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What is There to Do in New Jersey with Kids Today?

What is there to do in New Jersey with kids today? When my boys were younger, I asked myself that very often. In 2008, I had 3 boys 4 years old and under and I had made the decision to stay home with them. So I was always looking for something to do with them.

I felt like there had to be so much to do in this big old state of New Jersey if only I could find it. I would search online looking for things to do in New Jersey with kids today and my searches would come up pretty empty.

I learned about most New Jersey activities through word of mouth or by being very observant. We’d visit a store and I’d see that they were hosting a crafting class or make-and-take workshop that weekend. I’d grab the library’s calendar of events every time we would visit. I’d stumble across a printed brochure of events from our local county parks.

There were always things to do with kids in New Jersey, they just weren’t advertised well. I knew there had to be a better way…there wasn’t, but we created it with Jersey Family Fun. Consider this, our site, your one-stop site for finding things to do in New Jersey with kids today or any day.

In fact, 10+years later when I introduce Jersey Family Fun to grown ups I still say, “You know how when you wake up in the morning and the kids are bouncing off the walls with too much energy and you don’t know what to do with them? Turn to us, we have solutions to that problem. We help NJ families find out about things to do with kids in New Jersey.

Let’s start you with our Calendar of today’s events in New Jersey for kids.

Calendar of Today’s New Jersey events for Kids

About our calendar of today’s activities in New Jersey

This list of things to do in New Jersey with kids today runs in chronological order.

Each event listing has a title. The date and time are above the event title. If there’s a looping arrow at the end of the time, it means the event is repeating. It will happen more than once. You can click on the event title to see the additional dates and times.

Below the event title is a brief look at where the event is being held.

The last line of the summary shows the minimum cost of the event. The majority of the events on today’s calendar are free or less than $5 to attend.

For a thorough description of the event and more details click on the event title and the full event listing will open.

Things to Do in New Jersey with Kids Today

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Absecon Halloween Decorated Houses

City of Absecon Absecon

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Absecon, New Jersey.   6th Annual Halloween House Decorating Contest   Halloween Decorated Houses in Absecon Absecon Community Affairs has begun accepting nominations …

Free
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Hackettstown Scarecrow Stroll

Main St- Hackettstown Main St, Hackettstown

Here are more fun activities in Hackettstown, New Jersey.   Annual Hackettstown Scarecrow Contest The theme for this year's Scarecrow Scroll Contest will be: Cartoon Characters from any era! Hackettstown …

Free
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Scarecrow Walk in Downtown Toms River

Downtown Toms River Washington Street, Toms River

Here are more fun activities in Toms River, New Jersey.   Scarecrow Walk The streets in downtown are lined with scarecrows for this annual event. For two weeks the public …

Free
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Scarecrow Displays in Vernon

Vernon Township 36 Maple Grange Rd, Vernon

Here are more fun activities in Vernon, New Jersey.   3rd Annual Vernon Scarecrow Contest The Vernon Chamber of Commerce will be hosting our Annual Vernon Scarecrow Contest!   When …

Free
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Cranford Scarecrow Stroll

Downtown Cranford South Avenue, Cranford

It's back, the biggest downtown event of the year! The 14th Annual Scarecrow Stroll will take place Oct. 15 - 31!he Night Stroll scheduled for Oct. 18. Bob the Builder …

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Ewing Green Team Scarecrow Contest

Senior and Community Center - Ewing Ewing

Here are more fun activities in Ewing, New Jersey.   All Around Town Scarecrow Contest Mayor Bert Steinmann, the Ewing Green Team, Ewing Arts Commission and Art Has No Boundaries …

Free
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New Providence Scarecrow Stroll

Springfield Ave- New Providence Springfield Ave, New Providence

Here are more fun activities in New Providence, New Jersey.   Scarecrow Stroll New Providence Business is hosting the annual Scarecrow Contest, bringing a festive feel to our downtown! The …

Free
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Palmyra Scarecrow Display

Borough of Palmyra NJ

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Palmyra, New Jersey.   Scarecrow Display in Palmyra Will be displayed on Broad Street!   When is the Scarecrow Display? Scarecrows will be …

Free
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Medford Scarecrow Contest

Main Street - Medford Main Street, Medford

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Medford, New Jersey.   Medford Scarecrow Contest Come see the scarecrows on Main Street!   When is the Medford Scarecrow Contest? The scarecrows …

Free
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Scarecrow Contest at Smithville Park in Eastampton 2021

Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton 803 Smithville Road, Eastampton

2021 details coming soon.   Scarecrows on Parade returns to Historic Smithville Park in Eastampton the month of October. The winners are based off of votes from daily park visitors! …

