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.
Monday, July 17
Carnival on the Lawn at Congress Hall. Photo courtesy of the venue.
Carnival on the Lawn at Congress Hall – Cape May
Monday night is carnival night outside Cape May’s Congress Hall. The fun includes games, face painting, balloons, skee ball, a train ride, treats, and more. Admission is free.
Summer Film Series – Morristown
Bring the family to a free, air-conditioned showing of The Secret Life of Pets at Mayo Performing Arts Center. FREE
See all Monday events.
Tuesday, July 18
Doktor Kaboom! brings his high-energy science show to Toms River. Photo courtesy of the show.
Doktor Kaboom! Look Out—Science is Coming! – Toms River
Science and entertainment come together for this amazing performance, complete with mind illusions, a tabletop catapult, a Mr. Wizard homage, and more experimental fun. Performance is held at The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, and pre-registration is required. FREE
Tiny Tot Tuesdays – Morris Township
The little ones will love beach and water play at Sunrise Lake before it opens to the public. Kids 4 and under are free.
See all Tuesday events.
Wednesday, July 19
Summer Maker Space – Trenton
Get the creative juices flowing every Wednesday at New Jersey State Museum. Participants 5 and up will create a different hands-on project each week. FREE
Newport Beach Party and Concert – Jersey City
It’s a beach party on the Hudson River at Jersey City’s Newport Green. The festivities include live music and food, with the Manhattan skyline in the backdrop. Bring a picnic blanket. FREE
See all Wednesday events.
Thursday, July 20
Enjoy rides and much more at the Burlington County Farm Fair. Photo courtesy of the fair.
Burlington County Farm Fair – Springfield Township
Treat the family to an old-fashioned county fair, featuring 4-H exhibits, amusement rides, contests, live music, crafts, and food. Fair runs through Saturday.
Big Thursday: Summer Nights in Rahway – Rahway
Invite your pets along to this week’s free movie at Rahway’s City Plaza Hall, featuring a pre-movie pet adoption event. Then cuddle your furry friend for a showing of The Secret Life of Pets. FREE
See all Thursday events.
Friday, July 21
Jenkinson’s Movies on the Beach – Point Pleasant
Kick back in the sand and enjoy The LEGO Batman Movie at the beach in front of Jenkinson’s. FREE
Tot Tour at the Morris Museum: Flags – Morristown
Toddlers will learn all about the American flag through stories and gallery activities, then create their own at Morris Museum. Pre-registration is required.
See all Friday events.
Top photo: Burlington County Farm Fair. Photo courtesy of the fair.