65+ Free Things to Do with Kids On NJEA School Holidays

Posted on: November 5th, 2018by

We first published our list of free things to do with kids during NJEA school holidays in 2015. We update this listing annually.


Free things to do with your kids during NJEA School Holidays


The kids might be off from school but that doesn’t mean those days have to be boring or full of costly activities. Check out these local museums with free admission and free events happening throughout New Jersey. All of them would make great activities while your kids are off for the NJEA school holidays.


New Jersey Museums & Attractions with Free Admission

20 New Jersey Museums & Attractions with free admission every day

Cohanzick Zoo Selfie

Cohanzick Zoo Selfie


Several free events are listed on our Calendar of Events. For a full list of Free Places to Go in New Jersey read our blog post here.


Or travel across the bridge into New York City or Philadelphia to enjoy these free attractions. Bonus, New York and Philly schools are still in session, so crowds should be small.


New York Museums with Free Admission

16 NYC Museums & Attractions with free (or pay what you wish) admission everyday

  • American Folk Art Museum
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • El Museo del Barrio
  • Federal Hall National Memorial
  • The Federal Reserve Bank (tours needed in advance)
  • General Grant National Memorial
  • The Harbor Defense Museum
  • The High Line
  • Hamilton Grange
  • Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
  • MoMA PS1
  • The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Queens County Farm Museum
  • Socrates Sculpture Park
  • Staten Island Museum

6 NYC Museums with free admission on Thursday, November 8

  • Museum of Arts and Design ~ 6 – 9 pm (pay what you wish)
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art ~ 7 – 9 pm (pay what you wish)
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum ~ 2 – 6 pm
  • Queens Botanical Garden ~ all day November – March
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage ~ 4-8 pm
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts – 4-6 pm

10 NYC Museums & Attractions with free admission on Friday, November 9

  • Morgan Library & Museum ~ 7 – 9 pm
  • Museum of Modern Art ~ 4 – 8 pm
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden 10 am – noon March – November
  • New York Historical Society ~ 6 – 9 pm (pay what you wish)
  • New York Hall of Science ~ 2 – 5 pm
  • Rubin Museum of Art ~ 6 – 10 pm
  • Whitney Museum of American Art ~ 7 – 10 pm (pay what you wish)
  • Historic Richmond Town ~ all day
  • Museum of the Moving Image ~ 4 – 8 pm
  • Queens Botanical Garden ~ all day


The Liberty Bell offers free admission year round.

The Liberty Bell offers free admission year round.


14 Philadelphia Museums & Attractions with Free Admission Everyday

  • Independence Hall
  • Congress Hall
  • Old City Hall
  • Liberty Bell
  • Carpenter’s Hall
  • Elfreth’s Alley
  • President’s House
  • Fireman’s Hall Museum
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  • US Mint
  • Christ Church
  • Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Franklin Square

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