15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ, Apr 7-9

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Spend this weekend with your kids experiencing fun and interactive events throughout New Jersey. Celebrate opening season at the Somerset Patriots 2017 Fan Fest, Spring at Rutgers Spring Festival, or Easter at Oasis’ Family Farms Easter Egg Hunts on the Farm. Learn about dinosaurs at Morris Museum’s Dino Day Family Festival, eat from local food trucks at Jersey City Fun and Food Truck Festival and Carnival, or read some comics at Camden Comic Con.

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

Here are our top picks for family events in NJ this weekend:

Somerset Patriots Fan Fest

Fan Fest, Photo via Facebook @SomersetPatriots

1. Somerset Patriots 2017 Fan Fest
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 12:00PM to 3:00PM
Fan Fest with the Somerset Patriots kicks off spring and the upcoming baseball season! The whole family will have the chance to meet and get autographs from baseball legend Sparky Lyle along with many fantastic activities like: playing carnival games, face painting, and trotting around the bases. Also, Kids between the ages of 10-15 will be able to interview for the chance to become the Somerset Patriots Kid CEO for the 2017 season. This amazing opportunity gives your child a chance to learn all the ins and outs of running a baseball team. The first 500 kids in attendance will receive a Somerset Patriots Hat, and there will be live music throughout the event! This is a jam packed event your family doesn’t want to miss.
Somerset Patriots Baseball
860 E Main St, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Cost: Free

2. Dino Day Family Festival
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM
The Morris Museum is inviting the whole family to a trip back to the pre-historic times to when dinosaurs roamed New Jersey. This Jurassic event gives kids the opportunity to handle real fossils, interact with dinosaur experts, participate in a hunt for fossils in the dig pit, and make dinosaur related crafts in the galleries! That’s not all, however, your family will also have the chance to meet Claudia Lemmerz from “Touch the Music” to explore drum instruments of the orchestra. The BASF Kid’s Lab will also have something special brewing, so don’t miss out!
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: Free for Members, $7 for Non-Members, $10 Members for Children’s Theatre, $12 Non-Members for Children’s Theatre, $15 Combo Ticket (Includes general Museum admission, plus admission to a children’s theatre performance)

3. Jersey City Fun and Food Truck Festival and Carnival
April 7 – 9, 2017
Friday from 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Saturday from 11:00AM to 11:00PM
Sunday from 11:00AM to 6:00PM
Enjoy a day at Ridgefield Park with some delicious food trucks and fun carnival activities! Your kids can sink their teeth into some exquisite empanadas, gyros, gourmet grilled cheeses, and cupcakes from House of Cupcakes. There will be something for your whole family to enjoy, so make sure to stop by.
Over Peck County Park
100 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Cost: Free admission but Carnival Wristbands cost $30 (Day of events) or $20 (Purchased in advance here)

Essex County

Cherry Blossom Fun Run, Photo via Facebook @Essex County Park System

4. Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival
April 8, 2017 – April 23, 2017
Kick off Cherry Blossom season and the start of Spring with the start of Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival. There will be a Bike Race at Oval, Northern Division and a 10K Run on Sunday, April 9 from 10am to 12pm. Most importantly, don’t forget to take a walk around the park to see all the trees blooming!
Cherry Blossom Challenge Bike Race – Oval, Northern Division
Cherry Blossom 10K Run – Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Extension
Cost: Free

5. Spring Festival
Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM (Rain or Shine)
Celebrate Spring at the Gardens with an afternoon of fresh air and fun activities for the whole family! Throughout the day, there will be face painting, arts and crafts, egg hunts (starting at 12:30pm, and will be held every half hour), food and plenty more!
Log Cabin and Alumni Pavilion
140 Log Cabin Road, North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Cost: $5 Suggestion Donation, Please register here

6. The Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Celebrate Easter with The Great Egg Hunt in Hamilton Park. Please view the following time slots for specific age groups:
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM : 0 to 2 Years Old (with the parents)
10:20 AM – 10:40 AM : 3 to 5 Years Old (without the parents)
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM : 5 & up (without the parents)
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM : 0 to 2 Years Old (with the parents)
11:20 AM – 11:40 AM : 3 to 5 Years Old (without the parents)
11:40 AM – 12:00 AM : 5 & up (without the parents)
12:00 AM – 12:30 AM : Special Need Kids (with the parents)
Hamilton Park
525 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: Please bring canned food for Local Food Pantry at HPNA table

DiDonato Family Fun Center

DiDonato’s EGGspress, Photo via Facebook @DiDonatoFunCenter

7. Hop on DiDonato’s EGGspress
April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, & 15, 2017
Fridays from 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Saturdays from 1:00PM to 7:00PM
Sundays from 1:00PM to 7:00PM
Hop aboard the fan favorite DiDonato’s EGGspress! This outdoor Easter-themed train ride Includes a meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunt, and special Easter treats for the little ones and grownups alike!
Didonato Family Fun Center
1151 S. White Horse Park, Hammonton, NJ 08037
Cost: $9.95 per person

