Updated for 2019!
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 23 11am-3pm ($5)
Chicks and Bunnies: March 24, 30 and 31Begins at 9:30am
Spring Break Camp: April 8-12 and April 15-18 9am-3pm Ages 5-10
Greenhouse Workshops are also available throughout the spring!
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 6 – April 22 11am-4pm
Brunch with the Easter Bunny: April 6, 7, 13, 14, 19 and 20
Weekend Farm Fun: Every weekend beginning April 6
Free Ice Cream Day: April 30 10am-6pm
Free Ice Cream for Mom: May 12 All Day
Mother’s Day Brunch: May 12
Weekday Farm Fun: Every day beginning Memorial Day 12pm-4pm
Strawberry Harvest Festival: Every weekend in June
Free Ice Cream for Dads: June 16 All Day
Peach Harvest Festival: TBA
Corn Maze Opens: End of August
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!
Little Learning Farmers Program: To be announced
Strawberry Festival Weekends: Weekends in June
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! Opening Day is April 3.
Spending Day: April 6 10am-3pm
Workers on the Farm: 1900 Immigration Experience: April 13 11am-4pm
Little Farm Friends: May 4 10am-11am
Explore the Farm Wagon Rides: May 4 10:15am-12pm
Piglet Weigh-In: May 11 1pm-3pm
Yarn Dolls and Button Whirligigs: May 18 2pm-4:30pm
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 20
Vernon Earth Fest: April 28
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 and Tree Planting: March 23
Lambing: March 30
Beekeeping: April 6
Plowing and Harrowing: April 13
Henhouse Visits: April 20
Potato Planting: April 27
Barn Swallow Celebration: April 28
Sheep Shearing: May 4
Family Bird Excursion: May 12
Corn Planting: May 18
Hog Slopping and Weighing: May 25
Haying and Hayrides: June 1
Old Time Baseball: June 8
Dairying: June 15
Ice Cream Party: June 22
Wheat Harvest: June 29
Summer Barnyard Dance: July 6
Evening Hayrides: Starting July 6 5pm-8pm
Honey Harvest: July 27
100th Mercer County 4-H Fair: August 3-4
Potato Harvest: August 10
Blacksmithing and Horseshoeing: August 17
Fiddlin’ on the Farm: August 24
Annual Plowing Match: August 31
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!
Welcome Back Weekend: March 30-31
Easter Egg Hunt Hayrides: April 5-20
Apple Blossom Festival and Classic Car Show: April 21
Family Fun Night Cruise Night: Every Friday May 3 – end of August 5pm-9pm
Strawberry Festival Weekend: TBA
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!
Egg Hunts on the Farm: April 13, 14, 19 and 20
Strawberry Festival: TBA
Monster Truck Day: TBA
Pirates Adventure: TBA
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. The program takes place on Tuesdays beginning May 8 and each week has a different theme.
Kite Day: May 4-5 10am-5pm
Firefly Festival: TBA
Blueberry Bash: TBA
Farm Summer Camp: July 9-August 9
Just Peachy Festival: TBA
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 8, 9, 15 and 16
Blueberry Festival: July 13-14
Sunflower Trail: July 25-August 18
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.