Spring Break 2022: Best Things To Do in New Jersey With Kids on Vacation
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.
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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.
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.
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
Sing and dance along with Peppa, Daisy, and friends. Photo by Shore Fire Media
13. Go Camping with Peppa Pig
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.
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
Keansburg and other amusement parks reopen in time for spring break.
20. Find Some Amusements
21. Visit a Museum
22. Roll With It
Have a ball at a New Jersey bowling alley.
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
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.
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
29. Do a Day Trip
Let your little ones wander the grounds and gardens at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.
30. Smell Spring Flowers
31. Tee up for Mini Golf
Book a tee time at a mini-golf course.
32. Explore NJ's State Parks
Spend spring break scaling the infinity climber at the Liberty Science Center.
33. Spend a Day at LSC
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.
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
This post, originally published in 2018, is updated annually.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues