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Things To Do This Weekend, May 3-7

What kid doesn't like a good old fashioned street fair? How about a child-friendly play? A craft workshop? There's something for every little one in your house to do this weekend.


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Wednesday, May 3-Sunday, May 7

Shen Yun

Experience this one-of-a-kind Chinese dance performance with your crew at Newark's NJPAC. You’ll set out on a journey through ancient dynasties, legends and stories. Your kids will be astounded by the aerial feats, music and singing.

Thursday, May 4

Photo courtesy of Swim Team Facebook page
 

Swim Team at Merck Allies for the Differently Abled 

Head to a screening of Kenilworth for a story about three young swimmers with autism. The film shows how their team brings about hope for the community. Tickets must be requested in advance.

Angry Birds

Head to Ramsey Movie Night at the Ramsey Library. The kiddos will be quickly immersed in the adventures of Red, Chuck and Bomb in this animated film.  

Friday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo Skate

Take a spin around the roller rink at Millennium Skate World in Camden with your crew. Enjoy music, lights and a fun night out in celebration of this festive Mexican holiday.  

Cinco de Mayo at Blue Morel

Head to Morristown to celebrate with tasty food and tequila. Sample delicious concoctions made from Milagro tequila while enjoying a three-course meal. Be warned: the restaurant fills up quickly, so play it safe and make a reservation.

Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl

Knock back a few Coronas, margaritas and sangria in Hoboken, all with special pricing. Once you’ve navigated your way around the sombrero-clad college kids, Uber just a few miles down the road to Taqueria or Orale in Jersey City for authentic Mexican minus the crowds.

Swirling with the Swine Pig Roast

Make the drive to Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes for some tasty roasted pig, apps and sweets by Q Crew Catering. Listen to blues and jazz live while you eat and drink. 

Friday, May 5-Sunday, May 7 

Photo courtesy of Steampunk World's Fair
 

Go Back in Time at The Steampunk World’s Fair

Dress up in retro-futuristic garb and choose from tons of lectures and activities, like a build-your-own ray gun, corset bones and hoop wire demos. There will be a costume contest and live music. And don’t miss the open bar (tickets are required) where’ll sample absinthe-based drinks from the 1800s, all in Piscataway.

Beauty and the Beast

Not about the Cinco de Mayo hubbub? Head to a show at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank with the little ones. If they already love the movie, they're sure to love the stage rendition. 

Greek Fest on the Hill

Clifton's St. George Greek Orthodox Church is throwing an authentic cultural celebration your whole crew can kick back at. Enjoy music, dancing, shopping and more. 

Saturday, May 6

Palisades Indoor Farmers Market 

Make your way to Palisades, NY on May 6 to pick up fresh fruit, cheese, veggies and baked goods from local farms. There are also items like soap, lotion and ready-to-eat meals. Crafts and live music make it a fun Saturday morning for the kids, too.

Gloucester County Craftsmen and Home Fair 

Head to Mullica Hill to see the works of more than 100 artists and craftsmen from around the state,

Secaucus Annual Green Festival 

Celebrate nature with kids activities, boat rides, animal meet-and-greets and more. There are tons of green product vendors and food stands, too.

Bird Pokémon Scavenger Hunt

Discover tons of local birds at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland and their Pokémon twins. Kids will search the grounds for answers during this unique scavenger hunt. 

Chester Food Truck Festival

Chow down on grub from more than 20 food trucks, then wash it down with some tasty craft beer or wine. This event benefits the local First Aid squad. 

Spring Tide Festival

This Stone Harbor celebration has crafters, beach fun, a beer and wine garden and live entertainment. There's also a farmers market to check out for fresh goods and retail booths. 

Photo courtesy of Hoboken Historical Museum
 

Black and White Masked Ball

Enjoy this Hoboken event that features a glam dinner, dancing, a DJ and both live and silent auctions. 

Clifton's Downtown Street Fair 

Wander around town investigating vendors, craft stands, food and more. The kids will have ton to keep them busy. 

Harrison Township Day

This classic spring event has tons for fair-goers of all ages to eat, drink and explore.

Junior Animation Station

Does your kid love animated movies? Chances are she'll enjoy learning how the films are made. She’ll hear about the craft from animation engineers, and even design her own tools to animate herself. Head to Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg for this one. 

Toms River Food Fest 

Make your way to Washington Street to explore local food trucks, arts and crafts, vendors, kiddie rides and live entertainment. 

Emerson PTA Food Truck and Craft Fair Festival 

This event is sure to be a blast, featuring a wide range of grub and more than 40 craft vendors.

Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival 

Make the trip to Skylands Stadium in Augusta for a ball just for beer nerds and foodies. There will be backyard games like volleyball and wiffleball for kids to enjoy.

Spring Fling Arts and Crafts Festival

Any artists or DIY-ers in the house? Head to this event in Ocean Grove that's chock full of crafters and food vendors to check out.

Oasis Pirate Adventures

Spend the afternoon at Oasis Family Farm in Robbinsville for a day of buccaneering. Kids will get eye patches, tattoos and more to dress the part while they hunt for hidden treasures around the farm. 

Creative Arts and Music Festival

Lincroft's Thompson Park Creative Arts Center is putting on this party where you can see an arts competition, look at handcrafted pottery and jewelry, listen to live music and snack on festival food.

