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Things To Do This Weekend, August 10-13

Little naturalists will love the Butterfly Festival. Movie buffs can head to the Monmouth Film Festival. Foodies can pig out at TRUCKerton Food Truck & Brew Fest. Whatever your passion, we've got you covered.


Photo courtesy of Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association

Thursday, August 10

Camp in a Day: MakerSpace

Calling all little woodworkers! Under professional craftsmen, your little ones can create a handcrafted, functioning lamp at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. Bring your creativity to this first-look into carpentry.

Free Movie Night: Monster Truck

When a young man working in a tiny town finds and befriends a creature, he realizes that it’s feeding on oil from a fracking company. Follow their journey in this 2017 movie, which is being shown for free at Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center.

The Magic of Sharks with Steve Woyce

Join Steve Woyce in his classic shark-themed comedy magic show at Long Branch Public Library. Learn awesome facts about sharks, build a shark with magic and much more in this awesome shark show!

Photo courtesy of Cape May County Park and Zoo 

World Lion Day

Your little one can roar and learn all about the king of the jungle this week at Cape May County Park and Zoo. They can hear all about lions and their habitats and enjoy lion games and activities.

Movie Date Night

Relax under the stars in the Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick while taking in a special movie premiere. Be sure to bring lawn chairs, bug spray and snacks for this chill date night.

Thursday, August 10-Friday, August 11

Rockets, Planes & Wings

Calling all junior pilots! Enjoy a hands-on experience in Princeton that'll let you into the world of aircrafts. Get a glimpse into designing, building and flying rockets. Also, take the professional drone for a quick fly through the air while learning the inner workings of aircraft science.

Kids Masters of Art Camp

Each day at camp in Allamuchy, your little painters will learn about a new artist, creating their own versions in the same style of that painter. Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock are just a few of the artists featured during camp.

BOLD Arts Dance Camp

Bring your little dancers to Hoboken for a week of dance and the arts. Immersed in a special theme, your little ones will build the entire performance, creating scenery, costumes and dances.

Salem County Fair

Bring the whole family to Woodstown for this annual gathering, where classic fair fun has been served up since 1959. A kiddie tractor pull, pig races, a skillet throwing contest, pony rides and much more will all be offered.

Somerset County 4-H Fair

Since 1948, this county tradition in Bridgewater has been jam-packed with go karts, art and science tents, model airplanes and trains, rockets, petting zoo areas and more. If your little ones are into science, this is a can't-miss. 

Parent-Baby Infant Massage Workshop

Studies have revealed that infant massages can improve your baby’s health, sleep better, reduce stress and relax. Try this free, parent-infant massage in Morristown for a more relaxed connection between you and your baby.

Thursday, August 10-Saturday, August 12

Courtesy of Olde Mill Inn Facebook page

Grain House Corn Week

Basking Ridge’s Olde Mill Inn and Grain House Restaurant will be celebrating corn this week. The chef will be serving up twists on the classic vegetable all week long.

Atlantic County 4-H Fair

Stop by and visit the fair’s huge variety of farm animals and tractor exhibits in S. Egg Harbor. Head inside to view photography, robotics, fine arts, a model railroad and more!

The Wizard of Oz

Take your family down the Yellow Brick Road and Over The Rainbow at this performance of the classic Wizard of Oz in Morristown. This is an event the whole family can enjoy.

Thursday, August 10-Sunday, August 13

Middlesex County Fair

Find classic carnival food at this East Brunswick fair, also featuring live entertainment, amusement park rides, crafts and an amazing fireworks display.

Italian American Festival

Italian heritage and culture will be celebrated at this jam-packed five-day festival in Oakhurst. Carnival rides, live entertainment, games, a pizza eating contest and more are all offered at this one-of-a-kind event.

Festival of the Sea Carnival

This event will feature five days of fun in Long Beach. For one price, you can have access to rides all day and enter in the 50/50 to win a prize.


This timeless story is taking over The Summit Playhouse this August, so don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy this classic fairy tale with your little princess.

High School Musical Jr.

A junior adaptation of the classic Disney movie will be rolling out to the stage. Kids will sing and laugh along with Troy and Gabriella. 

Friday, August 11

Gnome for your Home

Join together for this awesome art project in Millville to make a garden gnome. In the class, you'll learn to sculpt your own as well as use pre-made clay forms.

Laser Beatles

Relive the 1960s with classic Beatles songs, accompanied by a laser-light show in RVCC in Branchburg.

Friday, August 11-Sunday, August 13

The 2nd Annual Monmouth Film Festival

This three-day event in Red Bank features over 14 hours of the most incredible, independent films in the area! Stop by and be the first to see up-and-coming films, including the newest Michael Cera comedy, “Lemon”.

Saturday, August 12

Lightbridge Academy Family Fun Day

Grab the family for a day jam-packed with family fun in Mount Laurel, with fire truck climbing, face painting, parent and me yoga, refreshments and more!

World of Dance Live

This Freehold event at iPlay America is perfect for dancers and performers. See the World of Dance perform, then meet performers and celebrity judges.

Photo courtesy of Facebook event page

2nd Annual Indo-American Festival

If you are interested in diverse culture, music and food, check out this New Brunswick festival celebrating India.

3rd Annual Household Summerfest

If you miss electronic music from the '80s, head to this festival in West Orange to enjoy non-stop house beats. There will be performances from CeCe Rogers and Kenny Bobien. Bring your chairs for a night of dancing, beer and wine, food and a whole lot of fun.

Dr. K’s Motown Revue

Enjoy the beats and songs of Motown Music at Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown. This performing company will rock your socks off as you sing along to the songs and dance to the beat.

