Things To Do This Weekend, April 20-23
Celebrate Earth Day, head to the beach, take in a show or put your pinky up at a fancy tea party with your little ones. What better way to start off the spring than by spending quality time with your crew?
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Thursday, April 20
Little techies and scientists alike will have a blast creating their own gadgets, machines and construction projects, like The Great Tower Challenge and the Magnificent Marble Machine. Aspiring engineers will adore this Raritan Valley Community College event in Branchburg.
Go for a mom's night out with friends for a painting lesson at Jacobus Vanderveer House. Professional artist Priscilla Flores will guide you with your canvas masterpiece as you sip vino.
This free seasonal kick-off at Paramus Park Mall has games, raffles and giveaways that both five-and-unders and grown-ups alike will adore.
Play trivia, win prizes and have food and drinks with your friends at this Lincroft mainstay.
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Magician Steve Woyce will be putting on this free magic act at Northvale Public Library. The show is full of comedy, surprises and important lessons about saving the planet.
Thursday, April 20-Sunday, April 23
Film buffs and soundtrack aficionados alike will adore this celebration of Asbury Park artists of all kinds.
Friday, April 21
Go to the Morris Museum in Morristown to check out the exhibit Ritual and Evocations and then make your own collage. This mini-gallery program is a great opportunity for some mommy-and-me time.
Calling all foodies! Head to Rahway Recreational Center to taste some of the best local food possible. Enjoy the fare of more than 40 eateries, and sip some wine or craft beer, too.
Enjoy tea sandwiches, scones and sweets with your little one at Parteaz in East Hanover. Make a keepsake picture frame and meet with a surprise Disney princess.
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Special needs kids can have a blast at Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township at a discounted price and in a calmer setting. There will be low noise, reduced lights and smaller crowds.
Friday, April 21-Sunday, April 23
Augusta's local hotspot is hosting a three-day showcase that any boater will love. Check out kayaks, canoes, water skis and more, then grab lunch with the family.
Saturday, April 22
Kids ages 4 to 12 learn the basics of yoga postures and skills at this workshop at Yoga Life Center in Woodland Park. It may inspire a lifelong love for the practice, especially when they’re learning through songs, stories and crafts.
Honor the season at Bridgewater's Ted Blum 4-H Center with games, prizes, a petting zoo, magic shows and activities. Grab some pizza, popcorn and cotton candy to support the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program.
Liberty State Park in Jersey City will be the site of an outdoor run you and your kids will love.
Allegro Arts Academy in Carlstadt is inviting little ones to come in their most regal attire for dancing, crafting, music and more.
Kids create their own labyrinths for a robot to travel through at The Peck School in Morristown. When successful, their bee-bot will pollinate a flower! This is a great chance for kids ages 3-6 to get introduced to the world of programming.
Take in the great outdoors on one of these free guided hikes spread out over 152 acres of land. After the hike, clean up litter on the grounds, check out the garden and more at the New Weis Center in Ringwood.
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Spend the day in the great outdoors with your brood at Branch Brook Park in Newark. Get your face painted, make a craft, try a paddle boat or compete in the fishing derby.
Get your crew out into nature by joining the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Rec to celebrate the planet. This year’s celebration has a carnival theme, so the party will feature games and attractions made from repurposed items. Don’t miss the Pond Paddle on Echo Hill Pond, or the Rizzo’s Reptiles presentation at Echo Hill Park in Flemington.
Watch the Corporal Punishers take on the Hudson Valley Horrors on the rink at Inline Morristown. Kids 12 and under are free.
See Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City turn into Magic Kingdom with crafts, movies, a beauty salon and more, all Disney-themed. The event funds Pirate Princess Girls mentoring program.
In honor of the “Brothers in Arms: Memories of the Great War” exhibit, your crew searches Liberty Hall Museum in Union for a number of soldier-related items, clothes and belongings. While you investigate, trail behind Captain John Kean on his journey from training to battle as a WWI soldier. Reserve your spot by April 15.
