Even as I type this I’m thinking about how our spring has gotten off to a chilly start. Haven’t we had enough?! I want to get out outside. Kids want to run in the park! Hike a trail! Get out and explore! Aren’t you ready for New Jersey spring activities to try with the kids and teens?
Putting the last few days aside spring brings nearly perfect weather across New Jersey. Most days are not too hot or not too cold. And after being inside way too much these past two years I’m ready to get out and do things like these New Jersey spring activities.
New Jersey is ready as well. There are so many things to do this spring in New Jersey and so many of those activities have been restricted for the last two years. Attractions are reopening and opening earlier than normal. Popular events are returning. New events and attractions have ‘sprung up’ as well.
From spring break trips to animal adventures, from opening days at New Jersey’s minor league baseball teams to gardens to admire, from flower-picking festivals to hunts for Easter eggs, from lighthouses waiting to be climbed to much much more, we’ve got LOTS of ways for you to have fun with your kids this spring. It’s time to have a fantastic with these New Jersey spring activities.
New Jersey Early Spring Activities for Kids and Teens
Pick stunning flowers across New Jersey
Daffodil Festivals in New Jersey
Daffodils can be found blooming in New Jersey from the middle of March to the end of April.
- Allentown First Annual Daffodil Days ~ March 26, 2022, until April 3, 2022
- Daffodil Day in Moorestown ~ April 23, 2022
- Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit has a Daffodil Day on April 10, 2022, and a few other Daffodil-related events during April. They have the largest collection of daffodils in New Jersey.
More places to see daffodils in New Jersey
- The Thielke Arboretum of Glen Rock
- Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills
- Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair
- New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood
- Laurelwood Arboretum in Wayne
Cherry Blossoms in New Jersey
Cherry Blossoms can be found blooming in New Jersey from the middle of March to the end of May, but the peak season to see them is the first week of April. You don’t want to wait to see Cherry Blossoms. They only stay in bloom for a few weeks. They are also very sensitive to wind and bad weather. A windy day or bad rainstorm can cause blooms to fall off the trees. The trees will not rebloom until the next Cherry Blossom season.
Cherry Blossoms Festivals in New Jersey
- Cherry Blossom Bloomfest in Newark at Branch Brook Park
- Family Festival in Newark at Branch Brook Park
More places to see Cherry Blossoms in New Jersey
- Outside the David C. Shaw Arboretum at Holmdel Park
- Verona Park in Verona
- The New Jersey State Botanical Garden, that’s a part of Ringwood State Park
- Warinanco Park in Linden
- Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark and Belleville
- Chapel Avenue in Cherry Hill
- Spring Lake
- Rahway River Park in Rahway
- Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township
- Sayen Gardens in Hamilton
- More coming soon as we research New Jersey gardens to see what’s blooming this spring.
Peach Blossoms in New Jersey
Peach Blossoms can be just as stunning as Cherry Blossoms and honestly, at a glance, they are hard to tell apart. Driving along Route 40 one afternoon, I saw a collection of what I believed to be Cherry Blossom trees. After that drive, my friends at Family Scholastic Adventures offered to go out to explore Route 40 to find the blossoming trees I had spotted at a distance.
The mystery was solved when they reached the A Garden Party Florist on Route 40 in Elmer. Outside their doors and along the roadside was a large field of stunning blooming trees.
Victoria Spalding, Brand Ambassador for Family Scholastic Adventures took a beautiful array of photos for us that you can see in this Facebook post. It was only when A Garden Party commented on our post that I became aware that there are Peach Blossom trees and that they are very similar in appearance to Cherry Blossom trees.
Tulips in New Jersey
Spring is a perfect time to see tulips. There are a few places to stroll or pick tulips in New Jersey. Tulips can be found blooming in New Jersey from early-mid April through May.
Tulip Festivals in New Jersey
More places to see Tulips in New Jersey
- Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown Township
- Avis Campbell Gardens in Montclair
- Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair
- Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills
- More coming soon as we research New Jersey gardens to see what’s blooming this spring.
Know where you want to go? Want to know more about these NJ tulip fields? Check out our tips in 12 Tips for Visiting Tulip Festivals and Tulip Farms in New Jersey.
Get to Know some Important Women in New Jersey’s History
March is Women’s History Month. So whether it’s a trip to museums and exhibits portraying women’s contributions or an event to celebrate Women’s History Month, make plans to honor women before March ends. From Women’s History Month events in New Jersey to museums to learn about important women in New Jersey history, here’s how to celebrate Women’s History Month in New Jersey.
