Can you believe that April is here? It’s time to hop to it and start filling that calendar with lots of fun for the whole family. Get a jump start on Easter celebrations at The Great Easter Egg Hunt in Red Bank, listen to live music, hit the fun zone at the Tenafly Street Fair in Tenafly, or dress up and catch beads at the First Annual Mardi Gras in Atlantic City. And for more to fill your calendar. check out our things do to for Easter in NJ. (featured photo credit:istock/rocks3)
(Note: Since COVID-19 rules and regulations are continually changing, it’s best to check ahead for in-person events)
Johnson’s Corner Farm Egg Hunt Hayrides
April 1-16, Weekdays: 10 AM – 1 PM Weekends and Good Friday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Stop by this farm for a festive hayride and hunt. After your search, visit Peter Rabbit and create some sweet treats by decorating rabbit and egg-shaped cookies. And make sure you visit the barnyard animals after—admission is half-price with egg hunt tickets.
Ticket prices are $6-10
Johnson’s Corner Farm – 133 Church Road, Medford, NJ 08055
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
April 2 at 9 AM
Support the Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity. There will be professional photos, live entertainment provided by DJ Zi’Ro, and a book reading from Miss North Jersey’s Outstanding Teen and local author Rylee Howerton. Space is limited, and reservations are required.
Cost: The first three kids are free, with additional kids $5.00. Adults $15.00
Eastlyn Golf Course and the Greenview Inn, 4049 Italia Ave., Vineland, NJ 08361
Gloucester County Special Services Education Foundation Annual Autism Walk and 5K
April 2 at 9 AM
Come out to recognize Autism Awareness month at this festive color walk and run. It’s a morning of fun for the whole family, and all funds raised will support GCSSEF programming. Don’t forget to wear white for the color run!
Cost: Donation-based, registration required
1400 Tanyard Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080
Read and Explore Composting at Terhune Orchards
April 2 at 10 AM
Learn at the farm and participate in a hands-on activity that shows how garbage can turn back into the soil. There will be stories about worms and compost. Each child will make a compost container to bring home.
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Spring Beekeeping and Gardening
April 2 at 10 AM
Learn what makes a healthy hive and meet honeybees, peek inside their hive, and find out what they do around the farm and in the gardens. Howell Farm beekeeper, Johanna Swartzentruber, will open the hives and check the health of the colony at 11 AM by looking at the bees and their work on the comb. A 45-minute presentation about “Life in a Honeybee Colony” will begin at 2:00.
70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Easter Bunny Brunch
April 2 at 10 AM
Enjoy delicious bagels, donuts, games, and so much more at this Easter Bunny Brunch, which also benefits a local food bank. The whole family will be entertained, and make sure you keep your eyes out for the Easter Bunny.
Cost: canned goods for a local food bank
Recreation Center – 80 Broadacres Dr., Clementon, NJ 08021
Easter Bunny Arrival Party
April 2 at 10:30 PM
Welcome the Easter Bunny this spring with a character parade through Market Fair. There will be music and juggling acts, games, balloon sculpting, music and dancing, crafts, and so much more. Plus, be among the first 200 to register and receive a free surprise.
Market Fair, 3535 U.S. 1, Princeton, NJ 08540
Opening Day at Allaire
April 2 at 11 AM
Celebrate Allaire’s 200th Anniversary with special house tours, craft demonstrations (Carpentry, Tinsmith, Blacksmith, Hearth-Cooking, Fibre Arts), children’s games, storytelling, quilting, and more. Craft guilds will demonstrate their 19th-century skills, and there will be guided tours of the historic buildings, including two of the newly developed interpretive sites this year. There will be a special history scavenger hunt for children and adults.
4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Silly Billy at Newark Museum of Art
April 2 at 11 AM
This magic show includes comedy sketches, magic, and storytelling. They are guaranteed to have your family amazed and laughing the entire time. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Cost: Free with general admission tickets to the Newark Museum of Art
Billy Johnson Auditorium, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
The Great Red Bank Egg Hunt
April 2 at 11 AM
Get your baskets ready—all ages will have a blast hunting for colorful eggs. Make sure you arrive early to see the Easter Bunny before the hunt.
