New Jersey Weekend Events April 14 to April 16

Climb aboard the Easter Bunny Express! Credits: Courtesy of Black River and Western Railroad
Join Peter Cottontail at Heaven Hill Farm for a cool Easter Egg hunt. Just don't leave all your eggs in one basket! Credits: Courtesy of Heaven Hill Farm
Dress your children up in their best attire...and then let them tear through a field. Credits: Courtesy of Heaven Hill Farm
Enjoy a visit to Allstede Farms for an Easter Egg Hunt, hay rides, moon bounce rides, and more. You had us at moon bounce. Two hours of my kid on that allows me to get a good night's rest. Credits: Courtesy of Alstede Farms
"Hay ride!" "Hay ride!" "Hay ride!" The chant is deafening. My kids will have a blast. Oh! And the photo ops...priceless. Credits: Courtesy of Allstede Farms
Robert Bruce from “Comic Book Men” and the Easter Bunny will be there. Plus you can let your inner geek out while still being loved by your family. Will Robert Bruce dress as the Easter Bunny or? Credits: Courtesy of the StrangeXChange

TAPinto Travels Locale - Sunny skies and spring weather has finally arrived in New Jersey. With the forecast finally showing mild temperatures, everyone is eager to bring their family to one of the many fantastic events happening this weekend throughout the state. The following are a few highlights you won’t want to miss.

Black River and Western Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express

All aboard the Easter Bunny Express this coming weekend! This laid-back, all-ages train ride will leave Flemington station and take a 25-minute scenic ride to Ringoes. After a brief pit stop, ticketholders will re-board the train for their return to Flemington. Peter Cottontail will be on the train, available for pictures and to hand out surprise treats. Advanced tickets for the diesel train are recommended and can be purchased through the railroad’s website.

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Heaven Hill Farm Easter Egg Hunt

It’s not too late to gather up the kids and attend one of the area’s annual Easter Egg hunts. One of the most popular hunts in Northern New Jersey takes place at Heaven Hill Farm in Sussex County on April 15. Throughout the day, there will be multiple times for the egg hunts and scheduled hayrides. An Easter bonnet contest will also be held. No pre-registration is required.

Easter and Springtime Family Festival

If you're in Morris County, you must travel to the Chester-based Alstede Farms for their springtime-themed weekend festivals. This coming weekend, the farm has added Friday and Saturday seatings for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. For one low admission price, you can buy entry into the festival for admission to the farm's Easter Egg Hunt, hay rides, moon bounce rides, scavenger hunt, and more.

The StrangeXchange

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary to do this weekend? Then, you should head down to Wellmont Theatre in Montclair on Saturday for the Strange Xchange to buy unusual and unique gifts for everyone in your family. Soaps, leather jewelry, henna tattoos, and more will be available. Robert Bruce from “Comic Book Men” and the Easter Bunny will be there to add star power to the event. Advance tickets are available for purchase.

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Upcoming Events

Mon, March 19, 7:00 PM

Bow Tie South Orange Cinemas, South Orange

18th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival

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Tue, March 20, 7:00 PM

Bow Tie South Orange Cinemas, South Orange

18th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival

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Wed, March 21, 12:00 PM

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Iceberg Lettuce $1.99
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