Things To Do This Weekend, August 24-27
From outdoor movie screenings to plays to boardwalk fun, there's no shortage of fun stuff to do with the fam this weekend.
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Wednesday, August 23-Sunday, August 27
Learn all about farm life firsthand by hanging with horses, cows and alpacas at the County Fairgrounds in Lambertville. This agrarian fair will excite the kids with circus acts, magic shows, rides and a robot tournament.
Thursday, August 24
Head to Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills for some one-on-one time with these fluttering beauties. Kids can listen to a lecture, learn about their life cycle, and check out the rest of the plants, flowers and land.
It's the most spooktacular time of the year a little early at Jenkinson's in Point Pleasant. Roll through for balloons, face painting, a costume parade and magic shows before spending the day on the beach.
Little ballerinas will enjoy this contemporary show at OSPAC. Freespace is a modern dance company that's always adding inventive, fresh elements to their performances.
Bring your smocks to Lawrenceville's Bright Horizons for a paint project in the art studio. You and your mini-Picasso will make an original canvas painting together after having a brief dinner and mingle with the other painters.
This one-of-a-kind musician will be performing at MPAC in Morristown. Call the sitter so you can head to this show with friends.
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Fight hunger at this rockin' event. Donate non-perishables and canned goods in order to see the live Sugar Ray concert.
Friday, August 25
Head to Science Friday at Valley Crest Farm and Preserve in Lebanon to learn about the varying wildlife habitats around the Garden State. This outdoor class is perfect for kids ages 7-14.
UCPAC in Rahway is putting on two performances of this Disney fave. The show will be acted out by kids ages 5-18.
Waterloo Village Historic Site in Stanhope is hosting a craft session as part of the Waterloo's Willow Art Summer Series. Paint your own spirit stone with an image or word that has meaning to you. Don't leave without touring the Lenape Village.
Madison's Museum of Early Trades and Crafts is hosting this rock/blues group that you're bound to love. The free show is held out on the lawn, so feel free to bring a picnic dinner.
Head to Liquid Church to see the movie Sing with your little ones on a 40-foot outdoor screen. Bring your own chairs and blankets, but take advantage of the free popcorn and lemonade.
Friday, August 25-Sunday, August 27
Are you a fan of folk music? Come to Whippany for concerts, vendors, jam sessions and open mics all celebrating the ukulele. There will also be vendors to peruse and workshops where you can learn to play.
Saturday, August 26
Enjoy authentic Caribbean food, music and dance. Your kids will have a blast grooving to reggae, soca, dance hall and calypso tunes at New Brunswick's Boyd Park.
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It doesn't get more summery than this combo. This free Little Silver celebration will have tons of peach-themed goods, plus a huge butterfly release. That's not to mention the pie eating contest, activities and vendors.
Taste eclectic food, explore crafts and enjoy six awesome blues bands. Little ones will have a blast on the beach or taking part in kids activities.
Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township will have tons of hands-on projects and demos that'll teach your kids to be amateur blacksmiths, weavers, spinners and more old school craftsmen.
The Learning Experience in Montvale is the place to be for some classic fair fun. Kids can go wild with carnival games, train rides, live tunes, snacks, spin art and more, all for free!
Race your critter for a cure in Seaside Heights. Plastic crabs will be released into the Revolutionary River at Breakwater Beach to benefit Juvenile Diabetes and Food Allergy Research Education.
Montclair State is hosting this fundraising concert that benefits the NCPF. Sit back and relax while taking in some mellow tunes.
Make the trip to Sandy Hook for a hike to the beach with the Littoral Society's naturalists. Participants will learn to identify edible plants on the premises, plus take in sights of shore birds on the mud flats. Bring comfy shoes.
Saturday, August 26-Sunday, August 27
Little buccaneers will have a blast enjoying music, pirate-themed activities and family fun at Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May. Check out the historical performers dressed in period clothing demonstrating trades and crafts from early America.
Nothing tastes more like summer than watermelon. Buy some farm fresh watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew at Oasis Family Farm in Robbinsville. You can also try your hand at the watermelon eating contest before hopping on a wagon ride around the farm. There are plenty of free games for kids, too.
Photo courtesy of Camden Children's Garden Facebook page
This deliciously sweet festival at Camden Children's Garden celebrates two of nature's most flavorful plants. Vote for your fave flavor, take a smell test, craft and more.
Trying to fit in one more day trip before summer ends? Philly's Please Touch Museum is hosting two days of super-human fun. Kids can dress as their fave characters and enjoy a dance party, superhero meet-and-greets and more.
Sunday, August 27
Make your way to iPlay America in Freehold for a free screening of this beloved kid flick. Check out the rest of the facilities with a ride pass.
Maplewood is sending summer off right with this fun-filled party full of live entertainment, eats and shopping for all ages. Head to South Mountain Reservation to get in on the excitement.
This local celebration will have it all: beer and wine garden, bounce houses, live music, face painting, balloon twisting and fireworks. Don't miss out on the diverse food trucks, either.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Bring the fam out to the beautiful Pocono Mountains for an action-packed time. They’ll be white water flying over your head as you cruise your way down the Lehigh River. Check-in first at the headquarters in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.
If he’s fascinated by the drones he sees on TV, bring him to the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City to learn how they work.
It’s a local favorite at Donaldson Farms in Hackettstown. They’ll be hay rides and duck races plus great live music and an exciting new performer every week. If that didn’t get you hooked, admission is free.
It’s a prehistoric adventure at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. She’ll get to dig up bones like a 5-foot long triceratops skull and learn about how dinosaurs took care of their eggs.
Can you imagine being stranded with endangered animals at a zoo after a hurricane? This creative musical is sure to get the kids thinking about the health of their planet and the creatures around them. Check it out at the Davenport Theatre in New York City.