September GoList: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

September is a fresh start for New Jersey kids, with a new school year, a new season and a new list of September must-dos. From early fall fun to busy street fairs, we've hand-picked 18 of our favorite things to do this month. You can challenge yourselves to giant corn mazes, get in the Halloween spirit with theme park chills and thrills and hop aboard a pumpkin train.

For even more September fun, look to our roundup of September Fairs and Festivals and the best places to pick your own apples, and find a great selection of after-school activities in our Guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs for NJ Kids. Don't forget to check out our Event Calendar for a complete listing of happenings this month and beyond. 

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Giant Corn Maze Adventures – Chester
Daily throughout September, 2019
"Adventures in Chester" is this year's them of Alstede Farms' 10-acre corn maze. Navigate twists and turns while learning about Chester's history. The younger set can explore a kiddie-sized corn maze. 

Passaic River Labor Day Paddle – Roseland
Monday, September 2, 2019
Take a leisurely paddle up the Passaic River and float downstream. Geared toward beginners and children 10 and up accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

NJ Wild Outdoor Expo – New Egypt
Saturday, September 7 – Sunday, September 8, 2019
Want to learn how to kayak or pick up some new camping skills? Head to the NJ Wild Outdoor Expo, which offers conservation information, education, and hands-on opportunities to learn a variety of outdoor skills and activities. Try your hand at fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping skills, rock climbing, wildlife watching, and more. FREE

Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest – Jackson
Friday, September 13 –  Thursday, October 31, 2019
The daytime hours are family-friendly and offer the chance to grab some candy from your favorite characters on the trick-or-treat trail. At 6pm, the midways become scary! Fright Fest is not recommended for children under 12, or those who scare easily. Click for all dates. 

Wind & Sea Festival – Port Monmouth
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Enjoy a day filled with coastal fun at Bayshore Waterfront Park, including fishing, kayaking, sandcastle building, shelling, kite flying, and much more. FREE, but some activities have a fee. 

Go apple picking and enjoy fall farm fun at Terhune Orchards' Fall Festival. Photo courtesy of the orchard

Apple Days Fall Festival – Princeton
Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 14, 2019
Terhune Orchards kicks off its fall festivities on Saturday, September 14, and the fun continues through October. Take a tractor-pulled wagon ride around the farm, explore the corn stalk maze, or sit for a while and listen to some good old-fashioned country music. Children’s activities include pony rides, face painting, scavenger hunts, rubber duck races, pumpkin painting, and more. And don't forget to stop by the barnyard to visit the animals.

Great Pumpkin Festival – Vernon
Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 14, 2019
The Great Pumpkin Festival returns to Heaven Hill Farm this fall with more than 30 family-friendly activities, including visits with animals, a hay maze, spider web crawl, a "boo barn," chicken little show, a chick barn, a dancing robot show, duck racing, an obstacle course, and much more. The festival continues through November 3 and includes some weekdays in October.

27th Annual New Jersey Storytelling FestivalLambertville
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Visit Howell Living History Farm to hear tales straight from master storytellers all day long. The event includes a story slam and a continuous rotation of storytellers performing throughout the farm from noon–6pm. FREE

Great Swamp Fall Festival – Chatham
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Have a batty good time at Great Swamp OEC, featuring activities that celebrate bats. Take part in guided walks, archery, and kids activities. Free hot dogs for all! FREE

Children's Book Festival – Princeton 
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Meet your favorite children's book authors and illustrators at Princeton's annual festival celebrating a love of books. Kids can listen to authors speak, have books signed, and join in many fun activities throughout the day. FREE

Community Day Featuring Touch-a-Truck & Dog Day – Bridgewater
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Cars, trucks, and emergency vehicles, plus food trucks, live music, and dog contests make for a FREE and fun-filled afternoon in Bridgewater. 

Play your way through downtown South Orange on Sunday, September 15. Photo courtesy of the Village Green

PlayDay South Orange – South Orange
Sunday, September 15, 2019
PlayDay South Orange is the town's largest public event and features more than 10 play areas with everything from board games to basketball, radio controlled cars to rope jumping. The bouncy houses are always a big hit, but expect to wait for your turn, as well as for face painting. FREE but fees for several activities.

All About Downtown Street Fair – Jersey City
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Jersey City comes alive for the 9th annual Downtown Street Fair, featuring more than 100 vendors and tons of fun family activities. Sample tasty treats from some of the area's top food trucks, listen to live music, and enjoy kids' activities like face painting, games, and inflatables at this event, which takes place on Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Coles Street. FREE

Peppa Pig Live! Peppa's Big Adventure – Morristown
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Peppa, George, Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep, and Gerald Giraffe take the stage at Mayo Performing Arts Center. The life-size puppets and costumed characters sing and dance all about their exciting outdoor adventure. 

Harvest Moon Hayride & Night Time Corn Maze – Chester
Fridays, Saturdays, and select Sundays beginning September 27, 2019
The autumn action continues at Alstede Farms, where the Harvest Moon Hayride & Night Time Corn Maze will run weekends through October 26. Make your way through the corn maze and take a tractor-led hayride through the fields, then enjoy a campfire, live music, and apple cider under the stars.  

The Great Pumpkin Train – Phillipsburg
Saturdays and Sundays, September 28 – October 27, 2019
Take the train to the pumpkin patch while enjoying the beautiful scenery, and extend the fun by purchasing add-ons such as the Corn Maze and the Mine Train for an additional fee. A free pumpkin is included for every child.

Experience 19th-century farm life at the Harvest Home Festival. Photo by Jim Lukach/CC BY 2.0

Harvest Home Festival – Holmdel
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Travel back in time to the 1890s at the Harvest Home Festival, an old-fashioned country fair at Historic Longstreet Farm. The day's events include wagon rides, games, a corn-husking competition, pie-eating contests, live entertainment, craft demonstrations, and more. FREE

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival – Hoboken
Sunday, September 29, 2019
This popular festival celebrates its 26th year with live music, arts & craft vendors, neighborhood restaurants, and more. Stop by the designated children’s area on 3rd Street for rides, games, face painting, sand art, and musical performances. FREE

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend at Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution - 10:00 AM Pick
Winter Hike to Cavern Point
Liberty State Park - 10:30 AM Pick
Cattus Island Nature Walks
Cattus Island County Park - 2:00 PM Pick
Live Animal Talks
Jake Branch County Park Nature Center - various times Pick
Six Flags Great Adventure Pet-Friendly Holiday Drive-Thru
Six Flags Great Adventure - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides