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Things To Do This Weekend, April 20-22

Get the most out of your weekend at these NJ area events. We found more than 40 for you to choose from.


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Whether or not the sun peeks out, 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 give back in honor of Earth Day, hit NJ’s best springtime fests or take advantage of free admission on National Park Day.

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 20

PJ Masks Live

Where: Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park
Price: $27
Deets: This interactive musical show features all your kids’ fave heroes: Catboy, Owlette, Gekko and the Baddies.

Rahway Taste of Spring

Where: Rahway Recreation Center, Rahway
Price: Varies
Deets: Acquaint your stomach with food from 40 local restaurants, plus an array of wine, beer and spirits, in one night. Fill your tum and enjoy the live entertainment, too.

Infant and Toddler Storytime

Where: Morris County Library, Whippany
Price: Free
Deets: Parents and their 2-and-unders can pop in for storytime with the Children’s Department.

Backyard Birds

Where: Bridgewater Library, Bridgewater
Price: Free
Deets: Learn the basics of backyard bird watching with one of the Somerset County Park’s naturalists.

Children’s 80’s Theme Party

Where: Summit YMCA, Summit
Price: $20/member kids, $30/non-member kids
Deets: Ages 3 and up can throw it back to the ’80s with a little help from a movie, craft, pizza and play while parents take the night off.

Wild Kratts Live!

Where: State Theatre, New Brunswick
Price: $25-50
Deets: Join the Kratt Brothers on a rescue mission! They’ll use their Creature Power Suits to defeat a comic villain and save animals from the creature world.

Friday-Sunday, April 20-22

Hitler’s Tasters

Where: Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown
Price: $17/50-29.50
Deets: Inspired by a true story, this play recounts the story of the young women who tasted Hitler’s meals for poison.

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA

Where: Big Top at 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.

Saturday, April 21

Regal Theatre’s Sensory-Friendly Movie Screening

Where: Regal Theatres around NJ
Price: $6.50
Deets: This sensory-friendly screening gives guests the freedom to sing, dance, shout and enjoy a showing of Duck Duck Goose.

Healthy Kids Day

Where: TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater
Price: Free
Deets: Hit the diamond for arts and crafts, face painting, an inflatable obstacle course, STEM experiments and more. The fam can create cards for Puerto Rico, plus meet the Somerset Patriots players.

3rd Annual 4-H Carnival

Where: Ted Blum 4-H Center, Bridgewater
Price: $12/kids, free/adults
Deets: Give the kids what they really want: face painting, a petting zoo, magic show, and prizes. While they get their game on, you can get your food on cruising around the hot dog, walking taco, cotton candy, popcorn and bubble tea vendors.

British Car Show

Where: Historic Smithville, Galloway
Price: Free
Deets: While you’re checking out Historic Smithville’s permanent attractions, like the carousel, train and arcade, make sure to stop by the Car Show for a look at vintage automobiles from across the pond.

Milk & Cookies Tahira

Where: State Theatre, New Brunswick
Price: $3
Deets: This musical storytelling performance is designed to introduce your 3- to 8-year-olds to live theater.

The Polar Bears Go Up

Where: Theatre at RVCC, Branchburg
Price: $10
Deets: What do two polar bears do when they’ve explored everything around them? The sky’s the limit...literally. Prepare to soar with the bears on their wildest expedition yet.

Healthy Kids Day

Where: Wayne YMCA
Price: Free
Deets: Food trucks and inflatables and swimming, oh my! Get the kids on their feet, and don’t miss a visit from a surprise superhero.

Magic Tree House

Where: Planetarium at RVCC, Branchburg
Price: $8
Deets: Discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets and space with The Magic Tree House’s Jack and Annie.

Milford Spring Food Truck and Wine Festival

Where: Alba Vineyards, Milford
Price: $10/ages 21 and up, $5/ages 13-20, free/ages 12 and under
Deets: What better way to spend your weekend than at this wine, music and food truck combo fest? Bring chairs, blankets and umbrellas for a totally chill day indulging your taste buds.

