New Jersey

Weekend Events in NJ August 7-8: State & County Fairs, National Lighthouse Day, Honey Harvesting, Summer Socials

With three State and County Fairs throughout NJ this weekend, you can get your fill of livestock competitions, pie eating contests, demolition derbies, music, and even $10 hot air balloon rides!  Or enjoy a FREE day of honey harvesting (and tasting!) at the Howell Historical Farm.  Pirate Pete will make an appearance at the Cape May Lighthouse on Saturday where there will be a slew of pirate and shipwreck themed events in celebration of National Lighthouse Day.  Families can also get retro at Grounds for Sculpture's 50s themed Summer Social by sipping malt shakes and making crafts out of old vinyl records.  Finally, family fun day at a winery?  Yes!  With wine tasting & food for adults and tractor rides & barefoot grape stomping for the kids, everyone is happy...

Weekend Events in NJ July 31-Aug. 1—Shark Week, Boot Camp Band, FREE Preschool Prep, and Barbie’s Doll Collection turns 30!

Hard as it is to believe, we enter into August this weekend. Summer's winding down, folks, so get out there with the munchkins and enjoy these last few weekends. If your girl has a thing for Barbies, Ellis Island is exhibiting Barbies from around the world. If your boy has a thing for sharks, it's Shark Week at Adventure Aquarium. And if Mom and Dad are biting some nails over the small ones entering the hallowed halls of education, a trip to the Short Hills Mall to hear an author speak on preschool preparation might be in order. Whatever you choose, kick back and enjoy this last month of summer!

Six Thrill-Seeking Adventures for Kids in New Jersey

For some kids the dark is not dark enough, the waters are never too deep, and a trip to the zoo is bah-hum.  Well, we've rounded up some kid-friendly activities that will make even the most jaded kid on the block open their eyes wide with excitement!  Are you brave enough to swim with real sharks?  Do you have the spunk to feed penguins or communicate with seals?  Are you adventurous enough to ride a monster truck?  Do you dare brave the heights and go parasailing?  Perhaps you have always dreamed of being a sailor and sleeping aboard a battleship or being a submarine captain for a day.  This is your chance to do some daring, different activities with your thrill seeking child. Read on, we have a great list of adventures to choose from.

NJ Weekend Events July 24-25: County Fairs, Hot Air Balloons & Family Fun

Forget the Jersey Shore!  This weekend there are festivals galore throughout New Jersey, so leave your bathing suit at home!  Check out the animals, lumberjacks, and racing bigs at the Monmouth County Fair or Morris County 4-H Fair. Take a hot air balloon ride or just enjoy the view from the ground at the NJ Festival of Ballooning.  The Karavan of Kids is a day of fun activities, performances and entertainment including a baseball game.  Animal enthusiasts can spend a Family Fun Day at Monmouth Park complete with pony rides, music, and face painting or learn how to be a zookeeper at Space Farms Annual Junior Zookeeper Day.  And Liberty Park is hosting City of Water Day with kayak tours, bird watching and more. Can't bear to leave the Shore?  How about concluding your trip to the beach with an ice cream sundae and Cabaret at the Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe...

NJ Weekend Events July 17-18: FREE celebrations of National Ice Cream Day, Summer Sailing, Butterfly and Family Festivals!

Ronald Reagan developed National Ice Cream Day in 1984 as a national holiday?! Who knew?! Well, we can’t imagine what else you would want to be doing this weekend except eating ice cream in honor of your country, but we’ll give you a few other options, you know, in case you’re lactose intolerant or something. You could also enjoy a live butterfly release or even venture into Manhattan for the mother of all family festivals, Global Family Day. Or maybe you could do all of these, ice cream cone in hand. Enjoy!

Outdoor Party Planners in NJ

One of the best things about summer, in our humble opinion, is being able to party hardy in the great outdoors. So save your pretty plates and table linens for Christmas, and take your fiesta outside with the help of one of New Jersey’s numerous party planning companies. We’ve got everything from children’s birthday bashes to block parties to neighborhood movie nights, and it’s their job to help you enjoy your gala under a big blue sky.

NJ Weekend Events July 10-11: Blueberries & more!

This is the weekend to celebrate the State Fruit of New Jersey: the blueberry!  There is a Blueberry Bash at Terhune Orchards and a BlueBEARy Blast at Camden Children's Garden to honor the state fruit.  There are also plenty of summer parties this weekend including a Beach-themed Party at the Morris Museum, lots of music and art at Maplewoodstock, and a family fun day and ice cream social at the Museum of Early Crafts and Trades.  Finally, for those who just want to get down and dirty with nature, you can go on a guided fossil hunt at Big Brook and get up close with caterpillars and the Bugseum of New Jersey.

New Playgrounds in Jersey City, Union City & (maybe soon) Hoboken

Have you checked out the new playgrounds in Jersey City, Union City and Hoboken?  Hamilton Park in Jersey City and Washington Park in Union City are completely redone, open to the public, and are prime summer destinations for the kids.  That is if you like mini-golf, barbecuing, tennis, and brand new spraygrounds, jungle gyms, & swings!  If you haven't visited them yet, pack your bags (and swimsuits, and tennis rackets, and portable grills) and make it a day at the park! 

NJ Fourth of July Weekend 2010: Beyond Fireworks!

Are you ready for the Fourth of July weekend?  There is much more going on this weekend in NJ than just the family barbecue and watching 4th of July fireworks!  On Saturday you can take a train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, watch some early fireworks aboard the Battleship NJ, make ice cream from scratch at Howell Living Historical Farm, and decorate & sail a sailboat at the Cooper Grist Mill.  On Sunday you can celebrate July 4th with the animals at the Turtleback Zoo or sign the Declaration of Independence at the Morven Museum & Garden.  If you are lucky enough to have Monday off, spend the day at Montclair's July 5th Parade and Family picnic and the evening at the NJ State Fair at the Meadowlands or at a demolition derby at the Cumberland County Fair.

NJ Weekend Events June 26-27: Free Festivals, Fairies, Fireflies & Fireworks

It's official: Summer is here!  That means weekend concerts and festivals, picnics on the lawn, pie eating concerts and dachshund races, and kids dressed like fairies running after fireflies at dusk.  This weekend is the launch of several pre-fourth-of-July celebrations including the Mercer County Park Freedom Festival and early fireworks at the Battleship New Jersey.  You can also picnic on the lawn while catching some first rate and family friendly music by the NJ Symphony Orchestra at the Annual Giralda Lawn Concert Arts & Music Festival.  For those seeking a more historic event, check out the New Jersey Renaissance Festival and Kingdom, complete with swordfights and a Fairy Grotto for fairy enthusiasts.  Feeling like spending the day down on the farm?  There is a Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards and cheese making sessions at Fosterfield Historical Farm.  Or celebrate the beginning of blueberry picking season at the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival.

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