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Weekend Fun: Family Art, Spring Model Train Show, NJ Ballet

March caps off with a weekend full of festivities. Party hippo-style at Camden Aquarium in honor of Button's Birthday. Show off those Lego-building skills at Diggerland's Lego Day. And celebrate the love of both chocolate and dinosaurs at the Dino Dig Chocolate Adventure Party.

Get on board with early spring festivals this weekend, including the 8th Annual Spring Model Railroad Show and Art Making Day 2019. Family-friendly shows take the stage, including B- The Underwater Bubble Show and New Jersey Ballet's Beauty & the Beast and Peter & the Wolf.

Find even more weekend options in our Spring Guide, including 50+ Things We Can't Wait to Do with Kids This Spring in NJ.  And look to our March GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Summer Camps with Transportation to and from New Jersey

There are so many factors to consider when choosing a summer campSTEM or sports? Half-day or full?—and how to get your child to and from camp is a significant one. We've rounded up half a dozen camps in New York and New Jersey that offer the convenience of transportation to and from certain areas of NJ. 

You'll find these camps and many more in our Camp Guide and Directory. Read on to find the best options with transportation for New Jersey campers.

15 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

There are few things more satisfying than pulling a fast one on your own kid, but elaborate prep work is sure to sap the fun out of any good April Fools' Day joke. In the past, we've shared ideas for old-school gags and fun tricks to play on children, but more recently, we've found that the very best pranks are also the simplest.

Here, we run down 15 easy ways to show kids that we still have the upper hand—at least when it comes to April Fools' Day!

Spring Break Staycation: 45 Fun Things To Do with New Jersey Kids

Who says you need to get on a plane for spring break? Skip the long airport security lines (or road-trip meltdowns) and enjoy a spring break staycation right here in New Jersey.

Different school districts are closed during different dates, but you can expect roughly 10 days of uninterrupted playtime anywhere between April 13–28. 

Luckily, you don’t have to go far to make the most of your time off. The Garden State is home to museums, playgrounds, zoos, and other fun zones that are just a short drive away. There are also many special events and activities taking place on specific dates within this timeframe to give you and your kids something to look forward to. 

Read on for 45 fun things to do with kids—no plane ticket required. You can also find great nearby getaways in our Day Trips Guide, and for far-flung destinations, check out our Family Travel Guide

Orlando's Wyndham Bonnet Creek Offers Disney-Adjacent Suites and Resort Amenities

Finding the perfect place to stay for your Orlando family vacation can be hard. You want a location with good proximity to the amusement parks, but don't forget there’s lots more to do in Orlando than just theme parks, so a resort that is fun on its own can save you a bundle and also be a whole lot more fun. Family-sized suites, kitchens, and laundry options bring the comforts of home that take the stress out of a family trip, too.

Wyndham Bonnet Creek offers luxurious condo-style one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom family suites adjacent to Walt Disney World and close to other Orlando attractions. With a full schedule of resort activities, five pool complexes, including a lazy river and water slides, it’s no wonder it ranks No. 4 on Condé Nast Traveler's 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards list of Top Resorts in Orlando.

Easter Egg Hunts for New Jersey Kids in 2019

The hunt is on!  From train rides to photo shoots and brunches, the Easter Bunny is hopping through the Garden State—and he's hiding thousands of eggs from Cape May to Hoboken and beyond.

Grab your baskets and head to one of New Jersey's fabulous Easter egg hunts this spring. We've rounded up nearly two dozen eggs-traordinary events happening throughout the state, many of which are free!

Must-See Cherry Blossoms in New Jersey's Branch Brook Park

You don't have to travel to Washington, D.C., to see a stunning display of cherry blossoms this spring. You can enjoy the lush pink blooms right here in New Jersey this month at the 2019 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival, held in Newark's Branch Brook Park from Saturday, April 6 – Sunday, April 14.

The event features two festivals-within-the-festival—Essex County Family Day and Bloomfest!—both of which offer plenty of family fun, including performances, bounce houses, a nearby playground, live music, and Japanese cultural demonstrations. It all takes place under the fragrant canopy of the sprawling park's 5,000 cherry blossom trees—the largest collection in the country. 

Read on for an overview of Branch Brook Park and the festival, along with tips for visiting with kids.

Pip's Island Interactive Theater Experience Makes Kids the Stars

There's no shortage of great theater here in New York, but there are very few shows where children actually get to play an interactive role in the story. Enter Pip's Island, a production in which young audience members become characters—no, stars—themselves, engaging with the actors in a roving, room-to-room adventure.

After a successful trial run in 2016, the show has re-opened in a custom-built space giving Pip, his friends Finn and Pebble, and countless kids a whole new immersive environment where they can play out their adventure as they attempt to save Pip's Island from the villainous Joules Volter.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Adds Huge New Activity Pool

If you're looking for new ways to beat the heat this summer, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is offering a bigger, better, and much wetter place to cool down. The 45-acre water park in Jackson, NJ, welcomes Calypso Springs, a 100,000-gallon, beach-entry-style activity pool, where parents and kids of all ages can swim and play together. The new addition, Hurricane Harbor's largest expansion since 2000, will be open in time for summer 2019. 

Weekend Fun: Makers Day, Kidfest, The Cat in the Hat

Put on your thinking caps this first weekend of spring. Saturday marks New Jersey Makers Day, and hands-on crafty and tech events take place in Scotch Plains and Fanwood libraries and Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. More educational fun awaits at Montclair Literary Festival and SMASH: Crocs at New Jersey State Museum.

Plus, bring on the early spring festivals this weekend, including the 9th Annual Kidfest, New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival, and Jersey Shore Spring Comic Book Show.

Find even more weekend options in our Spring Guide, including 50+ Things We Can't Wait To Do with Kids This Spring in NJ! And look to our March GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

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