Weekend Events in NJ August 14-15: FREE fishing derby and hula hoop contest, Princess/Pirate Party & the NY Renaissance Faire!

Things to do with Kids in New Jersey

Only three weeks to Labor Day and the start of the school year, so let’s party in NJ this weekend! You can fish, hula hoop, be a princess eating a peach, or eat ribs and listen to rock’n’roll. You can even enter the Empire State to attend the famous New York Renaissance Faire (because who doesn’t want to take their kid to see actors hamming it up and saucy barmaids in push-up bras?) Enjoy the waning days of summer!


New York Renaissance Faire
(Tuxedo, NY)

This is the 33rd season of the NY Faire and it seems to be a rite of passage. Games, rides, horses, giant roasted turkey legs, arts and crafts, wenches—who could ask for anything more? Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15 from 10am to 7pm. Adults: $20/ Children 5 - 12: $10/ Children under 5: Free. Advance ticket discounts available. Call 845-351-5171 for more info.

Free Fishing Derby (Montclair)

This is a great opportunity for family fun and eternal stories about “the one that got away”. The Montclair Police Athletic League is hosting a free fishing derby for kids aged 6 to 12 and their families. Prizes will be given for the first fish caught and for the largest fish. You’re encouraged to bring your own fishing pole, although there will be a limited number of rentals available. Saturday, August 14. Registration from 8:30am to 9am, derby held from 9am to 11am. FREE plus the cost of pole rentals (if needed). Registration required to participate. Call 973-744-1234 for more info.

Hula Hooping Contest at Just Kidding Around (Montclair) 

Fishing, hula hoops—Montclair is really hopping this weekend. The toy store Just Kidding Around is about to hold its first ever hula-hooping contest. See how many times you can hoop and how long you can keep that puppy up. FREE and with great prizes. Sunday, August 15 at 1 pm. For information call 973-233-9444.

Peach, Princess and Pirate Party Family Festival (Camden) 

What a combo—Jersey peaches and a princess/pirate party. Part of the Camden Children’s Garden Weekend Series, children are encouraged to dress in their favorite Princess or Pirate costume and make some themed crafts. Saturday, August 14 and Sunday August 14 from 12pm to 4pm. $6/adults, $5/children (3-11), and free for children two and younger. Call 856-365-8733 for info.

Kid’s Cabaret, Brundage Park Playhouse (Randolph)

The popular Kid’s Cabaret at Brundage Park Playhouse has become a yearly tradition; this year’s offering is “Are We There Yet?” and features kids from 8 to 19 performing songs, dances and comedy skits. Saturday August 14 and Sunday August 15 at 2pm. $15/adults, $12/children under 12 and Seniors. All seats are reserved. For more info or to make a reservation, call 973-989-7092.

Rocks, Ribs and Ridges Festival (Vernon) 

So what do you do on a ski mountain in the summertime? Have a huge festival, of course. Hidden Valley Club, a popular ski resort, opens their grounds for a giant barbeque and rock concert, featuring Dave Mason, The Marshall Tucker Band, and New Riders of the Purple Sage, among others. Saturday August 14, 11:30am to 9pm, Sunday August 15, 11:30am to 7:30pm. General admission $35 for one-day pass, $60 for two day pass. Call 973 764-4200 for more info.