Take the Kids to Meet Abraham Lincoln
Morristown's Macculloch Hall Historical Museum hosts a special presentation
Sunday is the 203rd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, and a great opportunity to enjoy a little history and culture combined: the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, in Morristown, will host reenactor Bob Costello at 1 p.m. The presentation also includes a special presentation of the active involvement of New Jersey in the Civil War. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors and students.
But there are lots of other great things for you and your family to do this weekend—here's a roundup of nearby events:
Parents Night Out
When/Where: Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Kangaroo Kidz, 80 Morristown Rd, Bernardsville.
Why Go: So you can really celebrate Valentine's Day a few days early, or just let your hair down at the end of the week. Back by popular demand, kids will make heart-shaped cookies to donate to the Adult Day Center of Somerset County.
Cost: $20 per child, ages 4 to 12.
When/Where: The first Bernards Township Community Art Show will remain at the Lord Stirling Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge through Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed on Feb. 13 and 20.
Why Go: A variety of art pieces from 40 local artists — who knew we had so much talent in our own backyard?
"I Love Horses" Valentine Introductory Ride
When/Where: Check in for introductory Western-style ride on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because you love horses, and this is a great chance to brush up on your riding and enjoy the trails at Lord Stirling Park, owned by Somerset County.
Cost: $35 for Somerset County residents and $45 for non-residents. Registration through Thursday at the stable, as space permits.
Couple Cooking Class and Wine Tasting
When/Where: Friday at 6 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy.
Why Go: To watch Sous Chef Donald Colley prepare his favorite Valentine's Day dishes, while getting to be part of the demonstrations and tasting all the food that includes Chicken Francese and Bitter Sweet Chocolate Mousse.
Cost: $100 per couple.
Friday Night Movie: Drive
When/Where: Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bridgewater Township Library.
Why Go: To see "Drive," the story of a Hollywood stunt driver by day, a getaway driver by night—and who doesn't want to watch Ryan Gosling flexing his criminal muscles?
Valentine's Day Dinner Dance
When/Where: Friday at 7 p.m. at St. Ann's Church & School on Anderson Street in Raritan.
Why Go: To celebrate Valentine's Day with the Raritan Knights of Columbus with a roast beef dinner, dancing and a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds go to support scholarship and charitable programs.
Cost: $25 per person.
When/Where: Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Bradley Gardens Fire Department on Old York Road in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To support the fire company with an all-you-can-eat dinner that includes pastas, sausage, meatballs, salad and dessert.
Cost: $10 per adult, $9 for seniors, $5 for children and free for children under 5 years of age.
Julie's Mindful Parenting Group
When/Where: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Postpartum Place, 55 Main St, Chatham
Why Go: A place for working moms and moms with kids over 6 months old to discuss conflicts and concerns with a professional moderator.
Cost: $10, or $5 for members
Swingadelic at Winter Fling
When/Where: Saturday, 7 p.m., Fairmount Country Club
Why go: Shake off the winter blues with swing dancing and help raise money for Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center, Inc of Morristown NJ (www.cskmorristown.org ), Family Promise headquartered in Summit NJ (www.familypromise.org ) and the United Methodist Women of Chatham United Methodist Church
Cost: $100, or $1,000 for a table of 10.
Family Fun Day,
Where/When: Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main St.
Why Go: Because it's a good time to get crafty with your kids.
Drew Rangers Kids Day
When/Where: Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Simon Forum Athletic Center, Drew University, 36 Madison Ave.
Why Go: Kids 12 and under admitted free to Drew's women's and men's basketball games, plus giveaways, contests, and a chance to meet the players.
Cost: Free for kids, $2 for adults.
Jokes & Notes -- Torey J. Sabatini Elementary School Adult Social Fundraiser Where/When: Saturday at 7 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Ave.
Why Go: Food, music, and stand-up comedy headlined by former TJS alum and TV personality Kate Hendricks.
Cost: $55 in advance; $65 at the door.
An Evening of Romance with Michael Amante
When/Where: Friday, 8 p.m. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Why Go: You want to celebrate Valentines Day with your sweetie, and "The People's Tenor."
Cost: $42 to $57
'Ivy, a Most Unusual Plant'
When/Where: Sunday, 1 p.m. at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Township
Why Go: You want to learn about ivy from an expert, its many varieties, and maybe even buy some for your home.