65+ Free Things to Do with Your Kids During NJEA School Holidays

Posted on: November 7th, 2017 by
We first published our list of free things to do with kids during NJEA school holidays. 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

  • Cape May Zoo
  • Cohanzick Zoo
  • Cape May Point State Park nature trails & buildings
  • Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve
  • Hawk Rise Sanctuary
  • Howell Living History Farm
  • New Jersey State Police Museum
  • Princeton University Art Museum
  • Atlantic City Arts Garage
  • All Sports Museum of Southern NJ
  • State House (advance registration required)
  • Twin Lights Historic Site
  • Somers Point Mansion
  • Fort Hancock Historic District
  • Batsto Village
  • Paterson Great Falls
  • The Korean War Memorial
  • Zimmerli Art Museum
  • Rutgers Geology Museum
  • Trailside Nature Center

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

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

  • American Folk Art Museum
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Federal Hall National Memorial
  • The Federal Reserve Bank
  • General Grant National Memorial
  • The Harbor Defense Museum
  • The High Line
  • Hamilton Grange
  • The Hispanic Society of America’s Musuem
  • Irish Hunger Memorial
  • Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
  • The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • Queens County Farm Museum
  • Socrates Sculpture Park
  • Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Staten Island Museum
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Queens Botanical Garden

4 NYC Museums with free admission on Thursday, November 9

  • Museum of Arts and Design (pay what you wish 6-9pm)
  • New Museum (pay what you wish 7-9pm)
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum (pay what you wish 2-6pm)
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage (4-8 PM)

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

  • Museum of Modern Art (4-8pm)
  • Morgan Library and Museum (7-9pm)
  • New York Aquarium (pay what you will from 3-3:30 PM)
  • New York Historical Society (pay as you wish 6-8PM)
  • Museum of the Moving Image (4-8pm)
  • New York Hall of Science (2-5pm)
  • Rubin Museum of Art (6-10pm)
  • Historic Richmond Town
  • Yeshiva University Museum
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (7 pm – 9:30 PM pay what you wish)


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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