30 Free Events in May

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Here are 30 Free Events in New Jersey this May:

1. Christopher Academy Admissions Open House
May 1, 2017 | 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM
Interested in a Montessori education for your child? The Christopher Academy offers it and is offering a free tour and information session at its open house so you can learn more.
Christopher Academy, 510 Hillcrest Avenue, Westfield, NJ

2. NJ Youth Chorus “Guys & Guests”
May 1, 2017 | 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Think third and eleventh-grade boys hate choir and singing? Think again—these boys love to burst out in song and will put on a gleeful performance for free. Perhaps this fun choir concert will inspire your son to join these boys in the New Jersey Youth Chorus program, too. And don’t worry, free food will be provided at the concert as well.
Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main Street, Chatham, NJ

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3. Kids Club 2017-2018 Open House
May 2, 2017 | 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM
In case you’re looking for a safe, fun and engaging place for your child to go when you’re still at work, the Kids Club of Metrowest is the place for them. They’ll be having an open house early May, and you’ll be able to check it out first-hand.
JCC Metrowest, 760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ

4. Genealogy
May 2, 2017 | 7:30 PM until 9:00 PM
Interested in learning how to do this? Well, you can for free thanks to this event’s sponsor, Hackettstown Historical Society.
American Legion, 494 Willow Grove, Hackettstown, NJ

5. College Planning Workshop in Butler
May 3, 2017 | 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
Do you have some kids who are, well, not going to be “kids” for much longer? If so, your kids probably being told all the time how it is important to start preparing for college and life beyond living at home with you. And if it’s time for them to start doing this, for free, this event will help them just as much as it’ll help you. They might learn a couple tricks on how to study for standardized tests and you might learn about financial aid.
Butler Public Library, 1 Ace Road, Butler, NJ

6. Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and Resource Fair
May 4, 2017 | 5:00 PM until 7:30 PM
Mental health is not just an issue teens and adults need to think about—kids do, too. This event is in honor of Children’s Mental Health Day and there will be all kinds of things that you and your kids will find helpful. And yes, refreshments will be available.
East Orangel YMCA, 100 No. Arlington Avenue, Terrell Gymnasium Upper Level, East Orange, NJ

7. Minecraft Club
May 5, 2017 | 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM
If your child is stuck behind a computer for hours playing Minecraft, they just might need a little bit of fresh air outside home. This event will get your kiddo outside the house and they’ll get to be social versions of the Minecraft nerds they are. They’ll meet other kids with similar interests (the game) and it’ll be fun.
Warren County Library, Northeast Branch, 40 US HWY 46 West, Hackettstown, NJ

8. Radical Rocketeers
May 6, 2017 | 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Bring your kids for a chance to build their own rocket! Supplies for this will be provided, but you are welcome to send them with their own—and you must accompany them. This is great as both an individual or group activity!
Warren County Library, Northeast Branch, 40 US HWY 46 West, Hackettstown, NJ

9. Eco-Fair
May 6, 2017 | 10:00 AM until 05:00 PM
Come explore plants with the whole family. This fair will showcase plants and all kinds of crafty things that are good for the environment.
WheatonArts, 1501 Glasstown Rd, Millville, NJ

10. Spring Fling Arts and Crafts Festival
May 6, 2017 | 10:00 AM until 04:00 PM
There will be everything from crafty vendors to good food at this festival. Come see for your kids (and your) selves.
Main Avenue & Pilgrams’ Pathway, Ocean Grove, NJ

11. Origami Club
May 10, 2017 | 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM
If you and your child are looking to improve your paper folding skills, this is the place to be. Origami is always beautiful and fun to look at, but if you don’t know how to it’s done, starting can seem like a challenge. Luckily, this class will show you everything you’ll need to know to call this your new hobby.
Warren County Library, Northeast Branch, 40 US HWY 46 West, Hackettstown, NJ

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12. Spring Music is in the Air (All Ages)
May 11, 2017 | 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
Christine De Leon is here to sing many songs you and your whole family will sing and clap along with. Come hear her have fun on stage.
SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, 379 South Branch Rd. Hillsborough Municipal Complex, Hillsborough, NJ

13. Spring Flower Fair
May 12, 2017 to May 14, 2017 | Each day 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Does your garden need a little work? If so, this fair is here to teach you how to grow better flowers and you can purchase some to plant right at home. The plants available include flowers that are often hard to grow and forms and food, as well. This event is to support the Rutgers Gardens Student Internship Program.
Rutgers Gardens, 140 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick, NJ

14. Third Annual Arts and Crafts Festival
May 13, 2017 | 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Held at the downtown Fanwood Train Station, this festival will feature works and items from more than 75 vendors. These include jewelry, glassware, plants, pottery, clothing—and more. Be sure to eat light before coming since lots and lots of food will be available.
Fanwood Train Station, NJ

15. Make A Tote Bag for Mom for Mother’s Day
May 13, 2017 | 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Supplies are limited, but if you get to this event soon enough, your kiddo will be able to make you a useful gift for free. Be honest, it’s probably impossible for you to have too many tote bags given your busy hands. So if one of these is made by the kiddo who makes you the busiest, you know it’ll be the best tote bag, ever.
Imagine That!!!, 4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, NJ

