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Free Beaches in New Jersey: No-Cost Family Fun in the Sun

If your summer bucket list includes camp, vacation, and trips to our beloved Jersey Shore, summertime can be a season of major spending. Jersey Shore excursions are a must for summer fun, but prices of beach badges and passes can really add up. Luckily, New Jersey is home to some free beaches—that's right, no admission fees required (though some do have parking fees). While some of these free beaches are found in popular vacation hotspots, other quieter and unguarded ones are located by swimming lakes and bays. Read on for 10 of our favorites.

The Best NJ Zoos and Aquariums for Animal Encounters with Kids

Treat your kids to a real animal adventure at one of New Jersey's amazing zoos, aquariums, and animal preserves. At these day trip–worthy spots, little animal lovers can meet their favorite furry friend, check out exotic wildlife from other continents, or swim with the sharks (yes, really!). We've rounded up the best places in the Garden State for New Jersey kids to have an up-close-and-personal encounter with animals of every kind. 

4th of July Weekend for NJ Kids: Fireworks, Festivals, and More Fun Things To Do

The long 4th of July weekend blasts off on Thursday, July 4, with fireworks and festivities in Wildwood, Long Branch, Camden, and Cape May, among many others.

The Independence Day fun continues all weekend with rides and games at Leonia Sports Booster Club Carnival and Cumberland County Fair, and with delicious eats at TRUCKerton Food Truck & Brew Fest, City of Millville Fireworks & Food Truck Festival, and Terhune's Blueberry Bash. Plus, carve out some time for train rides and dinosaur expeditions this weekend.

Find even more options for weekend family activities in our Summer Fun Guide, including Free Summer Outdoor Movies for New Jersey Families. And look to our July GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond. Happy Fourth, NJ!

Best Fourth of July Activities for Kids That Aren't Fireworks

It's Fourth of July week, and the kids are itching for something fun to do before the big fireworks show. Keep them entertained with these Independence Day activities, including patriotic crafts, cooking projects, and even day trips.

We've rounded up plenty of kid-friendly things to do this Fourth of July, including for toddlers and preschoolers who might prefer to avoid those startling (and thunderous) sky explosions. But we didn't neglect the big kid and teen activities either.

Find more at-home activity ideas in our Boredom Busters for Kids guide, including 100 Awesome Crafts and the Ultimate Summer Play List.

Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway!

Yes, Mommy Poppins is your go-to for fun all year round, but especially summertime – our Summer Guides and local family event calendars are jam packed with outings and activities galore. But we wanted to put a little extra sizzle in your season, so this summer we’re hosting our biggest giveaway ever! Each week, for the entire summer, we’re giving away a different awesome prize package.

Best July Fairs and Festivals for New Jersey Families

Soak up the sun, sandcastles, and even sunflowers at family-friendly summer fairs and festivals throughout New Jersey in July. Independence Day kicks off a festival-filled month with fireworks and festivities. Plus, plenty of county fairs offer good, old-fashioned fun in July—swing by events in Cumberland, Ocean, Burlington, Morris, Gloucester and Monmouth counties.

Hit the Jersey Shore for fun-in-the-sun festivals, like the Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival, Anglesea Blues Festival, and Surf and Turf Festival. And admire a sky full of brilliant colors at the QuickCheck Festival of Ballooning and the Warren County Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Mark your calendars with these 30+ July fairs and festivals. And for more July happenings, check out our July GoList and Summer Fun Guide for NJ Kids.

50 Fun Things to Do on Cape Cod with Kids this Summer

Looking for fun things to do in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with the kids? We're regulars to the beautiful Cape Cod area and are happy to share our favorite family attractions. Known for its pristine beaches, legendary seafood, charming main streets, and a seemingly endless supply of kids activities, the Cape makes an ideal family vacation destination.

Of course, a trip to Cape Cod usually means a focus on low-key activities to wipe the school-year stress away with those sea breezes. Don't fret. From the moment you cross over the Sagamore Bridge, you are on Cape Time. Say goodbye to schedules and uncomfortable shoes and hello to family-time and flip-flops. Spend the day splashing in the water or building sandcastles. Try out mini golf after a leisurely dinner feast of lobster rolls.

July GoList: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

July is all about barbecues and fireworks, sure—but that's just the start of the fun happening throughout the Garden State this month. You can take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, dig for dinosaur bones, and rock out at Maplewoodstock. Watch hot-air balloons take to the sky at the QuickChek Festival of Ballooning, and celebrate blueberry season at NJ's many pick-your-own farms and festivals.

But wait, there's more! July is packed with free summer movies and tons of family-friendly festivals. And of course, it's prime season for beaches, boardwalks, and water parks. Find all of this and more in our Summer Fun Guide, and don't forget to check our Event Calendar, updated daily with summer happenings across NJ. 

Pick-Your-Own Blueberries and More NJ Berry Farms for Families

Blueberry picking is a perfect summer activity for the whole family: the bushes are low, the berries pop off the plants easily, and your family can literally pick hundreds without breaking the bank—or your back hauling them home. Lucky for us, blueberries are the official state fruit of New Jersey, and they are plentiful throughout the Garden State.

We’ve assembled a list of some of the best pick-your-own farms NJ has to offer for kids, along with a few blueberry festivals. Happy picking!

Weekend Fun: NJ State Fair, Fireworks, Dino Dig Season Opening

The last weekend of June is packed with summer fun for NJ kids and families. Have a blast with pre–Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations in Scotch Plains, Montville, and Atlantic City; or listen to live music at events like the Fanwood Summer FanJamOak Ridge Park Food Truck & Music Festival and Hillsborough Music Festival.

Enjoy blueberries galore at the Red, White and Blueberry Festival in Hammonton (the self-proclaimed "Blueberry Capital of the World), and stop by Liberty Science Center for the season opening of Jack Horner's Dino Dig.

Find even more weekend options in our Summer Fun Guide, including 100 Free Things to Do with New Jersey Kids this Summer. And look to our June GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

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