Stop Asian Hate Rally
Van Neste Square Memorial Park, Ridgewood
April 10, 2 pm
Teach the kids about tolerance and to support important causes as you join others for a peaceful rally in solidarity to help Stop Asian Hate.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris Township
April 10, 10:30 am
This one-on-one experience will let you get up close and personal with newly arrived baby lambs at the farm. The meet-and-greet includes petting and playing (and maybe even a feeding) and you’ll be helping to socialize the animals. Tickets are $50 for up to two people (with one lamb) and you’ll need to pre-register by calling 973.326.7645.
Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossoms
Branch Brook Park, Newark
While the festival is canceled this year, you can still go see the thousands of cherry blossom trees in full bloom. They were starting to bloom last week, so it should be a perfect time to catch the pretty in pink trees.
Cape May Zoo, Cape May
April 2-11, times vary
Easter is over, but you can spend the weekend tackling the HOPstacle course or playing I Spy for Easter eggs, and of course, seeing a host of adorable animals at the always free Cape May Zoo.
Draft Animal (Plowing) Demonstration
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel
April 10-11, 12 – 2 pm
Before you can plant the seeds, you’ve got to turn the soil, and here they do it 1890s style. See the plow horses in action and learn more about tilling from farmers. Afterward, explore the farm for a throwback experience.
NJ Highlands Spring Car Trek
High Marques Motors, Morristown
April 11, 11:30 am
You’ll drive your car to spots that showcase New Jersey’s Highlands, like the Newark Watershed, Wawayanda State Park, the Edison Monument and Sterling Hill Mine Museum. It’s a $20 registration fee per car, and you’ll need a driver, and a navigator above the age of 9 to map out your journey that starts in Morristown and ends in Sparta.
Dead on Live
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
April 9, 7 pm
Are you ready for concerts again? Fans of the Grateful Dead will dig this cool cover band. See Dead on Live at this indoor concert. Limited tickets available.
Imagine That!!! Museum, Florham Park
April 10, 11 am
While actual Blippi won’t be there, you’ll still see a talented performer playing the role of Blippi this weekend. Admission to the museum is included with your tickets. If the kids aren’t into that, but they love “Descendants,” some Imagine That!!! singers will be dressed and performing as Mal and Evie for a drive-in sing-a-long concert.
Springtime Fun on the Farm
Alstede Farms, Chester
April 9-11, various times
Book your tickets in advance and take a scenic hayride across the farm, see baby animals, climb a hay pyramid and challenge yourself with a scavenger hunt. You can also add on a pony ride.
The Bard at Bell Works
Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Holmdel
April 11- April 25, times vary
This outdoor festival will spend the next three weeks bringing to works of Shakespeare in both traditional play and ballet form on the theater’s rooftop deck. Saturday you can catch “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in ballet form or a musical revue by Axelrod Performing Arts Academy students.
And if you want to get the kids into the works of Shakespeare, now is the time. His birthday month means lots of options for fans of his works.
Shake-It-Up Shakespeare: Magic, Mystery & Mayhem
Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown
April 10, 11 am
This celebration of the works of William Shakespeare has scenes from famed plays like “Romeo & Juliet,” “Macbeth” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Tickets are $15 and advance registration is required.
Shakespeare Family Fest
April 10 & 11, Virtual
And if it rains on Sunday, you can stay virtual with this free festival with all-ages performances of “A Mini-Summer Night’s Dream” and “The Tiny Tempest.” Plus, they’ve got workshops and demos for things like stage blood. It’s a great intro to The Bard for the kiddos. Recommended for ages 5 and up.