Happy Mother’s Day, NJ moms! Beyond dining at the best brunch spots in northern NJ or the Jersey Shore, this weekend is teeming with fun activities for the entire family.
Round up your crew for a celebratory outing at Terhune Orchards for its Mother's Day Wine Trail Weekend, wander among the beautiful flowers at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, or make a special craft during Hooray for May! at the Center for Contemporary Art.
Moms also receive free amusement rides on Sunday at the Camden Children’s Garden and Morey’s Piers, or a free ice cream cone at Alstede Farms. You can get pampered at Parteaz’s spa tea party, or head to Monmouth Park Racetrack to try your luck while the kids play.
Prefer to keep it low-key (and low-stress) this weekend? Hit up your local playground so the kids can tire themselves out, or visit our Spring Fun Guide to find an activity to cross off your bucket list.
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Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend at Terhune Orchards – Princeton
What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a free wine tasting? Come for an afternoon of vino and tasty treats from the orchard’s bakery, then take the kids to visit the barnyard animals and farm store.
Beautiful Butterflies, Birds & Cinco de Mayo Festival – Camden
There's a lot to celebrate at Camden Children's Garden this weekend. Kids can mark the return of the monarch butterflies from Mexico with a (belated) Cinco de Mayo celebration, and on Sunday, moms ride free on the carousel, train, and other amusement rides.
Mother’s Day Tea – Mount Laurel
Head to the Paws Discovery Farm for an enchanting tea party in the butterfly garden. Enjoy hot and cold tea, finger sandwiches, pastries, and craft activities, plus surprise special guests from the farm’s petting zoo.
Crafts at the Warren County Library – Hackettstown
Bring your budding fashion designer (ages 8 and up) to the Northeast Branch to transform his or her own black T-shirt into a star-studded sky with bleach and fabric paint. Little ones ages 3–8 can make a galaxy sensory craft using plastic water bottles, baby oil, food coloring, and glitter.
Hooray for May! – Bedminster
The Center for Contemporary Art hosts a day of free creative projects across its three art studios and outdoor pavilion, where kids can make crafts to keep or gift on Mother’s Day. The first 50 kids will receive a swag bag with a limited-edition T-shirt.
Photo courtesy of Sugarsuckle.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cookie Workshop – Hoboken
The pages of your little one’s favorite book will come to life at this sweet cookie decorating workshop at the Celebrate Life Studio. After a demo from Sugarsuckle’s Jennifer Choi, kids will decorate caterpillar- and fruit-shaped cookies. Bring a copy of your book for inspiration and storytime.
Children's Festival – Smithville
Enjoy everything Historic Smithville has to offer at this festival just for kids. In addition to the carousel, paddle boats, and train rides, there will also be face painting, a puppet show, live animals, giant inflatables, and a princess meet-and-greet with Moana, Elsa, and more.
NJ Audubon's Fairy Gardens – Bernardsville
Travel to the enchanting world of fairies at the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary. Kids will transform natural materials into a broken clay pot garden, the perfect home for their fairy friends.
Mother’s Day Hike – Short Hills
Gear up for Mother’s Day brunch or burn off breakfast calories as you take a guided tour through the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum to learn about the woodland area’s wildflowers.
Mommy & Me High Tea – East Hanover
Sip tea and enjoy traditional foods such as sandwiches, scones, and clotted cream at Parteaz. Come early with your little one dressed in costume to dine with a princess, or opt for the afternoon spa day session, where you and your mini-me will make bath bombs and enjoy facials, glitter tattoos, and manicures.
Moms ride FREE from noon – 5 p.m. at Morey's Piers. Photo by Jim, the Photographer/CC BY 2.0
Mother’s Day at Morey’s Piers – Wildwood
There’s something for everyone at this Jersey Shore amusement park. Sit inside the Tea Cup ride's oversized cups for a free afternoon tea, then gather your gang for a family photo-op complete with fun signs and props. Moms ride the Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and other rides for free from noon – 5 p.m., and kids can decorate personalized sugar cookies to gift or eat.
Mother’s Day at Alstede Farms – Chester
Take a scenic hayride around the farm to Harvest Hall, where you can dine on an asparagus-themed brunch. Afterward, visit with Alstede's barnyard animals. All moms get a free ice cream cone!
Playground near Monmouth Park Racetrack. Photo courtesy of Monmouth Park.
Mother’s Day at Monmouth Park Racetrack – Oceanport
Brunch while watching the horse races below, or raise a glass of bubbly at the champagne bar near the horse paddock and walking ring. The first 1,000 moms to enter the park will receive a free flower and a chance to win one of several prizes. Kids 12 and under are always free, and there’s a playground right near the track, plus clowns, face painting, pony rides, and a bounce house.
Top photo: Hooray for May at The Center for Contemporary Art. Photo courtesy of the venue.