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The Best Kids & Family Events in New Jersey

Best of NJ works hard to create a statewide calendar full of fun things to do. But since there are so many types of events going on all year round, we’re breaking things up a bit. Below, you’ll find a list of The Best Kids & Family Events in New Jersey.

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North Jersey Kids & Family Events


Bergen County Zoo 2pm - 4:30pm

Where: Van Saun County Park – 09/29/2020: 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Our mission is to expose our guests to our diverse group of wildlife to instill a strong sense of appreciation and understanding of wildlife &…


Kids Crafternoon

Where: Lodi Memorial Library – 09/29/2020: 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Each week we will be making a different arts & crafts project for children in grades Pre-K to 2! Can't make it at 3:30? No…


Teen Tuesday: Cooking Class (Online)

Where: Johnson Public Library – 09/29/2020: 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: For this week's Teen Tuesday event, we will be hosting an online cooking class. We'll be making mug cakes! You will need to register in…


Lego Club

Where: Lodi Memorial Library – 09/29/2020: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Come to the library and build whatever you like with our LEGO collection. Creations will be displayed in our display case each week.


Virtual Girls Who Code

Where: Clifton Public Library – 09/29/2020: 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Explore coding in a fun and friendly way: join our virtual girls who code club!  some of these sessions will take place live on zoom,…


Pajama Storytime via zoom

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 09/29/2020: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Pajama Storytime via zoomStories, songs, and rhymes for kids ages 18 months and up. To join any Pajama Storytime via zoom, please send your name…


Story Time with Ms. Mari

Where: Johnson Public Library – 09/30/2020: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: For ages 5 and below Join Ms. Mari online for this special story time for babies and toddlers featuring fun songs, finger plays and stories!…


Online Baby Story and Playtime

Where: Clifton Public Library – 09/30/2020: 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Sign up to receive a link to a pre-recorded story time featuring children's librarian Miss Heather and Miss Juliana! This video will have songs, rhymes,…


Crafty Wednesday

Where: Lodi Memorial Library – 09/30/2020: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: We have a different kid-friendly craft every Wednesday for children ages 2-4 years old. Call (973) 365-4044 x4 for more information.


zoom Storytime

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 09/30/2020: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: zoom StorytimeStories, songs, and rhymes for kids ages 18 months and up. To join any Storytime via zoom, please send your name and email address…


Graphic Novel Book Club

Where: Johnson Public Library – 09/30/2020: 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: For grades 3-6 - on the lawn Both readers who are new to the genre and lifelong comics and graphic novel fans are invited to…


Lego Club

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 09/30/2020: 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Lego ClubWe've got Legos--lots of them! Join us and make some fun Lego projects. Ages 5 and up.


Happy Hour!

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 09/30/2020: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Happy Hour!New program! Every Wednesday, we'll host a virtual program geared toward adults, to enjoy with the Happy Hour refreshment of your choice. Programs will…


Happy Hour @ the Boonton Library

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 09/30/2020: 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: We've got some great Happy Hour programs scheduled for August here @ the Boonton Library! Scott Lea, Certified Hypnotherapist, returns Wed., Aug 5 @ 6…


Storytime: Donut Days

Where: Ort Farms – 10/01/2020: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: This week's storytime theme is Donuts! We are going to read a story, enjoy a donut and cup of apple cider, and then visit the…


Outdoor Storytime

Where: Teaneck Public Library – 10/01/2020: 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Join us for an Outdoor Storytime for ages 0-3 on September 17 and 24 at 10:30am. Weather permitting. Registration with a Teaneck library card is…


Book Browsing

Where: Johnson Public Library – 10/01/2020: 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: On the lawn Can't decide on which book to place on hold? Come browse children's books from 12-2pm on the library's front lawn! Face masks…


Free Lego Club

Where: Rochelle Park Public Library – 10/01/2020: 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Join us at the Rochelle Park Library for our weekly Lego Club, where we bring the Legos and you bring the creativity! This event is…


zoom Fiber Arts Club

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 10/01/2020: 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: zoom Fiber Arts ClubWe’re taking our in-house Fiber Arts Club to zoom! Adults who enjoy any kind of fiber art/craft (e.g., knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning,…


