Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Cape May Fest, Kite Month, Nocturnal Birds

April wraps up this week with some outdoorsy seasonal fun. Head down the shore for Cape May’s Spring Celebration, or hang out with furry friends during the day at Bergen County Zoo’s Playtime at the Zoo or in the evening at Reeves-Reed Nocturnal Animals exploration.

Plus, don’t miss springtime freebies like Pottery Barn Kids Storytime, Barnes & Noble Storytime, Penny Spinners, and Celebrate Kite Month. Read on for our best children's events the week of April 24–28, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and April GoList for even more end-of-the month fun.

Monday, April 24

Northern NJ:
Playtime at the Zoo – Paramus
​It’s the zoo’s last admission-free week of the season. Stop by the Education Discover Lab with the kids for playtime featuring animal-themed crafts and activities. FREE

Jersey Shore:
Penny Spinners: Craft and Storytime – Manalapan
Spinners are all the rage now. Kids can make their own at Monmouth County Library. Pre-registration is required. FREE

See all Monday events.

Tuesday, April 25

Various NJ:
Pottery Barn Kids StorytimeShort Hills, Hackensack, Princeton, and Shrewsbury
​Stop by Pottery Barn Kids every Tuesday for an entertaining storytime. Your child will receive a free gift after attending five events. FREE

Jersey Shore:
MMKids StarLab Planetarium ShowLincroft
​Kids 7+ will be seeing stars at this Monmouth Museum Planetarium show about the constellations in the night sky. Additional fee to museum admission.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday, April 26

Jersey Shore:
Celebrate Kite MonthShrewsbury
April is Kite Month! Fly on over to the Monmouth County Library for a springy kite-making craft. Recommended for grades K–2. FREE

Northern NJ:
Staff Pick: Storytime Favorites – Clark
Barnes & Noble staff members share their favorite stories with young visitors. Stick around for crafts and activities. FREE

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday, April 27

Photo by Joe del Tufo/courtesy of the production.

Northern NJ:
Peppa Pig’s Big SplashNewark
Everyone’s favorite muddy puddle–jumping pig comes to life onstage with music at NJPAC.

Southern NJ:
Story Playgroup – Cherry Hill
Drop by Philly Art Center for an active morning of fun, with manipulative play for non-walkers and sensory stations for toddlers.

See all Thursday events.

Friday, April 28

Jersey Shore:
Cape May Spring Celebration – Cape May
Cape May is going all-out for spring with 10 days of exciting festivities, including trolley tours, chocolate tastings, and a scavenger hunt.

Northern NJ:
Nocturnal Neighbors – Summit
Spend Friday evening exploring migrating birds at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. The workshop includes a family-friendly hike and storytime with campfire s’mores. Pre-registration is required.

See all Friday events. 

Top photo: Ride the trolley around beautiful Cape May. Photo courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).