Celebrate the environment and all things green at this annual Earth Day event at Closter's Tenakill Middle School. Check out kids' activities, live animals, educational talks, food trucks, green exhibits and electric vehicles for your crew to investigate. There will also be special demos by the Tenafly Nature Center, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and more.
Come see the winners of NBC’s The Sing-Off, country a cappella band Home Free. The band's humor and raw talent will captivate your crew. Enjoy pop tracks with a twist of country style at this State Theatre performance in New Brunswick.
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Learn all about Irish history and culture at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township through crafts, music, dance and more.
This production is sweet for audience members young and old. Get some quality time in with Pooh and his friends at this heartwarming Kelsey Theatre show in West Windsor.
Make the trek to Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange for a fun kids' concert in the zoo's amphitheater. All Earth Day activities are included in the price of admission.
Head to the Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg to see this classic Australian show. Your kids will love the puppets and storytelling. This is a sensory-friendly performance, just for kids on the autism spectrum.
Saturday, April 22-23
Alba Vineyards in Milford will be hosting this spring kick-off event. Grab some tasty grub at a food truck and wash it down with a glass of vino.
Spend the day in Long Branch down the shore flying kits, exploring Festival Plaza and taking in gorgeous beachside views.
Make your way to Six Flags Great Adventures in Jackson for a wide range of food trucks to choose from. Enjoy live music and amusement rides, too.
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.
Sunday, April 23
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Take a drive to Veteran's Plaza in Oradell for live entertainment, food trucks, local crafters, kids activities and shows.
This sustainable outdoor celebration honors Mother Nature and environmentalism. Watch a tree be planted on site, volunteer to clean up outside, climb a rock wall, jump in the bounce tent and more at Edison's Papaianni Park.
A Beatles cover band, magician and children's workspace make this Maplewood Woodland event a can't-miss.
Vendors will line the downtown streets, as will tons of food stands for your crew to check out. Call ahead for times.
Round up the troops for a fun day out with food, music, crafts and games. Don’t miss out on rock climbing, petting zoo animals, face painting and more than 125 vendors on Stirling's Main Avenue.
Celebrate the earth at Elmer's Appel Farm Arts and Music Center by taking part in recycling activities, art projects, outdoor games and gardening. There are food trucks to check out, sports to play and artwork to admire.
Does your crew love dogs? Check out these superstar pooches (mostly rescue animals) as they perform an incredible on-stage show at Shea Center for Performing Arts in Wayne with Johnny Peers. The animals are winners of Animal Planet's Pet Star, and have performed at Disneyland, the White House and more.
It's worth the trip to National Park's Red Bank Battlefield for a throwback to colonial America. Witness sheep shearing, textile demos, hearth cooking, spinning and more.
Restaurants across Monmouth and Ocean counties are participating in this foodie event from April 21-30. Get an app, entree and dessert for a super affordable price.
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New Brunswick's Cultural Center is working with Iguana Music and Sound to celebrate the arts. The festival benefits Elijah's Promise. Check the Facebook event page for specific acts, locations, times and dates.
On select dates from April 22-May 7, your crew can go to Smiling Rhino Theatre in Pompton Lakes and see the stage rendition of this classic Disney film.
Make your way to NYC's Sugar Hill Museum of Art and Storytelling any day this month to explore a labyrinth of abstract paintings that will teach little ones about waste production and our role in the planet. Perfect for kids ages six and under.
From April 22-29, your brood can head to any of a number of participating eateries in Downtown Rahway. Consider seeing a show at UCPAC after your meal.
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.
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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.
Get a sneak peek of the new farmyard exhibit to meet, greet and pet some of our visitor favorites starting April 23. You're never too old to get up close with goats, sheep and even donkeys. The exhibit is great for all ages.
Starting April 22, young chemists get a chemistry lesson by completing kid-safe experiments under the watchful eye of an instructor. Each session has a different chem-centric theme and runs for about an hour. Added bonus: each child gets a take-home prize and backpack. Ages 6 to 12 plus their caregivers.