July GoList: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

Hmmm, what to do in July, besides eat barbecue and watch fireworks? Oh, so much... Every month, we select a handful to two handfuls of our favorite events and this month, there are blueberries to be picked (and eaten), theater to be seen, sandcastles to be built,  and a huge ballooning festival with hundreds of hot air balloons floating heavenward. Have a great, fun, not too hot July, NJ!

July GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

School's out and summer is in full swing. Whether you're heading down the shore, going on a road trip, or taking a staycation, you'll need a few things to do with the kids to keep them occupied. Warm July weather is great for hiking and camping. Waterparks are open and perfect for staying cool, or head out to one of the city's beer gardens or pop-up gardens. If you're on a tight budget, check out our list of 100 Free Summer Things to do with kids. If you're still not sure what to do, or need a few more ideas, the month of July has so many great events and activities to offer! We've gathered some of our favorites here, but head over to our event calendar for a full listing of nearby events.

What to Do at Franklin Park Zoo in Just Two Hours

It was a gauntlet thrown down at my feet as much as my family's: Let's tour Franklin Park Zoo in under two hours.

Why set the timer at two hours? It seemed the like reasonable window to make our way through the zoo without getting tired while also keeping up a good pace. My pre-zoo strategies included feeding everyone lunch beforehand and packing enough food to avoid the snack shacks within the zoo that could eat away at our time. 

Here's a brief journal of how we met our two-hour challenge at Franklin Park Zoo on one recent summer afternoon.

July GoList: The Best Things to Do with Westchester Kids

Summer's in full swing, and so are the summer events for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! Our July GoList features all the best events happening this month, including the pyrotechnic A Night on Fire, the colorful Hudson Valley Balloon Festival and a high-end Jazz Festival developed in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The month kicks off with a slew of 4th of July celebrations, such as the Independence Day Fair. View our guides for what to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley for many more ways to cheer for the red, white and blue. Other top picks for July include pool parties and movie screenings, numerous multicultural performances and the start of the Orange County Fair.

So get your calendars ready and read on for our top picks for July. But don’t stop there: There’s plenty more where that came from in our Event Calendar, and our weekly newsletters deliver all the latest news and events right to your inbox!

July 4th Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Fireworks and More

Independence Day is just around the corner, but no need to wait until Monday to celebrate. This weekend, catch July 4th fun at Cape May’s Independence Day Celebration, Revolutionary Times Weekend, Montville Fourth of July Celebration, and Randolph Freedom Fest. If you need a break from the heat, spend some indoor time at Morris Museum’s Toothpick World and Freehold Raceway Mall’s Kids’ Club.

It's expected to be a hot Fourth! Consider a day trip to one of these awesome New Jersey water parks, or one of our favorite Jersey Shore beaches.

And don't forget to stake out your spot for fireworks viewing at one of the state's largest July 4th festivals or a more intimate July 4th fest at these New Jersey small towns.

For more options, take a look at our full Event Calendar, our Summer Fun Guide, and Best NJ Day Trips Guide.

Best Things To Do with NYC Kids: July GoList

Welcome to the first full month of summer! Our monthly GoList of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout July includes some of our favorite FREE annual events—happenings my family and I mark on our calendar every year. Enjoy the always FREE Fourth of July fireworks spectacle, no-cost boat rides as part of City of Water Day on Governors Island, top-notch music and dance performances at SummerStage Family Days in Queens, the Bronx, and Central Park, and the fun-filled Come out & Play Family Day on Governors Island.

There are also some new-this-summer events that we can't wait to check out like Theatreworks USA's musical Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School and the Hills with those awesome looking slides on Governors Island. Plus, there are two family-friendly pop culture musts opening this month: an interactive Star Trek experience that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the franchise at the Intrepid and a cool virtual reality Ghostbusters game at Madame Tussauds. And Harry Potter fans will be lining up for the release of the eighth book in the series.

As always, if an event piques your interest, be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including the price, address, and time. And remember, in NYC, really cool things to do with kids often get booked up quickly. So buy your tickets ASAP or, in the case of FREE events, arrive as early as possible to beat the crowds.

Now get your calendars ready! Here are the top 16 things to do with kids in New York City this July—nine of which are 100% FREE. 

Best July Fairs and Festivals for New Jersey Families

Fairs and festivals and feasts, oh my! It’s non-stop action in NJ this month—read on for our recommendations and choose your favorite (or two). With everything from county fairs to music and food festivals, there’s something to entertain every member of the family. Mark the calendar now and have a blast all month long. For more summer fun, visit our Summer Activities Guide.

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