If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Newark.
The largest museum in the state of New Jersey is not to be missed. The Newark Museum combines over 80 galleries with special collections and attractions that everyone in the family will love. There are large art collections from all over the world, interactive art and science exhibits, a planetarium, a sculpture garden, and a miniature zoo. You and the kids could choose to take a tour or wander through the museum on your own. But every visit should include a show at the planetarium, where the kids will love being transported to another world.
A beloved public park in Newark that covers several acres in the heart of the city’s Downtown area. Kids will love the playground equipment, the splash pad, giant slide, and ping-pong tables. Or you could opt for a family picnic in the afternoon and stick around for a live musical performance in the evening. Mulberry Commons is also a great park for family bike rides. There are many different ways to spend your time at Mulberry Commons, making it a wonderful place to take the kids.
Turtle Back Zoo
A trip to the zoo is always a family favorite, and just West of Newark is this local go-to spot. Kids will love riding the Zoo Train or carousel, visiting the magic of the butterfly tent, or monkeying around on the Prehistoric Playground. You can choose to wander the zoo yourselves, marveling at all the animals, or take part in one of the Behind the Scenes Tours. The Touch Pool is also always extremely popular with kids. Whatever adventure you choose, you’re sure to leave Turtle Back Zoo at the end of the day with huge smiles on your faces.
Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center
Why not go for a fun family skate together? Branch Brook Park is a Newark staple, offering daytime skating and Family Monday Skate Night. The music is always great, and the concession food will be sure to keep everyone fueled for laps around the roller rink. (Maybe even a friendly race amongst the family?) Then, when you’re done roller skating, you and the kids can head to the arcade to see who has the skills to get the best prize. A visit to Branch Brook Park makes Monday night a lot more exciting.
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