16. New Jersey State History Fair
May 13, 2017 | 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Held rain or shine at the historic Monmouth Battlefield State Park, five centuries will be presented by reenactors and exhibitors. Everything from what happened in Jersey in the first World War to the discovery of baseball will be covered, and your history buff kiddo won’t want to miss this.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 16 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ

17. Galaxy Sensory Bottle Kids’ Craft
May 13, 2017 | 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM
Bring your child and some plastic bottles! This craft session will allow your kiddo to create a galaxy in a small space with baby oil, food coloring and glitter—fun!
Warren County Library, Northeast Branch, 40 US HWY 46 West, Hackettstown, NJ

18. Mother’s Day at Diggerland: Mom’s Dig Free!
May 14, 2017 | 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM
Yes, that’s right—moms did for FREE! Instead of you bringing your kiddo to dig, they’ll be bringing you instead. And trust us, it’ll be a great way for the family to bond!
Diggerland USA, 100 Pinedge Dr., West Berlin, NJ

19. Mother’s Day at Morey’s Pier
May 14, 2017 | 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Looking for the perfect cup of tea on Mother’s Day? This celebration at Morey’s Pier will give you and a few guests the perfect cup of tea and biscuits. It’ll be the perfect little tea party for you!
Morey’s Piers, 3501 Boardwalk, Wilwood, NJ

20. Mother’s Day Live Music
May 14, 2017 | 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Sharrott winery will feature live music from Mike Cono and wine to taste. A food truck will be there to provide lunch. Music and fun are free. Wine tasting is cheap and only eight dollars a person.
Sharrott Winery, 370 S. Egg Harbor Rd., Hammonton, NJ

21. Free Ice Cream for Moms
May 14, 2017 | 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM
While your kids love ice cream, you know you’ll love it more when it’s free for you. Alstede farms will have plenty scoops available to keep you cool on a (hopefully) warm Mother’s Day.
Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ

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22. Jersey Shore Festival
May 19, 2017 to May 21, 2017 | 2:45 PM
Summer starts sooner in the Jersey Shore. This event will prove that! Tons of emerging artists will be performing and there will be plenty of fun activities to enjoy.
Seaside Heights Boardwalk, Seaside Heights, NJ

23. Nassau Film Festival
May 20, 2017 to May 21, 2017 | 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM
Why pay to see a movie everyone has seen at a theater, when you could see a bunch of short never-before-seen films for free? This film festival will feature more than 40 short films and some might be fun for you kids, too!
Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ

24. Family Magic Show with NJ Magician Steve Woyce
May 20, 2017 | 11:00 AM until 11:45 AM
NJ’s own magician Steve Woyce will put on a hilarious magic show for you and your kids at Brunswick Square Mall, and you won’t want to miss.
Brunswick Square Mall, 755 Rt 18, East Brunswick, NJ

25. Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at Verona Park
May 20, 2017 to May 21, 2017 | 10:00 AM until 05:00 PM
This two-day arts and crafts festival has art that’ll satisfy every taste. There will be more than 140 fine artists, photographers and crafters from all over the country (not just NJ) will showcase their work.
Verona Park, 542 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, NJ

26. Summer Camp Tour
May 21, 2017 | 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM
In case you want to find a last-minute summer camp for your kid, Appel Farm Arts Camp will give you and your kiddos a tour of everything. This will ensure you that your kid will be sent away to the right camp. This camp, in particular, is filled with all kinds of activities your art-loving kid will enjoy.
Appel Farm Arts Camp, 457 Shirley Road, Elmer, NJ

27. The Official 2017 Pork Roll Festival
May 27, 2017 | 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM
Trenton will host a free event featuring the world’s largest selection of pork roll food items. Come enjoy the food, make new friends and enjoy live music from nine artists.
The Pork Roll Festival, 100 S. Broad St., Trenton, NJ

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28. Spring Festival of the Arts
May 27, 2017 | 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM
Unlike all the other arts festivals mentioned this event will include performances my Music Conservatory students. These performances include theater, poetry and jazz music.
Far Hills Country Day School, 697 US-202, Far Hills, NJ

29. Fair Haven Annual Memorial Day Parade
May 29, 2017 | 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM
Who loves parades? Who loves our veterans? If you answered yes to both, this parade will honor those veterans and will include the singing of anthems. This parade is perfect for the whole family!
Knollwood School, Fair Haven, NJ

30. Woodland Park’s Memorial Day Street Fair
May 29, 2017 | 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM
Memorial Day weekend is fun, isn’t it? This fair has all kinds of kid-friendly activities to do, from face painting to a petting zoo. And if you want some mom and adult-only activities to do as well, there will be all kinds of sales and entertainment.
Woodland Park’s Memorial Day Street Fair, 1150 McBride Ave., Woodland Park, NJ

 

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Sophia Borghese is a passionate and adventurous lifestyle writer who strives to bring readers fun and unique things to do around New Jersey. When she isn't writing or doing makeup, you can find Sophia liking pictures of pugs on Instagram or following her favorite Snapchat stories. Aside from all things social media, Sophia loves singing, trying new foods and playing with her cat, Ron. Her favorite "Jersey Girl" things to do are picking Jersey tomatoes and enjoying the NYC skyline from Hoboken.