29 FREE Things To Do In April 2024

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Hey, hey, April is here, which means flowers, family fun, and lots of FREE stuff for the family to do all month. Go on the hunt for clues all over town at the Family Scavenger Hunt in Sea Isle City, see cherry blossoms at their peak, watch Japanese cultural demonstrations, and jump in the bouncy house during Branch Brook Park’s Cherry Blossom Festival Days in Newark, or learn how to help our Earth with interactive activities at ACUA’s 32nd Annual Earth Day in Egg Harbor Township. (Featured Photo Credit: istock/andykazie)

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

Easter EGGstravaganZOO at Cape May County Park Zoo
April 1-7
For this special event, the zoo is dressed in its Easter finery. Kids will love to play I, Spy, participate in an Easter Scavenger Hunt, try the HOPstacle Course, and see the Easter Bunny.
Cost: Free
Cape May County Park/Zoo,
707 Route US 9 North, NJ, Cape May 08210

Family Scavenger Hunt
April 3 at 2:30 PM
Bring the fam and travel around the town to find everything on the list. An adult must accompany minors, and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Cost: Free
Start at 6108 Central Avenue, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243

Wheaton Springs 2024
April 6 at 10 AM
Celebrate the start of WheatonArts’ creative season with this family-friendly kick-off event highlighting their daily offerings and hands-on programming. Explore exhibits and join in on projects for the whole family, including pine-needle basket making, coffee filter butterflies, and glass-fused magnets. There will also be food vendors and live jazz music.
Cost: Free
1510 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ 08332

SatARTdays: Free Kids’ Art Classes
Saturdays now through 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

Ocean City Con 2024
April 6-7 at 10 AM
Join comic book and memorabilia enthusiasts in Ocean City. Special guests, artists, vendors, comics, games, and more will be present. There will even be a Super Hero Run and Dash and Super Hero Obstacle Dash.
Cost: Free
Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226 

Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford
April 6-7
Watch the 19th-century historic Gristmill in action. Each free demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes.
62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501

Burlington County Book Festival
April 13 at 10 AM
If you have a book lover in the family, stop by this fun event that includes authors, local vendors, fellow book lovers, presenters, and musical performances.
Cost: Free
Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton, NJ 08060

Spring Beekeeping and Gardening
April 13 at 10 AM
Learn what makes a healthy hive and meet honeybees, peek inside their hive, and find out what they do for us around the farm and in the gardens.
70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, NJ 08530

Spring Craft Show
April 13 at 9 AM
Bring your family to this seasonal craft show at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center in Tinton Falls. This event will feature local artists and crafters. 
2566 Guam Lane, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm
April 13 and 27 at 11 AM

Discover recipes, cooking techniques, and kitchens from the 1890s and taste what’s cooking on the farm.
Historic Longstreet Farm – 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733

Sowing Seed Potatoes at Historic Longstreet Farm
April 13-14
Join the staff at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, as they sow this year’s crop of potatoes. 
44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel 07733

Red Bank Street Fair and Craft Show
April 14 at 11 AM
Head to Red Bank for a day filled with music, dancing, food, and family fun. Littles will have a ball on the children’s rides and get a chance to play games.
Cost: Free
Downtown Red Bank, NJ 07701

Margate’s Cherry Blossom Festival
April 14 at 12 PM
Head outdoors and soak up the sunshine while you take in the beauty of the cherry blossoms. There will be games, activities, live music, tasty treats, and more.
Cost: Free
Ventnor Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402

Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Bloomfest
April 13 and 14 at 11 AM 
It’s a weekend of family-friendly activities in New Jersey’s pinkest park, with Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. Experience Japanese cultural demonstrations, a bouncy house, a rock wall, kids’ activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, and food. 
Cost: Free
Essex County Branch Brook Park, Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Mill Street Entrance, Belleville + Prudential Concert Grove, Clifton Avenue Entrance, Newark 07104

Splendid Spring Stroll at Clayton Park
April 18 at 10 AM
Join a Park System Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk through Clayton Park, Upper Freehold. Meet in the Emley’s Hill Road parking area. Cost: Free
Clayton Park, Upper Freehold, NJ 08514   

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

Grayrock N Roll Spring Festival
April 20 at 10 AM
Over 40 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. The rain date is April 27.
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

8th Annual Pier Village Annual 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. This event will feature 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
April 20 at 10 AM
Join the largest Earth Day event in Cape May County. The entire family will enjoy hands-on educational exhibits, children’s amusements, live entertainment, various environmental eco-shops, a scavenger hunt, and much more.
Cost: Free
Cape May County Park & Zoo, 707 U.S. 9 Middle Township, NJ 08210

Shadfest
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

Spring Festival and Earth Day Celebration
April 21 at 11 AM
Step into a day of history and family fun at the annual Red Bank Battlefield Spring Festival, with games and crafts for children, a petting zoo, sheepshearing demonstrations, and a magic show.
Cost: Free
Red Bank Battlefield, 100 Hessian Ave., in National Park, NJ 08063

The Casual Birder at Holmdel Park
April 23 at 9 AM
Take a laid-back morning walk with a park naturalist to spot local birds at Holmdel Park, Holmdel. Meet at the Shelter Building. Binoculars will be available on a first-come basis.
Cost: Free
44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733

Go Green with Hope
April 27 at 10 AM
The 11th Annual festival with an environment theme has something for every age, including free seedlings, crafts, vendors, free raffles, a meet and greet with the Antler Ridge Mascot, over 40 tables of old favorites, new activities, and giveaways.
Cost: Free
Hope Township School, 20 Johnsonburg Road, Hope, NJ 07844

Rutgers Day
April 27 at 10 AM
Bring the whole family to New Jersey State University, where everyone will enjoy exhibits, interactive activities, demonstrations, performances by faculty, staff, and students, and kids’ activities.
Cost: Free
Busch Campus in Piscataway and the Cook/Douglass Campuses in New Brunswick

Hawthorne Art in the Park
April 27-28
Visit nearly 50 vendors selling their artwork and handcrafted goods. There will also be food, dessert, drinks, local musicians, live demonstrations, kids’ activities, and much more.
Cost: Free
Passaic County Arts Center-Goffle Brook Park, 675 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ 07506

ACUA’s 32nd Annual Earth Day
April 28 at 10 AM
It’s the annual Earth Day Festival with lots of free, fun, and educational activities for all ages. Join in the celebration of our planet with exciting interactive events, including Touch a Truck, an eco hayride, recycling tips, and entertainment throughout the day. The celebration will feature more than 150 vendors, crafters, food vendors, and exhibitors.
Cost: Free
ACUA Environmental Park – 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

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