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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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Tuckerton Seaport’s 12 Days of Christmas

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Tuckerton, New Jersey.   Tuckerton Seaport's 12 Days of Christmas Join the Tuckerton Seaport for the 12 Days of Christmas-a new event designed …

Free – $15
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Newark Winter Village

Mulberry Commons Mulberry St, Newark

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Newark, New Jersey.   Winter Village in Newark Newark Social is turning downtown Newark’s Mulberry Commons, and the nearby Ironside Building, into winter …

Free
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Tuckerton Seaport Holiday Boat Rides

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton

Tuckerton Seaport Holiday Boat Rides on the Tuckerton Creek   Get in the holiday spirit out on the water! Join the Seaport Captain and Tour Guide for a 50 minute …

$15

Absecon Christmas Tree Lighting 2021

Peter C. Elco Plaza Absecon

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Absecon, New Jersey.   Christmas Tree Lighting in Absecon Celebrate the holidays with us!   When is the Christmas Tree Lighting? Tuesday, December …

Free

Downtown Freehold Christmas Tree Lighting 2021

Downtown Freehold Freehold

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Freehold, New Jersey.   Christmas Tree Lighting in Downtown Freehold Join DownownFreehold.com and Monmouth County for the Annual Tree Lighting. The Rock and …

Free
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Cinnaminson Holiday Light Show

Lights on Olmsted Land 5 Olmsted Lane, Cinnaminson

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.   Lights on Olmsted Lane   Holiday Light Show in Cinnaminson Free, family-friendly, holiday light show featuring over 6000 lights …

Free

Elizabeth Historic Midtown Christmas Tree Lighting 2021

Midtown Pedestrian Plaza- Elizabeth West Grand Street, Elizabeth

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Elizabeth, New Jersey.   Christmas Tree Lighting in Historic Midtown Join us for a night of Holiday Celebration!   When is the Christmas …

Free

Howell Township Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting 2021

Howell Township Municipal Building 4567 Highway 9 North, Howell

Here are more fun Christmas and Hanukkah activities in Howell Township, New Jersey.   Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting in Howell Township   When is the Christmas Tree and Menorah …

Free

Robbinsville Township Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting 2021

Robinsville Municipal Complex 1117 Route 130, Robinsville

Here are more fun Christmas and Hanukkah activities in Robbinsville, New Jersey.   Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting in Robbinsville Come out with your family!   When is the Christmas …

Free

Demarest Tree Lighting 2021

Demarest Railroad Depot Demarest

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Demarest, New Jersey.   Christmas Tree Lighting in Demarest  Please join us if you can for this annual event!   When is the …

Free

Franklin Lakes Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit 2021

Franklin Lakes Borough Hall 480 DeKorte Dr, Franklin Lakes

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.   Christmas Tree Lighting in Franklin Lakes Please join Mayor Bivona and Council Members as we light our Annual …

Free

Gibbsboro Christmas Tree Lighting 2021

Gibbsboro Gibbsboro

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Gibbsboro, New Jersey.   Christmas Tree Lighting in Gibbsboro Santa will be visiting - look for him at the tree lighting!   When …

Free

Somerdale Christmas Tree Lighting 2021

Somerdale Borough Hall Somerdale

Here are more fun Christmas activities in Somerdale, New Jersey.   Christmas Tree Lighting in Somerdale Come out and kick off the holiday season at the Borough! Fun for all! …

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

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 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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