Jersey City Craft Brew Fest

Where: Harborside Atrium, Jersey City
Price: $15-65
Deets: You don’t have to wait for Oktoberfest to get your hands on more than 150 styles of craft beer and cider. There’ll also be live entertainment, food and interactive games, so make sure you call the sitter.

Experience National Parks for Free

Where: National parks across US
Price: Free
Deets: Whether you’re staying in state or want to travel down the coast, celebrate the first day of National Park Week with a visit to one of your choosing, free of entrance fees.

Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22

The Little Red Fish

Where: The Lion Theatre, NY
Price: $29.25
Deets: After Jeje’s fish disappears into a book, Jeje must travel through the pages to find his friend. Ages 3 and up will love this puppet-filled adventure.

International Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Where: Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson
Price: Admission to fest included in park ticket
Deets: The fifth year of this foodie fest will bring you sweet and savory bites ranging from barbecue to tacos to hibachi to waffles to cupcakes. There’ll be more than 15 trucks to keep your belly full, plus you can enjoy one of NJ’s fave theme parks, too.

Stuart Little

Where: Studio Playhouse, Upper Montclair
Price: $8
Deets: Who could forget the story of E.B. White’s Stuart Little? The rambunctious mouse is stepping into the spotlight on a mission that includes boat races, mischievous cats and of course, his toy car.

Grand Encampment Weekend

Where: Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, Morristown
Price: Free
Deets: Continental Soldiers will be out in full garb this weekend. The kids can learn about the North’s weapons, rations and military gear, plus witness demo tactics (aka real life muskets!).

Sunday, April 22

4th Annual Food Truck Festival

Where: Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest
Price: $5
Deets: Check out art exhibits, live music, theater and dance performances and local grub while supporting a good cause. All proceeds benefit the AHA arts programs, including scholarships.

Stirling Street Fair

Where: Main Ave., Stirling
Price: Free admission
Deets: You won’t have to convince your kids—they’ll be dressed, in the car and ready to go. The Stirling Street Fair boasts a plethora of fun and games like mechanical kiddie rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, climbing wall, clowns face painting and more (including delish dishes like sausage and peppers, funnel cake and empanadas).

Westfield Sandwich Fest

Where: The James Ward Mansion, Westfield
Price: Free/age 3 and under, $8/adults, $4/kids (online, prices at door are higher)
Deets: Want to help Westfield decide which restaurant will be crowned Westfield’s Best Bite? Try samples from various restaurants and be a part of history by casting your vote.

Punk Rock Flea Market

Where: Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Price: $10/early bird, $5/after 11 am
Deets: While you shop vinyl, music equipment, vintage clothing, art and jewelry from more than 125 vendors, listen to local bands and DJs or enjoy a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

The 7th Annual Red Bank International Beer, Wine and Food Fest

Where: White Street Parking Lot, Red Bank
Price: $5/age 10 and up
Deets: Choose from 25 Red Bank eateries to chow down on, plus fill up on specialty menu items and drinks from a variety of tented areas while the kids listen to live music (on multiple stages!) and run wild with activities. Rain date April 29.

Millburn Street Fair & Craft Festival

Where: Downtown Millburn
Price: Free admission
Deets: Swing downtown for artists, crafters, vendors, food, rides, live music and more.

Disney Junior Dance Party

Where: MPAC, Morristown
Price: $29-59
Deets: He can get his dance on at Disney Junior’s live, interactive concert experience with faves like Mickey, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor and Doc McStuffins.

Ongoing

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 the wildlife of New Jersey. If something tickles your fancy, you may be able to purchase and take home. Exhibit closes April 30.

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. Based on the 1971 film, a pair of con men plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer. Show closes April 29.

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.

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! And don’t worry about missing out on getting your Mario Kart on, this event will be sticking around every weekend in April.

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.

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 until April 30.

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