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Wildwood Boardwalk, Wildwood
10 am-3 pm, Free
Head to the shore for a dinner party, boardwalk specials and vintage cars. This Mother’s Day tradition is the perfect excuse to get those ocean views in.
Essex County Environmental Center, Roseland
9 am-3 pm, Free
Stop by this plant sale hosted by the Rutgers Master Gardeners for perennials, shrubs, herbs and more.
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
7 pm, $35 starting
Is she a monster truck fan? Take the fam to an iconic monster truck event featuring trucks like Grave Digger, Black Pearl and Mutant. Watch the drivers do pro tricks, then vote for your fave in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions. Don’t miss the pit party from 3-6 pm.
Wild West City, Stanhope
10:30 am-6 pm, $13.50-18
Go back to the 1880s in Dodge City, Kansas to get a taste of the bustling old west at this theme park. The fam can take in 22 different live-action performances, pony rides, a stagecoach, museum exhibits and more. Best part? Mom gets in free with a paid-for kiddo.
Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, Upper Montclair
10 am-3 pm, Free
Head to this epic Jersey flower haven to shop field-grown iris. The kids can pick plants just for Mom.
Camden Children’s Garden, Camden
1-4 pm, Free with admission
Kick off spring by hitting up this outdoor fest with the kiddos. Check out the butterfly house, hop on the carousel, ride the train, go wild on the KaBOOM! Fitness Garden and more.
39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers
10 am-5 pm, Free for mom with purchase of $16.95-20.95 kids' ticket
Explore this gargantuan playplace filled with your little builder's fave toy: LEGOs. Wow them with attractions like the new LEGO City Builder and the LEGO Ninjago City Adventure, a two-story structure you can all play and interact with. Redeem your free entry online with the promo code 181008 or walk up and purchase with a coupon.
Morey’s Piers, Wildwood
Noon-5 pm, Free
Sip English tea with your little ones at the Jersey Shore. Go for a spin in the teacup ride (moms ride free!), sip, snack and snap some pics at the Parents Pavilion on Mariner’s Pier.
Alba Vineyard, Milford
Noon-5 pm, call for prices
This winery knows what every mom wants for Mother’s Day: vino! Taste some delicious bottles, get a cellar tour, tap along to live music and more.
Casino Pier, Seaside Heights
Noon-6 pm, Free
Feel like a kid again walking the boardwalk and hopping on free rides with the squad. Get there by 1 pm to see the Mayor and Council of Seaside Heights hand out flowers along the boardwalk.
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Noon-5 pm, Free
Savor free tastings and fresh samples from the bakery. Afterward, wander the grounds, visit the barnyard, shop the farm store and listen to live music.
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton
10 am-9 pm, $20 ages 5 and up
This place is always buzzing on Mother’s Day. Get in on the fun and explore art exhibits, take a crafting workshop or have an unforgettable meal with a Monet-like view at Rat’s Restaurant.
Working Dog Winery, East Windsor
11 am-5 pm, $5-10
Sip your favorite vino at a continental breakfast from 11 am-1:30 pm then enjoy live tunes by Spoondrift.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
12:45 pm; $45 per non-member, $35 per member
Keep it classy with an ever-so-elegant high afternoon tea. While you and the squad sip away, you’ll get to sample scones, tea sandwiches and sweet treats, all from What A Dish Caterers. Walk off the meal on a guided stroll through the garden.
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