Spring is in the air which means many free festivals and spring-themed events to kick off the new season. Embrace the warm weather and engage in a game of soccer for Soccer Day at Acres Park, observe the bee hives with an expert at Spring Beekeeping with Howell Living History Farm, witness hundreds upon hundreds of kites flying through the air at the Kite Festival in Long Branch, or laugh the day away at Ocean City’s Comedy Parade.
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1. Soccer Day at Acres Park
April 2nd, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Children ranging from the ages 2 – 8 years of age are invited to Soccer Day in Eatontown— an event that gets kids outside for the day and gives them a good workout. With a day of free classes, a chance to meet some of the best coaches in New Jersey, and the opportunity to see what a Soccer Shots session is like, children will fall in-love with the game of soccer.
80 Acres Park, Eatontown, NJ
2. Spring Beekeeping
April 9th, 2016 | All Day Event
Observe as the bee expert, Mr. Hughes, cleans the hives and gives them a health check to make sure that they are healthy enough for a new season of honey.
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Ln., Lambertville, NJ
3. Saturday Craft at A.C. Moore
April 9th, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
All children are invited to join the craftologists at A.C. Moore in creating their first spring craft of the year.
A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts
208 U.S. 9 #11, Manalapan Township, NJ
4. Honey Festival
April 9th, 2016 | 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Check out a bee hive, taste a honey hot dog, or engage in the farm’s free games and activities. The Honey Festival has something for everyone in the family and will be featuring all things bees.
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr., Trenton, NJ
5. Jingoo Lee Band Performance
April 3rd, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Stop by the Fort Lee Library and listen to the soothing sounds of the piano, guitar, and drums with a performance by the Kingoo Lee Band.
Fort Lee Library
320 Main St., Fort Lee, NJ
6. Dig into Art with YMCA
April 2nd, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Salem County YMCA will be hosting an art extravaganza with the Dig into Art event where children and their families will be encouraged to express their creative side with interactive art activities.
Salem County YMCA
204 Shell Rd., Penns Grove, NJ
7. Historic Walnford’s Mill Demonstration
April 9th, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Take a trip to the past by visiting the Historic Walnford on April 9th for their unique demonstration. They will be doing a mill demonstration with their 19th century gristmill.
62 Walnford Rd., Cream Ridge, NJ
8. Fly Kites at the Pier
April 10th, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Long Branch is kicking off the summer season with their annual kite flying festival featuring some of the most beautiful kites from all across the east coast. Additionally, there will be a kids candy drop and chances to win prizes and awards in a kite running competition.
50 Chelsea Ave., Long Branch, NJ
9. Comedy Parade in Ocean City
April 16th, 2016 | 12:00 PM
The Doo Dah Parade is making its way through Ocean City to mark the end of tax season. Adults get the chance to relax and laugh while children witness the hysterical pie face spectacular.
Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, NJ
10. Daffodil Festival, Earth Day Celebration
April 16th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
April showers bring May flowers, and that includes daffodils. Ridgewood is holding their Daffodil Festival and Earth Day celebration as a combined celebration during the rebirth of spring. Enjoy live music, beautiful plants, and a parade.
Van Neste Park
E Ridgewood Ave. and Oak St., Ridgewood NJ
11. Healthy Kids Day
April 16th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Super hero training for the entire family, a super hero obstacle course, and a costume contest. You don’t want to miss out on this family-friendly event that promotes healthy activities for children and their families.
Western Monmouth County YMCA
380 Monmouth Rd., Millstone, NJ
12. Free Ice Cream Day at Alstede Farms
April 24th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Who doesn’t love free ice-cream? Alstede Farm is offering their free homemade icecream to anyone who wants to come and explore the farm.
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester, NJ
13. Appel Farm’s Earth Day
April 24th, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Appel Farm is embracing earth day with a nature scavenger hunt, up-cycling art activities, free refreshments, and live music.
Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
457 Shirley Rd., Elmer, NJ
14. Monarch Nature Program
April 17th, 2016 | 1:00 PM
Learn more about the Momarch butterfly during Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center’s kid-friendly presentation.
