18 Best NJ Events This Weekend: April 15 – 17

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Rock out to the tunes of Preschool of Rock at PLAYTIME Hoboken, have tea with the First Princess, smell the daffodils at the Daffodil Festival Earth Day Celebration in Ridgewood, be a hero for our planet at the Super Hero Celebration at Jenkinson’s Aquarium, watch 500 dogs parade the boardwalk in Ocean City at the Comedy Parade, or help your kids get the hang of fishing during the Kids Fishing Derby.

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1PLAYTIME Hoboken
Saturday, April 16, 2016 | 9:00am-11:00am (ages 3mths – 5yrs)
Join NJ Mom at Urban Jungle Play in Hoboken for PLAYTIME Hoboken with a special performance from PRESCHOOL of ROCK!! Let your children run around at their nature-inspired play gym, enjoy arts & crafts by Lindsey Crafter, story time, healthy snacks, VIP goody bags and chances to win amazing prizes from local businesses.
Urban Jungle Play
1140 Maxwell Lane
Hoboken, New Jersey
Cost: $5-15

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2. Tea Time with the First Princess
Sunday, April 17, 2016 | 12:00pm & 1:00pm
Come dressed as a Princess and have tea with The First Princess. Paint your very own tea set and get your picture taken with the First Princess (please bring your own camera)! Receive a gift bag, and drinks and snacks fit for a Princess.
Learning Express Toys of Holmdel
2107 State Route 35
Holmdel, NJ 07733
Cost: $30 plus tax per child. Spaces are limited. Reservations are required. Please call or stop in to reserve your spot. Tickets are non-refundable 72 hours before event.

3. Maywood Semi Annual Street Fair
April 17, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Maywood is holding its semi annual street fair this weekend with local vendors, a special kids traveling shindig, live music and dance demonstrations, and food galore. Food vendors such as the famous empanada guy, the seafood gourmet, the guac spot, and more will be serving it up at the street fair. Additionally, there will be exciting activities for the kids such as karaoke and mechanical kiddie rides.
100 Pleasant Avenue
Maywood, New Jersey
Cost: Free

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4. RunAPalooza
Saturday, April 16, 2016 | 8:00am
The Jersey Shore Running Club’s Giant Spring Event includes: The Asbury Park Half Marathon, Jersey Shore Relay Marathon and Jersey Shore 5K. All to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey and the Jersey Shore Dream Center.
Registration information is at http://www.RunAPAlooza.info
Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: Club members can get a discount to any of these events by using the discount code: jsrc2016.

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5.Girl Scout Day at Six Flags Great Adventure
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Calling all Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Alumni!
Join us on Saturday, April 16, 2016 and be a part of this annual tradition as Girl Scouts and their family and friends come together for a day of fun at Six Flags Great Adventure! Ticket packages include discount admission to Six Flags Great Adventure, an all-you-can-eat lunch in the Catered Picnic Grove from 12-2 p.m., and a Limited Edition Collector’s Patch for all Girl Scouts. To enter the park early for the presentation, you must be accompanied by a Girl Scout or wearing the Girl Scout Insignia.
Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Blvd.
Jackson, NJ
Cost: Tickets start at $31.99

6. Kids’ Fishing Derby
April 16, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
It’s time to pull out your fishing rod and bait, and head to Echo Lake Park for the kids fishing derby. Welcoming children 16 years of age and younger to join in on the event, the Newark Bait & Fly Casting Club hosts its yearly fishing contest meant to show kids the challenges of fishing.
Echo Lake Park, Lower Lake
Springfield Ave., Mountainside, NJ
Cost: Free for children under 16 years

7. Healthy Kids Day
Saturday, April 16, 2016 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Super hero training for the entire family, a super hero obstacle course, and a costume contest. You don’t want to miss out on this family-friendly event that promotes healthy activities for children and their families.
Western Monmouth County YMCA
380 Monmouth Road
Millstone, NJ
Cost: Free

8. Daffodil Festival Earth Day Celebration
April 16, 2016 | 11:00-4:00pm
April showers bring May flowers, and that includes daffodils. Ridgewood is holding their Daffodil Festival and Earth Day celebration as a combined celebration during the rebirth of spring. Enjoy live music, beautiful plants, and a parade. There will also be a “Daffy Dog” parade, plant sale, music and multiple activities for children including nature themed arts and crafts and educational displays.
Van Neste Park
E. Ridgewood Avenue and Oak Street
Ridgewood, NJ
Cost: Free

9. Breakfast with Wolves
April 16 and April 17, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Have you ever seen a wolf in person? Maybe you have. But, have you ever had breakfast with a wolf? Turtle Back Zoo is hosting a special breakfast with the packs of wolves that live in the zoo. Not only will you and your family be enjoying a beautiful breakfast, admission for the day, and wolf related activities, you will also be contributing to animal conservation initiatives with the payment of your ticket as the proceeds go to them.
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ
Cost: $30 per person, free under 2 years old
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10. Super Hero’s for Earth Day
Saturday, April 16, 2016 | 1:00-4:00pm
Come learn how you can be a hero for our planet. Join us for crafts, games and keeper chats. All ages. Included with admission.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium
300 Ocean Avenue
Point Pleasant, NJ
Cost: Receive $1.00 off admission if you dress in full costume as your favorite super hero.

