Oceanfest in Long Branch is fun and FREE! Photo courtesy of the fest
Oceanfest in Long Branch is fun and FREE! Photo courtesy of the fest

100+ Free Things To Do with New Jersey Kids this Summer

Summer is the season for FREE fun all across New Jersey. From fireworks and festivals to free outdoor movies, we’ve rounded up more than 100 family-friendly events to enjoy all summer long that won’t break the bank. You can find even more cool seasonal activities and destinations in our Summer Fun Guide and Event Calendar. Have a fabulous (and free) summer!

 Many events in this listing occur on multiple dates, so be sure to read through the entire description. We’ve also rounded up a number of anytime activities your family can try all season long.

Anytime Free Summer Activities:

  • Playgrounds offer free adventures year-round. 
  • Take a stroll along one of the Jersey Shore's fabulous boardwalks
  • Get everyone up and out on a family bike ride along one of these NJ bike trails.
  • Make a splash at one of NJ's many free water playgrounds or spraygrounds.
  • Kids bowl free at many participating bowling alleys across the state. 
  • Soak up the last summer rays on Labor Day Weekend at one of NJ's fantastic free beaches.
  • Free camp? Yup. Kids can take part in hands-on technology at Apple Store's camp. Free camp shirts are a bonus.
  • Libraries are a great source of freebies; stop by your local branch for summer reading clubs, storytimes, Bingo, LEGO clubs, Museum passes, and much more.
 

Jenkinson's
Ocean Avenue
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

Excursion Park
Sea Isle Park, NJ 008243

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

Mendham Borough Library
10 Hilltop Road
Mendham, NJ 07945

Casino Pier
800 Ocean Terrace
Seaside Heights, NJ

Pottery Barn Kids- various locations
,

various NJ Bow Tie cinemas
,

Knight Park
Park Avenue and West Browning Road
Collingswood, NJ 08107

Downtown Westfield
Westfield, NJ 07091

Cape May Lighthouse
215 Light House Ave.
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

State Theater
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08907

Cityplex 12
360 Springfield Ave.
Newark, NJ 07103

Barnes and Noble
1180 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ

Barnes & Noble East Brunswick
753 Rt 18 Brunswick Square
East Brunswick, NJ

Floods Hill
100 North Ridgewood Rd.
South Orange, NJ 07079

Jenkinson's Boardwalk
300 Ocean Ave
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Flood's Hill in Meadowland Park
70 North Ridgewood Road
South Orange, NJ

Asbury Park, NJ 07712

New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Sadowski Park
Sadowski Parkway
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Oceanfest at Long Branch
1 Ocean Blvd
Long Branch, NJ 07740

William Morrow Beach
Bay Avenue
Somers Point, NJ 08244

South Decatur Ave
Margate, NJ 08402

AG Farmers' Market
108 Indian Head Road
Toms River, NJ 08753

Morven Museum
55 Stockton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Hoboken Hisorical Musem
1301 Hudson St.
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Jenkinson's Beach
300 Ocean Ave
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Soldiers Memorial Field
5 Myrtle Ave.
Summit, NJ 07901

Community Arts Center
721 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

North Branch Park
355 Milltown Rd.
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Main Street and Stevens Ave
Little Falls, NJ 07043

Wiggins Park
2 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ

Tropicana
2831 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ

Veteran's Field
131 North Maple Ave.
Ridgewood, NJ 07451

Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University Library
1 Washington Rd
Princeton, NJ 08544

William Morrow Beach
Bay Avenue
Somers Point, NJ 08244

Lovin' Oven
62a Trenton Ave
Frenchtown, NJ 08825

Berlin Farmers Market
41 Clementon Rd
Berlin, NJ 08009

Pine Avenue
Wildwood, NJ 08260

Sumner Avenue Lot
Sumner Avenue
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

Excursion Park
Sea Isle Park, NJ 008243

Cape May Lighthouse
215 Light House Ave.
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

West Orange Farmers Market
80 Main Street
West Orange, NJ 07052

Palmer Square Princeton
40 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ

Fort Lee Community Center
1355 Inwood Terrace
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

New Jersey Motorsports Park
8000 Dividing Creek Rd
Millville, NJ 08332

Dvoor Farm
111 Mine St.
Flemington, NJ 08822

Cookman Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Hoboken Fire Department Museum
213 Bloomfield Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

West End Park
Brighton Ave
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Beach at Carteret
Seaside Heights, NJ 07065

multiple locations
Union County
, NJ

various locations
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Marquee Cinemas
1311 Route 37W
Toms River, NJ 08755

LaGrande Park
LaGrande Avenue
Fanwood, NJ 07023

Ginty Field Complex
Woodland Ave
Morris Township, NJ

Pier A Park
First Street and Sinatra Drive
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Pier Village
Chelsea Avenue
Long Branch, NJ

Dunham Park
Liberty Corner Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Applegate Farms
616 Grove St
Montclair, NJ

Memorial Park at Van Neste Square
E Ridgewood Avenue and Oak Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Voorhees State Park
251 County Road Route 513
Glen Gardner, NJ 08826

Heather Road
Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260

North Wildwood
2nd & Olde New Jersey Ave
North Wildwood, NJ 08260

Palmer Square
Princeton, NJ 08542

Anglesea Drive
Wildwood, NJ 08260

Memorial Park
580 Valley Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040

8th Avenue Beach
8th Avenue
Belmar, NJ 07715

Wiggins Park
2 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103

Downtown Haddonfield
Kings Highway and Tanner Street
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Hoboken Cove
1100 Sinatra Drive North
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Burke Motor Group
519 Stone Harbor Blvd
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

18th Ave Beach
18th Ave
Belmar, NJ 07719

Huddy Park
39 E Water St
Toms River, NJ 08753

New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Porta Asbury Park
911 Kingsley St.
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960

JFK Commons Park
Across from the Dover Free Public Library 32 East Clinton St.
Dover, NJ 07801

Rutgers Gardens
130 Ryders Land
New Brunswick, NJ

Morgans Farm
903 Pompton Ave
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Huddy Park
325- 329 Bay Ave.
Highlands, NJ 07732

Community Presbyterian Church
220 Main St.
Chester, NJ 07930

Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St.
Cape May, NJ 08204

Stelton Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Mennen Sports Arena
161 Hanover Ave.
Morris Township, NJ 07960

Village Green
356 Broad St.
Summit, NJ 07901

Hudson Regional Hospital
55 Meadowlands Parkaway
Secaucus, NJ 07307

Lord Stirling Park
190 Lord Stirling Rd,
Basking RIdge, NJ 07920

The Great Lawn
Cooper Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Hugh Force Canal Park
170 West Central Ave.
Wharton, NJ 07885