After the long Winter we have had, Spring is now officially here! And there are a lot of fun, local events to enjoy over the next few weeks. In this post we highlight just a few of the many things available for you to do with your family.


Easter and Springtime Family Festival at Alstede FarmsEnjoy springtime fun at the Easter and Springtime Family Festival at Alstede Farms in Chester. Visit the baby farm animals, hunt for Easter egg, enjoy a cozy campfire with marshmallows to toast, meet the Easter bunny, and lots more! Check the website for a schedule of events and times. Please note that Alstede Farms will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. The festival runs from Saturday, March 24 –


Paper Mill Playhouse Presents: “The Sting” – Based on the Oscar-winning 1973 film, the world-premiere production follows two con men who bring down Chicago’s most corrupt racketeer. Paper Mill Playhouse Thursday, March 29 – Sunday, April 29


Spring Time Super ScienceGet up close and personal with the natural world, with an emphasis on rocks and minerals! Participants will learn about rock collecting, and do an explosive volcano experiment! They will learn the differences between the three categories of rocks such as igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic and explore the physical properties of fluorescent minerals using an ultraviolet lamp. Morris Museum in Morristown Friday, March 30 3:30pm


Bunny Chase at Terhune OrchardsSpring has sprung at Terhune Orchards! Come for a free, fun event for families. Follow the treasure hunt clues and find our spring surprise at the end of the hunt! Wonderful for children ages 2 – 8 years. Each child can make a bunny to take home. Enjoy wagon rides around the farm and pony rides too. Our Farm Food Tent will be filled with donuts, pie, cookies, apple cider, soup, chili, salads, hot dogs and much more. Adults can visit the Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery Tasting Room to sample award winning wines made from grapes grown on the farm. Fun event for all ages. Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, April 1 10:00am


Non-Productive Comedy ShowThe Non-Productive Comedy Show is live stand-up showcase taking place on the first Thursday of every month at Just Jake’s in Montclair, NJ. Hosted by John Minus, the show features comedians that have been on Comedy Central and MTV as well as headlining comedy clubs across the nation. The overall experience is heightened by the world class food of Just Jake’s and an infamous raffle for prizes of dubious quality! Just Jake’s Thursday, April 5 8:00-9:30pm


Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival Each spring, more than 4,000 cherry trees wow almost 10,000 visitors per day with their beauty. This is the largest number of Japanese flowering trees in one location in the United States. Events during the festival include a bike race, a 10K run, a 1-mile walk/run, an Essex county family day, Bloomfest and a Cherry Blossom Bus Tour. Branch Brook Park Saturday, April 7 – Sunday, April 15


Nocturnal NeighborsThe forest is bursting with the calls of amphibians emerging from their winter sleep. Participate in a night hike, campfire, stories and s’mores as you learn about the animals responsible for the cacophony! Registration is required. Reeves-Reed Arboretum Friday, April 13 7:00-9:00pm


Celebrate Nature Yoga and MeditationGather your friends together for a rejuvenating yoga and meditation session on the beautiful and peaceful grounds of Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Claire Diab, of the American Yoga Academy Studio, will demonstrate mantra meditation, breathing techniques, chakra toning, and the six directions. These powerful breathing techniques help to purify and cleanse your lungs, which in turn purifies and nourishes every single cell in your body. $20 donation per person ($15 for RRA Members). CASH ONLY. Payment will be collected at the workshop as the event is weather-dependent. Please check the website for weather updates. Registration is not required. Reeves-Reed Arboretum Thursday, April 19 6:00-7:30pm


Cheech and ChongThe iconic comedy duo Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred comedy routines that led to nine hit comedy albums, eight hit films, and multiple Grammy nominations. Mayo Performing Arts Center Thursday, April 19 – Friday, April 20 8:00pm


Life Beyond HudsonThe Life Beyond Hudson Seminar Series brings suburban NJ real estate market experts to Jersey City and Hoboken twice yearly. The goal of the series is simple: to assist Hoboken and Jersey City residents who are considering a move to the suburbs in finding the right town for them. We connect you with the premiere local real estate experts from the communities you might be considering, making it easy for you to weigh the options and focus your home search in the right places. Hoboken Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Saturday, April 21


Daffodil Day – With Daffodil Day falling on Earth Day, come celebrate spring and the Earth among thousands of daffodils at this festive, family-fun event! Please consider walking or biking to Daffodil Day! Honor Earth Weekend and enjoy the beauty of Summit by leaving your car at home. Extra bike racks will be on hand at the Arboretum. Reeves-Reed Arboretum Sunday, April 22 11:00am-4:00pm


Same Family, Different ColorsColor bias—the preference for or presumed superiority of people based on the color of their skin—is a pervasive and damaging but rarely openly discussed phenomenon. In this talk, Lori L. Tharps explores skin color politics in the realm of the nuclear family in the United States. Columbia High School, Maplewood Wednesday, April 25 7:30pm


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