Mid-June turns up the heat with outdoor festival excitement and keeps it cool with fun indoor activities. There are rides and games aplenty at the St. Gregory the Great Carnival, the North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, and the famous New Jersey State Fair. Take a break from the heat at Camden Aquarium’s Animal Adventures, Bowtie Cinemas Summer Kids Series, and New Jersey State Museum’s Summer Maker Space.
Read on for our best children's events the week of June 19–23, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and June GoList for even more early-summer fun.
Monday, June 19
Animal Adventures at Adventure Aquarium – Camden
Spend a warm day at this cool aquarium with penguins, hippos, stingrays, sharks, and other sea creatures. Don’t miss the daily shows and feedings.
St. Gregory the Great Carnival – Hamilton
Have a blast at this six-day fair, featuring rides, games, food, and raffles. Fireworks will take place Tuesday and Saturday. Admission is free.
See all Monday events.
Tuesday, June 20
See Hotel Transylvania for FREE at Bowtie Cinemas. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures.
Bowtie Cinemas Summer Kids Series – Bergenfield, Hoboken, South Orange, Montclair
Escape the heat at a free movie. Bowtie Cinemas presents free family-friendly movies every Tuesday and Wednesday this summer. This week’s selection is Hotel Transylvania. FREE
Read & Pick at Terhune Orchards – Princeton
Cherries are the topic of this week’s hands-on event for kids and parents. The fun includes stories and activities, including the opportunity to pick your own cherries. Pre-registration is required.
See all Tuesday events.
Wednesday, June 21
Summer Maker Space – Trenton
Get the creative juices flowing every Wednesday at New Jersey State Museum, where participants will take part in a hands-on challenge and make a creation to take home. FREE
Mommy & Me Storytime – Montclair
Watchung Booksellers presents this weekly storytime for the 2-and-under crowd. Space is limited to 12 children, so you may want to get there early. FREE
See all Wednesday events.
Thursday, June 22
Hold your breath at the high-dive show at the New Jersey State Fair. Photo courtesy of the fair.
New Jersey State Fair – East Rutherford
New Jersey’s ginormous annual festival is back! The 18 days of excitement feature more than 150 rides and attractions, including Kiddieland, shows, concerts, vendors, fireworks, and much, much more.
Glassboro Summer Fest – Glassboro
Thursday Night is fun night at Glassboro Town Square, with live bands, food trucks, and kid-friendly activities. Kids can create with clay at this week’s art station. FREE
See all Thursday events.
Friday, June 23
North Wildwood Italian-American Festival – North Wildwood
Delicious eats, vendors, live entertainment, a meatball relay race, a Little Miss Italy Pageant, children’s games, and raffles are all part of the fun at this annual extravaganza at the Shore. The festival runs through the weekend. Admission is free.
Camp overnight at Sunrise Beach. Photo courtesy of Morris County Park Commission.
Campout on the Beach – Morristown
What a fun way to welcome the summer! Families are invited to camp overnight on Sunrise Beach, with campfires, s’mores, storytelling, and other activities. Pre-registration is required.
See all Friday events.
Top photo: Skyride float at the New Jersey State Fair. Photo courtesy of the fair.