Things to do this weekend in New Jersey April 1-3


DIDONATO FAMILY LEISURE CENTER

It’s the first weekend of April and spring is officially in full swing! Besides spending some one-on-one time with the Easter Bunny, there’s plenty to do in the Garden State. Check out the Cherry Blossom Festival in Branch Brook Park, look forward to the return of street fairs, and don’t miss dreamloop at Grounds for Sculpture before it closes!

The whole weekend

Allentown Daffodil Days Festival
Downtown Allentown
Friday Sunday
Celebrate spring with thousands of flowers, food and fun for the whole family in historic Allentown. Events include the Daffodil Dinner on Friday, a Bike Parade on Saturday, and Painting Projects for all abilities and an Art Show on Sunday.

Garden State 63rd Annual Miniature Railroad Show
575 High Mountain Road, Haledon
Saturday Sunday
This model train show with working model trains and interactive layouts is fun for the whole family. There will be a children’s section with Thomas the Tank as well as delicious refreshments.

Pressed Easter Eggs
DiDonato’s Family Fun Centre, Hammonton
Saturday Sunday
Ride the Easter EGGspress through Spring Village, meet the Easter Bunny, go egg hunting and have a laugh in the Spring Hedge Maze! There will be a free snack, prizes, fun on the giant slide and much more for the kids.

FORMS OF NIGHT: DREAMLOOP BY KLIP COLLECTIVE

Nocturnal shapes: dreamloop by Klip Collective
Carving grounds, Hamilton Township.
Thursday – Sunday
Grounds For Sculpture has announced a two-year partnership with Klip Collective to present a signature multi-sensory after-hours experience. The Night Forms series will interact directly with a selection of contemporary artwork and signature horticultural elements across the park’s 42 acres, reinforcing the nonprofit’s commitment to creating unique experiences that bring together the art and nature. Last weekend !

Stony Hill player present: Unnecessary prank!
The Oakes Center, Summit
Friday Sunday
Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Goes! It’s the perfect setup for a laugh-filled evening at the theater. A mayor who embezzles funds, his accountant who can’t stay dressed, two undercover cops, infamous hitmen and of course, a video camera. In this jaw-dropping escapade, playwright Paul Slade Smith reimagined the one-door innuendo and the comedic door shtick. The exceptional cast of Stony Hill Players will have you roaring with laughter.

Hammerstein: The song is you
Kimmel Cultural Campus, Philadelphia
Friday Sunday
Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell brings the fun and elegance of Oscar Hammerstein’s 2nd masterpieces to POPS in this original show which will feature the full Philly POPS Orchestra with Broadway and West End stars Liz Callaway, Damian Humbley and Rosena Hill Jackson.

Bunny Brunch and Spring Festival
Alstede Farms, Chester
Saturday Sunday
Kick off the spring and Easter season by joining Alstede Farms for the famous Easter Bunny Brunch. Enjoy a festive atmosphere at Harvest Hall with featured guest the Easter Bunny while indulging in a casual all-you-can-eat family buffet.

2022 East Jersey Old Town Village Season Opening Weekend
Piscataway
Saturday Sunday
Visitors can explore the site and meet the historical interpreters who enliven the Village with their trades and crafts. An entry site for the crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, located along the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail, the village features award-winning exhibits, living history, and seasonal programs.

Tenafly Fair
Historic Tenafly Railway Station
Come have a fun day out for the whole family, including artists, artisans, food vendors, rides and more.

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival
Brook Park Branch, Newark
Come to this festival at the nation’s premier county park to see beautiful pink cherry blossoms right here in New Jersey. The fun includes a bike race on Saturday and a 10k race on Sunday.

SoFresh Festival
Prudential Concert Grove, Newark
This outdoor health and wellness festival coincides with cherry blossom season in Essex County’s Branch Brook Park. Fresh Fest is a free public event featuring yoga, portrait stations, sound healing, meditation, movement, healthy food and upbeat music.

Friday

POCONO LIVING WATER

Pocono Whitewater Opening Day
Jim Thorpe, PA
Spring is here and natural water levels on the Lehigh are generally at their highest. Visitors will be surrounded by National Park protected mountains while enjoying 12 miles and 4-5 hours of Class II, III white water rafting and breathtaking scenery. It is an adventure accessible to all from 8 years old – no experience is necessary.

Haiku in the garden
New Jersey Botanical Gardens, Ringwood
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Haiku Poets of the Garden State present: Haiku in the New Jersey State Botanical Garden. Look for the poems placed around the gardens throughout April in this installation of haiku panels, all original works by members of the Garden State Haiku Poets (HPGS).

Did you know the pictures with the Easter Bunny have begun? Reserve yours now!

Saturday

TERHUNE ORCHARDS

Read and Explore: Composting
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
This program is all about composting and guests will talk about turning our “waste” into soil, read stories and look at compost materials. Each child will make their own compost bin to take home.

