10 Best NJ Events This Weekend: March 18 – 20


See the mystery of Pinkalicious’ pretty pink toes in Pinkalicious The Musical, merge art sculptures and New Jersey history at the SMASH series in Trenton’s New Jersey State Museum, meet your favorite television and film artists at the annual east coast Comic Con event, play in a bouncy house at the Purim Carnival, or watch a classic children’s story come to life in Cat in the Hat.

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1. Pinkalicious, The Musical
March 19th, 2016 | 2:00 PM
Elizabeth and Victoria Kann’s popular picture books come to life in Pinkalicious, The Musical. Audiences will be charmed by the story of a young girl who can’t stop eating cupcakes and ends up at the doctor’s office with Pinkitis after her toes turn pink. This quirky, colorful musical dazzle children of all ages.
1 SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
Cost: $23 children, $28 adults

2. SMASH Series
March 19th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Check website for individual event times)
A super science event is making it’s way to the New Jersey State Museum with the SMASH series, standing for Spectacularly Merging Art, Science, and History. Learn a thing or two about New Jersey’s history, the wonders of science, and beautiful art displays with interactive workshops and activities.
New Jersey State Museum
205 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08625
Cost: Adults: $5, Children 12 and under: Free

3. Comic Con in East Rutherford
March 19th, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Featuring special guests and entertainment to last the entire day. Cartoon creators, voice actors from shows such as Family Guy, WWE wrestlers, film makers, and more will be attending the event. Additionally, with admission, there will be live panels, cosplay giveaways, videogaming room, comic artists, and live music and performances to keep the entire family entertained.
Williams Center For The Arts
1 Williams Plz, Rutherford, NJ 07070
Cost: $15

4. Purim Carnival
March 20th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Stop by the Purim Carnival and have your children compete in a remote control car race, get their faces painted like a silly clown, or have them jump in the bouncy houses. Witness magic and live music during this spectacular, family-oriented carnival.
511 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, NJ
Cost: $18-$72 depending on package


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5. The Cat in the Hat
March 19th, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Based on Dr. Seuss’ most beloved book, The Cat in the Hat takes child’splay to an entirely different level as the children of The Cat in the Hat navigate through the day with this quirky creature. Full of non-stop laughs, this show is sure to be unforgettable for children of all ages who have come to adore the classic tale.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center St., Newark NJ, NJ 07102
Cost: $13

6. NJ Maker’s Day Festival
March 19th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
If your child loves hands-on activities that include building robots, creating digital special effects, or coding video games, than they will want to attend Little Ivy Academy’s NJ Maker Day extravaganza. Not only will children be encouraged to participate in the interactive digital world, they will be challenged in innovating digital gadgets and learning about the science of technology.
660 East Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ
Cost: Free


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7. BlueClaws Fan Fest
March 19th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Baseball season is almost here and the Blue Claws are gearing up by hosting a fan-oriented festival where families can buy tickets for the new season and have a blast. From free hot dogs to a caricature artists, this fan-appreciating spectacle embraces the theme of baseball and community togetherness. Further, charities will be at the event accepting food donations and there will be inflatable rides for fans.
First Energy Park
2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Cost: Free

8. Laurita St. Patrick’s Day Festival
March 19th, 2016 | 11:30 AM – 8:00 PM
March 20th, 2016 | 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM
In case you missed the Laurita Shamrock Festival, they are holding another exciting festival for families that want to enjoy ear-pleasing irish music, delicious authentic irish food, irish craft vendors, food trucks, and breath-taking irish dancing.
Laurita Winery
35 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Cost: $5


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9. Sensory Friendly Theater with Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could
March 20th, 2016 | 2:00 PM
Celebrating children of all abilities, Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could presents Sensory Friendly Theater with rock n’ roll tunes performed by a two-time grammy winning group. Hear some joyful noise this Sunday with this all inclusive performance and a classic throwback to rock n’ roll music.
1601 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ
Cost: $8

10. Mr. Malcolm’s Mathemaniacs
March 19th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Solve mathmatic problems and mysteries as Professor Malcolm shows audiences how fun math can really be. Part of The Broadway Theater’s 2016 educational series, children are guided through an interactive, special performance where audiences will witness music, exciting engagement, and the chance to be part of a mathmatics team. This interactive musical performance helps children understand the enjoyment in mathmatics.
The Broadway Theater
43 S Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071
Cost: $7-9




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