NJ Mom’s Weekend Fun Guide: Things To Do 3/21-3/22

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Happy {almost official} Spring!

How will you spend the very first weekend of Spring this year? NJ Mom is so excited to welcome the Imagination Movers to New Jersey this Friday night! New Jersey will also be celebrating the first annual NJ Makers Day throughout the state at local libraries and museums.

imagination moversImagination Movers at the Shea Performing Arts Center (Featured Event)
Friday March 20th 7:00pm
The Emmy-winning Imagination Movers are on tour to support their new CD/DVD release “Licensed to Move”!  Join them at the Shea Performing Arts Center on the William Paterson Univeristy campus.   Get ready to sing along to their crazy lyrics, ridiculous dances, confetti cannons, balloons and more!
Shea Performing Arts Center 300 Pompton Road Wayne, NJ
Cost: $25/ticket

free ritas nj1) Kick off Spring at Rita’s
Friday March 20th 12:00pm-9:00pm
The first day of Spring is on Friday and join Rita’s Ice as they celebrate over 20 years of Free Ices Day at your local store!
Your local Rita’s Ices location throughout New Jersey
Cost: FREE

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photo via Papermill Playhouse

2) SkippyJon Jones
Saturday March 21st 10:00am
Theatreworks USA presents a live performance of the popular children’s book SkippyJon Jones.  Watch as Skippy pretends to be anything but the Siamese cat that he is and learns to accept himself in this show for children ages 5 and up.
SkippyJon Jones at the Papermill Playhouse 22 Brookside Drive Millburn, NJ
Cost: $12.75/ticket

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photo via The Broadway Theatre

3) Charlotte’s Web
Saturday March 21st 10:00am & 1:00pm
The Broadway Theatre in Pittman is excited to present their musical version of the beloved tale of Charlotte’s Web.  The performance is just one hour long and is geared towards children ages three to nine.
The Broadway Theatre 43 S. Broadway Pittman, NJ
Cost: $7-9/ticket

Read and Explore

photo via Terhune Orchards

4) Getting Ready for Spring at Terhune Orchards
Saturday March 21st 10:00am
This week the farm staff will be reading Frog and Toad are Friends.  St. Patrick’s Day traditional begins the planting of peas and spinach, so Terhune will be talking to families about how to prepare to start gardening.  At the end of the event, each child will plant seeds to take home.  Terhune’s Read and Explore events last about one hour.
Terhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Road Princeton, NJ
Cost: $7.00/per child.

5) The Puddle Garden
Saturday March 21st 10:00
The whole family will enjoy a reading of Puddle Garden, a story of how a bear cub fills his home with native plants and wildlife and in turn is no longer lonely!  After the story, learn how you and your children can create a native rain garden in your own backyard!
Duke Farms 1112 Dukes Parkway Hillsborough, NJ
Cost: FREE

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photo via NJ Makers Day

6) NJ Makers Day
Saturday March 21st 10:00am-2:00pm
Libraries, craft stores, universities and other locations throughout New Jersey will be taking part in NJ Makers Day this Saturday.  The Maker Culture is a combination technology-based DIY through either digital or physical creations.
Locations in all counties of New Jersey – to find a location near you check the website
Cost: FREE

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photo via Lakeshore Learning

7) Free Crafts for Kids
Saturday March 21st 11:00am-3:00pm
Stop in to a Lakeshore Learning store every Saturday for a free craft.  The crafts are perfect for ages three and up and no reservations are required.  This week get ready for Spring with an adorable Feathery Friend craft.
Your Lakeshore Learning location in East Brunswick, Cherry Hill or Hackensack, NJ
Cost: FREE

8) Kidabaloo
Saturday March 21st 1:00pm-5:00pm
Enjoy a day of fun and play with crafts, moon bounces, face painting, superheroes and princesses!  The highlight of the event will surely be a special appearance of the Peyton List, “Emma”, from the hit TV show Jessie!
Atlantic Christian School 391 Zion Road Egg Harbor Township, NJ
$25/Family 4-packs, $10/children 2 and up and $5/adults

