Fun (and Free!) Things to Do with Kids in Essex County

Keep kids engaged this summer with these fun and free activities, come rain or shine!

Fun (and Free!) Things to Do with Kids in Essex CountySummer's in full-swing and so are the things for kids to do in Essex County, NJ! Here are a few of our top picks for fun and free things to do with kids:

Free Movies

  • BowTie Cinemas offers free movies at 10:30 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays at selected theaters including locations in South Orange, Upper Montclair and Hoboken through August 21.
  • CityPlex12 in Newark has free movies at 10:00 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through August 28.

National Night Out

  • South Orange is hosting the 4th Annual National Night Out with lots to do from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm on Floods Hill, including live music, a Kids Zone and Despicable Me on the big screen at 8:30 pm.

Outdoor Concerts

Library Programs

In Essex County and beyond, other great outings with kids include visiting local spraygrounds, playgrounds and hiking spots.


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What's your favorite outing with the kids in the summer? Comment Below!

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Essex County Real Mom Anna Sandler lives happily ever after with her Jersey-raised husband and three NYC-born children in the land of jug handles and disco fries. She loves baking and crafting with her kids, even if everything they make doesn't turns out Pinterest-perfect. Anna has never met a holiday she doesn't want to celebrate, and enjoys sharing ideas for everyday fun (indoor beach party, anyone?), as well as how to commemorate bigger moments from birthdays to first days of school.

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