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Free Things To Do This April in NJ

Don’t worry about April showers, there are plenty of reasons to get them out and about while going easy on your wallet.


Courtesy of Historic Smithville, Renaissance Faire


It’s finally that time of year—while there may still be some days you still need those winter gloves, the sun is finally poking its head out which means outdoor adventures and a month’s worth of (free) activities! Hit the street fairs in Stirling and Maywood, visit Olde England at Historic Smithville’s Renaissance Fair or fly kites at the pier before April is over.

April 3-6

Spring Break Art Studio

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Time: 11 am-2 pm
Deets: Free art projects will be offered each day for all ages in the Spring Break Art Studio.

April 4

SciCafe: Seeing is Believing

Where: American Museum of Natural History, NYC
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Deets: Parents, this one’s for you: this 21 and over program will show you how your brain focuses on objects and locations while blocking out others, plus how you’re able to multitask and make sense of the surrounding world. Free for age 21 and over with ID.

April 7

Art for Families: Building a Landscape

Where: Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
Time: 10:30 am-1 pm
Deets: Welcome, welcome, all ages welcome to this gallery activity and art project. Check out Cezanne’s use of shapes and colors and use those insights to create your own landscape worthy of a spot on the fridge.

DIY Family Craft: Bookmarks

Where: Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Rocky Hill
Time: 10:30 am-noon
Deets: Hit the youth services area for a DIY themed craft: bookmarks!

April 14

Holly Forest Walk

Where: American Littoral Society Headquarters, Highly
Time: 10 am-4 pm
Deets: Sandy Hook is home to some of the country’s oldest holly trees, so your little Giving Tree fans will love a trip through this 64-acre maritime forest. Call for reservations.

Essex County Family Day

Where: Branch Brook Park, Newark
Time: 11 am-3 pm
Deets: Celebrate the springtime blossoms with live performances, kids’ activities, a fishing derby and more fun. The fam can also participate in the 1-Mile Fun Run before Family Day activities.

April 14-15

Kites at the Pier

Where: Pier Village, Beach and Festival Plaza, Long Branch
Time: 9 am-4 pm
Deets: All shapes, sizes and colors will be flying high in the Long Branch sky at this fest. Bring your own kite and participate in contests, races and of course, the Candy Drop (kids can catch candy released from a kite).

April 15

Essex County Bloomfest

Where: Branch Brook Park, Newark
Time: 11 am-5 pm
Deets: The whole fam can come out for a day of cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, food and more.

April 18

Earth Day

Where: Manville Library, Manville
Time: 3:30-4 pm
Deets: Ages 4-10 are invited to paint the planet using cotton swabs in celebration of Earth Day.

April 19

Bash the Trash Presents: Library Bash

Where: Bridgewater Library, Bridgewater
Time: 7-7:45 pm
Deets: Discover science, sound and sustainability using recycled materials. Find out how these everyday objects can be transformed into music makers. Registration required.

April 21

Experience National Parks for Free

Where: National Parks, US
Time: All day
Deets: In celebration of National Park Week, all national parks will be free to enter (no entrance fees!) so get out there and hit the trails.

Earth Day Festival

Where: City Green Farm Eco-Center, Clifton
Time: 10 am-2 pm
Deets: Grab the kids and spend some time learning about nature. Explore the gardens, visit the goats and chickens, dance to live music, hit the food trucks and get your hands dirty in the kids’ crafts. Free admission.

April 21-22

Grand Encampment Weekend

Where: Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Morristown
Time: 11 am-5 pm
Deets: Your lil’ history buffs can learn about the uniforms, weapons, rations and military gear used by Washington’s Continental Army. Soldiers will perform demonstrations (check out those muskets!), too.

April 22

Stirling Street Fair

Where: 393 Main Ave., Stirling
Time: 10 am-5 pm
Deets: Kids can head to the special “Shindig” section which features mechanical kiddies rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, climbing wall, clowns, face painting, sand art, temporary tattoos and more. Fill up on classic festival grub like empanadas, funnel cakes and ice cream, too. Free admission.

April 23

Paws for Reading

Where: Morris County Library, Whippany
Time: 7-8 pm
Deets: Treat yourself to some much-deserved down time. Grades 1-7 can take a beat in the stacks. Registration required.

April 27

Earth Day Celebration

Where: Somerville Library, Somerville
Time: 10:30-11:15 am
Deets: Ages 3-5 are invited to hear earth-themed stories. Then plant spring vegetables in the library’s own garden box.

April 28

Rutgers Day

Where: Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Time: 10 am-4 pm
Deets: Join Rutgers University for its 10th annual Rutgers Day. There’ll be hands-on learning activities, exhibitions, demos and stage performances.

April 28-29

Renaissance Faire

Where: Historic Smithville, Galloway
Time: 11 am-5 pm
Deets: Travel back in time—a little farther than Marty McFly—and visit merry Olde England. Bring the whole fam for sword fighting, songs, knights, jesters and more. Historic Smithville staples include a carousel, train, paddle boats and an arcade.

April 29

Maywood Spring Street Fair

Where: 100 West Pleasant Ave., Maywood
Time: 10 am-5 pm
Deets: Hit the streets for vendors, arts, crafts, photography and other vendors and exhibitors. Support your local businesses!


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