25 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Weekend April 19-21


Hey, spring, you’re finally showing us your colors—and with a bunch of family-friendly things to do this weekend, we’re making the most of the glorious days ahead. Look up in the sky and see all the kites flying at the 8th Annual Pier Village Kite Festival in Long Branch, enjoy one of the many Earth Day celebrations in Roseland, Ringwood, Princeton, and other locations throughout the state, and take insta-worthy pics while you pick tulips at the Holland Ridge Farms Spring Spectacular in Cream Ridge. And with spring here, make sure you don’t miss all the fun festivals happening this season. (featured photo taken at Holland Ridge Farms)

(Note: It’s always best to check ahead for in-person events.)

Fiddler On The Roof
April 19-21
This beloved story is one that the whole family can enjoy together. Part of the Broadway Series, follow this journey of love, loss, faith, and family as you take in this unforgettable show.
Cost: Ticket prices vary
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive, Manasquan, NJ 08736

The Northeast Coalition Earth Day Celebration Week
April 19-21
Join the Official Earth Day Celebration at Crane Park in Montclair. Volunteers will gather for cleanups on Pine Street, Erie Park, Brookdale Park, and Glenridge Avenue (behind the Bay Street Train Station). The celebration will continue in and around Crane Park until 2 PM with music and other family-friendly activities. 
Cost: Free
Montclair, NJ 07042

Holland Ridge Farms Spring Spectacular
April 19-21
It’s peak tulip season, and Holland Ridge Farm is blooming with over 8 million tulips in 15 varieties. Head to the weekends of their Spring Spectacular (now through the end of April) to see farm animals, learn about Dutch traditions, snap gram-worthy photos, take a pony ride, sample delicious foods, and pick a bouquet of tulips. 
Cost: $17 per person
108 Rues Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514    

Earth Day Celebration in Cape May
April 20 at 10 AM
Cape May County Park & Zoo will co-host its Earth Day Celebration, where the whole family will experience hands-on educational exhibits, children’s amusements, live entertainment, a variety of environmental eco-shops, and a scavenger hunt. 
Cost: Free
Cape May County Park and Zoo, 700 US 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Outdoor Adventures Family Program: Upcycle
April 20 at 10 AM
Learn about upcycling and doing our part to protect natural resources. This program is entirely outdoors, weather permitting, and the Education Team will guide you through an interactive learning experience. 
Cost: $15. Free for members, but registration is required.
Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck Street Montclair, NJ 07042

Earth Day Celebration
April 20 at 10 AM
Celebrate Earth Day with a fun-filled day, including a rain barrel raffle, tree planting, seedling giveaways, bike share info, eco vendors, and more. 
Cost: Free
Acacia Youth Center, 95 Port Reading Ave, Woodbridge Township, NJ 07095

Earth Day 2024
April 20 at 11 AM
Enjoy a day filled with crafts, games, and recreational opportunities, such as canoeing and hiking. This event also features demonstrations and a sale by local eco-vendors. Environmental Center staff and partner groups will be on hand to guide you throughout the day.
Cost: Free
Essex County Environmental Center, 621 Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland, NJ 07068

Party Like It’s Your Earth Day
April 20 at 11 AM
Head out to Marven Museum and Garden and party like it’s your Earth Day! This festive day of community action offers something for everyone, including Historic Garden tours, native seed crafting, free bike repairs, yoga provided by Gemma from Gratitude Yoga, gently used toys provided by R+K=Smiles, and much more. 
Cost: Free; registration is required. 
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540

Earth Day Festival
April 20 at 11 AM
Celebrate Earth Day at City Green’s Earth Day Festival at Eastside Park. This event includes nature crafts, gardening lessons, story time, scavenger hunts, giveaways, and more. 
Cost: Free; RSVP to attend.
Eastside Park, 587 Park Avenue, Paterson, NJ 07504

Earth Day Celebration
April 20 at 11 AM
All ages are welcome to this free Earth Day celebration full of activities for the whole family. This event will feature guided nature walks and hikes, educational displays, tree sapling giveaways, volunteer opportunities, nature crafts and games, a scavenger hunt, and more.
Cost: Free
The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation, 150 Snake Den Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456

Earth Day Celebration featuring The NJ Folk & Bluegrass Festival
April 20 at 11 AM
Celebrate Earth Day in Hoboken with family fun, a green market, NJ Folk & Bluegrass Fest, and more. There will be fun nature-inspired art activities for all ages, a green artisan market, fitness class demos, face painting, and animal encounters with The NJ Snake Man. 
Cost: Free
70 Jackson Plaza, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Earth Day Activities in Monmouth County
April 20-22, times vary

The whole family can try outdoor Earth Day events, including an open house at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, planting along the shore, or Beachcombing and cleanup at Seven President’s Park and Bayshore Waterfront Park.
Various locations in Monmouth County

