Weekday Fun in NJ: Labor Day, Free Concerts, Butterflies

September is here, and what better way to kick off a new month and the start of school than with a holiday weekend! Celebrate the bonus day off at Funplex’s Labor Day Party or Adventure Aquarium’s Penguin Awareness Weekend. Then, it’s back to school for most New Jersey kids, but you can still squeeze in those last licks of summer at Liberty State Park’s Summerfest and METC’s Family Friendly Concert Series. Don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options.

And if you're looking for more ideas to keep the kids busy on Labor Day, take a drive to a New Jersey day trip hotspot, get in one last splash at a sprayground, head to the apple orchard for DIY picking, or check out tons of fun activities with 100 Things to Do in New Jersey with Kids Before They Grow Up.

Monday, September 5

Northern NJ
Labor Day Party at The Funplex – East Hanover
Have an action-filled Labor Day at The Funplex/Splashplex, featuring live music, games, and a barbecue (additional fee). 

Northern/Central NJ
Play at Kidz Village – Woodbridge and Kenilworth
Take the tots and preschoolers to Kidz Village for a romp at this popular indoor playground, which will remain open on Labor Day. Play dress-up, hit the slides, or the games. Tip: Score a ticket discount by downloading the Kidz Village app. See details online.

A young boy tests out iPlay's ropes course. 

Jersey Shore
Labor Day Party at iPlay – Freehold
Head to this "indoor boardwalk" on Labor Day for go-karts, arcade games, a new ropes course and more family fun beginning at 10am.

Southern NJ
Penguin Awareness Weekend – Camden
Party with the penguins at Adventure Aquarium where guests can learn about penguins in the wild, witness feeding time, and take part in a “penguin pep rally.”

Ice cream! – varies
Grab a cone, a sundae, or another fancy treat at one of these destination-worthy ice cream shops around NJ.

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Tuesday, September 6

Central NJ
Bouncy Booktime Tuesdays – Lambertville
Bounce on over to Lambertville Free Public Library for a morning of stories, crafts, and socializing. FREE

Northern NJ
Summerfest at Liberty State Park – Jersey City
Summer’s not over at Liberty State Park! Enjoy a free outdoor concert by doo-wop band The New York Exceptions at the gardens behind Liberty House Restaurant. FREE

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Wednesday, September 7

Northern NJ
Monarch Magic – Jersey City
Catch a glimpse of beautiful monarch butterflies at Liberty State Park. The program begins at the Nature Interpretive Center and continues outdoors. Pre-registration is required. FREE

Jersey Shore
Fantastic Fall Craft – Marlboro
It feels like fall at Marlboro Free Public Library, where children 2 and up are invited to create their own fall wreath while listening to seasonal stories. FREE

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Thursday, September 8

Northern NJ
Uptown Storytime – Hoboken
Hoboken Historical Society welcomes preschoolers every week for stories and songs about city life. Pre-registration is required. FREE

Jersey Shore
Math Monsters – Lincroft
Introduce little ones to math through fun games and activities at Monmouth Museum. Free with museum admission

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Friday, September 9

Jersey Shore
iPlay After Dark – Freehold
Missed the Labor Day fun? Top off a busy school week with rides and games at iPlay America, with go-karts, laser tag, a DJ, and giveaways.

Northern NJ
Family Friendly Concert Series – Madison
Don’t miss the last of the summer concert series at Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. Sunnyside Jazz will perform popular songs of the 20th century on the museum’s lawn. FREE

More Friday Events

Top photo: Labor Day Party at The Funplex. Photos courtesy of the venues

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