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!
Family Edible Gardening Day: April 23 11am-3pm
Children’s Workshop – After School Mother’s Day Gift Making: May 2-4 4:30pm-5:30pm
Summer Camp: June 27-August 19 for ages 5-12
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!
Weekend Farm Family Fun: Every weekend beginning April 9, 2016
Free Ice Cream Day: April 23 10am-6pm
Free Ice Cream for Mom: May 8 All Day
Classic Car, Antique Truck and Tractor Show: May 15 10am-3pm
Weekday Farm Fun: Every day beginning Memorial Day 12pm-4pm
Strawberry Harvest Festival: June 4-5, 10-11, 18-19 11am-5pm
Free Ice Cream for Dads: June 19 All Day
Blueberry Festival: July 9-10, 16-17 11am-5pm
Movie Night on the Farm: July 22 8pm-10pm
Peach Harvest Festival: July 30-31, August 6-7, 13-14 11am-5pm
Jersey Fresh Harvest Festival: August 20-21 11am-5pm
Corn Maze Opens: August 26, 2016
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: April 17 1pm-5pm
Little Learning Farmers Program: Every Tuesday in June 10am-12pm (for ages 2-8)
- June 7 and 14: Strawberry Shortcake Fun
- June 21 and 28: Tractors and Farm Equipment
Strawberry Festival Weekends: June 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 (times vary)
Summer Nights on the Farm: Every Friday in the summer beginning June 24 5pm-9pm
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!
Luck ‘O the Farm: April 16 11am-4pm
Meet the Irish Servant and the Cook: April 30, May 28, June 25 1pm-3pm
Explore the Farm Wagon Rides: June 15 10:15am-12pm
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.
Vernon Earth Fest: April 24
Taste of Vernon: April 28 6pm-9pm
Action Fun Farm: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 6 – September 11
Sweet Corn and Tomato Festival: August 27-28 10am-6pm
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.
Potato Planting: April 23
Sawmilling: April 30
Sheep Shearing: May 7
Corn Planting: May 21
Haying and Hayrides: May 28
Milking and Butter Making: June 18
Evening Hayrides: July 2, 9 and 15 5pm-8pm
Honey Harvest: July 23
Blacksmithing and Horseshoeing: August 6
Tomato Day: August 13
Potato Harvest: August 20
Fiddlin’ on the Farm: August 27
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!
Farm Tour Hayrides: Available daily at varied times
Family Fun Weekend: April 16-17 10am-4pm
Apple Blossom Festival: April 23 11am-3pm
Sizzlin’ Summer Cruise Nights: Every Friday, May 2-August 29 5pm-9pm
Strawberry Festival Weekend: May 27-28, June 3-4 5pm-9pm
Family Fun Night: June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 5pm-9pm
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: April 9-10, 16-17, May 21-22, 28-29 10:30am-4pm
Asparagus Festival: April 23-24, 30 and May 1 10:30am-4pm
Oasis Pirate Adventure: May 14-15, July 16-17 12pm and 2pm
Strawberry Festival: May 21-22, 28-29 10:30am-4pm
Monster Truck Day: June 5 10:30am-4pm
Crushin’ Lemons Weekend: June 4-5 10:30am-4pm
Onion and Garlic Festival: June 11-12, 18-19 10:30am-4pm
Potato and Broccoli Festival: June 25-26 10:30am-4pm
Military and Veterans Day: July 2-3 10:30am-4pm
Blueberry Festival: July 9-10, 16-17 10:30am-4pm
Sweet Corn Festival: July 23-24, 30-31 10:30am-4pm
Tomato Festival: August 6-7 10:30am-4pm
Peach Festival: August 13-14, 20-21 10:30am-4pm
Watermelon Festival: August 27-28 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 10: Vegetables
- May 24: Farm Animals
- June 7: Strawberries
- June 21: Cherries
- July 5: Monarchs, Swallowtails and Honeybees
- July 19: Blueberries
- August 2: Flowers
- August 16: Pears
- August 30: Apples
Arbor Day Celebration: April 29 10am-11pm
Kite Day: April 30 10am-5pm
Firefly Festival: June 26 4pm-9pm
Blueberry Bash: July 9-10 10am-5pm
Farm Summer Camp: July 11-22
Future Farmer Camp: July 25-August 12
Just Peachy Festival: July 30-31 10am-5pm
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.
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.
Kids Day at the Farm: May 7 10am-4pm
Strawberry Festival: June 4-5 10am-4pm
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