Whole Lotta Empanada, Food Truck & Music Festival
April 20 at 11 AM
Get ready to judge the empanada vendors vying for the EMPY! (People’s Choice Best Empanada). In addition to empanadas, enjoy gourmet food trucks, live music, games, a bounce house, mini golf, crafts, and face painting. 
Cost: $5. Kids under 5 are free; please bring an item for the food pantry, too
20th Century Park, Elizabeth Street Garfield, NJ 07026

April 20-21 at 11 AM
Celebrate 41 years of family, fun, and fish in Lambertville. This year’s Shad Fest will feature the region’s finest artists and crafters, children’s activities, and a farmer’s market. Local’s Lane will feature artists from the Lambertville and New Hope areas.
Cost: Free
Lambertville, NJ 08530

Fur Baby Festival
April 20 at 12 PM
Together with the friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter, you will help to find forever homes for some amazing dogs, cats, and other small animals. This event will feature 15+ food vendors, live music, games, a pet costume contest, and much more.
Cost: Admission will be $6 for everyone Over 5 years old. Tickets are $5 in advance (plus a service charge), or you can purchase them at the door.
Burlington County Fairgrounds, 1990 Jacksonville Jobstown Rd. Jobstown, NJ 08022

Grayrock N Roll Spring Festival
April 20 at 9 AM
Over 60 vendors, food trucks, face painting, a DJ, and an acapella group will be at this lively festival. Rescue groups with dogs, cats, and kittens up for adoption will be there. There will also be sanctuary horses, goats, pigs, and chickens.
Cost: Admission is Free ($5 parking fee to help us care for and feed the animals)
Grayrock Farm Sanctuary, 85 Grayrock Road, Clinton, NJ 08809

Petting Zoo on the Midway
April 20 at 1 PM
Kick off the start of Spring opening weekends with a free petting zoo on the Midway. Your kids will love feeding the animals, taking photos, and having fun.
Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, 800 Ocean Terrace Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm
April 20 at 1 PM
Come to the farm for the day and enjoy accordion music with 1890s tunes.
Historic Longstreet Farm – 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733

8th Annual Pier Village Kite Festival
April 20 at 9 AM
Watch giant kites of all shapes and sizes in amazement as they soar over the beach in Pier Village, featuring kite flyers from the eastern seaboard, flying their most incredible creations for miles and miles.
50 Chelsea Ave Ste 137, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Earth Day Celebration 2024
April 21 at 9 AM
Kick off your Earth Day celebration with a pollinator garden tour, planting of native plants, and park cleanup. This celebration is part of a week of events focused on restoring the planet.
Cost: Free
Crane Park, Glenridge Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042

Family Fun: Earth Day
April 21 at 2 PM
Learn about the seasonal vegetables and flowers that grow in your area and get all the tips and tricks you need to create a thriving at-home garden. Kids can plant the seeds of their own springtime garden and then take home their personalized potted plants.
Cost: $25 
Renault Winery Resort, 72 N Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215

Spring Festival and Earth Day Celebration
April 21 at 11 AM
Bring the family to Red Bank Battlefield and celebrate Spring and Earth Day. You will enjoy colonial games, crafts, a petting zoo, sheep shearing demonstrations, magic shows, and more.
Cost: Free
Red Bank Battlefield Park, 100 Hessian Ave, National Park, NJ 08063

Daffodil Festival and Earth Day Fair
April 21 at 11 AM
Head to Van Neste park for Earth Day fun featuring a petting zoo, green educational programs and displays, a recycling magician, and musical entertainment. Eventgoers can also enjoy the annual costumed daffy dog parade at 12:30 PM.
Cost: Free
Van Neste Square Memorial Park, S Walnut St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Earth Fair
April 21 at 11 AM
At this event, you will learn how to care for nature, plants, and the land while being entertained by musicians, storytellers, presenters, and more. The park will be transformed into a place filled with recycling, gardening, health, and wellness.
Cost: Free
Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton, NJ 08060


SatARTdays: Free Kids’ Art Classes
April 20 at 12 PM
Bring the kids to get free art lessons. This series of six free children’s art classes will occur every Saturday in the spring with a professional artist at the Noyes Arts Garage. These classes will begin on March 16 and run until April 20.
2200 Fairmount Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Bubble Bash at Adventure Aquarium
Now-April 28
This bubbly bonanza is the perfect way to spend the day with the kids. There will be endless floating bubbles, demonstrations, and Insta-worthy photo ops.
Cost: General admission
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103

Five Star Swim School Play and Swim Moms Group
Now-May 30
Moms, Dads, Caregivers, Babies, and Kids are welcome to the Play & Swim Moms Group at Five Star Swim School, where parents/caregivers can bring their children to have fun and socialize. Homeschooler groups are welcome. Thursdays – from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The pool is open for swimming from 10 AM to 11 AM, and a lifeguard is always on duty.
Cost: $15 per child, and parents/caregivers swim for free
Five Star Swim School, 1 Corbett Way, Eatontown, NJ 07724

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