Free
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Lambertville Scarecrow Display

City of Lambertville Lambertville

Here are more fun activities in Lambertville, New Jersey.   Scarecrow Contest We are very excited to promote our Fourth Annual Scarecrow Contest! Our area is known for celebrating Halloween …

Free
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South Plainfield Scarecrow Festival 2021

South Plainfield Borough Hall 2480 Plainfield Ave, South Plainfield

Here are more fun activities in South Plainfield, New Jersey.   Scarecrow Festival Come visit our exhibit at your leisure, take selfies and share with your friends and families! No …

Free
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Spotswood Scarecrow Contest

Spotswood Spotswood

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Spotswood, New Jersey.   Spotswood Scarecrow Contest Winners will be announced at the Trunk or Treat!   When is the Spotswood Scarecrow Contest? …

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Deptford Mall Kids Events in Deptford

Deptford Mall 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford

Here are more fun activities in Deptford, New Jersey.   Throughout the year Deptford Mall holds several kids events: Philadelphia Flyers Nights, Sixers Family Fun Day, Phillies Family Day, Halloween …

Free
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Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate

Emlen Physick Estate 1048 Washington St, Cape May

Here are more fun activities in Cape May, New Jersey.   13th Annual Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate The grounds of Cape May’s original haunted house, the Emlen Physick …

Free
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Deptford Mall Kids Events in Deptford

Deptford Mall 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford

Here are more fun activities in Deptford, New Jersey.   Throughout the year Deptford Mall holds several kids events: Philadelphia Flyers Nights, Sixers Family Fun Day, Phillies Family Day, Halloween …

Free
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Deptford Mall Kids Events in Deptford

Deptford Mall 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford

Here are more fun activities in Deptford, New Jersey.   Throughout the year Deptford Mall holds several kids events: Philadelphia Flyers Nights, Sixers Family Fun Day, Phillies Family Day, Halloween …

Free
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Hikes at Cheesequake State Park

Cheesequake State Park 300 Gordon Road, Matawan

Here are more fun activities in Matawan, New Jersey.   Guided Nature Hike 1-to-2-mile guided hike. For ages 8 and older.   When are the Guided Nature Hikes? October 10, …

Free
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Deptford Mall Kids Events in Deptford

Deptford Mall 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford

Here are more fun activities in Deptford, New Jersey.   Throughout the year Deptford Mall holds several kids events: Philadelphia Flyers Nights, Sixers Family Fun Day, Phillies Family Day, Halloween …

Free

Middlesex Halloween Drive Thru Trick or Treat Event 2021

Middlesex Recreation Center Middlesex

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Middlesex, New Jersey.   A Halloween Drive Thru Event   Halloween Drive Thru Trick or Treat in Middlesex After school for Halloween Treat …

Free

Point Pleasant Trunk or Treat

Community Park in Point Pleasant 2233 Bridge Ave, Point Pleasant

Details about the Point Pleasant Trick or Trunk, an annual Halloween event in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

Free

Phillipsburg Trunk or Treat 2021

Walter's Park - Phillipsburg 1 Meyner Road, Phillipsburg

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.   Halloween Trunk or Treat in Phillipsburg We’re happy to partner with our friends at NORWESCAP for this event! We’ll …

Free

Guttenberg Halloween Celebration

Guttenberg Resource Center 7002 Boulevard East, Guttenberg

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Guttenberg, New Jersey.   Halloween Celebration in Guttenberg Fun for the whole family! Costumes are encouraged.   When is the Halloween Celebration? Thursday, …

Free

Weymouth Trick or Treat Event

Weymouth Township Municipal Complex 45 South Jersey Avenue, Dorothy

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Weymouth, New Jersey.   Halloween Trick or Treat Event in Weymouth This is a great opportunity for a costume dress rehearsal, but Costumes …

Free

Point Pleasant Halloween Haunts in the Park

Community Park in Point Pleasant 2233 Bridge Ave, Point Pleasant

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.   Haunts in the Park Enter our haunted trail through the twisted, gnarled old trees that provide shelter for …

$2 – $5

Manalapan Halloween Trunk or Treat and Haunted Trail

Manalapan Recreation Center Manalapan

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Manalapan, New Jersey.   Monster Mania   Halloween Trunk or Treat and Haunted Trail in Manalapan Halloween Fun for the family!   When …

Free

Wall Township Trunk or Treat

Wall Municipal Complex NJ

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Wall, New Jersey.   Halloween Trunk or Treat in Wall Township For family & friends, ages infant to 13 yrs. old.   When …

Free

Deptford Trunk or Treat at Deptford Recreation Center 2021

Deptford Recreation Center Woodbury

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Deptford, New Jersey.   Trunk or Treat   Halloween Trunk or Treat in Deptford Mayor and Council Present our drive thru Trunk or …

