COURTESY OF HISTORIC SMITHVILLE, RENAISSANCE FAIRE

It’s finally that time of year—while there may still be some days you need those winter gloves, the sun is finally poking its head out which means outdoor adventures and a month’s worth of (free) activities! Don’t forget to check out the best places to take your preschoolers this month, either.

Wednesday, April 3

Geologic Time Late Night
Where: Rutgers Geology Museum, New Brunswick
Deets: Demos, art and crafts and other activities will propel you back 4.5 billion years for historical insight into the Earth’s history and important events.

Friday, April 5

Brady Rymer in Concert
Where: Celebrate the Children School, Denville
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

Crafts and Drafts Handmade Market
Where: Jersey Girl Brewing, Hackettstown
Deets: This marketspace pop-up will have 16 local artisans selling homemade items. Don’t forget to grab a flight!

Wheaton Springs 2019
Where: WheatonArts, Millville
Deets: Check out the arts and culture of East Asia like paper making, ceramic wheel throwing, glassblowing and more. There’ll also be narrated music, dances, demos, art and more.

Sunday, April 7

Red Bank Street Fair and Craft Show
Where: Downtown, Red Bank
Deets: Hit downtown Red Bank for free admission to artists, crafters and vendors but stick around for the rides, games, live band, martial arts and delicious food.

Saturday, April 13

DIY Fairy Garden
Where: Cranford Library, Cranford
Deets: Kiddos in grades 1-3 and parents can use recycled pieces to create their own DIY Fairy Gardens. Registration required.

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

Saturday, April 20

Easter at the Pier
Where: Pier Village, Long Branch
Deets: Kids can meet the Easter Bunny, join hop sack or rubber duck races, plus get their faces painted, visit a balloon artist, jump on inflatables and more.

Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21

Bunny Chase
Where: Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Deets: Ages 2-8 can follow treasure hunt clues around the farm. Then, they’ll make a bunny craft, hop on wagon and pony rides and meet real rabbits and other farm animals.

Saturday, April 27

Poetry by Heart
Where: Cranford Library, Cranford
Deets: All ages are invited to recite a poem and nosh on pizza, plus receive a book of poetry. Registration required.

Rutgers Day
Where: College Ave., New Brunswick
Deets: Head to the home of the Scarlet Knights for free performances, exhibits, kid-friendly activities and demos that’ll give you a peek into the school and its community.

19th Annual Earth Day Festival
Where: Echo Hill Park, Flemington
Deets: From a live animal show to a sing along, this Earth Day fest is pulling out all the stops. Take a hike around the park, meet with 4-H organizations, work on crafts made from recycled materials and play games. Try paddling or cozy up by the campfire and roast s’mores during storytime.

Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28

Renaissance Faire
Where: Historic Smithville, Galloway
Deets: Travel back in time—a little farther than Marty McFly—and visit merry Olde England. Bring the whole fam for sword fighting, songs, knights, jesters and more. Historic Smithville staples include a carousel, train, paddle boats and an arcade.

Ongoing

Little Explorer Story Time
Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Deets: Every Wednesday, tots can join Miss Lindsay for a storytime and themed craft. Registration required.