Best NJ Places to Take Preschoolers in April
Spend some time with your 5-and-under at NJ events curated just for them.
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This month’s all about spring! It’s time to get outdoors and hit the season’s first festivals like the 4-H Spring Carnival and the Stirling Street Fair. If you’re looking for more fun but don’t want to spend too much cash, check out these free things to do in April.
Where: State Theatre, New Brunswick
Deets: Watch favorites like Big Bird, Elmo and Grover hit the stage at this musical. Help the Sesame Street crew decide what their community’s party theme should be.
Where: Alstede Farms, Chester
Deets: Visit the Easter Bunny, hop on a scenic hayride or pet baby farm animals—any day of the week! He can channel his inner Sherlock at an Easter Egg hunt, play games, ride a pony, go crazy on the moon bounce or roast marshmallows over a campfire.
Where: Just Bead Yourself, Westfield
Deets: Make her fairy tale dreams come true: attend a coronation ceremony where your lil’ princess will receive her own tiara and create a magical amulet necklace. Registration required.
Where: MPAC, Morristown
Deets: The little ones can learn a thing or two about kindness, compassion and friendship at this musical featuring their favorite tiger.
Where: Congregation M’kor Shalom, Cherry Hill
Price: $10/advance, $14/door, free/ages 3 and under
Deets: Emmy Award-winning kids entertainer Alex Mitnick and his band are ready to entertain your 3- to 8-year-olds with songs that stir the imagination and tell a one-of-a-kind story.
Where: Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
Deets: Learn a few things about the craft of wood felting, then make your own wool bunny to take home.
Where: Wilkins Theatre, Union
Deets: Dress as your favorite characters and get ready to hit the stage. That’s right, this interactive performance will take you down the Yellow Brick Road. You’ll be singing, dancing and acting alongside the cast.
Where: Pier Village, Beach and Festival Plaza, Long Branch
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).
Where: Bridgewater Library, Bridgewater
Deets: Discover science, sound and sustainability using recycled materials. Find out how these everyday objects can be transformed into music. Registration required.
Where: Ted Blum 4-H Center, Bridgewater
Price: $12/kids, free/adults
Deets: The Somerset County 4-H is pulling out all the stops: face painting, a petting zoo, magic shows, games and prizes, plus food options like cotton candy, bubble tea and walking tacos.
Where: MPAC, Morristown
Deets: Got fans of Mickey, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor and Doc McStuffins at home? Your mini fans can get their groove on at this interactive live concert, plus they can play games and meet their faves.
Where: 393 Main Ave., Stirling
Price: Free admission
Deets: Take to the streets for this giant block party. Head to the Kids Traveling Shindig Section for mechanical kiddie rides, pony rides, a petting zone, climbing wall, clowns, face painting, sand art, temporary tattoos and more. There’s plenty of food to satisfy your cravings, too, like sausage and peppers, empanadas, ice cream and funnel cakes.
Where: Liberty Hall Museum, Union
Price: $25/adult and kid pair, $5/additional adults
Deets: She can test her superhero powers, make a craft or munch on delicious treats alongside other caped crusaders. Bonus: Captain America will make an appearance, so power up your camera.
Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Deets: Ages 3-8 are invited to show up in their pajamas, plus listen to storytime and color. Registration required.
Where: Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, East Rutherford
Price: $55+ (discounts available)
Deets: This space-age, futuristic circus not only teaches the importance of being true to oneself; it has killer performances, too. Think acrobatics, BMX riders, ballerinas and hip-hop-inspired rope skipping.