15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ, Apr 21-23


Spend this weekend with your kids experiencing fun and interactive events throughout New Jersey. Celebrate Earth Day at Liberty State Park’s Earth Day Festival, Turtle Back Zoo’s Party for the Planet & Children’s Music Fest or in Egg Harbor at the 27th ACUA Annual Earth Day Festival. See beautiful Cherry Blossoms at Bloomfest 2017, eat yummy street food at Six Flags Great Adventure’s Fast Tracks & Food Trucks, or colorful kites at Long Branch’s Kites At The Pier 2017!

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:

Branch Brook Park

Bloomfest, Photo via Facebook @NewarkHappening

1. Bloomfest 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Bring your family down to New Jersey’s pinkest park! Bloomest 2017 at the Essex County Branch Brook park encourages everyone to take part in a live event featuring Japanese cultural demonstrations, live music, a marketplace, food, and much more. Bloomfest also assures parents that there will be a “Fun Zone” for their kids, which showcases hula hoopers, face painting, and a petting farm! Event goers are also encouraged to view the festival map ahead of time to plan your day so no event gets missed!
Essex County Branch Brook Park
Newark, NJ 07104
Cost: Free

2. Earth Day Festival at Liberty State Park
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
The Earth Day Festival at Liberty State Park kicks off its daylong celebration at 10am with the Annual 5K Run/Walk followed by Kid’s Kingdom and the Earth Day Fair. Also be sure your family catches the Main Stage performances which includes: Envirojuggler, Michael & the Rockness Monsters and The Field Station: Dinosaurs! To add, there will also be arts and crafts activities, kite flying, face painting, and inflatable rides!
Liberty State Park
Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
Cost: Free

3. Fast Tracks & Food Trucks
April 22-23, 2017 from 10:30AM to 8:00PM
*Food Truck area is open from 12pm to 7pm both days and the wine sampling is open from 1pm to 5pm both days*
The 4th annual Fast Tracks and Food Trucks festival is back with 15 food trucks all with mouth-watering treats! On top of the delectable food items, there will be live music from Alex English on Saturday from 1pm to 5pm and the Stealing Savannah on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. To give you a little taste, some food trucks that will be showcased are: My Four Suns (Authentic Korean-fusion cuisine), Sweet Lavender (Simple yet sophisticated desserts), Oink and Moo BBQ (American BBQ and Tex-Mex), and The Flying Pie Guy (Hand held savory Aussie pies), There will be something for every member in your family to enjoy!
Six Flags Great Adventure
Jackson, New Jersey 08527
Cost: $46.99 Children Under 54″, $72.99 ($47.99 online only) Adults

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center

Earth Day at Appel Farm 2015, Photo via Facebook @AppelFarmArts

4. Earth Day Festival at Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM
Apple Farms & Music center invites the your family to celebrate how glorious our Earth is at their Earth Day Festival. This fabulous festival will feature themed art projects, live music, dancing, and food trucks! Kids can help in community mosaic projects, plant a milkweed plant in the Butterfly Garden, play tennis and basketball, or make beads and lanterns.
Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
457 Shirley Road, Elmer, NJ 08318
Cost: Free

5. Jenkinson’s Aquarium Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM
At Jenkinson’s Aquarium Earth Day Celebration, children will learn how they can be superheros for our planet! Any kids that dresses in full superhero costumes will receive $1.00 off their admission…don’t forget this is for all ages!
Jenkinson’s Aquarium
300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Cost: $7 Child, $12 Adult

6. Magical Mystery Carnival
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM
The Magical Mystery Carnival will be a fun and mystical day for the whole family! There will be live music by Hey Bulldog, arts and crafts from the Workspace for Children, face painting, games, prizes, and more!
The Woodland
60 Woodland Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Cost: $12 Child, $12 Adult