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
331 Georgia Tavern Rd., Howell, NJ
15. Renaissance Faire
April 30th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The historic village of Smithville transforms into the renaissance era with old-time comedy, knights and jesters, live energetic music, and even a sword fighting performance.
Historic Smithville & the Village Greene
615 E Moss Mill Rd., Smithville, NJ
16. ART Festival
April 30th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
All along Main Street there will be music, visual arts, theater performers, and dancers.
Main St., Monroe Township, NJ
17. Fun with Dora and Diego
April 9th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Hang out with Dora and Diego at Square One Kids Academy’s open house. Dora and Diego will be there to take photos with any children that attend and they will also have the chance to meet new friends, play around the school, and enjoy some snacks.
Square One Kids Academy
112 Bauer Dr., Oakland, NJ
April 9th, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Meet the dogs or take part in some oet-friendly activities with your own little friend. This one-of-a-kind charity event is Downtown Haddonfield’s way of celebrating our four legged friends.
2 Kings Court, Haddonfield, NJ
April 30th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
After 28 years of tradition, South Jersey’s largest single-day festival is back once again to mark the start of spring. A day full of music, food, and crafts will entertain and appeal to every member of the family.
Historic Bay Ave., Somers Point, NJ
20. 16th Annual Earth Day Celebration
April 22nd, 2015 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
April 23rd, 2015 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Campfires, storytelling, square dancing, archery, and much more. During this earth-loving event, families will become one with nature through outside activities.
42 Lilac Dr., Flemington, NJ
21. April Tractor Pull
April 30th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sponsored by Central Jersey Tractor Puller’s Association, families are invited to a specialized event focusing on the complexity of garden tractors to large tractors.
1960 Jacksonville Jobston Rd., Columbus, NJ
22. Classic Car Show
April 30th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Come and observe automobiles from another time at Washington Township’s 8th Annual Classic Car Show, featuring some of the prestigious and antique cars in the industry.
Olde Stone House Village
Washington Township, NJ
23. Touch A Truck
April 30th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Check out the many different trucks at the Touch A Truck event where all kinds of models will be displayed. Additionally, there will be a bouncy house, clowns, and other forms of entertainment.
Manahawkin Lake Park
Stafford Township, NJ
24. Multi-Cultural Festival
April 29th, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Learn about other cultures at the Multi-Cultural Festival, including cultural peformances and educational information about different cultures.
126 N High St., Millville, NJ
25. LIVE Butterfly Feeding
April 1st, 2016 | All Day Event
Paramus Park Mall will be hosting a LIVE Butterfly extravaganza until the end of May, pretended by NYC Butterfly. Witness the butterflies as they enter their last stages of metomorphasis and get a chance to feed them inside the butterfly house before NYC Butterfly heads back to New York.
Paramus Park Mall
700 Paramus Park, Paramus, NJ
26. Family Kite Night at the Waterfront
April 28th, 2016 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
It’s kite season in Weehawken and families are invited to fly kites with friends and neighbors at this exclusive event.
Weehawken Waterfront Complex
27. Tuning Forks Healing Sound Concert
April 11th, 2016 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Led by Scott Hartley, a professional with a BA in philosophy and an MS in natural medicine, audiences young and old will feel the impact of music’s relaxing influence through healing sounds.
SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch
379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ
28. Garden Expo
April 30th, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Smell the roses at Moorestown’s Garden Expo featuring vendors, gardening presentations, and garden-themed crafts for kids.
Burlington County Agricultural Center
500 Centerton Rd., Moorestown, NJ
29. Babies, Bagels, and Books
April 6th, 2016 | 10:00 AM
At this special event, there will be a mommy and me storytime, as well as snacks, beverages, and a special 10% discount on books.
33 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ
30. Rutger’s Day
April 30th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
On the 250th anniversary, Rutger’s invites all families to help commemorate decades of success through activities through out the day. Activities are extended through out Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark. For more information about activities and specific times, check out their website.
Camden, New Brunswick, Newark NJ