You and your fam deserve an epic spring break 2023 after working hard and making it through the winter. Why not skip the long airport security lines in favor of a spring break staycation right here in New Jersey?
Most New Jersey school districts are closed sometime between Monday, April 3, and Friday, April 14. Luckily, 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 dozens of 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.
Easter 2023 falls on Sunday, April 9, and there are plenty of opportunities to brunch and take pictures with the Easter Bunny during spring break.
2. Visit Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
Go on a short hike and visit the animals at Cedar Run in Medford. See the events page for all the special activities they have going on during spring break like Science Rocks! and Rediscovery Day. For a complete rundown of Cedar Run activities, check out the Best Things to do at Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge.
Meet the baby animals at Alstede Farms' Springtime Family Festival. Photo courtesy of the farm
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 Sunday, April 16. 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.
Hit the rink at Millennium Skate World on Saturday, April 9 from 7:00-10:00 pm. Admission is $15, skate rental is $5, and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance.
7. Walk Through Rutgers Gardens
Find adventure along the Raritan River by walking through Helyar Woods, one of the last old-growth forests that still stand in New Jersey. You can also hide out in the dense Bamboo Grove or frolic among the flowers in the garden. Cook Campus is near the garden and has a farm with animals to check out.
8. Fly a Kite
See kites of all shapes and sizes soaring over the beach in Long Branch on Saturday, April 22.
Spring is the time when baby animals are born! For some cute and cuddly experiences, Muddy Paws Farm in Southampton has FREE open houses on April 2, 11, 13, and 16 from 1-4pm. And be sure to check out other petting zoos in NJ.
This post, originally published in 2018, is updated annually.