Weekday Fun in NJ: Zoo Playtime, Children's Garden, Bird Walk

There's plenty of outdoor fun on tap this week in NJ as we soak in the final weeks of warm weather. Hit the Camden Children's Garden for a hands-on parent-child workshop, head to Liberty State Park for a bird walk, or nosh your way through the Mercer County Italian American Festival. Special storytimes are also in this week's spotlight: check out the Bergen County Zoo’s Playtime at the Zoo and the Hoboken Historical Museum’s Uptown Storytime. Kids can even get a chance to read to a pup at Tail Waggin’ Tutors.

Read on for our best children's events for the week of September 19-23, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, September GoList, and Fall Fun Guide for even more autumnal amusements.

Monday, September 19

Northern NJ
Playtime at the Zoo — Paramus
Each Monday is a preschool playdate with the animals at the Bergen County Zoo. Children can socialize and play with animal toys—and also meet a live zoo animal at 11am. FREE with zoo admission

Central NJ
Starry Night Stories — Metuchen
Wrap up a long school day with pajama storytime at the Metuchen Public Library. Children ages six and up are welcome to put on their PJs and bring their stuffed animals along. FREE 

More Monday Events

Tuesday, September 20

Central NJ
Bouncy Booktime — Lambertville
Bring the tots to the Lambertville Free Public Library for stories, crafts, and socializing. There are two sessions every Tuesday morning. FREE

Jersey Shore
Tail Waggin’ Tutors — Hazlet
Share stories with a certified therapy dog at Hazlet Township Library. Bring a book from home or borrow one from the library. FREE but registration required

More Tuesday Events

Wednesday, September 21

Southern NJ
Sprouts and Seedlings — Camden
Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to the Camden Children’s Garden for a nature-themed parent-child workshop. Activities include circle time, garden exploration, snacks, nature crafts, stories, and a ride on the garden's train or carousel. This month’s theme is TREEmendous Trees. Pre-registration required

Northern NJ
Bird Walk — Jersey City
Fly on over to Liberty State Park, home to 250 bird species, for an exploratory bird walk. You may borrow binoculars or bring your own. Recommended for ages five and up. FREE but preregistration required

More Wednesday Events

Thursday, September 22

Northern NJ
Uptown Storytime — Hoboken
The Hoboken Historical Museum is the perfect setting for this weekly event, which shares stories and songs about city life with toddlers and preschoolers. FREE but preregistration required

Jersey Shore
Math Monsters — Lincroft
Make math fun at this weekly Monmouth Museum workshop. Kids ages 3-6 will take part in problem-solving games and activities. FREE with museum admission

More Thursday Events

Friday, September 23

The Shore may be slowing down for the season, but you can find rides this weekend at the Mercer County Italian American Festival. Photo by patmahynie via Instagram.

Central NJ
Mercer County Italian American Festival — West Windsor
Amusement rides, entertainment, bocce, and, of course, delicious food are all part of the excitement at this annual weekend-long festival, now in its 17th year.

Jersey Shore
Special Abilities Night — Egg Harbor Township
Storybook Land welcomes families of children with special needs to enjoy the amusements without the loud noise, bright lights, and crowds. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

More Friday Events

Top image: The whimsical Camden Children's Garden delights all ages. Photo by urban_crumbs via Instagram.

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