It’s spring (finally), and this week there are plenty of family-friendly activities to usher in the season. Head to the shore for the Amusement Park Grand Reopening on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant, take part in the Easter Egg Scramble in Swedesboro, or go on a scavenger hunt at the Family Nature Club Spring Shindig in West Orange.
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Here are 9 kid-friendly things to do this week
Virtual Wellness Wednesday Dance Class
Wednesday, March 24 at 7:30 PM
Kids can jump around, and adults can get their hearts pumping in this wellness-focused dance fitness class. Have the whole family join in (all levels welcome) as you groove to some upbeat songs while sweating it out and having a ball.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Virtual
Amusement Park Grand Re-Opening
Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 from 12 PM – 6 PM
It might not be summer just yet, but this weekend, you can head to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and enjoy a day at the shore. The amusement park section will offer a wide variety of attractions for their opening weekend, from kid-friendly to thrilling. And with new areas like the Adventure Lookout Ropes Course and 7D Dark Ride, there’s plenty to discover and keep all ages busy.
Price may vary (depending on open rides + other attractions)
300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Starting a Summer Garden
Saturday, March 27 from 12 PM – 2 PM
Warm weather is just around the corner, and it’s time to think about starting a garden in your backyard. Kids will love learning how to make a newspaper pot and learn about seeds they can bring home and plant into their own garden.
$5 per person
Historic Longstreet Farm
44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
Easter Egg Scramble
Saturday, March 27 from 10 AM – 1 PM
Don’t get left behind and miss out on this Easter Egg Scramble. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos, and there will be games, activities, and egg hunts every 20 minutes with social distancing and COVID protocols in place.
Free ($10 for a photo with the Easter Bunny)
Locke Avenue Park
115 Locke Avenue, Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Craft and Antique Show
Saturday, March 27 at 10 AM
Spend the day outside hunting for treasures at this vintage antique show. With handmade and unique items for sale, food trucks, live music, and more, there’s something for everyone in the family.
Rancocas Woods Events and Shops
118 Creek Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Virtual Creative Craft Play: Making Music and a Harmonica
Saturday, March 27 from 10 AM – 10:45 AM
Kids will love learning how to make a harmonica out of materials you can find at home. Using supplies from rubber bands to markers, this virtual class will give them ways to make music and explore sound.
The Newark Museum of Art, Virtual
Imagination Craft Day
Sunday, March 28 from 10 AM – 5:30 PM
Kids can let their imaginations run wild during this special craft day. Everyone will get a craft kit to decorate a crown, an eye mask, or a puppet. Then, they’ll make up a story to go along with it. Peppa the Pig will also be making an appearance at 11AM for a dance party and photo ops.
$20 per child, $7 per adult
Imagine That!!! Museum
4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932
Family Nature Club Spring Shindig
Sunday, March 28 from 1PM – 3 PM
Spring is finally here, and a great time to take a guided hike and go on a photo scavenger hunt. Look for signs of spring all around nature, snap photos on your phone and join in this family-friendly adventure along the trails.
$10 per person
Cherry Lane, parking lot across from Regatta Playground, West Orange, NJ 07052
Splendid Spring Stroll at Hartshorne Woods Park
Monday, March 29 from 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Get the family out of the house and into the warm sunshine to officially welcome spring. You’ll join a Park Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk, where you’ll learn about the surrounding flowers and critters along the way.
Hartshorne Woods Park
1402 Portland Road, Highlands, NJ 07732