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Father's Day Activities in NJ

historic baseballThank the devoted dads in your life by taking the whole family to one of these unique Father’s Day activities—it’s a great way to remind them how special they are.

Wednesday, June 13

Grilling with Dad

In this single cooking session, kids learn to be grillmasters with Dad. Then, everyone enjoys the meal they created and takes home the recipes, 3:15–4:15 pm, ages 3–6 with adult, registration required, $, WannaBee Chef, Cresskill, 201-503-0335

Saturday, June 16

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam: Path of Destruction Tour

Sixteen Monster Jam trucks go on a path of destruction. Marvel superhero fans can cheer on the Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, and Captain America trucks, 
7 pm, tickets required, $, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, 201-559-1300

Saturday, June 16 
and Sunday, June 17

Wings and Wheels Expo 2012

This family event features WWII airplanes and helicopters, historic and modern military airplanes, military vehicles, vintage and contemporary show cars, and live entertainment. Special features for kids include the Batmobile and Green Hornet cars as well as various contests, exhibits, vendors, and food, 9 am–5 pm on Saturday, 9 am–4 pm on Sunday, $, free/children under age 3, Teterboro Airport, Teterboro, 201-288-6344

Sunday, June 17

Father’s Day 2012 Excursion Train Ride

Spend the day with Dad on a 10-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion from Whippany to Roseland on a mid-1900s excursion train. Be on the lookout for animals, as the route takes you past a natural swamp with abundant wildlife, departures at 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm, tickets required, $, Whippany Station, Whippany, 973-887-8177

Father’s Day Hike

Spend quality time with Dad in an outdoor place of beauty and celebrate with a guided walk in the woods. No strollers, 1–3 pm, all ages, $, free/members and fathers, Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly, 201-568-6093

Father’s Day Street Fair and Craft Show

Have a fun family day with festival food, live entertainment, games, crafters, kiddie rides, a climbing wall, and more, 10 am, all ages, free, Franklin Ave., Nutley, 973-284-4951

Father’s Day Sunday

In response to the Civil War exhibit, hear a historical lecturer discuss medical practices during the war. Children can decorate a wooden drum, and families can take part in a scavenger hunt, 1 pm, $, free/dads, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown, 973-538-2404 x 10

WWE Presents No Way Out

Witness John Cena, Sheamus, The Big Show, plus many more WWE wrestlers as they hit the ring, 7:45 pm, tickets required, $, IZOD Center, East Rutherford, 201-935-8500

Father’s Day at the Ballpark

  • York Revolution vs. Somerset Patriots
Before the game, there will be a Fathers and Kids Catch on the field and baseballs for the first 500 participants. The day also includes an autograph session and kids can run around the bases, 1:05 pm, tickets required, $, TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater, 908-252-0700
  • New Jersey Jackals vs. Quebec Capitales
It’s Family Funday Sunday. After the game, kids can run the bases, play catch in the outfield, and get autographs, 2:05 pm, tickets required, $, Yogi Berra Stadium, Montclair, 973-746-7434
  • Historic Baseball Game
    One of Hoboken’s “100 Firsts” is hosting the first officially recorded, organized “base ball” game. The Hoboken Historical Museum will commemorate that match with a reenactment of a mid-19th-century game, 1 pm, all ages, free, Dobbelaar Baseball Field, Hoboken, 201-656-2240

What will your family be up to this Father's Day?

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