Big Brew Day

Calling all homebrewers! Head to downtown Hammonton to taste some of the best beers around, plus learn how to make your own. 

Photo courtesy of Tuckerton Seaport
 

“Truck”erton Food Truck and Brew Fest

Come through to Tuckerton with girlfriends or family for craft beer, live music and delicious food. Be sure to take part in one of NJ's greatest debates: Pork Roll vs. Taylor Ham. 

Kearny Food Truck Festival

Tacos and pizza and milkshakes, oh my! Get a taste of everything from empanadas to waffles at this food fest. There’s live music and an outdoor market, plus crafts for kids and beer for adults. 

Jr. First LEGO League Expo

North Plainfield Middle School wants little builders to check out these elaborately-researched and constructed LEGO models. The project theme is animals, so kids are sure to love it. It's a great non-competitive opportunity for teams to show off their hard work.

Free Comic Book Day 

For those who love comics, superheroes and graphic novels, this  is a dream. Comic book stores across the country will be handing out free comics to guests, while supplies last. Millions of comics will be given out in hopes of introducing a new generation of fans to the genre.

Mommy & Me Tea and Craft Workshop 

Liberty Hall Museum in Union will let you get crafty with your tot by trying your hand at making spring crepe paper flowers. Then, sip tea and lemonade while nibbling on sweet treats. She’ll feel all grown up.

Sensory Friendly Cinderella

This laid-back dance performance put on by Roxey Ballet at TCNJ in Pennington is especially for kids with special needs or on the autism spectrum. Adaptations will be made to the production in order for special needs audiences to view it calmly and peacefully.

Happily Ever After

Get a load of these fairy tales with a “Grimm” twist. This funny (not scary) show is put on by Bright Star Touring Theatre, a troupe that will mesmerize your little ones with renditions of Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin. This show takes place at SOPAC in South Orange.

Photo courtesy of Newark Museum
 

Greater Newark Mini-Maker Faire

Go to the Newark Museum for science presentations, robots, woodworking and other handsy activities and demos. This is a STEM kid's dream. 

Creative Arts and Music Festival

Thompson Park Creative Arts Center in Lincroft is hosting this competition for teens and adults in both pottery and jewelry. Listen to live music and chow down on snacks. 

Saturday, May 6 and 13

Magic Tree House

Follow Jack and Annie through space at RVCC's planetarium in Branchburg as they learn about the sun, planets and more. The mysterious “M” has left riddles behind, so help them figure out the answers along the way. 

Saturday, May 6-Sunday, May 7

Historic Smithville's Renaissance Faire 

This celebration will take you back to the old days of the English Renaissance with sword fights, knights, jesters and more. There’s tons to see and do here, like dancing, singing, sword fighting and shopping. You might even cross paths with a jester or knight.

The Lion King Jr.

Make your way to Smiling Rhino Theatre in Pompton Lakes for a stage rendition of the Disney story your kids already adore. 

Kite Day

Go to Terhune Orchards in Princeton for this spring farm event. There are plenty of kids games, animals, wagon rides and homemade foods for your whole crew to take advantage of. 

Sunday, May 7

Family Fun Day

Take a trip to Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge with your little jockeys. Mini-equestrians get to hop on horseback or a pony. Go for a hayride, enjoy the food, meet with local groups and organizations and let the kids play some arcade games.

Warren Middle School Touch-A-Truck

In Warren, they'll check out trucks, police cars, construction vehicles and more.

Photo courtesy of Paper Mill Playhouse
 

Alice In Wonderland

Head to Millburn's Paper Mill Playhouse to see the Pushcart Players put on this fun, funky show. This story about adolescent discovery will thrill your kids with comedy, mystery and pure nonsense. 

Touch-A-Truck at Garden State Plaza

While in Paramus, they can explore the trucks before going in the bounce houses, crafting, eating and more. 

Paulette’s C of Blue

Bring the kiddies out to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold for the Fun Run, or have them cheer you on in the 5K. Funds raised go toward fighting colorectal cancer at CentraState. Enjoy the food, music, raffles and kid activities.

Mother's Day Masquerade

Make your way to UCPAC's Hamilton Stage in Rahway for a night of entertainment including comedy, music, singing and more. The mom with the best mask will win an exciting gift basket. 

Westwood Spring Community Day

Celebrate the change of season with crafts, vendors, kids activities, food trucks and live entertainment. There's also a farmers market to check out for fresh goods and retail booths.

Maypole Event

Bring the kids to Upper Saddle River Historical Society for crafting, candle making and a butter making demo. They’ll get to sit in on storytime, and have a chance to make a Mother’s Day gift for you, too. 

Annie

Who doesn’t love this iconic show about a little orphan girl? Bring the family to New Brunswick's State Theatre so they can sing along to timeless favorites like “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”

Ongoing

Fire Museum at the Newark Museum

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.

Piranha Falls at the Adventure Aquarium

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.

Toy World! at the New Jersey State Museum

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. 

The Hunterdon Art Tour

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. 

Sketch Comedy Writing

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
 

Axe-Throwing

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.

Go Kid-Free at iPlay America

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.

 

Find Even More Things to Do This Weekend 

Staying in for Cinco de Mayo? Try one of these tasty Latin recipes. 

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