Free

Red Bank Halloween Movie 2021

Riverside Garden Park  40 W Front St , Red Bank

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Red Bank, New Jersey.   Ghostbusters Movie in the Park   Halloween Movie in Red Bank Red Bank Rec along with the red …

Free

Wallington Trunk or Treat 2021

Wallington Little League Complex 252 Mount Pleasant Ave, Wallington

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Wallington, New Jersey.   Halloween Trunk or Treat in Wallington Join us for a spooktacular event!   When is the Trunk or Treat? …

Free

Trenton Trunk or Treat

Trenton Police Department 225 North Clinton Avenue, Trenton

Here are more fun Halloween activities in Trenton, New Jersey.   Halloween Trunk or Treat in Trenton Get in the Halloween spirit by attending the 7th Annual Trunk or Treat …

Free
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Nature Lecture Series at the Bayshore Waterfront Park

Bayshore Waterfront Park 719 Port Monmouth Rd, Port Monmouth

Here are more fun activities in Port Monouth, New Jersey.   Nature Lecture Series Join for a series of eye-opening talks by Park System Naturalists to discover what’s lurking in …

Free

Free Movie in Mountain Lakes on the Beach

Island Beach - Mountain Lakes 276 Blvd, Mountain Lakes

Here's more fun things to do in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.   Teen Movie Night on the Beach Please join us for a Teen Movie Night on the Beach   …

Free

Ocean City Halloween Parade

Downtown Ocean City Asbury Avenue from 5th to 14th Street, NJ

Details about the annual Ocean City Halloween Parade, a Halloween event in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Free

What else is there to do in New Jersey with kids today?

If the calendar of today’s New Jersey activities for kids is looking pretty lite or nothing appeals to you, don’t fret. There are still plenty of things you can do in New Jersey with kids today. Take a look at these popular articles on Jersey Family Fun all filled with activities you can do nearly every day.

Visit a new NJ playground

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Ed Brown's Playground at Maclearie Park in Belmar New Jersey

Enjoy one of these Fantastic New Jersey Fall Activities to do with Kids this Fall!

Take a look at these fabulous New Jersey fall activities that kids and families will love.

National Historical Park Paterson Great Falls Junior Ranger Badges

Drive one of our beautiful scenic roads in New Jersey

Beaches, farms, and more, whether you are looking for a day trip or a new way to get somewhere check out the most beautiful scenic drives in New Jersey.

Views from the roadside of Corson's Inlet State Park
Views from the roadside of Corson’s Inlet State Park

Hike a trail with waterfalls.

Are you looking for hiking trails in NJ with waterfalls? Get the details about the best waterfall hikes in NJ and what you need to know before your visit. And yes even in the winter months, waterfalls can be stunning and glorious.

Stokes-State-Forest-Tillman-falls
Tillman Falls at Stokes State Forest

Visit with animals for free in New Jersey.

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.

places to see animals for free in New Jersey

Take a self-guided tour of Atlantic City’s murals.

There are nearly 70 Atlantic City murals. We show you pictures and help you take a self-guided Atlantic City murals tour from your car or bike.

Jersey Shore rainy day activities can include a drive through Atlantic City to see the murals.

Get outdoors with one of these New Jersey outdoor activities.

Looking for things to do in New Jersey with kids? Here are 20+ New Jersey outdoor activities that are now opened and allowed.

Trailside Nature and Science Center Zoom Background of outdoor nature circle
Trailside Nature and Science Center Zoom Background of outdoor nature circle

Visit a New Jersey beach!

Our beaches might not be open year-round for swimming, but even in the off-season they can be a great place to visit. Take a walk along the water. Collect shells. Throw down a line to catch fish. Or build a sandcastle. Just be sure to stay out of the water if lifeguards aren’t on duty.

Cape May Point State Park boys walking on beach portion of hiking trail

Search for dinosaurs in NJ!

Have a dinosaur-loving kid? If you’ve been on the search to find dinosaurs near you, we can help with our listing of where to find dinosaurs in New Jersey.

Dinosaur-at-Allaire-State-Park

Climb a New Jersey Lighthouses with Kids

New Jersey lighthouses make for great NJ day trips. When thinking about places to visit in NJ with kids add one to your list of things to do in New Jersey.

Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City
Absecon Lighthouse

Looking for more things to do in New Jersey with kids?

Visit our guide to What is There to Do in New Jersey with Kids Tomorrow?

Visit our guide to What is There to Do in New Jersey with Kids this month? Coming soon.

Or visit our overall Calendar of New Jersey events for families.

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