Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Animal Fun, Storytimes, Tooth Fairy Day

There’s plenty to keep kids busy this week, whether you choose to stay warm at indoor storytime freebies or soak up early spring with animal-themed activities. Put away your wallet and take the little ones to free storytimes, including More Fun for Munchkins, Storytime at the Rancocas Nature Center, Mommy & Me Storytime, and First Friday Storytime. And as March comes in like a lion, enjoy animal time with Playtime at the Zoo and Paws Discovery Farm Grand Re-Opening.

Read on for our best children's events the week of February 27 – March 3, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and March GoList for even more late-winter fun.

Monday, February 27

Northern NJ:
Playtime at the Zoo – Paramus
Head on over to Bergen County Zoo to hang out with some zoo inhabitants and play with animal-themed toys. FREE

Central NJ:
More Fun for Munchkins – Watchung
Bring the tots to Watchung Library for a busy morning of books, finger play, songs, crafts, and puppets. Pre-registration is required. FREE

See all Monday events.

Tuesday, February 28

Northern NJ:
Tooth Fairy Party – Madison
The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts honors the little-known National Tooth Fairy Day. Kids 6 and under will learn about teeth and create a tooth fairy craft. Pre-registration is required.

Central NJ:
Storytime at the Rancocas Nature CenterWashington Township
Rancocas Nature Center hosts this weekly preschool program featuring stories, songs, and crafts. Pre-registration is required. FREE

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday, March 1

Northern NJ:
Mommy & Me StorytimeMontclair
Watchung Booksellers presents a weekly storytime for the 2-and-under crowd. Space is limited to 12 children, so you may want to get there early. FREE

Central NJ:
Tod Squad – Branchburg
​There’s no shortage of toddler-friendly activities at Branchburg Sports Complex. The fun includes a bounce house, soft play equipment, a Playmaze, and inflatables. As a bonus, parents get a complimentary cup of coffee.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday, March 2

Northern NJ:
Kids Creativity Center at MAM – Montclair
While parents attend Montclair Art Museum’s free First Thursday events, the kids can partake in an evening art workshop, where they'll use various materials to create a seasonal craft. There is a fee for the children’s portion of the evening.

Southern NJ:
Paws Discovery Farm Grand Re-OpeningMt. Laurel
Hang out with some pigs, donkeys, parrots, turtles, and other farm friends during this petting zoo’s re-opening week. Check out the roster of classes, storytimes, and other farm happenings.

See all Thursday events.

Friday, March 3


Piff the Magic Dragon. Photo courtesy of the venue.

Northern NJ:
Piff the Magic Dragon – Morristown
This comedian and magician, known from "America’s Got Talent," performs his hilarious one-man show (along with his chihuahua sidekick) at Mayo Performing Arts Center. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Central NJ:
First Friday Storytime – Hamilton
​Kids 3–8 are invited to enjoy wildlife-themed stories and crafts at Tulpehaking Nature Center. FREE

See all Friday events.

Top photo: Kids Creativity Center at MAM. Photo by Gennadi Novash/courtesy of the museum.

Sunflower Picking at Happy Day Farm
Happy Day Farm - 8:00 AM Pick
Turtle Back Zoo Reopening
Turtle Back Zoo - various times Pick
Free Comic Book Day 2020
- various times Pick
A Hamilton Read-Along
- various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides