9 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Week


Fall is in the air, and as more places reopen, we’ve got a full line-up of things to do in New Jersey this week. Eat delicious food on the farm at Duffield’s Farm Food Truck and Apple Fest in Sewell, check out the newly reopened Big Snow at American Dream in East Rutherford, or experience all the fall feels at Ort Farm Fall Fest in Long Valley.

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Demarest Farms Drive-In Movies
September 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 6PM – 10PM 

Drive past the beautiful orchards and park for the night to watch a family movie like Frozen 2 or Pitch Perfect on the farm. Hit the concession stand for yummy snacks and then cozy up in the car under the big sky.
$25 per car
244 Wiermus Rd

Greenwood Gardens Reopening 
September 15-21, 10AM – 5PM 

This family favorite is finally opening to the public following the completion of extensive renovations on the historic 28-acre site. Take a self-guided tour through this enchanted hideaway graced with terraced gardens, woodlands, grottos, fountains, Arts and Crafts follies, and winding paths. Kids will love connecting with nature on the beautiful grounds and marvel at the interesting artifacts dispersed among the garden.
$0-$10 per ticket–Purchase tickets in advance for entry
274 Old Short Hills Road
Short Hills

Big Snow at American Dream Reopens
September 15-21

Hit the slopes this September — indoors. Big Snow, North America’s first and only indoor, real-snow, year-round ski and snow resort at American Dream has officially reopened and is ready to welcome skiers, snowboarders, tubers, and snow-lovers once again. There’s something for everyone, and your whole family is sure to have a blast (did someone say Sno-Go bikes?)
starting at $69.99 for a day package
1 American Dream Way
East Rutherford

Montclair Art Museum Reopening
September 15-21

Plan a visit to take in the stunning galleries and displays once again at the Montclair Art Museum. They’ve made some changes to the way you’ll be viewing the galleries to maintain social distancing, but it’s still full of exciting art from local and well-known artists.
Kids are free; adults are $12, seniors and students $12—reserve tickets in advance
3 South Mountain Avenue


Alstede Farms Harvest Moon Hayride Opening Weekend
September 18-19, 6PM – 10PM 

A harvest moon is always a cause for celebration, so check out the opening weekend of Alstede’s famous Harvest Moon Hayrides. Soak in the moonlight as you take a tractor-dawn wagon ride over their acres of scenic farmland. You’ll navigate the corn maze by flashlight and then cozy up by the bonfire as you enjoy live music. You’ll have the option for hot or cold apple cider, pumpkin picking, food, wine tasting, and s’ more making kits too.
$17 per ticket
1 Alstede Farms Ln

Duffields Food Truck & Apple Festival
September 19, 11AM – 5PM

Come one, come all, and come hungry. This fall festival for the whole family will have a ton of food trucks to choose from, along with fun activities like hayrides, apple picking, live music by SASS, a corn maze, hot apple cider, and donuts.
280 Chapel Heights Road

Von Thun’s Fall Festival Opening Weekend
September 19-20, 10AM – 5PM 

Officially opening for the 2020 season, Von Thun’s Country Farm Market’s Fall Festival Weekend is sure to get your fam ready for fall. Scramble into the amazing 2020 corn maze made especially for social distancing, and take part in activities like pick-your-own apples, mini-golf, pumpkin picking, pedal karts, hayrides, and so much more fall family fun.
$8-$27 per ticket
519 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction

Ort Farms Fall Fest Opening Weekend
September 19-20, 9AM – 5PM 

Get ready for the opening weekend of Ort Farm’s Fall Fest, with hayrides to the pumpkin patch, their friendly farm animals, pony rides, train rides, a corn maze, and apple cannon.
$9-16 per ticket
25 Bartley Road
Long Valley

Hoboken Girl Virtual Wellness Crawl
Now through October 13, 6PM – 10PM 

Need a break? Take part in this virtual wellness event that features more than 100 wellness vendors from around the Mile Square. From complimentary virtual and in-person classes to tons of freebies, exclusive deals, giveaways, and more. And the best part? Since it’s virtual, you can do it from anywhere. Also, it’s a way to give back since 20% of all ticket profits will go towards the Hoboken Relief Fund to continue to support businesses and individuals affected by COVID-19 in the local community.
$25-75 per ticket



About Author

Athena is a former nursery school teacher turned marketing wizard at NJMOM, who lives for fashion and globetrotting. As an aunt to 9 little humans, she loves finding cool new activities to do together that will keep everyone smiling. On any given weekend day, you can find Athena eating all the Greek food at her fave local NJ restaurant, Local Greek, in Princeton. Which, not so ironically, is owned by her big fat Greek family.