Holi is most widely known for its celebration where people throw colored powder and water at each other. Holi is a joyous occasion that marks the beginning of spring. It also celebrates the triumph of good over evil. All good things, so why not spend this year celebrating Holi with your family. Celebrations last throughout the early spring. Visit our Great Ways to Celebrate Holi in New Jersey with Kids and Teens for Holi events in New Jersey, books about Holi, and Holi activities you can do at home or in your community.
Make Something Cool at Maker’s Day Events
Maker’s Day is typically the last weekend in March. It’s a fun day but one that we don’t get a lot of time to celebrate.
New Jersey Makers Day is a day that inspires and activates libraries to showcase and highlight STEM and maker culture, enhancing life-long learning.
The goal was to grow community engagement and develop connections among New Jersey residents by collaborating with libraries, museums, small businesses, and others to promote and explore new opportunities for entrepreneurship, innovation, and hands-on learning experiences primarily with kids and teens in mind.
The first event was held in 2015, but each year NJ Maker’s Day grows with more organizations getting on board to host events throughout New Jersey. Check out one of the NJ Maker’s Day events we have on our Calendar of Events.
Hunt for Easter Eggs
What is the go-to activity every kid looks forward to for Easter? Easter egg hunts!!
Who can blame kids? Easter egg hunts are like hide and seek, only the items can be a little trickier to find. And there’s always a prize inside. Bonus for the grown ups… the kids get to run around and burn off a lot of energy.
Across New Jersey Easter egg hunts start occurring for 2-3 weeks before Easter and run right through Easter. We have two ways families can look for Easter egg hunts in New Jersey. Either visit our guide to New Jersey Easter Egg Hunts, Activities, and Easter Bunny Appearances to find Easter egg hunts listed by region, county, and city or visit our Calendar of Events to find them listed by day.
Pose for Pictures with the Easter Bunny
After Easter egg hunts, pictures with the Easter Bunny are another much-loved Easter tradition. Family pictures with the Easter Bunny should definitely be part of your New Jersey spring activities to try with kids. Even some teens still love seeing the Easter Bunny.
You can find the Easter Bunny in New Jersey at Easter egg hunts, breakfasts with the Easter Bunny, and other New Jersey events as listed in our New Jersey Easter Egg Hunts, Activities, and Easter Bunny Appearances.
Travel for Spring Break
Or Make it a Spring Break Staycation
Show Mother Earth Some Love
Earth Day is traditionally celebrated on April 22nd. New Jersey has lots of different events happening that week that let kids, families, and teens demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year in addition to listing NJ Earth Day events in our Great Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in New Jersey with Kids and Teens we added in some easy ways to make your home more ecofriendly. Trust us when we say these are ideas even the kids can be involved with.
Munch on Free Food
The weather is warming up. Flowers are blooming. And businesses across New Jersey are giving away free food. You are probably familiar with Rita’s free water ice for the first day of spring promotion but did you know there are many other days to get free food?
As you make your plans for these New Jersey spring activities plan them for days you can pick up some free food on the way there or home.
- National Pretzel Day
- Free Doughnuts with Shore Good Donuts
Learn about these free food days and others in our New Jersey Spring Freebies ~ Kids will Love.
Free Ice Cream Days in New Jersey
New Jersey ice cream shops have free ice cream days every spring. Visit our guide to Free Ice Cream Days in New Jersey to get the list of participating ice cream shops and when their free ice cream day is.
Our Favorite Spring Events in New Jersey for Kids and Teens
In addition to Maker’s Day, Easter, and Earth Day events there are some pretty epic spring events in New Jersey. Here are a few of our favorites and other ones that caught our eye. You definitely should save the date for these.
Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 7, 2022, head to your favorite comic book store for Free Comic Book Day. Click over to get the details on FREE Comic Book Day and learn how comic books help kids learn how to read. It’s not just about getting free comic books for your kids, though that’s really fun. Many stores offer more fun activities on Free Comic Book Day like character meet and greets, crafts, games, and more. Don’t miss a Jersey Family Fun favorite!
Memorial Day Events in New Jersey
Great Spring Events in North Jersey
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The popular West Orange Street Fair is scheduled to make its return in 2022 on Saturday, June 4 from 11 am to 5 pm. One of the biggest events of the year in West Orange, the Street Fair will feature crafters, vendors, food, street performers, a classic car show, a beer and wine garden, free admission to the Thomas Edison museum, and more!