“Parenting During the Pandemic” with Diane Lang

Where: Totowa Public Library – 10/01/2020: 6:15 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: The COVID-19 pandemic has been the one of the hardest tests for parents; they have had to figure out how to work from home while…


Jack O'Lantern Drive-Thru Experience

Where: Skylands Stadium – 10/01/2020: 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Join us for 6 weeks of Pure Halloween Adventure at Skylands Stadium’s Jack O Lantern Drive-thru Experience now through November 1. Drive onto the baseball…


Jack O’Lantern Drive-Thru Experience

Where: Skylands Stadium – 10/01/2020: 7:15 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Join us for 6 weeks of Pure Halloween Adventure at Skylands Stadium’s Jack O Lantern Experience now through November 1. Drive onto the baseball field…


Free Story Time and Craft

Where: Rochelle Park Public Library – 10/02/2020: 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Join us at the Rochelle Park Library for our weekly story time and craft! We have stories, crafts, songs, scarves, maracas, and more to delight…


Storytime and Play

Where: Lodi Memorial Library – 10/02/2020: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Join us in the children's room every Friday for books, songs, movement, and play! This program is open to children of all ages. Can't make…


Canasta-Friday Afternoon

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 10/02/2020: 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Canasta-Friday AfternoonYou asked; we answered! Introducing our new game program for adults, Monday afternoon Canasta. Players of all experience levels are welcome; instruction is enthusiastically…


Board Games

Where: Lodi Memorial Library – 10/02/2020: 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Do you love to play games? Stop by the Lodi Library every Friday where we will have classic and family favorite board games to play…


At Home Computer Science Unplugged

Where: Clifton Public Library – 10/02/2020: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: With the support of the National 4-H Council and Google and working in collaboration with Passaic County 4-H Youth Development Program, we are offering families…


Cayetano For Council Hawthorne Ward 3: "Meet & Treat"

Where: Cayetano For Council – 10/02/2020: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: oin the Cayetano For Council campaign next Friday, October 2nd from 4-7pm. Craig will be riding around Ward 3 meeting residents and handing out ice…


First Friday: TBA

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 10/02/2020: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: First Friday: TBADetails TBA


Friends of the New Milford Public Library Townwide Garage Sale

Where: New Milford Public Library – 10/03/2020: 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Friends of New Milford Public Library Town-Wide Garage Sale Saturday, October 3, 2020 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. $15 donation includes your address on the…


Dog Adoption

Where: Coldwell Banker Allendale – 10/03/2020: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Rescue groups bringing dogs for adoption.


Fill the Gap, Feed a Family!

Where: Belleville School District – 10/03/2020: 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: nyone Anywhere Can Participate! You and your family can help hungry families in New Jersey. The Covid-19 health crisis has impacted many of our New…


Beginner Yoga

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 10/05/2020: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Beginner Yoga Instructor Laura Kraus 300RYT will lead you through a very gentle introduction to yoga asanas (poses), some seated, some standing. Please feel free to…


4-H Virtual Veterinary Science Career Exploration Program

Where: Online Via Zoom – 10/05/2020: 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: The 4-H Veterinary Science Career Exploration Program from Rockland County is now virtual and being offered to students in grades 9-12 who are interested in…


WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series: Eli Yamin

Where: Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts – 10/06/2020: 1:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: You Bring the Kids, We'll Bring the Jazz WBGO and host Rhonda Hamilton celebrate with jazz and blues pianist, composer, singer, producer, and educator Eli…


Youth Craft

Where: Rochelle Park Public Library – 10/07/2020: All Day
Details: Youth Craft


Lunch & Learn: Halloween, A Haunted History

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 10/09/2020: 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Lunch & Learn: Halloween, A Haunted HistoryWe're delighted to welcome back Kevin Woyce, history enthusiast and raconteur, to share with us an entertaining History of…


Discovery Camp HOME - Oct - Toddler

Where: Newton Recreation Commission – 10/10/2020: All Day
Details: Discovery Camp HOME - Oct - Toddler


