5 Favorite Things In and Around Madison, NJ: May 11 - May 17

Celebrate mom this week with some fun family activities in our area!  


Alvin Ailey Dance Company


May 11 - 13th, Various Times

You won't want to miss Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 20th anniversary engagement at NJPAC, dazzling programs that combine new works with masterpieces like Revelations. America’s premier modern dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is known around the world for its vibrant fusion of modern dance, ballet and other styles. All programs at NJPAC will include the full-length Revelations, Ailey’s signature masterpiece that pays tribute to African-American cultural heritage, set to set to spirituals and blues. New Jersey premieres this season are Jamar Roberts’ Members Don’t Get Weary, set to music by jazz legend John Coltrane; Talley Beatty’s Stack-Up, with songs from the disco era by Earth, Wind & Fire and others.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance forever changed the perception of American dance.

Tickets: $25 - $89



Monster Jam

Metlife Stadium

Saturday, May 12th, 7 pm

Monster Jam is returning to MetLife Stadium this Mother’s Day weekend. Celebrate mom in a big way that is sure to bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement.

Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues like MetLife Stadium, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.


Tickets: $35

Turtle Back Zoo Animal Hospital Behind the Scenes

Saturdays through May 26

This 30 minute tour brings visitors behind the scenes to meet and greet TBZ's vet techs and check out the day-to-day workings at the zoo's hospital.

Zoo admission is included with ticket.

Tickets: $42.50 - $50


Mother's Day at Willowwood Arboretum

Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township

Sunday, May 13th, Noon - 4 pm

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a tour of the beautiful gardens at Willowwood Arboretum, including the extensive lilac collection. Enjoy some light refreshments courtesy of the Willowwood Foundation. Purchase some baby lilacs to plant at home or give to Mom.

$5 per car


Raise the Roof

Thursday, May 17th, 4 - 8 pm

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts will literally Raise the Roof as it presents the structure and history of the East Jersey Cottage.

At 4:00 p.m., join master carpenter Tyler Merson on the front lawn to build a scale model of an East Jersey Cottage. Then at 7:00 p.m., step inside the building where architect and historian Janet Foster, will tell us the story behind this very unique New Jersey-style architecture. This event is free to the public and donations to the Museum are welcome.