Spring Break 2022: Best Things To Do in New Jersey With Kids on Vacation

Hike amidst the soaring hemlock trees along the river at Hacklebarney State Park. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
Hike amidst the soaring hemlock trees along the river at Hacklebarney State Park. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

If ever there was a year we deserved an amazing spring break, 2022 is it! This is the year to make up for lost time, but you don't need to get on a plane to have an epic vacation. Skip the long airport security lines—and germs—in favor of enjoying a spring break staycation right here in New Jersey.

Most New Jersey school districts are closed somewhere between Monday, April 11, and Friday, April 22. Luckily, you don’t have to go far to make the most of your time off. The Garden State is home to museums, playgrounds, zoos, and other fun zones just a short drive away. Plus, our Family Activity Calendar is full of great events taking place during spring break.

Read on for 40 fun things to do during spring break in New Jersey with kids. You can also find great nearby getaways in our Day Trips Guide and more seasonal entertainment in our Spring Fun Guide.

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1. Hear Disney Princesses Sing

Have a royal time at Disney Princess: The Concert, a magical evening of story and song at NJPAC on Wednesday, April 13. Broadway stars perform 30+ songs made famous by Disney princesses and share their heartfelt behind-the-scenes stories from their time on the stage and screen.

2. Brunch with the Easter Bunny

Easter 2022 falls on Sunday, April 17, and there are plenty of opportunities to brunch and take pictures with the Easter Bunny during spring break.

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Baby animals are spring break companions at Alstede Farms
Meet the spring babies animals at Alstede Farms Springtime Family Festival.

3. Enjoy a Spring Festival

Alstede Farms springs back to life for a new season during the Easter and Springtime Family Festival on select dates through Tuesday, April 19. Take a scenic hayride around the farm, visit the barnyard animals, meet and greet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs, journey through mazes, and lots more.

4. Hop on a Bunny Train

All aboard! Catch a seasonal train ride with the Easter Bunny.

5. Hunt for Easter Eggs

Now's the time to search for treasures at a local Easter egg hunt.

6. Skate With a Bunny

Hit the ice with American Dream’s ZamBunny during the Bunny Skate at The Rink from Thursday, April 14-Saturday, April 16. Come dressed in your Easter best and hop to the beat with a live DJ and an Easter Bunny appearance.

7. See Stars on Ice

Enjoy a night out and see world-class champion skaters strut their stuff during Stars on Ice at the Prudential Center on Friday, April 22. Most of this year's US Olympic team members are in the cast.

8. Fly a Kite

See kites of all shapes and sizes soaring over the beach in Long Branch on Saturday, April 23.

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Storybook Land Two Easter Bunnies
The Easter Bunny stops by Storybook Land for some Easter weekend fun!

9. Explore Storybrook Land

Become part of a fairytale when Storybook Land hosts Easter Weekend Fun from Saturday, April 9-Sunday, April 17.

10. Catch the Easter Bunny

Chase the Easter Bunny through Palmer Square in Princeton on weekends through Saturday, April 16.

11. Make Your Own Fun

Spark!Lab at the Morris Museum invites young inventors to explore and create every Wednesday through Sunday.

12. Visit the Hoboken Historical Museum

Kids can take FREE art classes on Tuesdays or listen to a story on Fridays at the Hoboken Historical Museum.

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Peppa Pig Live
Sing and dance along with Peppa, Daisy, and friends. Photo by Shore Fire Media

13. Go Camping with Peppa Pig

Peppa and friends embark on an exciting camping trip live on stage during Peppa Pig's Adventure at Count Basie Center on Wednesday, April 13.

14. Get Crafty

Drop by Jakes Branch County Park Nature Center for FREE nature crafts every Saturday.

15. Explore the Great Outdoors

Cattus Island hosts themed nature walks every weekend. Search for osprey nests Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, or signs of spring on Saturday, April 16.

16. Experience Some Thrills

Make it a thrilling week of rides and attractions because Six Flags Great Adventure is officially open for the season.

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Six Flags Safari Drive-Thru Giraffe
The Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure takes explorers on an exhilarating, interactive animal adventure.

