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Things To Do This Weekend, April 27-29

Get the most out of your weekend at these NJ area events. We found more than 30 for you to choose from.


Courtesy of Museum of Natural History, Unseen Oceans


There’s never a better time than the weekend to grab the kids and head to activities and events in and around the state. Make plans to hit these Spring Festivals, see Danny DeVito at the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival or blow their minds at Cirque du Soleil VOLTA.

If you’re looking for more fun, there are also plenty of free things to do, places to take your preschoolers and STEM events going on in and around NJ in April.

Friday, April 27

Earth Day Celebration

Where: Somerville Library, Somerville
Price: Free
Deets: Gather round for stories about Mother Earth and plant veggies in the library’s garden.

Holly Forest Walk

Where: Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands
Price: Free
Deets: Check out Sandy Hook’s (and the country’s) oldest and rarest holly trees, located in 64-acres of maritime forest.

Dinner and A Movie: The Little Prince

Where: Princeton Integral Yoga Community Center, Princeton
Price: Free
Deets: After a screening, discuss The Little Prince over plates of vegetarian dishes (everybody brings one).

Broadway Backstage!

Where: William Paterson University Shea Center, Wayne
Price: $42-48
Deets: Learn about big breaks, behind-the-scenes mishaps and more with Broadway stars from Chicago, Wicked, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Machine de Cirque

Where: RVCC Theatre, Branchburg
Price: $20-30
Deets: The last five men on earth are on a journey to find other survivors by using an odd machine. Watch them teeterboard, juggle, unicycle, drum and more as they search for signs of humankind.

Friday-Saturday, April 27-28

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Where: Collingswood Middle School Auditorium, Collingswood
Price: $8
Deets: Take a trip down the rabbit hole into the heart of Wonderland that’s sure to stir your kiddos’ imaginations.

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29

Wild New Jersey 3rd Annual Juried Art Exhibit

Where: Plainsboro Rec and Cultural Center
Price: Free
Deets: Check out photographs, prints, paintings and other original works that represent NJ wildlife. If something tickles your fancy, you may be able to purchase and take it home.

The Sting

Where: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
Price: Prices vary
Deets: Watch your back: You can’t trust anyone on the slick streets of Chicago in the 1930s.

Bumper Cars on Ice!

Where: Ocean Hockey Supply Co., Brick
Price: $10/ten-minute ride
Deets: Challenge your friends and family to bumper cars…on ice! Don’t miss out on getting your IRL Mario Kart on; this event closes this weekend.

Project Feeder Watch at Plainsboro Preserve

Where: Plainsboro Preserve, Cranbury
Price: Free
Deets: Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned birdwatcher, the family can check out different birds and help scientists collect data on various avian populations.

Cirque du Soleil

Where: Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, East Rutherford
Price: $55+
Deets: Wow the kids with bikers, ballerinas, hip-hop-inspired rope skipping, acrobatics and more at VOLTA’s futuristic space-themed production.

Asbury Park Music and Film Festival

Where: Various locations, Asbury Park
Price: Prices varies
Deets: This fest celebrates music and the silver screen with celebs like Danny DeVito, Wyclef Jean and others.


Where: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank
Price: Varies
Deets: Try not getting misty as Annie leaves the orphanage and sings and dances her way into the heart of Daddy Warbucks.

Saturday, April 28

Roebling Museum Car Show

Where: Roebling Museum, Roebling
Price: $5/age 12 and up
Deets: Check out a variety of hot rods including antique fire trucks and Mustangs. The kids can try bridge building and the whole fam can chow down at food vendors and concessions (think BBQ, popcorn and ice cream).

Allaire BBQ and Brew Fest

Where: The Historic Village at Allaire, Wall Twp.
Price: $10/adults, free/ages 18 and under
Deets: Spend your Saturday at the beer garden indulging in grub from the food trucks featuring award-winning BBQ and participating in 18th- and 19th-century games.

Let’s Get Digging

Where: Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
Price: $10-25
Deets: Dig in! The kiddos can plant flowers and veggies helping those April showers bring those May flowers. Then, they can enjoy a special treat.

