Things To Do This Weekend, May 11-14
Craft beer and country fairs and festivals, oh my! Find something perfect for your crew to do this spring weekend.
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Wednesday, May 10-Saturday, May 13
Kids go wild with rides, games and gift tables. Grab some carnival fare and a drink at the beer garden, and don’t miss your shot at the giant 50/50 raffle at Our Lady of Peace Country Fair in New Providence.
Photo courtesy of Historic Smithville
See the works over 100+ juried crafters before stopping at the international food court. Let the kids run wild at the many attractions and activities perfect for their age group, then soak in the sights and live entertainment.
The Center for Contemporary Art's in Bedminster is hosting a family art day that features tons of crafts, activities, gallery tours and refreshments. Don’t leave without grabbing a swag bag with a limited-edition T-shirt (bags given to first 50 guests).
Thursday, May 11-Saturday, May 13
Celebrate spring by scouring a wide range of vegetables and herbs with your gang. You can even score some freebies if you become a member of the Montclair History Center while there.
Friday, May 12
There are games, grub and inflatables your whole crew will adore at this first ever festival. Enjoy Thai, cupcakes, lobster and more.
Head to the high school for a DJ, live band, video games, laser tag and of course, plenty of delicious food!
The kids will be thrilled by this cultural percussion performance that tells proverbs and fables. Head to MPAC in Morristown for this one.
Friday, May 12-Sunday, May 14
This plant sale supports the Rutgers Gardens Student Internship Program in New Brunswick, which offers hands-on experience for more than a dozen students. Find unique, gorgeous flowers to decorate your home or cook with.
What better way to spend Mother's Day than exploring gardens with your little ones at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton? Head here on the 12th from 4-6 pm for a Mother's Day Tea, or order a picnic basket to indulge in on the grounds at May 13th from 11 am-4 pm at the Peacock Café (RSVP early!). On the 14th, there's plenty to do including picnicking, brunch at Rat's Kitchen and venturing through the sprawling gardens.
Saturday, May 13
Head to Readington River Buffalo Farm in Flemington to check out tons of bison and newborn calves. Don’t miss out on farm tours, pony rides and hay wagons. There will even be historical reenactments and blacksmith demos for your squad to check out.
This show is about a girl who wants to get rid of her freckles more than anything. She'll learn a valuable lesson about what makes us different also making us special. The show is in Jersey City.
Explore 2000 Middle School in Jersey City is hosting this traditional carnival fest. Enjoy food, music, magic, raffles, a dunk tank and more.
They'll get a load of the Academy of Natural Science show before jumping around on inflatables, getting their faces painted and playing games. Don’t miss out on everything Smithville has to offer, including a carousel, paddle boats and an arcade.
Photo courtesy of Central Jersey Irish Festival Facebook page
Make your way to Lake Topanemus in Freehold to get your fill of leprechauns, Irish music and dancing. Don't miss out on the kids' play place and Irish food.
Is your little one an animal lover? He’ll be mesmerized by all the live animals and zookeeper talks about endangered species at Bergen County Zoo in Paramus. There are various educational activities and crafts for him to get his hands on, too.
This family festival in Sparta's Station Park is a blast for guests of all ages. Look through more than 125 vendors’ goods, plus enjoy live entertainment, chow down on food and watch your little ones go on inflatables.
Get a blast from the past at this throwback festival at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan. Honor the centennial of WWI, 19th-century baseball, sit in on a plowing demo, Lenape food demos and a flying flea circus.
This family art day at Bedminster's Center for Contemporary Art features tons of crafts, activities, gallery tours and refreshments. Don’t leave without grabbing a swag bag with a limited-edition T-shirt (bags given to first 50 guests).
Seek out frogs and other amphibians in the waters on-site in Cranbury. These small ponds fill up temporarily in the springtime, and are hotspots for tons of interesting critters. Be prepared to get your feet wet and muddy!
Head to WheatonArts in Millville for a taste of craft brews from all around. More than 25 brewers will be there showing off their tasty stuff, so you can see what all the hubbub is about and then go check out glass work.
