36 FREE Things To Do In April

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Between Easter, Earth Day, and spring celebrations, April is full of fun events for the whole family. And the best part? These events are free. Chill out and relax at the So Fresh Fest in Newark, watch a helicopter drop 5,000 Easter eggs at the 6th Annual Helicopter Egg Drop in South Brunswick, or feed Haddy the Dinosaur at Outdoor Sculpture Month in Haddonfield. And for more to fill your calendar, check out Easter in NJ. (featured photo credit:@jerseyjoyrides)

(Note: Since COVID-19 rules and regulations are continually changing, it’s best to check ahead for in-person events)

Opening Day at Liberty Hall
April 1 at 10 AM 
It’s opening day at Liberty Hall, and there will be complimentary house tours throughout the day. Reservations are required.
1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
(908) 527-0400

Wheaton Springs 2022
April 2 at 10 AM
Celebrate the start of WheatonArts’ creative season with this free kick-off event highlighting their many daily offerings and hands-on programming. Discover a series of hands-on projects to create, including pine-needle basket making, macrame rope keychains, and glass-fused magnets. There will also be food vendors and live jazz music.
1510 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ 08332
(856) 825-6800

Spring Beekeeping and Gardening
April 2 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
(609) 737-3299

Easter Bunny Brunch
April 2 at 10 AM
Enjoy delicious bagels, donuts, games, and more at this Easter Bunny Brunch. The perfect event for the whole family, make sure you keep your eyes out for the Easter Bunny. They will collect canned goods for a local food bank at this event.
Recreation Center – 80 Broadacres Dr., Clementon, NJ 08021
(856) 228-4000

Easter Bunny Arrival Party
April 2 a
10:30 PM
Welcome the Easter bunny this spring with a character Parade. Enjoy music & juggling acts, games, balloon sculpting, music and dancing, crafts, and more.
Market Fair, 3535 U.S. 1, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 452-7777

The Great Red Bank Egg Hunt
April 2 at 11 AM
Bring your cameras and get ready to see the Easter Bunny in Red Bank. Perfect for children of all ages, this egg hunt is a blast for the whole family. Make sure you arrive early to catch a pose with the Bunny. 
11 Henry Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 530-2777

Belmar Easter Egg Hunt
April 2 at 11 AM
Is there anything better than a fun egg hunt on the beach? Come out with the little ones and hunt for the 2,500 eggs placed in the sand. There will also be one golden egg for every group to find, including a prize ticket.
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Avenues of Belmar Beach 
Ocean Avenue, Belmar, NJ 07719

Bunny’s Big Top Party at Deptford Mall
April 2 at 12 PM
Celebrate spring with the Easter Bunny with a live petting zoo, strolling entertainment, balloon sculpting, airbrush tattoos, games, prizes, spring crafts, and fun giveaways. There will also be magic shows in the Kid’s Mini Theater.
1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, NJ 08096
(856) 848-8100

Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
April 2 at 12 PM
Join the rescheduled Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day parade. Start the lineup early, and Klee’s Bar and Grill will be the official home of the 2022 parade. At the parade’s end, see the Massed Band and a 40′ long American flag. There will also be a post-parade party at the Hershey Motel.
The Boulevard, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
(732) 793-5000

19th Century Woodworking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm
April 2 at 12 PM
Visit Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel to see how the carpenter uses 19th-century woodworking and carving tools during this demonstration.
44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 946-3758

Ocean City Con 2022
April 2-3 at 10 AM
Join comic book and memorabilia enthusiasts in Ocean City. There will be special guests, artists, vendors, comics, games, and more. There will even be a Super Hero Run and Dash and Super Hero Obstacle Dash.
Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226 

Tenafly Street Fair
April 2-3 at 11 AM
Come out to the first of the street fairs of the season. There will be artists, crafters, food, rides, and demonstrations.
Tenafly Historic Railroad Station, 1 Piermont Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670

