Weekday Fun: Great Pumpkin Festival, Read & Pick, Storytimes
October kicks off with lots of pumpkin-centric fun. Head over to a ginormous celebration at Heaven Hill Farm’s Great Pumpkin Festival; read all about pumpkins and then grab your own at Terhune Orchards’ Read & Pick; and explore the mazes and pumpkin patch at Stony Hill Farms' Corn Maze and Fun Park. Plus, enjoy some storytime freebies this week, including Monday Morning Playtime, Children’s Story Hour, Kids! Fire Truck Visit, and First Friday Storytime.
Monday, October 2
Stony Hill Farms Corn Maze and Fun Park – Chester
Find your way through the 10-acre Sea Turtle Rescue–themed corn maze. Plus, enjoy a mini-maze, rope maze, tile maze, barnyard board game, and more fall fun at Stony Hill Farms.
Monday Morning Playtime – Hillsborough
The Little Gym visits Hillsborough Library with plenty of music, gymnastics, and playtime for the tots. FREE
Tuesday, October 3
Read & Pick at Terhune Orchards – Princeton
Pumpkins are the appropriate topic of this week’s interactive children’s event. Participants will listen to pumpkin-related stories, make crafts, and pick their own. Pre-registration is required.
Children’s Story Hour – Cape May
Little ones are invited to learn about Cape May’s history through music, stories, and crafts at Historic Cold Spring Village. FREE
Wednesday, October 4
The Great Pumpkin Festival at Heaven Hill Farm is the biggest fall festival in Northern NJ.
Great Pumpkin Festival – Vernon
Revel in the season at Heaven Hill Farm, host of the biggest fall festival in Northern New Jersey. The fun includes a hay maze, spider crawl, farm animals, duck races, Maggie the Milking Cow, a dancing robot show, and much more. Runs through November 5.
Kids! Fire Truck Visit – Colts Neck
Colts Neck Library welcomes young visitors to learn about fire safety and check out a real fire truck in honor of National Fire Prevention Month. Pre-registration is required. FREE
Thursday, October 5
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.
October Fun at Storybook Land – Egg Harbor Township
Storybook Land is ready for fall with pumpkin and Halloween festivities throughout the park. The fun includes pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and Elmer’s Hay-Mazin’ Maze.
Friday, October 6
First Friday Storytime – Hamilton
Tulpehaking Nature Center invites 3–8-year-olds to take part in stories and crafts focusing on local wildlife and history. FREE
Head to Six Flags Great Adventure during the day for gentle Halloween fun for the younger set.
Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest – Jackson
Halloween is in the air at Six Flags’ annual fall spectacular. Go during the day for family-friendly, gentle thrills, or head over after dark for a truly terrifying experience. Offerings include a trick-or-treat trail, Halloween shows, characters, mazes, and evening scare zones. And of course, there are all the great rides. Runs through October 31; see website for schedule.
Top photo: Great Pumpkin Festival at Heaven Hill Farm. Photo courtesy of the venues.