Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Princess Tea, Zoo Explorers, Bug Club

Creatures big and small are in the spotlight during this second full week of March. Visit animals at Turtle Back Zoo Explorers Program, amphibians of all kinds at Bergen County Zoo’s Amphibians for Tadpoles, and a variety of insects at Essex County Environmental Center’s Kids’ Bug Club. Plus, celebrate an early St. Paddy's Day at St. Patrick’s Day Storytime, or enjoy high tea at Mommy & Me Tea with a Princess.

Read on for our best children's events the week of March 13–17, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and March GoList for even more March madness.

We're also happy to announce the brand-new Besties Awards. Nominate your favorite New Jersey businesses for kids: the best places to eat, make, do, learn, and play. Simply add your favorites to this nomination form, and we'll reward those businesses that make raising kids in New Jersey the best with a Besties Award. 

Monday, March 13

Central NJ:
Tree Time for Tykes: Maple Syrup Fun – Mendham
​Spend a sweet morning at Schiff Natural Lands Trust learning how maple tree sap becomes syrup during a guided walk. Pre-registration is required.

Northern NJ:
Turtle Back Zoo Explorers Program – West Orange
Turtle Back Zoo hosts this fun-filled animal adventure for preschoolers, featuring games, crafts, and a tour of the zoo. The program is drop-off, and pre-registration is required.

See all Monday events.

Tuesday, March 14

Jersey Shore:
Harlem Globetrotters at Collins Arena – Lincroft
Kids of all ages will be in awe of the famous Globetrotters’ hoop tricks and moves at Collins Arena. See the website for ticket information.

Northern NJ:
Kids’ Bug Club – Roseland
​The hunt for little critters is on at Essex County Environmental Center. Kids 6–10 will learn all about bugs through field walks, games, stories, and crafts. Pre-registration is required.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday, March 15

Northern NJ:
Mommy & Me StorytimeMontclair
Stop by Watchung Booksellers with your tots for a fun weekly storytime. Participation is limited to 12, so you may want to get there a bit early. FREE

Central NJ:
Winter Preschool Nature Classes – Pennington
Creatures of the Night is this week’s theme of Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed’s nature workshop. The class includes both indoor and outdoor activities. Pre-registration is required.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday, March 16

Northern NJ:
Amphibians for Tadpoles – Paramus
Head over to Bergen County Zoo for a hoppy morning of amphibian-themed stories and crafts. Then, explore amphibians throughout the zoo.

Central NJ:
St. Patrick’s Day StorytimeEdison
Get a jump on St. Paddy's Day at Barnes & Noble with a reading of How to Catch a Leprechaun. Plus, enjoy activities, crafts, and giveaways. FREE

See all Thursday events.

Friday, March 17

Have tea with a princess in East Hanover on Friday.

Northern NJ:
Mommy & Me Tea with a Princess – East Hanover
Friday afternoon is high tea time at Parteaz. Dine on sandwiches, scones, and dessert, plus meet Disney’s Rapunzel. There will also be crafts. Pre-registration is required.

Central NJ:
LEGO League Challenge – Old Bridge
LEGO enthusiasts ages 9–14 are welcome to Old Bridge Public Library for a LEGO League Challenge. The challenge theme is Animal Allies, and participants will design a solution for animal interactions using LEGO Mindstorms technology. Pre-registration is required.

See all Friday events.

Top photo: Mommy & Me Tea with a Princess. Courtesy of Parteaz.

Sunflower Picking at Happy Day Farm
Happy Day Farm - 8:00 AM Pick
Jenkinson's Amusement Park Reopens
Jenkinson's Amusement Park - 12:00 PM Pick
Kutztown Folk Festival
- various times Pick
The Shows Must Go On
Youtube - various times Pick
Sea Chantey Sing-Along
Zoom - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
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