admission for adults is $9.00, children are $7.00, Seniors 62+ are $7.00, and children under 23 months are admitted free. For more information, call 973-731-5800. 

Bundle Up! Family Tour at Grounds for Sculpture

80 Sculptures Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619
Tues Feb 3 - 11:30 AM
This special tour for families (following our Storytime in the Galleries program) will feature outdoor sculptures loved by kids and adults alike. Be on the lookout for Art, the GFS Groundhog, to find out if he saw his shadow on Groundhog Day!  Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate in our Warming Hut at the end of the tour. Snow or shine - dress for the weather!  No reservations required.  Free with park admission.