It’s the first full week of school for most New Jersey kids. Relieve homework and new-school stress with some fresh, almost-fall air at Movies in the Park and Que by the Sea. Or, kick back after school at Maker Monday. Toddlers and preschoolers can stay just as busy as big sis or bro with fun activities like Pottery Barn’s storytime and a Chocolate Works' mommy and me session.
Read on for our best children's events the week of September 12-16, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, September GoList, and Fall Fun Guide for even more great things to do this week.
Monday, September 12
Movies in the Park – Jersey City
It’s technically still summer, and Jersey City wraps up its outdoor movie series with a showing of Paddington at Pershing Field. FREE
Toddler Trek – Chatham
Bring toddlers ages 2-3 to the Great Swamp for a story and a hunt around the pond to find animals and plants in the area. Pre-registration required.
Maker Monday – Old Bridge
Let the kids unwind after a long day of school at Old Bridge Library’s Maker Monday. Kids ages 3-8 are welcome to create a Pokemon craft, though children younger than five must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration and a valid LMxAC library card is required. FREE
More Monday Events
Tuesday, September 13
Family Science Day: Habitats – Montville Township
Children of all ages will enjoy Family Science Day at the Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area. Families can rotate through hands-on activity centers to learn about habitats and make new discoveries. Two sessions are available. Pre-registration is required.
Pottery Barn Kids Storytime – Short Hills, Hackensack, Princeton, and Shrewsbury
Stop by Pottery Barn Kids every Tuesday for an entertaining storytime. Join the book club and your child will receive a free gift after attending five events. Sneak in some shopping while you’re there. FREE
More Tuesday Events
Wednesday, September 14
Park Bench – Montclair
Bring the preschoolers to the Montclair Art Museum on the second Wednesday of every month for a social and educational family workshop. Participants will hear stories in the galleries, make crafts, and enjoy light refreshments.
Kids! Mr. Gilly Needs Help with His Trash Pickup – Colts Neck
Colts Neck Public Library presents the story Trashy Town along with related activities for Monmouth County children ages 3.5 and older. FREE
More Wednesday Events
Kids try their hand at chocolate-making at Chocolate Works. Photo courtesy of the venue.
Thursday, September 15
Mommy and Me – Montclair
Have a sweet morning with your toddler at a Chocolate Works’ candy-making workshop. Little ones will create chocolate treats from molds and dip goodies in the chocolate fountain. Runs every Thursday. Pre-registration required.
Meet the Illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos – Clinton
Get to know illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos as he shares his New York Times best-selling picture book biography, I Am Jane Goodall. Held at Clinton Book Shop. FREE
More Thursday Events
Friday, September 16
Summer End-Off Ice Cream Social – Cherry Hill
There's no better way to say goodbye to summer than with an ice cream party. Stop by Garden State Discovery Museum for ice cream and discount admission after 5pm.
8th Annual Que by the Sea – Seaside Heights
Bring the family and your appetite to this 8th annual festival and competition, loaded with delicious barbecue vendors, live music, crafts, and kid activities. Runs through Sunday. FREE but some activities include a fee.
More Friday Events
Top image: See Paddington under the stars in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of StudioCanal.