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Weekend Fun: Free Movies, Mad Science, Monmouth County Fair

It's the last weekend in July, and summer 2017 is flying! Don't miss a minute of warm-weather fun this weekend with a movie on the beach, a concert at the park, or a visit to the Monmouth County Fair.

You'll find more options in our Summer Fun Guide, featuring the best family-friendly beaches, top water parks in NJ, and 100 free things to do this summer. And be sure to check out our Calendar of Events for a comprehensive listing of the weekend's events, plus a look at the fun coming up in August.

25 Water Games for Kids To Play All Summer Long

Due to a recent shift in my career path, I'm staying home with my kids this summer—all 10 weeks of it! There will be no camp to tire them out or sitter to entertain them. Luckily, we have access to one thing really works for filling out long summer days: water. My kids—and yours, I bet—like to get wet.

Our family started a Boredom Busters jar: a painted Mason jar full of ideas to keep the kiddies busy. Anyone complaining of boredom can open it and pick out an activity. Many of the ideas come from the Mommy Poppins' 100 Summer Play Activities List and a few from the list of '70s Outdoor Games. But their absolute favorites are water-based, like the 25 cool and splishy-splashy activities below. 

Pier C Park in Hoboken: An Urban Oasis for NJ Kids and Families

Not your typical suburban playground, Hoboken’s Pier C Park has a decidedly urban vibe that will delight little and big kids alike—and adults, too! With the Manhattan skyline as a gorgeous backdrop, this amoeba-shaped oasis sits on a two-and-a-half-acre pier off the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, between Third and Fourth Streets in downtown Hoboken.

The park is separated into two playgrounds and also offers sand and water play. You won’t find any of your standard, primary-colored play equipment here, nor any swings. The landscape has an old-fashioned feel, with lots of rustic wood and metal touches. The promenade, along the eastern edge of the pier, provides grassy lawn areas for families to picnic, play games, and soak in the sights. Use this day trip–worthy park as a launch pad to enjoy all that Hoboken has to offer.

Weekday Fun: Monmouth County Fair, Music Festival, Christmas in July

This last full week of July is rockin’ with live music, carnivals, and even a little Christmas (yes, Christmas!). The fun-filled Monmouth County Fair kicks off this week in Freehold, and don’t miss great outdoor concerts such as XPoNential Music Festival and Music Beyond Borders.

You can celebrate a super-early holiday season at Somers Christmas Party in July, or catch a showing of A Christmas Story at Cape May’s Movies on the Beach.

Read on for our best children's events the week of July 24–28, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and July GoList for even more late-July fun.

NJ Amusement Park Discount Tickets: How to Find Price Breaks

Amusement parks are a super-fun way to spend a summer day with the kids. But let's face it: between the price of admission, parking, food, and games, the cost really adds up—especially for large families. How can you save big at theme and water parks? Here are our tips for scoring discounted admission at NJ amusement parks.

If you're looking for toddler-friendly options, check out our listing of the best amusement parks for toddlers.

iPlay America is New Jersey's Largest Indoor Boardwalk

The rollercoaster whizzes down the track, the sweet smell of funnel cake fills the air, and an orchestra of buzzers and whistles plays from a nearby arcade. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were enjoying an evening on the Jersey Shore boardwalk, but this is iPlay America, a nearly four-acre indoor amusement park and fun center in Freehold, New Jersey that's open all year round.

Clementon Park in South Jersey: Amusement Rides and Water Fun for Kids

What's your favorite type of theme park attraction: water rides, dry rides, or wave pools? If your family loves all three, there's no need to choose at Clementon Park and Splashworld. This South Jersey combo theme/water park next to Clementon Lake has a 110-year history of entertaining New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware families with a variety of attractions.

Weekend Fun: Storybook Celebration, Orange County Fair, Pirate Adventure

Summer is in full swing and the temperatures are soaring, but that doesn't mean there isn’t fun to be had. Whether you’re looking for carnival festivities at the Orange County Fair, a Caboose Mystery, or a Pirate Adventure, there is something going on for just about everyone this weekend.

If you want to cool off, check out our list of Free Beaches or Water Playgrounds and Splash Pads in New Jersey. See the July GoList for family fun options that can’t be missed, and don't forget to check our Event Calendar for a full listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

40 Things To Do with Kids on a Rainy Day at the Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore is known for its gorgeous beaches, of course, and outdoor entertainment like boardwalk fun. But not every summer day can turn into a sunny beach day. What happens to the family fun when it rains? Beach houses, no matter how grand, start to feel pretty small when you are stuck indoors.

Fortunately, there are plenty of indoor spots to explore along the shore. From Asbury Park to Cape May, we've put together a list of shore activities that will get you off the beach and out of your condo. So whether the rain is spoiling your beach day, you need a day out of the sun, or just a change from the sand and surf, we have you covered.

For more entertaining activities this season, check our list of 70 Best Things To Do at the Shore all summer.

Weekday Fun: County Farm Fair, Free Movies, Beach Party

Revel in summertime splendor this week with festive fairs and free movies galore. Fairs and festivals are popping up everywhere, including Cape May’s Carnival on the Lawn, Jersey City’s Newport Beach Party & Concert, and Burlington County Farm Fair.

No need to fork over money for movies this week: There are tons of free showings, including MPAC Summer Film Series, Big Thursday: Summer Nights in Rahway, and Jenkinson’s Movies on the Beach.

Read on for our best children's events the week of July 17–21, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and July GoList for even more hot-weather happenings.

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