At Mommy University, we love visiting farms especially farms in NJ! A family or school trip to the farm offers so many amazing developmental benefits as well as fun and exciting adventures. This spring and summer, farms all across New Jersey are offering exciting brain boosting events for all ages. From story time to festivals to live music, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite NJ farm events that not only encourage family fun and adventure, but also boost language, creativity, academic skills and much more! This list is organized in alphabetical order making it easier for you to find your favorite farm or learn about one you have always wanted to visit.
Brain Boosting Events at NJ Farms
Open year round, Abmas Farm in Wycoff, NJ is a must-do day trip for families. From a petting zoo to pony rides to educational farm tours, there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are also fun workshops and camps you won’t want to miss!
Plant a Flower Day: March 25 11am-3pm
Chicks and Bunnies: April 8, 14 and 15 Begins at 9:30am
Spring Break Camp: April 10-13 9am-3pm Ages 5-10
Family Edible Gardening Day: April 22 11am-3pm
Children’s Workshop – After School Mother’s Day Gift Making: May 8-10 4pm-5:30pm
Summer Camp: To be announced soon
Located in beautiful Chester, NJ, Alstede Farms offers year round farm fun for the entire family. Besides feeding farm animals, climbing the hay pyramid and eating amazing homemade ice cream, there are exciting family friendly events that you won’t want to miss!
Easter and Springtime Family Fun: April 1, 2, 8-15, 17, 22 and 23 11am-4pm
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: April 8, 9, 14 and 15
Weekend Farm Fun: Every weekend beginning April 29
Free Ice Cream Day: April 30 10am-6pm
Free Ice Cream for Mom: May 14 All Day
Mother’s Day Brunch: May 14
Weekday Farm Fun: Every day beginning Memorial Day 12pm-4pm
Strawberry Harvest Festival: June 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25 11am-5pm
Free Ice Cream for Dads: June 18 All Day
Blueberry Festival: July 8-9, 15-16 11am-5pm
Farm Camp: July 10-28 (M-F 9am-1pm)
Movie Night on the Farm: July 21 8pm-10pm
Peach Harvest Festival: July 29-30, August 5-6, 12-13 11am-5pm
Jersey Fresh Harvest Festival: August 19-20 11am-5pm
Corn Maze Opens: August 25
Nestled in Warren County, Donaldson Farms offers some of my favorite family experiences. Farm goers of all ages flock to this farm especially during the summer when they offer weekly nighttime fun including homemade meals, live music and fun games!
Family Fun Day: To be announced
Little Learning Farmers Program: To be announced
Strawberry Festival Weekends: June dates to be announced soon
Summer Nights on the Farm: Every Friday in the summer beginning in late June
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
Take a trip to Morris Township, NJ to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm for your chance to see what farm life was like during the early 20th Century. It is a fun family experience that helps kids understand the history of NJ and farming. There are also a number of unique and interesting events families will enjoy!
Hands-On Tools: April 15 1pm-2pm
Luck ‘O the Farm: April 22 11am-4pm
Meet the Irish Servant and the Cook: April 29, May 27, June 24 1pm-3pm
Explore the Farm Wagon Rides: May 6, June 3 10:15am-12pm
Meet a WWII Women’s Land Army Farmette: May 20 10:30am-12pm
Join the Bucket Brigade: June 10 2pm-2:45pm
Heaven Hill Farm
Located in Sussex County, NJ is the gorgeous Heaven Hill Farm. They are known for their fall festivities, but their spring and summer events are equally as exciting. Families can enjoy fun festivals and other action packed farm events.
Easter Egg Hunt and Bonnet Contest: April 15
Vernon Earth Fest: April 30
Taste of Vernon: May 1 6pm-9pm
Action Fun Farm: To be announced
Sweet Corn and Tomato Festival: To be announced
Howell Living History Farm
Step back in time and explore over 250 years of farming practice and life at Howell Living History Farm located in Mercer County. Guests of all ages can enjoy hands-on experiences, explore the farm and enjoy fun events.
Sawmilling: March 25
Spring Beekeeping: April 8
Potato Planting: April 22
Barn Swallow Celebration: April 23
Sheep Shearing: May 6
Corn Planting: May 20
Haying and Hayrides: May 27
Old Time Baseball: June 10
Milking and Butter Making: June 17
Beetles in the Spotlight: June 23
Wheat Harvest: June 24
Ice Cream Party: July 1
Summer Barnyard Dance: July 7
Evening Hayrides: July 8, 15 and 22 5pm-8pm
Meet the Butterflies: July 23
Honey Harvest: August 5
Tomato Day: August 12
Potato Harvest: August 19
Fiddlin’ on the Farm: August 26
Johnson’s Corner Farm
Located in Medford, Johnson’s Corner Farm offers hours of farm fun for the entire family. With pick-your-own adventures and hayrides along with Discovery Barnyard and various festivals, you will want to visit this amazing farm all spring and summer!
Easter Egg Hunt Hayrides: March 31-April 14
Easter Cookie Decorating: March 31-April 14
Farm Tour Hayrides: Available daily at varied times
Family Fun Weekend: To be announced
Sizzlin’ Summer Cruise Nights: To be announced
Strawberry Festival Weekend: To be announced
Family Fun Night: To be announced
Oasis Family Farm
If you are looking for a fun farm experience in South Jersey then Oasis Family Farm is for you! Housed in Robbinsville, this farm offers a wide variety of family friendly festivals everyone will love!
Honey Festival: May 20-21 10:30am-4pm
Oasis Pirate Adventure: May 6, July 22 12pm and 2pm
Strawberry Festival: May 20-21 10:30am-4pm
Monster Truck Day: June 4 10:30am-4pm
Crushin’ Lemons Weekend: June 3-4 10:30am-4pm
Blueberry Festival: June 24-25 10:30am-4pm
Sweet Corn Festival: July 22-23 10:30am-4pm
Peach Festival: August 12-13, 20-21 10:30am-4pm
Melons Festival: August 26-27 10:30am-4pm
With endless amounts for farm fun, Terhune Orchards in Princeton, NJ is the perfect family day trip destination this spring and summer. From story time to festivals to summer camp, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this amazing NJ farm!
Read and Pick Program: This unique program combines story time with farm activities for kids preschool age through 8 years old. Sessions are 1 hour and cost only $7/child. Each week has a different theme.
- May 9: Vegetables
- May 23: Farm Animals
- June 6: Strawberries
- June 20: Cherries
- July 11: Blueberries
- July 25: Flowers
- August 1: Peaches
Kite Day: May 6 10am-5pm
Firefly Festival: June 25 4pm-9pm
Blueberry Bash: July 8-9 10am-5pm
Farm Summer Camp: July 10-21
Future Farmer Camp: July 24-August 11
Just Peachy Festival: August 5-6 10am-5pm
Located in Monmouth Junction, VonThun Farms offers events and activities the entire family will love. Their new location in Washington, NJ also offers fun farm adventures for all ages.
Strawberry Festival: June 3-4 10am-4pm
Know of more farm events near you? Put them in the comments below and we will add them to this post! Keep checking back as we will be adding new events and farms frequently.