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Weekend Fun: Egg Hunts, Springtime Fest, Amusement Park Openings

It might not feel like it, but spring is officially here. The first weekend of the season is an eggs-traordinary one, with egg hunts and springtime festivities galore. Egg hunts are springing up all over New Jersey, including unique experiences like EGGstravaganZOO at Cape May County Zoo, iPlay America's Sonny the Bunny's Colossal Carrot Adventure, Jenkinson Boardwalk's Annual Egg Hunt, and Easter Egg Hunt on the Farm at PAWS Discovery Farm. 

Kiss winter good-bye and get into spring mode at Alstede Farm's Easter and Springtime Family Festival and opening weekends at  Six Flags and Storybook Land. If the weekend proves too chilly for outdoor adventures, keep the kids entertained indoors at Building Montclair in Lego at the Montclair Art Museum or Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny at SOPAC.

Check out our Spring Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for weekend family fun, including 40 Things We Can't Wait to Do This Spring. And look to our event calendar and March GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Spring Break Staycation: 35 Fun Things To Do with New Jersey Kids

Who says you need to get on a plane for spring break? Skip the long airport security lines (or road trip meltdowns) and enjoy a spring break staycation right here in your home state.

Different school districts are closed during different dates, but you can expect roughly 10 days of uninterrupted playtime anywhere between March 29 and April 15. 

Luckily, you don’t have to go far to make the most of your time off. New Jersey is home to museums, playgrounds, zoos, and other fun zones that are just a short drive away. There are also many special events and activities taking place on specific dates within this timeframe to give you and your kids something to look forward to. 

Read on for 35 fun things to do with kids right here on your home turf—no plane ticket required. You can also find great nearby getaways in our Day Trips Guide, and for far-flung destinations, check out our Family Travel Guide

Can You Visit Legoland on a Disney World Orlando Vacation?

Planning a theme park vacation in Orlando, Florida? Disney World and Universal are the common highlights of an Orlando trip, but there are several other tempting theme parks in the area. If your family has Lego lovers—especially if they're between the ages of 2 and 12—Legoland Florida is a great add-on to an Orlando vacation. But with only so much time and a limited budget, the big question is, "Is it possible to go to Legoland and Disney World on one trip to Orlando?"

40 Things We Can't Wait To Do with Kids this Spring in NJ

Spring is on its way! (Or we hope it is.) It's almost time to trade in boots, mittens, and winter coats for fresh air, parks and playgroundsspring getaways, and even New Jersey farm fun. Get outside to take advantage of all of the seasonal fun the Garden State has to offer, including those outdoor Easter egg hunts and Easter Bunny train rides!

Read on for 40 fantastic spring activities to enjoy with your family. Looking for more? Check out our Spring Fun Guide, with new events added throughout the season.

Top New Amusement Parks and Rides Opening This Summer

The summer family vacation season is right around the corner, so it's never too early to start dreaming of your escape. Amusement parks, of course, are always top of mind for the kids come summer, so we've trekked up and down the eastern seaboard (virtually, anyway) to find the coolest new theme park attractions set to open this spring and summer.

There's a brand-new thrill ride at Six Flags New England, a pint-sized coaster at Sesame Place, a whole new Toy Story Land in Orlando, and Thomas Town opens near Pittsburgh with plenty of locomotive fun. Read on for more than a dozen new top attractions we're looking forward to checking out at amusement parks spanning from Massachusetts to Florida this summer.

Best Nature Centers in New Jersey to Visit with Kids

If you’re feeling burned out on indoor play spaces and museums, and longing for spring, try a visit to of New Jersey's awesome nature centers. No need to worry if the weather's still a little iffy—there are plenty throughout the state with programs happening year-round.

We've rounded up 10 nature centers that combine both indoor and outdoor fun for kids of all ages. Spend some time exploring nature and checking out hands-on exhibits and activities that explain our local flora and fauna. Most places on our list are open year-round, except for major holidays.

Weekend Fun: Diggerland, St. Patrick's Day, Marvel Universe Live

St. Patrick's Day, plus a taste of Easter and Passover, make for a weekend full of holiday fun. Get in the green spirit at St. Paddy's Day festivities, like Sea Isle City's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration, Button's Birthday Weekend, Bayonne's St. Patrick's Day Parade, and METC's Can a Leprechaun Be Caught. Get a jumpstart on Easter and Passover at events like Brunch with the Bunny and Build Your Own Seder Plate.

It's a busy festival weekend, with exciting family events like the Montclair Literary Festival, the 8th Annual Kidfest in New Brunswick, and Diggerland's Season Opening. And there are plenty of performances on stages throughout NJ, including Marvel Universe Live, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, and School House Rock Live!.

Check out our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces for more options for weekend family fun, or start planning your summer with Affordable Summer Camps for New Jersey Kids. And look to our event calendar and March GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Mohonk Mountain House: A Favorite Hudson Valley Resort Reviewed

For a luxurious family getaway in the Hudson Valley, Mohonk Mountain House is a delicious splurge in any season. The historic Victorian castle, just 90 miles from New York City and North Jersey, is surrounded by thousands of acres of forest, miles of hiking trails and breathtaking mountain vistas. It attracts both locals and guests from around the country, including the tristate area.

Cozy guest rooms include fireplaces or rocking-chair balconies, but no televisions, so get ready for hours of family togetherness. Don't worry, there's a kids club, myriad indoor and outdoor activities, an award-winning spa, and decent wi-fi signal. We revisited the local family resort this winter for a long weekend getaway and are happy to share our review with Mommy Poppins readers.

Easter Bunny Brunches and Photo-Ops for New Jersey Kids

Grab your bonnets and bow ties, and hop on over to a fun photo-op with the Easter Bunny. We've got the scoop on where you can meet the long-eared guest of honor and take part in activities like bunny brunches, egg hunts, parades, storytimes, and crafts.

Looking for a more straightforward meet-and-greet? Check out our listing of professional photo setups at malls throughout the Garden State. And if you'd rather take a train ride with your favorite hare, you can always hop aboard the Easter Express


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