8. Easter Egg Hunts on the Farm
Saturday, April 8 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Enjoy a memorable and fun-filled Egg-stravaganza at Oasis Family Farm that the entire family will enjoy. Take pictures with the easter bunny or partake in the Hoppin’ Bunnyville Game, which is an interactive bunny hoppin’, delicious holiday event, made for families with young children.
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr, Robbinsville, New Jersey 08691
Cost: $7.00 Child, Please register here

***For more Easter events, please visit our Easter Egg Hunt Guide***

9. Collingswood Green Festival
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM
Collingswood Green Festival in Downtown Collingswood is the perfect event to teach your kids about preserving the Earth. Festival goers will learn about sustainable foods, organic gardening, water conservation, renewable energy, environmentally-friendly construction, and plenty more! Many local produce and organic vendors will be at the festival to fill your stomachs! There will also be a Kid Zone with crafts and activities. Make sure to stop by and see how beautiful our green Earth really is!
Downtown Collingswood
On Irvin Avenue, off of Haddon Avenue and near the PATCO Speedline
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Cost: Free

Camden Comic Con

Camden Comic Con, Photo via Facebook @CamdenComicCon

10. Camden Comic Con
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Comic Con in Camden is calling all superhero lovers! Families will be able to share their favorite comics with your kids as well as talk to comic creators, writers, artists, and fellow enthusiasts.
Rutgers University—Camden Campus
Rutgers Camden Athletic & Fitness Center
301 Linden St, Camden, NJ 08102
Cost: Free

11. 2017 Hope Township Green Fair – Go Green With Hope
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00AM to 1:00PM
Hope Township Green Fair is a another great event to teach your kids about preserving the Earth. They will learn about reducing, reusing, recycling and other important information from organizations, businesses, and Hope Students. There will also be a flea market type swap for individuals to trade goods they no longer use or have hopes to find treasures at this event! Free t-shirt and tote bags will also be available for those who attend.
Hope Township Elementary School – Gym
320 Johnsonburg Road, Hope, NJ
Cost: Free

12. Red Bank Street Fair & Craft Show
Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
It is that special time of year where New Jersey’s largest promoter of high quality juried Arts and Craft Street Fairs will be holding the Red Bank, NJ Street Fair on Sunday 4/9/17! For event goers, there will be FREE parking and admission. This will be one of the largest street fairs in New Jersey with an estimated 300 vendors and 40,000 spectators. Accompanied by all the marvelous food, there will also be live music, family fun, entertainment, and activities for everyone.
Downtown Red Bank NJ
Broad Street (between Peters Place and Front Street) and on Monmouth Street (between Broad Street & Maple Avenue)
Cost: Free

Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show

Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show, Photo via NY-NJ-GemShow.com

13. Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show
April 7, 2017 – April 9, 2017
Friday from 12:00PM to 9:00PM
Saturday & Sunday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
The NJ Convention & Expo Center is bringing you many popular exhibitions from the Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show. Fan favorite exhibitions include The Evolving Universe, Picturing Science, and Junior Ballroom will surely draw you in for an amazing showcase. Joining the dinosaur exhibit for this year is a huge Ice Age Stegodon and woolly rhinoceros. As for merchandise: there will be mineral specimens, fossils, dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones, artisan jewelry, amber, turquoise, emeralds, beads, findings, gold, silver, crystals, cabochons, science gifts, metaphysical, interior decor, petrified wood, craftsman jewelry boxes, tools, supplies, and so much, MUCH more!
NJ Convention & Expo Center
97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, NJ 08837
Cost: $10 Child, $15 Adult, Tickets can be purchased here

14. 6th annual New Jersey Needle Festival
Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM
If your little ones enjoy stitching, crocheting, or knitting, then the New Jersey needle Festival is the perfect event for them! Enjoy the day or an hour with fellow stitchers. There will be supplies for every craft your little ones need. Lunch will be available with with early registration only and there Door prizes are included too!
Presbyterian Church,
311 Route 202-206 North, Pluckemin NJ 07978
Cost: $25 Registration ($32.00 Day-of Registration), $15 Shop the vendors ONLY

15. Spring in Tuckahoe
April 8-9, 2017
Saturday & Sunday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Spring in Tuckahoe is where your children will find doll, clothes, hand crafted jewelry, room decorations, and more! Whether they are looking for a treasure for themselves, or a gift for someone special in their lives, hey will find everything they are looking for at the Spring in Tuckahoe Craftsmen & Home Event!
Upper Township Community Center
1790 Rt. 50, Tuckahoe, NJ 08250
Cost: Free with a can of pet food or small donation

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