5 Favorite Things In and Around Madison, NJ: April 7 - April 13

Spring is in the air and Easter is around the corner! Check out all there is to do this weekend and extra ideas for Spring Break!

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Madison Easter Fun Fest

Saturday, April 8, 11 am - 12:30 pm

Downtown Madison

Madison's annual Easter Fun Fest event is on its way!

Children and their parents are invited to bring their Easter baskets and visit Chamber-member merchants in Madison in order to collect candy and toy-filled eggs. The Easter Bunny will be visiting while kids search for eggs! There are raffles (win a bike!). There will also be a "Count the Jelly Beans" contest with additional prizes to be won.

The event is free and sponsored by Cleaners Advantage and Whole Foods Market.

For more information, please contact Madison Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Giambra at MadisonChamber@gmail.com or at 973-377-7830.

25th Annual Easter Bunny Express @ The Whippany Rail Museum

Saturday, April 8 & Sunday, April 9 @ 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm

Whippany Rail Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza (off of Route 10), Whippany

The popular Easter Bunny Express returns to the Whippany Railway Museum for its 25th year. The Easter Bunny and train crew will greet guests and hand out holiday treats to kids on this 10 mile, round trip journey along the Morristown & Erie Railway's historic Whippanong Trail. Departures for this 45-minute ride departs are scheduled for 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. These rides usually sell out, so advance internet ticket reservations are strongly recommended.

From $9 - $14

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WGBO Kids Jazz Festival

Saturday, April 8 @ 1 pm

NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark

This three-part series brings world-renowned jazz musicians to venues throughout Essex County. The performances give young listeners a chance to discover the sounds of jazz, improvisation, and musical collaboration.

Today's show features Dion Parson, who will present the rhythms of West Africa and the Caribbean and their influence on jazz.

FREE

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Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

Branch Brook Park

Saturday, April 8 & Sunday, April 9

All day

You don't need to head down to D.C to see beautiful cherry blossom trees in full bloom!!

Essex County presents this three-weekend festival with 10K and 1-mile family fun runs, bike races and a community fair.

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Easter Crafts at The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

9 Main Street, Madison

Saturday, April 8 @ 1 pm

Children are invited to join one of the museum's educators to learn the craft of wool felting. After a hands-on demonstration, kids can make their own wool Easter bunny to take home.

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And during Spring Break, check out:

Easter and Springtime Festival @ Alstede Farms

April 8 - 16 (Times vary - check website for details)

Alstede Farms, Chester

Enjoy scenic hayrides around the farm, visits with barnyard animals, a meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, games, pony rides, moon bounce, roast marshmallows by a campfire and lots more.

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Drop In Crafts @ METC

April 10 - 14, 11 am - 3 pm

During the week, drop in to make a craft with your kids!

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Spring Break Camp @ Healthy Italia

Keep the kids busy and happy cooking in our kitchen during spring break April 10-13. Kids ages 5 to 9 can join our morning session from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. while ages 10 and up enjoy our afternoon session from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Register now.

1 DAY: $85.00       FULL CAMP: $329.00

Pop Up Art Class with Mrs. C

Friday, April 14 9 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm

245 Madison Avenue, Madison

An amazingly creative one time class featuring paint, paint & more paint! Perfect for siblings, friends, cousins - any child ages 2 - 9!

For kids ages 2 - 9

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And don't forget about drop in handbuilding at Madison Mud, all the fun stuff to do at Liberty Science Center, and The Turtleback Zoo!

Have an awesome Spring Break!