Runaway Rapids opens for the season this Memorial Day Weekend! photo courtesy of the park
Runaway Rapids opens for the season this Memorial Day Weekend! photo courtesy of the park

Memorial Day Weekend: Best Things to Do in New Jersey With Kids

Memorial Day weekend has arrived, ushering in the unofficial start of summer and the official start to Shore season, and if you're venturing there check out the brilliant Wildwoods International Kite Festival or cool off at the opening of Runaway Rapids. Beyond the beaches, dinosaurs are taking over New Jersey. Don't miss the debut of Six Flags Xpedition Dino and the recently opened Sue: The T. rex Experience at the Liberty Science Center. Find multi-day carnivals in Asbury Park and at Skylands Stadium, plus local parades in Freehold, Wyckoff, and Bernardsville.

If that's not enough to fill the long holiday weekend, our always-updated Event Calendar includes plenty more picks.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Please plan your outings in advance, as many venues require timed-entry tickets or reservations to limit crowd size.

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Beach Across from Wildwood Convention Center

Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari

Harborside 3/Jersey City Waterfront
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A. Casola Farms - 8:00 AM
Alstede Farms Corn Maze
Alstede Farms - 9:00 AM
Holland Ridge Farms U-Pick Sunflowers
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