Free Things to Do in NJ in June with Kids
Want to get the kids out of the house without spending a ton (or any) money? It’s your lucky month. We've found easy-on-the-pocket fun your kid will love.
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If you’re saving pennies for your next summer vacation or that unicorn pool float you’ve had your eye on, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our list of local events and activities for your fam to enjoy this month—did we mention they’re free?
Friday-Sunday, June 1-3
Where: 1291 Paterson Plank Rd., Secaucus
Deets: There’s nothing better than a street fair to enjoy warm weather, and this one features food and craft vendors of all kinds. Take part in activities like face painting with your mini, as well.
Saturday, June 2
Where: Thomas Edison National Historical Park, West Orange
Time: 11 am-5 pm
Deets: Celebrate the start of summer with local food, craft vendors and a Bike Rodeo, where the kiddos can learn how to bike safely in an area with traffic. Limited number of free helmets.
Where: St. George’s Anglican Church, Helmetta
Time: 9 am-3 pm
Deets: Come hungry and leave happy at this year’s Strawberry Festival. Stop by for clowns, face painting, inflatables and crafts, and of course, a heaping mix of strawberry-themed dishes.
Sunday, June 3
Where: Center Street, Garwood
Time: 10 am-5 pm
Deets: On the first Sunday of every June, Center Street transforms into a hotspot for family fun. With music, classic cars, a beer and wine garden plus a KidZone, there’s sure to be something for everyone at this street fair.
Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10
Where: Church of the Assumption, Roselle Park
Time: 6-10 pm Thursday, 6-11 pm Friday-Saturday, 6-10 pm Sunday
Deets: What’s better than four days of feasting? Enjoy nonstop entertainment, amusement rides, games and fun for the whole family. Ride tickets are sold at an additional cost to raise money for the church.
Friday, June 8
Where: Rutherford Public Library, Rutherford
Time: 4-4:45 pm
Deets: Did you know the average female great white shark is 15 to 21 feet long? If that doesn’t amaze ’em, shark-themed magic tricks will. Join Steve Woyce in a magical performance and a game of “pass the shark.”
Saturday, June 9
Where: Watchung Public Library, Watchung
Time: 11-11:45 am
Deets: Give your mini anthropologist ages 2-5 a taste of a new language. Storytime at the Watchung Public Library features a story in Mandarin.
Where: Leonardo State Marina, Leonardo
Time: 8 am-4 pm
Deets: Have your little mermaid make a splash this month with a youth fishing tournament, kayaking, piñatas, a scavenger hunt and pirate parade! Come home with a prize (and a tan!)
Where: Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton
Time: 10 am-4 pm
Deets: If your family is overflowing with earth lovers, plant your feet at this nature-themed fair. Shop at eco-friendly vendors, listen to musical performances and bring old documents for free paper shredding.
Friday-Sunday, June 8-10
Where: Beach at Schellenger Ave. and Spicer Ave., Wildwood
Time: 9 am-6 pm
Deets: Start your engines, this month’s car show is sure to toot your horn. With over a hundred vintage cars and motorcycles, these races will leave a tire marks on the kids’ summer. Drinks available for purchase.
Saturday-Sunday, June 9-10
Where: Broadway, 21st-25th Streets, Bayonne
Time: 11 am-5 pm
Deets: Celebrate all Bayonne has to offer including kiddie rides, local merchants, vendors, food, non-profit organizations, entertainment and more.
Monday, June 11
Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Time: 6:30-8 pm
Deets: If your little Ash has just gotta catch ‘em all, bring her to Pokemon Club to watch episodes of the TV show, play with trading cards and her personal handheld gaming devices. Registration required.
Thursday, June 14
Where: Beechwood Rd., Summit
Time: 4-8 pm
Deets: Enjoy a variety of activities provided by businesses in Summit, like crafts from Kidville, creative writing games from The Writers Circle and goodies from Brownie Points Bakery. See live animals, magic and more at this fun-filled day.
Friday-Sunday, June 15-17
Where: Wildwood Beach, Wildwood
Time: 6 am-10 pm
Deets: There’ll be more than just footprints in the sand this month. Drive by the New Jersey Jeep Invasion to load up on family-friendly activities, like a raffle and car show hosted by professional judges.
Tuesday, June 19
Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Time: 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Deets: Libraries rock, and now your little Stevie Nicks or Joe Jonas can rock, too, with their own tambourine. Craft materials provided. Registration required.
Friday, June 22
Where: Hillsborough Library, Hillsborough
Time: 7-9 pm
Deets: Have your teenager dance the night away in a safe, substance-free, accepting environment. Perfect for your adolescent king, queen or anyone in between!
Sunday, June 24
Where: Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Time: 4-9 pm
Deets: Celebrate the start of summer with some of our favorite flyin’ friends. For an additional $5, your little bug can make her own wings and antenna. Food for the whole family is available for an added cost.
Friday, June 29
Where: Peapack and Gladstone Library, Peapack
Times: 10:30-11:45 am
Deets: Let music into your toddler’s life with a music class from Claudia Lemmerz, owner of Touch the Music. He’ll learn about different instruments and maybe even get to test a few out.
Where: Gaelen Center for the Arts, West Orange
Time: 9 am-5 pm
Deets: Keep yourself thinking abstractly with John Rush’s standalone art exhibit in Chromatic Structuralism. Ends June 24.
Where: North Plainfield Memorial Library, North Plainfield
Time: 9:30 am-9 pm
Deets: Celebrate pride month and teach the kids about the LGBTQ community with a display celebrating the community’s history and culture.
Where: Various locations in Cape May
Deets: Join Cape May in hosting its 29th year of live music performances. This year includes the New York Chamber Ensemble, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players and the Bay Atlantic Symphony and is a great way to spend time with the fam. Check the Music Festival’s website for specific dates and performance information.
Where: Morris County Library, Whippany
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Deets: Have you ever wanted to brush up on your Italian? Now’s the time to learn. Divertiti! All levels of Italian speakers welcome. Ends June 27.