**RAIN UPDATE: Kids Takeover is happening! The rain should pass by 1pm, the bouncy house and VR station may not be set up until closer to 2pm, but the businesses are all ready for you and hope to see you later today!**

School’s out! Watch out, cause the kids are taking over Downtown Metuchen for another year!

Visit all of your favorite Downtown businesses for specials and offers, get jammin’ with music on Main Street, enjoy cotton candy from The Asbury Park Cotton Candy Co., challenge yourself with an 85 foot long inflatable obstacle course sponsored by the Metuchen Downtown Alliance, and bouncy house sponsored by the Metuchen Recreation Department on the Metuchen Town Plaza, and more!

Enjoy a very special Oculus virtual reality station sponsored by the Metuchen Downtown Alliance with an epic roller coaster ride! Age limit is 9 years and older to use the headset.

A balloon artist on Main St (sponsored by the MDA) will be making animals, swords, hats, flowers and butterflies.

Free Activities

  • 85 foot long inflatable obstacle course on Plaza sponsored by the Metuchen Downtown Alliance (minimum height 42″)
  • Bouncy house on Plaza sponsored by the Metuchen Recreation Department
  • Oculus VR tent sponsored by Metuchen Downtown Alliance (for 9 years and older)
  • Balloon artist sponsored by Metuchen Downtown Alliance
  • Music on Main St

Downtown Activities

2 Chicks with Chocolate

  • Chocolate syringe shots for $5

A&J Jewelers

  • Decorate Main Street with sidewalk chalk

The Asbury Park Cotton Candy Co

  • Cotton candy on the plaza

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Metuchen

  • Bubble bonanza on Main St

Black Belt Institute

  • Kids activities (square pad for kids to punch) & 5 minute demo lesson between 1pm and 4:30pm

Boyt Drugs

  • Kids do 10 jumping jacks, receive a lollipop

Brass Lantern

  • Guess the number of antique buttons to win a prize


  • $3 specialty drinks, donut twists, and hosting lawn games in front of the store (check out their social media for more details)

Carpet Maven II

  • Games and activities and prizes
  • 10% off kid-proof floors

Creative Twist Events

  • Make your own “EPIC SLIME”. Slime bar will include different scents, texture and colors!  Cost $8

Dean’s Cafe

  • PB&J smoothie for $6

Farmer’s Insurance

  • Free coloring books & free child identification kits for parents

Fresco Deli & Catering

  • Zeppoli with powdered sugar or Nutella – 6 pcs for $4

Genus Boni

  • Game zone and raffle

Hailey’s Harp & Pub

  • Happy kids hour (for $7 receive $2 of arcade quarters and kids meal)

Lollipop Land

  • Popcorn bar

Luigi’s Ice Cream

  • Free scoop of ice cream

Metuchen News

  • Spin Wheel of Metuchen News to win a special prize
  • At 5:45pm, i11 max TWS AirPods $24.99 (while supplies last)

Metuchen Savings Bank

  • Stop by the Main Street location to play corn hole games and receive fun summer giveaways including water bottle coozies, stress reliever toys, Bam-Bam inflatable sabers and more

Olive Press Eatery

  • Stop in for assorted sweet treats

Runner’s High

  • Storefront window takeover

The Scottish Dog

  • Guess how many doggy kisses are in a jar and win a chocolate, human kiss

TITLE Boxing Club

  • Between 1pm and 3pm kids can come into the boxing ring and workout a few minutes with an actual boxer. Learn the basic punches and combinations in an actual boxing ring

What’s the Scoop

  • 10% off ice cream during event hours

WiseMind SEL

  • Kids scavenger hunt through Downtown (location at What’s the Scoop) with a chance to win a special prize

Grant Funding has been provided by Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division of Department of State.