Easter Bunny Arrival Party
Commons of Bridgewater, Bridgewater
Don’t miss the arrival of the Easter Bunny at Bridgewater Commons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Center Court. Guests will be able to enjoy a live DJ as well as free face painting and balloon art.

Broadway at Westfield Garden State Plaza
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Westfield Garden State Plaza is hosting a free 15-week series every Saturday through June 25 that features performances of hit Broadway shows for kids in partnership with the Bergen Performing Arts Center. Come see memorable scenes and songs from your favorite Broadway shows and modern movies – this weekend is “The Lion King”.

Virtual Easter Wreath Making Workshop
Learn how to make a fun handmade fluffy ribbon wreath for Easter. This is a great family activity for adults and children. This class is taught by Cheryl of Cheryl’s Sparkly Creations. Participants can opt to take the course with a DIY kit or opt to receive a shopping list.

Spring beekeeping and gardening
Howell Living History Farm, Hopewell Township.
Spring is a busy time for bees and beekeepers, and at this event visitors can find out what makes a healthy hive. Meet the bees, peek inside their hive and find out what they are doing around the farm and in the gardens.

Opening day at Allaire
The historic village of Allaire, Wall Twp.
With winter behind and signs of spring, the village comes alive on this day to kick off the 2022 season. As New Jersey’s first outdoor living history museum, come celebrate the history of Allaire with tours of special homes, craft demonstrations including carpentry, tinsmithing, blacksmithing, hearth cooking, fiber arts, children’s games, storytelling, quilting and more again.

Magic show with Silly Billy
Newark Museum of Art, Newark
Join Silly Billy for an interactive, family-friendly comedy magic. This magic show includes comedy sketches, magic and storytelling. It is guaranteed to amaze your family and laugh all the time.

The Great Red Bank Egg Hunt
11 Henry Street, Red Bank
The annual Red Bank Spring Egg Hunt is free for children of all ages. The Easter bunny will be there, so bring your camera.

Mad Hatter Tea Party at Cherry Hill Mall
Cherry Hill Mall, Cherry Hill
Join the Mad Hatter’s tea party with his friends Alice, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. Sing and dance with your favorite characters and enjoy special animations from a makeup artist and a balloon artist. There will be games, crafts, farm animals, prizes and more.

Sensory celebration
Van Vleck House and Gardens, Montclair
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, this event invites visitors to explore Van Vleck Gardens using your senses as a guide. Activity stations will be laid out throughout the property focusing on the different textures, smells, shapes and colors found in the natural world. Meet and greet the animals of Eyes of the Wild, an exotic animal rescue, and learn how these amazing creatures use their senses.

Sunday

Express Easter Bunny
Flemington
This year’s Easter Bunny event includes an egg hunt and a ride on steam locomotive #60! The Express departs from Flemington station and all ages are welcome. Children under three travel free with an adult ticket holder.

Atlantic City’s First Annual Mardi Gras
Hotel Showboat, Atlantic City
This all-ages event will feature food, music, vendors, costumes and more. There will be costume contests for kids and adults, so come in your best Mardi Gras outfit to celebrate.

Family day out with WBGO Kids Jazz
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair
Join us for a fun day of art and music inspired by the exhibition Tenacity and Resilience: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, with a special performance by WBGO Kids Jazz. Grammy-winning singer Catherine Russell and internationally acclaimed trumpeter Bria Skonberg will present a vibrant and historic musical celebration featuring the groundbreaking International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the first all-female integrated big band of the 1940s.

HANOVER WIND SYMPHONY/JACK GRASS

Hanover Wind Symphony: Music as Movement
Bickford Theater at the Morris Museum, Morristown
The Hanover Wind Symphony returns to the Bickford Theater with Music as Motion featuring Kenneth DeCarlo as solo trumpeter. Hear Hannover perform Carnival of Venice, Fantasie Brillante and more.

art rejection
Center for Contemporary Arts, Bedminster
Cheer on eight of the Center’s teacher artists as they compete to create an original work of art in a fast-paced, friendly competition using three mystery objects.

Getting quoted eggs for Easter? Check out these awesome Easter egg hunts in New Jersey!

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Vineyard Weekend Musical Series
Terhune Orchards., Princeton
Saturday Sunday
Have a glass of one of Terhune’s award-winning wines, sit back, relax and enjoy live music from local artists every week. Styles range from jazz and blues to folk and rock. Music is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Palmer Square Bunny’s Spring Visits
Palmer Square, Princeton
When you’re in the plaza, hitting the shops and having lunch with the family, keep an eye out for the Spring Bunny in Palmer Square. Take photos with the bunny on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., from April 2 to 16.

Don’t forget to book your ride on the Bunny Train for Easter. Hop to it!

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