17. Have an Animal Encounter

While you're at Six Flags, visit the wild inhabitants of the Safari Drive-Thru.

18. Go Down the Shore

Stroll the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore for treats, exercise, and ocean breezes; many beaches are admission-free through Memorial Day weekend.

19. See Lady Liberty

Check out Liberty State Park for a well-rounded day trip or visit one of the other parks and playgrounds we've profiled.

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Visit Keansburg during a spring break staycation
Keansburg and other amusement parks reopen in time for spring break.

20. Find Some Amusements

Go amusement-hopping along the Jersey Shore with the season openings of Jenkinson's, Playland's Castaway Cove, and Keansburg.

21. Visit a Museum

Head over to the Morris Museum or another family-friendly museum for a day of educational fun.

22. Roll With It

Have a ball at a New Jersey bowling alley.

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Visit the Cape May County Zoo for free this spring break in New Jersey
Visit one of the Garden State's many zoos, including the free Cape May County Zoo. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

23. Take a Trip to the Zoo

Visit furry friends at the Turtle Back Zoo, or stop by the free Cape May Zoo and Bergen County Zoo.

24. Explore Outdoor Art

Venture through 42 lush acres of outdoor artwork at the Grounds for Sculpture.

25. Ride Your Bike

Break out the bicycles and take the family for a scenic ride along a family-friendly bike trail.

RELATED: Guide to Spring Fun in New Jersey for Kids

Girl at the touch table Watchung Sensory Trail
Watchung Reservation's Sensory Trail lets little ones use their senses. Photo by Margaret Hargrove

26. Get in Touch With Your Senses

Take a short and touchy-feely stroll through the Watchung Reservation's Sensory Trail.

27. Go for a Hike

If walking is more your family's speed, check out these dozen easy hikes perfect for little legs.

28. Visit a Nature Center

Welcome spring at one of New Jersey's excellent nature centers, including Great Swamp, where you can hit the trails.

29. Do a Day Trip

Plan a day trip to explore one of the Garden State's charming towns, including Princeton, Millburn, and Montclair.

RELATED: Easter Bunny Pictures and Brunches for New Jersey Kids in 2022

Explore the Reeves-Reed Arboretum during spring break
Let your little ones wander the grounds and gardens at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

30. Smell Spring Flowers

New Jersey's lush arboretums offer year-round, outdoor fun; Cora Hartshorn and Reeves-Reed boast a roster of family-friendly events.

31. Tee up for Mini Golf

Book a tee time at a mini-golf course.

32. Explore NJ's State Parks

New Jersey State Parks are just waiting for guests to explore; favorites include Hacklebarney, Allaire, and High Point.

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Spend spring break scaling the infinity climber at the Liberty Science Center
Spend spring break scaling the infinity climber at the Liberty Science Center.

33. Spend a Day at LSC

Everyone’s favorite science museum is back with several fun exhibits. Be sure to check out Wobbly World, a new STEM-powered funhouse, and PAW Patrol: Adventure Play, which is perfect for little ones.

34. Live the American Dream

You could easily spend your entire spring break at this entertainment complex, between Angry Birds Not So Mini Golf, Nickelodeon Universe theme park, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center, and DreamWorks Animation Water Park. Its new Dream Wheel opens Wednesday, April 13.

35. Use Your Imagination

Get crafty over break at these 20+ indoor art studios offering drop-in classes, virtual workshops, and take-home crafts.

36. Burn Off Energy

Indoor play spaces offer an active escape from the house.

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Kalahari makes a splash as a spring break destination in New Jersey
Kalahari offers fun for thrill-seekers and little kids alike.

37. Make a Splash

While outdoor water play may be a few months off, have a splash at indoor water parks in and near New Jersey.

38. Play All Day

Rides, games, food, and Top Golf are on tap at iPlay America.

39. Work Out the Wiggles

Junior ninja warriors can get physical at these obstacle courses, ninja gyms, and aerial arts spots.

40. Go Under the Sea

Have an aquatic spring break adventure at Camden's Adventure Aquarium and Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach.

This post, originally published in 2018, is updated annually.

Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues

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