Best NJ Places to Take Preschoolers in September
Give your 5-and-unders a day they'll remember.
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September is all about sending the big kids off to learn and grow and it can be just as exciting for the 5-and-under crowd. Spend some quality time with your preschooler at the Allamuchy Country Fair or Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour. Let their imagination run wild at Wild West Dress-Up Day and the Young Magicians Guild. Support a good cause at Joey’s Fund 4th Annual Charity Car Show or the Bark-a-Que & Dog Adoption Event.
Friday-Monday, August 31–September 3
Where: St. Joseph Church, Lodi
Deets: LDW is all about the feast. Hop on rides for all ages, games and traditional Italian food.
Saturday, September 1
Where: Skylands Stadium, Augusta
Price: Prices vary
Deets: Enjoy a baseball game that celebrates the best fans in the Canadian American League. The first 500 fans in attendance get photos of the team. Bonus: there’s also a Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, which features a delicious assortment of food and drink.
Sunday, September 2
Where: Just Bead Yourself, Westfield
Deets: Spend some quality one-on-one time with your lil’ one at a reading of Fancy Nancy: Tea for Two. Then, stick around for a tea party and make bestie bracelets.
Monday, September 3
Where: Park Ave., Rutherford
Deets: Hit the streets for the oldest and largest one-day street festival in the state. There’ll be street vendors, food trucks and an antique fair. Be sure to check out the stilt walker, balloon artist and jugglers.
Thursday-Sunday, September 6-9
Where: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union
Deets: Mark your calendar, this fest boasts folk dancing, rides and games. Treat yourself to authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, too.
Friday-Sunday, September 7-9
Where: Waterloo Village, Allamuchy
Price: Prices vary
Deets: Looking for that country fair nostalgia? Stop by for carnival rides, live music and games. Enter the cook off, funnel cake eating contest or corn on the cob eating contest. Before you pack it in, stick around for the fireworks display.
Sunday, September 9
Where: Princeton Airport, Princeton
Deets: Take the whole fam out for a day of food and entertainment. The kids can get active at a a variety of outdoor activities. Last year’s included rock climbing, obstacle courses and lifesize games. Rain or shine!
Where: Cooper River Park, Cherry Hill
Deets: Bring the fam, friends, blankets and chairs and kick back at this celebratory community event in the park. Get your pride on with the 2017 Miss Philly LGBT Pride, DJ Deluxx, and more!
Where: Planet Honda of Union NJ, Union
Price: $5/suggested donation
Deets: Roam around and enjoy the canine contests, tricky trays and food, plus check out pups looking for a new home. Feel free to bring your pup along to this pet-friendly event.
Friday, September 14
Where: Morley’s Magic Shop, Butler
Deets: Bring the kids to meet Morley the Magician and watch him perform some of his favorite magic tricks. Kids can learn some new tricks of their own, meet other rising magicians and perform magic tricks for one another.
Friday-Saturday, September 14-15
Where: The Theatre at RVCC, Branchburg
Deets: Your mini me can discover what the grouchy old Mr. Ruraru finds in his backyard (is it a log or an alligator?). This nonverbal puppet theater production, originally from Taiwan, celebrates the joy of sharing and the beauty of nature.
Sunday, September 16
Where: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris Twp.
Deets: Check out friendly farm animals, take an open-air wagon ride and bop around to live music. The kids can let loose at hands-on activities and old fashioned games.
Monday, September 17
Where: National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
Time: 9:30 am-5 pm
Deets: Watch newly-minted Americans take their citizenship oath, listen to a reading of Constitution’s Preamble, watch discuss between federal judges, work on crafts, sign a giant Constitution and, of course, dig into a piece of birthday cake.
Saturday, September 22
Where: Amboy Ave., Edison
Deets: Think pony rides, a petting zoo, kiddie rides and a trackless train. Let them get creative with sand art and face painting, or competitive at the remote control car track and professional wrestling ring.
Saturday-Sunday, September 22-23
Where: Wild West City, Stanhope
Deets: Explore this western heritage theme park that recreates 1880s Dodge City, Kansas. Spend some time indulging in rides, live action shows and exhibits. But first pick a fave western legend to dress up as—the Lone Ranger, Jesse James or Annie Oakley?
Friday, September 28
Where: Our Lady of the Lake Church, Verona
Price: Free admission
Deets: Check out this family event held under a big tent with inflatable rides and obstacle courses, a bounce house and dunk tank. Try your hand at carnival games, crafts and more. Rain or shine.
Saturday, September 29
Where: Union Center, Union
Deets: She can get her face painted, grab a balloon animal, decorate a pumpkin and check out the sparkle bar (think makeup and body art and lots of glitter!).
Where: Wyckoff Municipal Field, Wyckoff
Price: Free admission
Deets: Paint a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, ride a pony and play games. There’ll be rides, activities and great food for everyone, and every dollar spent supports a the Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat, a non-profit org created to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Where: St. Mary’s Church, Closter
Price: Free for spectators
Deets: Check out these sweet rides while supporting Joey’s Fund, which helps families with kids that have excessive medical expenses. This car show benefits the children and families of St. Joseph’s Children's Hospital. Peruse the show, play some games and dig into the food. You might even go home with a trophy.
Sunday, September 30
Where: OceanFirst Bank Center, West Long Branch
Price: Prices vary
Deets: Experience this high energy live concert featuring Disney Junior’s most beloved characters. Plus, the show is bringing in new popular characters like Fancy Nancy and Bingo and Rolly from Puppy Dog Pals.
Where: Heaven Hill Farm, Vernon
Price: $12, free/ages 2 and under
Deets: Wander through the largest corn maze in North Jersey, then hop on a hayride. The kids can have their faces painted, take a pony ride and delve into some gem mining. Every Saturday-Thursday, September 15-November 4.
Where: Maple Leaf Farms, Manalapan
Deets: Starting September 22, let the kids run wild at the corn tunnel, pillow jump, tire mountain and hay climbing. Check out the tiny truck track, BackHoe play yard, rubber duck races, rodeo and more. Ends October 28.