New Jersey

NJ Flea Markets, Summer Craft Fairs and Art Festivals

The origins of the term “flea market” are disputed, with explanations ranging from buyers and sellers being active as fleas, or that the very first flea market had flea-infested goods and people. Wherever the expression came from, flea markets are here to stay and a totally fun way to spend a summer day. And don’t forget to also check out all the summer craft fairs and festivals in NJ—there’s about 5,762 of them (only a slight exaggeration). We’re highlighting just a few of the best for your summer arts and crafts consumption. So cruise to the crafts and flee to the flea! (sorry, couldn’t resist.)

NJ Weekend Events for Kids, June 12-13: Pokemon, Chess For Life, and Panning for Gold, all FREE!

There’s a wild variety of fun FREE activities in New Jersey this weekend, so leave the wallet at home and head out to play chess on a 3-foot tall chess board, walk through the inside of a hot air balloon, pan for gold in the Musconetcong River, or be inspired by the athletes at the Special Olympics Summer Games. If you willing to spend a bit of dough, you can also take in a rodeo and Daddies can have a special tea party with their little princesses. Enjoy!

Drive-In Movie Theaters in NY and NJ!

Ah, the romance of the drive-in… smooching with your sweetie, eating stale popcorn, not caring what the movie is… Oh. Wait a minute. We have kids now. Well, the drive-in is still a blast! (though not quite as steamy…) And did you know that New Jersey is the birthplace of the drive-in? The very first one opened in Pennsauken in 1933 with the slogan “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are!” Still a big selling point, right? There are a mere five drive-in theaters accessible to Manhattanites and Jerseyites (under a two hour drive), so drive over, drive in, grab your snacks and enjoy!

NJ Weekend Events for Kids June 5-6: Fairy Festivals, Firetrucks, and Free Zoo Admission

Whether your little one likes to wear fairy wings or a fire helmet, this weekend New Jersey has the perfect event for you!  Festivities include a Fairy Festival, a Firetruck Parade, a Strawberry Festival, Dairy Day at the Farm, a celebration for Jersey boy Thomas Edison, an art party at Grounds for Sculpture, a Funfest for both kids and adults, and even a Tot Trot.  Too many choices?   Just forget the festivals and take advantage of a day of FREE admission to the Turtleback Zoo or lay low at one of the many "Get Out New Jersey!" events at the state parks.

Memorial Day Weekend Events for NJ Kids and Familes: Memorial Day at the Jersey Shore, Kite Festivals, & Battles Galore

Memorial Day is one of New Jersey's most important holidays: it means that it is time to hit the beach and the boardwalk!  And this weekend the Jersey Shore promises to deliver the best, including one of the nation's biggest kite festivals!  Kids can also get a taste of the country at sheepshearing festivals or by hopping on a hayride at a historical farm.  For those who want to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day, consider a trip to a historic farm or battlefield for a live reenactment or visiting some of NJ's naval or aviation museums...

NJ Weekend Events May 22-23: Free Fun Abounds with Bubble Wrap, Concerts, Sensory-Friendly Movies and Fitness!

It’s a crazy, mixed bag of activities in New Jersey this weekend, as we creep towards Memorial Day (the unofficial start of summer)! Bubble wrap art, birds, Broadway showtunes—and two rockin’ family bands headline our weekend selections. So go indoors for a sensory-friendly movie and the impossibly cool Dan Zanes & Friends, or sashay out into the sunshine for fitness festivals and the Laurie Berkner Band–don’t forget your sunscreen and a pig for your head!

NJ Weekend Events May 14-16: FREE Fun: Wacky "Senior" Proms,Wildflowers, Chili Cook-Offs, Classic Cars, Artists & Astronauts!

What a wild weekend we have for you! Kick it off tonight with a "Senior" prom in honor of Grandparents day (you KNOW you still have that off-the-shoulder, teal Merry-Go-Round dress stashed somewhere), then calm down with a kid-friendly stroll through the wildflowers and woods at New Jersey State Botanical Gardens.  Not ready to slow down just yet?  Speed off to the Classic Car show at High Point State Park, then head your family in that fast car down to Toms River for some burnin' hot chili (note: PACK A JUICEBOX) and childish fun!  But wait, there's more!  Visit Village life, pass into the planetarium and turn paper into Tibetan art.  By the end of this weekend, your kids'll be wishing THEY had a curfew for fun! 

Week in Review: Taste of Tribeca, Family Camping, Kid-Friendly Brooklyn, Strawberry Picking and More

Photo of the week: Brendan Fraser came to the hospital to premier his new movie, Furry Vengeance with the kids at the Cornell pediatrics unit. He actually sat through the whole thing with them, which was really quite an act of charity considering how sick he must be of seeing his butt getting kicked by animals over and over...and over...again. Good man!

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Rev Your Engines for Go Karts, Monster Trucks and Race Tracks in New Jersey

Ex-Governor Corzine isn’t the only New Jerseyan who feels a need for speed! At these racing venues, check out everything from punch buggies and monster trucks to jet cars and hot rods.  Ready to let the kids rev up on their own?  Hit the go kart tracks for some family racing rivalry–but remember, buckle up for safety!

NJ Weekend Events May 8-9: Mother's Day Flowers, Flour, Strolls, Songs, Tea and Treats for FREE!

Whether she likes flowers, music, brunch or theater, New Jersey offers the perfect event to make mom feel extra-special on Mother's Day!  She can sit back and relax with tea parties, plays and concerts; events at nature centers and gardens; FREE admission to children's museums and the aquarium; and even FREE flour (supplies permitting) for moms whose children are willing to try a hand at household chores of the 1880s.  Still don't have a mother's day gift?  No worries–there’s plenty of events that let kids make mom a special mother's day craft or even a simple bouquet of flowers–and hey, just an extra-sweet hug from the little one goes a long way!


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