May GO List: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month
Our monthly GO! List has quickly become one of Mommy Poppins NJ's most popular features, probably because wise New Jersey parents like to plan ahead. We carefully choose 8 to 10 of our absolute faves for the upcoming month and May is full of delightfully spring-y activities like kite flying, horseback riding, baseball, some fireworks and a favorite Mommy Poppins exhibit which will be closing this month. Enjoy and Happy May!
The Curious George and Avatar Exhibits at Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ)
They've been on our GO list every month, but this is your last chance to see these wonderful exhibits, as Curious George ends on May 12 and Avatar on May 19. Your younger kids will love the Curious George exhibit, which is so bright and cheerful and fun, presenting key concepts in science, math, and engineering, and activities which help kids to learn like George, through direct experience and problem solving. Your older kids will groove on the Avatar exhibit where they can create their own avatar, learn the Na'vi language, and virtually enter the world of Pandora. Run, don't walk, to catch these special exhibits before they leave forever. Free with museum admission.
Kite Day at Terhune Orchards (Princeton, NJ)
Terhune Orchard is a very special place and to imagine it full of kites--well, that just sounds magical to us. Bring your own kite, purchase one in the shop, or make a "guaranteed to fly" version. There will be live music, tons of food to purchase and the sheep will be shorn on Sunday so children can take a piece of fleece home. Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 10am to 5pm. Free. 609-924-2310.
Hoboken Spring Arts and Music Festival (Hoboken, NJ)
This annual celebration of spring features more than 300 artists, crafters, local businesses, restaurants, food vendors and much more. Three stages will present live music including Mike Doughty, Karyn Kuhl Band, Ron Albanese Polka Dot and more. Stages will be setup on Observer Highway, 3rd Street (which will be the children’s area) and 6th Street. Kids will enjoy rides, games, face painting, sand art, balloons, music and more! This event will be held rain or shine and admission is free. Sunday, May 5 from 11am to 6pm.
Ar-B-Que to Celebrate Arbor Day (Short Hills, NJ)
The utterly charming Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, founded in 1923, is celebrating Arbor Day with its 3rd annual "Ar-B-Que" on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 11am to 2pm. Come and have a day of fun while you help support an organization that provides local environmental education in a fairy tale style "Stone House", 16 acres of wooded trails with an outdoor classroom, live animal exhibit and a wonderful staff of experienced teachers. Many events are free, such as face painting, scavenger hunts, bee presentation by Hilltop Honey and cupcake decorating, but tickets are required for the Famous Dave's Barbeque, the photo op with Peep the cockatoo, and the raptor presentation by Bill Streeter, director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center for Close Encounters With Birds of Prey. All-inclusive tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids age 3 and up, free for kids under age 3, individual events are $10 each. 973-376-3587.
30th Annual Family Fun Day at Lord Stirling Park (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Games on horseback, free pony rides and hayrides make horses accessible to everyone; local vendors offer their specialties for sale; and child-friendly arcade games ensure that everyone is a winner. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, so bring the kids, bring your appetite, and enjoy a day on the farm. Sunday, May 5 from 8am to 4pm. Free.
Bari Koral, Family Rock Band at SOPAC (South Orange, NJ)
The NY Post called Bari Koral the "Sheryl Crow for Kids" and NY Magazine dubbed her the "IT" girl of family music. Catch Koral's interactive live show at one of our favorite theaters in New Jersey, the South Orange Performing Arts Center. Koral will be playing songs from the band’s hit album 'Rock and Roll Garden' and her current album 'Anna and the Cupcakes', recently named one of the coolest albums for kids by People Magazine. Saturday, May 11 at 11am. Tickets $16, members $11.
Newark Bears Opening Day and Fireworks Show (Newark, NJ)
Seeing a minor league baseball game is a wonderful family activity (and a whole heck of a lot cheaper than the majors). The Newark Bears will open their schedule at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, taking on the Rockland Boulders at 7:05 pm on Friday, May 17. Former National League All-Star Garry Templeton will manage his first game with the Bears, and following the game, the team will host a fireworks show. $10/person.
Mayfest at Historic Smithville (Smithville, NJ)
The annual Mayfest adds more than a hundred juried crafters, music, an international food court and kids' activities to the already picturesque village, shops, carousel, train rides and paddleboats of Historic Smithville. Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 from 10am to 6pm. Free.