This Lawrenceville event will make you realize how beautiful the earth truly is. There will be plant sales, wildlife shows, kids activities, music and more.
Fanwood train station will have plenty of handmade goods for you to admire; you may even find the perfect piece to buy as a Mother's Day gift.
Kids eight and up can express their creativity at this craft demo at Warren County Library in Hackettstown.
Kids can craft their own bouquet with the help of the resort florist at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg to give to Mom as a gift. There's also a spa, restaurants and golfing for parents to check out, too.
Photo courtesy of Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
Does your little one adore fairies? He can build his own broken clay pot garden for his fairy friends at Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, chock-full of natural fairy decorations and accessories like tables and swings.
Make your way to the outlets in Tinton Falls to get your exercise in a unique way. Your crew will get a work out and blasted with vibrant colors along the way.
Belmar Beach is hosting all young scallywags on the hunt for buried treasure. Go on the hunt and win prizes, plus dress in your best pirate threads.
Crafts, music, artisans and a maker's fair make this street fair extra special for fairgoers of all ages.
Head to the Netcong Train Station with your little ones for family friendly fun, music and food. For the grown ups, there will be plenty of craft beer for sipping.
Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 14
Moms get free wine tastings and samples of baked goods made right at the farm at Terhune Orchards in Princeton. Check out other goodies at the barnyard and farm store after you're finished sipping.
Sunday, May 14
Head to Alstede Farms in Chester for a delicious sweet treat just for mom. Meet and greet barnyard animals like horses, sheep, cows and pigs, then take a hayride around the grounds.
Sit down with the whole family at a delicious Mother’s Day brunch in Oceanport while watching a nail-biting horse race. All moms get a free gift while supplies last, and can also enter to win prizes. Visit the champagne bar before taking advantage of Family Fun Day activities, like face painting, pony rides and a bounce house.
Enjoy a live concert by Mike Cono while sipping some delicious vino at Sharrott Winery in Hammonton. Overlook the vineyard while you munch on some tasty food truck fair. Admission is free for your crew, and wine tastings are available.
From May 12-June 11, you can see this prequel to the Peter Pan story we all know and love. It's said to be a grown-up prequel, but the production at Eagle Theatre in Hammonton is for all ages.
Rewind the clock at an annual event that spotlights the Garden State’s little-known history of toy-making. Kids get to check out over 100 toys that were made locally between 1800 and the 1960s—aka Jersey’s Golden Era of manufacturing.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of 37 local artists on a self-guided driving tour through the winding roads of Hunterdon County. Art enthusiasts can take in the best local work in all mediums—from paintings to ceramics to woodworking.
Get all the laughs without going on stage at a workshop that teaches how to make short, can-barely-breathe-funny vignettes. Aspiring writers learn the mechanics of character development, heightened jokes and watch a breakdown of comedy sketches before coming up with their own versions. No experience required.
PHOTO COURTESY OF STUMPY'S HATCHET HOUSE
Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Eatontown is housed in an enormous industrial park that feels like a hunting lodge, this is the place to go-to take out all your frustration on defenseless targets. Don’t forget your flannels and a six-pack of your favorite brew. Head here anytime this month.
Parents get to let loose sans kids at this gigantic arcade anytime after 10 pm on Fridays. The 21-and-over crowd can play games, listen to music from DJ Class Kills and take advantage of a full-service grill and sports bar. Your ticket also includes spins on go-karts, a round of laser tag and an epic 4-D movie experience.
Got a fire truck-obsessed kid? This high-tech exhibit gives kids the chance to climb aboard a real fire truck cab before getting their hands dirty in a demo where they try on all kinds of gear. There’s also a Hazard House (complete with special effects and interactive devices) that teaches visitors how to get out of a burning building safely.
Get lost in the Amazon in this new display that features one of the rainforest’s scariest creatures: piranhas. Children learn all about this extreme climate in an interactive exhibit that’s chock-full of red-bellied piranhas making their way through circuits of waterfalls.