Things To Do This Weekend, April 6-9
Warmer weather is just around the corner. That means food trucks, egg hunts, 5K runs and farm activities! Take the kids out this weekend for some early springtime fun.
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Thursday, April 6
What better way to show your state pride than by cheering on NJ’s only team at the Prudential Center in Newark? Hockey fans of all ages will be on the edges of their seats as the Devils play the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Thursday, April 6-Saturday, April 8
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Based on Margery Williams’ book, this stuffed rabbit longs to become real, and later does through the love of his owner. Your little ones will adore this magical story put on at Ritz Theatre Company in Haddon Township. It's a bit of a tear-jerker, though, so bring tissues!
Friday, April 7
Do your kids love this classic movie? Take your T-Birds and Pink Ladies to this special film feature at the Kean Stage in Union where they can sing, dance and let loose.
Friday, April 7-Sunday, April 9
Is your kid into gems, digging or jewelry? She'll be fascinated by the minerals, fossils, gemstones, crystals and more at this annual exhibit at Edison's NJ Expo Center. New exhibits include The Evolving Universe from the Smithsonian Institution, where the kids can travel from here to space, and Prehistoric Planet’s 13-foot Stegodon from the Ice Age.
This huge event has tons for adults and kids alike. Your little ones will live it up at the carnival while you scour the food trucks and vendors. There will be live music, clowns, face painting, contests and more at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park.
Saturday, April 8
Help raise money for those with special needs by walking one mile or running a 5K at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. The theme of the event is “Be A Superstar,” so come dressed as your favorite celebrity.
This hour-long experience teaches kiddies how birds prepare for spring and have families. Visitors to Terhune Orchards in Princeton learn how they live, where to find them and how they construct nests. Don’t leave before storytime and making your own birdhouse.
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Snap photos with Sonny the Bunny, collect eggs along the bunny trail and compete for prizes and raffles. Your kid can win an iPlay America birthday party at this Freehold fave, while you'll get a shot at a 1 carat diamond from Giorgio's Fine Jewelry.
Make your way to Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway to see this stage rendition of the classic Russian folk story. The kids will love the music and storyline.
The gang will feel elegant at this fancy tea party at Liberty Hall Museum in Union. Take your pick from a range of scones, treats, sandwiches and iced tea, all on real china. Little ones get to dress up, play games and win prizes. Reserve your spot by April 1.
Have a dino-obsessed little one? Go to Morris Museum in Morristown for a huge Dino Day Family Festival. They'll get to hold real fossils, meaet a dinosaur expert, make crafts and hunt for fossils in the dig pit.
Teach your little ones about recycling and cleaning up at this event on Hope Great Meadows Rd. Bring old items to swap with other donating items, donate clothes and housewares to families in need and shred papers you need to get rid of.
This beloved story put on at SOPAC in South Orange is about a beautiful fish who shares her special traits with others is timeless. Your kids will be mesmerized by Rainbow Fish’s glimmering silver scales that make her the most stunning fish in the ocean.
This free event is geek heaven. Celebrate comic books and their characters at the Rutgers Camden campus, where you can meet writers, artists, fans and more. There will be special issues you can pick up and cosplay, too.
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Who doesn't love baseball? Snag autographs, meet players and let the kids run the bases at 860 E. Main St. in Bridgewater, the home of the Somerset Patriots.
Take a drive to Collingswood's Green Festival where you and the crew can learn about gardening, renewable energy, green living and more. You can buy plants, shop organic vendors and recycle your unwanted goods.
State Theatre's monthly kids event in New Brunswick is featuring this beloved performer, who's a Billboard Magazine top-ten bestselling kid's performer. Perfect for little ones ages 3-8.
Saturday, April 8-9
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Head to the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of NJ in Teterboro, where the kids can get inside aircrafts like a MASH Bell helicopter, OV-1 Mohawk observation plane and the world's only surviving Martin 202. Want to win tickets to take the family to the museum? Enter our contest now.
Camden's Children's Garden is hosting this event for lovers of creepy crawlies and prehistoric creatures. Dig for fossils in the Dino Garden, take part in a planting activity and learn something new with a themed craft.
The Garden State Model Railway Club in North Haledon is home to this annual get-together for locomotive lovers. See different types of trains do their thing around various scenic backdrops.
Craving some spring decorating or remodeling? Meander through the craft show for wood furniture, candles, bird houses, jewelry and more at the Upper Township Community Center.
Saturday, April 8 & 15
This huge community egg hunt separates kids into age groups, so they’ll have an easier time finding eggs and treats along the beach. Head to 11th-13th St. in Ocean City for this seasonal favorite.
Sunday, April 9
Do you have a bookworm in the family? This fair at Montclair's Crane House and Historic YWCA is dedicated to children’s literature that reflects Black history and experiences. The owners of Just Us Books and Marimba Books will discuss book publishing, lead a program for kids and host a mini-book fair.
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Your crew will be mesmerized by this show's clowns, acrobats and more than 30 talented pets. See dogs, cats, goats and other critters perform a number of incredible acts on stage at New Brunswick’s State Theatre.
15,000 eggs will be scattered along the beach for kids of all ages to find around the boardwalk at Seaside Heights. Pick up a few eggs with prizes inside, all provided by local boardwalk vendors. Hunt starting points are determined by age.
This traditional Asian performance features stunning choreography, music and acrobatics. Your kids will love the dynamic movement, bright costumes and cultural expressions live at Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown.
Go to the Log Cabin and Alumni Pavilion on the New Brunswick Campus to soak up the sun at this family event. There will be an egg hunt every half hour for the kids to enjoy, plus face painting, crafts and food.
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Head to Broad and Monmouth Streets in Red Bank to kick off the spring season with tasty food, amusement rides and vendor shopping.
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 8-9, don't miss the Cherry Blossom Challenge Bike Race or the 10K Run. 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.
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 April 8, 9, 14 and 15.
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.
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 April 8, 9 and 15 in Flemington. Hop off to the historic lime kilns, which will be filled with eggs your kids can hunt for.
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.
Weekends March 31-April 8 at Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, this play based on the enchanting movie. Watch this love story unfold and meet a witch, mermaid and other whimsical characters along the way.
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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.