After the winter we've had this year, we are all desperately waiting for the weather to warm up (and itching to get out of the house), but you can get the whole family into a spring state-of-mind. What’s a better excuse for a day trip than a spring festival? As usual, NJ doesn’t disappoint. Check out these great April spring festivals for NJ kids and families to enjoy, and check back in next month for May festivals! If you're still looking for spring time fun, take a look at some classic NJ train rides with the Easter Bunny or the best spring museum exhibits for NJ kids.
“Pink petals passing, scents above so high, Painted porcelain perfection, blossoms caress the sky…” Wow. Reminds you of....Newark? Hey, stop snickering! Branch Brook Park in Newark, NJ is home to the largest Cherry Blossom Festival on the East Coast and one of the most famous in the country. With a fun-packed slate of events like the Cherry Blossom 10K Race, Cherry Blossom Challenge Bike Race, Family Fun Day, and Bloomfest, this is a spring extravaganza that you don't want to miss!
March 20th marked the first day of spring and hard as it may be to believe, we can soon look forward to warmer weather, spring flowers, opening day celebrations, bike riding and street festivals. We can also look forward to new museum exhibits through the Garden State. From Bob the Builder to Frogs to Honeybees to a world-premiere exhibit centered around the famous Rubik's Cube, there's something for everyone this spring!
If Thomas, Percy and James are a part of your daily conversations, take advantage of the many New Jersey train and railroad attractions. Located throughout the garden state, each location offers a different experience, but will surely put a smile on any train lovers face. If you're looking for the Easter Express, the Polar Express, or just a basic train-lovin' experience, these are the hot spots, guaranteed.
Once spring hits I could jump for joy; no more germ ridden, crowded indoor play-spaces! After my joyous display of enthusiasm, my kids and I sit down and make our spring and summer bucket list; places we want to visit before the weather gets chilly. Skylands Botanical garden is on the list every year, and we go as many times as possible.
Well done, mothers! You've made it through another year of child rearing and now you get your reward. No, not the satisfaction of a well-rounded, loving, intelligent, happy child--you get flowers! And brunch! And maybe a sweet little craft, heavy on the glue and glitter. Of course, the small humans doling out the goodies are really the reason for the season. The heart of your heart. The "NO!" to your "But you must…" The apple to your eye. The love to your life. They might not always listen or eat their (or any) vegetables, but they're pretty wonderful. Oh wait, it's not kid's day! It's Mother's Day! Enjoy it moms, because the next day is Monday and you probably have to make lunches.
We all want to raise cultured, engaged children and luckily for us NJ parents, many local museums are willing to lend a hand. Several museums have spring exhibits that include intricately crafted fine art and options for your young scientist. The observations and conversations that can strike up on a museum stroll are a welcome breather from the constant activity of daily life. So pick a rainy day and head to one of these wonderful spots for some hands-on discovery.
Punxsutawney Phil may have predicated an early spring, but Mother Nature had other ideas. We’ve all been cooped up for weeks now, and spring break is right ahead. Yes, it' a short one (thanks a lot, lousy NJ weather), but if you are looking for an alternate plan for your brood for the few precious non-school days, check out the list of local spring break options.
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