This month’s all about spring! It’s time to get outdoors and hit the season’s first kickoffs, like the Morris County Park Palooza. If you’re looking for more fun but don’t want to spend too much, check out these free things to do in April.

Friday, April 5

Brady Rymer in Concert
Where: Celebrate the Children School, Denville
Price: Free
Deets: This three-time GRAMMY nominee and his Little Band That Could are putting on a show for Autism Awareness Month, plus previewing songs from their next album.

Saturday, April 6

An Afternoon of Magic & Illusion
Where: The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Toms River
Price: $12/adults, $10/kids
Deets: This sensory-friendly performance is filled with storytelling, magic and audience participation, perfect for all abilities.

The Sky Above
Where: Planetarium at RVCC, Branchburg
Price: $10
Deets: Check out this sky show that features music and videos, plus planets, the moon, constellations and laser lights. Lights will be dimmed and audio will be low for this sensory-friendly trip across the Milky Way.

Sunday, April 7

Pinkalicious: The Musical
Where: Wilkins Theatre, Union
Price: $15
Deets: You are what you eat, and for Pinkalicious, eating too many pink cupcakes puts her in a peculiar predicament. See how this pink-loving cutie reverses her newfound ailment.

PEG + CAT Live!
Where: MPAC, Morristown
Price: $12-25
Deets: Based on the PBS Kids show, this musical features Peg and Cat, who run into a really big dog on their way to mail important letters. They’ll use math, problem solving, words and more to solve this dilemma.

The Jungle Book
Where: SOPAC, South Orange
Price: $20
Deets: Return to the jungle for a musical adventure with Mowgli and his friends, Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the bear, plus his foe, Shere Khan the tiger.

Friday, April 12

Spring Carnival
Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Price: Free
Deets: Your tots can play carnie games like bean bag toss and pin the tail on the bunny, plus catapult some Peeps. Registration required.

Saturday, April 13

VIB Breakfast with Sonny the Bunny
Where: iPlay America, Freehold
Price: $14.95-24.95
Deets: While Sonny the Bunny walks around greeting guests, Miss Sheri will perform live songs for the fam to dance and sing along to. Then, grab a pic with the bunny of the hour and hit the Colossal Carrot Adventure to find eggs filled with treats and prizes on the bunny trail.

Show Up Kids: Interactive Family Friendly Improv
Where: Hopewell Theater, Hopewell
Price: $15
Deets: When the performance’s main act doesn’t show up, Pete will ask kids in the audience to help create a comedy show, giving them jobs in all aspects of theater, from sound to set, plot to props and costumes to characters.

Astronomy Day
Where: Trailside Nature Center, Mountainside
Price: Free
Deets: Ages 4-16 can craft and get in on hands-on activities, plus listen to presentations on space, the Apollo missions and the moon. Bonus: They’ll also see real meteorites.

Jack & the Beanstalk
Where: Kelsey Theatre, West Windsor
Price: $12/adults, $10/kids
Deets: After trading his family’s last cow for three magic beans, Jack soars to new adventures atop a giant beanstalk. There, he’ll meet a giant and hear the infamous tagline: fee, fi, fo, fum.

Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14

Catsbury Park Cat Convention
Where: Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Price: $25/day for adults, $15/day for ages 11 and under
Deets: Feline friends, this cat-vention has it all: adoptions, activities, art, games, presentations, comedians, tattoos, food, vendors and more. Hit the cat lounge and cafe to interact with kitties, too.

Sunday, April 14

Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Where: American Legion Post 119, Dunellen
Price: $8/adults, $6/kids
Deets: Scout Troop 119 will serve homemade pancakes (yes, chocolate chip!), waffles and sausage. Come in your holiday best for pics with the Easter Bunny.

Monday, April 15

Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories
Where: MPAC, Morristown
Price: $12-15
Deets: Five of your kids’ favorite books from authors like Kate DiCamillo will hit the stage for some time in the limelight: Dragons Love Tacos, Interrupting Chicken, The Dot, Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride and Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Day.

Tuesday, April 16

Madeline and The Bad Hat
Where: Shea Center, Wayne
Price: $10
Deets: Beloved character Madeline will teach the kids that a bad first impression isn’t the end of the world at this comedic musical, open to kids in pre-K through third grade on the autism spectrum. Call for reservations.

Thursday, April 18

Hands Up! for Storytime
Where: Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton
Price: $10
Deets: Ages 3-6 can gather for a reading of Hands Up!, a picture book about a black girl’s life, which will be read in honor of the 56th anniversary of MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. The program ends with the creation of a multicolored handprint wreath. Registration required.

Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21

Bunny Chase
Where: Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Price: Free admission
Deets: Ages 2-8 will have a blast following treasure hunt clues around the farm. There’ll also be a bunny craft, wagon and pony rides and the chance to meet real bunnies and other farm animals.

Sunday, April 21

Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Diggerland USA, West Berlin
Price: $38.95
Deets: Bring a basket to this 4,000 egg palooza, 20 of which are golden eggs with grand prizes. Best part? Every egg has a prize!

Friday-Sunday, April 26-28

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic
Where: State Theatre, New Brunswick
Price: $15+
Deets: When Elmo meets magician Justin, he wants to learn all the tricks of the trade. He’ll find it’s alright to make mistakes, and as long as he works hard and practices, he can accomplish anything. Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and other characters will also share their own experiences and adventures through dance numbers, music and more.

Saturday, April 27

Dino Day
Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: Included with admission
Deets: Touch real fossils, meet a dino expert and hit the BASF Kids’ Lab for prehistoric activities, then hit the Touch the Music workshop for a surprise from Field Station: Dinosaurs.

Morris County Park Palooza
Where: Lewis Morris County Park, Morris Twp.
Price: $5/adults, $2/kids online
Deets: With more than 20 food trucks, a biergarten, live music and free face painting and games for the kiddos, this is a great way to spend the weekend.


Whippany Railway Museum’s 27th Annual Easter Bunny Express
Where: Whippany Railway Museum, Whippany
Price: $17/adults, $12/kids
Deets: On select Saturdays and Sundays this month (April 7, 13-14, 20), take a 45-minute ride on the Whippanong Trail and meet the Easter Bunny and his helpers. Reservations recommended.

The Lion Guard Exhibit
Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: Included with admission
Deets: Mini scientists ages 2-8 can check out this ecology-themed exhibition that explores the African Savanna, teaches kids about animals living in the Pride Lands and encourages interactive play through missions and trainings in the Lion Guard’s secret space. Ends September 8.