Weekday Fun: Dinosaurs After Dark, Shopkins Live, Oktoberfest

Fun things to do with New Jersey kids this week, September 25-29, 2017

It’s the first full week of fall, and there are lots of reasons to celebrate! Get in the pre-Halloween spirit at Field Station Dinosaurs’ Dinosaurs After Dark, or party German-style at Morey’s Piers' Oktoberfest 2017. The new season brings new museum excitement with Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails Exhibit at Liberty Science Center and The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts' After School experience. Plus, relish the fall weather (if it ever comes!) at great festivals, pumpkin farms, and corn mazes

Read on for our best children's events the week of September 25–29, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and September GoList for even more early-fall fun.

Monday, September 25


Visit Thomas & Friends at Liberty Science Center.

Northern NJ:
Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails Exhibit – Jersey City
All aboard the new Thomas & Friends hands-on exhibit at Liberty Science Center! Little adventurers can climb into Thomas’ cab, explore an oversized train table, build tracks, and more. The exhibit will run through May 2018.

Central NJ:
Messy Monday – Long Hill
Bring the little ones to Long Hill Library for a creative morning of stories and crafts. Pre-registration is required. FREE

See all Monday events.

Tuesday, September 26

Central NJ:
Read & Pick at Terhune Orchards – Princeton
This week’s interactive children’s event focuses on tractors. Participants will hear tractor-related stories, make crafts, and take part in a farm activity. Pre-registration is required.

Northern NJ:
After School @ the Museum – Madison
In this great hands-on afternoon activity, elementary students are invited to learn all about the work of historic tinsmiths, carpenters, printers, and candle makers at The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. The workshop runs eight weeks, and students will present their projects during the final session. Pre-registration is required.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday, September 27

Central NJ:
Storytime & Craft at Barnes & Noble – Various locations
Bring your little one to your local B&N for a story followed by a related activity or craft. Check your local store for details. FREE 


The Shoppies sing and dance their hearts out in Shopkins Live. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Jersey Shore:
Shopkins Live – Red Bank
If your house is overrun with Shopkins, like mine, bring your young fans to see them live onstage at Count Basie Theatre. Watch the Shoppies come to life with pop songs, dance moves, and fun fashions. Read our review of the show to find out what we thought.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday, September 28

Northern NJ:
Penny’s Storytime – Hoboken
Preschoolers will learn all about city life through stories and songs at Hoboken Historical Museum. Pre-registration is required. FREE

Central NJ:
Creative Stories on Thursdays – Gillette
Stories and crafts make for a fun morning at Long Hill Library. FREE

See all Thursday events.

Friday, September 29


Take a nighttime trip to see the prehistoric residents of Field Station Dinosaurs.

Northern NJ:
Dinosaurs After Dark – Leonia
​Get a jump start on Halloween, prehistoric-style, at Field Station Dinosaurs. Explore the park after dark with a guided tour by lantern light. The tours take place Friday and Saturday nights through October.

Jersey Shore:
Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest 2017 – Wildwood
Germany comes to the Wildwood boardwalk with German food, a biergarten at rootbier garten, live entertainment, and a kids’ zone. The festivities run Friday through Sunday.

See all Friday events.

Top photo: Dinosaurs After Dark at Field Station Dinosaurs. Photos courtesy of the productions/venues.