More North Jersey spring events coming soon as we get the 2022 details.
Great Spring Events in Central New Jersey
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Rutgers Day is back and in person. Enjoy exhibits, interactive activities, demonstrations, and performances offered by faculty, staff, and students. Attend with friends and family–there’s something for everyone.
The Red Bank Street Fair is a day filled with crafters, food vendors, rides, shopping, and LOTS of fun.
The Annual Hungarian Festival will return to New Brunswick on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Enjoy fine Hungarian cuisine, listen to Hungarian folk songs, and watch and learn Hungarian folk dances!
More Central Jersey spring events coming soon as we get the 2022 details.
Great Spring Events in South Jersey
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Giant kites of all shapes and sizes will dazzle your eyes as they soar over the beach in Pier Village.
The 6th Annual Pier Village Annual Kite Festival will feature kite flyers from all areas of the eastern seaboard flying their most incredible creation from inflatable flying creatures to giant sea and land kites to traditional kites.
I saw the details of this NEW event come into my inbox, and I knew it was going to be a special event. Join NJ Fibershed for 2 weekends of fiber immersion located at farms throughout New Jersey. Local fiber producers and artisans that use locally sourced materials will be the focus of these two weekends.
Members of the South Jersey Guild of Spinners and Handweavers, North Country Spinners, and Jockey Hollow Weavers will conduct spinning, weaving, and fiber preparation demonstrations during Crawl hours
Somers Point New Jersey’s biggest outdoor festival, featuring food, crafters, and entertainment all along Bay Avenue. It’s back for 2022.
A day of family fun this May filled with crafters, food vendors, music, and more.
Mayfest at Historic Smithville offers an abundance of family fun! For two days, May 14 and 15, 2022 there will be more than 100 juried crafters and vendors, an international food court, children’s activities, nonprofit organization informational booths, and live entertainment.
Bursting with art, music, and activities for all ages, the Collingswood May Fair will return on Saturday, May 28, 2022. Over 200 artists and crafters will display and sell their unique creations. Children will enjoy a “KidZone” with carnival games, rides and children-friendly crafters. Multiple stages of live music will feature blues, rock, folk and more. More details will be released as the event gets closer.
Anytime Spring Activities in New Jersey for Kids and Teens
These New Jersey spring activities are available all spring long from March through June.
Score with a family outing to a New Jersey Minor League Baseball game
A day at the ballpark with the kids is a fun family outing and one of the great things to do in New Jersey during the spring. Check out these 5 New Jersey Minor League Baseball Teams. We’ve got details on what makes their team special and their upcoming events.
Walk Among New Jersey Gardens
This spring, it’s not just tulips, daffodils, and cherry blossoms that are blooming. There’s more. Explore what’s blooming in New Jersey with our guide to New Jersey Botanical Gardens & Arboretums organized by region and county.
Drive Through a Safari
When the Six Flags Great Adventure drive thru safari returned in 2020 it was such a hit, they’ve brought it back every year since. Each year there’s something new to see. New baby animals are born. New animals are added to the safari. More experiences are added. We have all the details you need to know for this popular New Jersey drive thru attraction.
Cruise Among the Dolphins
Sometimes when you are really lucky you can see dolphins off the coast of the Jersey Shore. But to increase your odds of seeing dolphins take one of the dolphin cruises offered in New Jersey, where you’re pretty much guaranteed to see them. Here are a few we’ve experienced.
- Atlantic City Dolphin Cruises
- Cape May Whale Watcher and dolphin cruises
- The Cape May Lewis Ferry, yes the ferry. While not promoted as a dolphin-watching experience in New Jersey, we have seen dolphins every time we’ve sailed with the Cape May Lewis Ferry.
Set Sail with Pirates
Do your kids love pirates? If you haven’t had a pirate adventure with your kids, you need to set sail with Jersey Shore Pirates. Bring your young pirates aboard the Sea Gypsy for a swashbuckling Pirate Adventure on the Metedeconk River.
You don’t need to wait till summer for this epic experience. Pirate tours start hitting the seas in April. Call (732) 899-6100 to learn more.
Visit with Baby Animals
Springtime doesn’t just bring warmer weather and beautiful flowers, it also brings lots and lots of baby animals. Did you know your New Jersey spring activities can involve seeing lots of these baby animals for free?
In fact, New Jersey zoos with free admission aren’t the only places to see animals for free in New Jersey. Find out all the free places in NJ to visit animals.