9) MAM Family Art Adventure
Saturday March 21st 2:00pm
Every third Saturday of the month, come to MAM for an hour-long, drop-in gallery program for children 5 and up and their adult companions. Explore and discuss artworks and engage in fun activities in MAM’s galleries and sculpture garden.
Montclair Art Musuem 3 South Mountain Avenue Montclair, NJ
Cost: $15 per family

10) Spring Campfire
Saturday March 21st 6:00pm-7:00pm
Your family will enjoy gathering around the campfire at Tenafly Nature Center to learn about how the longer days and warmer temperatures affect plants and animals.  Roast s’mores while you hear the stories.  This program is perfect for families with children ages five and up.
Tenafly Nature Center Campfire Ring 313 Hudson Ave Tenafly, NJ
Cost: $10/non-members and $5/members per person

11) Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Saturday March 21st and Sunday March 22nd, Multiple Shows
Join the Greatest Show on Earth as they celebrate the very last show being held at the Izod Center.  Your family will be blown away at never before seen stunts at  the Circus XTREME
Izod Center 50 Route 120 East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: Tickets start at $25/each

12) LiveRight with ShopRite Kid’s Day & YMCA Day
Sunday March 22nd 9:00am-2:00pm
Join Registered Dietician, Jessica at this monthly event.  Since it is National Nutrition Month, children will enjoy having fun creating healthy and nutrious snacks and foods.  The Montclair YMCA will be visiting for this event with lots of hands-on activities and samples as well!
Brookdale Shoprite 1409 Broad Street Bloomfield, NJ
Cost: FREEcrayola experience

13) Get Creative at the Crayola Experience
Sunday March 22nd 10:00am-6:00pm
With more than 25 hands-on attractions, the Crayola Experience is a one-of-a-kind destination for children even as young as eighteen months right over the New Jersey border in Easton, PA.
Crayola Experience 30 Centre Square Easton, PA
Cost: $18.99/ticket (Use this discount code to save $4/ticket)

14) Easter Egg Hunt at Dragon Fly Farms
Sunday March 22nd 11:00am-3:00pm
Dragon Fly Farms is hosting their 9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday for children ages 12 and under.  The event will be held every half hour with an Easter Bunny ride, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, a moon bounce, face painting, coloring contests, animals, and much more!  Be sure to bring your own basket!
Dragon Fly Farms 966 Kuser Road Hamilton, NJ
Cost: FREE

15) The World’s Largest Model Railroad
Sunday March 22nd 10:30am-5:30pm
See up to 100 model trains travel over eight miles in track with 40 foot bridges at Northlandz in Flemington! Also at this attraction wonderful for kids big and small is a 200+ doll collection with a 94 room dollhouse!
Northlandz 495 Route 202 Flemington, NJ
Cost: $13.75 (adults 13+), $9.75 (children 2-12)

For mom and dad only:

16) Spring is the perfect time to visit one of New Jersey’s wineries.  Find other great ideas and inspiration with more than 25 date night ideas here in New Jersey!

nj mom best spas nj17) Before you know it, you are going to want to start shedding that heavy coat and getting your body ready for warmer weather! That means it’s time for a spa day! Get pampered, exfoliated and coiffed at one of the 50 Best Spas NJ Mom’s themselves chose!

kidsEatFreeBanner18) Tired of cooking moms? No worries!  Kids eat free at numerous kid-friendly restaurants throughout New Jersey!

nj mom easter egg hunt19) Easter is just a few weeks away and many Easter Egg Hunts and activities are starting this weekend! Check out our Easter Egg Hunt Guide to find one for your family! {Updated! Now with over 75 Easter Egg Hunts around New Jersey!}

20) Get outside! Snow has melted away and after this long winter, kids have a lot of energy to burn off!  Find more than 275 parks & playgrounds throughout the state on our ultimate list!

In search of more things to do this weekend in New Jersey? Visit NJ Mom’s event calender for more events happening around the state. Remember to use hashtag #NJMom this weekend for your chance to be featured.

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