New Jersey

Weekend Fun: Earth Day, Cirque du Soleil, Disney Junior Dance Party

Two big events bring fun, FREE festivals to New Jersey this weekend: Earth Day and Healthy Kids Day. Earth Day events include the Jersey City Earth Day Celebration, Party for the Planet at Turtle Back Zoo, and Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. And YMCAs throughout the state will promote healthy lifestyles with their Healthy Kids Day festivities at locations including Scotch Plains, Summit, and Red Bank.

There's plenty to do indoors this weekend as well, with theatrical events like Phoenix Productions' Annie, State Theatre's Milk and Cookies: Tahira's Folktale Fun, Paper Mill's The Lightning Thief, and Disney Junior Dance Party at Mayo Performing Arts Center. Plus, Cirque du Soleil's new show, VOLTA, opens this weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack. 

Check out our Spring Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for weekend family fun, including visiting baby animals at family-friendly NJ farms. And look to our event calendar and April GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Jersey Shore: 12 Great Family-Friendly Restaurants

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and moms everywhere will be celebrating with a fabulous brunch. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back vibe or you prefer something fancy-shmancy, the Jersey Shore has plenty of delicious options to choose from. Check out one of these local favorites for a wonderful meal the whole family will love, no cooking or clean-up required. Relax, enjoy yourself, and have a very happy Mother’s Day! 

Indoor Activities: 30 Ways To Spend a Rainy Day in NJ

Rainy days may be perfect for curling up with a book or stomping in puddles, but sometimes busy kids need more boredom-busters on stormy days. No matter the season, NJ has a great array of indoor fun for the whole family, from museums and indoor play spaces to bowling alleys and roller rinks. If staying dry sounds better, check out our ideas for rainy day fun at home and make the most of those rain clouds!  

25 Spring Day Trip Ideas for New Jersey Families

Spring sure was late to bloom this year, but now that the sun is finally shining, my kids want to spend every spare minute soaking it in. I'm all for keeping them outdoors, so we've rounded up 25 ideas for spring day trips in New Jersey. If your family is searching for local adventures to make the most of the mild weather, check out our top picks, from picnic spots and easy hikes to amusement parks and spring festivals.

Our Spring Fun Guide is loaded with even more family fun ideas, including 40 things we can't wait to do with kids this spring.

New Sky Zone in Springfield Lets NJ Kids Grab Some Air

Trampoline parks are all the rage these days, and Union County families are jumping at the chance to try a brand-new option on the Route 22 corridor. Sky Zone Springfield is the newest location in the Sky Zone family, where kids of all ages (and adults) can burn off some serious energy all year round with a variety of fun, indoor attractions. Just don some non-slip grippy Sky Socks, and prepare to defy gravity.

Weekend Fun: Kites at the Pier, Bloomfest, Dino Day

Spring is in the air this weekend, as outdoor festivals pop up throughout the state. Go fly a kite, or just spectate, at Long Branch's Annual Kites at the Pier Festival. Take in the scenic landscape at the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring Essex County Family Day and Bloomfest

Check out critters past and present at Camden Children's Garden's Dino Day and Bug Bonanza Festival or at PAWS Discovery Farm's It's Dino-rific Down on the Farm event. Chill out to live music at Rockin' for Autism. And celebrate the Earth at Bergen County Zoo's Party for the Planet

Check out our Spring Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for family fun, including the official New Jersey bucket list 100 Things to Do in New Jersey with Kids Before They Grow Up. And look to our event calendar and April GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

See Baby Animals and More at Family-Friendly NJ Farms

Celebrate spring by visiting baby animals and barnyard pets on a local New Jersey farm. In addition to seeing chicks, calves, lambs, bunnies, and piglets, kids can crack corn, collect eggs, and even learn how cheese and bread are made at these farmsteads.

Some offer full petting zoos, as well as wagon rides and pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Read on for a dozen of our favorites.

27 Reasons for Families To Visit Wilmington, Delaware

There is so much to see and do in Wilmington, Delaware. And with its proximity to Philadelphia, families can consider making a day trip or a weekend stay. A straight shot down I-95 (and even accessible by Amtrak), this family-friendly city is a delight for parents and kids alike. From sites along the Riverwalk to museums and outdoor adventures, Wilmington will have you coming back for more. Here is our roundup of the top 27 things to do as a family in Wilmington.

Still not sure where to take your next day trip? Check out our city guides for more ideas!

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