So Fresh Fest
April 2-3 at 2 PM
It’s an outdoor health and wellness festival coinciding with cherry blossom season in Essex County Branch Brook Park. There will be yoga, portrait stations, sound healing, meditation, movement, healthy food, high vibe music. There’s even an option to upgrade to a VIP experience. If you join Brown Girls Bar Crawl and So Fresh Fest on IRL you’ll get a free chakra smudge stick upon arrival at So Fresh Fest.
Prudential Concert Grove, Branch Brook Park Drive, Newark, NJ 07107

Allentown Daffodil Days Festival
Now-April 3, times vary
Kick off spring at this first annual festival celebrating the 2000 daffodil bulbs blooming throughout town. Learn how to plant daffodils in your garden, peruse the library book sale, and have your kids make daffodil crafts. 
Events in downtown Allentown, NJ 08501

Morristown’s Egg-Cellent Adventure
Now-April 11
A family fun adventure perfect for all ages. Take the family on a scavenger hunt through the town of Morristown, which includes historical sites, points of interest, and business locations. Submit your participation form by April 11 to be entered into a drawing for prizes.
Scavenger Hunt around Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 455-1133

First Annual Atlantic City Mardi Gras
April 3 at 12 PM
This all-day event for all ages event has something for everyone. There will be an opening performance by a Philly Mummers String Band, vendors, food, music, and a costume contest for the kids and adults, ending with a crowning of the Atlantic City Mardi Gras King and Queens. There will be giveaways of over 10,000 strings of beads. Some features are ticketed.
Showboat Hotel, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 813-1250

Palmer Square’s Spring Bunny Visits
Saturdays and Sundays, April 2-16, from 12 PM – 2 PM
While you are out shopping the Square, keep an eye out for Palmer Square’s Spring Bunny—he plans to hop all around town. Make sure you catch him and snap some photos for the gram.
Palmer Square, 
40 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 921-2333

Plowing, Harrowing, and Wash Day
April 9 at 10 AM
Farmers will be using horses to plow and harrow the ground to prepare it for planting corn. You will be able to step into the furrow and try out the plow.
70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, NJ 08530
(609) 737-3299

Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could
April 9 at 11 AM
Join the Lake Lodge Livestream and send your favorite requests over too. These three-time Grammy nominees are sure to be fun for the whole family.
Virtual

Red Bank Battlefield Spring Festival
April 9 at 12 PM
Step into a day of history and family fun at the annual Red Bank Battlefield Spring Festival. This event includes games and crafts for children, a petting zoo, and colonial demonstrations of food and unique vendors. The colonial demonstrations include labor-saving inventions, candle-making, military life, and magic shows at 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM.
100 Hessian Ave., in National Park, NJ 08063
(856) 853-3200

Red Bank Street Fair and Craft Show
April 10 at 11 AM
Head to Red Bank for a day filled with music, dancing, food, and more. Littles will have a ball on the children’s rides and playing games.
Downtown Red Bank, NJ 07701
(908) 654-1400

6th Annual Helicopter Egg Drop
April 10 at 12:45 PM
It’s time for food, fun, and lots of excitement for the whole family. Watch a helicopter swoop in and drop 5,000 candy-filled Easter Eggs in front of the kids. The rain date will be April 16 at 12:45 PM.
2245 U.S. 130, South Brunswick Township, NJ 08810

Henhouse Visits
April 16 at 10 AM
Step into a henhouse where the farm’s Barred Rock chickens are busy laying eggs and help a farmer make their feed. You can even reach into a nest box and bring an egg home. Learn egg candling and grading and visit the farm’s 50 new baby chicks in the coop. A craft will be available for a small fee.
70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, NJ 08530
(609) 737-3299

Spring Fling Family Fun Day in Sea Isle City
April 16 at 1 PM
It’s time for some Easter fun and dress to impress at the Easter Stroll, enjoy music, take photos with the Easter Bunny, participate in a Jelly Bean Guessing Contest, try Easter crafts, and more.
Excursion Park – JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave., Sea Isle CityNJ 08243
(609) 263-8687

Earth Day Shore Planting at Bayshore Waterfront Park
April 22 at 4 PM
Honor Earth Day by helping with a dune restoration project at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. By planting native plants, your actions will provide valuable habitat for local wildlife. Plants are in limited supply, so this program will be first-come, first-serve.
719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758
(732) 787-3033 

