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Things to Do Labor Day Weekend in NJ

Spend the holiday weekend with your family at these celebratory spots.


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9 Things to Do on Labor Day in NJ

Wednesday, August 30-Sunday, September 3

Wildest Weather in the Solar System

The New Jersey State Museum wants you to join them on a spectacular journey of mysterious weather phenomena. Witness a 400-year-old hurricane or a dust tempest that’s sure to grab your kids’ attention.

Full Steam Ahead! Model Trains and Railroads

Cruise to the Morris Museum to check out the Mega Model Train Set. Featuring over 35 diesel and steam locomotives with about 50 interactive working accessories, these models offer great fun, history and photo opps. Kids can even dress up like conductors!

Wednesday, August 30-Monday, September 4

Brunswick Square Mall Summer Fair

Enjoy all the arts and crafts, vendors, live music and food East Brunswick has to offer. Don’t forget to visit before it disappears with summer.

A Number Maze: Numbers in Nature at the Franklin Institute

Make sure you hold hands in this 1700-square-foot mirror maze. The maze teaches children that patterns are present in nature and everyday life. Not to mention, floor-to-ceiling mirrors are really cool—they’ll never want to leave.

Thursday, August 31-Sunday, September 3

Boonton Fire Department Labor Day Carnival

Nothing says summer send-off like an outdoor fair, which features tons of rides, a live concert, pig roast and huge firework display.

Friday, September 1

Summer Nights on Donaldson Farms

Sample delicious farm-fresh foods while enjoying the great outdoors in Hackettstown with your family. The live music, pony rides, duck races and lawn games are a perfect way to close the season.

Craft With Museum Educator: Bird Whirligigs

Try this hands-on activity with your little ones this weekend: assemble and decorate a wooden bird whirligig before jumping into a scavenger hunt to find other machines hidden throughout Madison’s Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.

PAW Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour

This free, immersive experience in Deptford is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to meet their favorite PAW Patrol characters. Kids can explore the inside of a life-size PAW Patroller and reenact rescue missions through an interactive play experience. In addition, there are photo and giveaway opportunities for your little fans.

First Friday Story Time

Hike over to the Tulpehaking Nature Center in Hamilton for a (free!) storytime worthy of your child’s attention. Afterwards, participate in a hands-on craft or activity.

Free Movies on the Beach

It’s the end of summer, so celebrate the last beach day of the year at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk for a showing of Zootopia. Kids can dig their feet in the sand while they laugh at their favorite characters’ hijinks.

Sunset Sips and Sounds at Terhune Orchards

Relax with a Sauvignon Blanc in a climate controlled wine barn, or sip on fruit wines while listening to a live musical performance. Terhune Orchards’ Sips and Sounds is the perfect place to unwind and kick off a relaxing, much-needed holiday weekend.

New York Liberty vs. San Antonio Stars

Grab tickets to this action-packed basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Don’t miss the chance to show your kiddos the Liberty, who have previously won 20 back-to-back games.

Friday, September 1-Monday, September 4

21st Annual Airfest

Calling all little pilots! Take tours of vintage bombers and other cool aircrafts, including the B-17 Flying Fortress and P-51 Mustang, at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum. Afterwards, enjoy music, loads of food, vendors and more in the nearby hangar.

St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival

This traditional Italian feast in Scotch Plains has a little something for every member of the family. Live music, rides and Italian chow are just a few of the many attractions at this annual gathering. Don’t miss out on tons of pizza, pasta, calzones and zeppoles.

Jack Horner’s Dino Dig

Bring your little archaeologists to the Liberty Science Center to explore this 35-ton sand pit, which holds 55 full-sized Cretaceous fossil replicas. Kids can unearth skulls, bones, eggs and more—some fossils may even be bigger than your children.

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition

Head to the Liberty Science Center (and don’t forget your premium or combination pass) for some live demonstrations of the myth-busting persuasion. For those parents who loved Mythbusters, don’t miss this opportunity to introduce your kids to this beloved series on the last day it's open.

Saint Joseph Feast

Every night this Labor Day weekend, the family can enjoy traditional Italian foods, rides and games. This feast in Lodi is the perfect opportunity to sink your teeth into some classic Italian food and fun.

Saturday, September 2

Manasquan Beach Labor Day Celebration

Kicking off the night with a concert at 7:30 pm and a massive fireworks display will give a proper farewell to summer. See you next year!

Garden State: Living Off the Land in Early New Jersey

Madison’s Museum of Early Trades and Crafts has quite the treat for your inquisitive kiddos. This exhibit explores the technology and tools from early NJ. Check out bee smokers, cradle scythes and other cool tools.

West Cape May Tomato Festival

Cape May’s tomatoes are worth the celebration. Of course everyone’s favorite Jersey fruit has its own festival. Pick fresh, ripened tomatoes, or spend a few bucks on tomato pies or empanadas — there’s plenty to choose from here.

Saturday, September 2-Sunday, September 3

Bacon, Bikes and Brews

This can’t-miss festival in Wall Township features a large beer tent, food trucks (with lots of bacon!), live bands, craft vendors and tons of historic bikes and motorcycles on display. Be sure to bring your bikes, as there’s an incredible bike trail from Manasquan to Allaire State Park.

Hands On History

Grab a “Pastport” and travel through different buildings, completing crafts and activities, all to be redeemed for a special treat! The Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May as activities like writing with a quill pen, carding wool or making a pinch pot.

