Spend this weekend with your kids experiencing fun and interactive events throughout New Jersey. Celebrate Easter at Six Flag’s Easter Weekend or Terhune Orchard’s Bunny Chase. Enjoy s’mores at Wildwood Family Fun Night & Bonfire, whale and dolphin watching at the Cape May Whale & Dolphin Watch, or create tasty treats at Liberty Science Center’s MakerLab: Molding with Thermoplastics.
Here are our top picks for family events in NJ this weekend:
1. Turtle Fest
Saturday, April 15, 2017 9:00AM to 3:00PM
The Wetlands Institute’s Turtle Fest will be fun filled day with for the family! You can start off your day with a fantastic pancake breakfast (please make a reservation here), followed by some arts and crafts making, and lastly you can help a naturalist search for turtle hatchlings along the trail.There will also be an egg hunt and a chance to earn turtle bucks which you can cash in for prizes! You can of course also stop by the aquarium to say hello to other friendly sea creatures while they eat their own breakfasts.
The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
Cost: Non-Members: $8 child, $10 Adult, $30 family pack of 4*, Members: $6 child, $8 Adult, $25 family pack of 4*
*Family pack of 4 valid for 2 adults and 2 children
2. South Jersey Geek Fest
Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:00AM to 5:00PM
The South Jersey Geek Fest is back for its third show after receiving immense support to bring this great event back again; it is also a perfect bonding experience for you and your family! Geek fest will showcase various comics, art, tabletop games, music, video games, YouTubers, Yo-Yo’s, cosplayers, and much much more. There will also be delicious food such as Craigie Mack’s BBQ Shack, Adelaide’s Cakes, Kung Fu Hoagies, and the Bean Bros.Woodbury Heights Community Center
741 Helen Avenue, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
Cost: Free for kids 11 & under are free (Please no strollers), $8 Adults, $5 for costumed attendee or food/animal donation of 3 or more non perishable goods, Tickets can be purchased here.
3. Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford
Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16, 2017 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Get ready to experience the rumble, clack, and whoosh of Historic Walnford’s 19th century Grist Mill. Demonstrations will through November. While you and your family are on site, don’t forget to visit the Pre-Revolutionary Waln House or an 1879 carriage house!
62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501
4. Celebrate Easter Weekend at Six Flags
April 15-16, 2017
Come experience this popular event at Six Flags! The first 250 guests to arrive early will get a chance to participate in the PEEPS® Egg Hunt! After the hunt, kids can visit Looney Tunes Seaport or Bugs Bunny National Park for some fun rides and snacks!
Six Flags Great Adventure
Jackson, NJ 08514
Cost: $54.99 Children Under 48″, $79.99 ($54.99 online only) Adults
5. Bunny Chase
April 15-16, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of Terhune Orchard’s spring season! Kids will get a chance to be immersed in their treasure hunt whimsical treasure hunt as they follow clues around the farm and find their spring surprise at the end of the hunt. Kids can also create a bunny to take home as well as enjoy a Terhune Orchards bunny cookie. To top it all off, there will be wagon rides around the farm and pony rides in the barnyard. For those who come hungry, the Farm Food Tent will showcase homemade goodies. There is also a winery tasting room, so make sure you stop in for all the fun!
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
6. Storytime with the Easter Bunny
April 14-16, 2017 at 10:00AM & 12:30 PM, Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes
Bunny Hop on over to Turtle Back Zoo this spring! Kids will enjoy two stories, a meet & greet with the Easter Bunny himself, a remembrance take home picture with the Easter Bunny, meeting an animal, light refreshments, and general zoo admission.
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
Cost: $30, please register here, Free for Children under 2, This event is recommended for children ages 12 and younger.
***For more Easter events, please visit our Easter Egg Hunt Guide***
7. Wildwood Family Fun Night & Bonfire
Friday, April 14, 2017 from 6:00PM to 10:00PM (Rain or Shine)
The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Family Fun Night & Bonfire fundraiser on the Wildwood Beach (at Rio Grande Avenue.) Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or beach chair to this rockin time on the beach. The Bonfire event will feature music by DJ Slice, plenty of games for the family (feature Cornhole, Ladder Ball, Checkers, Jenga & Connect Four) and of course, the beloved bonfire. For an additional fee, you can also indulge in S’mores pits and food & snack stations. All proceeds benefit the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement in support of the betterment of the Wildwoods of NJ.