ACUA Environmental Park

ACUA Annual Earth Day Festival 2016, Photo via ACUA.com

7. 27th ACUA Annual Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM (Rain or Shine)
The ACUA Earth Day Festival at Environmental Park will be showcasing an array of interactive activities for kids. Local vendors, great food, and live entertainment are just the tip of the iceberg, not to mention they are back for their 27th Festival! Along with the great food and live entertainment, there will be a 4H Petting Zoo, programs like The Turtlesinger (An interactive program and where you will learn about, touch and feed live turtles), and Touch a Truck (Get up close to one of ACUA’s recycling trucks and learn how they work from one of our collection professionals).
ACUA Environmental Park
6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Cost: Free

8. Spring Festival at Red Bank Battlefield
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM
The Spring Festival at Red Bank Battlefield invites your family for a fabulous day outdoors along with learning the importance of textiles in colonial America. There will also be sheep shearing, colonial textile demonstrations, spinning, embroidery, hearth cooking, and plenty of kids’ activities.
Red Bank Battlefield
100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ 08063
Cost: Free

9. Princeton Earth Day Festival
Friday, April 21, 2017 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM
The Princeton Earth Day Festival is guarantee for fun and fresh air for the whole family! There will be musical performances, educational booths, yoga, and a garden workday activity at noon. Nomad Pizza and the Bent Spoon will also be there so make sure your kiddies leave their appetites at home!
Frist Campus Center – South Lawn
Princeton, NJ 08544
Cost: Free

pier village nj

Kites at the Pier 2016, Photo via Facebook @KitesAtThePier

10. Kites At The Pier 2017
April 22-23, 2017 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Long Branch’s NJ’s premier Kite Festival is here to take you higher! Kites at the Pier will show your family an array of breath taking visual beauty and activities for all to enjoy! Kites will be in the sky from 9am to 4pm. There will be fun activities on Festival Plaza and a Candy Drop at 2pm!
On the Long Branch Beach (South of Sirena Ristorante)
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Cost: Free

11. Party for the Planet & Children’s Music Fest
Saturday, April 22 from 11:00PM to 2:00PM
Your favorite local children’s musicians, including Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam, Ron Albanese (POLKA DOT!), Miss Nina and The Fuzzy Lemons give Earth Day festivities in Essex County a boost to this excellent event, which take place in the Turtle Back Zoo’s newly renovated amphitheater.
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052
Cost: $12 Child, $15 Adult

12. Earth Day Events
Saturday, April 22, 2017, Times vary by location
This event promotes environmental awareness while having fun and making crafts! The kids crafts are hands on so kids learn about our beautiful planet while making cool art! Be sure to stop be and show some love to our Earth as well as get your creative juices flowing.
Various Locations:
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center
719 Port Monmouth Rd, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758
Deep Cut Gardens
152 Red Hill Rd, Middletown, NJ 07748
Huber Woods Park Environmental Center
25 Browns Dock Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
331 Georgia Tavern Rd, Howell, NJ 07731
Thompson Park Visitor Center
805 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Cost: Free

Cape may

Earth Day Celebration, Photo via Facebook @CapeMayCountyPark/Zoo

13. 10th Annual Party for the Planet Earth Day
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
The Bergen County Zoo invites your family to its 10th Annual Party for Earth Day celebration. Event goers will get the chance to learn about eco-friendly products, eco-friendly programs, and the variety of services in which we can all help to preserve our planet.
Bergen County Zoo
216 Forest Ave, Paramus, New Jersey 07652
Cost: Free

14. Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8:30AM to 4:00PM
Cape May’s Annual County Earth Day Fair is much more than just a day in the park. This celebration will feature a 5K Race, 1 Mile Fun Run, live music, children’s storytime, inflatable obstacle course & slide, an interactive drum circle, hands-on educational exhibits, and hayrides.T-shirts will be given to the first 150 participants, and there will also be plenty of food and crafts for event goers so don’t miss out!
Cape May County Zoo
707 U.S. 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Cost: Free

15. Millburn Street Fair
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
The Millburn Street Fair is one of the biggest and best street fairs in New Jersey. An estimated 150 vendors will be in attendance for your shopping needs, there will also be live music, entertainment, family fun things to do for everyone to enjoy!
Millburn Ave between Main & Spring Street
Millburn, NJ 07041
Cost: Free


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