Hessam Abrishami - Colors of Romance

Stone Harbor’s Ocean Galleries is hosting Persian artist Hessam over Labor Day weekend. This abstract impressionistic art creates enough depth and intrigue to keep you guessing. If you’re an art fan, you won’t pass on the opportunity to meet Hessam himself.

Intrepid Adventures - Flying in Style

If your kids have always wanted to get up-close and personal with aircrafts, you’re in luck! The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum wants to teach your kids how symbols and paint schemes identify each plane. In addition, you’ll get to create your own family squadron insignia and decorative plane.

Saturday, September 2-Monday, September 4

Monmouth Park Labor Day Weekend BBQ & Craft Beer Festival

Celebrate with the juiciest BBQ on the Jersey Shore, featuring ribs, pulled pork, brisket and more. After the barbecue, try some of the 40 beers offered at this three-day event.

Pocono Pirates

Enjoy the last hurrah of summer at this family-style whitewater rafting escapade in the Poconos. This custom Pirate ship allows you to captain your own ship down multiple rapids! Don’t forget the all-you-can-eat BBQ lunch.

Sunday, September 3

Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival

Along with free admission to this annual block party and concert, food and craft vendors line the street at this end-of-summer shore party.

Hell of the North Benefiting Avery’s Hope

Try giving back this holiday weekend at Hell of the North in Flemington. This charity event is raising money for children and families with rare GI diseases. Take a ride, volunteer or donate for a good cause.

33rd Annual Scandinavian Fest

If you’re Scandinavian, or a lover of festivals, try this heritage festival. There will be crafts, gifts, entertainment and programs for the kids. Reenactors, encampments artisans will recreate traditional Scandinavian life. Keep an eye out for the annual all-Jersey wife-carry contest.

Artsee Activities: At Work

This free, drop-in activity at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is great for children looking to be creative. Try the inventive toolbox and bag projects, but make sure you get there early because tickets are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Monday, September 4

Riverdale Labor Day Street Fair

Live entertainment, festival eats, handmade crafts, games, kiddie rides and more are just a few of the many attractions at this local fair.

Annual Mendham Borough Labor Day Parade

This annual parade will start at East Main St. and run along Mountain Ave. Be sure to stand by the gazebo for a great view of the festivities.

Annual South Plainfield Labor Day Celebration

One of the largest and oldest parades in NJ, this celebration kicks off at the Police Athletic League Recreation Center on Maple Ave. After the parade winds down at the middle school, enjoy the remainder of the day with live music, crafts, food vendors and a fireworks celebration at night.

42nd Annual Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair

Having attracted more than 25,000 attendees in past years, this annual street fair has everything from antiques and kid entertainment to good eats and a beer garden. Celebrate the end of summer at this classic fair with tons of crafts, live music and more.

Ongoing

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding

This holiday weekend, immerse your children in the rich history of America. This presentation explains our nation’s founding era through priceless drafts of the U.S. Constitution. Even better, you’ll be in our nation’s birthplace: Philadelphia!

Next Stop: Second Avenue Subway at the New York Transit Museum

Travel back an entire century and learn about NYC’s busiest subway lines. Kids can take a look at the subway’s beginnings, journeying back to the 1920s, and following the museum’s collection of photos, maps and artifacts to present day.

Maker, Maker at the Children’s Museum of the Arts

Explore DIY crafts and culture of New York with your little artists! Check out different mediums like crocheting, collaging and woodworking. Who knows? Maybe your kiddos will be inspired to pick up a new hobby.

Re-Presenting Disability Exhibition

Check out the collaborative exhibitions in the Morris Museum’s Art Garden, created by artists working with the Art Garden CSA. Bring your children and enjoy the works of many talented artists along with the rest of the community.

Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate

This hands-on, interactive exhibition explains the revolutionary discoveries of space and rocket science. Blast off in a Friendship 7 capsule and travel back to Ancient Egypt in a time machine — either way, your kids will want to be astronauts before you leave.

Humpback Whales

Dive into the American Museum of Natural History’s whale watching adventures. Learn about the world of humpback whales through either 2D or 3D theater experiences.

Mommy and Me at Chocolate Works

Here’s a sweet idea: learn how to hand-make sweets and decorate chocolate treats! Play with a real chocolate fountain, and fulfill your children’s wildest Willy Wonka fantasies. Reservations are required.

The Evolution of Military Fashion

What better way to celebrate the holiday weekend than to check out the evolution of American military uniforms? From 1776 to the Revolutionary War to World War II, there’s a lot more to military fashion than meets the eye.

Drop-In and Play

Caregivers and little ones will love this opportunity to play, explore and socialize. Kids will love stations featuring a sensory box, play dough, easel and more. This weekend, play at your own pace.

Ladder 11

This firefighter-themed exhibit has tons of hands-on exploration opportunities. The old-school pole, gear and bell just skim the top of what the Staten Island Children’s Museum has to offer. Your mini-firefighters will feel right at home at Ladder 11.

Trails of Vernon Challenge

Spend some time in the great outdoors on 50 miles of trail throughout Vernon township. The family can hike, bike, walk or run. Try a Trail Challenge and find specific landmarks — don’t forget to snap a picture!

Farm Fun at Alstede Farms

Do you think your kids will love climbing a giant hay pyramid? Feeding farm animals? Taking a ride on a pony? If you said yes, travel to Chester for Alstede’s many family-friendly activities!

10 Acre Sea Turtle Corn Maze

This 10-acre corn maze in Chester opens Labor Day weekend with a great theme: sea turtles! Kids can learn all about these sea creatures and how to help them. After the maze, jump on a hayride or pick some pumpkins and apples.

 
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