Potato Planting
April 23 at 10 AM
Visitors of all ages can join workhorses Bill and Jesse to help plant a field of potatoes that will yield over 2,000 pounds of food for local soup kitchens. While farmers drive the horses and steer the plow to open up the rows, helpers will follow behind with baskets of seeds and place them in the furrows.
70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville, NJ 08530
(609) 737-3299

Trails Day
April 23 at 12 PM
With the Rails to Trails Conservancy on the Merchantville Bike Path, see a special presentation at Eclipse Brewing. Learn bike safety, sustainability tips and tricks, enjoy movement and exercise with Movement 4 Wellness, and there will even be activities for the kids.
Merchantville Bike Path – Chestnut Avenue, Merchantville, NJ 08109
1-866-226-3362

ACUA’s 30th Annual Earth Day
April 24 at 10 AM
Earth Day Festival is back, and there will be lots of free, fun, and educational activities for everyone. The celebration has many exciting events and entertainment throughout the day, and more than 150 vendors, crafters, food vendors, and exhibitors will be part of the celebration.
ACUA Environmental Park – 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
(609) 272-6950

Millburn Street and Craft Fair
April 24 at 11 AM
Enjoy live music, a DJ, dancing, delicious foods, performances, and more. There will be children’s rides, games, and more for the kids.
Downtown Millburn, NJ 07041
(908) 654-1400

Go Green with Hope
April 30 at 10 AM
The 9th Annual festival with an environment theme has something for every age, including free seedlings crafts, vendors, free raffles, meet the Antler Ridge Mascot, over 40 tables of old favorites, new activities, and giveaways.
Hope Township School – 320 Johnsonburg Road, Hope, NJ 07844
(908) 459-5011 x1

Boonton Vendor Show
April 30 at 10 AM
Find a diverse selection of crafters and vendors. Shop local for unique gifts and food and have fun at the historic train station.
Boonton Station 1904 Restaurant and Bar – 202 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005
(973) 917-4500

New Jersey Folk Festival
April 30 at 10 AM
The 2021-2022 festival theme is “On the Move: Transportation and Migration,” which highlights ideas of transportation, migration, and life in motion. This theme is unique to the folklife of New Jersey, a transportation hub where one in five residents is an immigrant.
Eagleton Institute of Politics, Douglass Campus (the Great Lawn) – 191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
njfolkfest@gmail.com

Bordentown Porchfest
April 30 at 12 PM
Bordentown PorchFest 2022 is a family-friendly event featuring musicians of all genres and styles playing free shows on porches throughout the City. Stroll from porch to porch and relax on front lawns and sidewalks as they enjoy live, local talent. A PorchFest guide listing host porches and performance schedules will be available before the event.
Bordentown, NJ 08505

Outdoor Sculpture Month in Haddonfield
The month of April
It’s the 4th annual “April is Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Month” with fun for all ages. Tour nearly two dozen figurative and abstract sculptures, meet sculptors, watch a live casting of a famous bust of Camden poet Walt Whitman, take tours, craft a DIY sculpture in a box from the library, and more. And all month long, kids can pick up a “Haddy Snack” of pennies to feed the Haddy the Dinosaur while supplies last at Melange Children’s Boutique, 45 Kings Highway East.
Various locations in Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Hawthorne Art in the Park
April 30-May 1
Visit nearly 50 vendors selling their artwork and handcrafted goods. There will also be food vendors, desserts, drink vendors, local musicians, live demonstrations, kids’ activities, and much more.
Passaic County Arts Center-Goffle Brook Park – 675 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ 07506
(973) 706- 6640

Frazier Fitness Charity Challenge
All funds must be raised by March 30, 2022
March is the time for Spring Training, and Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation is launching an exciting fitness and fundraising challenge to get your family moving together. Get fit with Jackie and Todd Frazier, Major League Baseball All-Star and 2020 Olympian, by joining the 21-Day Frazier Charity Fitness Challenge today. Raise the most funds for CSH, and you will get a LIVE Virtual Training Session with Jackie and Todd. Register now at https://getfit4csh.org to impact your health and the health of local kids living with special healthcare needs.
Cost: Donation-based
Virtual

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Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.

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