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.

Read on for our best children's events the week of October 2–6, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and October GoList for even more fall happenings.

Monday, October 2

Northern NJ:
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.

Central NJ:
Monday Morning Playtime – Hillsborough
The Little Gym visits Hillsborough Library with plenty of music, gymnastics, and playtime for the tots. FREE

See all Monday events.

Tuesday, October 3

Central NJ:
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.

Jersey Shore:
Children’s Story HourCape May
Little ones are invited to learn about Cape May’s history through music, stories, and crafts at Historic Cold Spring Village. FREE

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday, October 4

The Great Pumpkin Festival at Heaven Hill Farm is the biggest fall festival in Northern NJ. 

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.

Jersey Shore:
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

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday, October 5

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.

Jersey Shore:
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.

See all Thursday events.

Friday, October 6

Central NJ:
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.

Jersey Shore:
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.

See all Friday events.

Top photo: Great Pumpkin Festival at Heaven Hill Farm. Photo courtesy of the venues.