11 Henry Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Mad Hatter Tea Party at Cherry Hill Mall
April 2 at 11 AM
It’s the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with his friends Alice, Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Sing and dance with your favorite characters and enjoy unique entertainment from a face painter and balloon artist. There will be games, crafts, farm animals, prizes, tea party treats, baby goats, and goody bags. A portion of ticket sales will go to Kamp for Kids to benefit children with autism.
The upper level of Nordstrom wing next to Urban Outfitters, Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 RT. 38, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Belmar Easter Egg Hunt
April 2 at 11 AM
Is there anything better than a fun egg hunt on the beach? Come out with the little ones and hunt for the 2,500 eggs placed in the sand. There will also be one golden egg for every group to find, including a prize ticket.
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Avenues of Belmar Beach Ocean Avenue, Belmar, NJ 07719
Bunny’s Big Top Party at Deptford Mall
April 2 at 12 PM
Celebrate spring with the Easter Bunny with a live petting zoo, strolling entertainment, balloon sculpting, airbrush tattoos, games, prizes, spring crafts, and fun giveaways. There will also be magic shows in the Kid’s Mini Theater and Bunny photos.
Cost: Free for the party, photo packages with the Easter Bunny are additional
1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, NJ 08096
Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
April 2 at 12 PM
Join the rescheduled Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day parade. Start the lineup early at Klee’s Bar and Grill, the official home of the 2022 parade. At the end of the parade, see the Massed Band and a 40′ long American flag. There will also be a post-parade party at the Hershey Motel.
The Boulevard, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
April 2 from 1 PM-4 PM
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, explore the Van Vleck gardens using your senses as your guide. Activity stations will be arranged throughout the property, focusing on different textures, smells, shapes, and colors found in the natural world. Meet and greet animals from Eyes of the Wild, an exotic animal rescue, and learn how these amazing creatures use their senses. This outdoor family program is an inclusive event, open to people of all ages and abilities, and held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, a rain date will be announced.
Cost: $10 for non-members, free for members. In case of inclement weather, a rain date will be announced.
Van Vleck House and Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Princess Tea Party
April 2 at 3 PM
It’s a caregiver and me Princess Tea party hosted by OS Picnics. Celebrate spring with a fairytale tea party. The princess will take pictures with you and your littles. Tickets include iced tea, cupcakes, bubbles, and a meet & greet with a guest princess. This program is open to boys and girls.
Above Art Studios, 55 Morris St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Ocean City Con 2022
April 2-3 at 10 AM
Join comic book and memorabilia enthusiasts in Ocean City. There will be special guests, artists, vendors, comics, games, and more. There will even be a Super Hero Run and Dash and Super Hero Obstacle Dash too. Cost: Free general admission
Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226
Tenafly Street Fair
April 2-3 at 11 AM
Finally, street fairs are back, and this one will host vendors of artists and crafters and delicious food. Along with the vendors, there will be rides and fun for the whole family.
Tenafly Historic Railroad Station, 1 Piermont Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670
Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Festival
April 2-3, times vary
Branch Brook Park’s beautiful pink Japanese Cherry Blossom trees explode with color all over the park in early April. Kick off the peak at the Cherry Blossom Festival on April 2, along with a bike race. On April 3, there will be a 10K Run for extra cherry blossom fun this season. Continue to check their website for more events planned.
Park Avenue and Lake Street, Newark, NJ 07104
So Fresh Fest
April 2-3 at 2 PM
It’s an outdoor health and wellness festival coinciding with cherry blossom season in Essex County Branch Brook Park. There will be yoga, portrait stations, sound healing, meditation, movement, healthy food, high vibe music. There’s even an option to upgrade to a VIP experience. If you join Brown Girls Bar Crawl and So Fresh Fest on IRL, you’ll get a free chakra smudge stick upon arrival at So Fresh Fest!
Prudential Concert Grove, Branch Brook Park Drive, Newark, NJ 07107
Easter EGGspress at DiDonato’s Family Fun Center
April 2-16 from 12 PM – 5 PM
Hop to it—the first Easter events are happening at DiDonato’s Family Fun Center this weekend. Climb aboard the EGGspress train, meet with the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs in their Spring Hedge Maze, go down a giant inflatable slide, visit the toy market, and enjoy special Easter treats.