Edible Craft

Where: Rochelle Park Public Library – 10/21/2020: All Day
Details: Edible Craft


Lunch & Learn: TBA

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 10/23/2020: 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Lunch & Learn: TBADetails TBA


Craft-O-Ween (Ages 3 - 6yrs)

Where: Newton Recreation Center – 10/27/2020: All Day
Details: Craft-O-Ween (Ages 3 - 6yrs)


Storytime: Happy Halloween Party

Where: Ort Farms – 10/27/2020: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Here on the farm, we LOVE Halloween and we are doing all we can to celebrate with as many of you as possible! For this…


Storytime: Happy Halloween Party

Where: Ort Farms – 10/29/2020: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Here on the farm, we LOVE Halloween and we are doing all we can to celebrate with as many of you as possible! For this…


Hauntings, History, and Halloween for Kids!

Where: Crane House & Historic YWCA – 10/31/2020: 1:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: In-Person Program. Drop-Off Program. Children will learn the historic origins of Halloween, from the Celtics all the way to the tradition of Trick-or-Treating, along with…


Disney On Ice presents Frozen

Where: Prudential Center – 11/04/2020: 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Disney On Ice presents Frozen


Play Day - Nov 6

Where: Newton Recreation Center – 11/06/2020: All Day
Details: Play Day - Nov 6


First Friday: Day of the Dead

Where: Boonton Holmes Public Library – 11/06/2020: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: First Friday: Day of the DeadDetails TBA


Discovery Camp HOME - Nov - School Age

Where: Newton Recreation Commission – 11/10/2020: All Day
Details: Discovery Camp HOME - Nov - School Age


Morning 10am - 12:30pm

Where: Van Saun County Park – 11/18/2020: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Our mission is to expose our guests to our diverse group of wildlife to instill a strong sense of appreciation and understanding of wildlife &…


Afternoon 2pm - 4:30pm

Where: Van Saun County Park – 11/18/2020: 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Our mission is to expose our guests to our diverse group of wildlife to instill a strong sense of appreciation and understanding of wildlife &…


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Central Jersey Kids & Family Events


Fill the Gap, Feed a NJ Family!

Where: postal code 08502, United States – 10/03/2020: 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: nyone Anywhere Can Participate! You and your family can help hungry families in New Jersey. The Covid-19 health crisis has impacted many of our New…


Melinated Moms u2014 New Jersey Chapter Community Support Group

Where: Linden Free Public Library – 10/03/2020: 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Join Our Mom Support Group, First Saturday of Every Month Where We Have Candid Conversations of the Motherhood, Womanhood & Sisterh


Monday Morning Storytime

Where: Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Somerville – 10/05/2020: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Monday March 09, 2020 10:00 AM Join us with your littles to kick off the week with a fun story and snack!


Somerset County’s 15th annual Journey through the Past

Where: Somerset County Complex – 10/10/2020: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: In Person on: Saturday, October 10th from 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday, October 11th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm …and virtually throughout October Cost: Free Website: www.SCHistoryWeekend.com…


5K Heart and Sole Dog Run Walk
2020 5K Heart and Sole Dog Run/Walk

Where: Duke Island Park – 10/18/2020: 1:30 pm
Details: The FOSRAS Heart & Sole 5K Run Walk annual fundraiser. Proceeds help pay health care costs for homeless animals at the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter


Friends of the Library

Where: Kenilworth Public Library – 10/20/2020: 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Friends of the Library|The Friends of the Library meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at 6:30pm in the Activity…


NJJA's Great Scavenger Hunt

Where: Rosedale Park – 10/23/2020: 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Get out & Explore NJ!! Scavenger Hunt will cover all of NJ! Fundraising for Marty's Place Senior Dog Sanctuary! This event is a public event…


NJJA's Great Scavenger Hunt

Where: Rosedale Park – 10/23/2020: 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Get out & Explore NJ!! Scavenger Hunt will cover all of NJ! Fundraising for Marty's Place Senior Dog Sanctuary! This event is a public event…


Charlotte Blake Alston: “Come Tell With Me”

Where: State Theatre New Jersey – 10/24/2020: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Charlotte Blake Alston has shared her African and African American tales with audiences from Cape Town to Carnegie Hall, at events ranging from concerts in…


