Free Things to Do in NJ with the Kids this April
Once the weather gets a little warmer, your crew is going to love spending some quality time together, especially outdoors. We have tons of seasonal events for the kids to enjoy, all of them free. Your wallet won't feel a thing.
The Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival April 8–23 will not disappoint your crew. Take in sights of pink and white flowers, all blooming on more than 5,000 cherry blossom trees in Branch Brook Park. Kids can let loose with music, Japanese cultural demos, craft market, bike race and run.
This 3-D exhibition featuring sculptures of coral and sea life is made from recycled materials. Picture a reef made of soda bottles, paper mache bubbles and interlocked underwater structures. You can see this exhibit all month long at Johnson Public Library in Hackensack.
April 30 is Free Ice Cream Day at Alstede Farms in Chester. Between 10 am and 6 pm, you can treat your sweet tooth to a free cup or cone of homemade ice cream, then hop on a hayride, meet barnyard animals and more. Trust us, it's never too early in the season for free ice cream.
Get Your Grub On
JC's Fun and Food Truck Festival will run from April 7-9 in Ridgefield Park's Overpeck Park. Come through for clowns, face painting, a carnival, contests and, of course, delicious food. Rahway's Munch Madness on April 1 will also have tons of tasty fare, including tacos, empanadas and barbecue. Stick around to watch the Court Jesters Performing Basketball Team, the barbecue competition and more. For a smaller foodie affair, head to Warren County Library in Hackettstown for karaoke and pizza on April 28. Sing your heart out between slices. Registration required.
Celebrate Earth Day
There are tons of ways to honor Mother Nature this year. On April 22, your crew can visit Ringwood's The New Weis Center for a guided hike, group cleanup and a walk through the garden. You can also make the trip to Echo Hill Park in Flemington for a carnival, pond paddle and reptile show, or the Northern Valley Earth Fair at Tenakill Middle School in Closter for live music, kids activities and "green" exhibitors on the same day. If you're free April 23, consider visiting Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in Elmer for Earth Day workshops, gardening, outdoor activities and demos. You could also take the crew to Papaianni Park in Edison or Veterans Plaza in Oradell for some Earth Day fun.
On April 1, your comic book and superhero fans can get their geek fix at Old Bridge Public Library. They'll get a taste of all things fandom with a cosplay contest, artworks, games, trivia and a short film. The event will also feature Pokémon voice actress Michele Knots and director Casey Webb.
Make your way to Warren County Library in Hackettstown with your teen for a demo by artist Jackie Korosec on traditional Ukrainian painted eggs. Registration is required for this April 1 event, so be sure to sign them up early.
Hop Over to an Easter Event
There's so much to do in NJ this Easter season. See the Easter Bunny go skydiving at Skydive Cross Keys in Williamstown on April 14, then take photos and participate in a giant egg hunt. On April 16 the gang can go to Historic Smithville for a stunning Easter parade, then visit the shops, the carousel, paddle boats and more. One of the more unique egg hunts around, the Pokémon club is giving away a Pokémon prize to those who find hidden eggs at Warren County Library in Hackettstown. Episodes of the show will also be screened, too at this April 17 event. Don't miss the huge Bunny Chase at Princeton's Terhune Orchards on April 15-16, or Sonny the Bunny's Colossal Carrot Adventure at Freehold's iPlay America on April 8 either.
Hit a Spring Fair
Festival season is right around the corner! Celebrate the change in season at Maywood's Springtime Street Fair on April 30 for carnival food, 100+ vendors, live music and demos. Kids will love checking out performances by local dance schools and karate clubs. The Stirling Street Fair on April 23 will also feature tons of goodies for your crew to enjoy, like a climbing wall, temporary tattoos, face painting, festival fare and other attractions.