Spring Animal Kids’ Crafts

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Price: Free
Deets: Ages 3-8 can get creative at this event—paint a bunny and decorate a Jell-O cup using PEEPs chicks and whipped cream. Registration required.

Skylands Stadium Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

Where: Skylands Stadium, Augusta
Price: $5, free/ages 12 and under
Deets: The food, drinks, music and games will be flowing on the field. There’ll be more than 50 beers and 20 trucks, plus vendors for shopping.

Superhero Day!

Where: Liberty Hall Museum, Union
Price: $25/kid and adult pair, $5/additional adult
Deets: She can test her superhero powers, make a craft and munch on treats in her fave superhero attire. Later, she can take a pic with Captain America himself, who will be stopping by for a Kodak moment.

Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29

Renaissance Faire

Where: Historic Smithville, Galloway
Price: Free
Deets: Enchant your kids with sword fighting, knights and other merriment that can only be found in Ye Olde England.

Sunday, April 29

Cranford Street Fair and Craft Show

Where: Downtown Cranford, Cranford
Price: Free admission
Deets: Whether you’re looking for gifts or a good time, this downtown fair has it all: vendors, food, rides, live music and more.

The Magic of Anthony Salazar

Where: MPAC, Morristown
Price: $12-15
Deets: Blow their lil’ minds with juggling and illusions at this interactive show. There’ll be audience participation, so be on your toes!

Maywood’s Spring Street Fair

Where: 100 West Pleasant Ave. (off Maywood Ave.), Maywood
Price: Free
Deets: Smells like spring! There’ll be vendors, arts, crafts and photography exhibitors, plus good grub. The kiddos can venture to the Kids Zone for ponies, rides, a petting zoo, tattoo station, face painting and more.


Unseen Oceans

Where: American Museum of Natural History, NYC
Price: $28/adults, $16.50/kids
Deets: Check out the interactive media installations, watch 3D animations of great white sharks swim by, try the magnetic sand table and visit live marine animals. This experience is all about the ocean and the tech used to explore its unknown depths. Exhibit ends January 2019.

Teen Marine Science Institute

Where: Adventure Aquarium, Camden
Price: $100
Deets: High schoolers can gain hands-on experience, including learning about marine science and biology-related careers. Program ends in June.

MAM Family Art Adventure

Where: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Discuss artwork and engage in a fun hands-on project in the studio. Calling all little Picassos ages 6-12. Program ends in August.

Hearth and Home

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Visitors can explore the homes of Native Americans in the Eastern Woodlands and other environments across North America. Learn how they adapted to the climate and surroundings. Program ends in September.

Saturday Dog Walks

Where: Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge
Price: $3
Deets: Take Fido on guided trail walks all through spring. Pets must be leashed at all times. Registration required. Program ends May 19.

Family Sundays at Rubin Museum

Where: Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Bring your little ones all year long to participate in a new art activity each month at this city staple.

Drop in Studio Every Sunday

Where: Montclair Art Museum, Montclair
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Visitors of all ages are invited to explore a new activity each week with a Montclair Art Museum instructor and leave with their masterpieces.

Radical Rocketeers

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Price: Free
Deets: On the first Saturday of every month, all ages are welcome to try their hand at rocket building. Basic supplies will be provided, but you can also bring your own. Registration required.

First Friday Story Time

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center, Hamilton
Price: Free
Deets: On the first Friday of every month until May, your tot can listen to a story, then create a craft or participate in an activity.

Embattled Emblems

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Timed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s intervention in World War I, this exhibition showcases posters, flags and propaganda used to create patriotism and garner support for the war. Head here for a lesson in American history. Program ends in August.

Thomas and Friends—Explore the Rails

Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Visit with your tot's favorite tank engine! Introduce them to STEM concepts by letting them take control of Thomas’ cab, make repairs to Percy in the Sodor Steamworks shop, dress like a conductor, play at the Tot Spot and so much more. Program ends May 13.

Tropical Butterflies Alive in the Winter

Where: American Museum of Natural History, NYC
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Marvel at 500 iridescent butterflies. The 80-degree conservatory house’s lush vegetation and blooming tropical flowers will wow your kids. Program ends May 28.

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