Kick off this last week of the month on a festive note, with Memorial Day activities that include the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival and Memorial Day Weekend at Diggerland. May transitions into June with a bunch of fun freebies, such as Preschool Story and Music Time, Mommy & Me Storytime, First Friday Storytime, Let’s Fly a Kite, and Otto the Auto. And bring your furry family member to Friday's night free event, Pet's Night Out.
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Springtime is the perfect time to spend with farm animals. This week, meet some farm friends at Abma's Barnyard Visits, and learn more about farm inhabitants at Terhune Orchards’ Read & Pick with a farm theme. Zoo animals are in the spotlight as well at Turtle Back Zoo's Night Moves. Plus, go fly a kite or watch them soar through the sky, as the holiday weekend kicks off at Wildwoods International Kite Festival.
Also, this is the last week to cast your vote for the New Jersey Besties! When you vote you'll be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a luxurious NYC getaway including a suite credit from Suiteness and a custom itinerary designed by Mommy Poppins herself, Anna Fader, or a two-night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains. The contest ends May 28, so vote today!
Nestled between two urban downtowns is a gem of a play area known as Newport Green Park. Created in 2012 as part of Jersey City’s revitalization, this peaceful oasis boasts an imaginative playground, the Hudson River’s only man-made beach, and a walkway to Hoboken, all with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. This day trip–worthy park is also home to a carousel and splash pad.
Celebrate mid-May with a week of festivities and fairs. Hit the rides and games at Church of the Assumption’s Spring Carnival, or head down to the beach for Jersey Shore Festival. And it’s always a party at Liberty Science Center, where this week's activities include Celebrate the Earth Storytime.
Plus, enjoy the theater this week at Bergen PAC’s performance of Pete the Cat and go behind the scenes with Roxey Ballet dancers at Brown Bag Ballet. Read on for our best children's events the week of May 15–19, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and May GoList for even more May festivities.
Last but not least—help us choose our Besties and be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a luxurious NYC getaway including a suite credit from Suiteness and a custom itinerary designed by Mommy Poppins herself, Anna Fader, or a two-night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains. Vote today! (The last day to vote is May 28.)
May is in full bloom this week! Kids can explore beautiful flowers at Tree Time for Tykes: May Flowers and National Public Gardens Day or create their own flowery fun at Blooming Flowers Paper Craft and Mother’s Day Gift-Making. Plus, museums host tot-oriented events this week, including Montclair Art Museum’s Park Bench and Hoboken Historical Museum’s Uptown Storytime.
Playgrounds are the perfect destination for a warm, sunny day in New Jersey. Your kids get fresh air and exercise...for FREE! But what happens when your school-aged children decide they’re too cool for their once-favorite neighborhood parks? My 8-year-old former playground-enthusiasts have recently begun to turn their noses up at the local swings and slides. And if I do talk them into a playground visit, we last about five minutes.
Playground moms—don’t give up yet. I haven’t! There are some destination playgrounds in New Jersey with features and contraptions novel enough to satisfy even the pickiest playground cynics. These play areas include zip lines, crazy slides, Spiderman-type climbers, and other structures that will challenge the ages 7-and-up crowd. We've rounded up some of our top picks across the state, and please note: these playgrounds all feature plenty to entertain the younger siblings as well.
Find more romping spots in our Parks & Playgrounds Guide for Jersey Kids.
May is the perfect time to garden, and little ones will love playing in the dirt this first week of the month. Explore planting and gardening at Macculloch Hall’s Growing in the Garden and Rancocas Nature Center’s Little Sprouts. And now that the days getting longer, evening fun awaits at Kid’s Creativity Center and the Hackettstown Spring Festival.
April wraps up this week with some outdoorsy seasonal fun. Head down the shore for Cape May’s Spring Celebration, or hang out with furry friends during the day at Bergen County Zoo’s Playtime at the Zoo or in the evening at Reeves-Reed Nocturnal Animals exploration.
Plus, don’t miss springtime freebies like Pottery Barn Kids Storytime, Barnes & Noble Storytime, Penny Spinners, and Celebrate Kite Month. Read on for our best children's events the week of April 24–28, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and April GoList for even more end-of-the month fun.