Dance to the music at Summit Sounds on Thursday nights. Photo courtesy of Summit Downtown
Dance to the music at Summit Sounds on Thursday nights. Photo courtesy of Summit Downtown

60 Free Things To Do in May with New Jersey Kids

Hooray for May! Bring on the outdoor fairs, festivals, and Memorial Day celebrations. And if you're budgeting for summer vacations and camp, no need to skimp on the May fun. These 60 (!) activities and events are all FREE to attend.

Street fair season is in full swing this month. Check out food vendors, crafts, and live music at neighborhood fairs around the state, including Westfield, Hoboken, Maplewood, and Collingswood, among many others. Head down the shore for admission-free, beachy extravaganzas like the Ocean City Spring Block Party, the New Jersey Seafood Festival, Ocean Fun Days, and the Wildwoods International Kite Festival.

Top off the month with free Memorial Day parades in Freehold, Glassboro, and New Providence, plus the Bradley Beach Memorial Day Festival.

Read on for this month's picks! For more free and low-cost fun, check out our Event Calendar and Guide to New Jersey Parks and Playgrounds

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Watchung Booksellers
54 Fairfield St.
Montclair, NJ 07042

Barnes and Noble
1180 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ

Barnes & Noble East Brunswick
753 Rt 18 Brunswick Square
East Brunswick, NJ

Howell Library
318 Old Tavern Rd.
Howell, NJ 07731

Barnes & Noble
112 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, NJ 07039

AG Farmers' Market
108 Indian Head Road
Toms River, NJ 08753

IKEA Paramus
100 IKEA Drive
Paramus, NJ 07652

Hoboken Hisorical Musem
1301 Hudson St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Downtown Summit
Summit , NJ

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Lovin' Oven
62a Trenton Ave
Frenchtown, NJ 08825

The Book House
281 Essex Street
Millburn, NJ 07041

Berlin Farmers Market
41 Clementon Rd
Berlin, NJ 08009

fields behind Centenary University
on Fifth and Reese Avenues
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Morven Museum and Garden
55 Stockton St.
Princeton , NJ 08540

Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332

Thompson Park
805 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738

Liberty Lake Day Camp
1195 Florence Columbus Rd
Bordentown, NJ 08505

Secaucus Xchange
5000 Riverside Station Blvd.
Secaucus, NJ 07094

Historic Smithville and Village Greene
615 East Moss MIll Toad
Galloway, NJ 08205

Downtown Westfield
Westfield, NJ 07090

Washington Street
between Observer Highway and 7th Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Papaianni Park
Pow-Mia Blvd. Edison Municipal Complex
Edison, NJ 08817

Mendham Borough Library
10 Hilltop Road
Mendham, NJ 07945

The Outlets at Bergen Center
Bergen Town Center
Paramus, NJ 07652

Barnes & Noble
44 Brick Plaza
Brick, NJ 08723

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Barnes & Noble
112 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, NJ 07039

Pottery Barn Kids- various locations

The Outlets at Bergen Town Center
Route 4 East & Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

Historic Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Rd.
Galloway, NJ 08205

Hopatcong State Park
Lakeside Boulevard
Landing, NJ 07850

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
45 Macculloch Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd.
Princeton, NJ 08540

Longstreet Farm
44 Longstreet Rd.
Holmdel, NJ 07733

Sayen Botanical Gardens
155 Hughes Drive
Hamilton, NJ 08690

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Avenue
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

Silver Lake Park
5th & Ocean Avenue across from the Boardwalk
Belmar, NJ 07719

Historic Smithville Village
615 E Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville , NJ 08205

Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, NJ

Turkey Brook Park
30 Flanders Rd.
Budd Lake, NJ 07828

LaGrande Park
LaGrande Avenue
Fanwood, NJ 07023

Hackettstown BID
127 Main Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Drive
Cherry Hill, NJ

TD Bank Ballpark
1 Patriots Park
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

JCC of Central NJ
1391 Martine Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Congregation B'nai Israel in Emerson
53 Palisade Ave.
Emerson, NJ 07630

Springfield Ave and Yale Street
Maplewood, NJ

Perth Amboy Waterfront
Sadowski Parkway
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Beach Across from Wildwood Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk
Wildwood, NJ 08260

Bradley Beach Beachfront Promenade
Bradley Beach, NJ 07720

678 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108

Downtown Freehold
Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728

McBride Avenue From Lackawanna Avenue to Memorial Drive
Woodland Park, NJ 07424

begins at University Blvd & Lehigh Rd
Glassboro, NJ 08028

New Providence Memorial Day Parade
Springfield Ave between Central Ave and Academy St
New Providence, NJ 07974
Virtual Storytime with Mac Barnett
Instagram Live - 3:00 PM Pick
Virtual Story Time With Oliver Jeffers
Instagram Live - various times Pick
Live with Lowey
Online - various times Pick
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari
Facebook Live - various times Pick
Petersen Automotive Museum Online Learning
VIRTUAL Petersen Automotive Museum - various times Pick
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