Things To Do This Weekend, April 13-16
It's Easter weekend, so that means there are plenty of egg hunts, brunches and Easter Bunny appearances your crew can go to. Don't celebrate? There are beach, music and flea market events they'll love, too.
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Thursday, April 13
6-12 year old at home on spring break with nothing to do? Head to the Bronx Zoo for a morning of exploration. He'll learn how the keepers feed, clean and take care of the animals first-hand
Friday, April 14
Your squad will be amazed when the Easter Bunny comes down from the clouds at Skydive Cross Keys in Williamstown, kicking off a huge egg hunt.
Make your way to Liberty Hall Museum in Union for this adults-only, nighttime egg hunt. Search for prizes and treats by flashlight the way you did when you were a kid.
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Take the kids for s'mores, snacks, games and music on the boardwalk and beach. Make sure you bring cash!
Cranbury's Plainsboro Preserve is hosting free jazz concerts around town that your whole crew will love. Enjoy free music and light refreshments.
Friday, April 14-Saturday, April 15
Visit DiDonato's Family Fun Center in Hammonton for a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, plus a ride on this Easter-themed train. You can come for an egg hunt and additional treats.
Friday, April 14-Sunday, April 16
A ticket to this event at West Orange's Turtle Back Zoo scores your kid storytime, a photo with the Easter Bunny, zoo admission, an animal presentation and a snack. Perfect for kids 12 and under. Be sure to register online since space is limited.
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Head to New Brunswick's State Theatre for a show about friendship and meeting new people, even those different from us. Grover and his crew welcome a new buddy, Chamki, to the group for some singing, sharing and dancing.
Saturday, April 15
In addition to the usual egg hunt, this farm puts on a unique Easter bonnet contest, so come in your craziest gear. Meet the special rabbit and enjoy a free hayride with your crew at Heaven Hill Farm in Vernon.
Free hot dogs and demo motorcycle rides make for a fun date activity or girls' afternoon out in Rahway.
Delaware River Railroad Excursions is bringing back a seasonal favorite for your family to experience. The kiddos can meet Mr. E. Bunny on a scenic train ride along the Delaware River in Flemington. Hop off to the historic lime kilns, which will be filled with eggs your kids can hunt for.
Medford's Indian Acres Tree Farm features crafters, flea market vendors, a garage sale and more. The gang will have a blast exploring all the farm has to offer.
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It's worth the ride to Woodbury Heights for this comic con-like celebration of all things geeky. This convention has food, entertainment (think Quidditch and Cosplay Kickball) and vendors any nerd will adore.
Kids will love scouring the grounds at Liberty Hall Museum in Union looking for plastic eggs filled with treats. The Easter Bunny himself will come through for a visit after the hunt. Reserve your spot by April 8.
Take a drive to The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor for prizes, egg hunts, crafts and a search for turtle hatchlings led by a professional naturalist. Don't miss out on the pancake breakfast!
Curated by the Aquarian Weekly and Weird NJ, this vendor get-together specializes in one-of-a-kind freaky, unique gifts. This event in Montclair is a go-to for unusual gifts.
Head to Timber Creek Park in Gloucester Twp. for a special kind of egg hunt. Bring your furry friends to search for eggs filled with dog treats, then have a bite to eat, shop vendors, take photos with the Easter Bunny and more.
The Historic Village at Allaire in Farmingdale is hosting an old-timey Easter event featuring egg hunts, contests, games, face painting and more. Join the villagers in their traditional garb for this seasonal event.
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Witness the gorgeous moves of 50 Russian dancers as they perform this classic show at NJPAC in Newark. Your kids will be mesmerized by Tchaikovsky's monumental score.
Saturday, April 15-Sunday, April 16
Instead of an Easter egg hunt, try a treasure hunt around the farm with a seasonal surprise at the end at Terhune Orchards in Princeton. Kids ages 2 to 8 can make a bunny craft to take home, munch on a bunny cookie and take a wagon ride. Check out the farm food tent before heading home for some homemade goodies like chili, pie and donuts.
Jackson is home to this beloved amusement park, where your crew can take part in a PEEPS Easter egg hunt, ride your favorite roller coasters and amusements, snack on candy and have tons of outdoor family fun.
Sunday, April 16
Head to the Historic Smithville in your Sunday best for a chance to win the costume contest. Check out shops, restaurants and the parade. Don’t miss out on the carousel, train rides and famous paddleboats.
Meet Peter Cottontail, ask him for a quick photo and get a special surprise treat on the Black River and Western Railroad's Easter Bunny Express in Flemington. The rabbit has a new costume this year, too! Check out the Ringoes gift shop on the 10- to 15-minute stop in the middle of the ride.
On April 22-23, your crew can enjoy the 1-mile fun run/walk, Bloomfest! and Essex County Family Day. Of course, the cherry blossom trees at Newark's Branch Brook Park are the real can't-miss part of these events.
Hop on a hayride to visit the Easter Bunny on select dates from April 1-15. This farm event in Sewell will get your kids in the spring spirit.
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There’s tons of spring fun to be had all month long, including scenic hayrides, Easter egg hunts, pony rides, marshmallow roasts and more. Visit some baby farm animals and the Easter Bunny himself at Alstede Farms in Chester.
Set out with a yellow star on a mission to get his own planet. You’ll run into all sorts of galactic characters along the way, and learn about stars, planets and the solar system as a whole. Go to Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg for this show.
This is the 25th year of Whippany Railway Museum’s Easter Bunny Express, a 45-minute trip from Whippany to Roseland and back (that's 10 miles!). Your kids will get a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and hopefully try to snap a photo before the ride ends.
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This 3-D exhibition featuring sculptures of coral and sea life is made from recycled materials. Picture a reef made of soda bottles, paper mache bubbles and interlocked underwater structures. You can see this exhibit all month long at Johnson Public Library in Hackensack.
If your family uses Bank of America, you can get one free admission on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month this year to more than 150 museums in the country, a good number of which are in NJ and NYC. This is part of their Museums On Us initiative.
This one-of-a-kind park is open again in West Berlin. Come between 11 am and 6 pm any day through April 23 to drive, ride and explore all this place has to offer.