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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.

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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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Christmas Visit with Santa in Ridgewood 2022

Memorial Park in Ridgewood South Walnut Street, Ridgewood

Here's another Christmas event in Ridgewood, New Jersey. As of November 23, 2022, these are the details that have been released about this NJ Christmas event. Visit Santa in the …

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Geology Museum Late Nights in New Brunswick

Rutgers Geology Museum in New Brunswick 85 Somerset Street, New Brunswick

Here are more fun activities in New Brunswick, New Jersey. As of December 1, 2022 these are the details that have been released about this event. Geology Museum Late Nights …

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Christmas Lights at Taylor Park in Millburn 2022

Taylor Park in Millburn 100 Main Street, Millburn

Here are more Christmas Lights in Millburn, New Jersey. As of November 17, 2022, these are the details that have been released about these Christmas lights. Winter Walk Visit Taylor …

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Christmas Lights at Christmas House in Fanwood

Fanwood's Famous Christmas House 83 Paterson Road, Fanwood

Here are more Christmas Lights in Fanwood, New Jersey. As of November 17, 2022, these are the details that have been released about these Christmas lights. Fanwood's Famous Christmas House …

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Christmas Lights at Sisti Family House in Spring Lake

The Sisti Family of Lights 322 Pitney Avenue, Spring Lake

Here are more Christmas Lights in Spring Lake, New Jersey. As of November 19, 2022, these are the details that have been released about these Christmas lights. Sisti Family of …

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Christmas Lights at The Oval in Livingston 2022

Camuso Family Holiday Display Robert Harp Drive, Livingston

Here are more Christmas Lights in Livingston, New Jersey. As of December 6, 2022, these are the details that have been released about these Christmas lights. Camuso Family Holiday Display …

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Christmas Lights in Cinnaminson 2022

Lights on Olmsted Land 5 Olmsted Lane, Cinnaminson

Here are more Christmas Lights in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. As of November 10, 2022, these are the details that have been released about these Christmas lights. Lights On Olmsted Lane …

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Voorhees Town Center Christmas Tree Lighting 2022

Voorhees Town Center 2400 Voorhees Town Ctr, Voorhees Township

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Voorhees, New Jersey. As of November 15, 2022, these are the details that have been released about this Christmas Tree Lighting. Voorhees Town …

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Pennsauken Christmas Tree Lighting with Light Extravaganza 2022

Pennsauken Township Municipal Complex 5605 North Crescent Boulevard, Pennsauken

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Pennsauken, New Jersey. As of November 3, 2022, these are the details that have been released about this Christmas Tree Lighting. Tree Lighting …

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Carlstadt Christmas Tree Lighting 2022

Carlstadt Borough Hall 500 Madison Street, Carlstadt

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Carlstadt, New Jersey. As of December 6, 2022, these are the details that have been released about this Christmas Tree Lighting. Holiday Tree …

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Ridgefield Christmas Tree Lighting 2022

Ridgefield Borough Hall Shaler Boulevard at Slocum Avenue, Ridgefield

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Ridgefield, New Jersey. As of December 6, 2022, these are the details that have been released about this Christmas Tree Lighting. Tree Lighting …

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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

You’ve probably visited all the playgrounds in your immediate area, but what about the next town over or a little further than that? Have a new miniadventure today by visiting a playground you’ve never visited before. Check our guide to NJ Parks and Playgrounds for our picks of NJ playgrounds you need to check out with kids.

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

Enjoy one of these activities from The MOST Amazing List of 100 Must Do Summer Activities in New Jersey!

Keeping the kids busy this summer doesn’t have to be stressful. Our list of things to do in NJ this summer includes 100+ summer activities in New Jersey.

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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.

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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 open and welcoming visitors.

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.

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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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