Weekend Fun: Strawberries, Monster Trucks, Daniel Tiger, Free Museums
Memorial Day has ushered in the unofficial start of summer, and there's no shortage of things to do! The first weekend of June brings plenty of strawberry festivals (plus one lemon festival) and other family-friendly fairs.
You can listen to Daniel Tiger and George Washington read a story, take a ride on a monster truck, or watch classic Bugs Bunny cartoons accompanied by a live orchestra. If rain cancels your outdoor plans, take advantage of Bank of America Free Museum Days. And if you’re headed down the shore this weekend, be sure to take a peek at our NJ Amusement and Water Park Guide or Jersey Shore Family Guide.
As always, you can find even more weekend fun in our Event Calendar.
Bank of America Free Museum Days – Various locations
Seven NJ local museums are participating this weekend, including Garden State Discovery Museum, Hunterdon Art Museum, Liberty Science Center, WheatonArts and Cultural Center, Montclair Art Museum, Morris Museum, and Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art. Please note that this freebie is open to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders and covers adult admission only; visitors will responsible for children’s admission.
Celebrate all things strawberry at Johnson's Corner Farm.
Strawberry Festival – Medford
This two-day celebration of the sweet red berry at Johnson's Corner Farm is not to be missed. Festivities will include a barbecue, live music, hayrides, gem mining, and more.
Strawberry Harvest Festival – Chester
If you’re looking for a wide variety of scrumptious strawberry delights, head to Alstede Farms this weekend. Enjoy homemade ice cream, shortcake, sundaes, pies, shakes, and even strawberry fudge, and pick some strawberries to take home.
Crushin Lemons Weekend – Robbinsville
Oasis Family Farm will be whipping up all things lemon this weekend, including lemonade, lemon Italian ice, and lemon meringue pie. There will also be pony rides, children’s games, hayrides around the property, and more.
New Jersey Renaissance Faire – Bordentown
Take your little lords and ladies to this family-friendly festival to see jousting, sword fighting, fire breathing, and other Renaissance-era entertainment. Nearly 80 trained cast members will bring the Italian Renaissance to life at Liberty Lake, where the action will also include comedy, live music, food, and a Merchant Village.
Daniel Tiger at Historic Washington Crossing Park – Washington Crossing, PA
Come listen to Daniel Tiger and George Washington read a story, then check out a brand-new, never-before-seen episode of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood at a special screening in the park's visitor center. Stick around for games, crafts, and colonial-era activities. And don't forget to bring a gently used children's book to the community book swap table. (NOTE: Meet-and-greet photo ops with Daniel and George Washington are sold out.) FREE
WBGO Kids Jazz Concert Series – Newark
In the final concert of the series, renowned jazz clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin brings his acclaimed Timbalooloo workshop to Newark Symphony Hall. In this show, Etkin and his sidekick, Clara Net, will share melodies, rhythms, and stories from their travels around the world. Recommended for ages 7–11, registration required. FREE
Strawberry Festival – Monmouth Junction
Von Thun Farms hosts its annual Strawberry Festival this Saturday. You can pick your own berries, find your way through the straw maze, take a hayride, race some rubber ducks, or try your luck at a game of cornhole. A combo admission ticket gets you access to all activities, plus a free pound of fresh strawberries.
West Cape May Strawberry Festival – West Cape May
This strawberry-fueled festival features Jersey Fresh strawberries, craft vendors, food, and more. Admission and parking are FREE.
Lighthouse Storytime – Cape May Point
If you’re heading to the Strawberry Festival today, stop by the Cape May Lighthouse to hear nautical tales and lighthouse adventure stories. FREE
Kids can take a ride on the Webslinger at Oasis Family Farm. Photo courtesy of NJ Monster Trucks.
Monster Truck Day – Robbinsville
If your little one can’t get enough of monster trucks, zoom over to the Oasis Family Farm to get hands-on with a 12,000-pound, 12-foot tall-truck. Families are invited to climb aboard the enormous Webslinger an monster truck and even go for a ride. You can also take part in traditional farm activities like pony and wagon rides, children’s games, and more.
Funfest – Hoboken
This all-day carnival is a great way to spend a summery Sunday. Head over to Our Lady of Grace Church to enjoy bounce houses, face painting, games, pony rides, food, and vendors. There's also a Biergarten for parents. FREE
Warner Bros. Presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony – New Brunswick
Take the kids to see classic Looney Tunes episodes with the original musical scores performed live by the New Jersey Symphony. The lineup includes such classic episodes as What's Opera, Doc?, Long-Haired Hare, and Baton Bunny, as well as new Warner Bros. 3-D animated shorts Rabid Rider and Coyote Falls.
Springfest – Teaneck
Teaneck Creek hosts its annual environmental festival featuring vendors, musical performances, kid’s crafts and activities, tours, and other environmental fun. This year's event will focus on pollution prevention and ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. FREE
Top photo: Johnson’s Corner Farm's Strawberry Festival. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the festivals.