9 Kid-Friendly Things To Do This Week


March has arrived, and if your family has spring fever, there’s plenty to do this week to get out and about. Go on a Winter Scavenger Hunt at Trail Side Nature Center in Mountainside, take a Work Horse Ride on draft horses at Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell, or celebrate Dr. Suess’s Birthday with crafts and treats at Liberty Hall in Union. 

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The Future of Human Space Flight
March 4th at 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Join the Liberty Science Center live to see a review of the “bring humans back to the Moon” mission, an update on NASA’s Space Launch System, updates on SpaceX, and Boeing’s new Starliner capsule, which is scheduled to carry crew this summer.
Liberty Science Center

Make a Self-Portrait Mask
March 4th from 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
This workshop begins with a discussion of the book New Kid by Jerry Craft. After, artist Nadia Estela, from William Paterson University, will guide kids on making a mask that uniquely represents them.
Little Falls Public Library

Maple Sugaring Family Program
March 6th from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Families will learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, and then they will learn how sap turns into syrup. The program includes an activity kit and a tour of the tapped trees around the gardens’ maple stations.
$30 per family for non-members and $20 per family for members
Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street

Back to Nature Trailside Workshop- Winter Scavenger Hunt
March 6th from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Littles will love taking a relaxing walk to spot icicles, animal tracks, red berries, and more. After the journey, you’ll huddle around a campfire- complete with hot chocolate, of course. How many winter wonders will you be able to find?
$6 per person for non-residents, $5 per person for residents, pre-registration required.
Trailside Nature & Science Center
452 New Providence Road

Workhorse Rides
March 6th from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
During this program, kids will learn all kinds of things about the history of horses working the fields. After helping farmers with barn chores, like bedding stalls and making feed, kids will climb on a (fully harnessed) workhorse and ride down the lane.
Free Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Lane

Dr. Suess’ Birthday Party
March 6th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s zany works at this birthday bash. Eat at the breakfast snack bar, create crafts, play games, and so much more. There will even be a Seussical the Musical sing along. Only one adult per child and masks are required.
$25-30 for 1 child and 1 adult
Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Avenue

Yarn Bee
March 6th from 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Everyone’s welcome to this fun, creative gathering. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, you’ll get the help and encouragement you will need. Knit or crochet at your own pace and farm staff will be on hand to assist you. When you are done, you can show off your beautiful creations.
$5 per person
Historic Longstreet Farm
44 Longstreet Road

Maple Sugaring Event
March 6th from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM and March 7th from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Do you ever wonder how maple syrup goes from tree to table? This event will show you how. You can even take what you learned and use the sugaring tricks on trees in your backyard.
Washington Crossing State Park
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road

Stars in my Backyard
March 6th from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join Captain Cara for a tour of the stars in your backyard! You’ll learn so much about what’s in the night sky, like planets, stars, and the moon phases. Who knows what other cool things you’ll be able to see?
$10 per device
Robert J. Novins Planetarium

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About Author

Jillian is a born and raised Jersey Girl from Lincroft—where she currently resides. As someone who has taught preschoolers and middle schoolers, and also mentored elementary schoolers, Jillian understands the complexity of child development and is excited to introduce families to New Jersey activities that can accommodate anyone. You can typically find Jillian doing creative writing, having game nights with her family, and hanging out with her two teenage cousins. Jillian's favorite activities in New Jersey include hanging out with friends at Sandy Hook, going for a scenic walk or run through Thompson Park, and enjoying some mouthwatering donuts from Delicious Orchards.