Spend Some One-On-One Time with an Animal
Is there an animal your child or teen really loves? Chances are you can find a place in New Jersey that offers one-on-one experiences with that animal. Cape May Zoo, Six Flags Great Adventure Safari, Adventure Aquarium, and other locations with animals all offer experiences where your child can get up close with animals.
Or look into volunteer experiences at animal rescue farms throughout New Jersey. Many of these farms are dependent on volunteers and will allow volunteers to help anywhere from a few hours one day to a regular schedule of hours for a few weeks to months. Even if your kid is too young to volunteer on their own perhaps it’s something they can do with you or another grownup in their life.
Walk to a Waterfall
A great spring activity in New Jersey is visiting waterfalls. It’s actually one of the best times of year to visit. The warmer weather will have defrosted frozen glaciers of ice and the cooler weather keeps too much of the water from evaporating. You can see the waterfall at its fullest and most powerful.
While some waterfalls are accessible from hiking trails others require just a short walk from the car. Find out which ones in our guide to New Jersey hiking trails with waterfalls.
Admire Stunning Murals
Paintings on a canvas can be beautiful. Mural-sized paintings on walls throughout a city can be stunning! Exploring New Jersey’s murals in another great spring activity. Admire these murals from your car, a bike ride, or a walk through the towns.
Atlantic City Murals
For the Atlantic City murals we created a self-guided tour. Follow along from one stop to the next to see the murals or create your own route with the murals listed. Bonus! Some new murals have been added since we put together our guide so expect some fun surprises as you make your way through Atlantic City.
Jersey City Murals
Jersey City, NJ is another city that can wow you with their murals. I love it when my Facebook feed shows me another post of a new mural being developed in Jersey City.
Initiated in 2013 and funded by a Clean Communities Grant, the Jersey City Mural Arts Program is a Mayor’s Office Initiative that links established and emerging local, national and international mural artists with property owners city-wide as part of an innovative beautification program that reduces graffiti, engages local residents and is transforming Jersey City into an outdoor art gallery.Jersey City Mural Arts Program
Get the map and learn more about the over 200 Jersey City murals.
Watch and learn how youth have been involved in the mural program in Jersey City.
Asbury Park Murals
One only needs to walk the Asbury Park boardwalk to see some of their best murals. While there seems to be no official source that lists all the mural in Asbury Park, most of them are part of the Wooden Walls Project. The Wooden Walls Mural Project is a collaborative initiative that brings art to the Asbury Park Boardwalk.
It’s said that the best Asbury Park murals can be seen under the beachfront Casino walkway and downtown on Bond Street.
You can see some examples of the Asbury Park murals at these two websites.
American Dream Murals
If indoor murals are more your thing visit the American Dream mall in East Rutherford. This incredibly spacious shopping center has large walls with murals featuring not only attractions but also fun engaging scenes.
Sneak in Some Beach Days
Warm spring days can have us longing for the beach. So make it a beach day. New Jersey beaches aren’t guarded in the spring, so no swimming. But you can certainly do some sunbathing, pack a picnic, shell collecting or build an epic sand castle. For details on New Jersey beaches visit our 2022 guide to New Jersey Beaches and Beach Tags.
As we get towards the end of spring check opening days of the beaches in our guide. Many will require beach badges after Memorial Day and others may require them before hand.
Ride a Train
Another one of the great New Jersey spring activities is enjoying a train ride with the kids. Gone are the cold days of winter. So sit back and enjoy the cool spring breezes coming through the train car windows as your kids enjoy the whistle of the train and the views from their train car. Check out these places to bring kids to see and ride trains in New Jersey.
Search for Dinosaur Fossils
Next to trains, dinosaurs are pretty popular with kids, especially little ones. You may know some of the first dinosaurs were discovered in New Jersey, but did you know there were so many places to see dinosaurs or their fossils in New Jersey? It’s true! If your paleontogist-in-training would like to search to find dinosaurs near you, we can help with our listing of where to find dinosaurs in New Jersey.
Climb to the top of a Lighthouse
New Jersey lighthouses make for great NJ day trips in the spring. Climbing to the top can be a good workout for the adults and a different kind of way for the younger ones to burn off energy. When thinking about NJ spring activities for kids add lighthouse climbs to your bucket list.
Most lighthouses had to be closed during a portion of the last two years, but now they are open again and ready for visitors. Get some climbs in while the weather is still cool enough to avoid getting too warm.
