Things to Do

Weekend Fun: Superheroes, Seafarers, Summer Movies

It's the last weekend of August! Soak up some late-summer fun this weekend with festivals galore, including the Melon Festival at Oasis Family Farm, the Chocolate & Vanilla Celebration at Camden Children's Garden, and the Caribbean Festival in New Brunswick. See historic sights and demonstrations at Industrial Crafts Day at Cooper Gristmill and Seafarers' Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village. And pack up your beach blankets and snacks for outdoor movie nights in Seaside Heights and Highland Park.

Find more ways to savor the last days of summer vacation in our Summer Fun Guide for NJ Kids, including our list of the Best Jersey Shore Beaches for Families. And be sure to check out our Event Calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Last but not least, visit our brand-new local DEALS page to score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for NJ kids. Check back often because we're constantly adding new ones.

Weekday Picks: Solar Eclipse Parties, Plus Concerts, Movies, and Fiesta La Ballona

Unless you live on the dark side of the moon, you probably know that most of the country is being treated to a rare solar eclipse on Monday morning. While Angelenos don't get to witness the total eclipse this time around, the 60-70% blockage of the sun we're getting is still a significant event. Public viewings of the partial solar eclipse include gatherings with experts on hand to explain and answer questions at Griffith Observatory, Caltech's Beckman Institute and Lawn, California Science Center, and the Glendale Community College Planetarium. Kidspace Museum in Pasadena is doing a joint event with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as well. Some locations have a limited supply of protective eyewear on hand, but do bring your own if you can, as it is never okay to look at the sun without the proper eye protection.

Of course, there is plenty to do after the eclipse is over as well. The rest of the week still holds free outdoor movies, and theater, and concerts. It is still summer, after all.

Here are some of our favorite picks for the week; be sure to visit our Event Calendar for more.

Total Eclipse of the Weekday Picks: Astronomy, Concerts, and Trolleys, August 21-25, 2017

This is not a drill. I repeat: this is not a drill. It is the last full week before my kids go back to school so I am ready to blow out all the parenting stops. Ice cream for dinner? Check! Midday movie? You bet. A stroll through the sunflower maze? You got it. Even though we've been talking about the eclipse for weeks, I somehow neglected to order the protective viewing glasses so we'll be heading out to the Discovery Museum, Stepping Stones Museum, or the Stamford Museum and Nature Center to celebrate the day (for some more eclipse hints, click here). In non-astronomical fun, there's a concert just perfect for preschoolers to check out in Greenwich as well as the final Melissa & Doug Children's Concert at the Levitt Pavilion, which is a wonderful evening out on the town.

For more options, be sure to check our Event Calendar, which we update constantly with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss a thing. Have a great week!

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Eclipse Parties, Children's Fest, and a Dance Carnival; Aug 21-Aug 25

Not exactly rejoicing over school's looming start? This week of parties will keep you in a celebratory mood. No doubt you've caught wind of Monday's big cosmic event: Commemorate it with other humanoids at a solar eclipse party around town. Or, meet up with other families for a fete for kids in one of our city's great parks. If music and movement capture your child's imagination, don't miss the always-rollicking dance carnival capping a local orchestra's summer events season.

If you and yours are actually psyched for pencils and books and all that, the week concludes with two super events for story lovers. Some famous children's illustrators will be at a meet-and-greet in Watertown Thursday, and one of Disney's most beloved princesses will be reading aloud at a carousel near the beach.

Soak up your free days before they slip away! Our Events Calendar has lots more ideas to make the most out of this week and beyond.

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