New Jersey

Weekend Fun: Egg Hunts, Cherry Blossoms, Theme Park Openings

This first weekend of April promises to be egg-straordinary with the kick-off of egg hunting season. Get in the pre-Easter spirit with the Easter Egg Hunt on PAWS Discovery Farm, Egg Hunt Hayride, Paramus Easter Egg Hunt, and Easter and Springtime Family Festival.

Soak up more outdoor time when both Six Flags and Storybook Land, plus the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival, make their season debuts this weekend. Or spend time indoors at theatrical productions of The Jungle Book, Pinkalicious The Musical, Peg+Cat Live, and Milk & Cookies: Sweetbeatz.

Find even more weekend options in our Spring Fun Guide, including Easter Egg Hunts for New Jersey Kids.  And look to our April GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Storybook Land in New Jersey: A Magical Park for Preschoolers and Tots

If you’re looking for an enjoyable amusement park experience minus crazy thrill rides and super-sized crowds, take a day trip to Storybook Land in Egg Harbor. This charming spot, in operation since 1955, was created with younger children in mind—the rides and attractions are all geared toward the under-10 crowd, making it great for toddlers and big siblings alike.

Visiting is a bit like stepping into a fairy tale: as you walk through the wooded grounds, you encounter characters from nursery rhymes and classic children's stories, like Humpty Dumpty and Alice in Wonderland. Even if you didn't go there as a kid, as many New Jerseyans did, you're sure to fall under its nostalgia-laced spell. 

My husband and I recently visited for the first time with our two boys, ages 5 and 2, and we all loved it and will definitely go back. Storybook Land is No. 1 on our list of 30 Things to Do with NJ Preschoolers, with good reason. Read on for more about this sweet NJ gem. And find even more fun for little ones in our roundup of Great NJ Amusement Parks for Toddlers and Preschoolers.  

April GoList: Best Things To Do with NJ Kids This Month

April's jam-packed schedule will put some spring in your step, with Easter celebrations, the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in Newark, the Earth Day celebration in Jersey City, Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and many more spring festivals and fairs.

Other signs of spring include the season openings of amusement parks, including Morey's Piers and Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari, plus outdoor concerts and ball games

If April showers are in the forecast, head indoors to see a performance! Tons of favorite characters and shows are taking the stage this month throughout NJ, including PinkaliciousJungle Book, and Sesame Street Live.

Read on for our top picks for April. To stay up to date on all the latest happenings, be sure to sign up for our newsletters and check out our Event Calendar, with new activities added daily. And for even more seasonal fun, don't miss our Spring Fun Guide for NJ Kids. Happy spring!

40+ Spring Festivals for New Jersey Kids and Families

It's time to kiss winter good-bye and spring into outdoor festival and fair season. Whether you choose to hop on carnival rides, stroll the streets of your favorite downtown, dance to live music, sample delicious eats, or do all of the above, there's something for everyone at these lively and family-friendly New Jersey spring fests. 

Read on for more than 40 of our picks, from Earth Day celebrations to kite festivals. And for more spring action, check out Mommy Poppins' Spring Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids.

40+ Free Things To Do in April with New Jersey Kids

Get out your umbrellas—and your calendars: In addition to showers, April will bring nearly 50 fun freebies. The month is hopping with free Easter festivities, such as Cape May's ExtravaganZOO, Easter at the Pier, and Bunny Chase Weekend.

S​treet fair and festival season makes its debut in April with free events in TenaflyStirling, and Maywood. Plus, Rutgers Day is like one big street fair throughout three campuses. And the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring with free events through the first half of the month. 

Earth Day rounds out the month with no-cost events like Northern Valley Earth Fair and Jersey City Earth Day Celebration.

Read on for this month's picks! For more free and low-cost fun, check out our April GoList and Easter Egg Hunts in New Jersey, most of which are admission-free.

25 Fun Things to Do in Scranton, Pennsylvania with Kids

Looking for an easy family road trip around the tristate area? Scranton, Pennsylvania, might be your solution. It's less than three hours from the New York City area and Philadelphia and is filled with classic family vacation fun.

It’s easy to add a stop in the Electric City if you’re planning a trip to the Poconos with the kids or a stay in one of its many family-friendly resorts. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by all that Scranton has to offer.

Though most people associate the city with the TV show The Office, this area boasts lots of year-round fun: skiing and tubing in winter, minor league baseball in spring, water slides in summer, hiking in fall—and plenty of unique cuisine.

6 Writing and Art Contests and Opportunities Just for Kids and Teens

When my daughter was in fourth grade, she was struggling socially and academically—but I noticed that any free time she had was used typing away on the computer. Eventually, I took a peek into her writing folder. There were several compelling short stories and poems, way better than the writing assignments she was turning in for school. With the hope that positive affirmation from a source outside of school would inspire her, I sought out kid-focused writing initiatives that might encourage her to develop her budding skills.

As children get older and their interests and personalities develop, special opportunities and internships can foster their passions and develop their strengths. If you have budding artist, writer, or future game designer in your home, take note of these contests and opportunities from the likes of Scholastic and Time to help kids, tweens, and teens explore and showcase their creative work, while boosting their skills and confidence—including two amazing opportunities with deadlines that are right around the corner! 

Land of Make Believe: A Charming Family-Friendly Amusement Park in NJ

For more than 60 years, Land of Make Believe in Hope, NJ, has entertained and amused families and kids of all ages. Designed as an amusement park where kids and adults can have fun together, there’s literally something for everyone. And the best part is that it’s affordable. The Pay-One-Price policy covers both the amusement park rides and water park, giving you the convenience to move from attraction to attraction without the hassle of endlessly having to reach into your pocket. Parking is also free, and you can even bring your own food and drinks to picnic right inside the park.

Perhaps you visited Land of Make Believe when you were a kid. I know I did. That’s why I was eager to talk a walk down memory lane and introduce my 5-year-old daughter to the thrills and adventures of my own youth. While I found that a lot has changed since then, the essence of this charming amusement park remains.

Read on to experience a bit of this magical-sounding amusement park for yourself.

Top Birthday Party Spots for NJ Tweens and Teens

When the days of princess and pirate parties have come to an end, planning a birthday party for the double-digit crowd can be a challenge. Tweens and teens will want to celebrate their big day with something cool, creative, and unique.

Impress the big kids in your life (and their friends) with an awesome party in one of these age-appropriate New Jersey venues. From cooking and art to sports and science—plus trampolines, laser tag, rides, and more—parties at these tween/teen–friendly New Jersey spots are sure to be talked about the next day.

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