Hike at a New Jersey State Park
Bike a new Path
Walk above water
Looking for a different kind of hike or walk? Why not walk above the water by walking across a popular bridge in New Jersey. The Ocean City bridge, the Garden State Parkway bridge in Cape May County, the Tacony Palmyra Bridge, and the Ben Franklin bridge are all South Jersey bridges that have pedestrian paths. We even wrote about our experience walking across the Ocean City bridge.
The Goethals Bridge has a 10-foot Shared-Use Path with access on both sides of the Arthur Kill. The Bayonne Bridge Walkway has a 12 foot path that can be accessed from the John F. Kennedy Blvd between 6th and 7th street in Bayonne. It’s said to be one of the highest bridges in New Jersey. You can even walk across the George Washington Bridge into New York.
Find out about more New Jersey bridges with walkways and their status at the NJ Department of Transportation website.
Sign up for a CSA
Community Shared Agriculture, or CSA, is a farming model that allows families to show their support for local farmers by prepurchasing produce, herbs, and flowers. The idea is that you pay ahead of time for these shares and then reap a portion of the bounty all summer long.
It can be a great way for your family to save on food, but it’s also a fabulous way to get fresh-from-the-farm food onto your table. Many CSAs let members pick up food weekly from summer through to the fall. Some even have pick-your-own flowers and herbs for shareholders.
Even though CSA shareholders don’t start picking up their shares till summertime, spring is the time to sign up. Space is usually limited so don’t wait too long to join one. Edible Jersey has a listing of several CSA farms in New Jersey.
On warmer days your spring activities in New Jersey can include outdoor rollerblading. Rainy days…head indoors for rollerskating. We’ve got a guide to 100+ Places to Skate in New Jersey that includes NJ roller skating rinks, ice skating rinks, inline skating trails, and skateboard parks because you’re never too old to enjoy skating with the kids.
Do you have a kid that loves to help? Is your teen looking for community service hours to get into the National Honor Society or to build an impressive resume for college applications? Now’s the time to start thinking about volunteering and perhaps trying out some volunteer opportunities. Our guide to Places Kids Can Volunteer in New Jersey is a good place to start when looking for volunteer jobs for young adults and kids.
New Jersey Late Spring Activities for Kids and Teens
New Jersey Free Fishing Day
Introduce the kids to fishing through a New Jersey Free Fishing Day or get Hooked on Fishing event. Both provide kids and their grownups with a chance to try out fishing for free and without a fishing license. Sometimes these events even have fishing poles the kids can use. It’s a great way for kids to try out fishing before committing to buying poles and licenses.
Start Strawberry Picking in New Jersey
Before summer has a chance to set it and spring ends strawberries start popping up across New Jersey. In South Jersey the end of May and beginning of June is the best time to pick strawberries. North Jersey usually follows the South Jersey ripening pattern by a week or two depending on the strawberry varieties.
Get the best advice for picking strawberries and where to pick your own strawberries in New Jersey in our Ultimate Guide to Strawberry Picking Season in NJ! Best Pick Your Own Strawberry Farms in New Jersey!
Amusement Park Fun
Did you know that many New Jersey amusement parks open BEFORE the summer starts? It’s true, many will open on weekends and school holidays. If you love the roller coasters and thrill rides, but hate the long lines that come in the summer, get out to the amusement parks this spring.
Bowl for Free
You’re probably familiar with Kids Bowl Free. Did you know that some of the participating bowling alleys in New Jersey start letting kids bowl free during the spring? Some start as early as April or May. Find out if your kids can bowl for free as part of your family’s New Jersey spring activities in our guide to Where Can Kids Bowl Free in New Jersey?
Even if your bowling alley doesn’t start till later this spring or summer, now’s the time to sign up. You don’t want to miss out on getting in as much free bowling as you can.
Shop a Farmer’s Market
We mentioned CSA’s earlier. While your CSA shares won’t be available till summer you can start shopping NJ Farmers Markets in the spring. Not only is it another great way to get local farm fresh produce on your table, but many also host kids activities and live entertainment during market hours.
Make Plans for a Great Summer
This summer is going to be a hot, fun, and busy one. These past few years so many municipalities missed out on all the fun activities they typically like to host in the summer months: fairs, festivals, concerts, movies. Not this summer though. They are back on. Check out these blog posts and guides often so you can start saving the dates for this summer’s best events and making plans for the best summer ever.