Movies in the Park

Grab some blankets and chairs for a viewing of Fantastic Beasts. No need to bring snacks because you can buy some great treats when you get to Goffle Brook Park in Hawthorne.

19th Annual Spanish-American Festival

Come to a celebration of diversity and heritage at Beachfront Park in Keyport. There will be food, games, live music and awards for the community.

International Food Festival

Come enjoy and savor an array of food from different cultures at this food festival in Newark. There will be performers and live music. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for this wonderful event.

Montclair Jazz Festival

Go see over 100 performers showcase their talents. While the adults enjoy beer tents, kids can dance to the music.

End of Summer Reading Bash

If your little bookworm has been checking books off their list, help them unwind and celebrate the end of their summer reading lists in Hackettstown.

Ghost and Folklore Tour

If you’re into thrills and even a little fright, head to the Red Mill Museum to hear ghost stories about their haunted buildings. This event is perfect for teens or grown-ups.

Photo courtesy of Pennington Farmers' Market

Pennington Farmers’ Market Peach Festival

Pennington Farmers’ Market is offering even more than last year. Along with everything else peach-themed, a cooking competition will be put on, as well as a designated time to share recipes.

17th Annual Butterfly Festival

The largest annual event at the Watershed in Pennington, the fest will feature local business and craft vendors, as well as tons of great food, a beer garden, music, family activities and more.

Explore the Hudson River Estuary

Get your hands dirty at this estuary exploration at Liberty State Park. There’s ton to find, so bring your curious little ones for a chance to explore and even test out one of the seine nets.

Lunch with Elsa

This indoor playground just a got a little more fun this weekend. Your child can have lunch with their favorite Frozen character, Elsa. The fee includes a private room, pizza and even some birthday cake. Head to Kenilworth for this royal meal.

Saturday, August 12-Sunday, August 13

TRUCKerton Food Truck & Brew Fest

Try tons of food trucks at this fun-filled festival, along with craft beer. Times vary by day, so check the website before heading to Tuckerton.

Beauty and The Beast Jr.

Children from all over gather together to put on a performance of the classic Beauty and the Beast in Maplewood. All of the proceeds will go to local libraries. 

Classic Car Show

If your little speed racer loves cars, then this Cape May event is worth the trip. Your family can see restored cars from the 1910's all the way to the 1980's. If you’re interested in preserving a car yourself, get some tips from drivers and owners.

Nectarine and Peach Festival

If you love peaches, come enjoy this festival at Oasis Family Farm in Robbinsville where you can try grilled peaches, pies and so much more.

Living History Encampment

Be transported back in time at Historic Smithville. There will be demonstrations, marching drills, shops and eateries to check out. Don’t forget to enjoy the carousel, train and paddle boats.

Bug Fest

Your family can get hands on experiences with creepy crawlers in Philly, PA. There will be face painting, guest speakers and even a chance to eat some tasty bugs if you're feeling adventurous.

Sunday, Aug 13

Boonton’s 15th Annual Classic Car Show

If you love cars, then head to Main Street to get a good look at old and new wheels alike. This free event will be one the entire family can enjoy.

Photo courtesy of Color Vibe 5K

2017 Color Vibe 5K

Head to New Jersey’s largest outlet mall in Elizabeth for a 5K color run. You can run, walk, or dance through color stations. Wear white so that you can absorb all the vibrant colors along the way.


Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition

Your family can bust some myths at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City through September 4. Get a premium pass to enjoy this exhibit that'll have your family enjoying live demos, fan participation and amazing visuals.

Friday Night Unwind

After a long week of work and the grind, head to Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, PA on Fridays through September 1 to relax. There will be wine, beer and lounge time for the adults, while the kids enjoy the playground and go-carts. Mellow out to live music and good weather.

Endangered! A Super Stormy Musical

Go on a journey in NYC all month long with a kid reporter and his group of endangered animals as they travel to battle a storm. This musical will have kids dancing and grooving and teach them about how to be eco-friendly.

Pete the Cat

Join Pete the Cat and the Biddle family at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in NYC through August 18 as they go on a journey of friendship and groove their way into your hearts.

Peach Harvest Festival

Alstede's in Chester will leave you feeling peachy, literally. Enjoy everything from peach ice cream, cake and pie from now through August 13. You’ll also be able to enjoy a hayride to the peach orchard where you can pick your own.

The Wedding Singer

Head to the Strand Center for the Arts in Lakewood through August 12 to learn the story of Robbie and Julia, who fall madly in love. This musical will take you back in time as you revisit the hottest songs of the 1980’s.

Sussex County Farm and Horse Show

This is not your typical festival. This 10-day event in Augusta from August 4-13 features a horse show, vendors, a petting zoo, crafts, flower shows, photography exhibits and more. To make it even more exciting, you’ll be able to see a chainsaw artist at work!

Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival

Each Tuesday night for the rest of the summer, enjoy a night filled with music and much more. Be sure to come by early for a bite to eat and quick shopping spree in the heart of downtown Westfield.

Hoboken Concerts in the Park

The last two free performances will take place in the next few weeks, featuring Swingadelic and Julio Fernandez & Friends. Kick back, relax and enjoy these evening shows, celebrating the last few weeks of summer.


Sky Zone: Toddler Time

Your little one can bounce around all day at this South Plainfield Skyzone event through August 26. No older kids will be allowed in the area so your toddler can enjoy the private time.

Summer at the Planetarium

Visit this science-filled attraction in Trenton before September comes. Your little astronauts will love this place as they get the full space experience. Head to Trenton to sit in the dome and watch the stars.

Find Even More Things to Do This Weekend 

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Things to Do Without the Kids in August

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