May GoList: Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

May Family-Friendly Activities in New Jersey 2016

May is bursting with things to do with the family, be it Cinco de Mayo fun, Mother's Day events or the gazillion fairs and festivals around the state. But of course, we have our favorites, and this post highlights 10 of them, such as Kite Day at Terhune Orchards, an arbor day celebration at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, or an Obstacle Course run with options for disabled participants. Have a great May, NJ!

Kite Day at Terhune Orchards (Princeton, NJ)
April 30-May 1, 2016
Terhune Orchard is a very special place and to imagine it full of kites--well, that just sounds magical to us. Bring your own kite, purchase one in the shop, or make a "guaranteed to fly" version. There will be live music, tons of food to purchase and the sheep will be shorn on Sunday so children can take a piece of fleece home.

Play Minecraft in a Movie Theater (Edgewater, NJ)
April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 2016
Gamers are invited to play one of the world’s most popular games, Minecraft, at the Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas. This four-week tournament is part of a partnership with Super League Gaming, the world’s first and largest in-theater video game league. Each week, up to 100 players will play both individually and as a member of a team as the game rotates between Minecraft’s creative and survival modes on the big screen.

Hoboken Spring Arts and Music Festival (Hoboken, NJ)
May 1, 2016
This family-friendly festival features over 300 artists, crafters, photographers, food vendors, local restaurants and businesses. Three stages will feature live music performances. A special children’s section set up on 3rd Street includes rides, games, face painting, activities, balloons and more.

Ar-B-Que to Celebrate Arbor Day (Short Hills, NJ)
May 7, 2016
The charming Cora Hartshorn Arboretum is celebrating Arbor Day with its annual "Ar-B-Que". Many events are free, such as face painting, scavenger hunts, bee presentation by Hilltop Honey and cupcake decorating, but tickets are required for the Famous Dave's Barbeque, and the raptor presentation by Bill Streeter, director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center for Close Encounters With Birds of Prey.

Children's Classic Stories Presented by Roxey Ballet (Ewing, NJ)
May 7-8, 2016
The long-loved Roxey Ballet presents an afternoon of Children’s Classic Stories over Mother’s Day weekend. Audiences can enjoy classic stories told by the Roxey Ballet including the “Pied Piper of Hamelin” and "Carnival of the Animals."

Story Pirates Greatest Hits (South Orange, NJ)
May 14, 2016
Story Pirates celebrates creative writing by students from coast to coast in a loud, hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional improvisers and musicians at SOPAC. Their live performance is based entirely on stories written by the unfiltered imaginations of kids. When the curtain rises, cats can fly, hot dogs save the world and fried foods battle dairy foods.

Buffalo Watch (Flemington, NJ)
May 14, 2016
Come and support the Whitehouse Rescue Squad at the annual Buffalo Watch event at the Readington River Buffalo Farm. This year's event will feature live music, quality vendors, food trucks, face painting, pony rides, local plant and flower sale, wagon tour of the farm, antique dealers and much more. Free.

A Day in the Life of American Girl Samantha Parkington (Union, NJ)
May 14, 2016
Little girls and their American Girl dolls are invited to a Victorian-style afternoon tea party at Kean University's historic Liberty Hall. Young readers, ages 6-12, and their favorite adult will learn about a day in the life of American Girl Samantha Parkington by participating in hands-on activities and crafts Samantha herself might have enjoyed.

Morey's Piers Wild Half Marathon (Wildwood, NJ)
May 15, 2016
This weekend of running and fun includes the Wild Half, a 13.1 mile half marathon and 8K race, and a new 5K race and Wild Child 1K beach run for kids. Activities include sunset beach yoga, Piers & Pasta Dinner at Joe’s Fish Co. on Surfside Pier, finish line celebrations featuring live music and food, awards ceremonies, and more.

HappyFest Obstacle Course and Festival (Englishtown, NJ)
May 21, 2016
An all-ages, all-abilities, wheelchair accessible, family fun obstacle run and festival. The one mile course features obstacles every 1/10 mile plus fun activities in between the stations. Challenges include rope climbs and rope swings, walls and hurdles. Each station will have inclusive options for participants with a disability or those who simply want to opt out of certain activities. Afterward, families can enjoy live music, food, games and fitness activities.

Originally published 2013