10 Kid-Friendly Things to Do: March 22-24


This weekend savor your taste buds at the Hoboken Mac and Cheese Festival in Hoboken, celebrate the arrival of spring at KidFest in New Brunswick, or rock out while supporting a good cause at the 8th Annual Paint the Pony Purple in Asbury Park.

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Here are 10 kid-friendly things to do around New Jersey this weekend:

Hoboken Mac and Cheese Festival
March 23, 12PM – 7:30PM
It’s the next best comfort food extravaganza and it’ll be in our very own Garden State! Fulfill your taste buds and mac n’ cheese cravings at the Hoboken Mac and Cheese Festival. Who doesn’t love a bowl of the best late night snack and meal that kids will always be happy with?! Sample the goodness of local restaurants, listen to live music, win swag, and enter in cheesy contests.
Our Lady of Grace Church (gym space)
Hoboken, NJ
Cost: $25-$120

New Brunswick Kennel Club Dog Show
March 22-24
Kids love dogs. All kinds of dogs. Bring your family to a dog show this weekend to see breeds of every kind win all sorts of prizes at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Plus, there’ll be food, too!
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center
Edison, NJ
Cost: free

Celebrate Holi at iPlay America
March 22, 4PM – 9PM
Celebrate Holi at iPlay America with a discounted ride night. When you purchase a $10 game card, you’ll get free unlimited rides – what a steal! Along with every ride band, you’ll also receive a free glow necklace – a great way to celebrate the colors of Holi. There will also be free face painting, too! Call or get this offer online.
iPlay America
Freehold, NJ
Cost: $10 game card

4th Friday in Uptown Pitman
March 22, 6PM – 9PM
Stroll through uptown Pitman with your family and enjoy live music, shop cool local vendors, and browse all this wonderful town has to offer. Play old fashioned games and wind down with a meal at one of the many tasty restaurants in the area.
Uptown Pitman
Pitman, NJ
Cost: free

March 23, 11AM – 3PM
Welcome the arrival of spring with Magic 98.3, along with The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, at the 9th Annual Kidfest. It’s a day of fun for all, filled with free entertainment, game zones, the infamous Magyar Bank Rock Climbing Wall, photo booth, and so much more.
Rutgers College Avenue Gym
New Brunswick, NJ
Cost: free

Makers Day at Whitesbog
March 23, 11AM – 3PM
Explore Whitebogs Historic Village with the fam as you celebrate NJ Maker’s Day. Take things apart and put them back together with vintage tooks at the Barrel Factory, get in the cranberry bog sand table for fun with farm construction tools, and take a tour of the Cranberry & Blueberry factories where kids can take part in berry sorting. Other activities include building cottages and houses, wood toolbox making, weaving, kitchen creations, tinker toy building, and more. And don’t forget to stop in the General Store for vintage toys, jams, and local finds.
Whitesbog Preservation Trust
Browns Mills, NJ
Cost: free

Maple Sugaring Open House at Lusscroft Farm
March 23 – 24, 10AM – 3PM
Bring the family for a day of learning how sap is made and converted into delicious maple syrup. This event features live demonstrations of how to tap the trees, collecting the sap, and operating the evaporator. Fresh maple syrup will also be available for purchase.
Lusscroft Farm
Sussex, NJ
Cost: free

8th Annual Paint the Pony Purple
March 23, 1PM – 5PM
Rock out to live music, eat, relax, and support a great cause at the 8th Annual Paint the Pony Purple. Be sure to wear lots of purple for this fun afternoon at Asbury Park’s most legendary venue, the Stone Pony. All proceeds go to the Epilepsy Services of New Jersey and services that support individuals in New Jersey living with Epilepsy.
The Stone Pony
Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: $25, $30 at door

Girl Scouts ‘Passport Around the World’
March 24, 1PM – 3:30PM
Travel the world in your own backyard with Girl Scouts, through their many displays about countries from around the world, at Wildwoods Convention Center this Sunday. Stroll through this fun beach town, learn about new countries and cultures, and pick up your favorite Girl Scout Cookies. As you migrate from table to table, participate in activities like crafts, games, songs, traditions, foods, beverages, tours or displays.
Wildwoods Convention Center
Wildwood, NJ
Cost: Tourist $7, Adults $1

Spring Bazaar
March 24, 12PM – 7PM
Shop these beautiful cultures at their finest, with this collection of Indian and Pakistani clothing and jewelry. The Spring Bazaar is sure to keep you busy with tons of vendors, live music and entertainment, and plenty of tasty and authentic festival food.
E Hotel Banquet & Convention Center
Edison, NJ
Cost: free

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

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About Author

Erika is a yogi, writer, coffee enthusiast, and world traveler. If she's not at the beach or chasing the sunset, she's looking for the best iced coffee she can find and planning her next adventure. Her favorite NJ spots include The Saint, Island Heights, and Lava Java House.