This weekend explore the ocean at Beneath the Sea in Secaucus, fullfill all your chocolate dreams at the Chocolate Expo in Piscataway, and enjoy fun festival food & games at the Garfield Semiannual Spring Street Fair in Garfield.
Here are 10 kid-friendly things to do this weekend around New Jersey:
Sports & Memorabilia Show
Check out the Sports & Memorabilia Show at the New Jersey Expo & Convention Center for all your sporty needs and collectibles. This show is super cool because tons of famous athletes will attend, and are available for photo-ops with you and the family. We’re talking Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Troy Aikman, and tons more. You can even purchase authentic autographed tickets.
New Jersey Expo & Convention Center
Cost: weekend pass $25
Beneath the Sea
At Beneath the Sea, you’ll find all the information you need about travel, diving, and ocean adventure. The event features 400 exhibitors, an International Underwater Film Festival, and a free Marine Careers program. It will also feature Ocean Pals for your kiddos, a poster contest to encourage young people to become aware of and share their concerns for the marine environment. This year’s theme is Magical Manatee and will highlight a celebration of the Women’s Divers Hall of Fame.
Meadowlands Exposition Center
March 30, 12PM – 5PM
Head over for a fun family day at Kidabaloo in Convention Hall, located in Asbury Park. Each ticket includes games, crafts, activities, entertainment, and a special guest appearance by Brenna D’Amico from Disney’s The Descendants. Bonus: buy your tickets in advance and receive a free parent pass!
Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: $15 in advance, $27 VIP, kids 2 and under free
Diggerland Lego Day
Now that Diggerland is officially open for the season (from March 16th!) spend a day at this fun event with all your favorite Lego characters. From 1PM to 3PM, your littles can meet and greet with Lego characters, see a real Lego Master builder at work, score giveaways, take photos in the Lego-themed area, and even score chances to win tickets to Legoland Discovery Center in Philadelphia!
West Berlin, NJ
B-The Underwater Bubble Show
March 30, 2PM & 5PM
Meet Mr. B and take an imaginary journey through the deep blue sea with his underwater friends – the seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, and mermaids. This is an exciting musical production featuring dancers, acrobats, and original music. From lasers and low ground smoke to flying foam and soap bubbles, the fantastic stage effects create a dreamlike underwater atmosphere that will leave your imagination swimming. The 5PM showing will be an autism-friendly performance.
State Theatre of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ
Spring Makers Market at The Herbary
March 30, 10AM-4PM
The greenhouse is open once again to welcome spring and local artisans to the Spring Makers Market at The Herbary. Enjoy a curated selection of handmade goods by the areas most talented makers!
The Herbary at Bear Creek Farm
The Chocolate Expo
March 31, 10AM – 7PM
Need we say more than chocolate, chocolate, chocolate?! The Chocolate Expo features a great lineup of vendors and includes every type of chocolate treat imaginable, chocolate fountains, baked goods, specialty foods, cheeses, craft sodas, and local wines at over 70 different booths. The event also includes a visit from actor Paris Themmen, who played Golden Ticket winner “Mike TeeVee” in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder. There will even be celebrity chef demos and free face painting for your littles!
Rutgers Athletic Center
Cost: Adult $15, Kids age 5-11 $10, VIP $30
Double Dare Live!
March 31, 7PM-9PM
Now’s your chance to see one of everyone’s favorite funny and sometimes messy game shows! Double Dare Live! is coming to Count Basie and bringing all the action along. You could be chosen to answer trivia, complete messy stunts, or race in the obstacle course.
Count Basie Center for the Arts
Red Bank, NJ
3rd Annual Meatball Showdown
March 31, 2PM – 5PM
Do you love meatballs? Better yet, does your family love meatballs? Then bring them to the 3rd Annual Meatball Showdown, where locals will compete for the title of, “Best Meatballs of the Jersey Shore.” Bonus: adults get to pair their meatballs with samplings from local wineries.
Capone’s Gourmet Pizza and Pasta House
Toms River, NJ
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