Jaime Wisz

Jaime Wisz

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Weekend Fun: Great Pumpkin Festival, Fall Zoo Sleepover, Shopkins Live!

It’s almost officially fall, and weekends are already full of autumn awesomeness. This weekend, you can embark on a Giant Corn Maze Adventure, take an Autumn Excursion train ride, or go all-in on fall fun at the Great Pumpkin Festival. Celebrate the season at one of the many fall fairs happening throughout the state this month, visit one of NJ's amazing family-friendly farms, or head to an apple orchard to pick your own fruit. 

Other weekend highlights include the New Jersey Storytelling Festival, held this year at Howell Living History Farm; the Fall Zoo Sleepover at Turtle Back Zoo; and Shopkins Live! at Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Find many more ideas for weekend fun in our list of 35 Things We Can't Wait To Do with NJ Kids This Fall and in our Fall Fun Guide. And look to our Event Calendar for a full listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Weekend Fun: Peach Festivals, Hot Air Balloons, County Fairs

August is here, but don't panic—there's still plenty of summer left! Make the most of this weekend by checking out one of the many fairs and festivals happening across the state, including the New Jersey State Fair: Sussex County Farm & Horse Show, Terhune Orchards' Just Peachy Festival, and the Cape May Beer & Crab Festival. Take a break from the heat with Bank of America Free Museum Days or a performance of West Side Story; catch a free movie on the beach; or explore the forest on a guided nature walk

Find more ways to beat the heat in our Summer Fun Guide for NJ Kids, including our list of 15 Awesome NJ Water Parks, Best Splash Pads and Water Playgrounds, and the Best Jersey Shore Beaches for Families. And be sure to check out our Event Calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond. 

Last but not least, visit our brand-new local DEALS page to score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for NJ kids. Check back often, as we're constantly adding new ones.

Diggerland: A NJ Amusement Park for Construction-Loving Kids

If your kids can't get enough of trucks and dirt, head to Diggerland USA, a construction-themed amusement park in West Berlin. Diggerland is a child's construction-site fantasy, with a setup designed to fulfill the dreams of little builders ages 2 and up.

My 2-year-old son and I recently took the ride to West Berlin to see what it was all about, and we had a blast. However, we'll probably wait another year before returning so as to avoid the temptations of the rides he wasn't big enough to go on just yet. That said, if you're looking for a unique alternative to traditional amusement parks this summer, a trip to Diggerland is definitely in order. 

Weekend Fun: Storybook Celebration, Orange County Fair, Pirate Adventure

Summer is in full swing and the temperatures are soaring, but that doesn't mean there isn’t fun to be had. Whether you’re looking for carnival festivities at the Orange County Fair, a Caboose Mystery, or a Pirate Adventure, there is something going on for just about everyone this weekend.

If you want to cool off, check out our list of Free Beaches or Water Playgrounds and Splash Pads in New Jersey. See the July GoList for family fun options that can’t be missed, and don't forget to check our Event Calendar for a full listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Weekend Fun: Day Out with Thomas, Amazing Sandcastles, Free Movies

The second weekend of July is packed with summery delights, from blueberries and barbecue to free movies on the beach. You can watch the sunset from the top of Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, rock out at Maplewoodstock, and take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. And if you haven't been to the New Jersey State Fair yet, catch it this weekend before it closes!

Did we mention that many of this weekend's events are FREE? And speaking of free, be sure to take a look at our list of 100 Free Things To Do with Kids This Summer in NJ, featuring no-cost activities and events through September.

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for the best ways to stay cool this weekend, and don't miss our July GoList and Event Calendar for even more summer happenings. 

Best July Fairs and Festivals for New Jersey Families

Fairs and festivals and feasts, oh my! It’s non-stop action in NJ this month—read on for our recommendations and choose your favorites. With everything from state and county fairs to music and food festivals—and of course, awesome July 4th celebrations—there’s something happening almost every day in July. Mark your calendar now, and have a blast all month long.

Berry lovers: be sure to check out our roundup of NJ's awesome blueberry festivals, many of which take place in July. And for more warm-weather action, visit our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun in New Jersey: Fantasy Faire, Lobster Fest, Blueberries Galore

Summer is in full swing this weekend with a host of fairs and festivals throughout NJ. Celebrate world cultures at the XRootsFest; pick your own berries at three blueberry festivals, spread your wings at Fairy Day, and unleash your creativity at the 10th annual Junebug ArtFest

If you want to cool off this weekend, head to one of New Jersey's beautiful beaches or lakes, or take a dip in a local pool.

Read on for more weekend fun, and be sure to check out our June GoList and comprehensive Event Calendar