Cost: $12.95 per person; advance tickets are highly encouraged
1151 South White Horse Pike Hammonton, NJ 08037
Palmer Square’s Spring Bunny Visits
Saturdays and Sundays, April 2-16, from 12 PM – 2 PM
While you are out shopping the Square, keep an eye out for the Spring Bunny—he plans to hop all around town. Make sure you catch him and snap some photos for the gram.
Palmer Square, 40 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
Egg Hunts on the Farm
April 2-16 on weekends from 10 AM – 4 PM
Hunt around for eggs, snap photos, and visit with the farm ducks, chickens, cows, goats, and mini ponies. Tickets include fun zone admittance, photo ops, a box/basket, and an egg hunt.
Tickets are $12 per person, $5 for non-egg hunters
Oasis Family Farm – 3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Duffield’s Easter Bunny Visit
April 2-16, times vary
Take a spring hayride to see the Easter Bunny at the Bunny House, where you can spend some time snapping photos for the ‘gram. After, check out the market where treats will be for sale.
Cost: $12 per family up to 6
Duffield’s Farm & Market – 280 Chapel Heights Road, Sewell, NJ 08080
Easter and Springtime Family Fun at Alstede Farms
April 2-May 15 from 9 AM-4 PM
The whole family will love taking a scenic hayride around the farm visiting and feeding baby animals. Littles will also enjoy an Easter Bunny Brunch too.
Cost: Tickets are $19.99 and up
Alstede Farms – 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, N] 07930
Allentown Daffodil Days Festival
Now-April 3, times vary
Kick off spring by celebrating everything daffy at this first annual festival that celebrates over 2000 daffodil bulbs planted throughout town. Wear your daffodil finery at the parade, learn how to plant daffodils in your garden, peruse the library book sale, have your kids make daffodil crafts, and stop by Cream Ridge Winery for food trucks, vendors, and live music.
Cost: Free for events in town; Cream Ridge event is $15
Parade along Church Street and events in downtown Allentown, NJ 08501
Morristown’s Egg-Cellent Adventure
A family fun adventure perfect for all ages. Take the family on a scavenger hunt through the town of Morristown, which includes historical sites, points of interest, and business locations. Submit your participation form by April 11 to be entered into a drawing for prizes.
Scavenger Hunt around Morristown, NJ 07960
Spring Forward 5k
April 3 at 9:30 AM
Take a 5K run/walk on the scenic trails of Central Park of Morris County. After completing your run, you’ll end the race with a one-of-a-kind finisher medal and post-race festivities. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. Whether you’re a beginner running their first race or lacing up your running shoes for your 100th, this course is perfect for everyone.
North Cottage Street, Morris Plains, NJ US 07954
First Annual Atlantic City Mardi Gras
April 3 at 12 PM
Let the good times roll at this first annual Mardi Gras event, where they’ll be handing out beads just like the New Orleans celebration. Check out music by the Philly Mummers String Band, vendors, food, bands, and fun for the kids. Enter the costume contest for the kids and adults, and be sure to watch the crowning of the Atlantic City Mardi Gras King and Queens.
Cost: Free; some features will be ticketed, and minors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
Showboat Hotel, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Black River & Western Railroad – Easter Bunny Express
April 3-16, various time slots
Hop on over to the annual Easter Bunny Express, where the whole fam can take a train ride that stops in Ringoes, snap photos with Peter Cottontail, and go on an egg hunt (just don’t forget to bring a basket).
Cost: $16.99 and up
Flemington Station – 80 Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ 08822
Whippany Railway Museum’s Easter Bunny Express
April 3-16, times vary
Hop on the Easter Bunny Express and enjoy some Easter fun. The Easter Bunny will be on board, and the ride is along the scenic Whippanong Trail. Bring your camera for special shots with the Bunny.
Cost: Prices vary depending on seats
Whippany Railway Museum- 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, NJ 07981
Frazier Fitness Charity Challenge
All funds must be raised by March 30, 2022
March is the time for Spring Training, and Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation is launching an exciting fitness and fundraising challenge to get your family moving together. Get fit with Jackie and Todd Frazier, Major League Baseball All-Star and 2020 Olympian, by joining the 21-Day Frazier Charity Fitness Challenge today. Raise the most funds for CSH, and you will get a LIVE Virtual Training Session with Jackie and Todd. Register now at https://getfit4csh.org to impact your health and the health of local kids living with special healthcare needs.