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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

Saint Joseph Feast

Where: St. Joseph Church, Lodi
Price: Free
Deets: LDW is all about the feast. Hop on rides for all ages, games and traditional Italian food.

Saturday, September 1

Fan Appreciation Day with Sussex County Miners

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

Fancy Nancy Tea for Two Beading

Where: Just Bead Yourself, Westfield
Price: $38
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

43rd Annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair

Where: Park Ave., Rutherford
Time: 10am-5pm
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

St. Demetrios 41st Annual Greek Festival

Where: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union
Price: $1
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

Allamuchy Country Fair

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

Montgomery FunFest

Where: Princeton Airport, Princeton
Price: Free
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!

South Jersey Gay Pride

Where: Cooper River Park, Cherry Hill
Price: Free
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!

Bark-a-Que & Dog Adoption Event

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

Young Magicians Guild

Where: Morley’s Magic Shop, Butler
Price: Free
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

Mr. Ruraru’s Yard

Where: The Theatre at RVCC, Branchburg​
Price: $15
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

Fosterfields Fall Harvest Fest

Where: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris Twp.
Price: Varies
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

Constitution Day

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

Edison Fall Family Spectacular

Where: Amboy Ave., Edison
Price: Free
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

Wild West Dress-Up Day

Where: Wild West City, Stanhope
Price: $13.50-18
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

OLL Kinderfest

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

Union Township’s Fall Festival

Where: Union Center, Union
Price: Free
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!).

53rd Annual Country Fair

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.

Joey’s Fund 4th Annual Charity Car Show

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

Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour

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.

Ongoing

Great Pumpkin Festival

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.

Fall Fun Fest

Where: Maple Leaf Farms, Manalapan​
Price: $20
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.

 

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