Yarnies at the Kenilworth Public Library

Where: Kenilworth Public Library – 10/29/2020: 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Yarnies at the Kenilworth Public Library|Everyone is welcome to attend our fiber craft program at the Kenilworth Public Library! Yarnies: Library Fiber Nights takes place in…


Shrek

Where: Music Mountain Theatre – 11/06/2020: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: book and lyrics by DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIREmusic by JEANINE TESORIbased on the Dreamwork Animation motion picture and the book by WILLIAM STEIG  NOVEMBER 6 –22, 2020   …


Little One's Nature Series

Where: Plainsboro Preserve – 11/07/2020: All Day
Details: Little One's Nature Series


Sugarloaf Craft Festival

Where: New Jersey Convention & Expo Center – 11/13/2020: All Day
Details: Friday: 10am – 6pmSaturday: 10am – 6pmSunday: 10am – 5pm


Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Fall '20 Edison, NJ

Where: New Jersey Convention & Expo – 11/13/2020: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Nov 13, 14, 15 Fri & Sat 10a-6p Sun 10a-5p Shop America's Handmade Market and support artist entrepreneurs this fall at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival!…


Christmas Day – Library Closed

Where: Kenilworth Public Library – 12/25/2020: All Day
Details: Christmas Day – Library Closed|The Kenilworth Public Library is closed December  for Christmas Day.


The Sleeping Beauty

Where: State Theatre New Jersey – 03/06/2021: 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Featuring the Russian National Ballet and performed to a score composed by Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty has become one of the most illustrious classical ballets of all…


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Where: State Theatre New Jersey – 03/21/2021: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Thirty years after the defeat of the Empire, Luke Skywalker has vanished, and a new threat has risen: The First Order, led by the mysterious…



Jersey Shore Kids & Family Events


Columbus Parade

Where: J.A. LaRosa Way to Landis Ave. & 63rd St. – 10/03/2020: All Day
Details: Sea Isle City will celebrate its rich Italian heritage while delighting people of all ages.


Italian Day Parade

Where: J.A. LaRosa Way to Landis Ave. & 63rd St. – 10/03/2020: All Day
Details: Sea Isle City will celebrate its rich Italian heritage while delighting people of all ages.


The Market at Whitechapel Projects

Where: The Whitechapel Projects – 10/03/2020: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: We're excited to announce The Market at Whitechapel Projects, a Farmers, Growers, & Makers Market hosted by Whitechapel Projects, Asbury Park Bazaar and Long Branch…


Halloween Parade & Dance Party

Where: 45th St. & Landis Ave. to JFK Blvd. – 10/16/2020: All Day
Details: This parade always features a wide variety of eye-catching participants and entertainers, who will walk, cruise along on floats and delight spectators lining the parade…


Costume Pet Parade

Where: Historic Smithville and Village Greene – 10/17/2020: 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Paw Dazzle will host the Annual Costume Pet Parade starting at 1:00 pm. This is by far Historic Smithville’s cutest event. Spectators can watch 100+…


Halloween Parade

Where: Borough Hall – 10/25/2020: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Halloween Parade


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Where: Howell Township Municipal Building – 11/07/2020: 8:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: On Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Howell Township Municipal Alliance for substance use prevention and mental health awareness is…


Dinosaur Zoo

Where: Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre – 11/08/2020: 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Dinosaur Zoo


Dinosaur Zoo

Where: Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre – 11/08/2020: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Dinosaur Zoo


Holiday Light Show on the Lake

Where: Historic Smithville and Village Greene – 11/26/2020: 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Thanksgiving (Nov 26 -Jan 3) Holiday Light Show… 5:30 – 8:30 pm Watch in wonderment as over 100 Christmas trees magically float on our very…


Holiday Extravaganza Parade

Where: JFK Blvd. & Central Ave. – 11/27/2020: All Day
Details: The Holiday Parade sponsored by the Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce & Revitalization will kick-off the upcoming holiday season and more family-fun activities continue…


Saturday's & Sunday's in December

Where: Historic Smithville, NJ – The Village Greene – 12/05/2020: All Day
Details: Saturday's & Sunday's in December until Christmas Magical Talking Tree.. noon-7pm The Magical Talking Tree wakes up every weekend to talk to the young and…


