Early fall is the perfect time of year for nature exploration, and two great nature hikes are in the spotlight this first full week of the season. Put on the walking shoes, and bring the little ones outdoors for Great Swamp’s Toddler Trek: Going on a Seed Hunt and Tiny Tots Walks with Miss Allison. Find more easy fall hikes in our roundup of area trails just right for little legs.
If you’re hungry for Italian food and fun, check out the Wildwood’s Ole Time Italian Festival and St. Michael’s Festival at Palisades Park. Peruse our NJ Farm Guide for apple and pumpkin picking spots (yes, they're open!), corn mazes, and more fall fun. We're also getting a head start with Halloween: check out the costume parades and more at NJ amusement parks, cool jack-o-lantern displays and events, and these Halloween trains about to depart!
Read on for our best children's events the week of September 26-30, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and these upcoming harvest festivals for early long weekend planning.
Monday, September 26
Toddler Trek: Going on a Seed Hunt – Chatham
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center hosts this fall event just for toddlers. After sharing a story, the little ones will set out on a guided trail walk to learn about seeds. Preregistration is required.
Night Owls – Cherry Hill
Wind down after a long day at Cherry Hill Public Library’s evening storytime. Preschoolers will enjoy taking part in pre-bedtime songs, crafts, and stories. FREE but pre-registration is required.
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Tuesday, September 27
Kid Fit Classes – Cherry Hill
Kids are invited to burn some energy at Garden State Discovery Museum’s morning fitness classes. Groups are available for 1-2 year olds, 2-3 year olds, 3-4 year olds and 4-5 year olds. Pre-registration is required, with individual or ongoing class options.
Pottery Barn Kids Weekly Storytime – Short 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
More Tuesday Events
Wednesday, September 28
Mommy & Me Event at Imagine That – Florham Park
Enjoy this fun-filled annual event at Imagine That Children’s Museum, featuring kid-friendly entertainment, giveaways, raffles, vendors and half-price admission for playtime. Pre-registration is required.
Boyce Avenue- Be Somebody World Tour – Freehold
Rock out to the tunes of YouTube sensation Boyce Avenue at iPlay America. The concert is recommended for ages 10 and up, and the show is standing-only. See website for ticket information.
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Thursday, September 29
St Michael’s Festival – Palisades Park
Bring the family and your appetite to Overpeck Park for this four day extravaganza, complete with rides, games, and food. FREE but some activities require a fee.
Tiny Tots Walks with Miss Allison – Pennington
Embark on a nature walk with the tots at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. A guided stroll, stories, and crafts are all part of the nature-themed fun. Preregistration is required.
More Thursday Events
Friday, September 30
Olde Time Italian Festival – Wildwood
Games, crafts, nonstop entertainment and delectable Italian food are all part of the excitement at this Wildwood festival. Plus, cheer, or take part in, a grape stomping and spaghetti eating contest. FREE but some activities require a fee.
Rock out with The Wiggles. Photo courtesy of the band.
The Wiggles – Rahway
Go riding in your big red car over to Union County Performing Arts Center to see The Wiggles in concert. Kids will love to sing and dance along to their favorite Wiggles hits as they celebrate 25 years as a group.
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Top image: Tiny Tots take a hike. Photo courtesy of the Watershed Association.