Kids Takeover

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 a DJ on Main Street, follow our street magician as he wows throughout Downtown, enjoy cotton candy from The Asbury Park Cotton Candy Co., challenge yourself with an obstacle course on the Metuchen Town Plaza, enjoy the Downtown yarn bomb takeover from Metuchen Yarn Bombing and more!

Afterwards stop by the Old Franklin Schoolhouse at 6:15pm for the kick off to the summer concert series with Family Arts of Metuchen!

Free MDA Activities

  • Magician Simon Mandal performing around downtown Metuchen
  • 65ft inflatable obstacle course from Jumping Celebrations on the plaza. Please note the minimum height requirement is 42″ and 76″ is the maximum height. Max weight per user is 225 lbs.
  • Bounce House from Jumping Celebrations on the plaza, sponsored by the Metuchen Recreation Department (recommended for ages 5 and under)
  • DJ on Main St including scheduled “Fortnite Dance Royale” competition at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm
  • Mr. Cheng internationally recognized master paper cutter
  • Brainy Kids Yoga at Imagination Alley with Yoga Crafts at 2pm, Yoga Limbo & Dance at 3pm and Yoga Storytime at 4pm

2 Chicks with Chocolate

  • Chocolate painting for $10
  • Chocolate fondue for 2 for $10

A&J Jewelers

  • Decorate Main Street with sidewalk chalk

Angie’s Bakery & Cafe

  • Summer vacation special: 2 empanadas & soda for $5


  • Small canvas paintings for $10

The Asbury Park Cotton Candy Co

  • Cotton candy on the plaza

Black Belt Institute

  • Kids activities (square pad for kids to punch) & 5 minute demo lesson

Boyt Drugs

  • Kids do 10 jumping jacks, receive a lollipop

Brass Lantern

  • Special sales & offers for kids items

Brewed Awakening

  • Face painting from 3pm to 6pm, story time (1pm, 2pm and 4pm) and gratitude graffiti window

Cai’s Cafe

  • Small lemonade and donut twist for $5
  • Small smoothie and donut twist for $7

Carpet Maven II

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

Farmer’s Insurance

  • Free coloring books  & free child identification kits for parents

Five Star Media

  • Kids games & activities

Fresco Deli & Catering

  • Kids Ravioli $4.95, Kids Pizza $5.95, Rice Balls $1.00

Genus Boni

  • Game zone and raffle

Hailey’s Harp & Pub

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

Jake Musmanno & Vegas Rockafeller

  • Instant instagram classes and photography for sale at Cai’s Cafe

Lollipop Land

  • Popcorn bar, pixie sticks, candy craft project

Mangia Toscano

  • Kids get a free biscotti. Limit one per customer

Metuchen Dance Centre

  • Visit the Metuchen Dance Centre table to learn about upcoming trial classes and their dance program

Metuchen News

  • Wheel of Metuchen News Fortune to win a special prize

Metuchen Savings Bank

  • Piggy banks, baseballs, bookmarks, and two free FTC brochures: Net Cetera – chatting with kids about being online; Heads Up – Stop, Think, Connect

Music Academy of Metuchen

  • Mini-lessons (violin/viola, guitar, electric piano, and cello)

Optique Unique

  • Visit the Optique Unique photo booth for a cool picture to kick off summer

Picture Perfect Studio

  • Get glam! Instant Photo Shoot with print out at Cai’s Cafe

Runner’s High

  • Storefront window takeover with messages of “Gratitude Graffiti”

Sakula Yoga

  • Kids Yoga with friends from Brainy Kids Yoga in “Imagination Alley” (alleyway in-between Metuchen News and Classic Travel on Main Street)

The Scottish Dog

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

Thorro Learning

  • Mechanics table: kids can build a few hands on kits like 4 wheeled vehicles
  • Fun games and trivia on science, business
  • Free custom laser cut keytags for people who sign up for Thorro Learning

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

  • “Beat the Scoop” ice cream challenge and win a gift certificate for a future visit

WiseMind SEL

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