Masters of Illusion

Where: Count Basie Center for the Arts – 02/18/2021: 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Masters of Illusion


Paddington Gets In A Jam

Where: Count Basie Center for the Arts – 02/28/2021: 1:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Paddington Gets In A Jam


Kidz Bop Live! (Rescheduled from 7/12/2020)

Where: PNC Bank Arts Center – 08/07/2021: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Kidz Bop Live! (Rescheduled from 7/12/2020)



South Jersey Kids & Family Events


Virtual Health Fair: Family Wellness in Uncertain Times

Where: via Hopin – 09/30/2020: 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Join the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative and Family Health Initiatives for Family Wellness in Uncertain Times, a virtual health fair on September 30th. Get…


Preschool Storytime

Where: Barnes & Noble Booksellers Marlton – 09/30/2020: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Wednesday June 24, 2020 11:00 AM Come on over to our place for great stories, good conversation and a simple activity. Today's Storytime is especially…


Mush! with Noggin the Sled Dog (and Her Human)

Where: Vineland Public Library – 09/30/2020: 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Join Noggin the Sled Dog (and her human Karen Land) for a virtual discussion on the Iditarod Sled Dog Race across Alaska on Wednesday, September…


22nd Annual Festival of Fine Craft

Where: WheatonArts – 10/03/2020: All Day
Details: WheatonArts, Millville. Features 150+ juried artists showcasing a wide range of handmade crafts from high-end jewelry & wearables to decor & furniture. Craft demonstrations. Beer/Wine…


22nd Annual Festival of Fine Craft

Where: WheatonArts – 10/03/2020: All Day
Details: 22nd Annual Festival of Fine Craft


Atco Battles Alzheimer’s
Atco Battles Alzheimer’s

Where: Battleship New Jersey – 10/04/2020: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Details: Atco Battles Alzheimer's 6 will be held on the fantail of the Battleship New Jersey. Guests will also experience a tour of the Battleship, raffles, drawing.


The Mystery of the Missing Halloween Candy - Live Children's Theatre

Where: Broadway Theatre of Pitman – 10/16/2020: 12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Frankie and his friends are trick or treating in Halloweentown when out of nowhere the Candy Monster appears and steals Frankie's trick or treat bag.…


Light The Night: Cherry Hill at Cooper River Park

Where: Cooper River Park – 10/24/2020: 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Light The Night: Cherry Hill Join approximately 1 million people at 140 inspirational evening walks across the US and Canada, walking to end cancer. Walk…


Snow White - Live Children's Theatre

Where: Broadway Theatre of Pitman – 11/07/2020: 12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" When the Evil Stepmother gets an answer she does not like, the young and…


Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Live Children's Theatre

Where: Broadway Theatre of Pitman – 12/05/2020: All Day
Details: Follow Kris Kringle as he returns to the small town of Sombertown, where he stands up to grumpy Mayor Burgermeister Meisterburger for outlawing toys. With…


Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Where: Broadway Theatre of Pitman – 12/05/2020: 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Details: Follow Kris Kringle as he returns to the small town of Sombertown, where he stands up to grumpy Mayor Burgermeister Meisterburger for outlawing toys. With…


The Reindeer Who Saved Christmas - Live Children's Theatre

Where: Broadway Theatre of Pitman – 12/12/2020: All Day
Details: Mr. and Mrs. Donner are proud to present their new baby reindeer... who has a bright red nose! And one of Santa's Elves wants to…


Frozen Jr (Rescheduled from 8/7/2020)

Where: The Levoy – 07/09/2021: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Frozen Jr (Rescheduled from 8/7/2020)


Frozen Jr (Rescheduled from 8/8/2020)

Where: The Levoy – 07/10/2021: 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Frozen Jr (Rescheduled from 8/8/2020)


Frozen Jr. The Musical

Where: The Levoy – 07/10/2021: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Frozen Jr. The Musical


Frozen Jr (Rescheduled from 8/9/2020)

Where: The Levoy – 07/11/2021: 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Details: Frozen Jr (Rescheduled from 8/9/2020)


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