11. Camp Coley’s Fun Day
April 16, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Camp Coley is having their fun day open house this weekend which will feature a barbecue dinner, campfire songs, camping games, s’mores, and many more activities to get kids in the vibe for summer. Learn more about the camp while enjoying a night by the campfire. Children from 3rd grade to 12th grade are invited to take part in this introduction to the camp.
Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation
750 Waterloo Road, Stanhope, NJ
Cost: $5

12. Early 19th Century Spring Festival
April 16, 2016 | 11:00-4:00pm
The village is welcoming spring; after a long cold winter, it is time to clean the flower and vegetable beds in time for spring. Get your hands dirty along side the villagers with a special seed program. Plant a seed with us and take some home. Visit and watch your seeds grow over the year with us. Participate in our Militia Muster. Learn historic drills and see historic fire arms demonstrations. Historic homes and craft shops will be open for tours from 11am to 4pm. We have a spring auction in front of the General Store at 2pm featuring handcrafts from our Allaire craftsman, arrangements by local florists, tickets to local events, much more! This event is free to the public.
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Cost: free

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13. Comedy Parade in Ocean City
April 16, 2016 | 12:00pm
The Doo Dah Parade is making its way through Ocean City to mark the end of tax season with this comedy parade complete with over 500 basset hounds. Adults get the chance to relax and laugh while children witness the hysterical pie face spectacular.
Music Pier
Starts at Asbury Avenue
Ocean City, NJ
Cost: Free

14. Bizzy Bee Baby Casting Call
April 17, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Calling all little models out there. Bizzy Bee Baby is looking for children of the ages 6 months to 12 years old to try out for photo and video shoot. Fill out the model application on the website and attend Bizzy Bee Baby’s Maywood Semi Annual Street Fair booth with a headshot to enter.
100 Pleasant Avenue
Maywood, New Jersey
Cost: Free

15. Cape May County Earth Day Fair
April 16, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Celebrate earth day with the Cape May County Park and Zoo this weekend with live music throughout the park, earth day story times, a loud drum circle, interactive earth day activities, and many more events that will be happening through the day. There will be food, a naturalist hayride, and crafts for the adults.
Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 U.S. 9, Cape May Court House, NJ
Cost: $15-$20

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16. Saturday Live Music at Sharrott Winery
April 16, 2016 | 1:00-4:00pm
Come enjoy live music by Ashley Thomas and wine tasting; then purchase a bottle to savor during the performance. Live music will be on our patio and lawn overlooking the vineyard. A nice selection of gourmet cheese platters is available for purchase in the Tasting Room. You are welcome to bring appetizers or a picnic lunch. Seating is limited; you are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs for use on the lawn.
The tasting includes 6 samples of Sharrott Winery’s award-winning wines and a souvenir glass. No BYOB permitted. By law only Sharrott wines can be consumed on the property.
Sharrott Winery
370 S Egg Harbor Rd (Rt 561)
Blue Anchor, NJ 08037
Cost: Free admission. $8.00/ pp wine tasting includes 6 samples and wine glass

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17. Honey Festival (in case you missed it last weekend!)
April 16 and and 17th, 2016 | 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Check out a bee hive, taste a honey hot dog, or engage in the farm’s free games and activities. The Honey Festival has something for everyone in the family and will be featuring all things bees.
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr., Trenton, NJ
Cost: Free

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18. Big Bad Wolf at Windmill Theater
April 16th, 2016 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The Big Bad Wolf is coming to a theater near you. Meet an unlikely character through the eyes of Heidi Hood, the second cousin twice removed of Little Red. Through puppetry, poetry, and dance, this unique telling of the big bad wolf will unveil why he is the most misunderstood character among fairy tales.
The Theatre at RVCC
118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg, NJ
Cost: $10

19. Visit NJ Mom’s event calendar for more events happening this weekend around New Jersey.

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Amanda is a student at William Paterson University majoring in English with a concentration in Writing, and a Psychology minor on the side. Her passions are reading young adult literature, writing reviews on her personal blog and short stories for university level competitions, and eating very, very spicy foods. When she’s not reading or playing with her cat, Sly, you can find Amanda working out at the gym and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Her guilty pleasure meals consist of chicken tikka masala, vegan black bean burgers, and soup from Panera Bread. When she finishes college, Amanda looks forward to publishing her first book.

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