Entrance will be at the south side of the Wildwoods Convention Center on Rio Grande Avenue
Cost: $5 Child, $10 Adult, Tickets can be purchased in advance at 609.729.4000, online, or at the entrance of event (cash only)
8. 6th Annual Farm Mall
Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 8:00AM to 2:00PM
Indian Acres Tree Farm invites you to their 6th Annual Farm Mall. This afternoon of splendid shopping will feature crafters, local businesses, and the best local food around. There will be a great play area, giant pillow bounce, and apple cider donuts for the kiddies!
Indian Acres Tree Farm
111 Tuckerton Road, Medford, NJ 08055
9. New Meadowlands Market
Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 8:00AM to 4:00PM
The New Meadowlands Market is a shopper’s paradise, so make sure you don’t miss out! It will be filled with hundreds of vendors selling merchandise and food. Along with that great combination, there will be plenty of entertainment and games for the whole family to enjoy!
MetLife Stadium – Lot 3
1 MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
10. Family Art Adventure
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 2:00PM
The Montclair Art Museum invites your family for their popular Family Art Adventure. This event at the museum explores and discusses the artwork in the galleries and holds fun and engaging hands-on projects in the studio that all are encouraged to participate in!
Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: $6 Members, $18.00 Non-Members
11. Sparta Winter Farmers Market
Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 10:00AM to 1:00PM
The Sparta Winter Farmers Market is not just a farmers market, but a place to education young ones on topics such as nutrition and cooking. There will be experts around the venue sharing information about these topics. Be sure to stop in to share in what the community has to offer, and it it totally free!
Sparta Middle School
350 Main Street, Sparta Township, NJ 07871
12. Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 10:30AM & 6:30PM
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 10:30AM, 2:00PM, 5:30PM
Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 2:00PM
There’s no better way to celebrate the universal joy of friendship other than a interactive live stage show! Sing and dance along with your favorite Sesame Street characters: Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and their Sesame Street friends – as they welcome Sesame Street’s newest resident, Chamki, who is Grover’s friend from India. Together, the group of playful characters explore the meaning of friendship, and celebrate cultural similarities through singing, dancing, and of course…sharing cookies! The ultimate experience can be had through the Sunny Seats Package, which includes premium show seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet with Elmo and another Sesame Street Live friend.
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
13. MakerLab: Molding with Thermoplastics
Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM
The Liberty Science Center’s MakerLab introduces kids to the use of 3D printers to create unique molds for tasty treats like chocolate and jello. Your young creators can learn the science behind flexible plastics to create their molds, and will be able to take their creations home! LSC’s new MakerLab boasts 3D printers, a vacuformer, and everything else you need for hands-on designing and creating. The MakerLab classes revolve around a simple principle: If you can dream it, you can make it.
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305
Cost: $50 Child. To book your spot, please call 201.253.1310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
14. Cape May Whale & Dolphin Watch
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 1:00PM
Make sure you bring your family along for the Big Trip in Cape May! Your whole family will become apart of Captain Jeff and his seasoned crew as they whisk you away into the Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Event go-ers will get a chance to be apart of a rare Humpback sighting. This exciting adventure also features appearances from the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Sting Rays, Crabs, Jelly Fish, and many types of birds. This journey on the seen will be fully narrated by your Captain who will point out local history along with many types of marine life as well, it can’t get any better than that!
Cape May Whale Watch
1218 Wilson Drive, Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: $25 Child, $40 Adult, tickets can be purchased here
15. The StrangeXchange
Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
The StrangeXchange is like no other market your family has seen before! There will be over 40 vendors selling unique, unusual and out of this world items that are perfect for one-of-a-kind gifts. Make your you make your way out to the Wellmont Theater, and join the famous Weird NJ for a great day of shopping for the entire family.
The Wellmont Theater
5 Seymour Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: $5, Tickets can be purchased here
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